As any experienced hiker will tell you, it generally takes until the third night of any multi-day trip for the group to feel comfortable enough to get up in front of each other and start imitating prehistoric gastropods.

A team-building game of charades has been convened by Juanita Popple, our lead guide on the Spicers Scenic Rim Trail in southeast Queensland. The setting is sublime, a timber-panelled eco-cabin at the edge of the subtropical rainforest, after-dinner tipples and chocolates within arm’s reach in front of the fire, and the competition is fierce.

Will it be team building or team busting? Wild gesticulations and urgent shouts fill the room. We try to keep clues tied to things we’ve seen that day, which somehow makes the game harder. Re-enacting the famous restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally is easy, but how would you go miming “outstanding buttress” or “Scenic Rim snail hanging from its own slime”?

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