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12 Beautiful Destinations in Australia's Scenic Rim

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Updated: 4 September 2017
Australia’s beautiful Scenic Rim is jam-packed with so many things to do and see for the adventure and hiking loving travellers. Pack some food, your walking shoes and swimming gear, and you won’t be disappointed with this stunning region that spans the western part of South East Queensland over a huge 4,000 kilometres.
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Mount Barney National Park

Picturesque and rugged landscape, rainforest and loads of beautiful flora and fauna can be found at Mount Barney National Park. Mount Barney is a popular destination for walking trails so bring comfortable shoes.

Mount Barney National Park, Queensland, Australia

Lake Moogerah

While the purpose of this lake is actually as boring as irrigation, it’s actually a beautiful place for a picnic or even to camp. The lake is huge and not to be missed if you like a water view in a mountainous setting.

Lake Moogerah, Queensland, Australia

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Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park is definitely a highlight of South East Queensland. It’s massive, more than 20,000 hectares filled with heaps of different types of forest and incredible views at several different points.

Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia

Cedar Creek Falls

Pack some comfortable shoes and your swimmers and complete the 3.2-kilometre Cedar Creek Circuit on a hot summer day. A dip in the cool pools is exactly the reward you’ll want after this walk.

Cedar Creek Falls, Queensland, Australia

Tamborine Mountain

This beautiful, tranquil mountain is full of walking tracks, swimming holes and great local arts, crafts and food options to keep you busy. Stay overnight to get the most out of your visit here – there’s a lot to see and eat.

Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, Australia

Tamborine Mountain
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Tree Top Walk

Picture canopies of green floating over your head and sweet birds singing to each other all around you. This walk is only 180 metres long and made up of suspension bridges.

Tree Top Walk, O’Reiley’s, Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia

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Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens

One of the most serene botanic gardens you’ll see. You’ll be joined by dragonflies, turtles and stunning flora. The perfect rainforest setting for a BBQ.

Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, Forsythia Dr, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, Australia

Queen Mary Falls

This stunning 40-metre waterfall is perfect for those wanting to see a beautiful sight without having to travel too far from the car, or you can opt to take the 2 kilometre walk if you’re feeling energetic.

Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park, Boonah, Queensland, Australia

Queen Mary Falls
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Mt Greville’s Walk

Take the Palm Gorge walking track option, hike for about two-and-a-half hours and get the best views from the summit. Head back to the car via the South East Ridge and enjoy lake views.

Moogerah Peaks National Park, Boonah, Queensland, Australia

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Mt Maroon

This one is for the more experienced hikers. It’s a little rough and can even be a bit scary in parts. Make sure you take your mobile and don’t go alone; it’s worthwhile for the adventurous at heart.

Mount Maroon, McPherson’s Range, Queensland, Australia

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Lip Falls

A 3-kilometer walk, this trail leads you to the beautiful Lip Falls, perfect on a hot day for a dip in the pools. There is a nice grassy place for a picnic lunch afterwards.

Denham Reserve, Doncaster Dr, Beechmont, Queensland, Australia

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Glow Worm Caves

Because who doesn’t love the thrill of a glow worm cave? If you’re in the area, definitely stop off here, especially if you have kids with you. This is always a bit of a treat.