An hour west of Brisbane, the Scenic Rim provides a retreat into a countryside landscape for visitors. Linking the villages including Beaudesert, Tamborine Mountain, Boonah and Mt Barney, is the many National Parks that surround the region. The spectacular scenery makes bushwalking, picnics, camping, horse riding and rock-climbing popular activities along with scenic drives throughout the area, of which the Lost World Valley is a highlight.
The villages themselves are heritage and cultural hotspots with antique shops, arts and crafts, galleries and markets throughout the country-side. There are also local produce stalls and fine-dining restaurants harbouring spectacular valley views. A stay in a rainforest campsite, retreat or country bed and breakfast is the best way to fully capture the serenity.
The city of Ipswich is a unique blend of history, adventure and greenery. Discover the rich history of the area at the Workshops Rail Museum at Grandchester, the home of rail in Queensland or at one of the historical buildings or churches. Get your adrenalin pumping with a spin around Queensland Raceway in a V8 Supercar or get airborne on a hot air balloon or helicopter flight. For a relaxing twist, head to one of many parks in Ipswich for a weekend picnic or barbeque.