Nature-Based Experiences

Welcome to the richest place on earth

With six National Parks, ancient Gondwana rainforests, magnificent waterfalls, spectacular mountain ranges, and serene lakes, the Scenic Rim stands as a testament to nature’s unparalleled beauty. 

Imagine yourself catching the first light of dawn, embarking on a bush walk, tackling a challenging hike, or taking to the skies in a hot air balloon or parasail. The natural wonders of this region complement Eat Local Month perfectly, offering something for all ages to enjoy!

Step into adventure at Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain, where excitement awaits at every turn. From Thunderegg fossicking to heart-pounding high ropes courses and the thrill of the Dig It Mini Excavator Park, there’s an experience for every weekend adventurer. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the TreeTop Challenge offers an unforgettable journey through the treetops, and just down the road there’s the stunning Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (a must do).

But the Scenic Rim isn’t just for thrill-seekers – it’s also a paradise for nature lovers and enthusiasts of al fresco dining. Discover hidden picnic spots, panoramic lookouts, and lush paddocks, perfect for indulging in locally sourced treats while soaking in the stunning surroundings (but remember, fill your esky locally!).

For water lovers – the region’s lakes, dams and waterways allow skiing, kayaking, jet skis and fishing (check the SEQ Water website for details).


Venture deeper into nature’s embrace with educational and inspiring activities at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Binna Burra Lodge and Mount Barney Lodge. Engage in workshops, guided walks, and enlightening talks covering everything from hosted hikes to nocturnal explorations, birdwatching, and bush tucker experiences – each offering a chance to reconnect with the earth and cultivate a deeper reverence for Mother Nature.

FUN FACT: In 2019, more than one million visitors to our region engaged in adventure and nature-based activities during their visit! We’d love you to join the experience!

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