There are a lot of towns to discover in the Scenic Rim, festivals to enjoy and foodies will love the wineries, cafes and restaurants within easy reach on a day trip.

An hour’s drive south from Brisbane and an hour inland from the Gold Coast lies the Scenic Rim – a thriving community surrounded by national parks and protected by the Great Dividing Range. The region covers more than 4200 square kilometres and includes the main towns of Beaudesert, Boonah, Rathdowney, Kooralbyn, Kalbar, Aratula, Canungra, Tamborine Mountain (see separate entry), Harrisville and Peak Crossing.

Visit regional galleries, take in scenery that will remind you to stop and breathe and visit a local cafe, restaurant or coffee shop. Parkland is in abundance with the Scenic Rim region offering more than 30,000 hectares of protected grounds and there are three dams: Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Wyaralong Dam.

There are wineries to suit all tastes, including O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Sarabah Estate, Cedar Creek Estate, Heritage Wines, Albert River Wines and Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm, and many more.

Highlights on the events calendar include the Boonah Show, Wine & Jazz in the Vineyard, the Carp Busting Fishing Competition, the Kalbar Country Dance and the Scenic Rim Swap & Collectables Monster Market.

Distance from Brisbane: 80km south of Brisbane.

Five things to see and do:

  1. Do a foodies discovery tour or try one of the many wineries
  2. Stop and smell the roses and enjoy the rural scenery
  3. Walk through a national park
  4. Visit the ‘village’, or
  5. Enjoy one of the many festivals.