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Country Charm™ Discovery Tour

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For ecotourism seekers, the Country Charm™ Discovery Tour is an eco-certified, self-drive tour of the beautiful Scenic Rim region of South-East Queensland, part of one of Australia's exciting National Landscapes - the 'Green Cauldron'. The discovery tour can commence in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. The eco tour itinerary includes a variety of wonderful experiences featuring visits to national parks, with specialised interpretation of the flora, fauna and landscapes (including a vineyard tour), as well as a tour of a fascinating heritage site. High quality accommodation at award-winning, advanced ecotourism resorts (Mt Barney Lodge and Binna Burra Skye Lodge) and all meals are also included in one of two packages.

Details of the tour itinerary are included in supplied maps and 'easy to follow' navigation instructions for the entire journey. For travellers requiring a rental vehicle, special rates have been negotiated with Avis Australia. The assigned exclusive travel agency, Wye and James Travel Associates can also arrange all travel requirements to and from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

Documentation in Mandarin language available for Chinese travellers.

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  • Paid Wifi

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching

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Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

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Main Range National Park

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Main Range National Park traverses the Cunningham Highway near Ipswich and Warwick in the Southern Downs Area. This heritage-listed ancient rainforest links South East Queensland's Scenic Rim in the east with an arc of Gondwana lined peaks, ridges and escarpments to the west. Commence by heading towards Goomburra on the unsealed road to the Dalrymple Circuit and camp at Spicers Gap or Goomburra. Keep your camera poised for the seldom seen Albert's lyrebird, the endangered eastern bristlebird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Plan lunch at Cunningham's Gap picnic area where the highway's cross, and explore the Rainforest Circuit with ancient volcanic views over the Fassifern Valley and Lake Moogerah - popular with boaties and anglers. Enjoy the sights of Queen Mary Falls at the lookout giving views of water plummeting 40 metres below into Spring Creek. Challenge yourself on a full day hike to summit Mount Cordeaux or Mount Mitchell and explore the Pioneer Graves Track or the 300 metre return to Governors Chair lookout, the large rock on the edge of the cliff face.

Mount Barney National Park

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Mount Barney National Park is a wild, World Heritage-listed park boasting seven rugged mountains and the remains of an ancient volcano. Its cascading creeks and pristine forest habitats preserve many rare plants and vulnerable animal species unique to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Its peaks act as a global magnet to highly skilled and adventurous bushwalkers. For a leisurely visit, drive to Yellow Pinch picnic area and photograph kingfishers swooping over the water. If reasonably fit and equipped, walk in to camp at Cronan Creek (from Yellow Pinch), the Upper Portals (from Cleared Ridge), or the Lower Portals (from Lower Portals carpark). Only skilled hikers should attempt other walks in the park.

Kirra Reef Dive Site

Kirra Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Not far from Kirra Beach, one of the Gold Coast's top surfing destinations, is one of its most mysterious dive sites: the Kirra Reef. Consisting of scattered rocky outcrops covered in kelp fronds, there are scores of hidden gems throughout the reef. Drift from rock to rock and you'll find marine life everywhere, with morays hiding in the most unexpected places. Kirra Reef is an ideal spot for following the smaller species and macro life, discovering the beauty of their marine ecosystem. Porcupine fish and wobbegongs are common, as well as smaller colourful creatures like nudibranchs and flatworms.

Nine Mile Reef Dive Site

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Nine Mile Reef, off Tweed Heads, has a reputation among locals as being a "sharky" spot. All year long, wobbegongs, blind sharks, and bronze whalers call the reef home, with leopard sharks in summer, grey nurse sharks in winter, and occasional hammerheads and whale sharks popping by. The top of the reef sits at about 10 metres deep, dropping to 30 metres with the drop-off covered in numerous hard and soft corals. Reef fish are scattered across the shallower parts, with pelagic fish, sharks, turtles, stingrays, eagle rays and the occasional manta ray circling and sometimes crossing the reef.

Cook Island Dive Site

Gold Coast, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Cook Island, a short boat trip from the Gold Coast, is an accessible and appealing dive site for all experience levels. Hard and soft corals cover the bottom in some areas, with boulders forming walls and caves descending to the sandy sea floor in others. A colourful and interesting mix of reef and pelagic fish call Cook Island home: pufferfish, gropers, surgeonfish, clown fish, leatherjackets, parrotfish, trevally, bullseyes and sweetlips are some of the most common residents. Photographers will find plenty of photogenic subjects, with nudibranchs, stingrays, turtles, wobbegongs and even leopard sharks over summer.

Mt Superbus

Aratula, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
In the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, Main Range National Park forms the western part of a semi-circle of mountains in south-east Queensland known as the scenic rim. Mt Superbus is the tallest, if slightly unspectacular mountain in southern Queensland. This walk climbs from Emu Creek up to the crash site of Lincoln Bomber that was on a medical mercy flight in 1955. Suitable for fit, experienced bushwalkers only.

Moogerah Peaks National Park

Moogerah, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Four ancient volcanic peaks in the fertile Fassifern Valley form the Moogerah Peaks National Park. Hoop pines grow in dry rainforests near the summits. Three of the parks four sections are easily accessed and offer different experiences. Mount French, known internationally for its Frog Buttress rock climbing site, has visitor facilities and a small camping area. The Mount French picnic area has lookouts with views to Cunninghams Gap and Lamington National Park. Logans lookout (previously known as the North Cliff lookout) has wheelchair access. Mount Edwards can be reached after a picnic on the bank of Lake Moogerah and climbed by the fit for views of the surrounding countryside. On craggy Mount Greville, experienced walkers will enjoy exploring palm and waterfall gorges.

Lake Maroon

Boonah, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Just one hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, Lake Maroon is located in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Boonah. Lake Maroon is ideal for camping and fast becoming one of Queensland's most popular places for sailing, fishing, water skiing, parasailing and paddle boating. The Lake Maroon recreation area is located next to the dam wall, off Maroon Dam Road, and the boat ramp is opposite, off Slater Park Road. The following activities are available: barbecuing and picnicking, boating (powered and non-powered), camping (in designated areas), canoeing and kayaking, fishing, jet skiing and waterskiing, and sailing. For more information visit the nearby Boonah Visitor Information Centre.

Coolangatta

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
The southern Gold Coast's famous sandy beaches and world-class surf breaks conclude at Coolangatta, renowned for its casual beach-side culture. Spend the day surfing, SUP or swimming with the locals at Coolangatta, Greenmount, Duranbah, Palm Beach and into southern Rainbow Bay. Later walk to the New South Wales state border at Point Danger where Greenmount Beach meets Rainbow Bay and keep an eye for breaching whales and dolphins from high on the hill. Peer back towards the famous Surfers Paradise skyline at sunset whilst dining alfresco at one of many oceanfront hotels, or nestle on the grassy hill at Snapper Rocks and settle in for the annual pro surfing events.

Currumbin Valley

Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast Area
Heading into the Currumbin Valley is a little like entering an Aladdin's Cave of adventure. From the coastline, head southwest into another world along Currumbin Creek Road which leads to Tomewin Mountain Road winding up to Tomewin Mountain. At 457 metres high it offers a great vantage point over the entire valley as well as north to Mount Tallebudgera and west across the World Heritage-listed Rainforest mountains of Cougal and Springbrook. The drive itself into the valley is something special, you'll pass farms, eco villages, fruit stalls, bed and breakfasts, homesteads, gardens and cottages. It's easy to see why the descendants of early settlers, who came here for the red cedar timber and to raise dairy cattle and farm bananas, still call this lush valley home. Highlights of this valley include the cooling Currumbin Rock Pools for a swim and Camp Eden for the health conscious. The Mount Cougal section of Springbrook National Park sits at the end of Currumbin Creek Road. There's also plenty of galleries teaming with pottery and arts and crafts in which if, you look carefully, your own genie may await.
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