How to get to Scenic Rim | Destinations - Visit Brisbane


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How to get to Scenic Rim

A thriving rural paradise set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, the Scenic Rim is made up of picturesque mountains and world heritage-listed national parks. The region covers 420,000 hectares, and its main towns are Beaudesert, Boonah, Rathdowney, Kooralbyn, Kalbar, Aratula, Canungra, Tamborine Mountain, Harrisville and Peak Crossing.  These destinations are about a one-hour drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The two major airports closest to the Scenic Rim are in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Main access to the region is by car or bus, and visitors are treated to spectacular views along the way. There are car rental companies at both airports.

From Brisbane City, head south on the Pacific Motorway; take the Logan Mwy at the Upper Mount Gravatt exit; continue on the motorway and turn left on Beaudesert Rd (Mount Lindesay Hwy). The distance is 70km and estimated travel time is an hour. Note: The Logan Mwy is a toll road. Visit for toll-road information.
From the Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise, take the Nerang North exit or the Oxenford exit off the Pacific Hwy and follow the signs to Beaudesert.

Road Runner Buslines offers a bus service between Brisbane and Beaudesert, Monday-Friday only. Inquiries on 3802 1233

Queensland Rail runs services to Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast and to Rosewood on the Ipswich line. Car or bus connections are required for travel to the scenic rim. 

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