10 farms & farm stays your family will love!

Discover your inner farmer and have an authentic farm stay experience in the Scenic Rim, just one hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The Scenic Rim is home to some amazing farmers, who open their farm gate and invite visitors to feed the animals, milk the cows, meet the camels and pick the vegetables.

The whole family will love visiting these farms. And of course, there are heaps more accommodation options in the Scenic Rim including cabins and cottages, more farm stayscamping or glamping and B&B’s.

  1. Tommerup’s Dairy Farm & Farm Stay

Tommerup's Dairy Farm Stay in the Scenic RimVisit this sixth-generation dairy farm in the spectacular Lost World and take a hands-on farm to fridge journey of your milk. Help Farmer Dave milk the cows, Farmer Kay feed the heritage pigs, wrangle the goats, calves and chooks and stock-up on some take-home goodies from the farm larder.

Stay in one of two restored historic homesteads on the property.

  1. Scenic Rim 4Real Milk & Robotic Dairy

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Cows milked by robots? Yes really. This automated dairy uses milking robots to allow the cows to be milked at anytime of the day, whenever they feel like it. Farmer Gregie and the Dennis family lead regular farm tours of the milking shed and the on-farm bottling factory. Bring an esky and go home with some Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, cheese and yoghurt.

  1. Lillydale Farm Stay

Lillydale Farm Stay in the Scenic Rim

Lillydale is one of the Scenic Rim’s most established farm stays. The Hardgrave family welcomes visitors to their eco-cabins and homestead on their working farm in the beautiful Mt Barney region. While you’re on the farm you can join in animal feeding, collect the chicken eggs, learn how to milk cows, visit the dinosaur cave, test yourself in the maze and go for a horse ride.

  1. Ayton Chicken Farm

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Visit this pastured produce farm which follows the Joel Salatin method of regenerative production. Farmers Kathy and Rod O’Connell will share their vision and farming philosophies as you chat at their farm shop. The guard geese Genghis, Harry and Houdini keep the chooks safe and are big characters.

They open their farm shop on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 10am – 12pm.

  1. Summer Land Camel Farm

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This is the Scenic Rim’s newest farm attraction and will open your eyes to these beautiful creatures. The camels are rescued from the wild in central Australia and brought to the Harrisville farm to enter the dairy herd. While you’re here see, the camels being milked in the dairy, try the milk, the ice-cream and go home with some hand and body products made from camel milk. Stay for coffee in the on-farm café.

  1. Naughty Little Kids

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Farmer Nathan will introduce you to his wonderful world of goats. His farm is at Peak Crossing, a short drive from Ipswich, and is home to more than 100 goats – including 40 babies (kids). When you visit you can feed the babies their bottles, try the milk and the gelato made from goat’s milk, plus learn all about goats. Did you know goats really love watermelon?

  1. Towri Sheep Cheese Farm

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Carolyn Davidson knows and loves sheep and she shares her passion with visitors to her farm, situated near Beaudesert. Carolyn runs regular cheese making workshops, as well as farm tours, where you can cuddle the sheep and lambs and learn how she makes her beautiful cheeses based on sheep’s milk. Her cheese is on the menu at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants. And yes there will be taste tests!

  1. Mount Tamborine Organic Garden

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Adam Willson is an agronomist and horticulturist who has advised clients on organics and composting in Northern Iraq, Romania, and China. Adam and Mayjune established their organic garden on Tamborine Mountain in 2011 and now sell organic fruit and vegetables direct to customers from their farm gate and online. Delivery is also offered. His garden was modelled on an 1895 Paris market garden and customers receive their produce within 48-hours of harvest.

  1. Greenlee Macadamia and Honey Farm

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When you stay at Greenlee Farm Cottages you can relax on this scenic Canungra macadamia and honey farm and sample the produce from the comfort of your cottage. Robyn and Paul Lee enjoy sharing their taste of farm life with visitors. Walk through the macadamia orchard and learn more about how the Lee family grows, picks and packs macadamias and honey. Guests can order a basket of local goodies for breakfast and dinner and yes both will feature macadamias and honey!

  1. Milford Country Cottages

Milford Cottages & Farm Stay

The whole family will be kept busy during your stay at Milford Country Cottages.

You can feed the cows, calves, chicken, and horse; build your own camp fire and cook your own delicious camp oven while watching the sun go down.

Your hosts, John and Lyn McLean, offer a country escape, with affordable and quality accommodation in fully self-contained 2 bedroom cottages.

This property is perfect for couples to enjoy a romantic getaway, and is ideal for families to relax and explore. The 40 acres also has a collection of heritage horse drawn implements for you to explore.

Feast on This

The countdown is on to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week and if you’re hungry for a taster check out some of these unique pre-events.

The official Eat Local Week launch is being held on May 9 at Moda Events in Brisbane.

Limited tickets remain for the Feast in the Field lunch at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm on May 21, where guests will feast on a shared menu created by Brenda Fawdon from her EAT LOCAL cookbook.

Tickets are also available for Moda on the Mountain at the Lime Caviar Fingerlime Farm on May 28 and Lunch with the Lambs at Towri Sheep Cheesery and farm on June 23.

moda-on-the-mountain-collage-small-1024x1024Tickets are also available for the popular Scenic Rim producer’s lunch at Wild Canary at Brookfield. It’s on June 15 and tickets sell fast.

Bookings are now open for Scenic Rim Gourmet Short Stay, a walking holiday focused on food.

This delicious tour runs from June 25 to 29 and will connect you with the Scenic Rim’s tastes, sights and producers.

It’s being organised and led by the team at InterNATIONAL Park Tours and features accommodation on Tamborine Mountain and in Boonah, visits to wineries, farm gates and paddock to plate food trails.

Bookings are now open for the popular Lost World Farmgate Festival and the Kalfresh Carrot Day, both being held on June 24.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week plates up from June 24 and continues right through the first week of the Queensland school holidays.

It culminates in the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival at Aratula on Saturday July 2.

Eat Local Week features more than 90 individual events, including farm tours, producer lunches, cooking classes, cheese making workshops and gourmet dinners.

Find out more

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO BEAUDESERT

If you’ve explored the Scenic Rim then chances are you’ve driven through the town of Beaudesert.
It’s a common stop-off point for fuel and grocery supplies on your way to a Scenic Rim camping ground or hiking hot spot.
But Beaudesert local Susie Cunningham reckons more visitors should plan to spend a day in her hometown.
She says if you know where to look you’ll discover Beaudesert has some unique country charms.
Here is Susie’s recipe for a perfect day in Beaudesert. Read more

PHOTO COMP – WIN A SHARE OF $3,000

Do you want to see your photograph on the cover of the new Scenic Rim Visitor Guide?

Have you captured the perfect Scenic Rim vista?

Now’s the time to share your Scenic Rim photographs for a chance to win a share of $3,000.

We’re looking for an epic image that best represents the Scenic Rim and its experiences.

The winning photograph will be used on the cover of our upcoming Regional Visitor Guide, which is circulated to visitors around Australia and overseas.

We are especially interested in images that showcase locations that photographers and tourists can visit, including mountains, national parks, lakes, waterfalls, landmarks and iconic Scenic Rim destinations.

Successful images will be shortlisted and put out for public vote on the Visit Scenic Rim social media channels.

The winning entrant will receive $1000. Up to four runners-up will receive $500 and have their photographs featured within the guide.

All successful entrants will receive a photo credit within the guide.

Minimum requirements for submitted entries:

  • 300ppi / 2480 pixels wide by 3508 pixels high – preferably hi-res format available.
  • Portrait orientation

Submit your image or a link to your image (or a low res version) to tourism@scenicrim.qld.gov.au along with your contact details 

OR load it publicly to social media and tag us @visitscenicrim with #scenicrimuncovered 

Terms & Conditions:

Expressions of interest open: 31 March 2017

Expressions of interest close: 21 April ** EXTENDED to midnight 26 April 2017 **

Shortlist announced: 3 May April 2017

Winner announced: 12 May, 2017

By entering, participants warrant that the image is theirs and does not infringe any copyright.

Entrants provide Scenic Rim Regional Council with an irrevocable licence to use the image in the Visitor Guide and in other applications.

If your image features people, we will require a photo consent form to be completed by the people in the image.  Without a completed consent form, an image will not be able to be shortlisted. Download the Consent Form

For the purposes of Australian law, this photo competition is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the finalists or winners.

Scale these Scenic summits

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