Scenic Rim – a Rural Escape
The area which we call the Scenic Rim is an emerging rural escape set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by world heritage listed national parks.
The region covers 4248sq km and is located an hour drive south of Brisbane and a like drive inland from the Gold Coast. Tamborine Mountain is one of the towns within the Scenic Rim.
There are great places to stay in the towns, and villages of the Scenic Rim. One of the great places to stay in the Scenic Rim is Amore B&B Mt.Tamborine – you will not be disappointed.
Eat Local Week
The region utilities this week to showcase the people and produce of the Scenic Rim. Experience the food and wine of this fertile region, which produces a bounty of fruit and vegetables, wines, milk and gourmet food.
It is a must see tourist destination offering visitors plenty to see and do. A myriad of wineries and art galleries, expansive bushwalking tracks, state of the art equine facilities, growing rural communities and friendly country charm, the Scenic Rim region is a must visit destination.
Apart from Tamborine Mountain its main towns are Beaudesert, Boonah, Rathdowney, Kalbar, Canungra, Harrisville and Mount Alford. The region’s primary businesses are agricultural/horticultural production, the equine industry and tourism/ecotourism.
The Scenic Rim region contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, including national parks and council controlled parks. The region also contains three dams: Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Wyaralong Dam.
A Great Place to Stay
Supported by a thriving economy, a farming industry and a vibrant arts community, the Scenic Rim has a strong community spirit and friendly locals.
Escape to the country and discover the quaint villages, hamlets and settlements in your backyard.
If it’s diverse scenery, fresh mountain air, antiques, old wares, great food and outstanding country hospitality that you are after, you are in the right place.
Local villages and hamlets have it all in generous quantities and in a unique environment bursting with personality. Stay for a day or maybe 2 or 3 days. There is heaps to do, to see and to experience.
Take to the road and explore this vibrant and diverse region
Country lanes meander throughout the mountain directing you to exciting outcomes. You’ll find boutique wineries, historic pubs, eclectic gift shops, beautiful art galleries and nature at its finest. Enjoy waterfalls, rainforest walking tracks and priceless views to the ranges and to the coast. If you are looking for a great place to stay then Amore B&B Mt Tamborine is for you.
This 125-year old village is the gateway to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and the magnificent Lost World Valley. See the historic Lahey Tramway Tunnel and enjoy Canungra’s wineries, hang gliding, arts, craft s and cafes.
Lost World and Christmas Creek
As far as names go, this one’s pretty accurate.
The ancient trees which line the road begin to close in on you. The dramatic Razorback Mountain towers in the distance, and the road narrows as you head into this magical lost world.
Then the vista opens up to reveal the lush, green valley, welcome to the wilderness end of the Lamington National Park. Lost World is a hidden plateau, a green shelf on Razorback Mountain, originally discovered by the O’Reilly family. An original old homestead not only still stands, but it offers farm stay experiences, including horseriding, milking, four-wheel driving, and a special insight into Lost World history.
There are a number of accommodation options to choose from. You can take in a cooking class using the native produce or swim in the chill, pristine rock pools, let the natural creek spa soothe your joints after a long bushwalk. Hear the call of native birds amid an unforgettable backdrop.
Seen by many as the entry point to the villages of the Scenic Rim. Be sure to visit the information centre and historical museum which displays vehicles, machines and tools of yesteryear, some going back 100 years. From Beaudesert go right, go left or simply drive straight ahead to explore the villages and hamlets of the Scenic Rim. Take the Kerry Road to the Lost World Valley to experience a magical natural environment which will linger long in your memory.
Gateway to the wilderness areas of Mount Barney National Park. Rathdowney has an interesting Visitor Information Centre and Historical Museum. Here you can stock up on maps, brochures and suggested itineraries that will guide your exploration of this vibrant rural community and its incredible natural attractions.
Mt Barney National Park is a World Heritage listed wilderness park.
The mountain is surrounded by valleys, rock pools and woodland forest, and a diverse number of tourism based businesses operate in the foothills of this dramatic region.
Say hi to an alpaca, learn to make authentic Italian cuisine, experience bird watching, walk through a local olive grove and take some fresh-pressed oil with you. Drink wine made from Mt Barney grapes, try abseiling or just relax and enjoy nature in the wild.
There’s plenty of places to stay for a night, warm, luxurious stop-overs with generous hosts who will soothe body and soul after a busy day in the park. There are lodges that are perfect for larger gatherings and cottages for the romantics. Bring the kids and visit a farmstay where you’ll get an insight into the workings of a busy rural property.
Lamington National Park
The Lamington National Park is home to the Scenic Rim’s most diverse and accessible natural habitat. It is made up of two sections, Green Mountains and Binna Burra. Green Mountains is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau in an area called O’Reilly, after the O’Reilly family who first settled the land in the early 1900s. Binna Burra is located on the eastern side of the plateau, closest to the Gold Coast.
The Lamington National Park was declared in 1915 and covers 20,590 hectares of land. It features many walking tracks along the McPherson Range, and dramatic lookouts which offer sweeping views over the Gold Coast, South-East Queensland and as far as Northern NSW. When you stay at AmoreB&B a visit to the Lamington National Park is but a short drive away and we have a Map Guide to help you on your way.
What this village lacks in size it makes up for in character. This historic area, settled in the 1880s, features the Mount Alford School – founded in 1888 – which continues to operate today. The Farmers’ Market, the Mt Alford Pub, the Kooroomba Winery and the Lavender Farm are all great places to visit.
If seeing a one-off timepiece takes your fancy, Boonah is the home of sculptor Christopher Trotter’s quirky creation – The Blumbergville Clock – a masterpiece of functional art. Include visits to local art galleries, the donkey farm and stock up on freshly grown produce and delicious home-made jams and relishes.
Rich in German history dating back to 1876, Kalbar offers great views of the Scenic Rim region and boasts many heritage-listed buildings. The town has shops, cafes, galleries, parks, gardens and many attractions including the heritage-listed Wiss Emporium. Enjoy a coffee with Belgian waffles or visit the Art Café for delicious Dutch croquettes.
A village with character, Harrisville has a diverse mix of shops including quaint antique andcollectable stores. Visit the Historic Museum or one of the excellent wineries. Pick up some locally grown organic vegetables, a bunch of native flowers or simply take in the fabulous scenery.