Scenic Rim, Australia
When to go
Brisbane locals often head for the hills of the Scenic Rim to escape the sticky summer heat in the city during December and January. This is also the time when little 'uns will be on school holidays. To dodge the crowds (and the kids) plan a trip during the milder autumn months of March and April or opt for a spring break in September or October when festivals and regional events ensure there's plenty to see and do.
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PlanesTouch down at nearby Brisbane Airport (www.bne.com.au) or Gold Coast Airport (www.goldcoastairport.com.au) near Coolangatta. Flights to Brisbane depart daily from a range of Australian state and regional capitals with both national and international carriers including Qantas (www.qantas.com.au), V Australia (www.vaustralia.com.au), Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com), Emirates (www.emirates.com), and cheap-flight providers Jetstar (www.jetstar.com) and Tiger Airways (www.tigerairways.com). Flights to Gold Coast Airport also depart several times a week care of Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.com.au), Virgin Australia (www.virginaustralia.com), Jetstar and Tiger Airways.
TrainsThere are no trains operating around the hilly inland Scenic Rim region, so opt for a car instead. Brisbane and other coastal towns are served by inter-state railways, with Country Link (www.countrylink.info) connections from New South Wales and Queensland Rail (www.queenslandrail.com.au) serving trains from the north.
AutomobilesThe drive to the Scenic Rim takes about 90 minutes from either airport, both of which are home to a choice of car rental brands. Pick out some wheels and begin your meandering journey inland – as the destinations name promises, the trip is suitably scenic.
TaxisBoonah Taxis (+61 (0)7 5463 4611) services the Scenic Rim region, however you'll probably need your own wheels to tour off-the-beaten track cellar doors.