The Scenic Rim isn’t short on stunning views, but if you really want to experience the region’s best scenery you should lace up your walking boots and hit the trails.
The Scenic Rim, with its six National Parks and world heritage-listed rainforest, is simply made for walking.
Whether you’re seeking a scenic stroll, or a more intense climb, the Scenic Rim will deliver.
Go it alone and hit one of our many popular and accessible trails, or take advantage of the local adventure experts, who will take you off the beaten track.
Start planning your 2019 Scenic Rim walking holiday now because many of the guided tours will book up fast.
Don’t know where to start?
Check out our list of must-do walks and the Scenic Rim walking experts who will guide you.
Secrets of the Scenic Rim
Lisa Groom is an outdoor adventure specialist, whose family pedigree in the Scenic Rim’s great outdoors goes back to her grandfather Arthur Groom, the eco-tourism pioneer who co-founded Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. Lisa heads up interNATIONAL PARKtours, a guided walking holiday business, which offers tours in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Asia Pacific and America.
In March Lisa will lead a tour of her favourite Scenic Rim spots – Secrets of the Scenic Rim.
The five-night tour departs on March 24 and is classed as easy to moderate walking covering between 2 and 12km a day.
Immerse yourself in the food, wine, walks, art and nature of the region as you traverse rainforests, rivers and the escarpments of the World Heritage-listed rainforest, passing through the Moogerah Peaks, Main Range, Mt Barney, Tamborine and Lamington National Parks.
Moon Rise on Maroon with Mt Barney Lodge
Innes Larkin and the team at Mt Barney Lodge are knowledgeable and passionate eco-rangers who will introduce you to this stunning part of the Scenic Rim. The Mt Barney guides will lead five Moon Rise walks to the Mt Maroon summit during 2019, starting on February 20.
The view from Mt Maroon summit on a clear, full moon night reveals beautiful scenery, bathed in silver light.
You’ll see Lake Maroon, the Mt Barney profile, as well as other Scenic Rim mountains and even the lights of Brisbane in the distance.
This walk is rated for hikers who are fit and determined and is a five to seven-hour return walk from Mt Barney Lodge.
Spicers Scenic Rim Trail
If you’re ready for an adventure, with a good dose of home comforts, then you’ll love this walk.
Choose from a two day, 28km experience, or a five day adventure.Departing Cunningham’s Gap, you’ll be escorted by one of the Spicer’s Resort guides, who will share their local knowledge an insights along the way.
After a full-day of walking, rest and recharge in the luxury glamping tents at Spicer’s Canopy Eco-Lodge.
In 2019 Spicer’s will also offer a five-day walking experience, traversing Main Range National Park, part of the unique Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area. Launch date is mid 2019.
The Border Track
Tread the path of the Scenic Rim’s pioneers as you trek the 21.4km between O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat to Binna Burra.
This track connects the Binna Burra and Green Mountains sections of the Lamington National Park.
Walk at your own pace on a self-guided walk, or contact O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and book in for a private guided walk with their local experts.
O’Reilly’s offers regular bus transfers between the two properties.
Spring Creek Mountain Trail with Horizon Guides
Boonah’s Teresa Cause leads regular guided walks of the local trails. She will release her guided walking tour itinerary in early 2019. One of her most popular hikes is the Spring Creek Mountain Trail, a three-day expedition which starts in the Scenic Rim at Cunningham’s Gap and follows the Rabbit Board Fence to Killarney.
This walk is offered in September. If you have a walk you’re keen to do but need some guidance – Teresa also offers tailor-made guided tours of the region’s best trails.
Follow the trail taken by Bernard O’Reilly in 1937 when he went in search of the crashed Stinson Aircraft. Twice a year O’Reilly’s offers a Stinson Walk package, where guests can choose from either a 37km hike, or a 16km walk.
Retrace Bernard’s footsteps through the rugged McPherson Range to the Stinson crash site. The first 2019 Stinson Walks leaves on May 17.
14 of our favourite Scenic Rim Walks
Looking for some walking inspiration? Here are 14 of our favourite Scenic Rim walks, ranging from easy to hard, they’re great options for people who want to go it alone and self-guide.
Scenic Rim Ultra
Start training now for this epic event. It returns to The Overflow Estate 1895 Winery from October 4 to 6. Competitors can choose to tackle either the 65km or 105km tracks, both of which loop around the winery.
Celebrate your efforts with a well-earned glass of local wine. Be warned the courses are hilly and will serve up plenty of challenges. There’s only 150 spots available in each distance so register early.