Discover regional produce, great hikes, wineries, and national parks in the Scenic Rim.
You’ll find plenty of country charm in the Scenic Rim in Queensland, a picturesque rural area located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, a few hours drive south of Brisbane. Stalls selling everything from local avocados to freshly cut roses line the grassy roadside and everything is impossibly green. Narrow switchbacks offer plenty of thrills on the way up the mountain to World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. At the top of the range near the historic O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, you’ll find brilliantly coloured parrots in every colour of the rainbow, a free tree top canopy walk and well-signed trails winding through the rainforest. There are plenty of other things to do in the Scenic Rim as well. Raise a glass at Scenic Rim wineries, check out some of the best Scenic Rim restaurants, stroll along the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, or take in the view at Mt Barney National Park. Scenic Rim weather can get chilly in winter, making this the perfect time to hike the National Park and enjoy a glass of wine in front of a toasty warm fire.
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Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travellers are required to produce:
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
The closest airport to the Scenic Rim is Brisbane Airport which is just over an hour's drive away. It is also possible to reach the Scenic Rim from Gold Coast Airport but the trip takes 30 minutes longer. Hire car desks are available at both airports.
Options for exploring the Scenic Rim include a car or booking a tour. It is not possible to explore the region using public transport.
Anytime of year is a good time to visit the Scenic Rim. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a dip in the region's many swimming holes. Spring and Autumn are cooler but the days are generally still pleasantly warm. Winter is the perfect time of year for getting cosy in front of a fire with a glass of local wine.
The Scenic Rim is a rural destination so pack casual clothes such as active wear for enjoying the region's national parks, casual dresses, jeans, shorts and t-shirts. Swimmers, sunglasses and a hat are a must in summer. A jacket or warm sweater is always a good idea, but essential if you're visiting in winter. Smart casual outfits are all you need if you're planning on dining out in the Scenic Rim.
The Scenic Rim is a laid back rural destination so people tend to wear casual clothes during the day. Smart casual clothes are your best choice for dining out at the region's restaurants.
Internet access in the Scenic Rim can be patchy. You will generally find a WiFi signal near popular tourist hubs such as the main street at Mount Tamborine. However, there is limited or no WiFi available in some parts of the Scenic Rim, particularly when you are exploring the region's national parks.
Mobile phone coverage in the Scenic Rim can be patchy. You will generally be able to get a mobile signal near popular tourist hubs such as the main street at Mount Tamborine. However, there is limited or no mobile phone signal available in some parts of the Scenic Rim, particularly when you are exploring the region's national parks.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
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