Romance in our DNA – the Scenic Rim is made for love.

You’ll fall in love with our stunning views, open fires, cosy cabins, gorgeous B&Bs and luxurious mountain lodges.

Try these 14 scenic ideas for romance.

  1. Escape to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on a scenic plateau in the Lamington National Park. Day spa, rainforest walks, hearty meals, drinks by the fire … you won’t want to leave.

    Moonlight Crag O'Reillys

    Moonlight Crag O’Reillys

  2. Treat yourself to a glamping experience. Get a luxurious taste of the outdoors at Nightfall Camp, Ketchup’s Bank Glamping and Tucker’s Retreat.

    Ketchup’s Bank Glamping. Photo: Tourism & Events Queensland

  3. For the ultimate romantic escape check into Spicers Peak Lodge. Go for a meal or stay for the weekend. Want something more low-key? Try Spicers Canopy, a fabulous glamping facility nearby.

    Spicers Peak Lodge - romance with a view

    Spicers Peak Lodge

  4. Pether’s Rainforest Retreat feels like a world away, but in fact it’s an easy drive from the Gold Coast and Brisbane. This Tamborine Mountain rainforest retreat will refresh your romance.

    Pether’s Rainforest Retreat

  5. Get away from it all in the Lost World. Stay at Worendo Cottages and enjoy delicious local food and wine and enjoy the sounds of silence.

    Worendo Cottages.

  6. Book into couple’s getaway at The Bunyip Retreat. It’s located at the base of Mt French and has gorgeous views over the fertile Fassifern Valley. Settle in for a weekend of relaxation, swimming, peace and great food and wine.

    The Bunyip Retreat

    The Bunyip Retreat

  7. Okay so everyone loves to receive flowers on Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter) and we’ve got some fantastic local florists and flower merchants in the Scenic  Rim. Check out Lydia’s Garden at My Country Escape in Canungra, delight in Elderflower Farm‘s bunches, and sprinkle Pretty Produce‘s seasonal edible blooms on your brekkie.  

    Lydia’s Garden, Canungra.
  8. Jump in the car and head to Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm, just outside Boonah. Book in for a lazy lunch (with a generous side of amazing views), enjoy the local wine and take a stroll through the fragrant rows of lavender. On your way, stop in the town of Boonah for a coffee and some country shopping.

    Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm. Image: Kate Wall (@katethelightchaser)

  9. Enjoy a cosy retreat at a Scenic Rim country cottage or bed and breakfast. We love Country Mile Escape, Greenlee Farm & Cottages, Avocado Sunset, Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages, The Old Church and Wallaby Ridge Retreat.

    Country Mile Escape. Photo by Ian Hinrichsen.

  10. Treat your love to a Scenic Rim wine experience. Drop into The Overflow Estate 1895 or Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard. Closer to the coast? Call in to Canungra Valley Vineyards, or head up to Tamborine Mountain and stop at the Witches Falls Winery, Heritage Wines and Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery.

    Call into Witches Falls Winery on Tamborine Mountain

    Call into Witches Falls Winery on Tamborine Mountain

  11. Is the love of your life a thrill seeker? Take them zip lining on Tamborine Mountain at the award-winning Treetop Challenge. Choose from more than 100 adrenalin-pumping challenges, including 11 zip lines and a number of suspended bridges, spread across nine-acres.  Or check out the Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk for something a little more subdued.

    Treetop Challenge Tamborine Mountain

    Launch your love from the Treetop Challenge Tamborine Mountain

  12. Take a Drayhorse Shires Winery & Brewery Tour with your partner for a memorable experience. Along the way you’ll enjoy Scenic Rim cheese and wine, an a la carte lunch and stunning views from the open carriage. Wow!

    Scenic tour with a difference.

  13. Escape the crowds, breathe in the fresh air and reconnect on a stunning Scenic Rim walking trail. Check out Spicers Scenic Rim Trail, the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park near O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and Queensland’s first national park, Tamborine National Park.

    Spicers Scenic Rim Trail

  14. Have a Scenic Rim picnic. Drop into The Big Pumpkin, Beaudesert or Oppy’s Fruit and Veg to fill your esky with local goodies. Drop into a local winery cellar door or a craft brewery, for some refreshments and then choose your picnic location. We love Lake Moogerah, Lake Wyaralong and Hang Gliders Lookout  on Tamborine Mountain.

    Picnic at Lake Moogerah

Height: 836m

Location: Accessed via Waterfall Creek Reserve Camping Ground, Maroon

Mt May is part of Mt Barney National Park, a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area known for its rugged ridges, remote peaks and spectacular wilderness.

The rocky trail, which sits at about 836m, is is recommended for experienced bush walkers with sound navigational skills and a high level of fitness.

Access is via Waterfall Creek Reserve Camping Ground, and hikers on Aussie evaluated the climb as ‘hard’ and recommended allowing at least four hours to complete it.

Mt May by @jhk801 via Instagram.

Experienced hikers on Aussie reported difficulty finding the start of the Mt May track, and strongly recommend downloading the free GPS track shared by another walker to the site.

They recommended ascending by the northern ridge from the campsite, descending via the southwest ridge and then walking the 4WD road back to the Mt May reserve.

Views from Mt May by @sons_ofadventure via Instagram.

Local Scenic Rim hiker Kate Bennie, wrote about her experience hiking Mt May with her family.

In her piece, published in the Queensland Times, Kate described Mt May as an off the beaten track hike, and a trail less travelled.

Mt May views by @kusiabanda via Instagram.

Kate reported stunning views over Lake Maroon, Mt Maroon and Mt Barney – just rewards for a steep and tricky hike.

“Mt May has two summits, and to start we headed straight up out of Waterfall Gully up the northern ridge to the north summit. It’s heart-pumpingly steep and there are no signs or defined track so it can be a bit tricky to find the way at times. The views overlooking Lake Maroon and beyond are stunning as you gain altitude,” she wrote.

“Descending into the saddle involved some rock scrambling and navigation, followed by a steep climb to the second summit. Once on the south summit we could enjoy amazing views from a couple of different positions on the peak. To the north, we looked over the south peak which was framed by Lake Maroon on one side and Mt Maroon the other. To the south we looked to Mt Barney and could appreciate that awe-inspiring mountain from a new vantage point.”

On Run Hike Laugh, one keen, solo hiker described Mt May as an “under-rated” peak and considered it one of the best climbs in south-east Queensland.

In her detailed account, that hiker also reported difficulty finding the start of the track, and urged fellow walkers to bring their navigational skills, a map and compass and plenty of water.

Mt May North Peak by @fotosizigia via Instagram.

Did you Know?

  • Mount May was formed from underground cooling of a molten rock called rhyolite, which is similar to granite.
  • Mount Barney National Park and Mount Lindesay National Park were gazetted as separate parks on September 6, 1947. Mount Barney National Park was extended to include Mount May and Mount Maroon in 1950. Thirty years later, in 1980, the two parks were amalgamated to form the current Mount Barney National Park, named after the park’s highest peak.
  • Mount Barney National Park covers 17,659ha of rugged terrain.

Height: 469m

Location: Accessed via Wyaralong Dam

Mt Joyce is the southern most peak in the Teviot Range, a group of mountains that travels north to Ivory’s Rock.

Mt Joyce is located within the park surrounding Lake Wyaralong and offers facilities for horse riding, mountain biking, watersports and picnics.

Views from Mt Joyce over Lake Wyaralong

The park is located about one hour’s drive south-west of Brisbane and a ridgeline walking trail to Mt Joyce is accessed from the Eastern Trailhead.

Walkers can reach Mt Joyce along a ridgeline trail, which leaves from the Eastern Trailhead and links up with Base Camp within the recreation park. A track from the Western Trailhead also leads to Mt Joyce but the final stages are for foot traffic only.

The park features 40km of multi-use tracks and trails, including a advanced mountain bike trails and great picnic facilities.

Try the mountain bike trails around the Lake.

Mt Joyce and the Wyaralong Dam parklands are located between Boonah and Beaudesert. Picnic facilities, toilets and walking tracks are all available within the park.

There are designated camp sites at the Eastern Trailhead and Mt Joyce Base Camp, with a seven-night limit on stays. No fees are payable. Download this SEQ Water map for detailed information

The Eastern Trailhead is located near the dam wall and provides a chance to view the Wyaralong Dam via a viewing platform. A series of multi-user trails lead west from this trailhead, including access to Mt Joyce.

The Mt Joyce Basecamp campsite is only accessible by trail and includes open camping areas, a toilet, a simple shelter shed and water tanks. Walkers and trail runners could use this site as a base before summiting Mt Joyce.

The Western Trailhead, also known as Lilybrook, caters primarily for horse enthusiasts and features holding paddocks, watering areas and loading ramps. Camping here is for event use only.

Did you Know?

  • Mt Joyce was originally named Kent’s Peak but was later renamed.
  • Mt Joyce is the southern most mountain in the Teviot Range, which stretches north to Ivory’s Rock near Peak Crossing.
  • Mt Joyce is now surround by a recreation park featuring 40km of multi-use trails.

Height: 634m
Location: Accessed via Lake Moogerah

Image by @brentrandallphotography via Instagram.

Image by @brentrandallphotography via Instagram.

Mt Edwards is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park and is accessed from the Lake Moogerah picnic grounds.
This walk is said to be one of the easiest of the Moogerah peaks.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram

Image by @genwindley via Instagram

The ancient volcanic peaks of Mounts French, Greville, Moon and Edwards are recognised not only for their unique shapes and as favourite bushwalking destinations, but also as remnant habitats of key conservation value within south-east Queensland.

Mount Edwards is a large trachyte plug, which was formed when magma filled vertical pipe-like fissures. 


Image by @seq_traveller via Instagram.

Image by @seq_traveller via Instagram.

Mt Edwards is accessed from a track which starts on the opposite side of the dam wall from the Lake Moogerah picnic area.

While there are no formed tracks to the top of Mt Edwards, the route is well-worn. However be advised there are no signs or facilities so you must be self-reliant.
The route can be completed in half a day and is a Class 5 walk.
Picnic and toilet facilities are available at Lake Moogerah. Camping is available at the lake too.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram.

The Moogerah Peaks are mostly covered in open eucalypt forest with montane heath on the exposed rock faces and rainforest in some sheltered areas.

The National Park is located in what was once beneath the belly of a volcano – the ancient Main Range volcano, which erupted some 24 million years ago. The eastern flank of this volcano once spread across the Fassifern Valley. It erupted mainly basalt lavas, which may have been as thick as 1000m near the volcano’s crest.

Image by @alterd_mind via Instagram.

Image by @alterd_mind via Instagram.

The distinct peaks of the Moogerah Peaks National Park had their origins deep below the volcano. Composed of different rock types separated from basalt magma at great depths, they formed as plugs, dykes or sills when magma entered numerous cracks and weaknesses in underlying older rocks, as well as moving up the main vents.

Look out for the Scenic Rim’s new campaign on Queensland Rail trains. Your next adventure is closer than you think.

Mt Lindesay is a spectacular Scenic Rim mountain. It’s one of a number of peaks in the McPherson Range and is distinctive due to its tiered summit.

The Scenic Rim is great for holiday road trips, and it’s right on your doorstep – just an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast – and offers plenty of unique and exciting experiences.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite road trips, listing all the best places to stop for food, drinks, coffee, shopping and a swim.

All you need to do is jump in the car and visit the Scenic Rim.

Which of our itineraries will you try?

  1. Boonah & Beyond: A 38km round trip that will take you to cafes, Boonah’s local shopping strip, historic country pubs, two wineries and a brewery!
    Commercial Hotel Boonah1

    The Commercial Hotel, Boonah.


  2. The Lions Road: A 96km journey from Beaudeesert to Kyogle, via the robotic dairy, Rathdowney, an olive grove and the incredible Border Ranges.

    The Lions Road


  3. Tamborine Mountain: Explore this gorgeous hilltop oasis on a 25km loop of all that is fabulous on the mountain, including breweries, cafes, gardens, rainforest skywalk, wine and a coffee plantation.
    Tamborine rainforest skywalk

    Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Tamborine Mountain


  4. Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the town of Canungra.
    canungra valley vineyard

    O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard


  5. Lodge to Lodge: Give yourself a few days and travel from one end of the Lamington Plateau to the other, stopping at two of the region’s most popular and historic mountain lodges.
    Binna Burra Sky Lodges

    Binna Burra Sky Lodges, a perfect place to stay.


  6. Antiques, Art and Camels: What a quirky day you’ll have when you visit the western Scenic Rim. We’re crafted a schedule to keep young and old happy – camel farm, antique shop and a winery.
    Summer Land Camel Farm

    Summer Land Camel Farm, a stop on the Antiques, Art and Camels itinerary.


  7. Cheese Pleaser: What makes a good road trip great? Cheese of course! Here’s a tour of the Scenic Rim’s amazing boutique cheesemakers and their farms.
    Towri Sheep Farm

    Towri Sheep Cheese Farm on the Cheese Pleaser itinerary. (Bookings required)


  8. Boonah to Queens Mary Falls: One of the region’s most popular drives, which will take you along the NSW-QLD border into the lush pastures of Killarney.
    Queen Mary Falls

    Queen Mary Falls


  9. The Lost World: Explore this stunning southern part of the Scenic Rim which offers visitors the chance to tour working farms, take a cooking class, or refresh at a country pub.
    The Lost World

    The Lost World


  10. DIY waterfalls and lakes road trip: Whether you’re looking to cool down, test your watersport skills, take some Insta-worthy snaps, or just get back to nature, here’s your list of 15 fabulous Scenic Rim swimming holes, country creeks and lakes to explore.

    Flanagan’s Reserve.

mt french scenic rimThe Scenic Rim is a region of stunning natural beauty and imposing mountain ranges.

As you make your way through the region you’ll notice the landscape is dominated by mountains. Tourism pioneer Arthur Groom, once described the Scenic Rim as being ‘one mountain after another’.

And it is. Visitors often ask, ‘What mountain is that?’

Let us introduce you to one of our favourite Scenic Rim mountains – Mt French.

Mt French is 579m above sea level and is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park.

  • Mt French is home to one of the Scenic Rim’s most popular rock climbing spots – Frog Buttress. It’s located on the north-west side of Mt French and is formed by rhyolite columns and has 400 documented routes.
  • Lookouts are accessible by sealed road and visitors will enjoy expansive views across the Fassifern Valley to the Main Range escarpment and to Flinder’s View.
  • Captain Patrick Logan named Mt French in recognition of Governor Darling’s son-in-law and his place of birth.
  • Mt French is about 100km west of Brisbane and is close tot he towns of Boonah, Aratula and Kalbar
  • Mt French is home to two of the region’s most accessible walks. The North Cliff Track is 720m return and leads to Logan’s Lookout with excellent views over the Fassifern Valley to the Main Range Escarpment.
  • Picnic tables, BBQs, toilets, and water are provided at Mt French.
  • Local geologist John Jackson describes Mt French as a complex sill of ‘sticky’ magma, exhibiting columnar cooling joints. The white rhyolite sill was formed when magma was forced between horizontal layers of sedimentary rock. These layers were eroded over millions of years to leave a plateau surrounded on most sides by cliffs.
  • The two peaks of Mt French are known as ‘Punchagin’ (southern peak) and Mee-bor-rum (northern peak)