The gorgeous Scenic Rim certainly lives up to its name
Surrounded by a ring of pointy peaks and World Heritage-listed rainforests, this ancient volcanic caldera is a natural playground in every sense. With six national parks to explore, the Scenic Rim was virtually made for outdoor adventures. Hike through forests filled with rare wildlife and plants, cool down in waterfall-fed swimming holes and climb mountains that boast some of Australia’s most breathtaking views. The Scenic Rim is also a food bowl for Queensland, with plenty of opportunities to try world-class local wine and produce in the region’s charming country towns.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
The closest airports to the Scenic Rim are Brisbane and Gold Coast, both of which are just over an hour's drive away. Hire car desks are available at both airports.
You could also travel to Varsity Lakes or Rosewood with Queensland Rail, and then continue by car or bus to the Scenic Rim.
Public transport is limited in the Scenic Rim, so if you're not joining us on a tour, you may need to hire a car to get around the region with ease.
While you can visit the Scenic Rim any time of year, the region is generally at its best between late autumn and spring (April to November). During these months, the heat and humidity are manageable and the skies are clear which is ideal for hiking.
Winter days are still warm and sunny, but it can be chilly at night, particularly in the mountains — but this is all the more reason to enjoy a glass of red around a fire.
You can still visit during summer, but the tropical climate means it can be hot, humid and stormy, so the conditions may not be suitable for hiking depending on your tolerance for heat.
Bring a mix of comfy activewear for outdoor activities like hiking, and a couple of smart-casual outfits for wining and dining (think dresses, jeans and t-shirts). Swimmers, sunglasses and a hat are a must for any time of year, as well as a jacket or warm sweater — warm gear is essential if you're visiting in winter.
For footwear, a pair of walking shoes and thongs should do the job.
The Scenic Rim is a laid-back 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.
Mobile phone coverage in the Scenic Rim can be patchy. You'll generally be able to get a mobile signal near popular tourist hubs such as the main street at Mount Tamborine. However, there's limited or no mobile phone signal available in some parts of the Scenic Rim, particularly in the national parks.
Most cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels will also have wi-fi you can connect to.
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.