Lonely Planet review
Eighteen kilometres east of Rathdowney in the Gold Coast hinterland, Araucaria offers three-day naturalist-led wilderness tours in the Mt Barney National Park area. The tour picks up in Brisbane every Wednesday morning and calls in at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre on the way down to the rainforests of the Border Ranges. The cost is $418 per person for camping accommodation, or $528 in a two-bed cabin. This company also operates day tours including Bushwalking in Brisbane ($110) and Coochiemudlo Island ($110), which both include lunch.