Included in the Lonely Planet’s 'Top 10 Regions of the World' list for 2022, the Scenic Rim is within easy reach of Brisbane and is perhaps one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets. With six national parks, World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests, eco-adventures, paddock to plate experiences, farm gate tours, boutique wineries, and craft breweries, you can see why you should visit the Scenic Rim.
The Scenic Rim region is less than an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Leave the city behind and escape to a spectacular landscape with extensive hiking trails and scenic lookouts at Binna Burra, O’Reilly’s Retreat at Lamington National Park, and Mt Barney. Enjoy hot air ballooning and hang gliding, or explore the art galleries of misty Mt Tamborine. There’s a country getaway for everyone in the Scenic Rim.
You’ll need a car to get around the Scenic Rim; this is a spot that makes for the perfect self-drive adventure or small group Scenic Rim tour. The main country towns you’ll want on your list are Boonah, Kalbar, Canungra and Mount Tamborine. Each offers a selection of boutique shops, markets, local producers and great dining; all served up with genuine friendly country hospitality.
Discover the rainforest canopy on a treetop walk, hike to thundering waterfalls, or take a morning trek to watch the sunrise from one of the many peaks across the region. You’ll feel miles from anything in the Scenic Rim whilst having the world at your fingertips.
If you’re a foodie who wants to learn more about what’s on offer, how it’s produced and more, book in for the Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week. For two weeks each June, the region's local producers throw open their farm gates and share their passion.
One of our favourites is the long lunch at the Overflow Estate Winery (you can enjoy a long lunch here with us on our Booze and Bowls in the Granite Belt tour). From organic beef and finger limes to camel milk ice cream and goats cheese, the food here is as diverse as the natural attractions.
The Scenic Rim is nestled in southeast Queensland and can be reached by car in around 60 minutes from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. This region makes for a perfect day trip, but with so much on offer, why not stay for a little longer? The Scenic Rim has many accommodation options, from luxury retreats and lodges to glamping, camping, farm stay, bed and breakfasts, and cottage stays.
The Scenic Rim is known for its stunning landscapes, picturesque mountains, lush rainforests, and fertile farmlands. It's a region of natural beauty offering a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, wildlife spotting, and exploring charming country towns.
The best time to visit the Scenic Rim is during the autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) months. These seasons offer comfortable temperatures, clear skies, and pleasant weather for outdoor activities. The region's lush landscapes and vibrant flora are especially captivating during these times.
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