From the mountains and rainforests of the Scenic Rim to the beauty of Tasmania, interNATIONAL PARKtours (IPT) takes you on small group walking tours to national parks and natural regions around Australia. Discover the country on easy to medium grade walks. Travel between destinations by private coach. Relax and unwind at the end of the day in comfortable accommodation. Most meals are included with the focus on local cuisine and regional produce. IPT guides are experienced and have your comfort and energy levels in mind.
Australian walking holidays range from three to four day short breaks, one week hiking tours or extended walking tours of two to three weeks, which travel to more remote areas. IPT also organise special interest tours including birding, wildlife, food/wine and art-based adventures.
interNATIONAL PARKtours have operated walking focused tours in Australia and around the world since 1975. The company is family-owned and the office is located in Australia’s Gold Coast hinterland (near Lamington National Park).
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From $2300 to $2800
Treat yourself with a short break in the Scenic Rim and learn its secrets from the locals. Stretching south west of Brisbane, this arc of sweeping ranges, river valleys, lush rainforests and quaint country towns is the perfect city antidote.
Walk amongst spectacular landforms, sample fresh produce and meet artists and local characters along the way. Travelling from Brisbane via the country towns of Kalbar and Harrisville, you’ll begin with easy walks in Moogerah Peaks National Park. In and around the lively town of Boonah, enjoy the combination of good food, wine, local art, along with gentle walks in Main Range National Park.
A lunchtime cooking class contrasts with creek walks and mountain lookouts in the Mt Barney area. Travelling via Rathdowney and Tamrookum, you then explore the eastern side of the Scenic Rim. Based for two nights at Tamborine Mountain, short walks lead to palm forests, waterfalls and quiet lookouts.
You’ll enjoy the mountain’s culinary delights and meet local characters.
Their final day includes a short walk in Lamington National Park, time at a Beechmont art studio and lunch with views back over the mountains before returning to Brisbane.
Visit some of Queensland’s oldest national parks with a short break in south east Queensland. Late Winter in the mountains heralds dramatic skies, abundant wildlife and cool nights radiant with stars.
Walks include creek explorations, longer walks on the gently graded tracks and shorter strolls through the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This subtropical rainforest provides habitat for more than 200 rare or threatened plant and animal species.
From Brisbane they travel south to Tamborine National Park for short rainforest and lookout walks. This park is part of the Scenic Rim arc of mountains, and is made up of 13 sections on the Tamborine plateau. They continue south via Canungra to the accommodation in Beechmont, just two kilometres from the Lamington National Park visitor centre.
Over two days, they will offer a selection of popular and lesser known walks with options to hike as much or as little as you prefer. On the final morning, they finish with a section of the long distance Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Driving across to neighbouring Springbrook National Park, they enjoy a half day walk following the Little Nerang Creek to the Warringa Pool and the spectacular Purling Brook Falls.
Take a short break in south east Queensland’s Granite Belt at one of their favourite times of the year. Early Autumn in the national parks, heralds dramatic skies, abundant wildlife and cool nights radiant with stars.
Walks include creek explorations, exhilarating ascents of the local peaks and shorter strolls through sub-tropical rainforest in World Heritage listed areas.
From Brisbane they travel south west to Main Range National Park for rainforest and lookout walks with the option to climb Mt Cordeaux. This park straddles the Great Dividing Range and is part of the Scenic Rim arc of mountains. South of Stanthorpe they spend three nights at Girraween National Park. Meaning “Place of Flowers”, Girraween National Park is famous for its granite domes, improbable balancing boulders and exquisitely water worn creek forms.
Walks lead you to fascinating underground creeks, magnificent granite outcrops and lookouts over the eucalypt forests and heathlands. Each day, they will offer a selection of popular and lesser known walks with options to hike as much or as little as you prefer. Their final walk is to the largest exposed granite monolith in Australia, at Bald Rock National Park before returning to Brisbane in the late afternoon.
Visit the green behind the Gold Coast, and Queensland’s oldest national parks with a short break in Tamborine Mountain at one of their favourite times of the year. Late Winter in the mountains gives clear walking days, abundant wildlife and cool nights radiant with stars. Walks include subtropical rainforest with palm groves, open eucalypt woodlands with grassy understories and deep weathered gorges with quiet streams and waterfalls.
They explore a network of nature trails throughout Tamborine National Park, and walk a section of Lamington National Park – Green Mountains. From Brisbane they travel south to Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, for a short walk in its 1200 hectares of wetland, eucalypt forest, salt marsh and mangrove habitat. They then continue to tabletop-shaped Tamborine Mountain National Park, their base for the next three nights. They spend the days exploring the many walks of the area also taking time to experience local wineries, local producers and artists of the area. Enjoy comfortable, central accommodation and many delicious meals home cooked meals by two generations of the Groom family. At just an hour from Brisbane and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast – Tamborine Mountain is truly one of Queensland’s secret treasures.
Explore Queensland’s north & outback on this 16 day journey. Spend two nights at eco-accredited Undara Experience, with a lava tube tour in Undara National Park. Experience the historic train journey, the Gulflander from Croydon to Normanton. Relax at Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Enjoy a sunset river cruise, crocodile & bird watching plus local seafood. Spend two full days of walking, swimming & canoe excursions in Boodjamulla National Park (Lawn Hill). Journey to the country towns of Croydon, Normanton, Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Richmond & Charters Towers. Learn about paleontology at Richmond, Riversleigh Fossil Centre & World Heritage site.