Environment Environment

The Scenic Rim is one of Queensland's great natural treasure troves - and indeed an Australian biodiversity hotspot. The climate, vegetation and landscape have combined to provide habitat for an extraordinary diversity of plants and animals, with links to ancient landforms and pre-historic life.

The Scenic Rim is constructed of the weathered remains of three ancient shield volcanoes, in the West the Main Range Shield Volcano, the South Focal Peak Shield volcano and in the south east, the Tweed Shield volcano.

Long since the area has moved on from the mantle hotspot which fuelled the fiery transformation, the volcanic rock has been exposed to weathering and erosion which is creating the current rugged yet beautiful landscape we are familiar with today. The remaining high mountains, which dominate the visual perspective of the region, contain an array of plants and animals remnant of prehistoric times.

The natural environment of the region draws many tourists to experience the great diversity of flora and fauna found in the many national parks and world heritage areas. The scenic country vistas available from the countless lookouts and bushwalks in mountain areas of the Scenic Rim are popular destinations. Visitors have the opportunity to spot a variety of rare and threatened animals in the region.

      

The region contains many plant species, being home to one fifth of the plant species found throughout Queensland, some of these species are only found in isolated areas and atop mountain ridges in the Border Range and Main Range national park areas.

 


Council recognises the importance of protecting wildlife and habitat to ensure future generations are able to enjoy the regions natural beauty. You can help make the Scenic Rim even greener by applying for one of Councils programs.

Catchments and Waterways - Learn about the Scenic Rims diverse catchments and waterway systems.

Conservation Groups - Find out about local conservation groups in your area.

Flora and Fauna – Discover the diversity of amazing plants and animals the Scenic Rim has to offer.

Sustainability – Lean about sustainability including ways to be more water and energy wise.

Programs and Events - Find out what's going on in your area including Councils range of conservation programs and environmental events.