In the footsteps of Arthur Groom, ParkTours is offering an exclusive five-day tour across the Scenic Rim, SE Qld, during the upcoming Gondwana Festival this March.

Arthur’s Trek, in honour of Binna Burra co-founder, Australian conservationist, journalist and author Arthur Groom (1904-1953) has been inspired by an incredible trek Arthur made in 1931.

Arthur’s Trek is part of the Gondwana Festival to be held during March 2021 within the stunning Scenic Rim, from Lamington National Park to Mt Barney National Park, as a month-long celebration of some of the most spectacular areas of the Queensland section of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.

Arthur trekked by moonlight from O’Reilly’s Guest House, through Lamington NP, coming down from the Green Mountains to pass between silent houses and motionless cattle on the moonlit hills rolling between the cliffs and bluffs of the Lost World Valley.

He traversed Christmas Creek, stopping for breakfast with a welcoming farmer, before reaching the property of Moringararah (now known as Mt Barney Lodge). He had come to inspect the property by the upper reaches of the Logan River, to ensure its suitability as a campsite for an upcoming event of the newly formed National Parks Association of Queensland.

After lunching with the then owner, he set off again on his return journey back to his home at Mt Roberts (what we now know as Binna Burra) covering the 113km journey on foot within twenty-four hours.

The new trek in 2021 will re-trace Arthur’s journey over five days and four nights with a combination of half and full day walks, exploring Gondwana Rainforests from Binna Burra to O’Reilly’s, on to the Lost World Valley and Mt Barney National Park, staying in welcoming lodges and homesteads, along the way.

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