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Scenic Rim fingerlimes hit France

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

shannon kellamScenic Rim fingerlimes were on the menu at the world’s chefing championships in France last week.

Brisbane chef, Shannon Kellam, led Team Australia in the Bocuse d’Or, billed as the world championships for chefs.

Ian and Margie Douglas sent three lots of their native Australian fingerlimes to Shannon in the lead-up to the finals on January 25 and 26.

Shannon and his commis Tara Bain placed 12th in the finals, out of 24 countries. The overall winners were from Norway.

Ian says he is proud to have supported Shannon and launch the fingerlime onto the European stage.

The exposure coincides with a strong push into France by the couple, who are working with a wholesaler who supplies Michelin-starred restaurants.

“Shannon was training in a castle in France under an expert coach, since November,” says Ian.

“We just sent the last of three lots of fingerlimes to him and he used the final batch in his dishes for the finals.”

The exposure coincides with a strong push into France by Ian and Margie. They recently delivered a bulk order of fingerlimes to a French wholesaler for supply into Michelin-starred restaurants.

Fingerlimes are a native Australian citrus with a hard peel and small caviar-like beads of tangy fruit.

lime caviarThey come in a variety of colours and compliment many dishes, from seafood to dessert and even cocktails.

Ian and Margie are harvesting fingerlimes now through until May and Ian says it’s shaping to be a great season.

Ian is a former QC who bought the 11ha property at Rathdowney 30 years ago, after seeing an ad in a Melbourne newspaper.

He and Margie relocated to the farm in February 2013 and since then have worked to build the reputation of their distinctive native citrus, which is now sold fresh and frozen around Australia, in Asia and Europe.

Find out more about The Lime Caviar Company

Spend summer in the Scenic Rim

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Spicers-Great-WalkSpend your summer break in the Scenic Rim. Experience the region’s incredible array of outdoor adventures, food trails and natural delights.

Cool down in a country creek, paddle your craft on a local dam, explore one of the region’s six National Parks, or dine out on a platter of Scenic Rim gourmet delights.

Here’s our top 10 ways to spend summer in the Scenic Rim.

1. Cool Down on our Lakes
The Scenic Rim is home to three lakes and that means there are plenty of opportunities to go fishing, boating, water-skiing and paddling on the water.
Lake Maroon in the region’s south and Lake Moogerah near Boonah are both open to powered craft. They’re popular spots for water-ski and jet skiing enthusiasts and also offer fishing enthusiasts a good challenge.
The newer Wyaralong Dam, located between Boonah and Beaudesert, is open non-motorised craft only and offers calm, quiet waters to launch your canoe, kayak or sailboat.

2. Walk our trails
The Scenic Rim is home to six spectacular National Parks, featuring walks to suit most abilities. The Mt Joyce Recreational Park has more than 40km of multi-use trails, ideal for walkers and trail runners.
A number of Scenic Rim companies lead regular guided walks along some of the region’s best trails.
Mt Barney National Park is where you’ll find some of the most challenging walks. Lamington National Park boasts more than 160km of walking tracks and they’re well-graded and offer comfortable conditions. The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk starts at O’Reillys and finishes at Springbrook. It’s a three to four day walk, featuring a variety of terrain, including rainforest and waterfalls.
The new four-day Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers will take you from Mt Mitchell to Spicers Peak Lodge. The 36km package includes meals and luxury glamping each night.
The Scenic Rim Regional Council has compiled a list of the Scenic Rim’s Top 30 walks.

The Royal Hotel Harrisville

3. Take a wine tour
The Scenic Rim is home to a burgeoning wine and craft beer industry. During your time here be sure to sample a local drop. Some of the region’s highly-regarded wineries are located on Tamborine Mountain, Canungra, Boonah and Harrisville. Craft beer is brewed on Tamborine Mountain and at the base of the mountain at Tamborine. Some local pubs have local brews for sale.

4. Learn to cook with Scenic Rim produce
A good cook can become great with the right ingredients. Book into a Scenic Rim cooking school for a food experience you won’t forget. Terri Taylor from the Tamborine Mountain Cooking School makes local produce a highlight of her classes, as does Kate Raymont at the Wild Lime Cooking School in the Lost World Valley. Desley and Pietro Agnoletto share their Italian pizza and pasta-making secrets at their Rathdowney Classi di Cucina Italiana cooking school.

Wild Lime Cooking School 25. Enjoy local Art & Craft
The Scenic Rim and its stunning natural scenery have attracted a talented pool of artists, photographers and craftspeople to the region. The local artists sell and exhibit their work in local galleries, shops and at the regional art galleries in Boonah and Beaudesert.

6. Cool down with a beer at a country pub
The Scenic Rim is home to some beautiful, historic country pubs. Pull in for a cold beer, a local wine and some hearty country pub fare.

7. Take the kids bush
Switch off the gadgets and launch your children into some outdoor adventures. Both O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat and Binna Burra Mountain Lodge offer school holiday programs, as does Mt Barney Lodge. School holiday camps are also offered by Edmund Park Adventure.

8. Pamper yourself
Book into one of the region’s day spas for some TLC and pampering. Try the Lost World Spa at O’Reillys, or the mobile spa treatments offered by Ripple Massage, which is based on Tamborine Mountain. You won’t forget your time at the Spa Anise at Spicers Peak Lodge or at the Escarpment Tamborine Mountain Day Spa.

9. Hit the shops
Forget the boring monotony of big box city shopping centres. In the Scenic Rim you’ll find unique treasures at the region’s gorgeous village shopping strips. Antiques, hand-made goodies and homespun craft are abundant. Gallery Walk at Tamborine Mountain is a must, as is Boonah’s High St and the Wiss Undery-Family-Dairy-Michael-Undery---Katie-Wise-Jackson-Wise-(1-of-1)Emporium in Kalbar. Aratula’s town centre may be small but what it lacks in size it makes up for in retail offerings. Stop in at the local craft and fashions shop, the antique shop and drop in on the local artist studio.

10. Visit a working farm
Show the kids where their food comes from and give them an authentic farm experience. Some of the region’s leading farmers throw open the gates to their farms to visitors. Popular farm tours are offered by the Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy, the Towri Sheep Cheese Farm, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm and Lillydale Farmstay, Crebra Farmhouse and Cedar Glen Farmstay.

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

Exciting natural adventures at O’Reillys

Monday, December 15th, 2014

ecoactivitiesHave you ever wondered which creatures are living in our National Parks?

Here’s a chance to meet them face-to-face, with the help of trained specialists. O’Reillys will hold another of its popular Wildlife Weeks from January 18.

Escape to the rainforest and discover the world of pademelons, bandicoots, echidnas, gliders, birds, reptiles and frogs. Join Dr Ian Gynther, senior conservation officer with the QLD Government’s Threatened Species Branch, as well as O’Reilly’s tour leaders, for an exciting week of tracking, trapping and sneaking up on wildlife in the name of research and conservation.

Your backdrop will be the World Heritage-listed subtropical rainforest of Lamington National Park. The program caters to everyone, from novice adventurers to those with a serious interest in researching threatened species.
The Eco Rangers Program for children aged four to 11 is offered for free during Wildlife Week if you book before December 31.

Find out more

Glamping in the Scenic Rim

Monday, December 15th, 2014

nightfall-wildernessIt’s camping, but not as you know it.

Glamping, or luxury camping, has experienced phenomenal growth in popularity in the past couple of years.

The Scenic Rim offers some of Australia’s most impressive and celebrated glamping experiences.

During the summer break book your glamping holiday and be at one with the Scenic Rim’s beautiful natural environment.

Find out more about these stunning Scenic Rim glamping experiences.

Nightfall Wilderness Camp

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping

Spicer’s Canopy

Scenic Rim on the menu for HRH Princess Anne

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Flourish LuncheonPrime Scenic Rim produce was on the menu at a Brisbane charity lunch with Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
The Flourish Luncheon, in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference, was held last week at the Queensland Club.
The Princess and her 90 guests, including Premier Campbell Newman, dined on a selection of regional produce from the Scenic Rim, the Lockyer Valley and the Granite Belt.
The Scenic Rim produced many of the lunch ingredients, including Red Claw Crayfish from Aratula, goats cheese from Tamborine Mountain, vegetables and macadamia nuts.
Queensland Club Executive Chef, Scott Pritchard, says whenever possible he strives to incorporate local ingredients on the menu.

Lunch guests were offered a selection of hors d’oeuvres, including Queensland barramundi with beetroot gravlax, Scenic Rim Red Claw Crayfish, and a potato rosti topped with Witches Chase goat’s cheese and an onion relish.
The main course featured grain-fed beef raised on the Darling Downs at Kerwee Station, served with a roulade of local vegetables.
Dessert was baked Pink Lady apples, filled with a compote of Scenic Rim rhubarb and pears, topped with a meringue encrusted with crystals of Scenic Rim macadamia nut praline.
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent says the region’s fresh produce is well-regarded in food circles as being fit for a King – or in this case a Princess.
“We are thrilled to have been able to showcase Scenic Rim produce to the Princess Royal and her distinguished guests,” says Cr Brent.
“The Scenic Rim is a fertile production area, which at this time of year, supplies a bountiful selection of ingredients to customers around Australia and overseas.
“Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is an avid supporter of the agricultural sector and we are proud that she sampled some of the Scenic Rim’s fabulous produce.”
The Commonwealth Study Conference is in its 58th year and helps emerging leaders across the Commonwealth prepare for the path ahead.
Participants are drawn from all sectors of society, including government bodies, non-government organisations, charities, trade unions and business.

Escape Brisbane’s G20 lockdown

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


Escape Brisbane and the G20 Lockdown and make it a truly scenic weekend.

The Scenic Rim is an easy one-hour drive from Brisbane and just so you don’t have summit withdrawal, we’ve prepared some of our own summits for you – more than 70 of them actually.

The Scenic Rim is a mountain lovers’ paradise and the locals know most of the summits by name. We can’t offer you Obama, Putin or Abbott, but we do have French, Edwards and Barney – that’s Mt French, Mt Edwards and Mt Barney. They’re imposing, strong, challenging – everything you want in a summit and they’re here waiting to welcome you to this spectacular region.

The Scenic Rim is a beautiful, natural and fertile region – a region of fresh food, great wine, art and craft, unique shopping and memorable experiences.

Take advantage of these G20 accommodation specials.

Here’s how we think you should spend your G20 long weekend in the Scenic Rim. (more…)

Scenic Rim TV campaign launches

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Scenic Rim’s spectacular scenery is the star of two new television commercials, on air now.

The commercials were shot earlier this year and are currently airing on Channel Nine as part of Give me Brisbane Anyday campaign.

In creating the ads, Council’s tourism team was keen to show-off the region’s beautiful natural environment and the range of attractions and activities on offer here.

Many local residents also star in the commercials, which feature scenes from Tamborine Mountain, Maroon Dam, Canungra and Bunjurgen.


Accolades keep coming for Scenic Rim 4Real Milk

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


The accolades keep coming for the campaign to launch the Dennis family’s Scenic Rim 4Real Milk brand and dairy farm tourism experience.

A campaign imagined by Farmer Gregie and his marketing consultant, Jane Clark of Vie Marketing, has won the Australian Marketing Institute’s Program of the Year.

The campaign was credited with saving the 80-year-old family-run dairy farm from closure.

Since launching Scenic Rim 4Real Milk just over a year ago, the Dennis Family has received widespread media coverage for its campaign to bottle their own milk and in turn educate consumers about the real cost of cheap un-branded milk.

Farmer Gregie now has a Facebook following of more than 10,000 ‘likers’ and was recently named Australian Dairy Farmer of the Year.

The family’s farm tours have proved immensely popular, with busloads of visitors keen to find out how their milk is produced and see the Dennis family’s robotic milking machines in action at the Tamrookum Dairy.

Judges in last week’s Marketing Awards said the Vie campaign ‘helped carve out a long-term sustainable market free from the market dominance of the major retailers and at a realistic margin.’

The campaign also won best new brand, product or service launch category.

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Scenic Rim produce on Homage menu

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Homage Restaurant logoScenic Rim produce is the star of the new Homage Restaurant at Spicers Hidden Vale.

Head Chef Ash Martin makes regular farm visits to collect super-fresh produce direct from the producers.

A beautifully made video shows the chef visiting Tarome Freshwater Crayfish farmer Rob Hutchings and Fassifern Valley Produce heirloom tomato farmer Matt Muller.

Homage is a new concept in dining and is a 12-month labour of love for Ash. Set within a historic homestead on a 12,000-acre property, this exciting new restaurant at Grandchester offers a unique dining experience.

As the name suggests, the menu pays due respect to the land, local farmers and to the produce. To do this, Ash and his team design menus inspired by the local produce they hand select daily.