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One of the best ways to explore the Scenic Rim is on foot. Home to six National Parks, the Scenic Rim really does offer a walk to suit most abilities. From sedate, well-marked tracks, to challenging mountain scrambles, you’ll find it all here. Walking information is available on the National Parks websites, from Scenic Rim tour operators and at the region’s Visitor Information Centres.
The Wyaralong Recreation Area features more than 40km of multi¬use trails that are ideal for walkers and trail runners. Some of the Scenic Rim’s more challenging walks and climbs can be found in the Mt Barney National Park, but don’t underestimate this mountain, it has brought many people undone. The tracks in the Mt Barney National Park are bush tracks and are not graded. The Lamington National Park boasts 160km of walking tracks that are well-graded and offer more comfortable walking conditions. The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk starts at O’Reilly’s and finishes at Springbrook. It’s a three to four day walk, which features various terrain, including rainforest, waterfalls and open country through farmlands. The Scenic Rim Trail is a new four-day walk that leaves from Mt Mitchell and travels 36km to arrive at Spicer’s Peak Lodge. The walk follows paths along ridges, escarpments, through forests and across ancient volcanic plateaus in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. A number of local companies lead regular guided walks along some of the Scenic Rim’s most spectacular trails.
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HORSE RIDING Saddle up and see the Scenic Rim on horseback. The region is home to some incredible equestrian businesses, attracted by the freedom and space the Scenic Rim offers. Right around the region there are trails open to horses and riders, offering a chance to ride away from towns and roads. Some of the best trails can be found within the Wyaralong Recreation Area. The park features 40km of multi-use trails that pass along the dam shoreline and up onto the Mt Joyce Ridgeline. The Western Trailhead is the hub for horse riders, providing drop-off points and holding yards.

IN THE AIR Your adventure doesn’t have to stay on firm ground. Take to the skies and catch a truly unique vantage of this mountainous region. Hot air balloon flights leave from Canungra and Beaudesert most days and float high over the central Scenic Rim. Finish your flight with a champagne breakfast at a local winery. gliders and light aircraft, which both offer visitors an unforgettable Scenic Rim flying experience. The patchwork of paddocks and green hills will seem tiny from up high in the sky.

MOUNTAIN BIKING One of the Scenic Rim’s newest outdoor attractions is the Wyaralong Recreation Area, situated on land surrounding Lake Wyaralong. The park features about 25km of International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) standard single¬tracks, ranging from basic Green Trails through to Double Black Diamond level trails. The network has been designed to event standard, with some steep grades and other tracks that are ideal for beginners and the less experienced. Recreational riders can access all trails except the Double Black Diamond, which is only open during events.

ROCK CLIMBING With mountains like ours, it’s no surprise the Scenic Rim is a magnet for rock climbers. Mt Barney is popular with mountain climbers but be sure to consult local guides before attempting it - this mountain should not be underestimated. The Scenic Rim’s most popular rock climbing spot is Frog Buttress on the north-west side of Mt French in the Moogerah Peaks National Park. It’s formed by rhyolite columns and there are about 400 documented routes. Keen climbers say Frog Buttress is Queensland’s best crack climbing and is among Australia’s best. It’s known nationally and internationally and during winter you’ll hear the clink of safety gear as visitors face up to Frog Buttress. The Scenic Rim is home to a number of outdoor education camps and regularly hosts young adventurers from around South East Queensland. The local guides are very knowledgeable about the terrain and the challenges presented by the various mountains. It’s worth tapping into this ‘local knowledge’ prior to tackling a climb.

QLD MOTO PARK The QLD Moto Park, located at Wyaralong, features trails and facilities for motocross, freestyle motorcycling, pee wees and quads. The facility is a collaboration between Motorcycling Queensland, Australian Dirt Bike Adventures, Moto Solutions, Invert Management, the Queensland Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ). As well as riding tracks and trails, the park features unpowered camping facilities and an amenities block. Coaching is available from some of Australia’s leading riders.

RIVERS & LAKES LAKES The Scenic Rim’s two oldest lakes are popular weekend and holiday destinations because powered craft are allowed. That means Lakes Maroon and Moogerah are both havens for fishing, jet skiing and water-skiing. At peak times, during the summer and Easter holidays, these dams are busy and the banks are dotted with impressive rigs and camping setups. If it’s an old-fashioned, simple family holiday you’re after our Lakes are waiting for you. Lake Maroon is located about 25km south of Boonah, at the foot of the McPherson Range. It’s stocked with Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Mary River Cod and Australian Bass. Fishing, jet skiing, water-skiing and general powered and nonpowered boating is allowed. Kayaks, canoes and fishing boats can be hired from the holiday parks located near the Lake. and jet ski crowds, Lake Moogerah is also a popular fishing spot and there are a number of scenic walks available through the surrounding countryside. Visit the cafe and children’s playground near the dam wall and enjoy sweeping views of the dam and the mountains. Lake Wyaralong is the Scenic Rim’s newest lake and is home to a world- class rowing facility. The water body stretches about 26km along the Teviot Brook in the Logan River catchment. This lake is closed to powered craft but is open to a range of non-motorised vessels, including small sailboats, kayaks, canoes and dinghies. Fishing is allowed at Wyaralong. When fishing in the Scenic Rim fishing licences may be required. Check with the Visitor Information Centres or at a local outdoor shop.

RIVERS A large number of mountain streams are formed high in the Border and Main Ranges and flow through the Scenic Rim to become some of Southern Queensland’s more significant river systems. The Logan, Albert, Bremer and Coomera Rivers are the main systems in the Scenic Rim but it is our creeks that offer the perfect place to splash, relax in a tyre tube and spot platypus. As well as being the lifeblood of the region’s farming industry, the Canungra, Christmas, Running and Back Creeks are popular for recreational activities, like swimming, camping and fishing. SWIMMING HOLES Along the rivers and streams you will find some great swimming holes - here are a few of our favourites. The Gorge: is about 2.5km downstream from the Lake Moogerah spillway. It’s a quiet, shady camping spot with a 200m long swimming hole. It’s accessed via Gorge Rd, about 15minutes drive from Boonah (fees may apply). Flanagan Reserve, Rathdowney: The upper Logan River flows into this 200m long swimming hole just outside Rathdowney. There’s a campground nearby and dogs are allowed (fees may apply). Yellow Pinch Mt Barney: Park in the Yellow Pinch car park in the Mt Barney National Park to access this peaceful swimming hole nearby. There’s a rope swing and gentle rapids, which flow into the swimming hole. Lower Portals: These beautiful, deep rock pools and small waterfalls are accessed along a 7.4km return walk in the Mt Barney National Park. Allow three hours, it’s worth the effort. Burgess Park: This park, on Christmas Creek, is a great place for swimming. There are toilets, BBQs and picnic tables nearby. It’s about 20km from Beaudesert and an old Moreton Bay fig provides beautiful shelter during summer. Darlington Park: This park, camping ground and caravan park is on the Albert River in the Lost World. It is an ideal spot for a picnic and boasts a number of swimming holes, complete with rope swing and gentle rapids. Enjoy a gentle float downstream on a tube or airbed. Sharp Park: A popular camping and caravanning stop on the Canungra River, this is a great swimming hole and picnic area. Upstream you may spy the resident Platypus. Waterfall Creek Reserve (Off Waterfall Creek Road) near Mt Barney: Basic bush camping and unpowered sites are available. Follow the walking track to the waterhole and swimming hole. Waterfall Creek is best enjoyed after rain.

WATERFALLS Hearing the sound of water falling is so relaxing. In the Scenic Rim you’re spoiled for choice - you’ll find beautiful waterfalls right across the region. Our favourites include: Lip Falls Beechmont: Located on Back Creek in the Denham Scenic Reserve, Lip Falls is accessible along a graded walking track that is quite steep in places. Tracks also lead to other falls further downstream. Also great for a quick dip. Both the Green Mountain and Binna Burra sections of the Lamington National Park are a waterfall chaser’s dream come true. Some of southern Queensland’s more spectacular waterfalls can be found here. These include Elabana Falls, Yarrabilgong Falls, Coomera Falls, Moran Falls and so many more. Walks to the falls vary in distance and difficulty. For detailed information about walks in the Lamington National Park visit Queen Mary Falls: While Queen Mary Falls is located just outside of the Scenic Rim boundary, it is a popular destination for drive tourists to the region. This plunge waterfall is located in the Main Range National Park and descends 40m with great access and walking tracks. Curtis Falls: You’ve probably seen the photographs of Curtis Falls online and in tourism brochures. These falls are unique because they can be viewed from the bottom of the falls. The walking track leads to a viewing platform overlooking a rock pool, the falls and the basalt rock face.