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Boonah Arts Festival returns

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

festival150The Ritchie’s IGA Boonah Arts Festival kicks off on August 30, marking the start of eight days of arts, music and cultural celebrations.
The rural arts festival has grown from a popular street parade to the week-long event, featuring live music, performance, writing and poetry awards.
It’s a true showcase of local artistic talent and culminates in the Youth Showcase on September 5 and Calico on the Catwalk on September 6.
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Fun at the country shows

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

UnknownNothing epitomises small town living like the country show.
During September, two of the region’s most popular shows will be held.
It starts on September 5-6 with the Beaudesert Show at the showgrounds in the heart of town.
See the horses, the cattle, the goats and the chooks, take in the showjumping and the cooking and go on the rides.
On September 20 Tamborine Mountain will host its popular show, which runs from 8am to 11pm at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds, corner of Bartle and Main Western Rds.
The show will feature daredevil dogs, roving entertainers, magicians, a tug-o-war competition and a fireworks display.
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Give your kids an authentic farm experience

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Tommerup  (1 of 1)Following on from their hugely popular open day during Eat Local Week, the Tommerup family are throwing open the farm gates again on Sunday August 31.

Visit this working dairy farm and learn where your milk comes from, meet the resident chooks, pigs, cows and geese. Cuddle Curtis and Benjamin, the new lambs and sneak a peak at Charlotte’s newborn piglets.

The Lost World Valley is located just over one hour’s drive from Brisbane and Kay Tommerup says the open day is a great chance for city people to soak up the atmosphere of a real working farm.

The farm has been in the Tommerup family for 140 years and Dave will be on hand to share his family’s history with the land and with dairy farming.

“Paddock to Plate is a common catchphrase these days, but nowhere is it more relevant than on our farm,” says Kay.

“People can tour our farm, feed the animals and learn about our holistic farming philosophies.”

While you’re there stock up on the ethically-raised meat, the golden raw honey, veggies form the farm plot and enjoy a snack from the farm café.

Entry is free and farm tours cost $8/person or $20/family.

Bookings are essential.

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CMC Rocks QLD flow on benefit for Scenic Rim

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgIpswich and Scenic Rim businesses are expected to benefit from the announcement that one of the largest international country music festivals is coming to Willowbank.
The Country Music Channel’s annual festival is on the move from the Hunter Valley to Ipswich, starting 2015.
CMC Rocks QLD is scheduled for three days next March 13 to 15 and is expected to attract more than 5000 international and interstate visitors.
Seven-time Grammy Award-wining group, Lady Antebellum, will headline the festival.
QLD Tourism Events and Major Projects Minister, Jann Stuckey, says CMC Rocks QLD is a major coup for the tourism industry and a fantastic addition to the Queensland major events calendar.
The event is expected to generate direct and incremental expenditure of $10million.
Coverage of the festival and the region will air on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel and coverage will be broadcast to the US.
Scenic Rim accommodation, tourism and food businesses are expected to benefit from CMC Rocks QLD.

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Join QLD Instameet

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Curtis FallsIf you’re a keen photographer and you love Instagram here’s an opportunity for you.
Be part of the QLD Instameet on Saturday October 4.
The Scenic Rim is part of the Tourism QLD initiative and is inviting all instagrammers and photographers to join in.
The main Scenic Rim Instameet will happen at 4.30pm on October 4 at the Hang-gliding Lookout on Main Western Rd, Tamborine Mountain. Photograph the spectacular sunset, share your shots and meet other photography enthusiasts.
The instameet will be hosted by @queensland and instagrammer @keiranlusk.
The QLD Instameet will happen from Sunrise Saturday through to the following morning and will feature more than 50 individual instameets across the state.
Images tagged #thisisqueensland will be shared by Tourism Queensland and will potentially reach a massive audience.
Instagram is a powerful marketing tool for tourism destinations and at last count boasted 200m users a month.
Over 50 per cent of Facebook users say that seeing a friend’s holiday pictures inspire them to book a holiday to the same destination.
Other Instameets will be held across the Scenic Rim at various times and locations, including lakes, walking tracks and waterfalls.

Full details will be posted on soon


Fassifern Fifties Festival

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

10353510_796897983662078_7820899621422575699_oAratula is going back to the 50s on October 11, when it will host the Fassifern  Fifties Festival.
This celebration of country meets mid-century will feature five-acres of cars, three acres of markets and plenty of parking.
The festival will raise funds for the tiny Aratula State School, which has just 33 students in a town with only 70 houses.
Organisers say their goal is not only to raise money, but also to support local businesses and provide cheer to a town that’s experienced floods and other adversity.
Enjoy the music, check out the vintage cars and have your hair and make-up done 50s style.
There will be food for sale, plus rides for the kids.
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Regional Harvest, a new flavour for Ekka

Friday, July 25th, 2014

10440931_262537997283716_6915422248876318528_nThere’ll be a fresh new flavour on the EKKA menu this year, with three of south east Queensland’s regional councils bringing their shared story to Brisbane.

Regional Harvest is the story of the farmers and their produce from the beautiful Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Southern Downs regions. Their journey, from country to city, will give EKKA attendees an opportunity to discover the array of food, wine and gourmet products that are just down the road.

Regional Harvest will profile the wealth of the regions’ food production, especially the thousands of tonnes of vegetables which are shipped throughout the country during the winter months.

Regional Harvest will also shine a light on the agri-tourism offering of the regions. In less than two hours, Brisbane people can escape the city and enjoy a picnic in a peaceful country setting, stay in a cosy bed and breakfast and toasting marshmallows over an open fire, exploring nature’s playground with bushwalks or just relaxing with a good glass of wine.

Consumers will be given an opportunity to connect with regional produce by dining at the Regional Harvest Café. Operated by well-known Brisbane chef, Caroline Jones of the Three Girls Skipping café in Graceville, the café will feature a menu overflowing with regional delights.

Find out more about the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s involvement

Share the #scenicrim love

Friday, July 25th, 2014

_DSC4097It’s no secret that the Scenic Rim is a photographer’s paradise and that’s why the Photographic Society of Queensland has decided to host its annual convention in the region.
Boonah will host some of the state’s best photographers over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, with more than 120 people from around Queensland expected to attend the event.
The convention will feature guest speakers, workshops and photo shoots at some of the region’s most scenic locations.
But you don’t have to be a professional to share photographs with us, simply #scenicrim to your favourite shots on social media.
We’d love to see your spectacular Scenic Rim photographs.
If you’re on Instagram use the hashtags #scenicrim #brisbaneanyday
For Facebook use the same hashtags and consider sharing with the Visit Brisbane  and Visit Queensland pages.
If you’re on Flickr you can post pictures in the Scenic Rim group
Scroll through some of these galleries to see the beautiful images that have been shared.

Adventure in August

Friday, July 25th, 2014

epic_logans_runAugust is the month for adventure in the Scenic Rim.
This month the region is hosting a number of high-energy events that challenge the toughest of athletes.
It starts on August 3 with the Deswik Logan’s Run Mountain Bike Challenge at the Mt Joyce Recreation Park, near the Wyaralong Dam.
Mountain Bike riders can compete in the 44km Base Camp Blast or the 70km Logan’s Run.
Riders are expected to take between four and eight hours as they negotiate the bush track, which leaves from Lilydale Homestead.
Camping is free and there are plenty of vantage points for spectators.
Find out more about Logan’s Run.
On August 9 and 10 the Eco Challenge marathon Trail Run event comes to the Scenic Rim.
Competitors can register for the 42km marathon trail run, the half marathon of the 7.5km fun run, with the tracks leaving O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and traversing 4WD tracks, paddocks, bush and rainforest.
A spectacular way to see some of the Scenic Rim’s most stunning views.
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Canungra Show August 23

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Head to Canungra on August 23 for the annual country show.
It’s a show for all ages and an integral part of the local social scene.
Make a weekend of it and book your accommodation early so you don’t miss out.
The show features horse events, cattle classes, food, craft and rides.
It’s held at the Canungra Showground on Coburg Rd.
Admission is $15 for adults and just $5 for children.
Find out more at the website