Scenic Rim Visitor Information

Welcome to the Scenic Rim, a captivating region nestled in the corner of South East Queensland, just an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Surrounded by mountains, World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests, and lavender farms, Queensland's Scenic Rim is a picturesque region that truly lives up to its name.

This is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts, holiday goers, hikers, couples on a romantic getaway, farm-style cottage accommodation and anyone looking to experience the tranquillity and beauty of one of Australia's most spectacular regions.

Scenic Rim handrawn map of the region


What towns are in the Scenic Rim QLD?

In the Scenic Rim, there is something new to discover around every corner, at the end of every country road.

With regional towns forming population centres and charming country villages dotting the stunning expanse of mountains, lakes, creeks and parks, it’s easy to uncover hidden gems you will love and those that will surprise you.


Why visit the Scenic Rim in Queensland?

The Scenic Rim in Queensland, Australia, is a region of remarkable natural beauty and diversity.

Scenic Rim is a popular tourist destination offering a wide array of attractions for visitors. From award-winning wineries and art galleries to expansive bushwalking tracks and growing rural communities.

You WILL experience genuine country hospitality and friendly country charm. The Scenic Rim region is THE place to visit and unplug from the everyday.

Here are some key highlights of the area:

  1. World Heritage-listed Rainforests and National Parks: The Scenic Rim is home to Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed rainforests. It encompasses six national parks and three lakes, offering a variety of natural landscapes to explore. This includes lush rainforests and spectacular mountain ranges, which are a part of the ancient volcanic caldera in the lush hinterland of South-East Queensland.

  2. Proximity to Major Cities: Conveniently located just an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim is an ideal destination for those looking to escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. This proximity makes it an easily accessible area for day trips and longer stays.

  3. Geological Significance: The region is known as the Green Cauldron and was formed over 26 million years ago. The Scenic Rim is a part of the Great Dividing Range and straddles the border between South-Eastern Queensland and North-Eastern New South Wales. This geological history contributes to the region's unique and varied landscapes.

  4. Recognition and Popularity: The Scenic Rim's extraordinary beauty and natural significance have not gone unnoticed. In 2021, it was named as a Lonely Planet top destination for 2022. Its combination of natural wonders and accessibility has made it a popular destination for domestic and international travellers.


Things to do when visiting the Scenic Rim

Unleash your inner explorer in the Scenic Rim!

Hike hidden rainforests, kayak glassy lakes, and savour farm-to-fork delights. There are plenty of family-friendly activities or perhaps you're looking for things to do for couples on a romantic getaway. Whatever you choose, quaint towns, epic landscapes, and endless adventures await. 


Hiking Trails and Nature Walks

For nature lovers, the Scenic Rim offers an extensive network of hiking trails catering to all skill levels, including the multi-day trek of the Scenic Rim trail.

The Mount Barney Summit Trail is a challenging ascent to the summit of Mount Barney, offering panoramic views of surrounding peaks.

Families may prefer the Curtis Falls Track in Tamborine National Park, an easy walk leading to a stunning waterfall and a tranquil rock pool.

The Border Track traverses the Queensland-New South Wales border, showcasing the region's natural beauty.

Learn more about Scenic Rim Hiking Trails & National Parks


Wine Tasting and Gourmet Food Options

Indulge your senses in the Scenic Rim's fertile soils and temperate climate, perfect for boutique wineries and gourmet delights.

Embark on a wine-tasting journey through vineyards like O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards and Witches Falls Winery.

Complement your experience with local restaurants, offering hearty meals in places like Beaudesert and the artisanal shops and cafes along Tamborine Mountain's Gallery Walk.

Learn more about Tamborine Mountain Wineries & Distilleries

Read our guide to the Top Scenic Rim Vineyards and our favourite cafes and restaurants in the region.



Heritage, History, Culture and the Arts

Immerse yourself in the Scenic Rim's rich history by exploring heritage sites and vibrant arts scenes.

The Boonah Cultural Centre hosts exhibitions, workshops, and performances, showcasing local and regional talents.

History enthusiasts can step back in time at the Templin Historical Village in Boonah, while Tamborine Mountain Heritage Centre provides informative displays and interactive exhibits.


Water Activities

For water enthusiasts, the Scenic Rim offers a wide array of thrilling water activities and stunning views.

Sparkling lakes like Moogerah, Maroon & Wyaralong call for boat rides, fishing lines, water skiing, or family picnics and barbeques.

Hike the lush rainforests to hidden waterfalls like Curtis Falls, Cedar Creek & Elabana - perfect for a refreshing dip on hot summer days. Camp by the water or unwind in O'Reilly's cabins.

Learn more about Scenic Rim Lakes and Waterfalls

Read about the best places to go swimming in the Scenic Rim


Relaxation and Wellness

The tranquil environment of the Scenic Rim makes it an ideal holiday destination for relaxation and wellness activities.

Tamborine Mountain, with its spa retreats and wellness centres, offers a peaceful retreat for rejuvenation. Scenic lookouts, including the iconic Skywalk, provide breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere for meditation.

Visitors can engage in yoga classes, holistic therapies, and wellness workshops, promoting a holistic approach to well-being.


Come and visit QLD's #1 holiday destination

The Scenic Rim is brimming with captivating landscapes, rich history, and a plethora of activities catering to all tastes.

Whether you seek adventure, cultural exploration, or relaxation, this enchanting region promises an unforgettable experience.

Come and discover the hidden gem that is the Scenic Rim, where nature and culture dance in perfect harmony!


More about the region

With a vibrant population of around 40,000 residents, the Scenic Rim boasts diverse communities, each with its character and charm. 

Founded in the early 1900s, the country town of Beaudesert has always been the beating heart of the Scenic Rim. Over time, the region grew around it, officially becoming one in 2008, while still holding onto the stories and characters of its past. Boonah, Beaudesert, and Tamborine Mountain are prominent communities, showcasing the warmth of country hospitality.

The economy is driven by agriculture, tourism, and eco-friendly initiatives, reflecting a commitment to sustainable development and preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors to this region.



Encompassing approximately 4,500 square kilometres, the Scenic Rim is a geological wonderland dotted with lush rainforests, farmland, and stunning mountain ranges, including the Great Dividing Range. 

Six national parks, each with its unique blend of flora and fauna, create a haven for nature and hiking enthusiasts. Lamington National Park and Tamborine National Park with their ancient rainforests, wildlife and waterfalls, stand out as must-visit destinations in the area. The Scenic Rim region is also home to three popular dams for swimming and fishing; Lake Wyaralong, Lake Moogerah, and Lake Maroon.


History of the Scenic Rim

The roots of the Scenic Rim run deep into the ancient traditions of the Yugambeh people, the original custodians of this land. Evidence of their enduring connection can be found in the Aboriginal rock art sites that dot the region, telling stories of time immemorial.

In the mid-19th century, European settlers arrived, marking the beginning of timber cutting, agriculture, and the region's importance as a transportation hub. Towns like Beaudesert stand as reminders of this era.

During World War II, the Scenic Rim played a strategic role in military training, leaving behind traces like the Kokoda Barracks in Canungra.

Today, the Scenic Rim honours its diverse heritage through attractions such as museums, historical societies and also events like the Beaudesert Heritage Festival.

This popular local festival provides a platform to celebrate Indigenous traditions, pioneering spirit, and wartime contributions.





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