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National Parks

Discover our National Parks

The Scenic Rim is home to eight internationally significant world-heritage National Parks and the largest remaining tract of sub tropical 'Gondwana' rainforest in the world. We're part of the iconic 'Green Cauldron' – an ancient volcanic hotspot which over the years has grown into a lush landscape filled with unique flora and fauna. This incredible natural habitat varies widely, so it's best to research our parks first if you'd prefer a specific kind of natural experience or use our guide to top Scenic Rim bush walks.

Mt Tamborine NP, and Lamington NP are dominated by thick rain-forest canopies, with towering fig trees, slender palms, fern-lined waterfalls and crystal clear rapid-filled swimming holes. Around Mt Barney, in the Main Range and Moogerah Peaks NP's you'll also find more of the classically-termed Australian bush, with its famed eucalypt forests, montane heaths, dramatic exposed rock face gorges and cool natural rock pools. Lots of walks also offer spectacular views.

Wherever you go, you'll chance upon a glimpse of our iconic Australian wildlife and some rare species including the seldom-seen Albert's lyrebird and black-breasted button quail and Coxen's Parrot. Some are shy, some are brazen and many can be heard but not seen.

To find a walking track to match your needs, explore our parks below or use our guide to the Top Scenic Rim bush-walks. Our geology is also unique and quite fascinating.

Learn more – National Parks near Brisbane

Lamington National Park

Graded walking tracks lead walkers to lush rainforests, hidden waterfalls, dramatic lookouts and some of the world's last remaining warm temperate rainforest and Antarctic beech (Nothofagus moorei ) cool temperate rainforest. Lamington NP is also part of the largest remaining tract of subtropical rainforest in the world. More >>

Tamborine Mountain National Park

Within an hour's drive of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Tamborine National Park stands as an oasis. Choose from nine walking tracks to see excellent views and glimpses of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast skyline to the east and national parks of the Scenic Rim to the west.  More >>

Mt Barney National Park

Distinctive and spectacular mountain peaks dominate Mt Barney NP – the towering heights of mounts Maroon, Clunie, Earnest, May, Lindesay and Ballow are impressive, but it is Mount Barney which tops the list as the second highest peak in south-east Queensland. More >>

Mt French/Moogerah Peaks National Park

For panoramic views of the Fassifern Valley, easy access to the Australian bush and a popular picnic and BBQ spot close to Boonah, look no further than Mt French NP. The dramatic rhyolite cliff's of Mt French – Frog Buttress in particular – are also popular with traditional 'crack' rock climbers. More >>

Main Range National Park

Rugged mountain ranges, breath-taking lookouts, rare wildlife and a mosaic of vegetation types. Main Range NP is located on the western side of the Scenic Rim and is home to pockets of sheltered rainforest, interspersed with open eucalypt forest and montane heaths on the high rocky outcrops. More >>

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