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Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage AreaScenic Rim Regional (40) → Gold Coast City | Lamington National Park | Springbrook National Park
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Map of bushwalks in Scenic Rim Regional
List of bushwalks in Scenic Rim Regional
Found 40 walks
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The Wishing Tree
1.7 km return
40 min to 1 h 15 min
Joalah Lower Creek Circuit
2.3 km circuit
45 min to 1 h 15 min
Joalah Lower Creek Circuit
2.3 km
Circuit

Walk
45 min to 1 h 15 min

Starting from the car park at the end of Dapsang Drive, Tamborine Mountain, this walk takes you on a circuit in the tropical rainforests of the Tamborine National Park, crossing Cedar Creek multiple times and visiting Curtis Falls with a side trip. The trip separates you from the city as soon as you dive into the dense eucalypt rainforest, filled with birdsong. Speaking of birds, the distinct call of the Albert’s Lyrebird which the Aboriginal people called ‘Joalah’ (haunt of the lyrebird) can be heard if you listen carefully. The walk is shaded the whole way, making you feel even more remote, like in a terrarium. The lovely little waterfall named Curtis Falls is well worth the side trip, sitting beautifully amidst fern and rocks covered in moss. You can even see some water dragons nearby if you’re lucky. Although you can't take a shower under the waterfall, you can swim in the waterholes up north. Keep in mind that the track might require small amounts of rock scrambling, or climbing over a fallen tree. Good trekking shoes may come in handy, as the track is rocky, muddy and slippery after rainfall. Come early to avoid the crowd and minimize the noise coming from the road. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Cafe
Swim
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Mount Mathieson and Spicers Gap Circuit
7.6 km circuit
2 h 15 min to 3 h 45 min
Mount Mathieson and Spicers Gap Circuit
7.6 km
Circuit

Walk
2 h 15 min to 3 h 45 min

Run
1 h 15 min to 2 h

Starting from Spicers Gap Road, Swanfels, this circuit walk takes you to the summit of Mount Mathieson and through the Spicers Gap, optionally visiting the Governors Chair lookout along the way. Get ready to embark on a truly beautiful journey in the diverse woodland of Main Range NP. From vast grasslands to picturesque rock faces, this track is full of exceptional views of nature. Spicers Gap used to be the main route over the Great Dividing Range in this area. In fact, the early governors of Queensland used to rest on the aforementioned Governors Chair along their trip. You’ll find several informational signposts about the history of the area, so delve into those if you want to learn more about those times. Lots of different bird species reside in the national park, so there’s a good chance you’ll be accompanied by birdsong throughout your hike. The Pioneer picnic area near the start can make a great spot for a well-earned rest and feast afterwards. A little bit of rock scrambling involved. Keep an eye out for snakes along the track. Whilst driving up to the starting point, approach from the east if you don’t have a 4WD vehicle as the western approach requires lots of traction and power. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


The Stinson Wreckage
9.1 km return
6 h 30 min, 9 h to 2 days
The Stinson Wreckage
9.1 km
Return

Walk
6 h 30 min, 9 h to 2 days

Starting from Christmas Creek Road, Lamington, this return hike takes you to the Stinson Crash Site, visiting Westray’s Grave midway through. The walk also features lots of creek crossings along with a couple of waterfalls, and involves a decent amount of rock scrambling/hopping. In February 1937 a Stinson Model A airliner disappeared after taking off from Brisbane. It had set course for Sydney, but was nowhere to be found as the people of Australia remained shocked. The news made it to Lamington after a week, and Herb O'Reilly told his brother Bernard about it, along with where he thought it could be. Bernard climbed to the summit of Mount Throakban after spending a long night in the dense rainforest, and luckily spotted a burnt tree in the distance. He hastily made his way to the area in 3 hours, and heard a ‘Cooee’(a shout originated in Australia to attract attention) that alarmed him. He found Joe Binstead and John Proud, surprisingly alive after 10 days of being stranded. Four other men were there, lying dead on the ground. The surviving two told Bernard that Jim Westray - the englishman which was also on the plane with them - had gone to get help. Bernard left the men to seek aid. As he was making his way along Christmas Creek, he unfortunately found James Guthrie Westray’s lifeless body. He had fallen over a waterfall. He was buried by Christmas Creek, and the memorial commemorating him is still there to this day. Explore the gorgeous scenery as you delve into the saddening story of these people. The journey may be challenging, but the experience is well worth the hassle. Keep in mind that you can stay at the campsite near the wreckage and make this a multiday hike. Grippy trekking shoes are a must. Long sleeves and pants may also come in handy, as the track can be overgrown in parts. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Ruins
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Box Forest Waterfall Circuit
10 km circuit
4 h to 6 h
Box Forest Waterfall Circuit
10 km
Circuit

Walk
4 h to 6 h

Starting from Lamington National Park Road, O’Reilly, this walk takes you on a circuit in the heart of Lamington National Park mostly via the Box Forest Circuit Track, visiting the iconic Elabana Falls, Box Log Falls, and the Picnic Rock area. As you start hiking through the beautiful forest containing 1000+ year old trees, you’ll be welcomed by the harmonic birdsong. Then, you’ll hear the soothing sound of water gushing down as the refreshing air around the cascades fill into your lungs. The lovely waterfalls hidden amidst the dense forest are exceptionally beautiful after rain as they are at their strongest. The Picnic Rock near Elabana Falls is a great spot to have a little picnic -hence the name- and swim(depending on the conditions). You may be able to spot some Lamington Crayfish, the spiny blue crayfish also known as ‘Yabby’ amongst Australians. The Box Log Falls are also worth stopping by as the setting of this little waterfall is quite picturesque, even more so than Elabana Falls according to some. The circuit itself other than the falls goes through a scenic forest that’s teeming with wildlife, teasing you with easterly views along the way. Although it’s best to view the falls after some decent rain, leeches become more abundant in such conditions. Wear long sleeves and pants to make this less of a problem. Keep in mind that you may run into some red-bellied black snakes as well, especially in warmer months. The track can be muddy in sections, and some rock scrambling/hopping may be required to reach the base of the falls. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Cafe
Swim
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Mount Cordeaux and Bare Rock
12.2 km return
6 h to 8 h 30 min
Mount Cordeaux and Bare Rock
12.2 km
Return

Walk
6 h to 8 h 30 min

Starting from the car park on Cunningham Highway(National Highway 15), Tregony, this walk takes you to the Bare Rock Lookout and back, visiting the Mount Cordeaux Lookout along the way. As you’re climbing up through the subtropical eucalypt rainforest, observe the interchanging flora and environment while listening to the tunes of lyrebirds. Expect to see captivating views over the Tarome countryside and beyond from the Mount Cordeaux Lookout. As you’re taking in the views, enjoy a snack or a coffee to refill your energy for the Bare Rock climb. The ridgeline between Cordeaux and Bare Rock can make you feel like you're in Middle-earth, on your way to destroy the ring. Bare Rock welcomes you with rewarding views over Lake Moogerah and Brisbane, along with surreal views of the Scenic Rim. Check the forecast beforehand to make sure you’re not there on a foggy day, thus miss all the views. The viewpoints can be very windy, so don’t forget to wear layers of clothing. Schedule the walk real early on a weekend to avoid traffic and see the sun rise. A weekday may be quieter, but that means you’ll need to deal with the noise coming from trucks air braking down the road. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Mount Barney East Circuit - Southeast ascent, South (Peasants) descent
12.5 km circuit
6 h 30 min, 10 h to 2 days
West Canungra Creek Waterfall Circuit
12.8 km circuit
5 h to 7 h 30 min


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