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by | Nov 20, 2021 | Community

Scenic Rim launches new female hiking program: EmpowHER

Credit: SRRC. Women and girls celebrating the EmpowHER Hiking Program

A newly launched Scenic Rim EmpowHER Hiking Program set to kick off in early 2022 will help local women and girls get active, learn essential bushwalking skills and boost their confidence in the outdoors.

“Having just been named one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 regions to visit, especially for our eco-experiences, we’ll be on the map for explorers right across the world,” Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says, adding that the program is a fantastic safe, supportive and low-cost way for women and girls from the Scenic Rim and beyond to try hiking.


“Thanks to $100,000 funding from the Queensland Government, and Health and Wellbeing Queensland, we’re offering an incredible program of guided walks and hikes for all fitness levels, from easy introductory walks to more challenging full-day hikes.


“This program is the first of its kind in the Scenic Rim and we’re so proud be partnering with three incredible local providers, Mt Barney Lodge, ParkTours and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, to deliver this program,” he said.

Credit: SRRC. Women and girls celebrating the EmpowHER Hiking Program

Tracey and Innes Larkin from Mt Barney Lodge said they can’t wait to meet a whole new group of first-timers and introduce them to hiking in the Scenic Rim.

“The name says it all — this is not just a series of guided walks, but a means to empower women and girls to be outdoors and active,” Ms Larkin says.


“We are proud to be experts in the Mt Barney National Park, having guided people in the Scenic Rim for the past 20 years, so not only will you have a safe and fun experience, but you will come away with knowledge about the animals, geology and the history of the area on one of our walks.


“There’ll be plenty to choose for all ability levels, from a sunrise on Mt Cordeaux, to a sunset hike to the Mt Maroon summit, and even a winter solstice walk with a waterfall plunge pool at the end for the ultimate sense of empowerment!”

Bookings are now open for 60 hikes across the Scenic Rim, from February to June 2022 and at just $15 a ticket, check out the full program online and book your tickets here.

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