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Scenic Rim War Stories

Friday, March 6th, 2015

WSAOT bannerWar Stories and Our Town is a year-long program of exhibitions, performances, forums, community activities and commemorative events throughout the Scenic Rim.

A printed program documents many of the Scenic Rim’s war stories and is available from local cultural centres, libraries, visitor information centres and the Council’s customer service centres.

There’s a number of exhibitions and events happening during March.

On Saturday March 14 join guest artist Carolyn Gardiner at The Centre Beaudesert to learn portraiture techniques from 10am in the Remembering Women in War workshop.

The Women in War Exhibition continues until March 18 at The Centre Beaudesert. It is presented in association with the QLD Museum and the Scenic Rim Heritage Network. Entry is free.

On March 19 catch Charles Chauvel’s Forty Thousand Horsemen, the 1940s classic telling the story of the Australian Lighthorse during WW1. Chauvel spent part of his life living in the Scenic Rim. The movie starts at 10am at The Centre Beaudesert.

On March 20 join the fun at Musical Mornings: Let’s Misbehave at the Boonah Cultural Centre. This musical revue of the Roaring 20s documents the post war years, including Ragtime, the Black Bottom, jazz, cocktails, bottle liquor and prohibition. Show starts at 11am. Tickets are $16.

Anzac – a day in the life exhibition opens at The Centre Beaudesert on March 27. The exhibition looks at the life of the Anzac soldier and the impact the First World War had on soldiers, veterans, nurses, farmers, families and towns. It runs until May 27.

Help decorate the local towns for Anzac Day by participating in a Glorybox Arts Workshop on March 28.
Create metres of bunting from recycled fabric with the creative help of Ministry of Handmade. Workshops are on in Boonah from 9.30am to noon and Beaudesert from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Find out more about all of the War Stories and our Town activities

Arts and Culture weaves trail across Scenic Rim

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 9.45.29 amThe region’s popular Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim program has been launched for 2015.

The Studios and Events art and culture program, now in its eighth year, was launched at February’s Scenic Rim Arts Dinner in Beaudesert.

Mayor John Brent told the audience that the month-long open studios event was not a fixture in the calendars of locals and visitors and reflected the significant role the arts community plays in Scenic Rim tourism.

“Art, in all its creative forms, is an important part of the social fabric of the Scenic Rim region and our vibrant communities are home to a number of artisans. This program showcases the talents of our artists and provides an opportunity for people to experience our many vibrant and creative communities, in addition to the natural wonders of the region.”

This year’s studio trail will feature more than 190 individual artists and several collectives across five weekends, running May 2 to 31.

Find out more about the participating artists on the website

“This program continues to go from strength to strength and the numbers speak for themselves. Last year, we had more than 130 artists involved, up from 86 in 2013, and this year participation has topped 190,” says Cr Brent.

“I’m looking forward to another big year for arts and culture in the Scenic Rim and the launch of this program is always a great jumping off point.

“There is also a high level of alignment between the Cultural Trails program and our War Stories and Our Town commemorative program for the Anzac Centenary.”

The Studios and Events: Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim program booklet also features a full round up of country markets, agricultural shows, arts and community events, in addition to a loops and trails guide to studios and other destinations within the region.

Go to to view the Studios and Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim program.

School holiday fun – movies, art, cooking and more

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Mix media Printmaking workshop 227The popular Scenic Rim Regional Council school holiday program is back, offering plenty of free and low-cost activities to entertain the kids.

The program includes movies, cooking classes, art classes and library activity sessions.

Download the full program

Cuckoo Nest celebrates 20 years

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Cuckoo Clock Nest Tamborine MountainTamborine Mountain’s popular German Cuckoo Clock Nest celebrates its 20-year anniversary this month, with an authentic German festival of food, culture, music – and clocks!

The Bavarian Clock Chalet will host a festival celebration on Saturday November 15, with a program of promotions and activities celebrating the occasion

An exquisite Comitti timepiece will be unveiled and replicas of the famous Harrison Grasshopper and Congreve clocks will be imported especially for the day.

These timepieces were first created by groundbreaking inventors of marine navigation and rockets in the 18th century.

A live Oompah Band will perform, as will the Alpenrosen Dance Group.

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Join 37th O’Reilly’s Bird Week

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

regent-bowerbird_o'reilly's-websiteThe popular O’Reilly’s Bird Week returns for the 37th year, from November 2 to 9.

The 2014 event features a number of guest speakers, including Tim O’Reilly, Glen Threlfo, Ian Gynther, Bill McDonald and Duncan Fowler.

Participants will also be joined by Stephen Moss, a documentary producer at the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

The program provides an opportunity to visit many scenic locations and uncover the special birds of the Lamington National Park.

Registration is essential.

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Popular All Saints Fete is back

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

All Saints FeteThe All Saints Boonah school fete returns on Sunday November 3.

This popular community event is held biennially on the school grounds in Church St Boonah.

This year’s event features a full schedule of live entertainment and events, including the inaugural StrongMan Demonstration, featuring members of CAPO Powerlifting Australia.

Other entertainment includes performances by Earth Mama Belly Dance and The Noisy Minors Band, as well as displays by Fassifern Gymnastics, Julie Barns’ dance troupe and Black Dragon Kai Karate.

Kids rides and other fun activities will operate from 10.30am to 4pm.

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Tour de Tamborine returns

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Tour de TamborineSport lovers of all ages and abilities will line up for the Tour de Tamborine Sports Festival this month.

The popular event is expected to attract more than 2000 participants across the weekend of November 21 to 23.

They will compete in a range of events, including a 100km cycle, 4km cycle, half and full marathon, 1km junior bolt and a trail run.

There’s a packed social schedule too and over the years this event has helped raise $150,000 for local charities.

It’s not too late to be involved.
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Aratula Twilight Fair

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Aratula Twilight FairThe Aratula Twilight Fair promise to be great fun, offering an afternoon of entertainment, fun, fresh produce and homemade art and craft.
The event is being held on November 29 at the Aratula Community Centre from 2pm to 7pm.
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Eat Local Week 2015 dates announced

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

PrintScenic Rim Eat Local Week will return in 2015 for the first week of the June-July school holidays.

The popular food and farming event will be held from June 27 to July 5, with the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival scheduled for Saturday July 4.

Council’s Economic Development and Tourism team is already in the planning stages and is keen to hear from any Scenic Rim-based farming and food business keen to be involved.

Register your interest, or discuss your idea, by emailing
Find out more about Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

Forest Weekend at O’Reillys

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

OReillys-Mountain-Villas---ExternalO’Reillys Rainforest Retreat will host its popular Forest Weekend from October 31 to November 2.
Join the visiting experts for an insight into the complex world of the rainforest. Learn about Lamington’s part in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage site and the fascinating features that warrant its inclusion.
One of this year’s guest speakers is Big Pete O’Reilly, a member of the family who founded this beautiful retreat.
If you love the natural flora of the Scenic Rim, this is an event for you.
Find out more about this event and upcoming O’Reillys activities