The Scenic Rim is a spectacular region of mountains, national parks and fertile valleys. Located just over one hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the region is popular with visitors seeking a rural escape without the long drive.

The region’s imposing rim of mountains – the Scenic Rim – dates back millions of years to a time when many of them were active volcanoes. Their legacy – Australia’s most accessible World Heritage-listed rainforests, and rich alluvial soils deposited on the flats – continue to be the lifeblood of the region.

The Scenic Rim is home to a diverse mix of communities, many of them built on the back of rural production, all situated across a stunning natural landscape. The Scenic Rim is located just 80 km from Brisbane and the Gold Coast and is an exciting destination for tourism, art, culture and rural pursuits.

Here’s a taste of just some of the things you can do while you’re in the Scenic Rim:


The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks. In December 1994 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee officially extended the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australian World Heritage Area over the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland, including the Main Range, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks, and most of Mt Barney National Park. These National Parks, with their abundant natural beauty and steep and rugged mountain ranges, put the scenic into the Scenic Rim.

The six Scenic Rim parks are the Lamington National Park, Tamborine National Park, Mt Barney National Park, Mt Chinghee National Park, Main Range National Park, Moogerah Peaks (Mt French) National Park.

Find out more about the parks at and click In the Beginning and World Heritage Listed National Parks.


Whether you’re after a day-long walk or something more sedate you’ll find it here. Pick up maps and tips from the locals at one of the region’s Visitor Information Centres. There’s a list of the top 30 walks at


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 horseriding 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


  • Enjoy a wine tasting or lunch at a Scenic Rim winery
  • Trek through one of our National Parks
  • Purchase fresh produce at the farm gate
  • Soak in the vast expanse of some of Australia’s best mountain views
  • Stock up on local art & craft
  • Relax over a pub lunch and a cold beer
  • Visit a working farm
  • Take a cooking class and learn to incorporate fresh local ingredients
  • Stop in at a country cafe or the rural supplies store



Tourist information services for Scenic Rim