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The 10 best things to do in the Scenic Rim

Here’s where to eat, play and stay during your next country getaway in south-east Queensland

Melissa Woodley

If the name didn’t already give it away, the Scenic Rim is truly a spectacular sight. Just an easy 60-minute drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast , this hinterland region is known as Brisbane’s World Heritage-listed backyard, boasting stunning national parks, lush rainforests and dramatic mountain ranges. 

There’s no shortage of ways to fill your cup in the Rim, which was recently included in Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Regions of the World list for 2022. Spend your days immersed in the region’s natural beauty, hiking to hidden waterfalls, enjoying breathtaking mountain vistas and meandering through boutique vineyards. Don’t rush back too – extend your time in the Scenic Rim with a night or three at one of the beautiful cabins, farm stays or luxury lodges. This way, you’ll have more time to explore the charming countryside towns and eat your way through the best restaurants and cafés the Scenic Rim has to offer.

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Elderflower Farm

Elderflower Farm

If there’s one easy way to brighten up your day, it’s with a trip to Elderflower Farm. The colourful flower fields are always blooming with old-fashioned heirlooms, which are cut daily by farmers Rachel and Fred Watkins. You can breathe in the fragrant air, admire the seasonal blooms up close, or grab a bunch to take home from the onsite farm shop. Here, you can also pick up flower field honey, elderflower tea, bespoke perfume, floripops and seeds to plant at home. Elderflower also runs occasional flower-picking days and flower-arranging workshops. Note: The farm is only open from Thursday to Sunday.

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Tamborine National Park

There are plenty of places to chase waterfalls in and around the Scenic Rim, but Tamborine National Park stands out at the fan favourite. Start your waterfall adventure with Curtis Falls. It’s easily accessible via a moderate one-kilometre walk through lush rainforest. The falls are stunning, and you can get pretty close via the viewing platform at the end of the walk. Swimming is not allowed at Curtis Falls, but if you’re hoping for a dip, then head to nearby Cedar Creek Falls, where you’ll find the only natural swimming holes in the area. 

The Overflow Estate 1895

The Overflow Estate 1895

You could easily spend the whole day at this dreamy winery, which is perched just behind the shimmery Wyaralong Dam. Start with a tasting of their signature wines, including a refreshing sparkling rosé or timeless tempranillo. Then, settle in for a French-inspired long lunch overlooking the vineyards. The two or three-course menu features snails in wild mushroom arancini, carb and crayfish lasagna, slow-cooked beef cheeks and pistachio crème brûlée. 

Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park

There are more than 160 kilometres of tracks waiting for you to explore in this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Get lost in the magic of it all on the seven-kilometre Caves Walk, which winds through open eucalypt forest and offers spectacular views into the Coomera Valley and Darlington Range. Keep an eye out for snoozing koalas in the trees and also for white-throated treecreepers, members of one of the oldest groups of songbirds. Fun fact: The national park was named after a Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington. 

Stay the night in style

Stay the night in style

It’s well worth staying a few nights in the Scenic Rim so you can explore its abundance of natural wonders. The region offers an impressive range of luxury stays, from Australia’s highest non-alpine mountain lodge at Spices Hidden Vale to the incredibly charming farm stay at Herrmann House. You’ll also find campgrounds, such as at the eco-friendly O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, along with a gorgeous glamping set-up at Ketchups Bank. However, our top pick are the incredibly secluded and sustainably-designed WanderPods , which come with cosy fireplaces, outdoor baths and the comfiest king-sized beds.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Month

Scenic Rim Eat Local Month

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From the small country village of Beechmont to the secluded hinterlands of Tamborine Mountain, this month-long food fiesta hosts more than 120 delicious events each June. It’s backed by some of the biggest names in the local hospo scene, who will cook up stellar paddock-to-plate experiences, including long lunches, guest chef degustations, food tours, and growers’ markets. Get in quick if you want to attend the famous Kalfresh Carrot Day in Australia’s carrot-growing capital. The carrot ice cream from Moffatt’s Fresh Produce is a must-try.

Kooroomba Lavender Farm

Kooroomba Lavender Farm

The fields are alive at this gorgeous lavender farm, set on a six-hectare vineyard in the Fassifern Valley at Mount Alford. Kooroomba is perhaps the Scenic Rim’s best-kept secret, boasting an award-winning cellar door and restaurant on the farm. The best time to visit is between June and August, as lavender thrives in the cooler climate. However, Kooroomba’s six varieties of French and Italian lavender bloom almost all year round, ensuring perfect photo opportunities no matter the season. 

Scenic Rim Farm Shop and Café

Scenic Rim Farm Shop and Café

Right next door to Elderflower Farm is the equally enchanting Scenic Rim Farm Shop and Café. Here, you can pick up the freshest local produce to cook up during your stay, then relax under the shady jacaranda trees to enjoy house-baked cakes or hearty lunch dishes. We’re talking everything from freshly baked Turkish bread rolls with poached chicken and coffee-rubbed brisket nachos, to local coffee, juices and kombucha. PS: Well-mannered dogs are most welcome to join too.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Soar high above Tamborine Mountain’s beautiful and lush rainforest canopies on this leisurely 1.5 kilometre skywalk. After winding through forest floor trails, you’ll ascend to a path of raised steel bridges, including a 30-metre-high cantilever bridge that offers stunning views of the creek and rainforest below. Keep a lookout for exotic insects, butterflies, birds and reptiles along the way.

Mountview Alpaca Farm

Mountview Alpaca Farm

Alpaca your bags for a delightful day out with the whole family at this incredibly adorable alpaca farm. Located on the O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards in Canungra, it’s a place where parents will have just as much fun as the little ones. You can feed, cuddle, walk or snap a selfie with Mountview’s 50 friendly alpacas, before sharing a gourmet picnic hamper by the creek.

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  • -27.98738 153.00257 1 Beaudesert - main population centre of the Scenic Rim
  • -27.99 152.685 2 Boonah - a base from where to explore the Scenic Rim

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  • -28.1422 153.115 1 Lamington National Park – the most prominent Gondwana Rainforests national park in Queensland
  • -27.927 153.194 5 Tamborine Mountain – a quaint mountain town next to Queensland's oldest national park

The Scenic Rim region is a thriving rural paradise set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by world heritage listed national parks.

Home to a population of more than 34,000, the region covers 4,250 km 2 (1,640 sq mi) and is located an hour south of Brisbane and an hour inland from the Gold Coast.

Known for its breathtaking scenery, it is a popular tourist destination offering visitors plenty to see and do.

From its myriad of wineries and art galleries to expansive bushwalking tracks, state of the art equine facilities, growing rural communities and friendly country charm, the Scenic Rim region is a must see destination.

Its main towns are Beaudesert, Boonah, Rathdowney, Kooralbyn, Kalbar, Aratula, Canungra, Tamborine Mountain, Harrisville and Peak Crossing.

The region's primary businesses are agricultural/horticultural production, the equine industry and tourism/ecotourism.

The Scenic Rim region contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, including national parks and council controlled parks. The region also contains three dams: Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Wyaralong Dam.

Supported by a thriving economy, a farming industry and a vibrant arts community, the Scenic Rim has a strong community spirit and friendly locals

Transport options into the Scenic Rim are very limited, and as such, the primary method of getting into the Scenic Rim is by car. However, there is only one major well-developed highway to the region from Brisbane , and that is from the Mount Lindesay Highway (National Route 13). Outside that, most roads are narrow and not a very feasible way of getting in.

The Scenic Rim has plenty of national parks , including several world heritage national parks, as part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia .

Visit sub tropical rainforests in Tamborine National Park and the World Heritage Listed, Lamington National Park. Fully guided tours in Australian built 4WD’s ensure an educational and exciting day out. From nature walks, animal spotting and bird feeding to off-road driving, whip cracking, wine tours, conferences and overnight camping.

Cork'n Fork is the family owned and operated wine tour operators locally based at Tamborine. Judi and Peter Jaques established the business in January 2001, with the idea of providing visitors, staying at the B & B's of Tamborine Mountain, with the experience of participating in boutique winery and distillery tours. Today they have expanded to include pickups from Coolangatta to Brisbane and west to Ipswich.

Lake Moogerah has an associated caravan park and camping ground which is a favourite with fishermen and holiday makers. These areas are a great drawcard for residents and visitors alike.

Council owns a number of camping grounds in the Scenic Rim region, some of which are managed by private operators.

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4-day road trip through Queensland’s Scenic Rim 

This four-day escape to Queensland’s Scenic Rim is like a food tour through a mythical Arcadia where you’ll find nourishment for the body and the soul. 

By Phil Hawkes

Some call it the ‘green behind the gold’ or the ‘green cauldron’ – a worthy epithet for this ancient volcanic land and the traditional country of the Yugambeh peoples.  

As well as a World Heritage-listed rainforest and six national parks in an area over more than 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 square miles), Queensland’s Scenic Rim is jam-packed with small villages, rural retreats and paddock-to-plate producers. In this scenic pastoral setting, away from the glitz and glamour of the big city and the busy coastal fringe, you can escape the pressures of daily life and breathe in the fresh eucalypt-scented air. Here’s how to make the most of four days here. 

4-day road trip through Queensland’s Scenic Rim

Day 1: Brisbane or Gold Coast to Boonah via Beaudesert and Harrisville

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Known as the Green Cauldron, the Scenic Rim was formed more than 26 million years ago, and was three million years in the making.

  • Drive time: about 1.5 hours.

Brisbane and the Gold Coast both make ideal starting points for your exploration of the Scenic Rim. Hire a car from either airport and set out into the hinterland to the regional centre of Beaudesert, where you’ll find a good selection of cafés with funny names such as Bean To? and VK Everydays for your caffeine fix.

From here, continue along Scenic Rim Way around picturesque Wyaralong Dam, stopping for lunch and tastings at The Overflow Estate 1895 – a premium winery specialising in Mediterranean grape varieties such as Vermentino, Fiano and Montepulciano. 

Your route then turns north towards Harrisville, where you’ll find Australia’s largest camel farm,  Summer Land . Here, you can get up close and selfie-personal with some of the 550 beauties, which are mostly wild rescues from Central Australia. Have fun touring the farm, ride a camel and learn the health benefits of camel milk dairy products and the skin wellness range. Be sure to try their camel feta cheese, gelato or (wait for it) a camelcino! One hump or two, sir?     

End the day at nearby  Paradine Estate Winery  for a friendly wine tasting and gourmet pizza. Alternatively, for a good country meal, head to the historic  Royal Hotel Harrisville  or, 20 minutes south,  The Dugandan Hotel  in the lovely little town of Boonah. 

Stay : Book a room at  The Bunyip Retreat  on the side of Mt French. It offers eco-friendly lodges and an exciting range of activities, including vintage aircraft joy flights, gliding lessons and hot-air balloon rides, and is within a 10-minute drive of Boonah.

Day 2: Boonah to Mt Barney via Mt Alford and Rathdowney

Scenic Rim Brewery, Mt Alford, QLD © Scenic Rim Brewery

Scenic Rim Brewery, Mt Alford, Queensland © Scenic Rim Brewery

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If you’re driving on a weekend, make sure you fuel up (both you and your car) in the morning as some places may not stay open all day Saturday or Sunday.

Before hitting the road, have brekkie in Boonah at The Story Tree (it’s a bookshop and a café) or Flavours Cafe for an authentic country vibe. On your way south out of Boonah be sure to drop in at Bunjurgen Estate Winery and stock up for the night ahead with its awarded shiraz, delicate rosé and memorable fortified wines.  

In Mt Alford, you’ll be warmly welcomed at the boutique Scenic Rim Brewery , and while it may not be a good idea to hit the hops so early in the day, your partners could try some crafty brews with names like Digga’s Pale Ale and Fat Man Maroon Ale. Next, head five minutes out of town to Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm for dreamy lavender field views and an early lunch (or save yourself for the next stop). 

The second last stop on your route today is Rathdowney and its famous pub affectionately known as  Rathy’s . If your accommodation at Mt Barney is self-catered, stock up on food and drinks at a local store while you’re here. Aim to arrive at Mt Barney with plenty of time for a healthy walk to admire the magnificent mountain scenery, watch for wildlife and birds, and enjoy the drama of the scenic rim sunset.

Stay:  You’ll find romantic cottages, family cabins and stunning views of Mt Barney at  Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages . Package deals with meals are available, and you can taste and buy wines from the estate’s onsite cellar door; petit verdot and a tasty GSM are the star performers here. Self-catering   Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat  is a fun-filled stay for families and those after more active pursuits. 

Day 3: Mt Barney to the Lost World Valley  

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“Stop at Tommerups Dairy Farm on your way through Kerry for some of their double cream and salted butter, which have won several awards. Kay, Dave and the kids survived years of drought, now they’re back on their feet and doing well.”

  • Drive time: about one hour.

Today takes you back through Rathdowney on a journey of discovery to the Lost World Valley , via Tamrookum, Christmas Creek Road, Widgee Creek Road and Darlington Connection Road. Take it easy on these narrow back-country roads and be careful with single-lane bridges. Watch out for wallabies, who don’t have the best road manners.

Get ready for the ultimate Arcadian dream in the Lost World Valley, with the natural beauty of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, towering cliffs and rainforest at your doorstep. This hidden valley of forests, pastures, wild rivers and rock pools offers bushwalking trails, scenic vistas, historical sites and a lunch spot at Christmas Creek Café & Cabins . Further activities open up to guests overnighting in one if its retreats, cottages and farm stays, including a cooking class at Worendo Cottages . 

And if you are craving more nature, you can always embark on a multi-day  Scenic Rim Trail  hike with Spicers Retreats. 

Stay:  Worendo Cottages , located in the rural locality of Darlington within the Lost World Valley, caters to families and couples. Enjoy its popular monthly cooking class at its Wild Lime Cooking School, using the best produce of the Scenic Rim (make sure you book this experience well in advance). 

Day 4: Lost World Valley to Tamborine Mountain

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Curtis Falls, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Having just found the Lost World, you’ll be sad to leave so soon. Your route passes through Kerry to Beaudesert and Canungra, where there are excellent cafés and also the popular Canungra Hotel for lunch. Alternatively, stop at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards just outside of town and enjoy a picnic basket on its grounds. 

Next, a steep incline takes you up to Mountain">Tamborine Mountain , where you can explore the many cafés (including Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation ), restaurants (including St Bernards Hotel ), gift shops and wineries (including Hampton Estate Wines , Witches Falls Winery and Mason Wines ). Or pop into the cheese factory and liqueur distillery to round out a perfect four days on the road.

Stay:  If you can, stay a final night in Tamborine Mountain’s tranquil  Songbirds Rainforest Retreat  or enchanting  Witches Falls Cottages  before winding your way back to Brisbane or the Gold Coast in the morning, both under a one-hour drive from here. 

For more information about road trips in Queensland, go to  queensland.com . 

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Framed by the mountains and valleys between Brisbane and Tamborine Mountain, this picturesque region lives up to its name. It’s a place to celebrate local produce , enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unplug from the everyday .

The Scenic Rim is just an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast , but feels like a world away.

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5 unmissable Scenic Rim hikes: ancient rainforests and lush waterfalls await you

Sarah Reid

Dec 1, 2021 • 6 min read

Crystal Shower Falls in Gondwana Rainforest at Dorrigo National Park, New South Wales

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia contain four national parks, including Dorrigo © Getty Images

The arc of rainforest-cloaked mountains that gave this corner of southeast Queensland its name is laced with dozens of beautiful and well-maintained hiking trails, from easy short walks to epic multi-day tramps. Lace your boots for the best hikes in Australia’s Scenic Rim, one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions to visit for 2022.

Home to six national parks, four of which form part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, the Scenic Rim is the ultimate rainforest hiking hub. These national parks cradle the agricultural heart of the Scenic Rim, west of the Gold Coast , that’s home to wineries, breweries, farm-gate stalls and even a camel milk products-focused cafe, meaning there are plenty of delicious ways to treat yourself when you emerge from the forest.    

Scenic Rim Trail

Best multi-day hike.

47km (29mi) one-way, 4 days, moderate/strenuous

Tracing a dramatic ridgeline in Main Range National Park, on the western fringe of the Scenic Rim, Queensland’s first “Great Walk” pairs ancient Gondwana Rainforests with stellar views, lush waterfalls and pioneer heritage on a four-day trek from Thornton View Trailhead, 90 minutes southwest of Brisbane, to Cunninghams Gap.

There are two ways to tackle this multi-day adventure. Opt for a luxury guided experience with boutique hotel group Spicers Retreats , which created and launched the trail in partnership with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in 2020. With private, eco-luxe camps tucked well off the public trail , the Spicers version is around 13km (8 miles) longer than an independent hike. But with your luggage shuttled ahead each day, it’s more accessible for people unable (or unwilling) to carry four days’ worth of gear. This top-tier option costs AUD$3999 per person, which buys you a twin share and all-inclusive food and alcohol – expensive but a very premium experience for those that want to splurge on something special.

Public campsites are basic (don’t expect showers), but at AUD$6.75 (USD$4.83) per night, this option is a bargain for those who want to experience this beautiful trail without a hefty price tag.

Ascending through native bushland to the ridgeline on day one is the most challenging part of the trail. The following morning, you’ll pass several relics from the area’s logging days before venturing deep into the rainforest, where you could spend a lifetime counting the shades of green surrounding you.

Passing several waterfalls and viewpoints, the undulating trail is more manageable from day two onward. On day four, the Bare Rock viewpoint overlooking the farmlands of the Scenic Rim makes an ideal lunch spot before descending to the Cunningham Highway, where the trail ends. 

Mount Maroon with cirrus cloud overhead in Mount Barney National Park in Australia

Best mountain climb

17.5km (11mi) return, 1 day, difficult

The pinnacle of bushwalking in southeast Queensland, Mt Barney (1354m) is a challenging, strenuous climb that should only be attempted by hikers with extensive bushwalking, scrambling and navigation experience (a GPS and personal locator beacon is essential). The views from the rugged mountain peak in the remote southwestern corner of the Scenic Rim, which features prominently in local Aboriginal Dreaming stories, more than make up for the effort.  

There are two routes to the summit. Allow eight to 10 hours to ascend the East Ridge route, which traverses steep ridges and involves several climbs. When you reach the saddle, there’s still about 267m (876ft) in altitude to climb before summiting on East Peak; allow an hour and a half each way for this section. While shorter at seven to nine hours, the South East Ridge route is much steeper, requiring a higher level of fitness and skill. Both routes descend via the East Ridge route to Upper Logan Rd (where you can park). 

Ravaged by Australia’s 2019-20 bushfires, Mt Barney National Park (120km/75 miles southwest of Brisbane) is now making a remarkable recovery. To learn more about this wild corner of Gondwana, opt for a guided interpretive hike. Bookable through nearby Mt Barney Lodge , a guide also boosts your safety because it’s very easy to get lost on this trail.

Coomera Circuit

Best for waterfalls.

17.4km (10.8mi) return, 7 hours, moderate/strenuous

One of the most scenic walks in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park , the well-marked Coomera Circuit is a gorgeous day hike that passes through subtropical and warm temperate rainforest communities home to a series of lush waterfalls, including the Coomera and Yarrabilgong waterfalls that plunge off rainforest-covered cliffs into a 160m-deep (525ft) gorge.

Making a loop from the Binna Burra Upper Day Use Area, an hour’s drive west of the Gold Coast, this trail is best hiked counterclockwise to avoid a steep incline at the end, leaving the Border Track after 1.9km (1.2 miles), then ascending along the edge of Coomera Gorge. Look out for the distinctive blue-and-white Lamington spiny crayfish as you trace the path of the Coomera River through the verdant forest. You’ll cross the river several times (via conveniently placed stepping stones) before rejoining the Border Track and returning to the Binna Burra trailhead.

Curtis Falls Track

Best for families.

1.1km (0.7mi) return, 30 minutes, easy

Ideal for little hikers lacking the stamina (or the attention span) for a longer tramp, this enchanting out-and-back walk in the Joalah section of Tamborine National Park is also one of the Scenic Rim’s most accessible, just a 45-minute drive northwest from the heart of the Gold Coast.  

Beginning beneath towering gums, the easy walk gradually descends into lush rainforest. Feel the temperature drop as you admire beautiful staghorn ferns in the canopy above. Meandering alongside Curtis Creek, the trail ends at a platform at the base of small but stunning Curtis Falls. Swimming in the serene pool below is off limits, but the view makes for terrific photos. Look closely and you might spot freshwater turtles basking on rocks or logs.

Got more energy? Extend this hike by connecting it with the Lower Creek Circuit (2.5km/1.6 miles return) which branches off the Curtis Falls Track. Allow around an hour to complete this charming rainforest walk, with several creek crossings making it a little more challenging.

Crimson Rosella parrot in a tree in the Green Mountains in Lamington National Park

Border Track

Best for adventure.

21.4km (13.3mi) one-way, 7 hours, strenuous

Trek into the heartland of the Gondwana Rainforests on this full-day hike connecting the Green Mountains and Binna Burra sections of Lamington National Park. The long but rewarding journey traces the border of Queensland and New South Wales, taking you through subtropical and temperate rainforests, into lush gullies and valleys, across crystal-clear mountain streams, past ethereal waterfalls, and along prominent ridgelines. The first 700m (0.4 miles) is wheelchair accessible.

Many trails radiate from the Border Track, the backbone of the Lamington walking track system.

This includes a short, steep 600m/0.4-mile return side-track that leads to two lookouts – Beereenbano and Merino – well worth the detour for the awesome views over the Tweed and Limpinwood valleys. During winter months, listen for the distinctive ringing call of the Albert’s lyrebird, thought to be descended from the world’s oldest songbird. 

The trail is bookended by Binna Burra Lodge and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat , both of which offer rooms, camping, and one-way Saturday morning transfers to the opposite trailhead, allowing you to hike back to your accommodation (or car). Whichever way you go, it’s easily one of the most memorable ways to spend a day in the Scenic Rim.  

Safety recommendations and restrictions during a pandemic can change rapidly. Lonely Planet recommends that travelers always check with local authorities for up-to-date guidance before traveling during Covid-19 .

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The Scenic Rim’s Visitor Information Centres are the eyes and ears of our region.

They know first-hand what visitors are seeking and have the information at their fingertips to help the visitors to find it.

Get to know your local centre staff and make sure they have information about your business products and services.

Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre

2-14 Enterprise Drive Beaudesert Qld 4285

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Boonah Visitor Information Centre

20 Boonah-Fassifern Road Boonah Qld 4310

Sunday 9:30am - 4:00pm

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Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre

2 Main Western Road Doherty Park Tamborine Mountain Qld 4272

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82 Mt Lindesay Highway Rathdowney Qld 4287

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The Canungra Visitor Information Centre

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Take a tour through this mountain-air spectacle.

For a close-up appreciation of nature’s ancient Scenic Rim, there are tours for all. Feeling spritely? Enjoy a down-to-earth, guided hiking adventure. For the demure, take a comfy seat in a chauffeur driven van or a streamlined coach.

Visit the habitat forests, wetlands and beaches of Australia’s exquisite wildlife. Food and beverage connoisseurs cruise through, feast on, and take home farmed produce, wines and spirits, while meeting the friendly and obliging producers. We do all this while caring for this delicate ecosystem.

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Tour de force for nature lovers

Take a guided hiking, mini-bus or coach tour to explore The Scenic Rim’s sublime concentration of nature’s wonders, in national parks, and habitats to Australia’s rare and exquisite wildlife. So many photo opportunities in these ancient mountain forests.

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World acclaimed natural wonderland, The Scenic Rim, also hosts tours of gourmet, farm-to-plate country cafes, wineries, distilleries and quaint artefact and gift-stacked shopping villages. Hear stories of what inspired all these gifted producers.

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Best u.s. national parks for 2024.

For more than 100 years, the National Park Service has managed millions of acres solely for the "enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations." Today, 63 designated national parks in the United States draw millions of visitors a year to witness jaw-dropping natural wonders and unforgettable terrains. To determine the best U.S. national parks, U.S. News considered scenic beauty, range of activities and the opinions of both travel experts and recent park visitors. Do you have a favorite park? Cast your vote below to help us determine next year's ranking. (Note: Some of the below destinations require reservations for timed entry. Plan ahead to ensure you can visit on your preferred date.)

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Yellowstone national park, yosemite national park, grand canyon national park, grand teton national park, zion national park, denali national park and preserve, kenai fjords national park, bryce canyon national park, redwood national and state parks, arches national park, sequoia national park, olympic national park, hawai'i volcanoes national park, mount rainier national park, rocky mountain national park.

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Considered one of the world's best places to visit , Glacier National Park spans two mountain ranges and includes more than 700 lakes across Montana. Take advantage of the park's expansive hiking trails, and be sure to hit traveler favorites like the Trail of the Cedars and Iceberg Lake Trail. Other activities include a ride along the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road and a trip to the unique Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Canadian border. What's more, Glacier National Park hosts plenty of free ranger-led activities like guided hikes and stargazing events ideal for visitors of all ages.

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Even if Yellowstone didn't hold the incredible distinction of being the world's first national park, the 2.2 million-acre park, which stretches across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, could easily stand on its own for its unique natural attractions and magnificent landscapes . Here, travelers can get lost in the splendor of Yellowstone's many lakes, mountains, bison-filled valleys and, of course, its unmatched hot springs and active geysers (of which the park boasts more than half of the world's supply). To avoid the crowds that often plague Yellowstone while also ensuring excellent weather, plan to visit in April, May or October.

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One of California's most-visited national parks, Yosemite National Park stands out for its bevy of impressive waterfalls, such as Vernal Fall and Bridalveil Fall, as well as its unique granite rock formations like Half Dome and El Capitan. There are also ample scenic hiking and camping opportunities; just keep in mind that campsites sell out quickly after becoming available for booking, so make your reservations in advance. Whatever your itinerary may be, make sure to stop by the Tunnel View overlook, which offers showstopping panoramas of Yosemite Valley. What's more, the picturesque lookout spot is relatively easy to access (no hiking is required).

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The Grand Canyon is so magnificent that even the highest quality photos don't do the Arizona park's vast beauty justice – you just have to see it in person. The 18-by-277-mile UNESCO World Heritage Site offers endless hiking opportunities with trails of various lengths and degrees of difficulty, as well as the chance to raft the Colorado River. For a slight break from the tourist crowds, head to the less-congested North Rim. And if you're looking for a different vantage point, consider a helicopter tour to learn more about Grand Canyon National Park and see it in all its glory from above.

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Jackson Hole's backcountry is a wild wonderland begging to be explored. Once home to ranchers and fur trappers, this Wyoming park now offers more than 250 miles of trails that weave past forests, lakes and the jagged, snow-capped peaks of the Grand Teton mountain range. The Cascade Canyon Trail – which takes travelers past waterfalls, glacier-carved canyons and more – shows off the best of Grand Teton National Park's stunning topography. Don't forget to stop by the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center to stock up on maps, check out its informational exhibits and watch the interesting documentary film about the park.

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Utah's Zion National Park is a paradise for thrill-seekers. Hike Angels Landing, which brings you up through a nearly 1,500-foot natural staircase (permits are required to hike this popular trail and are awarded through an online lottery system). You can also trek The Narrows, a roughly 10-mile hike through the thinnest section of Zion Canyon, which requires hikers to travel upstream through the Virgin River. For a less strenuous exploration of the park, join a shuttle bus tour to traverse the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, which takes you past many of the park's most famous landmarks.

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Spanning six million acres of unspoiled Alaskan wilderness, Denali National Park and Preserve is as vast as it is fascinating. One-sixth of the park is covered in glaciers, and the tallest mountain in North America, Denali, stands within its bounds, towering at 20,310 feet high. The park appeals to true explorers as there isn't an abundance of marked trails. However, free ranger-led trail hikes are available seasonally. Visitors can also watch a sled dog demonstration, go snowmobiling or take a narrated bus tour of the 92-mile Denali Park Road to see scenic landmarks like Savage River and Wonder Lake.

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Comprised of glaciers, coastal fjords and icefields, Kenai Fjords National Park transports guests to an age where ice covered large parts of the earth. The Harding Icefield – which was created more than 23,000 years ago – is one of this Alaska park's main features, extending for 700 square miles and viewable via the 8.2-mile Harding Icefield Trail. Visitors can also embark on the Glacier Overlook Trail and Glacier View Loop Trail to catch vistas of Exit Glacier, which flows from the famed icefield. Or, take a kayak or a boat tour to experience the awe-inspiring landscapes from the water.

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Hoodoos are odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from forces of erosion, and Bryce Canyon National Park is home to the most extensive collection of hoodoos in the world. Located in southern Utah, the nearly 36,000-acre park offers an array of hiking opportunities. All trails offer a glimpse of the impressive red rock formations; visitors can also sign up for guided horseback riding tours. While Bryce Canyon is most popular in summer, the park's stark white snow-covered landscape juxtaposed with the orange-red rocks is an unforgettable sight. Winter is also a prime time for activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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As the name suggests, Redwood National and State Parks are best known for their sky-high redwood trees, which typically soar more than 300 feet tall. Along with exploring the old-growth redwood groves, travelers can hike past rivers, through prairies and along 40 miles of Pacific Coast shoreline, spotting wildlife like elk, sea lions and various species of birds as they go. If you can't stay long, scenic drives like Howland Hill Road and Enderts Beach Road showcase park highlights. But for those wanting to sleep under the stars and rise with the sun, there are four developed campgrounds.

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Established in 1929 and awarded national park status in 1971, Arches National Park covers nearly 77,000 acres in eastern Utah. Oddly shaped sandstone monuments occupy every view, and the formations make the park an excellent place for backpackers, rock climbers and hikers, not to mention photographers. Visitors will find a whopping 2,000-plus arches in the park – the world's densest concentration of these natural structures. The most popular to see are Landscape Arch, Delicate Arch and Double Arch. Plus, travelers will want to check out the visitor center, which features a wealth of information and exhibits outlining Arches National Park's history, geology and more.

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Sequoia National Park is defined by its beautiful, towering sequoia trees – the largest trees in the world. Travelers can hike through this unique California national park to admire its trees, rivers, meadows and wildlife. A visit here is not complete without seeing the Giant Forest's General Sherman Tree, which measures nearly 275 feet tall and more than 36 feet in diameter, making it the world's largest tree by volume. After you ogle the truly impressive evergreens, try some other adventurous activities like rock climbing, horseback riding or fishing.

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Among the nearly 1 million acres that make up Olympic National Park, visitors can wander through the enchanting Hoh Rainforest, trek to stunning overlooks and relax on more than 70 miles of Pacific Northwest coastline. One of North America's top hiking destinations , this Washington state gem features top trails like Mount Storm King and the Hall of Mosses. However, you will also want to save time for trying out one of Olympic National Park's other popular activities, which range from canoeing on Lake Crescent to birdwatching on Kalaloch and Ruby Beach.

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Visit Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park for a chance to get up close and personal with two of the world's most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The latter almost continually erupts, which visitors can witness from multiple points in the park, including Crater Rim Drive and the famous Chain of Craters Road (although eruption sightings are never guaranteed). While driving along Chain of Craters Road, set aside time to stop at the Kealakomo Overlook. The scenic lookout offers expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and the ancient village of Kealakomo.

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At 14,410 feet tall, Mount Rainer is the highest peak in the Cascade Range and the tallest volcano in the contiguous United States. Though thousands of travelers tackle the ambitious hike to the mountain's summit each year, it's far more popular to drive to Sunrise, the highest point accessible by vehicle, to soak in 360-degree views of the Cascade Range and Emmons Glacier. Numerous shorter hikes are also available at Mount Rainier National Park, so visitors can explore the temperate rainforests of Carbon River, admire the picturesque wildflower meadows at Paradise or search for the waterfalls in the old-growth forests at Ohanapecosh.

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The Rockies earn plenty of points for their convenience. Sitting about 70 miles northwest of Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park makes for an easy daytrip. However, you could also spend days exploring this Colorado park. The Rockies' magnificent landscape is one for the books, featuring more than 350 miles of scenic trails, plenty of lakes and numerous mountain peaks taller than 10,000 feet. If you're short on time, Emerald Lake Trail is a popular trek that's less than 5 miles round trip and promises spectacular alpine views. If you'd rather skip the hiking, opt instead for an auto tour of Trail Ridge Road.

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  1. Welcome to the Scenic Rim

    Bushwalking & Camping. Just an hour's drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast in south-east Queensland, the Scenic Rim is an area of spectacular natural beauty and the perfect destination for your next country escape. Renowned for its relaxed country lifestyle, breathtaking adventures and award-winning local produce, we are home to ancient ...

  2. Guide to the Scenic Rim

    Tackle the Scenic Rim Trail. A spectacular 47-kilometre (29-mile) multi-day hike, the Scenic Rim Trail runs through the Gondwana rainforest and ridges of the Main Range National Park. Stay in public campsites or book two- or five-day luxury guided walks with Spicers Retreats.

  3. Visit The Scenic Rim, Brisbane

    Scenic by name and nature. Point your car west and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane's World Heritage-listed backyard.. Known for its spectacular scenery (and more recently, the inclusion in Lonely Planet's Top 10 Regions of the World list for 2022), the Scenic Rim is a popular tourist destination for visitors looking for a country getaway that's accessible yet feels a world ...

  4. Guide to the Scenic Rim

    Guide. By Kate Webster. Just an hour's drive from the Gold Coast or Brisbane and you hit South East Queensland's World Heritage-listed backyard, the Scenic Rim. Home to lush rainforests, spectacular mountain ranges and ancient landforms, this region is so spectacular, that Lonely Planet recently ranked it in its Top 10 Regions of the World ...

  5. Places to visit

    We are proud of our diverse communities within the region. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the many lands within the Scenic Rim - the Mununjali in the Centre, the Wangerriburra to the East, the Ugarapul to the West, and all those of the Yugambeh and Jagera language groups. We pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

  6. Visit The Scenic Rim, Brisbane

    Point your car west and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane's World Heritage-listed backyard. Known for its spectacular scenery, the Scenic Rim is a popular tourist destination for visitors looking for a country getaway that's accessible yet feels a world away from the city. From its vibrant art galleries, craft breweries and ...

  7. Things to do

    We are proud of our diverse communities within the region. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the many lands within the Scenic Rim - the Mununjali in the Centre, the Wangerriburra to the East, the Ugarapul to the West, and all those of the Yugambeh and Jagera language groups. We pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

  8. The 10 best things to do in the Scenic Rim

    Kooroomba Lavender Farm. The fields are alive at this gorgeous lavender farm, set on a six-hectare vineyard in the Fassifern Valley at Mount Alford. Kooroomba is perhaps the Scenic Rim's best ...

  9. The 8 best things to do in Queensland's Scenic Rim

    Discover the natural beauty and sustainability of Queensland's Scenic Rim, a volcanic region southwest of Brisbane. Explore national parks, wineries, breweries, camel farm, farm-to-table restaurants and more.

  10. Scenic Rim

    Understand. The Scenic Rim region is a thriving rural paradise set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by world heritage listed national parks. Home to a population of more than 34,000, the region covers 4,250 km 2 (1,640 sq mi) and is located an hour south of Brisbane and an hour inland from the Gold Coast.

  11. Road trip through Queensland's Scenic Rim

    Known as the Green Cauldron, the Scenic Rim was formed more than 26 million years ago, and was three million years in the making. Drive time: about 1.5 hours. Brisbane and the Gold Coast both make ideal starting points for your exploration of the Scenic Rim. Hire a car from either airport and set out into the hinterland to the regional centre ...

  12. Discover Scenic Rim

    Discover Scenic Rim Our motto has always been to make our visitors feel on top of the world. Sharing our spectacular landscapes, six national parks, World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests, eco-adventures, fresh local produce, wines and beverages, and colourful characters has won us the most exciting position - Lonely Planet's Top 10 ...

  13. Home

    The Scenic Rim is just an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, but feels like a world away.. Framed by the mountains and valleys between Brisbane and Tamborine Mountain, this picturesque region lives up to its name. It's a place to celebrate local produce, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unplug from the everyday.. Destination Scenic Rim is a collection of local businesses that want to ...

  14. 5 best hikes in the Scenic Rim

    Scenic Rim Trail Best multi-day hike. 47km (29mi) one-way, 4 days, moderate/strenuous. Tracing a dramatic ridgeline in Main Range National Park, on the western fringe of the Scenic Rim, Queensland's first "Great Walk" pairs ancient Gondwana Rainforests with stellar views, lush waterfalls and pioneer heritage on a four-day trek from Thornton View Trailhead, 90 minutes southwest of ...

  15. Scenic Rim

    The Scenic Rim is a group of forested mountain ranges of the Great Dividing Range, located south of Brisbane agglomeration, straddling the border between south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. [1] In 2021, the Scenic Rim was named as a Lonely Planet top destination for 2022.

  16. Scenic Rim: All You Must Know Before You Go (2024)

    Lisson Grove. 108. The Castle on Tamborine. 44. Yumeji. 15. The Polish Place. 134. Scenic Rim Tourism: Tripadvisor has 29,899 reviews of Scenic Rim Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Scenic Rim resource.

  17. Visit The Scenic Rim, Brisbane

    Point your car west and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane's World Heritage-listed backyard. Known for its spectacular scenery, the Scenic Rim is a popular tourist destination for visitors looking for a country getaway that's accessible yet feels a world away from the city. From its vibrant art galleries, craft breweries and ...

  18. Boonah Visitor Information Centre

    Information is available on our local tourist attractions, accommodation and businesses as well as comprehensive information on other Australian areas if you are travelling through. Assistance is provided by knowledgeable tourism staff and volunteers who can offer advice on what to see and do around the Boonah area of the Scenic Rim.

  19. Visitor Information Centres

    Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre. 2 Main Western Road Doherty Park. Tamborine Mountain Qld 4272. Get Directions. 07 5545 3200. [email protected]. Visit Website. MON - FRI 9:30am - 3:30pm. SAT - SUN 9:30am - 4:00pm.

  20. 11 Unforgettable Things to Do in the Scenic Rim

    2. Frolic at Kooroomba Lavender Farm. Scenic Rim lavender is rather famous, with the extremely photogenic Kooroomba Lavender Farm a popular tourist attraction. Run through the six hectares of vivid purple fields before enjoying a meal (and a drink) at the accompanying vineyard and restaurant. 3.

  21. Take a tour

    Tour de force for nature lovers. Take a guided hiking, mini-bus or coach tour to explore The Scenic Rim's sublime concentration of nature's wonders, in national parks, and habitats to Australia's rare and exquisite wildlife. So many photo opportunities in these ancient mountain forests.

  22. Best U.S. National Parks for 2024

    Denali National Park and Preserve. #7 in Best U.S. National Parks for 2024. Spanning six million acres of unspoiled Alaskan wilderness, Denali National Park and Preserve is as vast as it is ...

  23. 11 Unforgettable Things to Do in the Scenic Rim

    One of the best things to do in the Scenic Rim is visit O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in the midst of the luscious Lamington National Park. The Queensland icon has tempted visitors for more than 93 years with its 160 kilometres of nature trails, waterfalls, campgrounds, and much-loved Tree Top Walk. 10. Hike the Scenic Rim's peaks

  24. Visit The Scenic Rim, Brisbane

    Point your car west and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane's World Heritage-listed backyard. Known for its spectacular scenery, the Scenic Rim is a popular tourist destination for visitors looking for a country getaway that's accessible yet feels a world away from the city. From its vibrant art galleries, craft breweries and ...