When people think of Queensland, white sandy beaches and hot summer days come to mind. We are proud to showcase a relatively untouched and undiscovered part of South-East Queensland, that most people are yet to truly discover. The Scenic Rim refers to the chain of mountains, incorporating the Great Dividing Range, the Border Range and Tamborine Mountain. This imposing rim of mountains dates back millions of years to a time when many were active volcanos. Their legacy lives on through Australia’s most accessible World Heritage listed rainforests and national parks.
Allan Cunningham who led the first expedition through this region in 1828, set off from Brisbane with Patrick Logan, Charles Fraser and five men to find Mount Warning and to discover the route to Cunningham’s Gap which he did, on 24 July. After exploring the McPherson Range area, Cunningham travelled on the south side of the Gap whereas the highway today runs further north, through the gap, from the small township of Aratula. Spicer’s Gap which runs parallel to Cunningham’s Gap was actually the pass first identified by Cunningham in 1827.
One of the best ways to explore the Scenic Rim is by foot and the Scenic Rim Trail incorporates world class hiking trails through the best of what the region has to offer. The trail starts off with you gently winding through the rainforest trail of Mount Mitchell, a twin-peaked mountain located right next to the busy Cunningham Highway. Starting here, makes you appreciate the decreasing noise of the busy highway and everyday distractions you are leaving behind for the days you are on this adventure with us, as you climb higher, the highway noises are drowned out by the songs of local birdlife.
Mount Mitchell, located in the Main Range National Park, is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia which include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest worldwide, expansive areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plant and animal species which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record. We feel very privileged to be able to take you through this area, and provide you with the local history and point out the different plant and animal species along the way.
‘The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia is a serial property comprising the major remaining areas of rainforest in Southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales. It represents outstanding examples of major stages of the Earth’s evolutionary history, ongoing geological and biological processes, and exceptional biological diversity. A wide range of plant and animal lineages and communities with ancient origins in Gondwana, many of which are restricted largely or entirely to the Gondwana Rainforests, survive in this collection of reserves. The Gondwana Rainforests also provides the principal habitat for many threatened species of plants and animals.’
— Brief synthesis of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia as inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The World Heritage status of the region was created and negotiated initially in 1986, with the area extended in 1994.
Throughout the rest of the trip, you will hike through a variety of different eco-systems and environments, some changing completely within minutes of you walking through. From vast expansive dry eucalypt forests, to a plateau of grass trees to dense lush rainforests, you will experience a vast array of the best of Queensland’s natural treasures.
Over the second, third and fourth days you will be predominantly hiking through Spicers privately owned land, where the trails are exclusively only used for our Scenic Rim Trail guests, providing a great opportunity to discover an area only a small number of people have experienced before.