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10 things to do in the Scenic Rim in May

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Open Studios of the Scenic Rim

May is madness in the Scenic Rim. There is just so much going on you’ll need to stay for the whole month to enjoy it all.

1. Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Tuesday May 1, Boonah Cultural Centre
See some of the best acts from this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival live in Boonah. Every year Festival organisers choose a selection of the best acts to go on the road.
It’s a hilarious night of entertainment but be warned, the language and subject matter can be ‘colourful’.
Buy tickets online or from The Cultural Centre box office.

2. Garterbelts & Gasoline Festival
May 4 to 7, Tamborine Mountain
A popular rockabilly and Kustom car show, featuring live entertainment, art, a rockabilly ball, dance workshops, movies and a hot rod carnival.
More information

3. The Drumley Walk
May 4- 7 – Beaudesert, Tamborine Mountain and Southport
The Drumley Walk is a series of easy walks to honour Aboriginal Elders of yesteryear, for their resilience and courage to keep living on their traditional lands.
Beaudesert – May 5, 4km and 17km walks available
Tamborine Mountain – May 6, 5km walk
Southport – May 7, 7km walk
The Drumley Walk follows in the footsteps of Billy Drumley, who regularly walked from Beaudesert to Southport to visit his younger sister Jenny Graham and her large family, during the 1930s & 1940s.
The event also remembers other local leaders such as Bungaree, Sandy, King Coolum and his son, Joe Culham, Bilin Bilin – King of the Logan and Pimpama, Bullumm (John Allen), Jenny Graham, Warri, Nelli and others whose stories form an integral part of today’s community.
More information at

4. Studios of the Scenic Rim
May 4 to June 3, various locations
Studios of the Scenic Rim is a month-long event which gives visitors the chance to step inside the workspaces of the region’s leading artists and see how they work.
Each weekend from May 3 to June 4, artists in communities across the Scenic Rim will open their studio doors and offer a unique insight into the creative process.
The Studios trail features photographers, textile artists, painters, sculptors, mask-makers, bookbinders and many more creatives.
No studio is more than 90 minutes from Brisbane or the Gold Coast and some are much closer. Studios are open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free.
Go to for full details of the open studios and click here to find out more about the participating artists. (more…)

Tastes of the Lost World and Mt Barney set Scenic Rim apart

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

There’s never been a better time to taste, smell and drink in the Scenic Rim’s wonderful array of fresh food and wine.
During May many of the region’s producers will be on hand to display their wares at two fantastic events – Art in the Olives in the Lost World Valley, and A World Apart – Hidden Tastes of Mt Barney.
Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 9 with a trip to the beautiful Lost World Valley. The local community will host the third annual Art in the Olives Festival.
Sue Overell, of the Wild Lime Cooking School, says this day of food, wine and art workshops was an idea born out of a throw-away comment made by one of her family as they picked olives from their Lost World grove.
“We were harvesting olives and we always have all the children and the grandchildren on hand to help,” she says. “Someone said, ‘We really need a jazz band in the corner’, and it’s just grown from there.”
The Festival celebrates everything olives and the creative arts and is a collaboration between the Valley residents and the Beaudesert and District Community Arts Projects (BADCAP). It is held in the Overell’s Worendo Olive Grove.
Sue says it’s a day for young and old and the schedule includes a series of workshops, led by local artists and musicians. Food and drink is also offered for sale by local producers and of course there are olives and olive oils on sale.
“The local school will have a barbecue stall, Desley and Pietro of Classi di Cucina Italiana bring along their minestrone soup and their gelato. The Rathlogan Grove has a stall, there’s also people offering goat milk and olive oil soaps.
“There is plenty of lunch available, Barney Creek Vineyard will be offering wine tasting, and food platters will be available for sale, it’s a gorgeous day.”
A range of adult and children’s’ workshops are available, click here for a full list.
The Overells planted their olive grove about 10 years ago. Sue says while some varieties have flourished, olives remain a particularly unpredictable crop.
Their grove includes Spanish Manzanillo olives, Italian olive varieties, and Greek Kalamata olives. Each season they press their olives locally to make oil.
South East Queensland Olives president, Ian Roy, will be on hand to talk all things olives. He will also be selling his own olive oil.
Then on the weekend of May 22-24, Mt Barney will host its own special event, the fourth-annual A World Apart – Hidden tastes of Mt Barney.
This three-day event involves a number of locations and operators in the Mt Barney region.
They will open their doors to showcase some unique regional food they produce. Taste the local wine, olives, olive oil, Italian gelato, wood-fired pizzas, curries, cafe food, bush tucker and wine by the glass. Meet the friendly neighbourhood alpacas, or take part in organised activities.
Accommodation is available – why not stay for the weekend?
Go to the website for more information.