The Queensland Museum has focussed its magnifying glass on the unique heritage, history, people, plants, animals and landscape of Queensland’s Scenic Rim region to produce two new publications in partnership with the Scenic Rim Regional Council.
Wild Guide to the Scenic Rim and Heritage Guide to the Scenic Rim were officially launched by Scenic Rim Councillor Dave Cockburn on Saturday 15 May at The Centre, Beaudesert. Author of the two new pocket guides, Queensland Museum Senior Information Officer Greg Czechura describes the Scenic Rim as a ‘storehouse’ of unique plants and animals, distinctive vegetation types and a landscape of outstanding beauty.
“The two new books are pocket-sized guides that take the reader on a journey of discovery from lush forests and high peaks between Mt Tamborine, the Lamington Plateau and Main Range to the rolling landscape and waterways at the foot of the mountains,” Mr Czechura said.
“The books give visitors and residents alike a taste of what makes this region of Queensland such an extraordinary place.
“Queensland’s first national park was declared in the Scenic Rim region and the area is home to one of Australia’s two species of lyrebird and many other rare and restricted plants and animals. You can even find places that are remnants of Australia’s ancient, wet and temperate past,” he said.
The rich cultural landscape of the region unfolds in the Heritage Guide to the Scenic Rim, which weaves a path through the stories of the original inhabitants, the first European explorers and settlers to the changing face of the region’s industries and towns. The book also includes incidents like the Stinson plane crash in 1937 and the amazing rescue of the two survivors.
“Many prominent identities are associated with the region: film-makers, war heroes, artists, naturalists and the first person to coin the phrase ‘Scenic Rim’, Arthur Groom,” Mr Czechura said.
“A noted photographer, writer and naturalist, Arthur Groom was also one of the Scenic Rim’s early tourism pioneers who helped form Queensland Holiday Resorts in 1933 and subsequently managed Binna Burra Mountain Lodge.”
A feature of the guides is the stunning photography of the region captured by Queensland Museum photographers Gary Cranitch and Jeff Wright.
Both Wild Guides are now available from tourism information centres through the Scenic Rim, from Scenic Rim Regional Council and from the Queensland Museum.