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.
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.
5. 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 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.