Lace up your shoes and fill up your backpack – the trails are open, which means bushwalks are back!
The latest change to Queensland’s lockdown laws has seen a number of national parks open back up, putting bushwalking back on the agenda for families.
With hundreds of kilometres of stunning tracks and national park trails to choose from, a day of bushwalking is the perfect way to escape, walk it off and experience some spectacular scenery.
It’s an ideal activity for social distancing and isolation, offering the opportunity to pack your car, your kids, your friends (make that ‘friend’) and your empty esky and spend a solid few hours walking one of the magical bush tracks our local area has to offer.
And to prove that we’re spoilt for choice, here are our top twelve in the Scenic Rim region alone!
Lower Portals Track – Mt Barney National Park (7.4km/3hours)
The Lower Portals track features a beautiful pool along a gorge on Mount Barney Creek. The walk has moderate to steep gradients. A guide from Mt Barney Lodge can add context to your walk, explaining about the environment and habitats that you pass through, and ensure that you discover the best waterholes.
Mee-bor-rum Circuit – Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt French section (720m/15min)
This circuit track passes through heathland and features the East Cliff Lookout with views of Tamborine, Lamington and Mount Barney.
Mt Edwards Summit – Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards section (6km/3.5hours)
This walk starts near the dam wall, is best suited for experienced walkers and requires a reasonable fitness level. Be careful, there’s sheer cliffs and slippery rocks.
Rainforest Circuit & Mt Cordeaux Track – Main Range National Park, Cunningham’s Gap (Rainforest Circuit 1.6km/30min; Mt Cordeaux Track 6.8km/2.5hours)
The Rainforest Circuit passes the Allan Cunningham monument and is the beginning of an extensive track system on the northern side of the Gap. If you’re after a harder walk, continue along the Mt Cordeaux Track for spectacular views back to Brisbane.
Mt Mitchell Track – Main Range National Park, Cunningham’s Gap (10.2km/3hours)
This graded walking track to the twin peaks of Mt Mitchell begins on the southern side of the highway and passes through rainforest and open eucalypt forest. It ends on a knife-edge ridge above a sheer cliff on the east side of Mt Mitchell (1168m).
Palm Grove Circuit – Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section (2.6km/1hour)
You’ll see palm groves and rainforest with emergent strangler figs on this walk.
Curtis Falls Track – Tamborine National Park, Knoll Section (1.1km/30min)
An enchanting walk which begins in wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums.
Witches Falls Circuit – Tamborine National Park, Witches Falls section (3.1km/1hour)
This track zigzags down the mountain through an open forest of banksia trees and into rainforest with giant strangler figs. The circuit passes seasonal lagoons that are all full and home to insect and frog species. The waterfall is flowing after recent rain and is best viewed from a lookout platform accessed via a 200m detour from the main circuit.
Morans Falls – Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section (4.6km/1.5hours)
This track starts 800m from the information centre. Excellent views of Morans Falls and Morans Creek Gorge can be seen from the constructed lookout located before the creek crossing. Layers of ancient volcanic lava flows are also visible.
Box Forest Circuit – Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section (10.9km/4hours)
This track leads to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls and runs through rainforest and impressive stands of smooth, pink-barked brushbox. If you intend on walking the entire circuit, walk in a clockwise direction and exit via the falls and Picnic Rock.
Tree Top Walkway – O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (1.5km/30min)
The Booyung Boardwalk, featuring excellent interpretive signage, leads you from O’Reilly’s Retreat to the walkway, which is a series of suspension bridges taking you up 16metres into the rainforest canopy. Feeling adventurous? Climb ladders to a crow’s nest platform 30m above ground.
*NEW* Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers – Mt Mitchell to Spicer’s Peak Lodge (34.5km/across four days, accommodation included)
The walk follows paths along ridges, escarpments, through forest. Accommodation and meals are provided by the Spicer’s Group.
For even more things to see and do in the majestic Scenic Rim, check out www.visitscenicrim.com.au.