Get back to nature with Gondwana

Month-long festival celebrates south-east Queensland rainforests.

Adventurers and conservationists will come together in March to celebrate the regeneration of the Scenic Rim’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforests following the devastating fires of summer 2019/20.

Described as “a festival of a different kind”, the four-week Gondwana Festival will feature live music, an under-the-stars film festival, adventure trade display and children’s nature play activities, guided bushwalks, bushcraft and survival activities and guided mountain expeditions to the top of Queensland’s most impressive peak.

Visitors can take part in guided walks and “wild adventures” from the base camps of Binna Burra, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and Mt Barney Lodge, with Park Tours taking small specialised groups into new trails being opened specifically for the Festival.

Binna Burra CEO Jonathan Fisher said the extended festival itinerary would appeal to people who wanted to avoid crowded locations.

“This is not a festival where you’ll experience hordes of people and the usual trappings of large festivals,” Mr Fisher said.

“This is an immersion experience where people can rediscover and relax in nature and also challenge themselves physically if they choose to. 

“It is something our minds and bodies are craving following the challenges of the past 18 months from drought, fires and COVID-19.”

Festival highlights include the Great Gondwana Trails from Binna Burra which will include specially curated walks, including the ancient Antarctic beech trees up to 3,000 years old.

There will be walks suitable for families with children to treks recommended for the highly experienced adventure seekers.

A full itinerary will be available on the Gondwana Festival website closer to the event.