What Mountain is that? Mt Walker

Height: 430-metres
Location: Close to Coleyville

Mt Walker by @vikhere

Mt Walker by @vikhere

Mt Walker stands majestically like a monument in the middle of a productive valley, used for farming and rural pursuits.

Mt Walker was originally named Mt Forbes by John Oxley, in honour of Sir Francis Forbes, the Chief Justice of NSW. It later acquired the name Mt Walker, a name thought to be inspired by a shepherd from the Franklyn Vale pastoral station.

The mountain is identified by the telecommunications, electricity and RAAF towers sit at the top.

Mt Walker is situated on private property and access is not available, however it can be seen and enjoyed from afar as you take a scenic drive through this part of the region.

Mt Walker by @craigmcphilips

Mt Walker by @craigmcphilips

The mountain once housed native stands of hoop pine and the surrounding land attracted timber getters in the late 1800s.

These days, during December and January you’ll find paddocks of sunflowers in bloom, adding a shot of colour to the landscape.

Sunflowers by Gail's Photography

Sunflowers by Gail Bryant Photography

Picnic and barbecue facilities, toilets and water are available nearby at the Warrill View Rest Area, located on the Cunningham Highway, just south of Warrill View village. This rest area is suitable for caravans; however it is a day-use area only.

Take the Rosewood-Warrill View Rd and enjoy the expansive scenery. This drive eventually arrives at Aratula via Rosevale and Tarome.

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.

Meet the Locals – Verity & Doogan O’Hanlon

Verity and Doogan O’Hanlon are breathing new life into one of the Scenic Rim’s most recognisable destinations – Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm.

Since buying the property, the couple have undertaken a number of changes, including the development of a stunning and unique wedding chapel.

Doogan and Verity Kooroomba web-

Verity and Doogan O’Hanlon

Kooroomba is a favourite for Queensland newlyweds who love the stunning mountain backdrop and fields of lavender.

For Doogan it’s a return to the town he was born and a chance to raise their young family in a rural community.

The couple is busy planning their Easter weekend festivities, which will feature food vans, joy flights and horse and carriage rides.

The popular Artist in-residence program returns from late March and is a good way to meet local artists and buy direct from the creators.

Lavender season begins in May and runs though to September. You’ll find many insta-worthy vistas when the lavender is in full glorious bloom.

Kooroomba Lavender Farm and Vineyard in the Scenic Rim

Wine with a view at Kooroomba Lavender Farm. Image by @johnnyboy88

Verity and Doogan share their local knowledge on the best Scenic Rim spots to wine, dine and enjoy the views.

Favourite place to eat

On a special occasion we love nothing more than heading up to Spicers Peak Lodge for lunch and have even been fortunate enough to be flown there by Pterodactyl Helicopters. We also enjoy some of the best country pub hospitality in this region and thoroughly enjoy a parmi at any one of the local watering holes. Particular favourites are The Dugandan Hotel, The Commercial Hotel and The Roadvale.

Favourite coffee spot

We really enjoy going for a drive up to the Shed Café outside Rathdowney on a rare day off. We also love to wander through their gift shop, looking at their knick knacks. Otherwise you can find us at Storey Tree Cafe with the kids. They do the best sausage rolls around. For a hearty bacon & eggs we go to Café 17 and if we feel like an omelette and a bit of history we head to Flavours Cafe in the old Boonah Butter Factory. It still amazing us that there are eight different café’s, three pubs and three butcher shops in the main street of Boonah! It has such an energetic vibe for a small country town and you can literally start at the top of the street and not walk further than 30m and you can buy a coffee somewhere. The coffee and food culture here is very under-rated.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm. Image by Kate Wall (@katethelightchaser)

My favourite place in the Scenic Rim is …

We love taking the kids and Banjo our Dog to the dams for a swim and a picnic, after walking one of the many amazing bush walks that are in the Scenic Rim. There are so many to choose from and for all different levels of fitness and the views are amazing.

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

That it is on Brisbane’s door step, and in less than one hour you can be driving through amazing scenery and rolling green hills. There is something really special about winter in the Scenic Rim and nothing is better than getting home after work, putting on the fire and relaxing with a glass of Kooroomba Vineyard red. It really is a special area that is only just starting to be discovered.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

The view from our back deck of the old family farm is one that I have grown up on and it over looks the town of Boonah and it is a special place that has only ever been held in the family, so we are very lucky to be able to enjoy that every day. The other view is when you are driving from Ipswich towards Boonah and you pass the big tree on the right hand side – the local’s know it as One Tree Hill. It’s the first glimpse of that panoramic mountain and you know you really are in the Scenic Rim.
Of course the view from our vineyard is pretty special too!

Perfect place for romance, Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm in the Scenic Rim. Image by Fontaine Photos.

Kooroomba Wedding Chapel captured by Fontaine Photos.

Check out the packed Scenic Rim March events calendar. It’s going to be a case of ‘How do we fit it all in?’

Take your pick from a charity run, Artisan Market, Bird Week and the popular Lake Moogerah Easter Passion Play. Start planning now.

Chappy Challenge – March 3
This Challenge Event Program offers the fantastic opportunity to cycle or run/walk through the amazing Fassifern Valley while supporting the great work that Chaplains do in the district.

Hot Dub Wine Machine – March 3
Wine and great music. Does it get any better? An amazing national artist line-up will play at Canungra Valley Vineyards on the 3rd. Hot Dub Time Machine, Sneaky Sound System, The Kite String Tangle, Touch Sensitive and many more.
Paired withe a cheaky glass (or bottle) or O’Reilly’s wine.

Mount Alford Artisans Autumn Market – March 3
Autumn is here and the local artisans will gather for their new-season market at the Mt Alford Hall. Celebrate the bush harvest and shop from the stalls, selling local and organic produce, recycled and upcylced products, handmade craft and more. Live music and good vibes.

Milbong Heritage Day – March 3
Love your tractors and farm machines?
Don’t miss this event. You’ll see displays of working and static tractors, farm implements, stationary engines and classic trucks. Many have been beautifully-restored. Food and drinks for sale and live entertainment from 9am to 3pm.

The Peak Pub Show & Shine Family Day Out – March 3
Live music, rockabilly dancing and a car & motorbike Show and Shine. Great day out at this friendly country pub.

O’Reilly’s Autumn Bird Week – March 4 to 9
Join bird lovers at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat’s popular Autumn Bird Week. O’Reilly’s and the Lamington National Park is home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds. Explore the World Heritage-listed park and witness migratory birds as they prepare to leave for wintering grounds.

CMC Rocks Queensland – March 16 to 18
Bringing the worlds biggest country music stars to Willowbank!
Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, and many more will perform in 2018!

Showtime on the Mountain – March 17
A fabulous day of fun and frolicks in the Irish way! Celebrate with style at the Tamborine Mountain Show St Patricks Day Celtic Festival.

Rose Care Workshops – March 17
Learn from the experts at Barton’s Rose Farm. Enjoy tea and conversation as you discover the secrets to keeping beautiful roses.

Beaudesert Show Campdraft – March 23 to 24
Campdrafting action at the Beaudesert Showgrounds.

Moogerah Passion Play – March 24 to April 1
The Moogerah Passion Play is a dramatic account of the Passion of Christ (His life, death and resurrection). This play is performed in a natural, open-air amphitheatre on the banks of Lake Moogerah and features more than 100 local actors, as well as donkeys and chooks.

Nigella Lawson has discovered the native finger lime, which grows in abundance in the Scenic Rim.

The domestic goddess recently tweeted her 2.6-million followers that she was just back from Down Under.

“And I have to report that finger limes are the future. The caviar of the citrus world.”


The Scenic Rim is home to The Lime Caviar Company, a spectacular farm just outside Rathdowney, where Ian and Margie Douglas produce the native citrus and send to customers around the world.

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.

Look out for the Scenic Rim’s new campaign on Queensland Rail trains. Your next adventure is closer than you think.

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.

Mountview Alpaca Farm has a fabulous new home at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard in the Scenic Rim.

Mount Lindesay

Height 1175m
Location: Mount Barney National Park

Mt Lindesay is a spectacular peak, situated on the Queensland-New South Wales border, about 140km west of Brisbane.

It’s one of a number of peaks in the McPherson Range and is distinctive due to its tiered summit, formed by the eroded remnants of lava flows from the nearby Focal Shield volcano.

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Mt Lindesay

Locals say it looks like a wedding cake.

Mt Lindesay is a peak best admired from afar. There are no designated walking or climbing tracks and it is only suited to people with extensive rock and mountain climbing experience.

Much of the peak is covered in dense rainforest and the summit is often hidden in cloud and mist.

The closest town to Mt Lindesay is Rathdowney, however the peak can be seen from Woodenbong and Kyogle as well.

The Mt Lindesay Highway travels to the western side of Mt Lindesay.

There are few opportunities for rock climbers due to the unsound nature of the decaying rhyolite. There is one steep, exposed scrambling route to the summit but is said to be a grade 6-7 climb, starting at the south-east corner of the upper cliffs.

Mt Lindesay

Mt Lindesay

Mt Lindesay has been part of a successful native title claim made by the Githabul people, for whom the peak holds special significance.

Mt Lindesay was originally named Mt Hooker by Allan Cunningham in July 1828, after University of Glasgow Regius Professor of Botany, WJ Hooker.

The first recorded ascent of Mt Lindesay by Europeans was made in May 1872 by Thomas de Montmorency Murray-Prior and Phillip Walter Pears.

Scenic Rim's Mount Lindesay

Look out for Mt Lindesay’s distinctive peak on your next Scenic Rim adventure

Mt Lindesay (left) forming part of the Scenic Rim landscape

Mt Lindesay (left) forming part of the Scenic Rim landscape

Visit the Scenic Rim in February, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are some of the exciting February events happening in the region.

Spend your Australia Day long weekend exploring the Scenic Rim. Here’s 12 ideas to get you started.

The Scenic Rim is made for walking. You’ll find stunning walks to suit all fitness levels in our six national parks. Here’s 14 Scenic Rim walks to try.

Shop and eat local this festive season. Feast from our very Scenic Rim gift guide.

Two Scenic Rim tourism operators were recognised at the recent Tourism Queensland Awards.

TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain won a Gold Award in the Adventure Tourism category and will now vie for recognition at the Australian Tourism Awards in Perth in February.

Tree Top Challenge

Tree Top Challenge

The Treetop Challenge features more than 100 adrenalin-pumping challenges spread across six courses over nine acres of bushland.

Visitors can choose from 11 zip lines and a number of suspended bridges.

Shane O’Reilly and his team at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards also won Gold in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category, adding to their silver win last year.

It was fabulous to see the Brisbane Greeters recognised for their efforts with a Gold in the Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group category. The Scenic Rim works closely with the Brisbane Greeters and looks forward to future collaborations.

And to our close neighbours at the Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park for their Bronze award for the second year in a row in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category.

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!
    Commercial Hotel Boonah1

    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.

    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.
    Tamborine rainforest skywalk

    Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Tamborine Mountain


  4. Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the village town of Canungra.
    canungra valley vineyard

    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

Spend summer in the Scenic Rim

Long summer days, clear skies and stunning surrounds make the Scenic Rim the perfect place to spend the holidays. As well as our natural assets, there’s plenty of events and activities happening during December and January.

Check out these great summer  events.


Ivorys Rock ChristmasChristmas Celebrations – various

The Scenic Rim community really knows how to get in the festive spirit. Fun, family-friendly Christmas events are planned for town throughout the region.

Rotary Beaudesert Carols in the Park – December 6

Join the Beaudesert Rotary Club in Jubilee Park for Christmas carols.

Christmas Fair Ivory’s Rock – December 9

Head to Ivory’s Rock Peak Crossing for an afternoon of Christmas fun. Santa will visit, there will be fireworks, rides, amusement for the kids, a waterslide, Christmas carols, live music and market and food stalls. Entry is free.

Tamborine Mountain Community Christmas Concert & Bethlehem Trail – 9 December

Take the family to this community performance celebrating the story of Christmas. Food vendors, free entertainment and stable animals.

Boonah Christmas Street Festival – December 14

The Boonah High Street closes for this annual Christmas celebration. Watch the parade of floats and community groups down the street before you do a spot of late night shopping and try out all the rides. Santa will be there too!

Kalbar Carols by Candlelight – December 17

Start the evening at the Salvation Army Hall from 5pm with complimentary food. Join the candlight walk to Kalbar State School for carols from 7pm.

Lake Wyaralong

Lake Wyaralong Rowing Course

Wyaralong Rowing Club Premiership Regatta – December 2

Join the spectators at the Wyaralong Dam for the Wyaralong Rowing Club Premiership Regatta. Competitors from around Queensland will compete.

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Mt Alford Artisans Market

Summer Mt Alford Artisans Market – December 2

The popular Mt Alford Artisans Market returns for a special pre-Christmas event. The markets support stall holders who recycle, upcycle, reuse and create handmade, organic and local products.

Beaudesert Races Christmas at the Course – December 5

Free entry, 7 TAB races, bookies, tote, bars, food, wine and a Christmas hamper raffle. $50pp banquet lunch.


Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde Show at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley – December 15

Join these two Aussie rock and roll legends for a fun night of music and comedy, with special guest Denise Drysdale. It’s a family-friendly event, come early and have a meal.

Beaudesert Races Australia Day Meet – January 26

Go trackside at Beaudesert Racetrack for a fun and relaxed Australia Day race meet.

2018 QLD Rowing Championships – January 20 to 21

Watch some of Queensland’s best rowers compete for the state titles at Wyaralong Dam.


Height 964m
Location: Mt Barney National Park


Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Chasing spectacular views and great walking? Look no further than Mt Maroon.

It’s one of seven peaks located in the Mt Barney National Park and is the remains of an ancient Focal Peak Shield volcano which erupted more than 26-million years ago.

With a peak of 964m, Mt Maroon features long columns of rhyolite and offers climbers great challenges. But this isn’t a mountain for the uninitiated.

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Dip into these refreshing Scenic Rim lakes and waterfalls

When the weather heats up and it’s time to cool down head to our fabulous Scenic Rim swimming holes, country creeks and lakes.
Make the Scenic Rim your go-to summer escape and discover our stunning lakes, crystal clear creeks, spectacular waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes.

Seek a cool reprieve in the Scenic Rim. Bring your ski boat, your kayaks, your picnic rug and your holiday reads and soak up the relaxed vibes of summer in the Scenic Rim.

Cool down at these scenic lakes, waterfalls and swimming holes

1. The Gorge

The Gorge is about 2.5km downstream from the Lake Moogerah spillway. It’s a quiet, shady camping spot with a 200m-long swimming hole. It’s accessed via Gorge Rd, about 15-minutes’ drive from Boonah.

The Gorge

The Gorge

2. Flanagan Reserve, Rathdowney

The upper Logan River flows into this 200m long swimming hole just outside Rathdowney. There’s a campground nearby and dogs are allowed.

Flanagan Reserve

Flanagan Reserve


3. Yellow Pinch Mt Barney

Park in the Yellow Pinch car park in the Mt Barney National Park to access this peaceful swimming hole nearby. There’s a rope swing and gentle rapids, which flow into the swimming hole.

Yellow Pinch Waterhole

Yellow Pinch Waterhole

4. Lower Portals

These beautiful, deep rock pools and small waterfalls are accessed along a 7.4km return walk in the Mt Barney National Park. Allow three hours, it’s worth the effort.

Lower Portals

Lower Portals


5. Burgess Park

This park, on Christmas Creek, is a great place for swimming. There are toilets, BBQs and picnic tables nearby. It’s about 20km from Beaudesert and an old Moreton Bay fig provides beautiful shelter during summer.

Christmas Creek

Christmas Creek


6. Darlington Park

This Park, camping ground and caravan park is on the Albert River in the Lost World. It is an ideal spot for a picnic and boasts a number of swimming holes, complete with rope swing and gentle rapids. Enjoy a gentle float downstream on a tube or airbed.

Darlington Park

Darlington Park


7. Sharp Park

A popular camping and caravanning stop on the Canungra River, this is a great swimming hole and picnic area. Upstream you may spy the resident Platypus.

Sharp Park

Sharp Park

8. Curtis Falls

Curtis Falls are fed by Cedar Creek and run all year. The walking track ends at a viewing platform overlooking a large rock pool with views of the falls and of the basalt rock face.

Curtis Falls

Curtis Falls


9. Lamington National Park

Both the Green Mountain and Binna Burra sections of the Lamington National Park are a waterfall chaser’s dream come true. Some of southern Queensland’s more spectacular waterfalls can be found here. These include Elabana Falls, Yarrabilgong Falls, Coomera Falls, Morans Falls and so many more.

Morans Falls overlooking the Scenic Rim. Image: @j_kreiss via Instagram

Morans Falls overlooking the Scenic Rim. Image: @j_kreiss via Instagram

10. Cameron Falls

Cameron Falls are located on the Sandy Creek Circuit within the Knoll Section of the Tamborine National Park. The walking track follows the creek and the falls can be heard in the distance. A branch track to Cameron Falls Lookout enables you to drink in the natural beauty of the waterfalls.

Cameron Falls by Karina Elliott

Cameron Falls by Karina Elliott


11. Yarramalong Recreation Centre

This is a privately-run recreation centre, situated on a beautiful property accessed via Lake Moogerah Rd, near Aratula. The Reynolds Creek runs through the property and flows year round, making this the perfect spot for a summer cool down. Float with the gentle creek current, or sun yourself on the rock wall. Hire a kayak, or BYO. There’s a fishing hole nearby, will you catch dinner?

Picture by Leanne Horder Photography

Picture by Leanne Horder Photography

12. Lake Moogerah

Now here’s a fun summer destination. Lake Moogerah is a hive of activity during the warmer months, when the boating and camping fraternity descend. It’s action stations on this busy lake, located between Boonah and Aratula. If you love jetskiing, waterskiing and fishing then this is the place for you. You’ll want to stay longer than a day so check out the great self-contained houses, cottages and camping facilties nearby.


Lake Moogerah

Lake Moogerah

13. Bigriggen Park

Oh boy, where do we begin? Bigriggen has something for everyone – including some gorgeous, clear water to cool down. This campground and park is situated between Boonah and Rathdowney in the foothills of Mt Maroon. The park offers visitors so many choices,  from camping facilities to cabins,  bunkhouses and a fabulous bike track the kids will LOVE. Fish the Logan River and take your rubber tube so you can float in the cool waters of the Burnett Creek.

Bigriggen Park

Bigriggen Park

14. Lake Maroon

A stunning lake in the Scenic Rim’s south, this is a relaxing spot for fishing, kayaking, and watersports. BYO watercraft, or hire from the on-site operators. The water here is deep and clean and there’s generally less traffic here than at Moogerah. But the wind does pick up, which makes it great for windsurfing. Set-up your marquee lakeside and make a day of it. The lake is said to offer some of Queensland’s best bass fishing.

Lake Maroon

Lake Maroon

15. Lake Wyaralong

Wyaralong is the Scenic Rim’s newest lake and it’s closed to powered craft, which means it’s also the region’s most peaceful lake. Lake Wyaralong is home to an Olympic-standard rowing course and is well-suited to explorations via kayak and canoe.  Pack your tent and take advantage of the two campgrounds located within the catchment.

Lake Wyaralong

Lake Wyaralong

Mother Nature’s masterpiece

Storm season is here. It may have been the wettest October on record, but you know what they say – every cloud has a silver lining.
And what a lining it has been in the Scenic Rim.

The clouds above the Scenic Rim have been incredible and thankfully the region has some equally impressive photographers to capture nature’s slideshow.

The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom around Boonah. Picture by @elizabethwielandimages

The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom around Boonah. Picture by @elizabethwielandimages

Cloud formations, rainbows, flowering Jacaranda trees … the #scenicrim feed on Instagram and Facebook is full of photographs and videos that will make you want to jump in your car and head to the Scenic Rim.

Purple Rain

If you want to see the Scenic Rim’s purple rain hurry and visit – the Jacarandas are flowering right now.

Jacarandas by @brentrandallphotography

Jacarandas by @brentrandallphotography

On Instagram she’s known as @katethelightchaser and this image, captured during a particularly ferocious storm, had her followers seeing wild things. Lions in fact. Can you see the lion in the clouds?

@Katethelightchaser clouds with lion face

Can you see the lion’s face in this image by @katethelightchaser

She’s a fickle beast

The weather can be a fickle beast. Just ask the local farmers. One paddock will cop a drenching, while over the fence there will be clear skies. Beaudesert journalist Susie Cunningham captured this beautifully.

Storm over Beaudesert by @what.susie.saw

Storm over Beaudesert by @what.susie.saw


Storms are spectacular viewed from the comfort of home. Not always so enjoyable when you’re stuck on the road. @boxbrowniebob caught this storm approaching Milbong.

Milbong Storm by @boxbrowniebob

Milbong Storm by @boxbrowniebob

Light Show

And then of course there’s the light shows. The thunder and lightning is really something to behold.

Ben Watts braved the storm on Tamborine Mountain with illuminating results.

Tamborine Mountain lightning by @benwattsphotography

Tamborine Mountain lightning by @benwattsphotography


So did Kate. She is called the Light Chaser!

Lightning by @katethelightchaser

Lightning by @katethelightchaser


The Scenic Rim has long been known for its spectacular storms. Our location, at the base of the Great Dividing Range means the region often bears the brunt of the summer storm activity.

Here’s a time-lapse video of a recent storm over Mt Barney, filmed by @clubcoaster

Things to do in the Scenic Rim in November

It’s a busy month in the Scenic Rim, with plenty of exciting November events and activities on offer. Check out the country races at Beaudesert, the Canungra markets and the Boonah Bookfest. Bird Week returns to O’Reilly’s for the 40th year.

Beaudesert Races Derby Day – November 4

Country races at their best. Head down to the Beaudesert Racetrack this Saturday for Derby Day Scenic Rim style. Kids are welcome – they will love the free facepainting and the ice-cream and smoothie trucks. Bookings essential for Beaudesert’s answer to the Birdcage. Frock up and enjoy the sensational multi-course lunch.

Derby Day Beaudesert Race Club

Derby Day Beaudesert Race Club

Boonah Bookfest – November 4 and 5

Refresh your home library at this popular annual book bonanza. In aid of the Boonah District Cultural Foundation, you’ll need to visit both days to make your way through the collection. Boonah Bookfest is held at the Boonah Cultural Centre.

Boonah Bookfest

Boonah Bookfest

Canungra Country Fair – November 4

Here’s a great day out for the family, featuring market stalls, food, an outdoor bar, live music, free jumping castle, petting zoo and much more. Celebrate with the close-knit Canungra community.

Canungra Country Fair logo


O’Reilly’s 40th Annual Bird Week – November 5 to 11

Join bird lovers from around the globe for the 40th anniversary of O’Reilly’s popular Bird Week. You’ll meet leading researchers, authors and photographers and join them to spot more than 200 species of birds. This is Australia’s longest-running birding program and it’s fitting that it is held in the Lamington National Park, home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds. Bookings essential.

Orielly Bird of Prey

O’Reilly’s 40th Annual Bird Week

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Family Fun Day – November 5

Celebrate at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards inaugural Family Fun Day,  with entertainment for all ages. Work up an appetite with a game of backyard cricket, or some grape stomping. Mum and dad can settle in for a glass of O’Reilly’s wine and gourmet Homestead picnic basket on the manicured lawn, while the kids take part in the yellow rubber duck races on the Canungra Creek. Meet the alpacas from MountView Alpaca Farm. Bookings essential.

O'Reilly's Family Fun Day

O’Reilly’s Family Fun Day

Flinders Peak Winery Christmas Markets – November 11

Christmas is coming so it’s time to start thinking about gifts, food and refreshments. Flinders Peak Winery has you sorted wiht their Christmas Markets. Enjoy live music and stunning views as you browse the market stalls and stock up on the Flinders Peak wines and spirits. Runs from 3.30pm to 6pm.

Finders Peak Markets


Tommerup’s Christmas on the Farm – November 25

The Tommerup family will swing open their dairy farm gate for a special pre-Christmas event on November 25.
Spend the afternoon feeding the friendly farm animals, take a guided farm tour and browse the market stalls, where you can find local produce, unique gifts and yummy Scenic Rim delicacies.
Santa is rumoured to be schedule to drop by too! With your Christmas shopping done, relax and enjoy the paddock picnic. Feast on a special Tommerup’s Picnic Platter, featuring Kay an Dave’s own veal and pork, as well as White Gold Creamery Cheese (made with the Tommerup farm milk) and other delicious local gourmet treats.
Bookings are essential. Prices range from $5.50 to $38.

Christmas on Tommerup Farm

Christmas on Tommerup Farm

Mt Greville

Height: 767-metres

Location: Moogerah Peaks National Park

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Mt Greville is one of four distinct volcanic peaks, located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park.

The four peaks stand like sentinels in the rural landscape.

Mt Greville, at 767m high, is recognisable due to its cone-shape and deeps fissures.


Mt Greville was the first of the four peaks to be gazetted as a national park in 1948.

Mt Greville and the Moogerah Peaks National Park are located in what was once beneath the belly of the ancient Main Range volcano, which erupted more than 24million years ago.

The distinctive peaks of the Moogerah Peaks National Park had their origins deep below the volcano.

Moogerah Peaks National Park is located near Lake Moogerah and is accessible via the Cunningham Highway, about 100km south-west of Brisbane. Read more

Our favourite Scenic Rim views

They don’t call us the Scenic Rim for nothing!
If you haven’t visited the Scenic Rim you might be wondering where the name came from?
Anyone who’s taken a drive or a walk through this spectacular region knows – it’s because the region is jam-packed with killer views.
The dramatic mountain range, which wraps itself around our fertile valleys, provides a stunning backdrop to so many of our beautiful rural towns.
It was tourism pioneer and adventurer Arthur Groom who first coined the phrase, Scenic Rim.
He described the region as being ‘one mountain after another’.
And boy was he right!
Want to know where to see the best views? We’ve done the hard work for you. Rooms with a view, lunch with a view, walk with a view, romance with a view … read on. Read more

Mt Barney

Height: 1359-metres

Location: Mt Barney National Park

Mt Barney, at 1359m, is QLD’s 4th highest mountain and one of the state’s most spectacular mountains. and is a mecca for experienced bushwalkers and climbers.

It’s part of the McPherson Range and presents walkers with some formidable challenges and is no place for novice walkers.

Mt Barney by Lachie Zettl.

Mt Barney by Lachie Zettl.



Mt Barney is surrounded by the Mt Barney National Park, which was established in 1947 to protect the natural habitat on and around the mountain.

Mt Barney is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area and the national park is one of the largest areas of undisturbed natural vegetation remaining in SEQ.

Access is via the Mt Lindesay Highway, about 120km south-west of Brisbane.

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October is another busy month in the Scenic Rim. Here’s a wrap-up of some of the awesome activities and events on offer in the Scenic Rim this month. Put them in your calendar!

Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley Pro-Am – October 3 to 4

Peter Senior, Wayne Grady and Jeff Thomson will be competing in the Ramada Resort Pro-Am.
It’s part of the Ladbrokes PGA Pro-Am Series and will be a mixed golf competition between professionals, celebrities, and amateurs. They will take on the challenge of the 18-hole championship course, with a $25,000 pro purse, plenty of prizes and a chance to win a golf cart.


Swap Meet & Military Vehicle Show – October 12 to 15

You know how it works. Collectors and enthusiasts gather to swap tales and collectibles. The difference here is you’ll find a comprehensive collection of military vehicles. This swap meet is organised by the Military Jeep Club of Queensland. This is the 42nd annual Swap Meet & Military Vehicle Show and this year’s event will feature a vintage plane flyover on Saturday the 14th. It all happens at the Beaudesert Showgrounds. Camping is available.

Craft Extravaganza Christmas Fair – October 6 to 8

The Craft Extravaganza Christmas Fair will showcase the hand-made craft from 50 local crafters, all of it available to buy at reasonable prices. The fair will have a Christmas theme, so it’s a great chance to get the jump on your festive shopping. Refuel at the Crafty Café and know that your shopping will be supporting the Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire brigade and other local charities.


Rathdowney Rodeo – October 7

Rathdowney is set for yet another great rodeo with a line of contestants eager to display their talents in the arena. See the skilled competitors bareback riding, barrel racing, roping and steer wrestling. Browse the market stalls and food trucks and the kids will love the activities on offer.

Ski Racing QLD – October 14 & 15

Lake Moogerah is the venue for the second round of the Ski Racing Queensland event. Fun is the name of the game and there’s plenty of come and try events, as well as mixed up 2 races, pursuit races and a marathon.

Kalbar Swap Meet & Market – October 15

Put this one in your diary – the Kalbar Swap Meet is the place you can swap and trade your most treasured possessions. It may be a small town, but the meet is huge, taking up most of the Kalbar Showgrounds.

You’ll find cars, trucks, bikes, old engines, tractors, market stalls and bric-a-brac. The car show presentation is from 10am.

Kalbar Country Day – October 21

Keep your eyes peeled around Kalbar for the incredible hay sculptures that are starting to emerge. It’s the precursor to the popular Kalbar Country Day. Head down to Kalbar’s main drag for market stalls, craft, art, food and live entertainment.

It’s a great chance to start your festive shopping and source some unique gifts for friends and family.

kalbar country day

Canungra Country Fair – October 21

Canungra Country Fair has something for everyone, including rides, food trucks, market stalls, live music and a petting zoo.
Enjoy the festival atmosphere and if you’re hungry try your luck in the Outpost Pie eating competition.

Long Table Lunch on Tommerup’s Dairy Farm with Wild Canary on the Road – October 21

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm in the Lost World is partnering with Wild Canary Botanical Restaurant to present a beautiful long-table lunch on the farm.
Chef Glen Barratt will prepare an amazing feast, featuring the Tommerup family’s own heritage-breed pork, pasture-raised veal and a selection of other fresh Scenic Rim produce.
Take a farm tour, meet the Tommerup family and their menagerie of cows, pigs, chooks and sheep. Before you head home stock up on local produce at the Farm Larder.
If you’d like to stay the night, book into one of the restored farm cottages, or a luxury tent, supplied by Glamping Days Hire Co.
Bookings are essential.


Zombie Movie Campout & Zombie Walk – October 28 & 29

Expect the unexpected. That’s the advice of organisers of the Zombie Movie Campout and Zombie Walk. Zombie mania hits Flinders Peak the weekend of October 28 and 29.  Go dressed as zombie or human – your choice.

Save the Date – Boonah Bookfest 2017, November 4 & 5

You’ve said ‘yes!’, the ring is amazing, the guest list is growing and all you need now is a spectacular place to hold your dream wedding!

Welcome to the Scenic Rim.

This picturesque region is emerging as the darling of south-east Queensland brides and grooms.

The Scenic Rim has it all – location (one hour from Brisbane & the Gold Coast), spectacular views (they don’t call us Scenic for nothing) and some to-die for wedding venues.

There’s so many to choose from but here are 15 of our favourites.

  1. The White Chapel & Black Hall Kalbar

horse and carriage

This is the Scenic Rim’s newest wedding venue and one thing is for sure, your photographs are going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

No expense has been spared by the owners, April and Paul Cornwell, who have transformed a disused country church (circa 1883) into a designer wedding chapel and reception venue.

From the chandeliers, to the ornate gardens, to the rustic shed and the sleek Black Hall reception venue, your wedding will be the talk of your friends for months to come.

The property features many photographic backdrops, created with your big day – and your wedding album – in mind.

The team behind The White Chapel have thought of everything – there’s even a minibus to carry your guests home to their local accommodation.

  1. The Vue Restaurant & Wedding Chapel, Boonah

Boonah Valley Motel wedding

Country weddings done right. Here’s a venue where you can have it all in one location – vows in the gorgeous outdoor chapel, food in the neighbouring restaurant and accommodation in the beautiful on-site country cabins.

This one-stop shop will make saying ‘I Do’ easy and fuss free.

  1. Kooroomba Vineyard & Restaurant, Mt Alford

Kooroomba wedding

If it’s stunning mountain views you’re after, look no further than Kooroomba Vineyard & Restaurant.

Say ‘I do’ in the new wedding chapel, situated on the edge of the vineyard, with a glorious mountain backdrop. Your guests can wander back to the architect-designed restaurant and winery for sunset drinks, dinner and dancing.

This location is a photographer’s dream – your insta feed will be full of hashtag incredible images.

  1. Flinders Peak Winery, Peak Crossing

flinders peak wedding

Wine, mountain views, wild life, cosy villas, WINE. Here’s another fabulous all-in-one location for your wedding. Who needs the hassle of traipsing from church to reception venue to accommodation – it’s all here on site at Peak Crossing. There’s a rustic barn for your reception, complete with bar and Chesterfield lounges,  and plenty of locally-made wine. Wander back to your villa when the party is over and wake to the stunning views over the vineyard.

  1. Cedar Creek Estate

Cedar Creek Estate Wedding

Your wedding vision will become reality at Cedar Creek Estate on Tamborine Mountain. From the stone chapel, to the garden arbour, the glorious gardens, the lake and the water feature, your day will be one you and your guests will remember for years to come.

Choose from a large array of wines and enlist the help of the resident wedding co-ordinators. Formal and informal wedding receptions can be arranged.

And once the formalities are over head to the on-site Glow Worm Caves for some ‘illuminating’ photographs with your love.

  1. Albert River Wines

Albert River Wines weddings

Looking for an historic, unique country wedding venue? Enter Albert River Wines. This historic property, situated a short drive from Canungra, has been a finalist in the Australian Bridal Institute Awards for Ceremony and Reception Venues for the past three years. Albert River Wines offers newlyweds many options – from the Jacaranda Gazebo, the ornate, restored vineyard chapel, to the chapel garden to the historic homestead restaurant.

Tamborine House has been beautifully restored and is a fabulous showcase of the 1800s architectural style. Entertain your guests on the sprawling verandas, or in the Auchenflower House Ballroom.

  1. Tea & Niceties

tea and niceties

Enchanting, vintage-themed weddings are de rigueur here at Tea & Niceties on Tamborine Mountain.

Nothing will be left to chance. The gardens are breathtaking and you’ll find plenty of photographic backdrops on this one-acre property, which boasts lush rainforest and curated gardens. There’s a lace-laden pergola and your reception in the elegant tearoom will create an atmosphere your guests will be talking about for weeks to come.

The resident wedding co-ordinator will make sure your big day is perfect and very magical.

  1. Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Pethers Retreat Weddings

Boutique rainforest retreats aren’t something you find every day. And yet here’s a magical one, located on Tamborine Mountain just 30minutes drive from the Gold Coast. The team at Pethers Rainforest Retreat specialise in catering to intimate weddings of up to 70 people. The rainforest setting will set your nuptials apart. Feast on a banquet meal in the timber and glass restaurant, with a spectacular fireplace at the centre.

Your guests will love the on-site accommodation – private tree house retreats which can accommodate up to 20 people.

There’s also a new Wedding Garden, featuring manicured lawns and a wedding gazebo. Walk down the red carpet to your love and your dream rainforest wedding.

  1. Cedar Creek Lodges

Cedar Creek Lodges wedding

OMG! How can one location offer so many wedding options?

The hardest part of being married here at Cedar Creek Lodges will be deciding where and how to do it.

Do you opt for the Rainforest amphitheater and its towering timber columns lit up by fairy lights? Or how about The Outlook a manicured knoll, bordered by Lilly Pilly hedges? Then there’s the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar. And let’s not forget the architecturally-designed Island Glade, a sister pavilion to the Rainforest Amphitheatre, and located on the Cedar Creek.

Cedar Creek Lodges are located in Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. There is so much to do onsite your guests will return home revived and reinvigorated. Minigolf, flying fox, laser tag, tree top challenge, bird feeding and horse riding.

And yes there’s accommodation on site – could this be the perfect wedding venue?

  1. Canungra Valley Vineyards

Creekside Reception with Festoon Lights Canungra Valley Vineyard

Canungra Valley Vineyards is part of the impressive O’Reilly’s family of attractions. The vineyards are situated just outside Canungra and on the way to the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat the in the Lamington National Park.

The Canungra Valley Vineyards has become a popular choice for newlyweds, thanks to the stunning location and suite of incredible options located on this sprawling estate.

The hardest part will be deciding where to say ‘I do’. Will it be a long table lunch by the creek? Or a marquee on the lawn? A relaxed gourmet picnic, or a bells and whistles dinner inside the historic winery homestead?

The CVV team will make your wedding wishes come true.

  1. Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort

Tamborine Gardens wedding

Here’s a stress-free wedding option. The team at Tamborine Gardens Wedding & Function Resort are wedding experts. Leave the planning in their hands as they craft a wedding to match your vision. The options are endless – there’s the Garden of Eden, the Tamborine Chapel, the private gazebo and of course the amazing, lush gardens.

  1. Scenic Rim Hot Air Balloon Weddings

hot air balloon wedding scenic rim

Your big day is sure to leave you flying high – particularly when you exchange vows thousands of metres above ground!

If you’re after an intimate wedding with a difference then this is for you.

Join the team at Hot Air Gold Coast for a hot air balloon wedding. They’ll expertly carry you and your wedding party into the clouds for a unique wedding experience.

  1. Sarabah Estate

Sarabah Estate wedding

The team at Sarabah Estate Canungra promise to deliver brides and grooms their dream wedding. Sarabah Estate is a 50-acre rural retreat, nestled on the boundary the Lamington National Park.

The picturesque property is perfect for an outdoor wedding – say ‘I do’ with the estate vineyard in the background.

You’ll love the timber and stone European-designed chalet, which comfortably caters to 100 people. If your guest list is bigger, opt for the marquee wedding.

There are some fabulous accommodation options nearby too.

  1. Heritage Wines Tamborine Mountain

Heritage Wines wedding

Does your wedding wish list call for a rural setting with ocean views? You’ll love Heritage Wines. Located on the gorgeous Tamborine Mountain, this property enjoys stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a versatile venue, where the former Infant Saviour Catholic Church from Burleigh has been has been transformed into an elegant wedding chapel. If you’d prefer to exchange vows in The Glasshouse – a 360-degree glass building with incredible views – that’s on offer too. The sprawling hinterland property offers plenty of inspiration for a country-themed reception.

And of course the Heritage Boutique wines will be flowing all night!

  1. Binna Burra Mountain Lodge

Binna Burra Scenic Rim wedding

Fancy being married within the heritage listed Lamington National Park? Give the team at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge a call.

Your wedding guests will love the natural beauty of this 20,600ha Australian bush and rainforest park and of course, there are the stunning views!

Binna Burra can cater for big and small weddings and offers newlyweds a range of unique locations and wedding themes.

The on-site wedding coordinator will ensure your big day runs smoothly.

Mt Cordeaux is one of several mountains located within the 29,730ha Main Range National Park and during spring the cliff face is covered with incredible giant spear lillies.

September is a busy month in the Scenic Rim. Get your creative juices flowing with the Ritchie’s IGA Arts Festival in Boonah, or perhaps scarecrows are your thing? You’ll love the Tamborine Mountain scarecrow festival. The annual O’Reilly’s Stinson Walk is happening this month,  as is the Beaudesert Show.

Read on for a full list of everything that’s happening in the Scenic Rim during September. Read more

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


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


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


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

Towri Cheese

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

Adam Willson 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.

  1. Greenlee Macadamia and Honey Farm

Greenlee Orchard

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.

The Scenic Rim is going to the Ekka this month.
Come and say hi and have a taste of all things Scenic Rim.
Council’s tourism and events team will be in the Agricultural Pavillion every day during the Ekka, giving away our hugely popular orange carrot carry bags.
Visitors to our stand have the chance to WIN an exclusive cooking class at the Wild Lime Cooking School, located in the spectacular Lost World, Scenic Rim.
Come a long and introduce yourself to our team!
The Ekka starts on August 11 and runs through until August 20.


  1. The prize is two tickets to a Wild Lime Cooking School and must be used before 31 December 2018
  2. The competition is open from 11 August – 20 August
  3. To enter: fill in the entry form on the Ekka stand and submit.
  4. Competition draw: The winner will be drawn at random. The decision shall be conclusive and no correspondence will be entered into. The drawing of the prizes will be conducted at Scenic Rim Regional Council, Beaudesert.
  5. Winner Notification: Winners will be notified by email after 2pm 21 August 2017. If no reply email is received within two days, the prize will be void.
  6. No Liability of Promoter: The Promoter accepts no responsibility whatsoever for late, misplaced, lost or ineligible entries. The Promoter makes no representations or warranties as to the quality, suitability or merchantability of the prizes. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for any personal injury sustained in connection with the entry into the competition or acceptance of the prize. This paragraph is not intended to exclude any liability which cannot be excluded.
  7. Entrants must fully and correctly complete and submit the entry form. If you do not supply the information, your entry will be deemed invalid. You may only enter this competition once.
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August brings a varied calendar of events to the Scenic Rim. There’s something for everyone – adventurers, music-lovers and country enthusiasts.

Lamington Eco Challenge – August 5 & 6
Lamington Eco Challenge

Join this trail running event through the spectacular, but gruelling, Lamington National Park.
Competitors will be tested on the 42km, 21km and 8.5km trails.
The trails go along 4WD tracks, through paddocks, over cattle grids, and through creeks.
Find out more

Schools Regatta – Saturdays during August
The Scenic Rim’s Wyaralong Dam is home to an Olympic standard rowing course and regularly hosts school and club competitions.
Each Saturday during August the dam will host BSRA Regattas, between GPS girls’ schools.
Head down to watch the action

John Wiliamson Live at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn – August 18

Aussie musician, John Williamson, will perform live at the Ramada Resort in the Kooralbyn Valley.
This relaxed event is part of the resort’s Balcony Series. Williamson has an extensive catalogue of hits, including Rip Rip Woodchip, True Blue and Raining on the Rock.
Tickets start from $29 and there’s some great dinner, show and accommodation packages on offer.
Ramada Resort is located on a beautiful rural property and boasts an award-winning golf course, wellness and health spa and equestrian and polo fields.
Book now

True Grit – August 19 & 20
Are you up for this military-style obstacle challenge on Tamborine Mountain?
The hard-core course stretches over 12km and features 30 obstacles.
Test yourself.

Boonah Freedom Climb – August 19

The Boonah Freedom Climb returns for the third year.
The Freedom Challenge is a movement of passionate people, dedicated to freeing oppressed and enslaved women and children around the world. They do this by participating in physical challenges which test limits and raise awareness and much-needed funds to combat social injustices.
The Boonah Freedom Climb takes place on August 19 at Mt Edwards in the Moogerah Peaks National Park.
It’s organised by local women Tracey Rieck and Vicki Hinrichsen and encourages supporters to test themselves and climb Mt Edwards.
Find out how you can be involved.

Canungra Show & Rodeo – August 26 & 27

Two big events over one weekend.
The Canungra Show is first up on Saturday. Download the program here.
On Sunday head to the Canungra Rodeo for some edge-of-your-seat country action.
Find out more

For more upcoming events, check out our events calendar.

Got an event to add to our calendar? Submit your event here.


mt french scenic rimThe Scenic Rim is a region of stunning natural beauty and imposing mountain ranges.

As you make your way through the region you’ll notice the landscape is dominated by mountains. Tourism pioneer Arthur Groom, once described the Scenic Rim as being ‘one mountain after another’.

And it is. Visitors often ask, ‘What mountain is that?’

Let us introduce you to one of our favourite Scenic Rim mountains – Mt French.

Mt French is 579m above sea level and is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park.

  • Mt French is home to one of the Scenic Rim’s most popular rock climbing spots – Frog Buttress. It’s located on the north-west side of Mt French and is formed by rhyolite columns and has 400 documented routes.
  • Lookouts are accessible by sealed road and visitors will enjoy expansive views across the Fassifern Valley to the Main Range escarpment and to Flinder’s View.
  • Captain Patrick Logan named Mt French in recognition of Governor Darling’s son-in-law and his place of birth.
  • Mt French is about 100km west of Brisbane and is close tot he towns of Boonah, Aratula and Kalbar
  • Mt French is home to two of the region’s most accessible walks. The North Cliff Track is 720m return and leads to Logan’s Lookout with excellent views over the Fassifern Valley to the Main Range Escarpment.
  • Picnic tables, BBQs, toilets, and water are provided at Mt French.
  • Local geologist John Jackson describes Mt French as a complex sill of ‘sticky’ magma, exhibiting columnar cooling joints. The white rhyolite sill was formed when magma was forced between horizontal layers of sedimentary rock. These layers were eroded over millions of years to leave a plateau surrounded on most sides by cliffs.
  • The two peaks of Mt French are known as ‘Punchagin’ (southern peak) and Mee-bor-rum (northern peak)


Suzy Buhle Scenic Rim artist Suzy Buhle has a unique style which shines through all her works.

She is well-known for painting voluptuous women, but her repertoire doesn’t stop there. She was raised on a local beef property and enjoys capturing the beautiful faces of her ‘neighbours’, the Brahman cattle herd.

Suzy works from a gallery-studio in a historic building in the town of Kalbar. She loves chatting to art enthusiasts and is open to commissions. She has painted a broad range of subjects – from cherished family pets, cattle and family portraits.

Suzy’s latest exhibition Domestic Goddess opens on Saturday, August 19.

She trained at the Queensland College of Art and later lived and worked on the Gold Coast and in Sydney. Suzy returned to the Scenic Rim to raise her sons and takes inspiration from the people and scenic landscape which surrounds her.

Her work is joyful, colourful and is sought-after by her dedicated league of followers.

We caught up with Suzy to get her local’s tips for eating, drinking and walking in the Scenic Rim.

Favourite local food: Bitter Sweet Symphony ( Kalbar) Best Waldorf Salad!

Favourite Coffee: Storytree ( Boonah) relaxed/ chilled

Favourite place to visit: Can’t beat beautiful Lake Moogerah – stunning

What I love most about the Scenic Rim …  is the beauty that surrounds everywhere and the warmth and friendliness of the people.

Best View: From our verandah at home. It’s gorgeous and takes in the mountain ranges, Cunningham’s Gap and changes every day. I never tire of that view. We are so lucky we live in this part of the world.

Visit Suzy’s Studio Gallery in Edward St Kalbar, Wednesday to Saturday from 10am.

Little Farmers Carrot FactsScenic Rim Eat Local Week was huge but the feasting hasn’t finished yet! We’ll be at the Regional Flavours Festival in Brisbane on July 15 and 16 at Southbank.

The Scenic Rim Council and Visit Scenic Rim are presenting the Little Farmers’ Day Out, especially for the family’s youngest foodies.

We’ll be running two activities, at the Epicurious Garden and on the Central Café Lawn from 10am to 5pm both days.

Come and sow your own carrot seed, meet Scenic Rim farmers and create animal and vegetable crowns. Plus you’ll learn tonnes of interesting facts about where your food comes from.

Some of the Scenic Rim farmers who you can meet at Regional Flavours, include Peak Veggie Patch, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, Summer Land Camel Farm, Ayton Chicken Farm, Scenic Rim 4Real Milk and Robotic Dairy and Kalfresh Vegetables.

At the Central Cafe Lawns, little farmers can get into the spirit of farming with their own Scenic Rim farm animal or vegetable! Create your own cow, chicken or carrot crown and wear it around the festival. Meet our real life farmers and learn tonnes of interesting facts about where your food comes from.

Over at the Epicurious Gardens they’re running out of carrots, so it’s up to the Little Farmers to grow some more. Decorate your biodegradable cup and add some soil before you plant a carrot seed. Take it home and watch it grow.

The two-day festival program is jam packed with delicious activities and offerings so come and indulge.

Find out more

There’s plenty happening in the Scenic Rim this month. Check out these great July events.

Canungra Rodeo –  July 8  MOVED to August 27 due to weather
It’s going to be big. Gates open at 11am, main event from 2pm.
Find out more

The Shepherd’s Walk – July 15
The Shepherd’s Walk is held each July in memory of Aboriginal tribe’s people and the Chinese Shepherds who lost their lives in conflict around 1850 in the Kerry Valley. The walk is organised by the Historical Society of Beaudesert, through the Beaudesert Museum.
The walk is about 9km and has been held since 1987.
Find out more

World Environment Day Festival – July 15
Here’s a festival to celebrate living a sustainable lifestyle. Organised by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire, the event features innovative market stalls, displays, demonstrations, free creative workshops native wildlife and loads of local organic produce and food, plants and live music.
Entry via a gold coin donation.
It’s held at The Outlook Boonah.
Find out more

Cheesemas in July – July 23
Forget Christmas in July, this is Cheesemas in July! Now you’re talking. Feast on a five-course tasting plate menu, crafted by Kate Raymont of The Vintage Pickle. Her favourite local cheeses will be profiled and matched with a selection of award-winning wines from Canungra Valley Vineyards.
Find out more

Scenic Rim Star Party – July 22
A night out celebrating the stars. Open to star gazers of all ages and experience. Demonstrations and viewings from 3pm until late. Weather dependent, check the website.
Find out more

_L1A3758There’s still another week of school holidays and parents we know what that means.

Parents, you’re looking for inspiration!

Here are five of our favourite family friendly Scenic Rim holiday activities – and the best news, they won’t break the bank!

  1. Let’s walk: The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks and hundreds of spectacular walks. There’s a walk to suit most age groups and fitness levels. Some of our favourites include the Mt Edwards Track which starts at the Moogerah Dam wall, the Tamborine National Park walking tracks, the Rainforest Circuit walk in the Main Range National Park and the Mee-bor-rum Circuit in the Mount French section of the Moogerah Peaks National Park. Local’s knowledge is invaluable so stop in at a Visitor Information Centre or local outdoor adventure shop before you go walking.
  2. Farm Tours: The farm fun doesn’t stop just because Eat Local Week is over. A number of farms are open to the public year-round, including Summerland Camel Farm, Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, Ayton Farm, Allamburra Organics and the Naughty Little Kids Goat Farm.
  3. Go camping: Sure it’s a little bit chilly at this time of year but if you rug up you’ll have a blast, camping out in one of the local camping grounds. You’ll find some great ones in the local national parks and on the banks of our lakes – Moogerah, Maroon and Wyaralong. Drop a line while you’re there. Mt Barney Lodge, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat also offer low-cost camping facilities, as well as cabin accommodation for those who enjoy a little more comfort.
  4. Hit the books: The Scenic Rim’s libraries are open all week and the staff are ready to welcome you and help you discover some new adventures on the well-stocked bookshelves.
  5. Holiday Programs: Sometimes the best way to manage the school holidays is to outsource the entertainment to the experts. Luckily the Scenic Rim is home to some amazing kid wranglers, who will have them climbing, jumping and leaping into holiday fun. Check out the holiday programs at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, Mt Barney Lodge and Thunderbird Park.

Winter-Harvest-Festival-Poster-2017Bring your appetite (and your esky) to the Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival this Saturday – it’s going to be huge!

Producers and farmers from around the region will be at the Aratula Community Sports Complex, Carter Rd Aratula, for this celebration of the Scenic Rim’s farms, food and community.

Gates open at 10am and the first 1000 visitors through the gate will receive a free souvenir Scenic Rim shopper bag. This is Eat Local Week’s signature event and is a chance to eat and drink your way around the region – quite literally.

This year’s Winter Harvest Festival is the biggest yet – with 60 stalls (a WHF record!) selling everything from local vegetables to cheese, beef, bread, craft beer and even camel milk ice-cream.

Don’t forget there are free kids’ rides all day and plenty of lovely places to put down a picnic rug, or a chair, and settle in to enjoy the live music and cooking demonstrations.

The popular Kalbar & District Community Bank Tractor Pulling Competition is on at 2pm – who will pull the 12-tonne John Deere tractor in the fastest time?

Find out more


School holiday adventures await you in the Scenic Rim.

Leave the gadgets at home and explore the Scenic Rim’s incredible natural wonderland.

Check out some of these awesome school holiday programs, offered by our expert local guides and tourism operators.

And don’t forget Scenic Rim Eat Local Week runs right through the first week of the Queensland school holidays.

  1. O’Reilly’s Eco Rangers program: Keep the kids busy at O’Reillys, where they can explore the creeks, forest, wildlife and learn how to prepare a camp cookout. The bumper program features whacky chemistry sessions and rainforest art.
  2. Binna Burra Mountain Lodge: Join the Echidna Kids’ Club where experienced guides will take you on bush adventures. Designed for children aged 6 to 12.
  3. Mt Barney Lodge: Oh what fun you’ll have at Mt Barney Lodge these holidays. They’re an official Nature Play activity provider and will keep your youngsters busy exploring the bush, searching for bushfoods, cooking on the campfire and spotlighting. There’s also a Bushcraft Survival Camp for teens aged 15 to 18.
  4. Scenic Rim Eat Local Week: Feast on the Scenic Rim these school holidays. Family members of all ages will love cuddling the calves at a working dairy farm, picking carrots at Queensland’s largest carrot farm and touring a camel dairy.

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The countdown to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on.

Start planning your menu for this smorgasbord of local food, farms, and drinks.

The fun starts from June 24 and continues through to July 2.

There’s plenty on offer for foodies of all ages, including farm tours, producer lunches and dinners, beef and beer nights and even a camp oven cooking class.

Don’t miss the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival, on Saturday July 1.

Find out more


500-fingerlimesIan and Margie Douglas, of The Lime Caviar Company, have won a state Delicious Award for their native finger limes.

The couple were among a handful of Queensland winners in the From the Earth category and will now contest the coveted national Delicious Awards, to be announced August 7.

The state winners’ produce was blind-tasted by a national panel of judges who decide the overall category winners.

Finger Lime Caviar, fresh and frozen, can be used on oysters, in sushi and sashimi, in curries, salads, desserts, yoghurt and ice-cream. Also fabulous in champagne, a G&T and vodka.

Buy them online

O'Reilly's Green Mountains proposalFloating tents and ready-made campsites could be coming to the Green Mountains campground, next to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

The campground in the Lamington National Park will be upgraded by the O’Reilly family as part of a new proposal to develop powered campervan sites, tent sites and 10 suspended tents.

The proposal is with the Federal Environment Department and would set a new benchmark for eco-tourism in Queensland.

Shane O’Reilly told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the campground is among the state’s most popular and current unpowered sites would remain as they were to ensure no-one as priced out of the market.

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Clydesdale SpectacularJune is a busy month in the Scenic Rim, with a bumper calendar of events on offer.

Country shows come to the western part of the region this month, with Boonah Show on June 2 and 3 and the Kalbar Show on June 23 and 24.

These popular country shows feature extensive horse and cattle entries, wonderful poultry, cooking and horticulture pavilions, as well as exciting nighttime programs.

On June 11 David and Sue McMaugh are hosting La Bunjura, a festival of local wine and food on the grounds surrounding their vineyard.

The event is open and free to attend. Local producers will be on-site selling food and other Scenic Rim delights. Local artists will be exhibiting their work and of course you’ll be able to try the Bunjurgen Estate wines, verjuice, ports and natural grape juice.

On Saturday June 17 and 18 head to the Boonah Showgrounds for the Clydesdale Spectacular.

This showcase of the best of the breed is Queensland’s premier breed-specific show. As well as seeing these incredible horses in action you’ll also be able to enjoy demonstrations in whip cracking, blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, country music and enjoy the poetry and storytelling.

Stay for a campfire dinner, or some Scottish fare.

Also on June 17 is the Scenic Rim Star Party. Hosted by the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association at Laravale, visitors can enjoy the night sky show.

The Beaudesert Camera Club will host an astrophotography workshop and a radio telescope is under construction. Sun and night sky viewing is planned.

It’s all happening from 3pm.

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

The road to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is open again, following repair works in the wake of Ex-cyclone Debbie.

Lamington National Park Road was badly damaged by the severe weather event, forcing the retreat to organise transport for visitors.

O’Reilly’s managing director Shane O’Reilly celebrated the road reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony, marking the return to work for 40 staff and the arrival of about 120 guests.

Day visitors and overnight guests can now access O’Reilly’s using their own transport.

Main Road and Roads Safety Minister Mark Bailey said crews had worked hard to restore access as soon as the Ex-cyclone Debbie passed.

“Repairing the road network is our top priority and it’s great news that the Lamington National Park Road has reopened,” Mr Bailey told the Beaudesert Times.

“There will be reduced speed limits and slow traffic conditions in place for some time, but importantly, access has been restored.

“I thank the community for their patience so far and while works are finalised.”


Commonwealth Community logoThe Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are less than a year away and the Scenic Rim will be part of the action.

Tamborine Mountain is celebrating the games by becoming a Commonwealth Community.

The program encourages business operators to become ambassadors for the Games and the competing countries.

Seventy businesses have been matched with 70 competing Commonwealth countries and will support and celebrate the achievements of athletes from those countries.

The Tamborine Mountain community plans to host trivia nights and food events, designed to unite the local community and celebrate the Commonwealth.

Passports have been printed, featuring a page for each participating country.

Buy a passport for $5 from participating businesses and have your passport stamped for the chance to share in more than $1000 of offers.

Find out more

Beauy MusterThe Beauy Muster returns on May 27 and this year’s event aims to raise awareness for Mates4Mates, a charity focused on supporting military personnel and their families.

The popular event features the traditional all-genre music performances, car and ute displays and famous country hospitality.

It’s a fun day out at the Beaudesert Raceclub.

Find out more

Hundreds of incredible photographic entries were received for the Scenic Rim Uncovered competition, which is now closed.

Shortlisted entries will be released soon for a public vote for the photograph which will apart on the cover of the next Scenic Rim Visitor Guide.

Keen photographers were encouraged to submit photographs of their favourite Scenic Rim location for a chance to share in $3000 of prizemoney.

Shortlisted photographs will be shared on Facebook and Instagram shortly.

You can see some of the entries by searching #scencirimuncovered on social media

Keep an eye on our Visit Scenic Rim Instagram feed for some stunning inspiration

Mt barney a world apartMt Barney’s A World Apart Festival celebrates its 10th year on May 27 and 28, with a packed offering of free food tastings, live music, open gardens and much more.

Billed as a Country Festival, A World Apart features various properties in the spectacular Mt Barney region in the southern Scenic Rim.

Join bush tucker tours, enjoy one of Pietro’s famous wood fired pizzas, tour the sculpture garden, or try a slice of Lemon Myrtle meringue pie.

This year Ayton Chicken Farm is involved too, offering an insight into how they ‘grow’ pastured eggs and meat chickens. Book in for a farm tour.

Ridgeline Studios joins for the first time too, with a display of blacksmithing, watercolour and acrylic art at Barney View.

Access to all events is free. BYO cooler to store your fresh farm-bought produce.

Find out more

Busby MarouAustralian duo Busby Marou chose the Scenic Rim as the backdrop for their latest video, which acknowledges the role played by indigenous service men and women in Australia’s defence history.

The video for their track, Paint this Land, was filmed at various Scenic Rim locations and was launched on Channel Seven’s Sunrise show on ANZAC morning.

It was also screened at the MCG in Melbourne prior to the ANZAC Day match.

The video was co-directed by Wayne Blair and features Wayne’s father Bob Blair, a Vietnam War veteran and the first Aboriginal Regimental Sergeant Major in Australia.

The video celebrates Australia’s rich history through the themes of solidarity, reconciliation, and hope.

The artists say the aim was to pay homage to the past and look forward with a united and respectful vision.

Busby Marou’s Tom Busby says, “Paint This Land is our song about the Australian spirit. It’s everywhere, it’s beautiful and it’s alive! The song acknowledges our powerful Indigenous culture and celebrates our future.”

Busby Marou starts touring Australia this month, in support of their ARIA #1 album Postcards from the Shell House.

arts in the olivesSpoil mum with a unique day out in the Scenic Rim’s Lost World this Mother’s Day.

The Arts in the Olives festival is part of Scenic Rim Open Studios and is a hugely-popular Mother’s Day event.

It’s a relaxed event, held among the Worendo Olive Grove.

As well as art and craft workshops, there is live music, beautiful hot and cold local food, artisan stalls and fabulous children’s’ activities.

This year’s event is themed, Celebration – a Decade of Creativity – and will feature workshops in blacksmithing, watercolour painting, shibori, flute making and weaving.

The event is held on Sunday May 14 and some workshops do book out.

Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children under five are free.

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