Love hiking and climbing? How about climbing along the edge of a towering cliff, clinging only to steel cables while you creep ever higher over the valley below? You’ll soon be able to do just that in the Gold Coast Hinterland, with news of a new ‘Via Ferrata’ being created as part of revival plans for the recently destroyed Binna Burra Lodge.
Italian for ‘iron path’, a Via Ferrata is a cliff face climbing route that uses steel cables, ladders and other fixed anchors to create a traversable climbing path along an otherwise inaccessible route. Popular across European hiking regions, they’re an adventurous activity that gives adrenaline seekers access to spectacular views in dramatic locations—like the Gold Coast hinterland.
The iconic Binna Burra Lodge in Lamington National Park has always been renowned for its stunning scenery and exhilarating adventures, but suffered significant structural damage during the recent bushfires. While Binna Burra is already planning to rebuild, with a GoFundMe page up and running, they’ve also received a hefty $1.48 million from the Queensland Government to fund the Via Ferrata project, which is scheduled to open in mid-2020.
In response to the news, chairman of the Binna Burra Lodge board, Steve Noakes, said “From disaster comes opportunity… we’re going to build a foundation based on all the traditional and heritage values of the past, but a new era which includes a bigger focus on adventure tourism experiences.” The Via Ferrata, which has been described as the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb but on a cliff face, will add to Binna Burra’s great range of activities including bushwalking, abseiling and archery, that aim to nurture the mind, body and soul.
The new Via Ferrata at Binna Burra Lodge is projected to open in mid-2020. For more information keep up to date here.
The Scenic Rim is also home to a spectacular new walking trail, get the details here.
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