Scenic Rim Trail

The new Scenic Rim Trail is a remarkable joint project between the Queensland Government Parks Department and Skroo Turner’s Spicers Retreats. Starting on Spicers land at Thornton and finishing at Cunninghams Gap, the public trail traverses 47km of private and public land stopping at three newly constructed public campsites administered by the state government. This trail is shown on the map below.

Meanwhile the Spicers version of the trail (not shown here) follows a similar route but stops at a number of luxurious venues including two private campsites in Main Range National Park and continues south to Spicers Peak. Click for the rather large PDF:

Public Scenic Rim Trail
Public Scenic Rim Trail

Cougal Track

Here is a tough and unrelenting track we did not put in the Family Bushwalks book because it’s a little too remote, dangerous and exposed.

Apparently it’s also possible to travel west along the Border Track from Mt Cougal to Springbrook, and NE then SE from Boyds Butte to the Cascades.

Cougal Track, QLD/NSW border

Family Bushwalks in SEQ – Second Edition

We were very pleasantly surprised at how quickly the First Edition of Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland sold out its initial print run of 2,500 copies. Following a question from a reader “Isn’t Toowoomba in SEQ?” we added a comprehensive Toowoomba Region chapter and beefed up the Somerset Region chapter for the Second Edition which is now available in shops and online at

Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland, Second Edition
Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland, Second Edition

Family Bushwalks in SEQ, Toowoomba Locations
Family Bushwalks in SEQ, Toowoomba Locations

The Cream Track

This is something special – the back way into Springbrook from the end of Tallebudgera Creek Road. The route has recently been ratified, modified and variously signed by Gold Coast City Council.

I walked the track on 3rd November 2016. It’s tough – 750m climb over 5km.

The landowner at the top welcomes walkers who need to traverse their land BUT ONLY if you get and carry a free permit from

City of Gold Coast has signs and online information stating that permits are no longer available but this is contradicted by the website above.

The Cream Track, Springbrook to Tallebudgera