Romantic escapes are in our DNA – the Scenic Rim is made for love. Light up your love life in the Scenic Rim with these romantic experiences.
Spend your Australia Day long weekend exploring the Scenic Rim. Here’s 12 ideas to get you started.
Summer holidays are great for road trips. The Scenic Rim is on your doorstep – just an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast – and offers plenty of unique and exciting experiences.
We’ve pulled together some of our favourite road trips, listing all the best places to stop for food, drinks, coffee, shopping and a swim.
All you need to do is jump in the car and visit the Scenic Rim.
Which of our itineraries will you try?
- Boonah & Beyond: A 38km round trip that will take you to cafes, Boonah’s local shopping strip, historic country pubs, two wineries and a brewery!
- The Lions Road: A 96km journey from Beaudeesert to Kyogle, via the robotic dairy, Rathdowney, an olive grove and the incredible Border Ranges.
- Tamborine Mountain: Explore this gorgeous hilltop oasis on this 25km loop of all that is fabulous on the mountain, including breweries, cafes, gardens, rainforest skywalk, wine and a coffee plantation.
- Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the village town of Canungra.
- Lodge to Lodge: Give yourself a few days and travel from one end of the Lamington Plateau to the other, stopping at two of the region’s most popular and historic mountain lodges.
- Antiques, Art and Camels: What a quirky day you’ll have when you visit the western Scenic Rim. We’re crafted a schedule to keep young and old happy – camel farm, antique shop and a winery.
- Cheese Pleaser: What makes a good road trip great? Cheese of course! Here’s a tour of the Scenic Rim’s amazing boutique cheesemakers and their farms.
- Boonah to Queens Mary Falls: One of the region’s most popular drives, which will take you along the NSW-QLD border into the lush pastures of Killarney.
- The Lost World: Explore this stunning southern part of the Scenic Rim which offers visitors the chance to tour working farms, take a cooking class, or refresh at a country pub.
- The Farm Gate Tour: Want to visit some working farms and get your hands dirty? This itinerary is for you. On this journey, you’re guaranteed to meet chooks, goats, sheep and camels!
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 stays, camping or glamping and B&B’s.
Visit 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.
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.
- Historic Cedar Glen Farmstay
Cedar Glen is a real working farm and has been a farmstay for more than 30 years. It’s situated in the foothills of the stunning Lost World section of the Lamington National Park. The Stpehns family has worked the cattle property for more than 100 years and enjoy sharing a slice of their farmlife with visitors. When you stay at Cedar Glen you can try horseriding, birdwatching, swimming and bushwalking, as well as meet the resident farm animals. Stay in one of four historic cottages located on the farm.
- Ayton Chicken Farm
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.
- Summer Land Camel Farm
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.
- Naughty Little Kids
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?
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!
- Mount Tamborine Organic Garden
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.
- Greenlee Macadamia and Honey Farm
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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.
Our Market support stalls that recycle, upcycle, reuse, are handmade, organic, local, have low food miles – some or all of the above.
Stalls will include homemade ice-cream, artisan bread, jewellery, plants, books, ceramics, original artworks, vintage clothes, weaving, food, chutneys, vegetarian food, organic produce, macaroons, fresh herbs, and doTERRA oils.
Visit our markets and stock up on Christmas gifts, then walk across the road to visit the Scenic Rim Brewery before calling into our friendly local pub.
Saturday 2 December 9am-3pm
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.
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.