The Scenic Rim: Only An Hour From Mt Gravatt, Great Day Trip

A scenic drive is perfect for a little summer soul searching, or just to take in the sights– watching rolling, green hills pass you by, grass catching the summer sunlight. Get ready for a trip on the road less-travelled with a drive through the Scenic Rim area.

vsr-regions_10An hour’s drive south of Brisbane city centre will take you to the Scenic Rim region, home to six national parks all with their own breathtaking sights. Once a volcanic hotspot, the Scenic Rim Mountains and the Mt Warning area–known as the Green Cauldron– have grown into a lush landscape over many years. The rich, basalt soils are fertile grounds where rainforests grow, home to unique flora and fauna.

scenic-rim3One great area to visit in Scenic Rim is Canungra, the gateway to the Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Villas, and Lost World Spa. There’s a plethora of things to do here. Make sure to stop by a boutique winery and enjoy lunch or a wine tasting. Take in the sights and enjoy a picnic by picturesque Canungra Creek. Browse through local country markets, enjoy a trip to the spa, and lose yourself in the scenery Canungra has to offer.

scenic-rim2Tamborine Mountain will have you feeling like you are on top of the world. Sitting on a level plateau around 550 metres above sea level, it’s the perfect place to see the world around you, with 360-degree views. Take a stroll through the towns and villages and admire lush, local gardens. Walking through the National Park lets you see waterfalls, creeks, and glow-worms. With the fantastic local cuisine, awe-inspiring views, and the cool summer breeze, Tamborine Mountain is a feast for the senses.

scenic-rim1If you are looking for adventure in the great outdoors, Rathdowney and Mt Barney is an excellent place to go. Mt Barney National Park is World Heritage-listed, and is a designated wilderness park. The few maintained walking paths make the park an excellent place to witness nature in its original form. There’s a great list of things to do, like meeting alpaca breeders, exploring farms on horseback, walking through a local olive grove, swimming in a natural rock pool, or conquering Mt Barney itself.

Scenic Rim is a rich place full of majestic vistas, very much alive with the spirit of summer. You can find out more about this picturesque area here.

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