The countdown to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on!

The feasting begins on June 30, however there are some delicious entrée events before then if you’re hungry for a local food and farm experience.

The sheep at Tommerup’s Farm are just some of the gorgeous animals you can meet at Eat Local Week.

Eat Local Week is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council, designed to showcase the smorgasbord of produce which grows in the region, and highlight the talented producers, farmers and makers.

Now in its 8th year, Eat Local Week 2018 features more than 90 events across the region, from farm tours to gourmet dinners and the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 7.

Book your spot at a long table lunch.

Mayor Greg Christensen says Eat Local Week is an easy and delicious way for locals to discover and taste the food and drinks which are growing in their backyard.

“I encourage Scenic Rim residents to jump in the car and take a tour of the region’s farms, cafes, restaurants, pubs, breweries and wineries and enjoy the incredible Eat Local Week program of events,” he says.

“Each year I wonder how we will top the last but I can honestly say this year’s program is the biggest and best yet. It features more than 90 events, including 12 entrée events to whet the appetite, 20 lunch and dinner events, more than 20 farm events and 36 events which cost less than $25 or are free.

“This isn’t just an event for people who know their food and wine, this is an event for families who are keen to give their children a food and farm experience; an event for interested locals; it’s really an event for anyone who enjoys to eat and drink!”

All of the Eat Local Week events are listed online at the official website and bookings can be made via the website.

Here’s a taster of some of the delicious events on offer across the Scenic Rim:

Jamming with the Lambs @ Towri Sheep Cheeses by Cameron Matthews – June 9
Multiple course meal under the stars at Towri Sheep Cheeses. Live jazz music, bespoke cheese and food by Cameron Matthews.

Green Lane Coffee Plantation Producers’ Dinner – June 22
Join EAT LOCAL Book authors Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp for an evening of food, wine, conversation and coffee.

You’ll be in olive heaven at Rathlogan Grove Olives.

Tastings at the Shed Café & Rathlogan Olive Grove – June 30, July 1, 7 & 8
Visit this commercial olive grove and café and taste the oil and the olives and meet the producers.

Tasting Tables @ Canungra Visitor Information Centre – June 30 & July 1
Sample a range of local products, including jams, chutney s and nuts, all made with love in the Scenic Rim.

Crop to Cup Green Lane Coffee – June 30, July 3 & 5
Take the crop to cup tour of coffee at this Tamborine Mountain coffee plantation.

Carrot Picking with Just Veg. at Kalfresh – June 30
The Carrot Factory Tours sold out in record time but you can still book a spot to pick your own carrots!

Scenic Rim Food & Wine, a historical perspective at Binna Burra Lodge – June 30
Enjoy a three-course lunch starring locally-sourced fare and learn about the origins of the Scenic Rim and its food from Richard Groom. Witches Falls Winery’s Michael McAteer will offer an insight into the paired wines.

Tunes, Brews, Food & Fun at the Farm – June 30
Sample the local beef at this paddock to plate event on farm at Kirro in the Lost World.

Spend the afternoon on the Bromelton House grounds learning about pecans, cattle and polo.

Cattle, Pecans & Polo @ Bromelton House – July 1

Spend the afternoons at the historic Bromelton House, touring the pecan orchard, learning about the cattle, and watching top-flight polo on the Bromelton private field.

Scenic Rim Gourmet Short Stay with InterNATIONAL Park Tours – July 1
Make a meal of Eat Local Week and spread your feasting over a few days with this delicious, boutique short stay.

Beaudesert Gourmet Street Food Festival – July 1
Featuring some of Australia’s best mobile chefs, showcasing Scenic Rim produce. Relaxed vibes and live music in Jubilee Park.

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Longest Lunch

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards Longest Lunch – July 1
Kick off your shoes and sink your feet into the grass, creekside at the vineyards. Share a three-course long-table lunch, featuring the best local produce, paired with wines from the vineyard.

An Evening with Josue Lopez at Witches Falls Winery – July 4
Amazing wine by Witches Falls Winery, paired with incredible food by our regional food ambassador Josue Lopez, of the new Opal Restaurant.

Let Kate at The Vintage Pickle feed you.

Cheese & Wine Tasting @ The Vintage Pickle – July 5
Enjoy local cheeses and matched wines from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard, together with canapes made using Scenic Rim ingredients at The Vintage Pickle.

10 Years of Beers @ Pavilion Garden Bar – July 6
Celebration dinner for 10 years of brewing by Beard and Brau Farmhouse Brewery and the Pavilion Garden Bar’s first birthday. A ten-course meal by head chef Steve Hibbard, showcasing local produce, matched with Beard and Brau beers.

Feast your eyes on the Winter Harvest Festival.

Winter Harvest Festival, Aratula Community Sports Centre – July 7
Don’t miss Eat Local Week’s signature event, serving the Scenic Rim on a platter. Meet the farmers, taste the food, buy their produce. Free rides for kids, market stalls, live music, tasting plates and celebrity chef cooking demonstrations.

Moda in the Vines @ The Overflow – July 8
Experience the Scenic Rim’s newest cellar door at the stunning Overflow Estate at Wyaralong Dam, while you enjoy traditional tapas and paella by Moda Restaurant’s Javier Codina.

Long Table Lunch at Spicers Peak Lodge – July 8
A gorgeous relaxed long table lunch, featuring Scenic Rim produce and stunning Spicer’s Peak hospitality and views!

Everyone has gone crazy for camels, and we can understand why.

7 ways to spoil mum in the Scenic Rim

Whether you want to eat and drink in a beautiful location, appreciate quality local art or hit the tracks for a hiking adventure, the Scenic Rim has got you and your mum sorted this Mother’s Day.

There are so many options to spoil your mum in the Scenic Rim.

Studios & Events 2018, Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim, features the region's natural beauty and art.

Show mum exquisite local art on the Open Studios trail, which extends throughout the Scenic Rim.

1. Take an artistic Studio Trail

Does your mum love art? Take her to check out the work of local artists and art collectives including Felicity Smith, Catherine Anderson, Rachel Brook, Boonah Arts Society Incorporated, Pinkle and Co, VERGE Collective, Sally Hart and Stephanie Wernick at the Open Studios of the Scenic Rim in Boonah and district on 12-13 May.
Find out more

 

Eat Local - Food, Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim Volumes 1 & 2, by Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp, showcase local produce and the farmers who grow our food.

Eat Local Volumes 1 & 2 make perfect gifts.

2. An experience fit for a foodie mum

Satisfy your mum’s inner foodie. Purchase gorgeous new cookbook Eat Local – Food Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim Volume 2 for inspiration, and take the tastes of the Scenic Rim home with you by stocking up on local goodies.
Find a cookbook stockist near you
Purchase your cookbook online here
Be inspired by our local goodie gift guide here

 

Views from Point Lookout in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park.

Be rewarded with views from Point Lookout on the guided Stinson Walk, organised by O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

3. Calling all active mums

If your mum is the active type, the team at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat has got your back, with the guided Stinson Walk (11-13 May). The Stinson Walk is one of Australia’s iconic hikes. Recount Australian history and celebrate the life of Bernard O’Reilly, who heroically saved the lives of two plane crash survivors 81 years ago in the Gondwana World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.
Bookings essential.
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Dairy cows head to the milking shed at Tommerup's Dairy Farm in the Scenic Rim.

Take your mum to a working dairy farm for the Tommerup’s Dairy Farm Mother’s Day Picnic.

4. Take mum to the farm

Immerse your mum in the farm experience, boots and all, or while away the hours in the shade of the blue gums at the Tommerup’s Dairy Farm’s Mother’s Day Picnic. You can listen to live music, feed the animals, dip your feet in the cool waters of the Albert River, browse the ‘grow it, make it, bake it’ market stalls for the perfect gift and play giant lawn games with the whole family. Gourmet picnic hampers and cheese platters are available for pre-order.
Bookings essential.
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Binna Burra Lodge is an idyllic location for Mother's Day lunch.

Enjoy the cosy mountain atmosphere at Binna Burra Lodge for Mother’s Day lunch.

5. Lunch and views

Celebrate Mother’s Day over lunch with your loved ones at Binna Burra Lodge. Enjoy a three course lunch in Binna Burra’s Clifftop Dining Room surrounded by breathtaking views and nature’s beauty. All Mothers and Grandmothers get a free glass of bubbles on arrival.
Bookings essential.
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O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard in the Scenic Rim is the perfect spot to indulge your mum for Mother's Day.

Treat your mum to an indulgent lunch at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

6. Mum will love this Gourmet picnic

Indulge mum at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard’s with a gourmet Homestead Picnic Hamper beside the creek, or with a three course decadent lunch on the Homestead verandah. The picnic hamper comes with a bottle of Picnic Bubbles and an O’Reilly’s jute bag, and the kids are looked after with fresh ham and salad baguettes and ice cream for dessert.
Bookings essential.
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Your mum will love her time at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

7. This really is a high tea

Treat mum to high tea on top of the world, with a buffet style high tea 1000 metres above sea level at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Take in spectacular views west to the McPherson ranges, and ask about treatments in the Lost World Spa as an optional extra to really spoil your mum.
Bookings essential.
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Hop into a Scenic (Rim) Easter

Easter is a stunning time to visit the Scenic Rim.

Following good rainfall, the region is green and vibrant; the skies are clear, astro season is upon us and the temperature is perfect.

Bring your family and friends to the Scenic Rim for a relaxing Easter break.

The kids will love the range of nature-based activities on offer too.

Here’s 11 inspirational ideas to kick start your Scenic Easter holiday.

  1. Fires on Top of Mountains Cultural Program
    The colour and spectacle of the Commonwealth Games has inspired the Scenic Rim’s Windows to the World community events. Share the Fire is a major part of that project and happens from April 1 to 14.
    This multi art form community arts activation showcases the culture, unique identity and stories of the Scenic Rim.
    Join the celebrations in your local community.
    Shared Fire Tamborine Mountain – April 1
    Featuring Street Food Truck Revolution, Kelly Sports family fun activities, family picnic zone, artisans’ alley, roving performers, storytelling around the fires.
    Shared Fire Beaudesert, Monday, April 2
    Featuring Street Food Truck Revolution, vintage car and bike displays, family fun sports activities, roving performances, storytellers around the fires and more.
    Tastes of the Commonwealth Boonah, April 3
    Featuring Picnic Parlour Dessert Lane, artisan markets, street dining, roving performances and late-night shopping.
    Fire on Water Finale Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, April 14
    A fabulous festival at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, running from 10am to 6.30pm. Featuring the Street Food Truck Revolution, Kelly Sports family fun activities, artisan markets, workshops and demonstrations and resort activities.
  2. Kids Bushcraft & Survival Camp Mt Barney
    Kids, ever wondered how you’d live if you were lost in the bush? This is the camp for you. The expert leaders at Mt Barney Lodge will help you channel your inner Bear Grylls and show you how to connect safely with the stunning Scenic Rim bushland.
    The camp runs from April 11 to 13 and is for young people aged 12 to 14.

    Kids, go bush at Mt Barney Lodge

    Kids, go bush at Mt Barney Lodge

     

  3. O’Reilly’s Eco Rangers Program
    The O’Reilly’s Eco Rangers Program will keep your tribe busy during the holidays. Book into the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat accommodation and leave your children with the trained leaders to play eco detectives, cook on a campfire, learn about the local wildlife and explore the rivers and streams. Suitable for children aged 5 and over.
  4. TreeTop Challenge, Tamborine Mountain
    Launch yourself into holiday mode from Australia’s largest guided zipline tour. There’s a challenge to suit all comfort levels at the highly-awarded TreeTop Challenge on Tamborine Mountain.

    Treetops Challenge Tamborine Mountain

    Treetops Challenge Tamborine Mountain

     

  5. Camp Laurence School Holiday Program
    School holidays will fly by at the Camp Laurence facility at Lake Moogerah. The program caters for children aged seven to 14 and features high-energy activities, including mountain biking, kite flying, orienteering, archery and bush cooking.
  6. Queen’s Baton Relay
    Tamborine Mountain will host the Queen’s Baton Relay on Easter Sunday, April 1. Watch the cavalcade of more than 50 vehicles, escorting the Queen’s Baton as 10 community champions relay the baton across the mountain. Download the maps

    2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay

    2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

     

  7. Moogerah Passion Play
    The Moogerah Passion Play is now in its 26th year and this is an Easter event not to be missed. A local cast and crew of more than 100 people (and chooks and donkeys) perform a dramatic account of the Passion of Christ. The performance happens on an incredible open-air stage, situated on the banks of Lake Moogerah. Performances start at 5pm on March 24, 25, 30 and 31. Entry is free, and food and drinks are for sale.

    Moogerah Passion Play

    Moogerah Passion Play

  8. Rathdowney Easter Sunday Market
    You’ll love these relaxed, country markets featuring more than 70 stalls selling local goods, jams, pickles, cakes, olives, lavender, craft, plants and fresh fruit and vegetables. Pony rides, face painting, live music and so much more. Markets open at 8am at the Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre and Showgrounds.
  9. World of Fun Council Holiday Program
    The Scenic Rim Council’s popular holiday activity program returns for Easter. Choose from movies, craft sessions, library activities and Shared Fire program.
  10. Go camping (or glamping).
    You’re spoiled for choice in the Scenic Rim. Pitch your tent by one of our lakes or creeks, in a local camping ground, or even in one of the region’s six national parks. If you prefer life’s comforts, don’t worry there are some brilliant glamping options, as well as some cosy cottages and cabins. Your fur babies are also well catered for!

    Glamping at Nightfall Camp

    Glamping at Nightfall Camp

     

  11. Go walking
    The temperatures have dropped, and the days are clear, which means our walking trails are the perfect place to be. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a few of our favourite walks.
Scenic Rim Trail is one of many amazing walks you can enjoy.

Scenic Rim Trail is one of many amazing walks you can enjoy.

 

30 ‘pawfect’ pet-friendly holidays

Take your pet on holiday at these Scenic Rim cottages, farms and campgrounds

Family holidays are the best, but what if your family includes a furry four-legged friend?

Holiday time often means expensive kennel fees and a sad separation from your dogs, cats and horses. But not anymore!

In the Scenic Rim there are plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options to keep every member of the family happy.

Pack the ball, the lead and pet food and check out these pet-friendly destinations. And if you have horses, don’t worry – there’s even a few places where they’re welcome too.
But remember your pets aren’t allowed in the Scenic Rim’s national parks.

Choose from these camping grounds, cottages, farm houses and Creekside parks.

  1. Stay at Kirro
    Have horse, will travel. Stay at Kirro is a lovely, renovated Queenslander homestead (sleeps 8), set on a 1011ha working cattle property. The house-yard is fenced, which means your fur-babies are welcome. There are horse facilities available too and the owners will tell you about the gorgeous trails available around the property.

    Charlie and Mia enjoy Stay at Kirro

    Charlie and Mia enjoy Stay at Kirro

  1. Andrew Drynan Park
    This is a popular Scenic Rim park for people seeking serenity and an escape from crowds. Dogs are allowed (on lead). The park is located close to the NSW border, in the Scenic Rim’s southern corner. Facilities for smaller caravans, camping trailers and tents, with creek access and flushing toilets.
  1. Burgess Park
    Burgess Park is another fabulous Scenic Rim Park, situated on Christmas Creek in the Lost World. Dogs are allowed. BYO drinking water. The park is about 20km from Beaudesert.
  1. Sharp Park Riverbend Country Bush Camping
    James Sharp Memorial Park is a family bush camping ground situated 5km from Canungra. It’s an ideal base for swimming, fishing and relaxing and accessing nearby walks and shopping. Pets are welcome, ask when you book.
  2. Spring Gully Stays
    Low-key relaxation is on tap at this camping ground, located near Canungra. Use the shared kitchen and barbecues, cool down in the swimming hole and if you like life’s comforts book into an on-site safari tent. Ask about bringing your pet when you book.
  3. Wagon Wheels Holiday Villas Canungra
    Unwind in these new holiday villas, located in the heart of Canungra Village. Cafes and shopping is just a short walk away. Facilities for families with children and furry friends.
  4. Witheren Heights Bush Camping Retreat
    Stay on this 140-acre working farm and explore the 4WD and walking tracks. The town of Canungra is just seven minute’s drive away for shopping and meals. Restrained dogs are allowed when you stay here.
  5. Darlington Park
    Darlington Park is one of the Scenic Rim’s most popular places to escape the crowds and have a back-to-nature family holiday. Bookings are recommended during holidays. BYO drinking water. Some animals are allowed, check with the managers ahead of booking.
  6. Wongari Eco Retreat
    Stay in one of these private, secluded wilderness cabins and explore the Scenic Rim’s Lost World. Do as little or as much as you want. Splash in the creeks, read books by the fire, go for walks. The cabins and property are pet-friendly.
  7. Worendo Bed & Breakfast Cottages
    You won’t want to leave Worendo Cottages. Choose from one of three cottages onsite at this stunning property that’s overlooked by the dramatic mountains of the Lamington National park. Some house yards are fenced and are suitable for pets, ask when you book. Book ahead for the super-popular Wild Lime Cooking School, also located onsite.

    Pawfection at Worendo

    Pawfection at Worendo

  8. Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages
    Beds & Reds. Now that sounds like a great holiday. Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages are the perfect place to try the local wines, relax and enjoy time as a family. All four cottages here are dog-friendly so you can explore the local countryside with your furry friend.

    Hanging around at Barney Creek Cottages

    Hanging around at Barney Creek Cottages

     

  9. Bigriggen Park
    This popular park is situated on river flats, close to Mt Barney National Park and offers visitors a choice of bunkhouse accommodation, as well as campsites, caravan, motorhome and camper trailer sites. On-site facilities include a self-catering kitchen. Pets are welcomed by application and there’s plenty to do, including canoeing, swimming, bushwalking, bird watching and relaxing.
  10. Flanagan Reserve
    Flanagan Reserve is situated close to the Mt Barney National Park, about 45km outside Beaudesert. A great base to access Mt Maroon, Mt Barney and Mt Lindesay. Set on the Logan River, it’s a natural playground for every member of the family. Go for walks, swim in the river and relax by the fire.

    Harvey loves his holiday at Flanagan Reserve

    Harvey loves his holiday at Flanagan Reserve

     

  11. Scenic Rim Adventure Park
    Wilderness awaits at this 680-acre property, located at Tamrookum Creek. The park features children’s play areas, mountain bike tracks, remote control tracks, spider walls, a maze, walking trails and plenty of wildlife. The park features 14 different camping areas and there are hot showers available onsite. Pets are welcome but must be attached to runners.
  12. Tallowood Farm & Dog Holidays
    Located at Carneys Creek, via Boonah, this one-bedroom self-contained cottage is the perfect place to escape the crowds and relax. Go for long walks, read books and unwind with your dog by your side.
  13. Boonah Show Society Caravan Park
    Stay close to Boonah at this popular showground caravan park. On-site facilities include a kitchen and shower block and your fur-baby is welcome. Walk into the busy town centre for shops, food and coffee. Great views of the surrounding mountains.
  14. Brook Cottage Boonah
    Stay in this cute, self-contained worker’s cottage in the township of Boonah. The cottage caters to four adults and there’s a fully-fenced yard, so pets are welcome. You’ll love the views to Sugarloaf Mountain and there’s some great pet-friendly walks on the doorstep.
  15. Hanoob Views Carneys Creek
    Everyone will love this two-bedroom, self-contained cottage at Carneys Creek. The house yard is fenced and dogs are welcome because as the website says, ‘Even dogs got to paws for a while.’ As well as panoramic views, there’s a wood fired pizza oven on site, a dam and everything you’ll need for a relaxing escape.
  16. Hilly Ridge
    Hilly Ridge is a beautifully-renovated Queenslander located up high on Green Hills Road, outside Boonah. Dogs are allowed by prior arrangement and there are plenty of fabulous walks nearby.

    Hilly Ridge

    Hilly Ridge

  17. Yarramalong Outdoor Recreation Centre
    You won’t want to go home once you arrive to Yarramalong. This 160-acre property close to Lake Moogerah, offers cabin accommodation and plenty of space to pitch your tent or park your camper trailer. Go paddling, swimming and fishing. Meet the local wildlife and explore the bush trails. The on-site commercial kitchen can be hired. Ask about bringing your pet when you book.
  18. ADogma’s Dog & Cat Cottage Tamborine Mountain
    Like the name says this restored 1930s Queenslander is open to both dogs and cats and features strong fencing and pet-proof security doors. On your doorstep you’ll find rainforest walks, national parks and the busy township of Tamborine Mountain. Great shopping, wine and food is on tap.
  19. Hillside A Country Retreat
    Dogs are welcome, announcement that takes pride of place on the Hillside website. The owners write that they understand the bond between dogs and their human owners and that’s why Gumnut Cottage is equipped to house small and medium dogs.
  1. Lynden Farm
    ‘Well-behaved’ dogs are allowed to stay at the beautiful Lynden organic Farm on Tamborine Mountain. Seek permission when you book in to this five-acre farm retreat. There’s accommodation on site for eight guests and the property is located close to Cedar Creek Estate Winery and Tamborine village.
  1. Skyhouse Mount Lodge
    This home more than lives up to its name, perched up high on Tamborine Mountain. The architect-designed home is perched on the north-east edge of Tamborine Mountain and enjoys expansive coastal views. The home sleeps six guests, plus your pets. There’s a good-sized dog park nearby at North Tamborine.
  1. Tamborine Mountain Caravan and Camping
    This campground is situated within the grounds of Thunderbird Park on Cedar Creek Falls Rd and guests can enjoy plenty of activities onsite, including horse-riding, the Tree Top Challenge, Laser Skirmish and Thunder egg mining. Pets are allowed on both the powered and unpowered sites, but not in the safari tent accommodation.
  1. Lake Maroon Holiday Park
    This popular lakeside park offers visitors a number of accommodation options, from camping to self-contained houses. Pets are allowed in some parts of the park, enquire when you book. Go boating and fishing on the lake, or take a drive into the towns of Boonah, Kalbar and Aratula. All members of the family will enjoy the bushwalking that’s on the doorstep.
  1. Coleyville Lodge
    This self-contained homestead and cottage is situated on a 330acre property and is both horse and dog friendly. The property is located close to Ipswich, Willowbank and Boonah. The working cattle property will keep you busy, explore the creeks, olive grove and local wineries.
  1. Moogerah Lake Houses
    Pets are allowed at these two lake-front homes. Soak up the water views from the verandah of the self-contained homes. Each home sleeps up to nine people. Great shopping and walking is close by.
  1. Misty Morn Cottage
    Dogs are allowed at this stunning Carney’s Creek cottage, but not on the furniture! The cottage is cosy but the mountain views are expansive. Explore on foot, or relax on the verandah and read books.

    BYO horses and enjoy the local trails.

    BYO horses and enjoy the local trails.

  1. The Gatekeeper’s Cottage Dugandan
    BYO horses and utilise the arena and round yard located on site. Access some great trails and explore the area on horseback. Well located for the Dugandan Pub and Kooroomba Winery. The owners run Droughtmaster cattle on the property.

Grace Beside Me, a 13-part television series for children and families shot in the Scenic Rim, was launched in the region this month.
It features 36 Scenic Rim locations, captured during the 11-week shoot. The cast also featured five Scenic Rim locals.

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?

  1. 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!
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    The Commercial Hotel, Boonah.

     

  2. The Lions Road: A 96km journey from Beaudeesert to Kyogle, via the robotic dairy, Rathdowney, an olive grove and the incredible Border Ranges.
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    The Lions Road

     

  3. 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.
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    Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Tamborine Mountain

     

  4. Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the village town of Canungra.
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    O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard

     

  5. 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.
    Binna Burra Sky Lodges

    Binna Burra Sky Lodges, a perfect place to stay.

     

  6. 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.
    Summer Land Camel Farm

    Summer Land Camel Farm, a stop on the Antiques, Art and Camels itinerary.

     

  7. 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.
    Towri Sheep Farm

    Towri Sheep Cheese Farm on the Cheese Pleaser itinerary. (Bookings required)

     

  8. 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.
    Queen Mary Falls

    Queen Mary Falls

     

  9. 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 Lost World

    The Lost World

     

  10. 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!

    Meet the animals on the Farm Gate Tour

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

School Holiday activities Robotic Dairy

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. Historic Cedar Glen FarmstayFeeding the chooks at Cedar Glen


    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.

 

  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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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.

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