Australia Day: 12 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 12 ideas to help your long weekend planning.


1. Beaudesert Australia Day Races

They’re off and racing at Beaudesert for the very popular, annual Australia Day Race meet. Relax trackside with your friends and enjoy the chilled country racing vibe.

wood fired pizza scenic rim

2. Join the crew at Flinders Peak Winery for their Australia Day Harvest.

Stay two nights in a family cabin, pick fruit from the vines, stop in at the cellar door and recuperate with all you can eat wood fired pizza, cool breezes and stunning mountain views. Soak it all up with a glass of chilled local white.


3. Fun is on tap at the Bearded Dragon Hotel Tamborine this Australia Day.

The boys from Lock n Load, a high-energy rockabilly band, will have you jumping on the 26th. Cold beer, bbq and good times. Make sure you book a table. Did we mention there’s a children’s playground? Quick, do it.

Wyaralong Dam

4. Pitch your tent lakeside.

Spend a sedate weekend, camping on the banks of Lake Moogerah or Lake Maroon. 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 and the Commercial Hotel.

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

5. 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.


6. 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.

Spicers Peak Lodge

7. 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.

Scenic Rim Things To Do

8. Paddle around one of the Scenic Rim’s three lakes.

BYO kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board, or hire one from a local operator at Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Lake Wyaralong.

Jason Garner with his catch at Lake Moogerah. Picture source Fishing World.

Jason Garner with his catch at Lake Moogerah. Picture source Fishing World.

9. 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.


10. Cool down at the Beaudesert Pool Party.

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.


The Commercial Hotel, Harrisville. Just one of the Scenic Rim’s many country pubs.

11. Country Pubs

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 and the Royal Hotel Kabar.

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12. Live music, cool drinks, creekside BBQ at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

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 as you  listen to the live music. Book now.