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3 Reasons to Escape to the Scenic Rim

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-two year old girl living in Brisbane. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've seen and where I want to! ✌🏻
Published March 11th 2017
For your next 'Sunday Drive' adventure
3 Reasons To Escape To The Scenic Rim
Road Trip Scenic Rim region
Rosin's Lookout, Scenic Rim
The Scenic Rim is located on Brisbane's doorstep (from me it's approximately a one hour and thirty minute drive). Taking the Nerang/Southport exit on the Pacific Motorway and heading towards Beechmont & Binna Burra, you will stumble onto the Scenic Rim drive.

These are the three reasons I find myself escaping the city and busier suburbs of Brisbane and road-tripping my way around my surrounds. The Scenic Rim is beautiful and hopefully some of these reasons entice you to take on this road trip as well.


Green As Far As The Eyes Can See

Road Trip Scenic Rim region
Countryside as far as the eye can see


For a relaxing Sunday drive to wind down, this road will take you through lush countryside, with green as far as the eye can see. Surrounded by the mountain ranges of Lamington and Springbrook National Park - it's a great way to escape the city for the day but not have to travel too far out of your way.

The spectacular scenery, cattle life and mountains in the background offer the perfect backdrop for your mini road trip. Be sure to follow the road rules and signage when it comes to the National Parks as the roads become windy and very narrow in parts. It all makes up the drive out there, but as always stay safe and be smart on the roads.

Fancy a Picnic?

If you're a bit old school and love a good picnic with friends or significant others, then this drive offers you some pretty amazing spots to do just that. One of the best in my opinion goes to the 'Rosin's Lookout', which is also a popular launch spot for paragliders. This lookout is an expansive opening that gives you, what feels like a birds eye view of the Gold Coast, South-East Queensland ranges & some of the Northern NSW ranges (See if you can spot the 'thumb' of Mount Warning!).

Road Trip Scenic Rim region
Rosin's Lookout


The lookout, in terms of its picnic 'aesthetics', offers BBQ facilities, toilets and cool water taps. With a stellar view of the mountain ranges behind you, you'll be sure to be a hit amongst your companions for such a good choice. Be sure to take your camera with you to capture some amazing shots from this lookout.


Amongst the National Parks

Last but definitely not least is what the Scenic Rim drives through. The road winds through Lamington & Springbrook National Park. There are so many walks (with grand lookouts also) to see and do in a day on the Scenic Rim Drive. There are tracks, caves, waterfalls and wildflife to see if chosen to do one of these walks. A favourite I enjoy is the Ships Stern Circuit.

Road Trip Scenic Rim region - Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park, Binna Burra section


A moderately easy walk, however, it is very long - 19 kilometres to be exact. However, if you follow the signs for Ships Stern until you see 'Kooloonbano Lookout', follow the fork and you have another fantastic spot to relax and have a picnic. Short but sweet, the walk fits in with a day of cruising around and taking in other spots also.

Road Trip Scenic Rim region - Lamington National Park
Amongst the wildlife and nature of Binna Burra - perfect place for a picnic with a view
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Why? For the beautiful views and things to do in the Scenic Rim region
When: Anytime
Where: Scenic Rim Region, South QLD
Cost: Free
Your Comment
That's a gorgeous relaxing view
by RC (score: 3|1218) 195 days ago
Most certainly was :)
Thank you for your comment RC!
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1214) 195 days ago
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