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Spicers Scenic Trail joins Great Walks of Australia

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Spicers-Great-WalkGreat Walks of Australia is delighted to announce a new walk to its current portfolio of guided multi-day hiking experiences that represent the ‘best of the best’ walks in Australia’s most stunning locations.
The Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers, to be officially launched in June 2014, explores the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland; a stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by World Heritage-listed national parks.

“We are delighted to welcome the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers to the collection,” said Chris Buykx, chair of Great Walks of Australia. “Spicers is a well-known luxury brand with a reputation for delivering first-class personal service and world-class cuisine. All the walks in the Great Walks of Australia portfolio allow visitors to combine a passion for walking with exclusive, comfortable and stylish accommodation and Australia’s exceptional food and wine.
“It’s not only scenery and spectacular natural environments that make a great walk. Combine these elements with gourmet produce and accommodation in luxury eco- lodges, unique wilderness camps and historic homesteads and you have the recipe for the walking holiday of a lifetime. (more…)

Boonah festival celebrates World Environment Day

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A huge array of exhibitors, workshops, demonstrations, art and performances will be showcased at this weekend’s World Environment Day Festival in Boonah.

This free event which celebrates and inspires sustainable communities, is presented by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS), and is coming up on Saturday 7 June at the Outlook, 4001 Boonah Ipswich Road, Boonah.

The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations relates to the Small Island Developing States and the impact that climate change has on them. The slogan is ‘Raise your Voice, not the Sea Level’.

Boonah’s event has a focus on the small island nation of Kiribatis, with the community represented throughout the day with traditional food and dance.

Kiribatis is situated in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. As a nation, it has more water than land; it’s one of the most isolated countries in the world and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change in rising sea levels.

The event officially opens at 9.30am with a moving traditional acknowledgement smoking ceremony, and a welcome by a representative of the Australian Kiribatis community. (more…)

Nightfall Wilderness Camp open

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

10259827_758095537564232_3561156700628620986_nThe Scenic Rim’s newest luxury retreat has evoked incredible reaction since it welcomed its first guests.

Nightfall Wilderness Camp in the Lost World Valley is being marketed as an intimate Australian luxury camping experience.
Hosts, Heidi and Steve Ross, have spent months building the luxurious private tent accommodation and are now welcoming guests as part of their ‘feedback special offer’.

This fantastic photograph of the Nightfall’s ‘concierge’ was loaded to the Tourism Australia Facebook page where it received more than 49,500 ‘likes’ and 4500 shares. Nightfall’s own Facebook page received 1500 new ‘likers’ within 24 hours.

Nightfall Wilderness Camp is located beside the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park and close to the cool rapids of Christmas Creek.

As well as the unique accommodation, guests are offered fire-cooked organic cuisine, personalised attention and the chance to explore the spectacular ancient volcanic surrounds.

“At nightfall, the excesses of modern life are pared back, creating a sense of calm solitude and holistic wellbeing,” the website says.

Nightfall camp can sleep six travellers at one time, ensuring privacy and intimacy.

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Celebrate Easter at the Moogerah Passion Play

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

100The popular Moogerah Passion Play returns for its 22nd year this Easter.
The community performance, delivered in an open-air on the banks of the Moogerah Dam, near Boonah.
It features a cast of more than 100 locals and is a dramatic account of the Passion of Christ (His life, death and resurrection).
Such plays have been performed by communities in Europe through the ages to teach others the central truths of the Bible.
Up to 11 denominations are involved in this annual ecumenical event.
All shows start at 5pm and will be staged on April 12, 13, 18 and 19.
Gates open at 4pm and food is available for purchase before, during and after the performance.
Entry is free.
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Grab these great deals

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Escape to the Scenic Rim for the Easter and Anzac Day long weekends.
Take advantage of one of these great  accommodation deals.
There’s something to suit all budgets, right across the Scenic Rim.
Luxury mountain lodge, cosy B&B, budget motel.
Book your  Scenic Rim stay now

Don’t miss Donkey Fun Day

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

donkeyfarmplayOn Easter Sunday meet the locals at Boonah’s Donkey Farm.
Property owner and donkey rescuer, Heike Mack Behle, is hosting a Donkey Fun Day on Sunday April 20 from 10am to 1pm. At 11am there’s a ‘Show and Tell’ session with cheeky donkey Lucy.
Brush, walk or cuddle a donkey of your choice, or relax and watch 30 entertaining ‘long ears’ from the ASSquestrian Centre.
All funds raised in April will go towards lick blocks, worming paste and vaccination.
Entry is $7 for adults and $5 for children. A family is $20. No booking required.
Wear enclosed shoes and bring your picnic basket for lunch under the trees.
More details

Beaudesert Anzac Day Races

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

This Anzac Day take in some country racing at the Beaudesert Race Track.
Gates open at 11am on Friday April 25.
Bring the kids and wear your best race outfit to be in the running for the $500 Fashions on the Field prize.
A tapas-style lunch will be served in the marquee.
Race entry is $15 for adults and $5 for pensioners and under 18s.
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Harry goes Mexican

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

A slice of Mexico is coming to Boonah this month, when Harry’s Café & Restaurant dons its sombrero and offers customers an authentic taste of Mexico.
On April 26 Harry’s Café & Restaurant will set up a Granada kitchen, offering traditional Mexican flavours. Bring the family and friends for a night of feasting, with prices starting at $4.
Book a table now.

Find yourself in the Lost World Valley

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

UnknownThe way ahead is clear in The Lost World from now on with the help of a new map, produced by Lost World tourism operators and illustrated by local artist Thea Ward.
The map backs a brochure and showcases accommodation and activities available in The Lost World as well as giving day visitors a drive suggestion highlighting scenic vistas and historical points.
The clearly drawn graphics make it easy to see connections with neighbouring precincts like Mt Barney, Boonah, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
A QR code provides a direct link to The Lost World website and all Lost World operators’ websites and contact details are included.
The Lost World area is aptly described as a land of mountains and streams, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.
Upcoming Lost World events include, Arts in the Olives on Sunday May 11 and the inaugural Farm Gate Festival as part of Eat Local Week on Saturday June 28.
Visit the Lost World Valley website
Download the new Lost World Valley map

The Escarpment voted Best in Australia

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Don’t take their word for it, listen to what the customers are saying.
The Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa on Tamborine Mountain has been voted best accommodation business in Australia for outstanding service by WOMO (word of mouth online), a leading business review website.
The WOMO Award acknowledges businesses which have had consistent five-star reviews by customers on the website. Each month the website is said to be visited by 1.5million people.
The Escarpment owner, Gary Poole, says his is the only tourism business in Australia to be in the top five percent of those reviewed.
“The award is testimony to our hard work and will join other awards we have won, including Trip Advisor’s Top Ten Best Spa Accommodation in the South Pacific region,” he says.
“We do so much to make guests happy and it is always a humbling and unexpected surprise when guests give back to us. After all we are a tiny rural retreat existing close to the giants of the industry.”
The retreat is located on Tamborine Mountain and features six villas and a three-bedroom house, day spa, function room and cinema.
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