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Hop into the Scenic Rim this Easter

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Scenic Rim accommodation La Bonne VieIf you haven’t booked an Easter holiday yet don’t despair, there’s plenty on offer in the Scenic Rim.

This beautiful region is located just one hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast and offers an abundance of natural attractions for travellers of all ages.

As the temperatures drop, Autumn is a fabulous time to visit.

Enjoy the region’s dams and national parks and feast on the array of fresh food that’s grown and produced in the Scenic Rim.

Visit our award-winning wineries, try a local craft beer, or settle in for a hearty meal at one of the local pubs.

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Moogerah Passion Play returns for 23rd year

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Moogerah Passion PlayThe popular Moogerah Passion Play, a dramatic account of the Passion of Christ, returns for its 23rd year.

As in past years, the performance features a cast of locals on stage and behind the scenes.

This community performance is delivered from a unique amphitheatre on the banks of Lake Moogerah, just outside Boonah.

Passion Plays have been performed by communities in Europe through the ages to teach the central truths of the Bible.

The cast features about 100 actors, technicians and up to 11 denominations are involved in this ecumenical event.

Performances start at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday March 28 and 29 and Friday and Saturday April 3 and 4.

Performances are free and gates open at 4pm. Food is available for purchase before, during and after the performance.

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Free Easter holiday activities

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Scenic Rim Easter Holiday activitiesThe Scenic Rim Regional Council’s School Holiday activities return for the Easter holidays.

The program is packed full of free and low-cost activities for children of most ages.

On offer are movies, cooking classes, skateboarding, hip-hop and felt crafting workshops and lessons in cartoon drawing.

Download the full schedule

Give the kids an adventure holiday this Easter

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

kids-flying-fox-adventure-activities-gold-coastLeave your electronic gadgets at home these school holidays and give your children an experience they’ll remember.

Many of the Scenic Rim’s wilderness and nature retreats are offering exciting school holiday programs for children and families.

Try rock climbing, go on a night adventure, make your own lantern and explore some of the region’s beautiful national parks under the guidance of skilled leaders.

Mt Barney Lodge has released a comprehensive school holiday program, as has O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. At O’Reillys the kids can be part of the Eco Rangers program, which includes spotlighting, bushwalking and exploring the creeks and streams.

At the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge kids stay for free over Easter and they can join the Echidna Club and take part in a range of activities, including archery, bush craft and ride the flying fox.

If you’re after an authentic farm experience, check out the Lillydale Farmstay, the Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy, or Tommerup’s Dairy Farm.

Rathdowney Country Markets

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

country-marketsVisit Rathdowney for the annual Easter Sunday Country Markets and Bush Poetry Competition.

The market theme is ‘make it, bake it, grow it, sew it’ and that’s what you’ll find. An array of locally crafted and grown goods, including food, plants, woodwork, historical displays and live music.

Join the bush poetry competition. Enjoy the all-day sausage sizzle

Entry is free.

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Greg Postle Exhibition at Bromelton House

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Greg PostleOuter Limits, a Life on Canvas is Greg Postle’s latest exhibition, showing at Bromelton House until April 5.

Greg is recognised as one of Australia’s most talented bird painters and is renowned for his intricate and rich detail.

His work has previously been selected for five consecutive years for the Birds in Art Exhibition at the Leigh Yawey woodson Art Museum.

His latest exhibition opens at the historic Bromelton House, 316 Bromelton House Rd, on Sunday March 29 and runs until April 5. The exhibition is open 10am to 4pm daily.

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Fassifern Fifties Festival returns to Aratula

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Fassifern Fifties FestivalThe popular Fassifern Fifties Festival returns to Aratula on May 2 and 3.

The festival is held at the Aratula State School and was created to celebrate all things mid century – cars, music, clothes and dance.

The township of Aratula is located along the Cunningham highway and has just 70 homes and a small local school of just 39 students.

The school hosts the festival and all funds raised will help replace the playground equipment.

This year the festival will fun over two days and will feature five acres of classic cars and bikes, three acres of market stalls, vintage fashion parades, dancing and a pin-up pageant.

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Scenic Rim War Stories

Friday, March 6th, 2015

WSAOT bannerWar Stories and Our Town is a year-long program of exhibitions, performances, forums, community activities and commemorative events throughout the Scenic Rim.

A printed program documents many of the Scenic Rim’s war stories and is available from local cultural centres, libraries, visitor information centres and the Council’s customer service centres.

There’s a number of exhibitions and events happening during March.

On Saturday March 14 join guest artist Carolyn Gardiner at The Centre Beaudesert to learn portraiture techniques from 10am in the Remembering Women in War workshop.

The Women in War Exhibition continues until March 18 at The Centre Beaudesert. It is presented in association with the QLD Museum and the Scenic Rim Heritage Network. Entry is free.

On March 19 catch Charles Chauvel’s Forty Thousand Horsemen, the 1940s classic telling the story of the Australian Lighthorse during WW1. Chauvel spent part of his life living in the Scenic Rim. The movie starts at 10am at The Centre Beaudesert.

On March 20 join the fun at Musical Mornings: Let’s Misbehave at the Boonah Cultural Centre. This musical revue of the Roaring 20s documents the post war years, including Ragtime, the Black Bottom, jazz, cocktails, bottle liquor and prohibition. Show starts at 11am. Tickets are $16.

Anzac – a day in the life exhibition opens at The Centre Beaudesert on March 27. The exhibition looks at the life of the Anzac soldier and the impact the First World War had on soldiers, veterans, nurses, farmers, families and towns. It runs until May 27.

Help decorate the local towns for Anzac Day by participating in a Glorybox Arts Workshop on March 28.
Create metres of bunting from recycled fabric with the creative help of Ministry of Handmade. Workshops are on in Boonah from 9.30am to noon and Beaudesert from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Find out more about all of the War Stories and our Town activities

Scenic Rim Instameet

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Instameet take 2The Scenic Rim’s second Instameet is happening this Saturday, March 7.

It’s a great chance for professional and amateur photographers to connect and share their favourite Scenic Rim vistas.

The Instameet is happening at the Lake Moogerah Caravan Park from 5pm.

Even if you can’t make the Instameet remember to share your photographs on social media and include the hashtags #scenicrim #visitscenicrim #brisbaneanyday #thisisqueensland

Follow the official Scenic Rim feed @visitscenicrim


Meet the Happy Campers

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A fun video has been released to coincide with the launch this year’s  Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim.

It features the Happy Campers dancing their way around the region.