8 Of The Best Hotels For Living It Up On Queensland’s Scenic Rim

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It’s official folks, Queensland is open for business just in time for you to clock off for summer. We all know the Sunshine State has endless options for a cheeky getaway, but one area that often gets overlooked (and REALLY shouldn’t be), is the Scenic Rim.

This region of over 4000 square kilometres lies just inland from the Gold Coast, and — just like it says on the tin — it’s one of the most scenic areas in the country. From distinctive mountain ranges to protected parkland, to farm fresh produce, to a new winery trail: there’s a lot to love.

It’s a great day trip from the Goldie or Brisbane, but if you want to keep the fun going for a weekend or even longer, these 12 hotels will help you turn the trip up to 11.

#1 Binna Burra Sky Lodge


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Right on the doorstep of the stunning Lamington National Park, the award-winning Binna Burra is perched high up on a mountain for sweeping views of the valley below. Besides the view, they offer guided bushwalks, kids activities, well-being classes and heritage walks.

Book here.

#2 O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

If you love your nature with a side of spa day, O’Reilly’s really goes above and beyond. The Lost World Day Spa has the best views of any spa, probably ever. They have a  range of accomodation options too, from guest houses to camp grounds.

Book here.

#3 Cedar Creek Lodges

These self-contained lodges and holiday cabins are a modern country chic dream, surrounded by rainforest. They have a fab restaurant on-site, as well as TreeTop Challenge, Thunderegg Fossicking and Adventure Mini Golf.

Book here.

#4 Herrmann House


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If you’re looking to go for the full luxury experience but you’d still prefer to cater for yourself, here’s your answer. This historic house was moved onto this large, beautiful country homestead from elsewhere in Kalbar, and is particularly popular with brides-to-be.

Book here.

#5 Clandulla Cottages

If you’re feeling a bit despot for some animal cuddles, this farm stay will fit the bill. You can feed all the farm animals, chill around the campfire at night and enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains. The homestead itself was built in 1905, so you’ve got a touch of history too.

Book here.

#6 Cedar Glen Farmstay

Speaking of animals, how about chilling on a real working farm? There’s animal feeding, alpaca walking, twilight tours, guided cave hikes and more. If you want to escape the grind and switch off your technology, this is the place to be.

Book here.

#7 Old Church BnB

As you may have guessed, this classic bed and breakfast is inside an old church — and a very cute one at that. Think English gardens and vines strewn over the building. What’s more, if you book directly with them you’ll get a free bottle of wine.

Book here.

#8 Hilly Ridge Holiday House


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This classic Queenslander is cute on its own, but then you check out the epic views over the Scenic Rim and it’s a knockout. Up to eight guests can stay here, and it’s fully self-contained, so gather the troops and get going.

Book here.

(Lead Image: Provided / Binna Burra Lodge)