Action and Adventure
WHETHER you want to climb a mountain, fly like a bird or paddle a kayak, the Scenic Rim will satisfy your thirst for action and adventure.
Adrenalin junkies, adventurers and outdoorsy types will not go home disappointed by all that the region has to offer, including the abundance of fresh healthy air.
Scenic Rim is also just the destination for your next corporate retreat, with so many opportunities for team building and a re-focusing of those busy minds.
All you have to decide is whether your adventure will take place in the air, up a mountain, on the water, or in the farm paddocks.
Bring the children, there’s plenty for them to do.
So much action and adventure is waiting for you here in the Scenic Rim.
Come and enjoy one of the best natural playgrounds in Australia.
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THE Scenic Rim has as many spectacular camping sites as it does mountains. Campers are well catered for throughout the region and there’s sure to be something to suit most needs. Camp next to one of our beautiful dams, stay in a National Park, or pull up your caravan at one of the local van parks.
For a full list of camping options
THE Scenic Rim is a leader in the area of outdoor education. Where better to learn about the great outdoors than in a region which is home to eight National Parks, two dams, and a myriad of Australian wildlife?
For a full list of outdoor education providers outdoor education providers
IF the thought of spending a week lazing by the pool horrifies you then you’ve come to the right place. The Scenic Rim is an outdoor adventure wonderland. Rock climbing, bushwalking, hang gliding, it is all on offer here. Information on walking tracks in the Scenic Rim World Heritage-listed National Parks
In the air
Up a mountain
Bird Watching, Trekking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Bush Walking, Horse Riding, Four Wheel Driving, Star Gazing, Horse-riding
On the water
Bird Watching, Boating, Waterskiing, Jetskiing, Fishing, Star Gazing, Swimming
In the farm paddocks
Bird Watching, Horse-riding, Whip cracking, Alpacas, Donkeys, Farmyard Animals, Star Gazing, Walking
THE region’s three dams are located in the south-west Scenic Rim. The newest is Wyaralong Dam, which is between Boonah and Beaudesert and is surrounded by picnic areas and kilometres of mountain biking and horse riding trails.
Moogerah Dam is about 10 minutes from Boonah and is the region’s busiest dam. Hire a kayak or canoe, pack a BBQ lunch or hire the BBQ pontoon.
Maroon Dam is located about 25km south of Boonah at the foot of the McPherson Range. The dam is stocked with Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Mary River Cod and Australian Bass.
THE Scenic Rim is home to a diverse and booming equestrian industry, which plays a vital role in both the community and the economy of the area. Since its early pioneering days, the region has had a close relationship with the horse.
That connection is still evident today as you drive through the region, past state-of-the-art equestrian facilities, and magnificent, well-bred animals.
The Scenic Rim is home to leading racing, trotting and polo horses, and of course top-flight trainers, vets and jockeys.
Situated close to all major south-east Queensland racetracks, one hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast airports, and close to the regional centres of Toowoomba, Warwick and northern NSW, it’s no surprise the region is popular with racing outfits.
Early in 2009 Queensland Racing purchased the Wadham Park equestrian facility near Canungra, with the intention of making it one of the ‘best training facilities in Australia.’
QR expects to have up to 800 horses in work on the site, as well as developing a first-class training academy and veterinary training hospital. The complex features a 2200m and an 1800m grass track, a 2000m synthetic track, a 1400m sand track, two swimming pools, aqua walkers and a number of horse walkers.
The region is particularly attractive as a training ground for young horses, due to the combination of flats and undulating hills which are crucial in the production of bone and muscle. The weather, mild winters and warm summer days, also makes us a great place for growing young horses.
A day at the Beaudesert Races is the ultimate country racing experience. The wholesome old fashioned picnic race-day comes alive at the historic Beaudesert Race Course. Race horses take to the track several times a year for country race meets which capture all the sights and smells of grass roots racing. The Club features seven race meets a year, including an ANZAC Day race meeting, Melbourne Cup meet and Beaudesert Cup Day.
One of the area’s signature equine events is the Beaudesert Country and Horse Festival. It is held annually in the heart of the region and features a range of events, from the Stockman’s Challenge to the Parade of the 1000 Hoovers. The festival is for both locals and visitors and celebrates the region’s heritage. It is held in June each year.
The region has also hosted the prestigious Tom Quilty Gold Cup Endurance race and is home to a number of leading endurance horses, breeders and riders. Polo is another equestrian sport which is widely followed in the region, which boasts a number of first-class playing fields.
Of course if you’re after a more sedate horseback experience, we can help you too. The region features a number of horse-riding and trail-riding schools which offer visitors an experience to suit their level of experience.
For a full list of Scenic Rim equestrian contacts
Family Friendly Accommodation
Family friendly accommodation and activities
WE have a great range of accommodation and activity options which are guaranteed to keep families busy during their time in the Scenic Rim. Never a dull moment for families here. The family friendly accommodation and activity directory.
Perfect Picnic Spots and Spectacular Lookouts in the Scenic Rim
EVERYWHERE you turn in the Scenic Rim you’ll be hit by another of our stunning views. Mountains, rolling green hills, valleys, waterfalls and olive groves, we have it all. Be sure to pack your picnic rug and your binoculars to take full advantage of our region.
For a full list of perfect picnic spots and for spectacular lookouts