10 things to do in the Scenic Rim in July

There’s plenty to see and do in the Scenic Rim this month.

1. Retrace the steps taken by Stinson crash rescuers
July 1-3; 15-17, O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat
Retrace Bernard O’Reillys famous journey through mountainous rainforest terrain as he searched for survivors of the Stinson plane crash more than 70 years ago. This is one of Australia’s iconic walks and is a rugged, yet rewarding, journey.
For details and a full 2011 schedule of walks go to the website

2. Morning Melodies with Barry Crocker
July 1, Boonah Cultural Centre
Barry Crocker is Banjo Patterson in this musical play based on the life of the great Australian writer and poet. Barry has been working on bringing BANJO to the stage for the past two-and-a-half-years. It is only fitting that one of Australia’s performance greats should celebrate the work of one of the country’s most famous writers.
Tickets cost $16 for adults and $12.50 for groups of 10 or more.
The show starts at 11am. Tickets from the box office or online

3. Kids’ Cooking Classes
Throughout June-July school holidays, The Centre Beaudesert
These classes are presented by the Scenic Rim Regional Council and Hinterland Harvest. They focus on nutrition and the use of fresh local produce. Each class is restricted to 10 children, aged eight to 12. The menus will be child-friendly and appetising and budget friendly.
Classes run from 11am to 2pm. The cost is $10 per class.
Book online

4. Jingi Wahlu exhibition @ The Centre
Runs until August 5, The Centre, Beaudesert
This is an exhibition showcasing the stories of health and wellbeing by the Beaudesert community and Marisol Da Silva. The stories are about inspiration, resilience, joy, sorry and the everyday. They deal with our humanity, but also show us where we need to improve to close the health gap in Australia.
The exhibition is proudly supported by the Health Coalition Logan-Beaudesert, Griffith University, Munnunjali Housing & Development and Centrecare Community Support Services.
Find out more here

5. Circus Workshop
July 5, 11am, The Centre, Beaudesert
Highly-skilled trainers from Circa will deliver a one-hour workshop that explores movement, balance, juggling, plate spinning, acrobatics and more.
The cost is $20 and the class will suit ages seven and up.
Book online

6. Zengarra Concert Series
July 8-10, Zengarra Country House & Pavillions
If you’re a music lover then you will love the Zengarra Concert Series. Classical musician, Christine Leah, of the Zengarra Country House, will lead the concert series. She and husband Mike moved to the Scenic Rim from Hong Kong, where Christine worked as a music teacher at an international school.
On the weekend of July 8-10 the couple will host ‘Sing in a choir weekend’. They ask:
‘Ever wanted to know what it’s like to sing in a choir, but were afraid to ask? A weekend of daytime fun and learning, followed by evenings of food and wine. Session begins with a glass of bitterly cold bubbly at 6pm Friday.
All meals, music and fun included finishing with a brunch concert on Sunday.
Cost $700 per couple. Limited single places in shared twin rooms available

7. Maki Horanai Exhibition
Until July 24, Marks & Gardner Gallery Tamborine Mountain
Japanese-born Tamborine Mountain local, Maki Horanai’s latest exhibition is called The Sound of the Moon Descending into the Sea. Her unique and whimsical work is showcased through a series of beautiful canvases.
She writes: ‘Some years ago I was standing on the shore, watching the crescent moon in the sky. It was very close to the ocean, almost touching it. And it gradually went down to the edge of the horizon, as though falling into the sea … I was wondering what kind of sound the moon makes as it descends into the sea.’
Find out more

8.    Lean to cook in the Scenic Rim
Turkish Tales @ Wildlime Cooking School
July 16, Lost World Valley
Italian pizzas & pastas @ Classi di Cucina Italiano
July 2, 16, 24 & 30, Rathdowney
Various cuisines @ Tamborine Cooking School
Throughout July, Tamborine Mountain

The Scenic Rim is a fertile place which produces fresh produce in abundance. So it’s no surprise to learn that the region is also home to some incredible cooking schools. Learn to incorporate local produce into international dishes at one of the Scenic Rim’s great cooking schools.

Wildlime Cooking School @ Worendo in the Lost World Valley
On July 16, learn to cook with the spices of Turkey at this popular boutique cooking school. Share stories as you chop and simmer. The menu includes aubergines, dripping with oil fresh-pressed from the Worendo Grove, chicken in pistachio, sumac and sesame crumbs with a macadamia tarator and zucchini fritters. Baklava is the sweet conclusion.
Go to the website for more information.

Classi di Cucina Italiana, Rathdowney
Join Desley and Pietro Agnoletto for one of their delicious cooking classes. Throughout July you can learn to cook cuisine form the Veneto region (July 2). Perhaps pizza is more your thing. Pietro’s pizzas are incredible. Join him on July 16 or July 24 for a masterclass. On July 30, Desley will share her secrets for cooking authentic Italian pasta dishes.
Call them on 5544 1008 to book.

Tamborine Cooking School
Professional chef Terri Taylor runs intimate cooking classes from her Tamborine Mountain home. During July she will take you to the kitchens of Northern Italy, the Middle East, France, Australia and Morocco.
Many of the ingredients used in the classes have been grown by Terri in her garden. She also sources fresh produce from growers on the Mountain and nearby in the Scenic Rim.
Go to her website for dates and details.

9. Tamborine Mountain Bridal Expo
July 17, The Vonda Youngman Community Centre, 4 Knoll Rd North Tamborine
Tamborine Mountain is a popular wedding and honeymoon destination. Take care of all of your wedding needs in one day by attending this popular Bridal Expo. It’s on from 10am to 3pm and features the Mountain’s most popular wedding suppliers. Local venues, florists, caterers and photographers will be showcased. The operators of more than 14 wedding venues, including vineyards, chapels, rainforests and gardens, will be on hand to answer your questions.
Call Lynda on 0421 701 202 for more information.

10. Movies @ The Boonah Cultural Centre
Every Friday & Saturday, High St Boonah
Catch new release and art-house films at the Boonah Cultural Centre.
Find out what’s showing here

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