The Scenic Rim is an inland route from Brisbane to the Gold Coast taking in spectacular rural scenery and diverse communities. There is a Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western and Central scenic rim tour. The eastern scenic rim tour visits Tamborine, Canungra and Beechmont, adding on Lamington National Park if you have time, and is a pleasant two hour drive.
The Tamborine communities of North Tamborine, Eagles Heights and Tamborine Mountain are scattered around a volcanic peak with 360 degree views of the Gold Coast, Pacific Ocean, mountains and countryside. Narrow country lanes meander by grand old houses with lush gardens, local markets selling organic produce, boutique wineries, a distillery, a brewery, historic pubs, and the Gallery Walk which is a string of restaurants, shops, cafes, wineries, a Belgian chocolate shop, a cheese factory, and of course, art galleries, in Eagle Heights. The Tamborine Mountain National Park has rainforest walking trails that take in waterfalls and amazing views. To the south are the glow worm caves.
Tamborine National Park. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.
The meandering Tamborine Mountain Road connects Tamborine Mountain to Canungra, home to wineries and an historic Tudor-style pub if you fancy a break.
O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard
A UNESCO World Heritage site of rainforest, giant trees, streams, deep valleys, and breathtaking views, Lamington National Park has 160 km of walking trails. There are two ways into the Lamington National Park; via Canungra, and via Beechmont and Binnu Burra, which has campervan friendly campsites if you wish to spend the night.
From Canungra, continue twisting carefully along Lamington National Park Road on to O’Reilly’s where you can spend the day walking the trails, touring glow worm caves, and enjoying the heights from the tree tops suspension bridge.
Lamington National Park. Photo: O'Reilly's.
Alternatively, Beechmont Road loops its way over rivers through the tiny village of Beechmont where you turn off to Binnu Burra. The Binna Burra information Centre can supply you with walking maps.
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