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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

Kalbar Country Day for art, craft and food

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Hay Man Kalbar Country DayAround this time of year some very fancy bales of hay start appearing around the streets of Kalbar.
It’s part of the annual Hay Sculpture Festival, which is a highlight of the Kalbar Country Day.
Kalbar Country Day is being held on Saturday October 18 in George Street. As well as discovering who will win the prize for best hay sculpture, you’ll be able to browse the creations of some of the region’s most talented artisans and craft makers.
Jewellery, home decorating items, cakes, slices, fruit and vegetables and artwork will be offered for sale at this community event.
Live music, bush poetry and activities for the kids make this a day for the whole family.
Find out more

Scarecrows are coming to Tamborine Mountain

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Tamborine Mtn Scarecrow Festival © 2011 Barry Alsop Photographer Eyes Wide Open IMAGESThe hugely popular Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival returns on October 17 to 19.
The annual event celebrates the Mountain’s wonderful lifestyle and close-knit community.
Organisers say it’s really a big sculpture show, but the sculptures are all Scarecrows.
Anyone can make a scarecrow and display it on the Discovery Trail, or in front of their home or business.
Prizes are awarded for the best and most imaginative scarecrows.
As well as the scarecrows there’s live music, entertainment, performance art and more.
Find out more

Watch this feature on the Scarecrow Festival

Rhonda Burchmore in Boonah

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

108061-rhondaIt’s not too late to buy tickets to Rhonda Burchmore’s Boonah Morning Melodies performance.
The popular performer will appear on Friday October 17 at the BOonah Cultural Centre.
In her show, Up Close and Personal, this leading lady will re-live precious musical moments from her life, performing songs from the musicals she’s starred in over the years.
Hear her favourites from Sugar Babies, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Guys & Dolls and Mamma Mia.
Tickets are just $16 for adults and $12.50 for groups of 10 and more.
Buy tickets now

Fassifern Fifties Festival

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Fassifern Fifties FestivalThis Saturday, October 11, Aratula will step back in time for the inaugural Fassifern Fifties Festival.
The fashion, music and cars of the 1950s will be celebrated at this community festival, which 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 to raise money, support local businesses and bring cheer to a town that’s experience floods and other adversity.
Enjoy live music, check out the vintage cars, have your hair and make-up done 50s style and set the kids free on the rides.
The event runs from 9am to 4pm.
Find out more

Nightfall among Australia’s top glamping destinations

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Nightfall2_WideThe Nightfall Wilderness Camp in the Lost World has been listed among Australia’s top glamping destinations.
The newly opened luxury camping and wilderness experience, set on the edge of Lamington National Park, is the creation of hosts Heidi and Steve Ross, who leave no detail to chance.
They promise guests a truly unique experience and judging by the early reviews they’re delivering in spades.
Visit the website

Greg is Dairy Farmer of the Year

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Scenic Rim 4Real Milk

Greg Dennis of Scenic Rim 4Real Milk has been named Australia’s Dairy Farmer of the Year.
Mr Dennis was announced at a gala awards presentation in Melbourne in September.
He edged out tough competition, with judges impressed by the promotion of his new Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, which was launched just a year ago.
The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards celebrate the professional, innovative and sustainable approach of Australian farmers and farming families, showcasing their passion and raising the profile of the important role they play in Australian agriculture.
The Awards are presented by the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural.
Read the full media release
Hear Greg Dennis speak to ABC Radio Brisbane

Escape the crowds during G20

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.09.50 amTake advantage of the G20 long weekend and escape to the Scenic Rim.
Don’t settle for 20 summits in Brisbane when you could have more than 70 in the Scenic Rim.
Hit the highway and spend the November 14 to 16 long weekend relaxing at one of the region’s luxury mountain lodges, check into a cosy B&B, or pack a tent and explore one of our six National Parks.
Read on for some suggested Scenic Rim escapes

Scenic Rim adds to Instameet world record

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

The Scenic Rim showed off her best assets during a world record-breaking Queensland instameet.
More than 60 Scenic Rim photographers and social media lovers joined the Queensland Instameet, which encouraged Instagrammers to connect, explore and celebrate their creativity.
Three Instameets were held across the Scenic Rim in the Lost World, at Lake Moogerah and atop Tamborine Mountain, capturing spectacular scenery and sunsets.
On Saturday October 4 around Queensland, more than 1000 people came together at 90 locations to snap and share beautiful photographs, with more than 6000 images tagged #thisisqueensland.
To see the best of the Scenic Rim instameet search #scenicrim on Instagram.
Popular Instagrammers @keiranlusk @mcguigan_visuals @swaller4 shared photographs from the Scenic Rim.

EKKA Regional Harvest a hit

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

10537742_279532782250904_7068674077312734281_nThe Regional Harvest stand and café at this year’s Brisbane Ekka was a huge hit, exposing the region and its food, wine and scenery to an audience of hundreds of thousands.

The Scenic Rim Regional Council partnered with the Lockyer and Southern Downs Councils to host the Regional Harvest stand in the Agriculture Pavillion at the Ekka.

Fresh produce and ingredients from all three regions were on the menu at the Regional Harvest Café, run by Caroline Jones of Three Girls Skipping.

Over the course of the Ekka, staff from the Scenic Rim Council gave away thousands of the brightly-coloured carrot-shaped bags, copies of the region’s Visitor Guide and information on the myriad of activities on offer in the region.

But it was the giant timber carrots, made by the Fassifern Men’s Shed that proved most popular.

10557202_281295338741315_5284817300015802781_nThousands of visitors to the show were photographed among the carrots, including Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh, QLD Treasurer Tim Nicholls, celebrity chef Alastair McLeod and even Mr Potato Head.

The event exceeded all expectations and Mayor John Brent said it was a powerful promotional tool for the region.

He said Alison Alexander’s interviews with producers and chefs from around the region were popular and helped establish the Scenic Rim as a destination for food and farming.

This new Scenic Rim promotional video was played on rotation during the EKKA, as was this paddock to plate video by Kalfresh and both prompted many visitors to stop and watch.

The Regional Harvest stand and Robyn Muller’s award-winning Farmer’s Kitchen tomato relish was featured by TV chef Fast Ed on Channel Seven’s Better Homes & Gardens