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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

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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Mt Barney ‘ruggedly striking’

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Innes Larkin Mt BarneyA new story on the Australian Geographic website lists Mt Barney as one of the 10 Australian mountains to climb.
Southern Queensland’s second-highest peak comes in at number five and is described as being ‘ruggedly striking.
But climbing Mt Barney is not for the uninitiated. While there are many tracks up its two granophyre peaks, most are barely marked and very steep.
Read the full article
Find out more about Mt Barney and the National Park

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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Escape the G20, Visit the Scenic Rim

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

_DSC4097Don’t settle for 20 summits in Brisbane when you could have more than 70 in the Scenic Rim.
Escape the G20 chaos, hit the highway and visit the Scenic Rim.
Spend the November 14-16 long weekend relaxing at one of the Scenic Rim’s luxury mountain lodges, check into a cosy B&B, or pack your tent and take to the National Parks.
Here are 10 of our favourite ideas for spending the weekend in the Scenic Rim.
1. Check into one of the region’s mountain retreats, relax by the fire, soak in the views, take a walk, be pampered in the health spa.
2. The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks, located throughout the region. Explore the natural beauty, walk through World Heritage listed rainforest, see ancient Antarctic Beech trees and mix with the native locals.
3. Three dams are located in the region and all are open to recreational activities. Lakes Moogerah and Maroon are open to powered craft and are popular for fishing and waterskiing. The newer Wyaralong Dam is surrounded by world-class mountain bike trails and horse-riding trails.
Brauer-Farm-114. Check out the region’s authentic Farmer’s Markets and go home with some super-fresh Scenic Rim produce
5. Stop by a local winery, vineyard or cellar door and try the local drops. Stay for a lazy lunch and a popular Scenic Rim craft beer.
6. Visit a working farm for a Farm Tour and learn more about where your food comes from and the people who produce it.
7. If you think the Scenic Rim is spectacular from the ground, wait until you see it from the air. Take an early morning Hot Air Balloon ride over the region, or book a Glider flight. You will not be disappointed.
8. If it’s walks you’re after you’ve come to the right place. The Scenic Rim is home to incredible walks, with a walk to suit most fitness levels. The new Spicers-Great-Walkfour-day Scenic Rim Trail is not for novices, but plenty of other walks are.
9. Spend a lazy day touring the region’s Art Galleries and Antique Shops. You’ll find them in most local towns and villages.
10. Bring your bicycle; the Scenic Rim is a popular destination for cycling enthusiasts. The region offers country roads, incredible views and some hill climbs to really get the heart pumping. Try one of the world class Mountain Bike trails located in the Mt Joyce Recreation Park, surrounding the Wyaralong Dam.

Great publicity for new Scenic Rim Trail

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Spicers-WalkThe new four-day Scenic Rim Trail walk has attracted more publicity and is emerging as one of Queensland’s ‘must-do’ walks.
Australian Geographic recently featured the Scenic Rim Trail, which combines challenging walks through scenic countryside with luxury glamping.
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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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