We were glad to get away from Brisbane a bit earlier than expected, although we did still get to experience a small taste of city rush hour traffic. However we were soon off the Brisbane to Ipswich highway and onto some quiet roads and into some lovely green countryside surrounded by impressive mountains.
The area is known as “The Scenic Rim” which is perhaps a more imaginative alternative to the Gold Coast Hinterland and it certainly doesn’t resemble the Gold Coast in any way. Our camp for the next 4 nights was on a private farm on 160 acres on the edge of a national park and it was great to have a place to ourselves after the hustle of Brisbane. Although $33 per night for just a patch of ground to park a caravan, the location was spectacular (see below).
On the first day we set of to climb the mountain behind our camp site – Mt Maroon. This is in Mt Barney national park where we also spent the next two days exploring Cronan Waterfall and the Lower Portal (which Maddy will write about soon)
The national park website describes it as a 5 to 6 hour walk and goes crazy with warnings about how dangerous it is. However after walking a few minutes we met a person coming back down who told us that the walk is more like 2 to 3 hours. While it isn’t too hard there was unfortunately one slightly exposed bit which put Maddy off. I continued on and because we had planned to make a day of it, took my time and probably managed to make it take 5 hours in the end with plenty of stops to look at birds, the views and a swim in a little creek up near the summit.
As far as danger is concerned, there was one steep gully where there is potential for someone up ahead to knock off a rock so I guess they had to put up a sign to cover themselves, but it all seemed rather over the top.
However the walk (although shorter than expected) is great. It goes through varied terrain and vegetation and ends with a wonderful view of Mt Lindesay, Mt Barney and the surrounding area.
Once back at the camp there was time to explore the place we were staying. Saw a few birds and heard a Koala (but did not manage to find it). S