Spend Australia Day exploring some of the country’s most stunning natural scenery – right here in the Scenic Rim.

Our six National Parks and three lakes offer visitors a smorgasbord of nature adventures.

Take a slow, easy walk to a scenic lookout; cool down in a local swimming hole; test yourself on a challenging bush track; take your mountain bike on a trail around the Wyaralong Dam.

If you’d rather eat and drink your way around the region, we can help with that too.

Paddocks around the region are bursting with fresh produce and you’ll find local ingredients on the menus of many Scenic Rim cafes and restaurants.

Drop into a Scenic Rim brewery or winery for a refreshing local brew.

For a relaxed country meal you can’t go wrong with one of the Scenic Rim’s historic pubs. Casual dining, cool drinks and a laid-back atmosphere. For a real Australia Day celebration you can’t go past the Bearded Dragon Hotel at Tamborine. They’re offering guests Aussie rock music, thong throwing competitions and the Great Aussie BITE breakfast. #straya

Or frock up and visit the Beaudesert Race Track for the Australia Day meet, where they’ll be streaming the Triple J Hottest 100.

Save the date for Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 2017.

The nine-day celebration of food, farming and local producers returns from June 24 to July 2, 2017.

Planning is  underway and there will be more opportunities than ever to meet Scenic Rim farmers, visit farms, learn to cook with local ingredients and sample local flavours in outstanding Queensland restaurants.

Expressions of interest have been called and there are already some exciting new additions to the event schedule.

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The retro market team, Gold Coast Design Collective, return to Tamborine Mountain on January 28 for their second Street Food Festival.

The first event, held late last year, was a huge success and locals are hungry for more.

The event celebrates good local food, with vendors sourcing produce from the surrounding area.

The markets feature a mix of stalls, including flowers, jewellery, craft and a wide range of food trucks.

Live music will play and the kids will have a blast on the jumping castle.

It’s happening in the grounds of the Witches Chase Cheese Factory and Fortitude Brewing from 3pm to 9pm January 28.

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The multi award-winning Take The Stage ALLSTAR Band will bring nearly four decades of Motown smash hits to the stage at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley next month.

The February 3 performance is the first stop on their world tour and will pairs a nine-piece band with the talents of Grammy Award-winning artist Sueann Carwell and number one Michael Jackson tribute artist Scorpio.

The event will encompass a musical tapestry spanning many years and is presented by Sherry Gordy, whose father Berry founded the Motown label.

“Our production really is a celebration of live music for everyone, where we will remember the sounds of the late Michael Jackson and so many other great artists,” says Sherry.

“This high-energy show, inspired by Motown artists, will be full of excitement and energy.”

The outdoor event will be held at the picturesque Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, with admission from 5pm for potential photo and signing opportunities before the 8pm show start.

Tickets are now on sale through goldcoasttickets.com.au
Accommodation is available at the Ramada Resort.

 

Lillydale Farmstay is officially among Australia’s best accommodation providers.

The Rathdowney farmstay was recently named on the Star Ratings Australia’s Gold List of Aussie accommodation.

Lillydale received the award for Best Overall Guest Experiences for hosted accommodation in the Gold Coast region. The award is decided based only on guest reviews and votes.

The Gold List of Australian Accommodation compiles reviews of star-rated properties from hundreds of websites, including Expedia, Facebook, booking.com and Google, to find the best accommodation as rated by travellers.

Lillydale is a 4.5 star AAA-rated property that has been open to guests since 2000.

The Hardgrave family welcomes visitors to their family farm and shares a range of authentic experiences with guests, including feeding the animals, horse riding, fishing and exploring the scenic property.

Pam Hardgrave says being able to introduce guests to their amazing lifestyle is rewarding.

“By opening our doors they get an appreciation for what goes into producing a meal from start to finish. They help in our vegetable garden and help us care for the animals. It really provides an experience, not just a holiday.”

Book your Lillydale Farm experience now.

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Retrace the tracks Bernard O’Reilly took 80 years ago as he raced to save the survivors of the Stinson Plane crash.

Staff from O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat will lead walkers through the Lamington National Park from February 17 to 19.

Guests can choose from two walks – the longer Bernard’s Footsteps Stinson Hike (37km one way), or the shorter Rescue Route (14km return).

Both walks travel through stunning landscape and diverse flora and fauna.

The Stinson Airliner was travelling from Brisbane to Lismore and Sydney in near cyclonic conditions in 1937, when it was last seen passing through clouds above Kerry in the Scenic Rim.

The plane had been missing 10 days when Bernard read about the missing plane while visiting his brother. They discussed where the plane might be and Bernard set out early the next day to search, carrying only two loaves of bread, a pound of butter, sugar, tea and some onions. Late on the second day Bernard’s calls into the wilderness were answered and he found two survivors.

Find out more about the O’Reilly’s Stinson walks and accommodation packages.

Read the full story of the Stinson rescue as told by Bernard’s daughter Rhelma Kenny.

Join the Instagramming community for the first Scenic Rim Instameet of 2017.

The Igers Scenic Rim group will meet at Mt Barney Lodge from 4pm on January 28.

Check out the @Igers_scenicrim Instagram account for some spectacular shots of local scenery.

Don’t forget to tag your pictures #scenicrim so we can share them at @visitscenicrim

Organisers of the four-day Earth Frequency Festival promise an event which is a ‘life-changing’ transformative experience.

The event is being held at the Ivory’s Rock Convention centre and is promoted as a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival, with a focus on education, healing and community spirit.

Music sits are the core of the Earth Frequency experience and the line-up features a range of artists spanning the reggae, dubstep, techno, glitch-hop and world music.

Featured artists include Beardyman, The Herd, Ace Ventura, Opiuo, Alex Stein, Sixis and Gaudi.

Welcome to Earth Frequency 2017 from NOli GANDA on Vimeo.

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Join sheep farmer and cheesemaker, Carolyn Davidson, on the second Wednesday of the month to master the art of turning sheep’s milk into cheese.

Carolyn welcomes students to her farm just outside Beaudesert, where she shares the secrets of making a beautiful handmade cheese.

The next class is on February 8.

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Mark Moon of Fassifern Valley Produce invites you to come and enjoy locally grown, farm fresh produce.

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Mike Webster of Scenic Rim Brewery  invites you to enjoy a drop from  the many fine breweries and wineries of the Scenic Rim next time you visit.

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Terri Taylor invites students into her home for an intimate cooking experience. Terri shares her chefing tips as students prepare a lunch made from fresh Scenic Rim ingredients.

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See beautiful Tamborine Mountain rainforest from this unique vantage point, 10-storeys above the ground.
The Rainforest Skywalk is accessible for visitors of all ages – babies to the elderly.

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Robyn Fortescue owns and runs Wallaby Ridge Bed & Breakfast. She offers her guests a unique Scenic Rim experience.

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Sonya runs the Bean In? Cafe at Canungra and the Bean Too Cafe at Beaudesert.
Sonya talks about what she loves about the Scenic Rim.

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Doug and Pam Hardgrave welcome visitors to their Lillydale Farmstay. The whole family will enjoy this authentic insight into an historic Scenic Rim farm.

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Catherine Drynan of Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre introduces the museum and gives a brief history of the area.

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Shane O’Reilly talks about his family’s vineyard and why he loves the rural village of Canungra.

Vivian Rowe & Ann King of the Canungra Visitor Information Centre show the charm of the historic St Lukes Anglican Church in Canungra

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Robyn Muller takes the produce that’s grown on her family farm and turns it into a bounty of amazing chutneys, relishes and jams.

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Nathan Overell runs Worendo Cottages in the spectacular Lost World Valley.
These boutique cottages are perfect for an escape from the city.

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Join the movement as Goat Track Theatre Company’s Happy Campers celebrate the 2015 Studios and Events: Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim

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Give me Scenic Rim Any Day is a video developed by the Scenic Rim Regional Council as part of an exciting new campaign to promote this spectacular region

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Welcome to episode five of our brand new series of Tour the World – the TV travel show that joins real Aussie tour groups to the world’s most exciting destinations.

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Winter Harvest Festival is a highlight of the annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week for more info visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au

The Winter Harvest Festival is a celebration of food, wine and farming.

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Discover the talented local artists of Boonah, and surrounding districts, during The Open Studios of The Scenic Rim weekend each year.

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Eat Local Week – Experience the Food and Wine of the Scenic Rim.
The Winter Harvest Festival is the signature event of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, a week-long celebration of food and farming held from June 28 to July 6 2014.

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The Scenic Rim is an exciting destination, a thriving rural paradise set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by World Heritage listed National Parks.

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Liz visits Mt Barney Lodge and discovers the Outback Expanda from Brisbane Camperland is perfect for families touring places with little or no facilities.

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Visit the Skywalk in the Scenic Rim. www.rainforestskywalk.com.au

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The GarterBelts & Gasoline Nostalgia Festival www.garterbeltsandgasoline.com.au

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Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim flies daily across the valleys of the beautiful Scenic Rim with a champagne breakfast afterwards at O’Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyards and opportunity for some wine tasting and to enjoy the beautiful grounds and historic homestead.

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Have a holiday at Destiny Boonah with adorable donkeys on beautiful 200 acres in the Scenic Rim.
Secluded, cozy, clean and self contained Cottages with stunning views, perfect for couples, families and groups.

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Mt Barney Lodge is situated at the base of Mt Barney in South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Mt Barney Lodge is an eco accredited wilderness retreat that offers a range of accommodation from camping, glamping, rustic cabins and gorgeous Queenslander style Homesteads. Mt Barney also welcomes camper vans, motor homes and caravans.

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The Scenic Rim is the backyard to the Gold Coast and the Northern Rivers. For a fresh experience visit Scenic Rim.

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Glider Boonah and the eco-friendly Bunyip Scenic Rim Resort.

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Get out to South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim and enjoy nature. Fantastic views and amazing features will be sure to wow you.
For more on Queensland, visit http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au

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Queensland Weekender take a weekend trip in the Scenic Rim on the Queensland NSW border.

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Many artists reside in the Scenic Rim, simply inspired by the natural beauty. You only have to look around at the spectacular World Heritage national parks, picturesque rainforest and our friendly communities to understand their inspiration. We’re home to painters, potters, glass artists, rug makers, weavers, sculptors, printmakers, Thespians, photographers, portrait artists, jewellery-makers, writers and more.

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The Scenic Rim is one of Australia’s most strategically placed destinations, located just 80km from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, just across the border from Northern NSW.

The Scenic Rim was the name originally given to the chain of mountains that wrap around the valleys between Brisbane and Tamborine Mountain in south east Queensland, Australia.
Today the Scenic Rim has expanded to encompass the isolated peaks, plains and low rolling hills that lie before the high mountain ranges.

Visitors are drawn to the region by the pristine rainforests which are spread throughout the Scenic Rim’s eight National Parks.

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Visit Scenic Rim, Southern Queensland, Australia.
The official Scenic Rim dvd showcasing the region with original music by Boonah resident Cameron Mitchell.