New books uncover the wild side of Queensland's Scenic Rim

07 May 2010

Wild Guide to the Scenic Rim

The Queensland Museum has focused 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 will be 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.

Heritage Guide to the Scenic Rim

“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 will 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.

Scenic Rim Regional Council Deputy Mayor, Dave Cockburn said the guides would arm residents and visitors of the Scenic Rim with information to explore and get to know more about the history of the region.

“The Scenic Rim region is a playground for history buffs and environmental enthusiasts alike and these guides will act as a supplement to these activities,” Cr Cockburn said.

“It is important to know where we have come from to know where we are going and I encourage more people to learn more about the great history and environment of our region with the help of these guides.

“Council is proud to have been a part of the creation of these guides and looks forward to future partnerships on projects like this for our region.”

Wild Guide to the Scenic Rim and Heritage Guide to the Scenic Rim were published by the Queensland Museum in partnership with the Scenic Rim Regional Council. The guides retail for $9.95 each and will be available after the launch from the Queensland Museum Explorer Shop, Queensland Museum Publishing on 07 3840 7645 and Scenic Rim Regional Council Visitor Information Centres at Beaudesert, Tamborine Mountain, Canungra, Rathdowney and Boonah.
Media contacts:
Queensland Museum – Louise Sturgess 3842 9388 / 0417 741 710
Scenic Rim Regional Council – Kathryn Gurney 5540 5499

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