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Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Skywalk Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

How far: 54km
Clock it: Allow 3 days
The pinch: Moderate, but stamina is key

The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk links the Lamington and Springbrook national parks via the scenic Numinbah Valley. The three-day hike promises a hikers’ delight of rushing streams, plummeting waterfalls, lush rainforest, abundant flora and fauna as you traverse the rim of the Tweed Volcano.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife district manager Jason Jacobi road tests the Hinterland Great Walk.

Allow three days to complete the entire 54kms. It is recommended that you walk west to east, setting out along the Border Track at O’Reilly’s (in the Green Mountain section of Lamington National Park) and ending at The Settlement campground in Springbrook National Park. A temporary walkers camp has been constructed in Numinbah Forest Reserve while the planned Woonoongoora walkers camp, to be located on the Springbrook Conservation Area, is being approved. For a few home comforts, investigate hinterland B&Bs and guesthouses in the area.

The best time to tackle the Great Walk is between March and October. Temperatures on Lamington and Springbrook plateaus are generally around five degrees cooler than the Coast up to 36C in summer and minus 0C in winter. Conditions are notoriously changeable up here, so be prepared for wet and cool weather at all times. Expect damp to wet track conditions between December and March the plateaus wet season. The Numinbah Valley gets most of its rain during the summer when temps can hit 38C in summer. Expect no lower than 4C in winter when days are clear and crisp.

For more information, visit the DERM.