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Be enriched by nature and nourished by experience

The name says it all. Welcome to the Scenic Rim where you will find spectacular natural beauty and sweeping valleys and mountain ranges, along with our friendly, relaxed country lifestyle and award-winning local produce.

The Scenic Rim is a year-round destination brimming with foodie experiences, outdoor activities, watersports, cultural pursuits, eco escapes and tourist attractions that invite you to hit refresh in pristine natural surrounds.

Framed by impressive volcanic mountains dating back millions of years, this vast region traverses epic peaks and valleys, verdant rainforests and fertile farmland.

The Scenic Rim is where you’ll discover Australia’s most accessible World Heritage-listed rainforests, six national parks and unfiltered vistas at every turn, as well as our welcoming rural friendliness in charming country towns.

Ripe for road-tripping adventure and longer stays, the Scenic Rim is just 80km or an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast in South-East Queensland.

Full of vibrant communities, local characters and plenty of things to see and do, it’s no wonder the Scenic Rim was listed as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022.

Nature is always nudging you in the Scenic Rim.

Deep roots and a rich history

The Scenic Rim features seven distinctively different areas: Beaudesert and Kooralbyn, Boonah and surrounds, Canungra and Beechmont, Kalbar and surrounds, Mount Barney and Rathdowney, Tamborine Mountain, and The Lost World and Christmas Creek.

Covering more than 4,000 square kilometers at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, the Scenic Rim is known for its breathtaking scenery that includes more than 30,000 hectares of parklands and three lakes: Moogerah, Maroon and Wyaralong.

Visitors are spoilt for choice with six national parks in the region, including Tamborine, Queensland’s oldest national park; Lamington; Mount Barney; Main Range; Moogerah Peaks and Mount Chinghee National Parks.

Rich in history and traditions, our roots run deep. The region’s Indigenous heritage harks back to when ancestral spirits created the landscape and all living things. This connection continues with the traditional custodians of the Scenic Rim; the Mununjali, Ugarapul and Wangerriburra communities and Yugambeh language group.

Our natural history dates back more than 26 million years to when the region was a volcanic hotspot. The seismic activity led to the creation of the spectacular mountain range and the rich basalt soil has allowed the local flora and fauna to flourish.

In the 1800s the area emerged as a key farming and timber region – rural links that proudly continue today.