Top things to do in the Scenic Rim

Just one hour from Brisbane, the Scenic Rim is home to Australia’s most accessible World Heritage-listed rainforests, exhilarating adventure, and scenic wining and dining options. To help you get the maximum enjoyment out of your visit to this beautiful region, we have selected our top experiences, attractions and activities.

Food & Wine

Drink in the spectacular mountain views as you eat your way around the Scenic Rim - a food and wine lover’s paradise. There’s an offering to suit all tastes and budgets. Roadside stalls sell farm-fresh produce, and our award-winning wineries match local wines with great food. Meet the producers of local cheeses, olives, beer, liqueurs, jams and relishes. Try the Scenic Rim’s new milk brand, which is bottled on-farm, or book in for a class at a cooking school. The Scenic Rim is home to amazing restaurants, great cafes and authentic country pubs. We know you won’t go home hungry.

Family get back to nature at the Lost World

Off the Beaten Track

The place that is less known is the Lost World. A 25-minute drive from Beaudesert and overlooked by the dramatic Razorback Mountain and Lamington Plateau, the valleys of the Lost World are a mix of mystical tangled forests, lush, green pastures, wild rivers, pristine rock pools and off-the-beaten-track surprises. There are no crowds, theme parks, shops or restaurants. Instead, you’ll find quiet, secluded spaces so you can relax in nature; the children can run free and walk alone in untamed Australian rainforest wilderness.

Scenic Drives 

The Scenic Rim is a region that’s made for driving. Your car is one of the best ways to discover the natural beauty of the region. There’s a drive of discovery for everyone. Take a food and wine trail, journey to some of the Scenic Rim’s spectacular waterfalls and lookouts or follow the arts trail. One of the exciting things about driving around the Scenic Rim is that you never know what you might find around the next corner.

Two bikers ride at Queensland Moto Park

Action & Adventure 

Whether you want to climb a mountain, fly like a bird, launch your bike down steep hills, paddle a kayak, or explore the bush on foot, the Scenic Rim is the place for you. It is home to world-class and world-renowned facilities and attractions, including the Mt Joyce Recreation Park with over 40km of walking, horse riding and mountain bike tracks, the Queensland Moto Park for motocross, and Lake Maroon and Lake Moogerah for water-skiing and fishing.

Bird Watching

Our natural history goes back about 26 million years and the Scenic Rim mountains were once a volcanic hotspot. The region is a birdwatcher’s paradise and offers visitors the chance to see a great variety of birds. Most of the native Australian bird families can be found here. Some of the birds you may see include the wedge-tailed eagle, glossy black-cockatoo, pale-headed rosella, regent bowerbird, Albert’s lyrebird and the noisy pitta.

Couple look out over valley from O'Reillys

Nature-lovers

As you move through the Scenic Rim you’ll notice a change in the natural vegetation. In Binna Burra and at O’Reilly’s you’ll see high-altitude rainforests, including the moss-covered gnarled trunks of the Antarctic beech. Tamborine Mountain and Binna Burra are home to lush subtropical rainforests. Dense dry rainforest scrub, with its tangled vines, can be found in the Mt Barney area and in parts of the Mt Chinghee region. Brigalow softwood scrub is found at Kalbar, while mountain eucalypt forests are found in the higher rainfall areas of Spicer’s Gap and Tamborine Mountain.