Aratula Tourist Information

Visitor Information for Aratula in the Scenic Rim

Aratula in the Scenic Rim

Discover the friendly country charm and breathtaking scenery of Aratula. Nestled within the stunning Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland, lies the charming rural town known as Aratula.

Approximately an hour's drive southwest of Brisbane and 30 minutes from Ipswich, Aratula offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

With a population of just over 500 people, this friendly community presents a relaxed pace and a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and cultural experiences.

Whether you crave a taste of local history, a relaxing escape amidst stunning natural beauty, or an unforgettable adventure, Aratula has something to offer everyone.


Map of Aratula

A map of Aratula QLD in the Scenic Rim


A Brief History of Aratula

Originally known as Carter's Gate, Aratula's story began in the early 20th century. The town grew around the railway station, leading to its official name change in 1913.

Today, remnants of Aratula's past can still be found in its buildings and the stories its welcoming residents share. For a touch of history, visit heritage-listed St Stephen’s Anglican Church on 25 Elizabeth Street (opens Google Maps), a beautiful testament to the town's heritage.


Local Amenities

Aratula welcomes visitors with a charming blend of convenience and comfort.

Whether seeking essential services like shops, cafes, and service stations or indulging in local delights at the award-winning bakery or arts and crafts outlets, Aratula caters to your every need.

For families, the town boasts a primary school and a vibrant community centre, the School of Arts Hall.

For those seeking a longer stay, comfortable accommodations await in welcoming motels, while adventurous travellers can choose from a spacious caravan park or scenic camping grounds. And for travellers journeying eastward across the Great Dividing Range, Aratula offers a convenient rest stop with a hotel and caravan park just off the highway. 

Aratula is also home to the annual Winter Harvest Festival, a delicious celebration of local produce and a highlight of Scenic Rim's Eat Local Month.


Things To Do in Aratula for Visitors & Tourists

Beyond the charming town, Aratula is the ideal launchpad for outdoor adventures within the breathtaking Scenic Rim region.

Surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including Moogerah Peaks National Park and Main Range National Park, and with the idyllic Lake Moogerah just a stone's throw away, there is no shortage of opportunities for exploration.


Lake Moogerah

Located at the southern edge of Moogerah Peaks National Park, Lake Moogerah offers a haven for water enthusiasts.

Whether you seek the thrill of waterskiing and jet skiing, the serenity of boating, or the excitement of fishing, this picturesque lake has something for everyone.

There is also an excellent range of places to stay and play, including a cafe, holiday houses, romantic cottages, luxury retreats, glamping, and camping and caravan parks.


Main Range National Park

Further west, the ancient and pristine subtropical rainforest of Main Range National Park awaits. This World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest area offers a treasure trove of adventure.

Explore the diverse walking tracks, immerse yourself in the lush rainforest canopy, and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views from the mountain peaks.


Mount Edwards Summit Trail

Explore this 5.6-km out-and-back trail. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 40 min to complete.

This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and walking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring.

The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Take note that dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

More information here.


Cottage Style Accommodation near Aratula

Whether you're a seasoned traveller seeking adventure or a family seeking a relaxing escape, the rural paradise of Aratula offers a memorable experience in the heart of the Scenic Rim.

Milford Country Cottages is located just 19 km away from Aratula which is about a 17-minute drive via Boonah Rathdowney Rd (State Route 90).

For beautiful scenic rim cottage accommodation, contact John & Lyn McLean on 0434 621 902 or click here to book online.




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