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.
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?
- Boonah & Beyond: A 38km round trip that will take you to cafes, Boonah’s local shopping strip, historic country pubs, two wineries and a brewery!
- The Lions Road: A 96km journey from Beaudeesert to Kyogle, via the robotic dairy, Rathdowney, an olive grove and the incredible Border Ranges.
- Tamborine Mountain: Explore this gorgeous hilltop oasis on this 25km loop of all that is fabulous on the mountain, including breweries, cafes, gardens, rainforest skywalk, wine and a coffee plantation.
- Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the village town of Canungra.
- Lodge to Lodge: Give yourself a few days and travel from one end of the Lamington Plateau to the other, stopping at two of the region’s most popular and historic mountain lodges.
- Antiques, Art and Camels: What a quirky day you’ll have when you visit the western Scenic Rim. We’re crafted a schedule to keep young and old happy – camel farm, antique shop and a winery.
- Cheese Pleaser: What makes a good road trip great? Cheese of course! Here’s a tour of the Scenic Rim’s amazing boutique cheesemakers and their farms.
- Boonah to Queens Mary Falls: One of the region’s most popular drives, which will take you along the NSW-QLD border into the lush pastures of Killarney.
- The Lost World: Explore this stunning southern part of the Scenic Rim which offers visitors the chance to tour working farms, take a cooking class, or refresh at a country pub.
- The Farm Gate Tour: Want to visit some working farms and get your hands dirty? This itinerary is for you. On this journey, you’re guaranteed to meet chooks, goats, sheep and camels!
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.
Christmas 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.
Join the Beaudesert Rotary Club in Jubilee Park for Christmas carols.
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.
Take the family to this community performance celebrating the story of Christmas. Food vendors, free entertainment and stable animals.
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!
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.
Join the spectators at the Wyaralong Dam for the Wyaralong Rowing Club Premiership Regatta. Competitors from around Queensland will compete.
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.
Free entry, 7 TAB races, bookies, tote, bars, food, wine and a Christmas hamper raffle. $50pp banquet lunch.
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.
Go trackside at Beaudesert Racetrack for a fun and relaxed Australia Day race meet.
Watch some of Queensland’s best rowers compete for the state titles at Wyaralong Dam.
Location: Mt Barney National Park
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.
Dip into these refreshing Scenic Rim lakes and waterfalls
Summer is on its way and the weather is warming up and that means it’s time to cool down in 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.
As the weather warms up, 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
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 upper Logan River flows into this 200m long swimming hole just outside Rathdowney. There’s a campground nearby and dogs are allowed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to see the Scenic Rim’s purple rain hurry and visit – the Jacarandas are flowering right now.
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?
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.
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.
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.
So did Kate. She is called the Light Chaser!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: Moogerah Peaks National Park
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.
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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
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 stays, camping or glamping and B&B’s.
Visit this sixth-generation dairy farm in the spectacular Lost World and take a hands-on farm to fridge journey of your milk. Help Farmer Dave milk the cows, Farmer Kay feed the heritage pigs, wrangle the goats, calves and chooks and stock-up on some take-home goodies from the farm larder.
Stay in one of two restored historic homesteads on the property.
Cows milked by robots? Yes really. This automated dairy uses milking robots to allow the cows to be milked at anytime of the day, whenever they feel like it. Farmer Gregie and the Dennis family lead regular farm tours of the milking shed and the on-farm bottling factory. Bring an esky and go home with some Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, cheese and yoghurt.
Lillydale is one of the Scenic Rim’s most established farm stays. The Hardgrave family welcomes visitors to their eco-cabins and homestead on their working farm in the beautiful Mt Barney region. While you’re on the farm you can join in animal feeding, collect the chicken eggs, learn how to milk cows, visit the dinosaur cave, test yourself in the maze and go for a horse ride.
- Ayton Chicken Farm
Visit this pastured produce farm which follows the Joel Salatin method of regenerative production. Farmers Kathy and Rod O’Connell will share their vision and farming philosophies as you chat at their farm shop. The guard geese Genghis, Harry and Houdini keep the chooks safe and are big characters.
They open their farm shop on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 10am – 12pm.
- Summer Land Camel Farm
This is the Scenic Rim’s newest farm attraction and will open your eyes to these beautiful creatures. The camels are rescued from the wild in central Australia and brought to the Harrisville farm to enter the dairy herd. While you’re here see, the camels being milked in the dairy, try the milk, the ice-cream and go home with some hand and body products made from camel milk. Stay for coffee in the on-farm café.
- Naughty Little Kids
Farmer Nathan will introduce you to his wonderful world of goats. His farm is at Peak Crossing, a short drive from Ipswich, and is home to more than 100 goats – including 40 babies (kids). When you visit you can feed the babies their bottles, try the milk and the gelato made from goat’s milk, plus learn all about goats. Did you know goats really love watermelon?
Carolyn Davidson knows and loves sheep and she shares her passion with visitors to her farm, situated near Beaudesert. Carolyn runs regular cheese making workshops, as well as farm tours, where you can cuddle the sheep and lambs and learn how she makes her beautiful cheeses based on sheep’s milk. Her cheese is on the menu at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants. And yes there will be taste tests!
- Mount Tamborine Organic Garden
Adam Willson is an agronomist and horticulturist who has advised clients on organics and composting in Northern Iraq, Romania, and China. Adam and Mayjune established their organic garden on Tamborine Mountain in 2011 and now sell organic fruit and vegetables direct to customers from their farm gate and online. Delivery is also offered. His garden was modelled on an 1895 Paris market garden and customers receive their produce within 48-hours of harvest.
- Greenlee Macadamia and Honey Farm
When you stay at Greenlee Farm Cottages you can relax on this scenic Canungra macadamia and honey farm and sample the produce from the comfort of your cottage. Robyn and Paul Lee enjoy sharing their taste of farm life with visitors. Walk through the macadamia orchard and learn more about how the Lee family grows, picks and packs macadamias and honey. Guests can order a basket of local goodies for breakfast and dinner and yes both will feature macadamias and honey!
The whole family will be kept busy during your stay at Milford Country Cottages.
You can feed the cows, calves, chicken, and horse; build your own camp fire and cook your own delicious camp oven while watching the sun go down.
Your hosts, John and Lyn McLean, offer a country escape, with affordable and quality accommodation in fully self-contained 2 bedroom cottages.
This property is perfect for couples to enjoy a romantic getaway, and is ideal for families to relax and explore. The 40 acres also has a collection of heritage horse drawn implements for you to explore.
The 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.
TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR COMPETITION
- The prize is two tickets to a Wild Lime Cooking School and must be used before 31 December 2018
- The competition is open from 11 August – 20 August
- To enter: fill in the entry form on the Ekka stand and submit.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Force Majeure: If for any reason this Competition is not capable of running as planned (including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter), which corrupts or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. The Promoter reserves the right it its sole discretion to disqualify all entries from any individual who tampers with, or benefits from tampering with the entry process which as a result corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Competition.
- By entering this competition, you are agreeing to receive email updates from Visit Scenic Rim.
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
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.
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.
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
For more upcoming events, check out our events calendar.
Got an event to add to our calendar? Submit your event here.
The 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)
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.
Scenic 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.
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
There’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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Bring 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?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Ian 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.
Floating 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.
June is a busy month in the Scenic Rim, with a bumper calendar of events on offer.
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 the popular Scenic Rim producer’s lunch at Wild Canary at Brookfield. It’s on June 15 and tickets sell fast.
Bookings are now open for Scenic Rim Gourmet Short Stay, a walking holiday focused on food.
This delicious tour runs from June 25 to 29 and will connect you with the Scenic Rim’s tastes, sights and producers.
It’s being organised and led by the team at InterNATIONAL Park Tours and features accommodation on Tamborine Mountain and in Boonah, visits to wineries, farm gates and paddock to plate food trails.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week plates up from June 24 and continues right through the first week of the Queensland school holidays.
It culminates in the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival at Aratula on Saturday July 2.
Eat Local Week features more than 90 individual events, including farm tours, producer lunches, cooking classes, cheese making workshops and gourmet dinners.
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.”
The 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.
The 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.
Thank you everyone for your entries into #scenicrimuncovered! . Entries have now officially closed but please keep sharing your images with us. 😉 . We now have the very tricky task of shortlisting the spectacular images. Finalists announced next week. . . 📷: @al_donna . . #scenicrimuncovered #scenicrim
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’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.
Australian 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.
Spoil 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.
Scenic Rim Open Studios launches this weekend on Tamborine Mountain, marking the start of five weeks of art events throughout the region.
This celebration of culture and creativity features 300 artists in 27 locations across five weekends.
Open Studios of the Scenic Rim is held every weekend during May, and the first weekend in June, allowing visitors to meet the artists and see them work in their studios.
Studios are open from 9am to 5pm and works will be available for sale.
Many artists are available for workshops and artists’ residencies.
Open Studio dates are:
Tamborine Mountain May 6-7
Lost World Valley May 13-14
Beaudesert May 20-21
Boonah & District May 27-28
Canungra & Beechmont June 3-4
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The first of four live events celebrating the cream of Australia’s performance and fine arts will be showcased at Spicers Peak Lodge on April 23.
Encompassing dance, drama, opera, music, circus and burlesque, audiences will be immersed in spectacular art forms at a truly remarkable destination, Peak Lodge, overlooking the stunning Scenic Rim.
Superb dining, luxe beverages and unique artistic performances will mesh to create unforgettable experiences; from select intimate recitals for in-house guests during the winter months, to mid-scale concerts on the manicured lawn where audiences can indulge in local produce and fine wines.
“At Spicers Peak Lodge, we truly believe that art is a visible and audible endorsement of our cultural identity, and we look forward to enhancing Australia’s vibrant and diverse arts community,” says Simon Magnus, Peak Lodge General Manager.
1st Performance at the Peak
‘Collusion’ – Music and Dance on the Mountaintop at Spicers Peak Lodge
All are invited to escape to the ‘theatre in the clouds’ at Spicers Peak Lodge with the first arts performance of a pending four-part series.
On Sunday April 23, Queensland’s acclaimed music and dance ensemble Collusion, will incorporate music from Australian and International composers Elena Kats-Chernin and Peteris Vasks. Four award-winning chamber music musicians and four acclaimed dancers will perform a high-quality repertoire underpinned by programming with heart, beauty and warmth. Collusion’s concerts and performances are enjoyed by audiences of all ages and cultural persuasions.
To prepare for an afternoon of sublime performance, guests are encouraged pack their picnic rugs for essential lounging on Spicers Peak’s lush green lawn, where the stunning vista across the Scenic Rim mountaintops will mesmerize.
To quench thirsty palates, a pop-up bar serving Veuve Clicquot Champagne plus a wide range of beverages will be available from 11.30am.
To satisfy hunger pangs, scrumptious picnic food will be on-hand – think pulled pork baguettes, cheese plates and charcuterie with all the accompaniments. The produce is predominantly sourced from the local bountiful Scenic Rim region.
Escape to another world for this extraordinary relaxed ‘Sunday session’ style afternoon of world-class music and dance!
There’s nothing better than local’s knowledge when it comes to exploring a region.
Visitors to Tamborine Mountain are in good hands, with the arrival of Helen Claase’s Ambience on Tour.
Helen has tapped into her extensive network of contacts on the mountain to deliver a number of unique and memorable experiences.
As well as her tours of local wineries, microbreweries, distilleries, rainforest and art galleries, Helen can also tailor a tour specifically for you.
But it’s her Meet the Artist Tour which is really different.
Helen collaborates with 11 Mountain artists to offer visitors an insight into the local studios and art spaces.
“Within their serene studio environments you will be able to view a range of art, informally chat to the artists and find out what inspirations they draw upon,” she says.
“This is an exceptional day out and includes a wine tasting option and a leisurely lunch, as well as afternoon Devonshire Tea.”
Many of the participating artists have exhibited nationally and internationally with their artworks included in public and private collections around the world.
Tamborine Mountain is home to many artists and a number of charming art galleries.
“I truly feel blessed to have this opportunity to showcase the Tamborine Mountain artists’ talent and to have met some very special and talented people along the way,” says Helen.
Ambience on Tour operates tours daily. Bookings are essential.
April is set to be a busy month in the Scenic Rim. There are plenty of events and experiences on offer throughout the region during April.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the highlights:
Moogerah Passion Play
Easter in the Scenic Rim isn’t complete without a visit to the Moogerah Passion Play.
The Moogerah Passion Play Association will celebrate its 25th year with performances across the Easter period on April 8, 9, 14 and 15.
The dramatic account of the Passion of Christ is performed by more than 100 local actors and staged by volunteer technicians and assistants.
Performances are conducted in the open-air auditorium on the banks of Lake Moogerah.
Gates open at 4pm and entry is free.
QLD Moto Park Holiday Camp
The popular holiday camp returns to the Queensland Moto Park at Coulson from April 10 to 12.
Budding riders aged four and up will benefit from tuition by Rod Jenner, Jemma Wilson and Barry Surawski.
The camp is open to riders of all skill levels.
AQUIS Champions Tour
Take a front row seat for some spectacular showjumping action.
The AQUIS Champions Tour is the richest show jumping event in Australia, with more than $150,000 in prize money on offer.
The event is staged across a number of days from April 21 to 23 and again on April 26 to 30 at the beautiful Elysian Fields complex just outside Canungra.
Mt Alford Artisans Market
The Mt Alford Artisans Market returns on April 22 to the Mt Alford School of Arts.
The ‘green’ market features artists and primary producers from throughout the region. Original artworks include felted creations, screen-printed garments, woven and forged objects. You’ll also find chutneys, honey, vintage clothing, delicious food and more.
The market runs from 10am.
Heritage 100 Cycle Race
The Ipswich 100 Charity Ride will pass through the Scenic Rim.
This fundraising event features rides of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.
The 169km Imperial 100 Challenge will leave Ipswich and pass through Harrisville, Kalbar, Mt Alford and Boonah.
Funds raised support a range of beneficiaries, including Lions International, the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, Epilepsy Queensland, State Emergency Service and others.
Boonah Writers Festival
The Boonah Writers Festival is on April 29 and 30 and offers budding writers two days of exciting sessions featuring authors Mary Rose MacColl and Nick Earls, who will be the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner.
A range of Q&A sessions are planned on topics ranging from short stories and horror, to playwriting, romance writing and crime writing. Learn more about contract publishing, self-publishing and working with an agent.
Registration for the two days and the Saturday night dinner is $275. Dinner only is $55.
Studios of the Scenic Rim is a month away and it’s shaping to be the biggest year yet.
This celebration of culture and creativity features 300 artists, in 27 locations across five weekends.
The event kicks off on Tamborine Mountain on May 6 and 7 and continues each weekend through to June 3 and 4.
A diverse range of artforms will be on show at different studios, including painting, ceramics, printmaking, books, drawings, sculpture, illustration, rugmaking, floral art, fibre art, eco-dying and leadlighting.
Details of participating artists and studios are included in the Council’s Studios & Events booklet. Download it here or find a hardcopy at Council customer service centres, libraries and Visitor Information Centres throughout the region.
Put these dates in your diary:
Tamborine Mountain – May 6 & 7
Lost World Valley – May 13 & 14 (Arts in the Olives)
Beaudesert – May 20 & 21
Boonah & District – May 27 & 28
Canungra & Beechmont – June 3 & 4
Find out more
Planning for Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is well advanced and this year’s festival features a number of preview events.
The first of these preview events is on sale now.
Feast in the Field, a producers’ long table lunch, is being hosted at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm in the Lost World. Feast on a lunch prepared by Tamborine Mountain chef Brenda Fawdon, the co-author of the Scenic Rim’s EAT LOCAL cookbook.
Prior to lunch, explore the Tommerup’s sixth-generation dairy farm and meet the four-legged residents.
Numbers are limited. Tickets are $125 and include food and drinks.
Eat Local Week runs from June 24 to July 2. This year’s event features more than 90 individual events, including producer dinners, farm tours, cooking classes and the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 1.
So, you want to climb a mountain but you don’t know where to start?
Well, the Scenic Rim is just the place to find your feet, given it’s home to more than 70 summits.
A perfect spot to start is in the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park up on the McPherson Range outside Canungra.
Okay, so you won’t quite be climbing a mountain – you’ll drive up relatively steep and winding country roads to get to the tracks – but those tracks are great for getting some mileage in the legs.
You’ll get the fresh mountain air into your lungs, but Lamington won’t knock the wind out of your sails like a first-time mountain climb will.
Whether you choose to set out from the Binna Burra section or the O’Reilly’s (Green Mountains) section, you’ll have plenty of well-marked tracks to choose from – about 160km of them, in fact.
There is something for everyone, from the smooth, wheelchair-accessible 1.8km Centenary Track at O’Reilly’s to the rock-hopping, creek-crossing 17.4km Coomera Circuit at Binna Burra.
If you really want to build up the strength in your legs, there aren’t many tracks more pleasant (or picturesque) than the Border Track, which is 21.4km each way and links Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.
Record high temperatures have meant an early fruit harvest for Scenic Rim winemakers and olive farmers.
The hotter-than-normal summer has created challenges for local producers.
It’s meant the fruit has been ripening faster than exepcted and that’s led to a call for volunteers to help with the harvest.
It’s been a case of all hands on deck as winemakers harvest the fruit and prepare to create their 2017 vintages.
Pickers started at 4.30am for this year’s harvest at the Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, just outside Boonah. Winemaker David McMaugh says this ensures the grapes are picked in the cool of the morning. Harestving is done by hand to minimise the ‘berry trauma’ and reduce the chance of fermentation starting prior to crushing.
At Canungra Valley Vineyard more than 100 members of the O’Reilly’s Wine Club helped harvest the white varieties before the heat hit on February 5 and the reds a week early on February 26.
If you want to try some local Scenic Rim wines and beers, try these spots: Read more
If eating your way around the Scenic Rim sounds delicious, then you’ll love a new gourmet foodie tour from PARKtours.
The team at PARKtours live in, and love the Scenic Rim and have created a new tour to capture the region’s tastiest attractions.
The Scenic Rim Gourmet Short Stay is a four-night adventure which starts on Tamborine Mountain and travels to Boonah, in the region’s south-west.
The tour is timed to coincides with the annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week celebrations and features paddock to plate food trails, boutique wineries, epicurean indulgences, farmgate visits and local produce tastings.
Feast from the Scenic Rim’s bounty of produce, learn to cook with local ingredients and work off your lunch with some easy walking trails through the Tamborine and Main Range National Parks.
Join fellow bird lovers for O’Reilly’s Autumn Bird Week, from March 5 to 10.
The cooler autumn weather means you’ll have a chance to see migratory species before they leave the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.
The National Park is home to Australia’s largest collection of subtropical birds, 500 waterfalls and 160km of nature trails.
Join the daily walking tours for a chance to see rainforest species, including Thrushes, Pitta, Riflebird, Catbird, the Wompoo Pigeon and the Rose robin.
Venture out after dark for some nocturnal bird spotlighting. You may see a Boobook Owl, Owlet Nightjar and even a Sooty Owl.
Choose between a two or a five-day package. You’ll hear from leading Australian bird experts.
Australia’s largest country music festival is celebrating 10 years and it’s right on the doorstep of the Scenic Rim.
CMC Rocks QLD rolls into the Willowbank Raceway from March 24 to 26.
The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a stellar line-up of country music legends.
Crowds are expected to tip 45,000, attracted by a line-up featuring the Dixie Chicks, Little Big Town, Lee Kernaghan, The Shires, The McClymonts, Michael Ray, The Wolfe Brothers, Deep Creek Road, Craig Campbell and many more.
With camp sites nearly sold out, the Scenic Rim is the ideal location for your CMC accommodation.