From the mountains and rainforests of the Scenic Rim to the beauty of Tasmania, ParkTours 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. ParkTours 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. ParkTours also organise special interest tours including birding, wildlife, food/wine and art-based adventures.
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).
Service TypesFood and Wine Tours Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours Walking and Biking Tours
ActivitiesBirdwatching Hiking Swimming Walks
MembershipQueensland Tourism Industry Council Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Visitor Information Centre
AccreditationCOVID Safe ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia
Treat yourself to a short break in the Scenic Rim and learn its secrets from the locals. Stretching southwest 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, they begin with easy walks in Moogerah Peaks National Park. At the Main Range National Park, we walk to Mt Cordeaux and Bear Rock for spectacular views, before enjoying an evening cooking class at Mt Barney Lodge. Within Mt Barney National Park, they take on the climb to Mt Maroon, before enjoying sunset drinks with Scenic Rim produce. Travelling via Rathdowney and Beaudesert, they 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. They enjoy the mountain’s culinary delights and meet local characters. The 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.
From $1750 to $2050
Take a short break in southeast 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 rainforests in World Heritage-listed areas.
From Brisbane, they travel southwest 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 eucalyptus 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.
From $1690 to $1990
Visit some of Queensland’s oldest national parks with a four day walking and wellbeing “Tagalong Tour” in southeast Queensland.
Walks include creek explorations, longer wanders on the gently graded tracks and shorter strolls through this World Heritage-listed area, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This subtropical and cool temperate rainforest provides habitat for more than 200 rare or threatened plant and animal species.
They begin in the northeast of the Scenic Rim arc of mountains with a short walk in Tamborine National Park. They continue south via Canungra to Beechmont and visit the studio of the artist, Dave Groom. Nearby their accommodation in Binna Burra’s Sky Lodges has only recently opened its doors after the devastating fires of 2019.
Over two days, they celebrate the opening of Lamington National Park with a selection of walks with the option to hike as much or as little as you prefer. During your stay, you’ll enhance your connection to body, mind and nature, with special guests teaching you Qigong and nature journaling.
On your final morning, they drive across to Springbrook National Park, to enjoy a half-day walk to the Warringa Pool and the spectacular Purling Brook Falls circuit.
Explore Queensland’s north and 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 and bird watching plus local seafood. Spend two full days of walking, swimming and canoe excursions in Boodjamulla National Park (Lawn Hill). Journey to the country towns of Croydon, Normanton, Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Richmond and Charters Towers. Learn about paleontology at Richmond, Riversleigh Fossil Centre and World Heritage site.
Journey through natural and human history as they explore Gondwana Rainforests over 5 days.
Hear stories and visions of local pioneers to the modern-day farmers, artists and wilderness protectors.
Be guided on diverse national park walks from ancient beech forests to mountain caves and swimming holes.
Taste the regional cuisine of the Scenic Rim producers.
Travel from east to west via both walking trails and private transfers through rolling countryside.
Stay in historic lodges and family-owned accommodation across the southern Scenic Rim.
The majestic Bunya Mountains, less than three hours west of Brisbane, is a spectacular wilderness in a section of the Great Dividing Range. Settle in for two nights here, home to the world’s largest forest of bunya pines. Walks feature panoramic mountain scenery with views over the South Burnett region and southern plains. Moving to the North Burnett Region, stay two nights in Biggenden, exploring the nearby Mount Walsh National Park. This remote national park offers steep forested slopes and mountain areas with spectacular exposed granite outcrops and cliffs. The next two nights are spent in the Bundaberg Region, at the coastal town of Bangarra. Stroll along the Burnett River and visit the lush botanical gardens. A day cruise to Lady Musgrave, the jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, gives you a chance to snorkel over coral reefs, teeming with marine life. The island is an important nesting site for diverse birdlife and is part of the Capricornia Cays Important Bird Area. On return to Brisbane, relax for two nights in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland staying at a tranquil eco-retreat. Gentle walks include Kondalilla National Park along with Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
From $2580 to $2880
Make a pilgrimage to the heart of the Gondwana rainforests on one of Queensland’s long-distance hiking trails. Spend five days walking this 54-kilometre trail with only a day pack. This fully accommodated tour includes time at two of Lamington’s iconic lodges and chalet accommodation on Springbrook. From O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, walk 21 kilometres through the Green Mountain section of Lamington following sections of the QLD/NSW border. Based at Binna Burra Lodge, they explore the Lower Ballanjui Circuit with lookouts over the eastern side of Lamington National Park. Admire the stands of flooded gums, brushbox and piccabeen groves on the way to lunch at the base of Ballanjui Falls. Leaving Lamington plateau, they descend past Egg Rock, a remnant plug from the Tweed shield volcano, Wollumbin (Mt Warning). The trail continues through the farming valley of Numinbah and climbs steadily to the mountain plateau of Springbrook. Staying two nights in Springbrook, they finish the official Great Walk with a half-day hike via Warringah Pools to the cool spray of Purlingbrook Falls. Their final day at Springbrook National Park includes the option of the Twin Falls Circuit and other short walks before returning to the Gold Coast.