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, including Everythere smartphone based guidance. 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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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

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Enjoy the beautiful mountains within Australia's Green Cauldron National Landscape on the door-step of the Gold Coast. Country Charm Discovery Tours are self-drive with a customised itinerary provided, including visits to natural areas with ecological interpretation of this magnificent setting, wildlife encounter experiences, a vineyard and a heritage destination.

Three or Four Day self-drive tour packages offer an exciting itinerary with 'Everythere' smartphone guidance and which links a variety of natural and cultural heritage experiences within world-heritage listed national parks, including quality accommodation and all meals at advanced ecotourism resorts. Documentation available in mandarin for Chinese travellers.

Three Day/Two Nights Tour: Accommodation (four star) at the Advanced Ecotourism Mt Barney resort located next to World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park near Rathdowney.

Indicative rates

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$889 $1309

Four Day /Three Nights Tour: An extra one night's accommodation in the fabulous luxury Sky Lodge Studio Apartment at the Advanced Ecotourism Binna Burra Lodge located adjacent to the Lamington National Park.

Indicative rates

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$1139 $1709

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Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
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Nestled amongst the foothills of World Heritage-listed, Mt Barney National Park, Mt Barney Lodge is a unique country escape that offers a variety of accommodation and Eco Accredited adventure activities.

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.

Mount Barney National Park

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
The distinctive peaks of mounts Barney, Maroon, May, Lindesay, Ernest, Ballow and Clunie dominate the skyline in Mount Barney National Park. These rugged peaks are the remains of the ancient Focal Peak shield volcano that erupted 24 million years ago.

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, a good population of wobbegongs call the reef home, but are joined by leopard sharks in summer and grey nurse sharks in winter.

Boonah

Boonah, Scenic Rim Area
Just one hour west of Brisbane, located in the heart of the Scenic Rim is beautiful Boonah, one of the most picturesque areas in South East Queensland. The superb scenery of rugged mountains and peaceful lakes allow for great scenic drives, horse riding, bushwalking, mountaineering, sky diving, gliding and water sports.

Moogerah

Moogerah, Scenic Rim Area
Moogerah is located one hour's drive south west of Brisbane via the Cunningham Highway. For a little more scenery, take the route from Ipswich or the Gold Coast through Boonah's countryside. Just outside Moogerah, you'll find the spectacular Moogerah Peaks and five minutes away to the north-east, lies beautiful Lake Moogerah.

Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park

The Falls, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
A landscape of rugged mountains, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, dappled forests and unique wildlife is waiting to be explored. Settle in for a morning cuppa or barbecue picnic lunch at this shady spot nestled in fragrant eucalypt forest.

Kirra

Kirra Beach, Gold Coast Area
There's variations on what the word Kirra actually means, but some believe Queensland Aborigines named it after a boomerang. Which makes sense as Kirra wraps evocatively around the bend separating Coolangatta and Kirra beaches and in front of Kirra Hill.

Currumbin Waters

Currumbin Waters, Gold Coast Area
Currumbin is an inspiring beachfront community where the epic Currumbin Creek waterway links to the pristine rainforest mountains of the region when heading west. Currumbin Creek and the Alley, the entrance to the ocean, offer a protected and patrolled haven for all kinds of active water sports, particularly stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

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.
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