If you’ve explored the Scenic Rim then chances are you’ve driven through the town of Beaudesert.
It’s a common stop-off point for fuel and grocery supplies on your way to a Scenic Rim camping ground or hiking hot spot.
But Beaudesert local Susie Cunningham reckons more visitors should plan to spend a day in her hometown.
She says if you know where to look you’ll discover Beaudesert has some unique country charms.
Here is Susie’s recipe for a perfect day in Beaudesert. Read more


Do you want to see your photograph on the cover of the new Scenic Rim Visitor Guide?

Have you captured the perfect Scenic Rim vista?

Now’s the time to share your Scenic Rim photographs for a chance to win a share of $3,000.

We’re looking for an epic image that best represents the Scenic Rim and its experiences.

The winning photograph will be used on the cover of our upcoming Regional Visitor Guide, which is circulated to visitors around Australia and overseas.

We are especially interested in images that showcase locations that photographers and tourists can visit, including mountains, national parks, lakes, waterfalls, landmarks and iconic Scenic Rim destinations.

Successful images will be shortlisted and put out for public vote on the Visit Scenic Rim social media channels.

The winning entrant will receive $1000. Up to four runners-up will receive $500 and have their photographs featured within the guide.

All successful entrants will receive a photo credit within the guide.

Minimum requirements for submitted entries:

  • 300ppi / 2480 pixels wide by 3508 pixels high – preferably hi-res format available.
  • Portrait orientation

Submit your image or a link to your image (or a low res version) to along with your contact details 

OR load it publicly to social media and tag us @visitscenicrim with #scenicrimuncovered 

Terms & Conditions:

Expressions of interest open: 31 March

Expressions of interest close: 21 April

Shortlist announced: April 29

Winner announced: May 6

By entering, participants warrant that the image is theirs and does not infringe any copyright.

Entrants provide Scenic Rim Regional Council with an irrevocable licence to use the image in the Visitor Guide and in other applications.

If your image features people, we will require a photo consent form to be completed by the people in the image.  Without a completed consent form, an image will not be able to be shortlisted. Download the Consent Form

For the purposes of Australian law, this photo competition is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the finalists or winners.


The first of four live events celebrating the cream of Australia’s performance and fine arts will be showcased at Spicers Peak Lodge on April 23.

Encompassing dance, drama, opera, music, circus and burlesque, audiences will be immersed in spectacular art forms at a truly remarkable destination, Peak Lodge, overlooking the stunning Scenic Rim.

Superb dining, luxe beverages and unique artistic performances will mesh to create unforgettable experiences; from select intimate recitals for in-house guests during the winter months, to mid-scale concerts on the manicured lawn where audiences can indulge in local produce and fine wines.

“At Spicers Peak Lodge, we truly believe that art is a visible and audible endorsement of our cultural identity, and we look forward to enhancing Australia’s vibrant and diverse arts community,” says Simon Magnus, Peak Lodge General Manager.

1st Performance at the Peak

‘Collusion’ – Music and Dance on the Mountaintop at Spicers Peak Lodge

All are invited to escape to the ‘theatre in the clouds’ at Spicers Peak Lodge with the first arts performance of a pending four-part series.

On Sunday April 23, Queensland’s acclaimed music and dance ensemble Collusion, will incorporate music from Australian and International composers Elena Kats-Chernin and Peteris Vasks. Four award-winning chamber music musicians and four acclaimed dancers will perform a high-quality repertoire underpinned by programming with heart, beauty and warmth. Collusion’s concerts and performances are enjoyed by audiences of all ages and cultural persuasions.

To prepare for an afternoon of sublime performance, guests are encouraged pack their picnic rugs for essential lounging on Spicers Peak’s lush green lawn, where the stunning vista across the Scenic Rim mountaintops will mesmerize.

To quench thirsty palates, a pop-up bar serving Veuve Clicquot Champagne plus a wide range of beverages will be available from 11.30am.

To satisfy hunger pangs, scrumptious picnic food will be on-hand – think pulled pork baguettes, cheese plates and charcuterie with all the accompaniments. The produce is predominantly sourced from the local bountiful Scenic Rim region.

Escape to another world for this extraordinary relaxed ‘Sunday session’ style afternoon of world-class music and dance!

Book tickets now online here or by calling 07 46661083.



There’s nothing better than local’s knowledge when it comes to exploring a region.

Visitors to Tamborine Mountain are in good hands, with the arrival of Helen Claase’s Ambience on Tour.

Helen has tapped into her extensive network of contacts on the mountain to deliver a number of unique and memorable experiences.

As well as her tours of local wineries, microbreweries, distilleries, rainforest and art galleries, Helen can also tailor a tour specifically for you.

But it’s her Meet the Artist Tour which is really different.

Helen collaborates with 11 Mountain artists to offer visitors an insight into the local studios and art spaces.

“Within their serene studio environments you will be able to view a range of art, informally chat to the artists and find out what inspirations they draw upon,” she says.

“This is an exceptional day out and includes a wine tasting option and a leisurely lunch, as well as afternoon Devonshire Tea.”

Many of the participating artists have exhibited nationally and internationally with their artworks included in public and private collections around the world.

Tamborine Mountain is home to many artists and a number of charming art galleries.

“I truly feel blessed to have this opportunity to showcase the Tamborine Mountain artists’ talent and to have met some very special and talented people along the way,” says Helen.

Ambience on Tour operates tours daily. Bookings are essential.

Find out more at the website


April is set to be a busy month in the Scenic Rim.

There are plenty of events and experiences on offer throughout the region during April.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the highlights:

Moogerah Passion Play
Easter in the Scenic Rim isn’t complete without a visit to the Moogerah Passion Play.

The Moogerah Passion Play Association will celebrate its 25th year with performances across the Easter period on April 8, 9, 14 and 15.

The dramatic account of the Passion of Christ is performed by more than 100 local actors and staged by volunteer technicians and assistants.

Performances are conducted in the open-air auditorium on the banks of Lake Moogerah.

Gates open at 4pm and entry is free.

Find out more


QLD Moto Park Holiday Camp
The popular holiday camp returns to the Queensland Moto Park at Coulson from April 10 to 12.

Budding riders aged four and up will benefit from tuition by Rod Jenner, Jemma Wilson and Barry Surawski.

The camp is open to riders of all skill levels.

Bookings essential.

Find out more


AQUIS Champions Tour
Take a front row seat for some spectacular showjumping action.

The AQUIS Champions Tour is the richest show jumping event in Australia, with more than $150,000 in prize money on offer.

The event is staged across a number of days from April 21 to 23 and again on April 26 to 30 at the beautiful Elysian Fields complex just outside Canungra.

Find out more


Mt Alford Artisans Market
The Mt Alford Artisans Market returns on April 22 to the Mt Alford School of Arts.

The ‘green’ market features artists and primary producers from throughout the region. Original artworks include felted creations, screen-printed garments, woven and forged objects. You’ll also find chutneys, honey, vintage clothing, delicious food and more.

The market runs from 10am.

Find out more


Heritage 100 Cycle Race
The Ipswich 100 Charity Ride will pass through the Scenic Rim.

This fundraising event features rides of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.

The 169km Imperial 100 Challenge will leave Ipswich and pass through Harrisville, Kalbar, Mt Alford and Boonah.

Funds raised support a range of beneficiaries, including Lions International, the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, Epilepsy Queensland, State Emergency Service and others.

Register Now


Boonah Writers Festival
The Boonah Writers Festival is on April 29 and 30 and offers budding writers two days of exciting sessions featuring authors Mary Rose MacColl and Nick Earls, who will be the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner.

A range of Q&A sessions are planned on topics ranging from short stories and horror, to playwriting, romance writing and crime writing. Learn more about contract publishing, self-publishing and working with an agent.

Registration for the two days and the Saturday night dinner is $275. Dinner only is $55.

Find out more


Studios of the Scenic Rim is a month away and it’s shaping to be the biggest year yet.

This celebration of culture and creativity features 300 artists, in 27 locations across five weekends.

The event kicks off on Tamborine Mountain on May 6 and 7 and continues each weekend through to June 3 and 4.

A diverse range of artforms will be on show at different studios, including painting, ceramics, printmaking, books, drawings, sculpture, illustration, rugmaking, floral art, fibre art, eco-dying and leadlighting.

Details of participating artists and studios are included in the Council’s Studios & Events booklet. Download it here or find a hardcopy at Council customer service centres, libraries and Visitor Information Centres throughout the region.

Put these dates in your diary:

Tamborine Mountain – May 6 & 7
Lost World Valley – May 13 & 14 (Arts in the Olives)
Beaudesert – May 20 & 21
Boonah & District – May 27 & 28
Canungra & Beechmont – June 3 & 4
Find out more


Feast in the Field Tommerup'sPlanning for Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is well advanced and this year’s festival features a number of preview events.

The first of these preview events is on sale now.

Feast in the Field, a producers’ long table lunch, is being hosted at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm in the Lost World. Feast on a lunch prepared by Tamborine Mountain chef Brenda Fawdon, the co-author of the Scenic Rim’s EAT LOCAL cookbook.

Prior to lunch, explore the Tommerup’s sixth-generation dairy farm and meet the four-legged residents.

Numbers are limited. Tickets are $125 and include food and drinks.

Find out more about the Feast in the Field and book tickets

Eat Local Week runs from June 24 to July 2. This year’s event features more than 90 individual events, including producer dinners, farm tours, cooking classes and the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 1.

Find out more about Eat Local Week

Scale these Scenic summits

So, you want to climb a mountain but you don’t know where to start?

Well, the Scenic Rim is just the place to find your feet, given it’s home to more than 70 summits.

A perfect spot to start is in the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park up on the McPherson Range outside Canungra.

CoomeraCircuit.NeerigomindalalaFalls Okay, so you won’t quite be climbing a mountain – you’ll drive up relatively steep and winding country roads to get to the tracks – but those tracks are great for getting some mileage in the legs.

You’ll get the fresh mountain air into your lungs, but Lamington won’t knock the wind out of your sails like a first-time mountain climb will.

Whether you choose to set out from the Binna Burra section or the O’Reilly’s (Green Mountains) section, you’ll have plenty of well-marked tracks to choose from – about 160km of them, in fact.

There is something for everyone, from the smooth, wheelchair-accessible 1.8km Centenary Track at O’Reilly’s to the rock-hopping, creek-crossing 17.4km Coomera Circuit at Binna Burra.

If you really want to build up the strength in your legs, there aren’t many tracks more pleasant (or picturesque) than the Border Track, which is 21.4km each way and links Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.

Or if you want someone to guide you, local companies like Horizon Guides or International Park Tours can offer you valuable local wisdom on the tracks of Lamington National Park and beyond. Read more

The Grape Escape

Record high temperatures have meant an early fruit harvest for Scenic Rim winemakers and olive farmers.

The hotter-than-normal summer has created challenges for local producers.

It’s meant the fruit has been ripening faster than exepcted and that’s led to a call for volunteers to help with the harvest.

It’s been a case of all hands on deck as winemakers harvest the fruit and prepare to create their 2017 vintages.

Pickers started at 4.30am for this year’s harvest at the Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, just outside Boonah. Winemaker David McMaugh says this ensures the grapes are picked in the cool of the morning. Harestving is done by hand to minimise the ‘berry trauma’ and reduce the chance of fermentation starting prior to crushing.

At  Canungra Valley Vineyard more than 100 members of the O’Reilly’s Wine Club helped harvest the white varieties before the heat hit on February 5 and the reds a week early on February 26.


If you want to try some local Scenic Rim wines and beers, try these spots: Read more

Scenic Gourmet Stay

If eating your way around the Scenic Rim sounds delicious, then you’ll love a new gourmet foodie tour from PARKtours.

The team at PARKtours live in, and love the Scenic Rim and have created a new tour to capture the region’s tastiest attractions.

The Scenic Rim Gourmet Short Stay is a four-night adventure which starts on Tamborine Mountain and travels to Boonah, in the region’s south-west.

The tour is timed to coincides with the annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week celebrations and features paddock to plate food trails, boutique wineries, epicurean indulgences, farmgate visits and local produce tastings.

Feast from the Scenic Rim’s bounty of produce, learn to cook with local ingredients and work off your lunch with some easy walking trails through the Tamborine and Main Range National Parks.

Download the full itinerary

Spaces are limited, book now

O’Reillys Autumn Bird Week

Join fellow bird lovers for O’Reilly’s Autumn Bird Week, from March 5 to 10.

The cooler autumn weather means you’ll have a chance to see migratory species before they leave the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.

The National Park is home to Australia’s largest collection of subtropical birds, 500 waterfalls and 160km of nature trails.

Join the daily walking tours for a chance to see rainforest species, including Thrushes, Pitta, Riflebird, Catbird, the Wompoo Pigeon and the Rose robin.

Venture out after dark for some nocturnal bird spotlighting. You may see a Boobook Owl, Owlet Nightjar and even a Sooty Owl.

Choose between a two or a five-day package. You’ll hear from leading Australian bird experts.

Download the full itinerary



Australia’s largest country music festival is celebrating 10 years and it’s right on the doorstep of the Scenic Rim.

CMC Rocks QLD rolls into the Willowbank Raceway from March 24 to 26.

The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a stellar line-up of country music legends.

Crowds are expected to tip 45,000, attracted by a line-up featuring the Dixie Chicks, Little Big Town, Lee Kernaghan, The Shires, The McClymonts, Michael Ray, The Wolfe Brothers, Deep Creek Road, Craig Campbell and many more.

With camp sites nearly sold out, the Scenic Rim is the ideal location for your CMC accommodation.

Book your stay now

Darlington Markets & Fun Day

The highly-anticipated Darlington Community market and Family Fun Day returns on Sunday March 26.

You’ll love the setting, the picturesque grounds of the small Darlington State School in the Lost World Valley.

This is a stunning part of the Scenic Rim and a wonderful place to give your kids a relaxed day out in the countryside.

The markets have a ‘homemade, homegrown, handmade, local, organic and Fairtrade’ theme, which means you’ll only find unique and fresh offerings at these markets.

The Country Family Fund Day features plenty of activities for young and old, including whip cracking displays, face painting, country games and novelty races, an Easter Egg hunt and a visit by the Easter Bunny.

Enjoy the live music, country baked goods and local fare from the Vintage Café.

Darlington State School is at 2744 Kerry Rd Darlington.

Entry is $5/family.

Find out more

Beaudesert Poultry Club Expo

Thinking about going into chooks?

Don’t miss the Beaudesert Poultry Club Poultry Sale on March 26.

Meet breeders and learn more about keeping chooks in a series of free talks.

All aspects of poultry keeping will be covered.

Birds will be available for purchase on the day, including Guinea Fowl and Quail.

The Club is located within the Beaudesert Showgrounds, about 40km south of Brisbane.

Find out more

Chappy Challenge for a great cause

The popular Chappy Challenge returns on March 4.

The annual event offers participants the opportunity to cycle, run or walk through the beautiful Fassifern Valley and support the great work school chaplains do in the district.

Runs and rides offer the diversity to cater for children, fun runners and serious athletes.

The event has become a popular highlight on the local calendar.

Chaplaincy is a treasured part of the education experience in the Fassifern area. Chaplains visit all local state and private schools around the Boonah area. Funds raised by the Chappy Challenge are used to offset the shortfall in funds provided by the Federal Government to employ the chaplains.

This year’s Chappy Challenge features events across a range of distances.

The 35km, 60km and 95km road cycle. The 5km and 10km road run/walk.

A 1.5km cycle showground track for five and six-year-olds.

Find out more

Women on Wheels ride into Motopark


Join the Women on Wheels on March 12 for their ride to celebrate QLD Women’s Week.

The group will be ride to the Queensland Moto Park, located just outside Boonah.

Organisers say it’s a chance to meet other women on wheels and there’s some awesome prizes on offer, plus a bike apparel fashion parade.

Find out more

Hop into Easter Holidays

The Easter school holidays are fast approaching and now is the time to turn your mind to activities and accommodation.

Ditch the usual city activities and bring the family to the Scenic Rim for some natural adventures.

Book into a family-friendly self-contained cabin, a house, or a mountain retreat and join the veteran local guides for a scenic tour of the region’s National Parks, walks and swimming holes.

Out here you’re limited only by your imagination – it really is a matter of choose your own adventure.

Bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, cycling, climbing … the Scenic Rim is an adventurer’s paradise.

Visit local farms, try the farm fresh produce and take an authentic paddock to plate tour.

Start planning your Easter visit now.

Clouds on Beechmont wins major awards


Clouds on Beechmont is on a winning roll, taking out a number of major awards including Luxury Tour Guide Magazine’s 2016 Romantic Luxury Accommodation of the Year, Lux Magazine’s Best Romantic Getaway – Gold Coast’ and ‘Most Outstanding Romantic Hideaway’.

The stunning accommodation venue has also been winning hearts with five wedding proposals taking place at their Clouds Safari venue recently.

Scenic Rim Australia Day Escape

Spend Australia Day exploring some of the country’s most stunning natural scenery – right here in the Scenic Rim.

Our six National Parks and three lakes offer visitors a smorgasbord of nature adventures.

Take a slow, easy walk to a scenic lookout; cool down in a local swimming hole; test yourself on a challenging bush track; take your mountain bike on a trail around the Wyaralong Dam.

If you’d rather eat and drink your way around the region, we can help with that too.

Paddocks around the region are bursting with fresh produce and you’ll find local ingredients on the menus of many Scenic Rim cafes and restaurants.

Drop into a Scenic Rim brewery or winery for a refreshing local brew.

For a relaxed country meal you can’t go wrong with one of the Scenic Rim’s historic pubs. Casual dining, cool drinks and a laid-back atmosphere. For a real Australia Day celebration you can’t go past the Bearded Dragon Hotel at Tamborine. They’re offering guests Aussie rock music, thong throwing competitions and the Great Aussie BITE breakfast. #straya

Or frock up and visit the Beaudesert Race Track for the Australia Day meet, where they’ll be streaming the Triple J Hottest 100.

Eat Local Week 2017 – Save the Date

Save the date for Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 2017.

The nine-day celebration of food, farming and local producers returns from June 24 to July 2, 2017.

Planning is  underway and there will be more opportunities than ever to meet Scenic Rim farmers, visit farms, learn to cook with local ingredients and sample local flavours in outstanding Queensland restaurants.

Expressions of interest have been called and there are already some exciting new additions to the event schedule.

Find out more




Tamborine Street Food Festival

The retro market team, Gold Coast Design Collective, return to Tamborine Mountain on January 28 for their second Street Food Festival.

The first event, held late last year, was a huge success and locals are hungry for more.

The event celebrates good local food, with vendors sourcing produce from the surrounding area.

The markets feature a mix of stalls, including flowers, jewellery, craft and a wide range of food trucks.

Live music will play and the kids will have a blast on the jumping castle.

It’s happening in the grounds of the Witches Chase Cheese Factory and Fortitude Brewing from 3pm to 9pm January 28.

Find out more

Remembering Michael Jackson at Ramada Kooralbyn


The multi award-winning Take The Stage ALLSTAR Band will bring nearly four decades of Motown smash hits to the stage at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley next month.

The February 3 performance is the first stop on their world tour and will pairs a nine-piece band with the talents of Grammy Award-winning artist Sueann Carwell and number one Michael Jackson tribute artist Scorpio.

The event will encompass a musical tapestry spanning many years and is presented by Sherry Gordy, whose father Berry founded the Motown label.

“Our production really is a celebration of live music for everyone, where we will remember the sounds of the late Michael Jackson and so many other great artists,” says Sherry.

“This high-energy show, inspired by Motown artists, will be full of excitement and energy.”

The outdoor event will be held at the picturesque Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, with admission from 5pm for potential photo and signing opportunities before the 8pm show start.

Tickets are now on sale through
Accommodation is available at the Ramada Resort.

Lillydale Farmstay makes gold star list


Lillydale Farmstay is officially among Australia’s best accommodation providers.

The Rathdowney farmstay was recently named on the Star Ratings Australia’s Gold List of Aussie accommodation.

Lillydale received the award for Best Overall Guest Experiences for hosted accommodation in the Gold Coast region. The award is decided based only on guest reviews and votes.

The Gold List of Australian Accommodation compiles reviews of star-rated properties from hundreds of websites, including Expedia, Facebook, and Google, to find the best accommodation as rated by travellers.

Lillydale is a 4.5 star AAA-rated property that has been open to guests since 2000.

The Hardgrave family welcomes visitors to their family farm and shares a range of authentic experiences with guests, including feeding the animals, horse riding, fishing and exploring the scenic property.

Pam Hardgrave says being able to introduce guests to their amazing lifestyle is rewarding.

“By opening our doors they get an appreciation for what goes into producing a meal from start to finish. They help in our vegetable garden and help us care for the animals. It really provides an experience, not just a holiday.”

Book your Lillydale Farm experience now.

View the full list of star ratings

Retrace heroic Stinson rescue hike


Retrace the tracks Bernard O’Reilly took 80 years ago as he raced to save the survivors of the Stinson Plane crash.

Staff from O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat will lead walkers through the Lamington National Park from February 17 to 19.

Guests can choose from two walks – the longer Bernard’s Footsteps Stinson Hike (37km one way), or the shorter Rescue Route (14km return).

Both walks travel through stunning landscape and diverse flora and fauna.

The Stinson Airliner was travelling from Brisbane to Lismore and Sydney in near cyclonic conditions in 1937, when it was last seen passing through clouds above Kerry in the Scenic Rim.

The plane had been missing 10 days when Bernard read about the missing plane while visiting his brother. They discussed where the plane might be and Bernard set out early the next day to search, carrying only two loaves of bread, a pound of butter, sugar, tea and some onions. Late on the second day Bernard’s calls into the wilderness were answered and he found two survivors.

Find out more about the O’Reilly’s Stinson walks and accommodation packages.

Read the full story of the Stinson rescue as told by Bernard’s daughter Rhelma Kenny.

2017 Scenic Rim Instameet

Join the Instagramming community for the first Scenic Rim Instameet of 2017.

The Igers Scenic Rim group will meet at Mt Barney Lodge from 4pm on January 28.

Check out the @Igers_scenicrim Instagram account for some spectacular shots of local scenery.

Don’t forget to tag your pictures #scenicrim so we can share them at @visitscenicrim

Earth Frequency Festival headed to Peak Crossing

Organisers of the four-day Earth Frequency Festival promise an event which is a ‘life-changing’ transformative experience.

The event is being held at the Ivory’s Rock Convention centre and is promoted as a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival, with a focus on education, healing and community spirit.

Music sits are the core of the Earth Frequency experience and the line-up features a range of artists spanning the reggae, dubstep, techno, glitch-hop and world music.

Featured artists include Beardyman, The Herd, Ace Ventura, Opiuo, Alex Stein, Sixis and Gaudi.

Welcome to Earth Frequency 2017 from NOli GANDA on Vimeo.

Buy tickets online

Sheep Cheese classes at Towri

Join sheep farmer and cheesemaker, Carolyn Davidson, on the second Wednesday of the month to master the art of turning sheep’s milk into cheese.

Carolyn welcomes students to her farm just outside Beaudesert, where she shares the secrets of making a beautiful handmade cheese.

The next class is on February 8.

Find out more

New campaign to drive visitors

Scenic Rim Brewery Opens

Scenic Rim School Holiday Adventure

Tourism Award Winners

Gourmet in Gumboots

Search & Rescue accolade for Larkins

Bird Week attracts enthusiasts

Hinterland Sports Festival returns

Scenic Summer Escape

Book your Scenic Christmas

Motofest Roars into Boonah

Homespun at Kooralbyn

Scenic Soak … bath with a view

Scenic Rim a ‘grape’ escape

Scenic Cooking Experience

Lime Caviar Company delicious Finalist

Springtime on the Mountain

Beaudesert Showtime

Boonah Arts Festival is back