Australia Day: 20 Scenic Rim long weekend ideas
Did someone say long weekend?
Just when you thought the summer holidays were over you hear the happy news – there’s still the Australia Day long weekend to go!
Spend your Australia Day weekend exploring the Scenic Rim.
Here’s 20 ideas to help your long weekend planning.
Pull up a picnic blanket beside Lake Wyaralong and take in all the action of the Queensland State Championship Regatta. Spectator entry is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Escape the crowds and enjoy a chilled Australia Day by the creek at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Feast on a BBQ lunch, enjoy a chilled O’Reilly’s wine, pat the resident alpacas and have a hit of cricket. Be sure to book ahead!
Entry is free on Australia Day between 10am and 2pm. Party on with music, games, neon tubes and plenty of giveaways! Or dip your toe into one of these 15 local waterholes, creeks and lakes.
Spend the Australia Day long weekend at Binna Burra Lodge and make the most of their action-packed schedule of activities. The barbecues will be running hot all day, every day!
Experience an Australia Day long weekend like no other, with beers, a barbecue, pub meals, good times and free live music. Bring the whole family down for good old fashioned Aussie traditions like cane toad racing and lamington eating competitions.
Hang out at the Pavilion Tavern for an afternoon of Australia Day activities at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley. There will be an Aussie barbecue and spit roasts, thong throwing contest, cane toad races, sack races and Aussie music all day.
Head to the Kalbar Showgrounds for the Fassifern Australia Day celebrations. The Kalbar Baptist Church will host the morning function, starting with a free cooked Aussie breakfast from 6.15am to 7.30am.
Enjoy great coffee and tasty homemade food, shop from local craftspeople and be entertained by live music at the VK Everydays Artisan Market.
Spend a sedate weekend camping on the banks of Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon or Lake Wyaralong, and explore the local walking trails, go for a paddle, or chill out and read a book. Book a table at one of the local hotels for a hearty country pub feed. We love the Scenic Rim Brewery, the Dugandan Hotel, the Roadvale Hotel , the Commercial Hotel, the Beaudesert Hotel and the Railway Hotel. Love the bush? There are plenty of local camping spots available.
13. Hit the Scenic Rim’s walking trails
The region is home to six national parks and many, many amazing walking trails. Here’s 14 of our favourites to get you started.
14. Eat local on Tamborine Mountain
The rich, red alluvial soil sustains a bounty of glorious fresh food on the mountain. You can find it on the menu at local cafes like the Vintage Pickle ; stock up at a roadside stall; or visit the Green Shed Markets on Sunday morning for a selection of just-picked organic produce.
15. Retreat to the mountains. Stay in a luxurious lodge
No need to rough it, when there are so many amazing luxurious mountain lodges on your doorstep. Try O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, or for the ultimate indulgence book into Spicer’s Peak Lodge. For a luxury glamping experience, check out Nightfall Camp.
16. Paddle around one of the Scenic Rim’s three lakes
17. Drop a line
There’s some fantastic fishing to be had in the region. Lakes Moogerah and Maroon are stocked with bass. Launch your boat, or try your luck from the shore.
Drop into one of our welcoming country pubs for a hearty feed and a cool drink. You’ll love the Canungra Hotel, St Bernard’s Hotel, the Royal Hotel Harrisville, the Royal Hotel Kabar and the Beaudesert Hotel.
They’re off and racing at Beaudesert for the very popular, annual Australia Day long weekend race meet. Relax trackside with your friends and enjoy the chilled country racing vibe.
Pack the ball, the lead and pet food and check out these pet-friendly destinations for your perfect Australia Day long weekend escape.