|The Scenic Rim is a fertile, mountainous region of southeast Queensland with high biodiversity (one of the highest in Australia).
Volcanoes erupted here more than 20 million years ago, providing basalts that weathered into nutrient-rich soil and high country that catches the rain as clouds sweep in from the Pacific Ocean. They also provided the more resistant rhyolites, now exposed in dramatic cliffs and waterfalls In the lower valleys we walk instead over rocks formed in the days of the dinosaurs.
With such varied topography and soil, the region harbours quite a variety of vegetation types, providing habitat for a diverse array of wildlife: several kinds of rainforest and eucalyptus forests, mallee heathland, other mountain heathlands, tea-tree wetlands, mountain streams with riparian forest, swamps and other wildlife habitats.
Several important conservation areas are within its boundaries, the largest being Lamington National Park (over 20,000 hectares).