So, you want to climb a mountain but you don’t know where to start?

Well, the Scenic Rim is just the place to find your feet, given it’s home to more than 70 summits.

A perfect spot to start is in the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park up on the McPherson Range outside Canungra.

CoomeraCircuit.NeerigomindalalaFalls Okay, so you won’t quite be climbing a mountain – you’ll drive up relatively steep and winding country roads to get to the tracks – but those tracks are great for getting some mileage in the legs.

You’ll get the fresh mountain air into your lungs, but Lamington won’t knock the wind out of your sails like a first-time mountain climb will.

Whether you choose to set out from the Binna Burra section or the O’Reilly’s (Green Mountains) section, you’ll have plenty of well-marked tracks to choose from – about 160km of them, in fact.

There is something for everyone, from the smooth, wheelchair-accessible 1.8km Centenary Track at O’Reilly’s to the rock-hopping, creek-crossing 17.4km Coomera Circuit at Binna Burra.

If you really want to build up the strength in your legs, there aren’t many tracks more pleasant (or picturesque) than the Border Track, which is 21.4km each way and links Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.

Or if you want someone to guide you, local companies like Horizon Guides or International Park Tours can offer you valuable local wisdom on the tracks of Lamington National Park and beyond. Read more

Record high temperatures have meant an early fruit harvest for Scenic Rim winemakers and olive farmers.

The hotter-than-normal summer has created challenges for local producers.

It’s meant the fruit has been ripening faster than exepcted and that’s led to a call for volunteers to help with the harvest.

It’s been a case of all hands on deck as winemakers harvest the fruit and prepare to create their 2017 vintages.

Pickers started at 4.30am for this year’s harvest at the Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, just outside Boonah. Winemaker David McMaugh says this ensures the grapes are picked in the cool of the morning. Harestving is done by hand to minimise the ‘berry trauma’ and reduce the chance of fermentation starting prior to crushing.

At  Canungra Valley Vineyard more than 100 members of the O’Reilly’s Wine Club helped harvest the white varieties before the heat hit on February 5 and the reds a week early on February 26.

 

If you want to try some local Scenic Rim wines and beers, try these spots: Read more

If eating your way around the Scenic Rim sounds delicious, then you’ll love a new gourmet foodie tour from PARKtours.

The team at PARKtours live in, and love the Scenic Rim and have created a new tour to capture the region’s tastiest attractions.

The Scenic Rim Gourmet Short Stay is a four-night adventure which starts on Tamborine Mountain and travels to Boonah, in the region’s south-west.

The tour is timed to coincides with the annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week celebrations and features paddock to plate food trails, boutique wineries, epicurean indulgences, farmgate visits and local produce tastings.

Feast from the Scenic Rim’s bounty of produce, learn to cook with local ingredients and work off your lunch with some easy walking trails through the Tamborine and Main Range National Parks.

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Join fellow bird lovers for O’Reilly’s Autumn Bird Week, from March 5 to 10.

The cooler autumn weather means you’ll have a chance to see migratory species before they leave the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.

The National Park is home to Australia’s largest collection of subtropical birds, 500 waterfalls and 160km of nature trails.

Join the daily walking tours for a chance to see rainforest species, including Thrushes, Pitta, Riflebird, Catbird, the Wompoo Pigeon and the Rose robin.

Venture out after dark for some nocturnal bird spotlighting. You may see a Boobook Owl, Owlet Nightjar and even a Sooty Owl.

Choose between a two or a five-day package. You’ll hear from leading Australian bird experts.

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Australia’s largest country music festival is celebrating 10 years and it’s right on the doorstep of the Scenic Rim.

CMC Rocks QLD rolls into the Willowbank Raceway from March 24 to 26.

The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a stellar line-up of country music legends.

Crowds are expected to tip 45,000, attracted by a line-up featuring the Dixie Chicks, Little Big Town, Lee Kernaghan, The Shires, The McClymonts, Michael Ray, The Wolfe Brothers, Deep Creek Road, Craig Campbell and many more.

With camp sites nearly sold out, the Scenic Rim is the ideal location for your CMC accommodation.

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The highly-anticipated Darlington Community market and Family Fun Day returns on Sunday March 26.

You’ll love the setting, the picturesque grounds of the small Darlington State School in the Lost World Valley.

This is a stunning part of the Scenic Rim and a wonderful place to give your kids a relaxed day out in the countryside.

The markets have a ‘homemade, homegrown, handmade, local, organic and Fairtrade’ theme, which means you’ll only find unique and fresh offerings at these markets.

The Country Family Fund Day features plenty of activities for young and old, including whip cracking displays, face painting, country games and novelty races, an Easter Egg hunt and a visit by the Easter Bunny.

Enjoy the live music, country baked goods and local fare from the Vintage Café.

Darlington State School is at 2744 Kerry Rd Darlington.

Entry is $5/family.

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Thinking about going into chooks?

Don’t miss the Beaudesert Poultry Club Poultry Sale on March 26.

Meet breeders and learn more about keeping chooks in a series of free talks.

All aspects of poultry keeping will be covered.

Birds will be available for purchase on the day, including Guinea Fowl and Quail.

The Club is located within the Beaudesert Showgrounds, about 40km south of Brisbane.

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The popular Chappy Challenge returns on March 4.

The annual event offers participants the opportunity to cycle, run or walk through the beautiful Fassifern Valley and support the great work school chaplains do in the district.

Runs and rides offer the diversity to cater for children, fun runners and serious athletes.

The event has become a popular highlight on the local calendar.

Chaplaincy is a treasured part of the education experience in the Fassifern area. Chaplains visit all local state and private schools around the Boonah area. Funds raised by the Chappy Challenge are used to offset the shortfall in funds provided by the Federal Government to employ the chaplains.

This year’s Chappy Challenge features events across a range of distances.

The 35km, 60km and 95km road cycle. The 5km and 10km road run/walk.

A 1.5km cycle showground track for five and six-year-olds.

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Join the Women on Wheels on March 12 for their ride to celebrate QLD Women’s Week.

The group will be ride to the Queensland Moto Park, located just outside Boonah.

Organisers say it’s a chance to meet other women on wheels and there’s some awesome prizes on offer, plus a bike apparel fashion parade.

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The Easter school holidays are fast approaching and now is the time to turn your mind to activities and accommodation.

Ditch the usual city activities and bring the family to the Scenic Rim for some natural adventures.

Book into a family-friendly self-contained cabin, a house, or a mountain retreat and join the veteran local guides for a scenic tour of the region’s National Parks, walks and swimming holes.

Out here you’re limited only by your imagination – it really is a matter of choose your own adventure.

Bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, cycling, climbing … the Scenic Rim is an adventurer’s paradise.

Visit local farms, try the farm fresh produce and take an authentic paddock to plate tour.

Start planning your Easter visit now.

 

Clouds on Beechmont is on a winning roll, taking out a number of major awards including Luxury Tour Guide Magazine’s 2016 Romantic Luxury Accommodation of the Year, Lux Magazine’s Best Romantic Getaway – Gold Coast’ and ‘Most Outstanding Romantic Hideaway’.

The stunning accommodation venue has also been winning hearts with five wedding proposals taking place at their Clouds Safari venue recently.