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Feel invigorated in an outdoor adventure wonderland

If it’s action and adventure you seek, the Scenic Rim is the launching pad for all kinds of outdoor activities; from bushwalking to rock climbing, chasing waterfalls to waterskiing. Our inspirational natural landscape of World Heritage-listed rainforests, national parks, soaring mountain ranges and expansive lakes invite exploration.

The Scenic Rim is home to six national parks and a great way to see it all is on foot. To the east, the popular Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park provide access to magnificent high-altitude, moss-covered, beech rainforests. To the west, the Mount Barney and Main Range National Parks offer a more tranquil, rugged and rural setting. There are walking trails for all abilities, with great local guides to lead you on well-marked tracks or challenging climbs. Surrounded by mountains, the Scenic Rim is a natural rock climbing hub with popular destinations including Frog Buttress in Moogerah Peaks National Park.

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area is a must-visit in the Scenic Rim where you can wander the prehistoric landscape that encompasses Lamington, Tamborine Mountain, Mount Barney and Main Range national parks.

Be entranced by the spectacular waterfalls at Lamington National Park.

Wildlife and wilderness at every turn

The Scenic Rim’s national parks are a haven for local flora and fauna amid lush rainforest, rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls and untouched terrain. Bushwalkers will be rewarded with glimpses of rare species of birds, mammals and plants among the rainforest canopy, while enjoying the scenic beauty and stunning views on popular walks.

There are so many ways to get back to nature in the Scenic Rim. Wander to stunning waterfalls in Lamington and Tamborine Mountain National Parks, swim in serene swimming holes such as The Gorge, Lower Portals and Burgess Park, or take a trail ride to see the Scenic Rim on horseback.

Look up to see some of our most recognisable and accessible peaks such as Mt French, Mt Maroon, Mt Cordeaux, Mt Edwards, Mt Barney, Tamborine Mountain and the Lamington Plateau framing the Scenic Rim.

The area’s two large lakes at Moogerah and Maroon are popular destinations for lovers of water sports and fishing, while Lake Wyaralong offers a more peaceful experience.

Keen anglers can cast a line at all lakes, which are brimming with freshwater fish. Powered watercraft are allowed at Moogerah and Maroon, both ideal spots for waterskiing and jet skis, while Lake Wyaralong permits kayaks and canoes to explore the surrounds.