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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Ekka success for Scenic Rim

Reinvigorated Rainforest Way

Come see us at the EKKA

Clouds on Beechmont wins awards