Global travel authority Lonely Planet has unveiled its top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit next year, with our very own Scenic Rim taking out the Number 8 spot in the region category in an exciting coup for the sunshine state.
The honour comes as Queensland prepares to reopen its borders to the rest of the country on December 17, with hopes today’s news will entice an influx of visitors to the region. Located just one hour south of Brisbane and 30 minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast, Queensland’s Scenic Rim boasts six national parks, ecolodges, wineries, tantalising gourmet experiences and the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests.
After bouncing back from the 2019 Black Summer bushfires with a raft of new attractions and a renewed focus on sustainability, this lesser-known corner of Queensland is primed to become of Australia’s low impact tourism power players.
It’s understood the judges were most impressed by a number of highlights, including the picturesque new Scenic Rim trail, 17 wineries, national parks, and ecolodges which give tourists the chance to glamp at the Nightfall Wilderness Camp or stay in a heritage cottage at Mt Barney Lodge.
From the amazing food and wine to the incredible rainforest and bush walks and memorable places to stay, this is an unexpected pocket of Australia that has it all, including our iconic Cellar Door located in the heart of the beautiful Mt Tamborine.