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WALK 1: Paddy’s Ridges Loop (Mt Barney NP) Approx 8km 5 – 6 hrs. Moderate

Sunday 6 March 2022 Cost: $65 pp

This off-track bushwalk walk extends a regular walk to Paddy’s Falls into a loop walk that takes in nearby ridges and features southwest of Mt Maroon. There are interesting cliff areas and magnificent views that you won’t see on a regular excursion into this area. NB We cross Mt Barney Creek near the trail-head at the start and finish of the walk. Note: The trip will suit beginner bush walkers keen for an ‘off-track’ adventure.

WALK 2: Ivory’s Rock Circuit Hike. (Private property, no general public access to walk) Moderate (steps and loose sections) Approx 9km / 5 hours  

Sunday 13 March 2022 Cost: $75 pp

The prominent volcanic peaks near Flinders Peak are the focus of this intriguing circuit track at Ivory’s Rock Conference Centre. Traversing up to the base and around the main peaks the trail gives access to wonderful views and many points of geologic interest as well as varying flora and fauna habitats around the cliffs and caves of the peaks. A must do!

WALK 3: Little Widgee / Buchanan’s Fort - private property. Max elevation 815m / Ascent approx. 600m. Approx. 5 – 6 hrs Moderate – Challenging.

Sunday 27 March 2022 Cost: $65 pp

The drive up into Christmas Creek is spectacular! From the Cave Rock Cottages property we climb steeply up onto the plateau. Once on the summit area we’ll stop for a snack and relax before continuing on, walking the rim of the mountain above the valleys. It’s breathtaking! After lunch on the highest point we’ll complete the summit loop across a deep gully before retracing our steps down to the start point. A unique opportunity to complete a walk that’s not publically accessible.

WALK 4: Lower Portals – Mt Barney Gorge (Mt Barney NP) Approx. 9.5km  5 - 6 hrs Moderate + Two steep rough climbs. Some creek rock hopping requiring balance / agility.

Sunday 3 April 2022 Cost: $65 pp

The walk begins at the Lower Portals car park and the first section is an easy/moderate walk (approx 2.4 km) on a track to the Portals. From here we bypass the Portals via a saddle and follow the ridge through open forest before dropping into the campsite on Mt Barney Creek.  After lunch we retrace our steps up the ridge, returning along the Lower Portals track that we arrived on in the morning. A wonderful feature of Mt Barney Creek is its beautiful rocky pools – perfect for swimming on warm days.

WALK 5: Coomera Circuit (Binna Burra, Lamington NP) 17.4km 7-8hrs Moderate + Creek crossing requiring agility.

Sunday 10 April 2022 Cost: $80 pp

“The scenic Coomera circuit leaves the Border Track 1.9km from the Binna Burra trailhead and passes through subtropical and warm temperate rainforest communities, and giant brush box Lophostemon confertus forest. Walk up to the spectacular cantilevered Coomera Falls lookout (5.5km from the trailhead) and witness the power of the Coomera River as it cascades over the magnificent Coomera and Yarrabilgong falls into the 160m deep gorge.

From the lookout, continue to ascend along the edge of Coomera Gorge, following the Coomera River past a series of other lovely cascades and waterfalls. See if you can spot bright blue and white Lamington spiny crayfish along the way. Cross the river several times before rejoining the Border Track and returning to the Binna Burra trailhead.” QPWS Notes.

WALK 6: Mt May Loop (Mt Barney NP) Approx. 5km / 4+ hrs Elevation +/- 500m. Moderate +

Sunday 24 April 2022 Cost: $65 pp

This off-track bushwalk ascends an interesting spur that leads to the main ridge and then onto the north summit of Mt May. Open woodland with an understory of Kangaroo Grass allows panoramic views throughout the whole walk. Note: A trip that will suit beginner bush walkers keen for an off-track adventure.

WALK 7: Knapp’s Peak Reserve (Private access) Approx. 7.5km Elevation +/- 270m approx. 5-6hrs

Sunday 8 May 2022 Cost: $75 pp

This striking peak lies to the north of Mt Maroon on private land. Significant cliffs and sedimentary rock outcrops support diverse flora and fauna. This is an OFF-TRACK bushwalk so be prepared for uneven footing and steep sections throughout. The easterly views from the top are rewarding and we may be entertained by peregrine falcons in the updraughts! A great introduction to off-track walking on a little-visited peak.


Escape in the Scenic Rim 2022 The month of May is going to be a truly special time in the Scenic Rim – now that we have been named in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Destinations it’s time to find out why! Escape in the Scenic Rim 2022 features local businesses offering dedicated special events and experiences across the region. Make sure you subscribe so that you keep in the ‘loop’ with all the exciting offerings. The program kicks off with the Scenic Rim Adventure Festival at Mt Barney Lodge and you will find us there during the Festival. Horizon Guides has the following two offerings in the Escape program:

WALK 8: BORDER TRACKS: Mt Lindesay to Richmond Gap 3-day vehicle supported trek – camping and basic accommodation. Approx. 45km over 3 days. Moderate/Challenging grade. Steep terrain.

Saturday 14 – Monday 16 May 2022

The Border between Queensland and NSW offers many magnificent and intriguing walking opportunities. This three-day adventure traces the watershed along the spine of the McPherson Range. Taking in remote sections of the historic Rabbit Board Fence this route is one that few people know but the stories from history resonate at every turn and the modern settlers have tales to tell. It’s early spring and the forests are lush and resonate with birdsong, including the elusive Albert’s Lyrebird. Our journey is vehicle supported, so you need only carry a daypack. Camps are on private property.

COST: $1,375 pp ($200 deposit required on booking) Carry only a daypack J Full list of inclusions in the detailed itinerary. (Minimum guests 6 and maximum 9) two guides accompany the group, third guide for vehicle support and transfer of guest’s luggage.

WALK 9: ART AT ‘WORENDO Cottages.

Sunday 22 – Tuesday 24 May 2022

Two days of immersion in landscape and art in the heartland of the Lost World valley. Artist and teacher Glynn Kelly will guide you in learning the basics of drawing, ink and watercolour technique. For beginners, or those wishing to develop their practice: you will be so thrilled with the images you create. And of course there will be some walks to enjoy…. Take some time out to breath in the gloriously wild Scenic Rim at the award winning Worendo Cottages!

COST: $895 pp twin share ($200 deposit required on booking) J Full list of inclusions in the detailed itinerary when you register your interest. (Minimum guests 8 and maximum 12) Art supplies, tuition and meals prepared by our chef all included. Own transport.


WALK 10: Flinders Peak Approx. 5 – 6hrs. Max elevation 650m – Ascent/Descent approx. 500m Challenging.

Sunday 5 June 2022 Cost: $65 pp

The distinctive collection of peaks that make up the Flinders Group are a familiar sight on the Boonah-Ipswich Rd. They comprise numerous erosion resistant volcanic plugs and dykes that intruded through the softer sedimentary rocks around 23 million years ago. Being a rhyolite peak, Flinders Peak is a challenging climb; rough underfoot with steep inclines and cliff edges. The ridge track passes through open eucalypt forest with pockets of dry rainforest amongst the rocky outcrops. The upper slopes of Mount Flinders provide spectacular views of surrounding peaks, limestone hills, the Bremer River catchment and the Scenic Rim. Surmounted by a telecommunications tower, it’s not so much of a ‘wilderness peak’ but it is a satisfying summit all the same!

WALK 11: Waterfall Gorge – Mt Greville (Moogerah Peaks NP) 6 – 7 hrs. Challenging. Steep, rough and rocky.

Sunday 12 June 2022 Cost: $65 pp

This rugged little peak is one of the gems of the Fassifern. It has such wonderful diversity of habitat, flora and fauna that every turn in the track is a surprise. The route ascends the peak via Waterfall Gorge threading through a jumbled array of rocks between narrow towering cliffs that protect Piccabeen palms and giant White Beech trees. Emerging from the Gorge the route crosses the forested ridge to a magnificent lookout before joining the walking track to the summit. The return route to the vehicles brings us back through heath-land and over rhyolite slabs that support hoya, ferns and orchids and on through open forest to complete the circuit.

WALK 12: West Canungra Creek Circuit, (Lamington, Green Mountains Section) 13.9km Approx. 7 hrs Moderate (done in a clockwise direction)

Sunday 26 June 2022 Cost: $65 pp

Beginning near O’Reilly’s guesthouse, “the circuit descends to 'Yerralahla' (blue pool) passing by some large rainforest trees including Red Cedar Toona ciliata, and then follows the creek for most of its length, crossing it several times. Eels inhabit the West Canungra Creek. They bite when threatened and injuries have occurred.” The circuit includes beautiful waterfalls and ends at the Box Forest featuring many forest giants of great age. To stand among them and enjoy their ancient presence is a fitting end to the hike.

On overcast summer days, leaf-tailed geckos may be seen along this circuit. This gecko is endemic to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Fossilised ancestors of this species, from over 20 million years ago, have been found in the Riversleigh Fossil Sites.”

NB For the protection of Lamington's sensitive waterways, habitat for a number of endangered and vulnerable frog species, no swimming is permitted in the creeks and pools of Lamington NP. (These walks notes adapted from NPSRS website)

WALK 13: Apple Tree Park to Purlingbrook Falls Trail Head (Springbrook NP) Approx 7.1km 5 – 6 hrs Moderate

Sunday 10 July 2022 Cost: $65 pp

Today’s walk is the last section of the GC Hinterland Great Walk. Initially taking the power line easement for about 1km the track then drops down into the catchment of the Little Nerang Dam. After crossing Little Nerang Creek the track heads upstream up the side of a narrow gorge with pools and cascades cut into older rocks from beneath the ancient Tweed volcano. After 1km the track emerges at a basalt slab above the beautiful Warringa Pool.

The track continues on the other side of the creek to Purling Brook Falls, where a massive cliff of cream-coloured rhyolite, 100m high, looms over a deep gorge of black basalt. After crossing the suspension bridge, a steady climb brings you back to the top of the plateau. Just before crossing the top of Purling Brook, the track branches left to The Settlement camping area where we end our hike.

WALK 14: Wilson’s Peak from the Boonah Border Gate to the Head Rd (Main Range NP) 12.5 km 6 – 7 hrs. Easy approach but mostly challenging. STEEP ascent and descent.

Sunday 24 July 2022 Cost: $80 pp

This is the longest route to Wilson’s Peak and provides the most variety. This peak is the prominent rounded bump that looks over Teviot Gap on the Head Road. The challenging grade is given because the final climb through rainforest to the summit is very steep as is the initial descent. The walk starts at the Boonah Border Gate and follows the historic Rabbit Board Fence westward along the Queensland / NSW Border. The route is undulating, with flattish sections followed by steep climbs. Vegetation ranges from sub-tropical rainforest to open eucalypt forest dotted with grass trees. The final summit climb involves a short scramble (not exposed) between rocks. We’ll lunch on top before coming back to the base of the cliffs, skirting them on the northern side then descending steeply at first along the Rabbit Fence to the Head Road.

WALK 15: Mt Maroon Southside Loop (Mt Barney NP) 7 + hrs Challenging OFF-TRACK.

Sunday 7 August 2022 Cost: $80 pp

Starting at the Park boundary we cross Mt Barney Creek and walk in along the fire trail to Paddy’s Plain. Our ascent route is via a rough, rocky watercourse. Initially fairly open, the upper section becomes quite scrubby requiring care underfoot until we gain the open slabs once more. After enjoying superb views to the Main Range over lunch we track easterly to pick our way down to the main gorge filled with rainforest featuring orchid covered cliff sides. This route brings us out onto beautiful rock slabs with views as we make our way back to Paddy’s Plain. A great day out, in true bushwalking style! (Please note that we will not cross to the Maroon Summit on this trip.)

WALK 16: CAMP AT BINNA BURRA  smile Shared accommodation in Safari Tents for two nights. (or you may book your own accommodation if preferred – please advise) PS It’s a full moon Friday evening!

FULL DETAILS ON BOOKING. $260 pp (Accom & Guide cost. Meals not included) $100 Deposit required.

Friday 13 August: Arrive and settle into camp from 2pm – short walks/bird watching/relaxing!

Saturday 14 August: Ships Stern Circuit (Lamington NP – Binna Burra) Approx. 19km 7 + hrs. Moderate +

This is one of the classic hikes on the plateau and deservedly so. The well-graded track drops down to the rainforested headwaters of Nixon Creek before gradually ascending to the Ships Stern and culminating at Kooloobano Point. From here the track traverses the eastern escarpment before swinging SW back into rainforest and then joining the Border Track north for the return to Binna Burra. The ever-changing forest types and cliff top sections affording extensive views of the Numinbah Valley make this an engaging outing. There are caves along the way and several interesting side-tracks including to Charraboomba Rock and Nagarigoon Falls.

Sunday 15 August: Dave’s Creek Circuit (Lamington NP, Binna Burra Section) 12 km Approx. 5 – 6hrs. Moderate.

This walk is a wonderful introduction to the botanical diversity of the eastern Lamington Plateau and the geology on which it thrives. Beginning on the Border Track the track “descends through the head of Kurraragin Valley out into Daves Creek country. The circuit passes through several distinctive vegetation types: warm and cool subtropical rainforest along the Border Track; warm temperate rainforest, containing many examples of ancient angiosperms such as coachwood Ceratopetalum apetalum, in Nixon Creek's headwaters; and wet sclerophyll forest with giant New England ash Eucalyptus campanulata.” (NPRSR track note) Besides the vegetation, panoramic views and interesting geologic features such Molongolee Cave and Surprise Rock make this walk intriguing at every turn.

WALK 17: Lizard Point (Main Range NP) 8 - 9 hours return. Elevation +/- 400m Maximum altitude approx. 1200m Challenging.

Sunday 21 August 2022 Cost: $80 pp

Lizard Point juts from the Main Range as a prominent shelf on the skyline north of Mt Roberts. It’s quite a spectacular viewpoint from which to survey the headwaters of Carneys and Wild Cattle Creeks and many of the peaks of the Fassifern. This ridge walk through dense rainforest is rough and challenging. From Teviot Gap it involves a steep climb following the line of the old rabbit fence to gain the ridgeline and then takes a rough rocky foot track through rainforest and over Mt Roberts (1327m) before the trail brings us out to Lizard Point. We return by the same route.

WALK 18: Full Moon Hike!! Mt Mattheson Circuit (Main Range NP) 8km. Moderate with some rough sections.

SATURDAY 10 September Cost: $65 pp BYO dinner and snacks.

There is nothing quite as magical as being in the bush as day gives way to the night – especially on a full moon! Mt Mattheson is a favourite circuit walk and one of the most diverse and historically interesting circuits on the Range. Starting at the Spicer’s Gap picnic area near the pioneer grave site the track climbs gradually through rainforest before coming onto a ridgeline of open eucalypt forest. From Mt Mattheson (752m) the track follows a sharp ridge with bird’s eye views of the Great Divide. Small volcanic cliffs add variety with ferns and orchids sheltering in their crevices. Turning southwest the track meanders through rainforest before opening out onto old logging tracks and joining the historic basalt-cobbled pioneer road. This takes to Governors Chair lookout where we will have dinner and watch the moonrise. From here it’s about a 30-minute walk to the vehicles.

WALK 19: BORDER TRACKS: Mt Lindesay to Richmond Gap 3-day vehicle supported trek – camping and basic accommodation. Approx. 45km over 3 days. Moderate/Challenging grade. Steep terrain.

Saturday 17 – Monday 19 September

The Border between Queensland and NSW offers many magnificent and intriguing walking opportunities. This three-day adventure traces the watershed along the spine of the McPherson Range. Taking in remote sections of the historic Rabbit Board Fence this route is one that few people know but the stories from history resonate at every turn and the modern settlers have tales to tell. It’s early spring and the forests are lush and resonate with birdsong, including the elusive Albert’s Lyrebird. Our journey is vehicle supported, so you need only carry a daypack. Camps are on private property.

COST: $1,375 pp ($200 deposit required on booking) Carry only a day pack J Full list of inclusions in the detailed itinerary. (Minimum guests 6 and maximum 9) two guides accompany the group, third guide for vehicle support and transfer of guest’s luggage.

WALK 20: BACKPACK TREK in GIRRAWEEN NP

Saturday 1 – Monday 3 October 2022 (Long weekend) ** maximum participant number is 7. Cost: $350pp

For a late spring wild treat in our 2022 program we travel to Girraween NP near Stanthorpe for a backpacking long weekend. Walking in this granite wonderland is sensational – even more so when you have the added satisfaction of camping far from the road in splendid peace with a canopy of stars!

You do not need to be experienced at backpacking to join this trip. As long as you are physically able to carry approx. 15 – 18kg of gear in a backpack and are keen to gain bushwalking skills in a supportive group, you are welcome! Happy to chat with you any time 0417 760 966 J

You will need to provide your own transport, food and camping gear. It will be possible to borrow a pack and a limited range of equipment if you do not have your own. Each person will be provided with a detailed map so you can learn some navigation skills along the way! More details including packing list will be advised closer to the date once we have a group confirmed.

For more background on Girraween go to https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween

NB Please remember the program is SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, including adverse weather forecasts, at the discretion of our guides.

ABOUT OUR WALKS Our day-long eco-interpreted bushwalks are open to anyone with an urge to get out and experience the magnificent Scenic Rim region – and beyond. Groups are small and walks are spaced out to allow time for recovery (and training) for the next walk. You can do as many or few walks as you wish but bear in mind that it’s a good idea to keep up regular walking in between to maintain fitness for the next hike. The hikes offer a range of challenges so read the notes carefully before reserving your place.

These are group hikes and natural history interpretation is an integral part of the guided experience. You are expected to stay with the group. These are NOT fast-paced races to a destination!    No drones please. 

Our aim is to get out and explore the many facets of our amazing region, note the changes and develop a deeper understanding of the natural richness on our doorstep and, of course, become walking fit with a wonderful group of like-minded bushwalkers.

The nature of the Scenic Rim terrain means that there are few ‘easy’ walks on graded trails. The majority of routes feature uneven ground and ascents and descents, often with rocky sections. The gradients are sometimes very steep. We always allow plenty of time to complete walks so that there is not the necessity to speed through walks or to feel you are not keeping up.

Participants transport themselves to the start of the walk after meeting at the pre-arranged rendezvous point for the day. (Usually an optional car pool is arranged on the day.) Details of the meeting place and times are emailed one week prior to the walk, along with the names of fellow walkers and a list of necessary items to bring.

Come walking with Horizon Guides this season! 
See you all very soon - yours in bushwalking.

Teresa

 

 

Tour Summary

Dates: March - October 2022 Cost: $65 - $80 for Day Hikes. Prices as indicated. Guests: Maximum group size 10 plus guide/s Accommodation: See walk descriptions Inclusions: - 20 bushwalking experiences. - Variety of challenges over the series. - Small groups: Max. 10 participants + guide/s. - Led by experienced and qualified guide. - First aid & emergency equipment provided. - Beginner bushwalkers welcome. - Natural history interpretation. - Hot cuppa provided at lunch. - Great fun with like-minded people! Notes: Email us now This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your walks - spaces are filling fast .... FAQ: For more information on walk gradings, suitability of walks and weather conditions please visit our FAQ page.

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