They don’t call us the Scenic Rim for nothing!
If you haven’t visited the Scenic Rim you might be wondering where the name came from?
Anyone who’s taken a drive or a walk through this spectacular region knows – it’s because the region is jam-packed with killer views.
The dramatic mountain range, which wraps itself around our fertile valleys, provides a stunning backdrop to so many of our beautiful rural towns.
It was tourism pioneer and adventurer Arthur Groom who first coined the phrase, Scenic Rim.
He described the region as being ‘one mountain after another’.
And boy was he right!
Want to know where to see the best views? We’ve done the hard work for you. Rooms with a view, lunch with a view, walk with a view, romance with a view … read on.
Rooms with a View – you won’t want to leave!
1. Binna Burra Skylodges NOTE: temporarily closed due to nearby fire damage. Keep up to date here
The views here go on forever. The luxury skylodges feature local materials and plenty of spots to relax and enjoy the views over the Lamington National Park.
This one has to be seen to be believed. Unique architecture, sprawling grounds and glorious views over the fertile Fassifern Valley.
Cosy cabins, eco retreat, great walks and some hearty country food. It will be hard to leave your room with a view, but don’t worry views are in plentiful supply up here on the mountaintop.
4. Hanoob Views
The name is a good indicator that the views are going to be great. And they are. Mountains dominate the landscape all around this Carney’s Creek property, located south of Boonah.
Exclusive, private cottages with views of the Great Dividing Range.
A gorgeous drive into the Lost World will deliver you to Worendo Cottages. You’ll soon forget about the stresses of real life as you soak in the incredible views from the verandah of your Queenslander-style verandah. It’s green paddocks and dramatic mountain ranges for as far as you can see.
The ultimate place for stunning Scenic Rim views. Take them all in from the comfort of the luxurious lounges as you sip on your champagne and indulge in a platter of local produce.
Food with a View (with a side of local beer and wine)
When the team at Kooroomba promise views they don’t disappoint. Huge walls of glass mean every seat in the restaurant is a winner. Look out over the rows of lavender to the Scenic Rim’s southern mountain range. Wash it all down with a glass of the Kooroomba wine and a meal featuring fresh, local produce.
This historic hotel is positioned on the edge of an ancient volcanic escarpment, with comprehensive views of Tamborine Valley, overlooking Guanaba Gorge, Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast skyline and Pacific Ocean. The only thing that will upstage the views are the gorgeous resident St Bernard dogs.
Up where eagle’s soar the views are amazing and so it is here at Eagle Heights Mountain Resort. You can see beyond Stradbroke Island in the north and south beyond Coolangatta. Soak it all in from the legendary beer garden over a famous Eagle Burger.
4. The Lamington Teahouse Licensed Café, Binna Burra. NOTE: temporarily closed due to nearby fire damage. Keep up to date here
A short walk from the Binna Burra Lodge and a fabulously laid-back place to enjoy a light lunch, scones, lamingtons and cakes with a side of valley views over Numbinbah.
There’s no such thing as a bad view up at O’Reillys. Enjoy it over a coffee and some homemade scones.
Wine may be at the heart of this venue, but the food is amazing too. Chef Jimmy strikes the balance between relaxed dining and elegant restaurant. His desserts are to die for and the Heritage High Tea will have you returning for more. All of this is served with an incredible side of VIEWS down the mountain and out to the Gold Coast and the Pacific Ocean.
Settle in on the verandah and enjoy a generous meal packed with local produce as you take in the vista over the horse paddocks towards the hills of Coulson, just outside Boonah.
Hearty pub food served in the relaxed surrounds of this character-laden historic pub. Pull up a pew at one of the outdoor tables under the towering Moreton Bay Fig. Watch the kids on the playground over a cold beer.
Picnic spots & lookouts with a View
You’re spoiled for choice at Lake Moogerah. Throw your picnic rug down by the lake, or utilise the well-equipped picnic tables near the dam wall, right next to the children’s play equipment and toilets. If you don’t feel like a BYO picnic, drop into the local café for a quick bite to eat.
You’ll be entertained for hours here at the Tamborine Mountain adventurer’s Launchpad. Hold your breath as the hangliders leap from the side of the mountain out over the southern Scenic Rim.
3. Morans Falls
You’ve probably seen photographs of Moran’s Falls on your social media feeds. It’s very photo worthy and is accessed via the Lamington National Park in the Green Mountain section. Access is an easy 4.6km return walk, starting just near O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
4. Mt French
Mt French is popular with rock climbers, but if you prefer your views from solid ground, don’t worry there’s a beautiful lookout at the top of this mountain. Mount French is 9km west of Boonah and there are two short tracks available. The first leads you to Logan’s Lookout, with comprehensive views over the Scenic Rim’s vegetable bowl, the Fassifern Valley. The second walk arrives at an east cliff lookout, with views of Tamborine, Lamington, and Mount Barney.
Want a view without hours of walking. This lookout is for you. It’s an easy 300m return walk from the carpark, located up Spicer’s Gap Rd Moogerah. You’ll look out over the green valleys below, Lake Moogerah and beyond.
One of the region’s newest natural attractions, located between Beaudesert and Boonah. There are views aplenty here – water views, mountain views and engineering buffs will enjoy the view of the impressive dam wall.
7. The Knoll
One of Tamborine Mountain’s hidden gems. Pack your picnic and enjoy it at one of the timber tables located in this cool parkland. Access is easy, via North Tamborine, and there are lovely views towards the western Scenic Rim.
Pack a picnic and be prepared for some lunchtime entertainment, courtesy of the hang gliders and paragliders who launch from this site. It’s a gorgeous lookout, overlooking the Numbinbah Valley. There are rolling green hills as far as you can see, plus the imposing border ranges. The picnic area has BBQ and toilet facilities and undercover seating.
Romance with a View – Give love a hand at these scenic spots
1. Green Hills Rd
A local’s favourite, offering comprehensive views to the southern and western mountain ranges, as well as views back to Brisbane and the Gold Coast. A short drive outside of Boonah and a beautiful place for views and walking.
Eat heart, relax and unwind – escape to a more peaceful place. That’s the advice of the Avocado Sunset team and who are we to argue? Relax on the verandah and soak up the mountain views from this Tamborine Mountain escape. Perfect with a glass of bubbles.
Here’s a location for love. A tranquil setting, luxurious accommodation, fabulous food and on the doorstep to Tamborine Mountain’s unique shopping.
The fabulous team at Canungra Valley Vineyard have done the hard work for you – check out this list of scenic spots to romance your partner.
Anything the Spicer’s Group does is amazing and this is no different. Like the idea of camping but hate the reality? You’ll love Spicer’s Canopy – there are luxury tents, a campfire, beautiful food and plenty of opportunities to get cosy by the fire, under the stars.
Your romance will be flying high thanks to the efforts of Captain Mike and Pterodactyle Helicopters. Arrive at your romantic Scenic Rim lunch by chopper and enjoy the vast local scenery from up high.
Escape the hustle and bustle of your busy life at this unique glamping wilderness camp. From the massage on the creek bank, dinner under the stars and gorgeous accommodation – your partner will remember this experience for years.