Height: 469m

Location: Accessed via Wyaralong Dam

Mt Joyce is the southern most peak in the Teviot Range, a group of mountains that travels north to Ivory’s Rock.

Mt Joyce is located within the park surrounding Lake Wyaralong and offers facilities for horse riding, mountain biking, watersports and picnics.

Views from Mt Joyce over Lake Wyaralong

The park is located about one hour’s drive south-west of Brisbane and a ridgeline walking trail to Mt Joyce is accessed from the Eastern Trailhead.

Walkers can reach Mt Joyce along a ridgeline trail, which leaves from the Eastern Trailhead and links up with Base Camp within the recreation park. A track from the Western Trailhead also leads to Mt Joyce but the final stages are for foot traffic only.

The park features 40km of multi-use tracks and trails, including a advanced mountain bike trails and great picnic facilities.

Try the mountain bike trails around the Lake.

Mt Joyce and the Wyaralong Dam parklands are located between Boonah and Beaudesert. Picnic facilities, toilets and walking tracks are all available within the park.

There are designated camp sites at the Eastern Trailhead and Mt Joyce Base Camp, with a seven-night limit on stays. No fees are payable. Download this SEQ Water map for detailed information

The Eastern Trailhead is located near the dam wall and provides a chance to view the Wyaralong Dam via a viewing platform. A series of multi-user trails lead west from this trailhead, including access to Mt Joyce.

The Mt Joyce Basecamp campsite is only accessible by trail and includes open camping areas, a toilet, a simple shelter shed and water tanks. Walkers and trail runners could use this site as a base before summiting Mt Joyce.

The Western Trailhead, also known as Lilybrook, caters primarily for horse enthusiasts and features holding paddocks, watering areas and loading ramps. Camping here is for event use only.

Did you Know?

  • Mt Joyce was originally named Kent’s Peak but was later renamed.
  • Mt Joyce is the southern most mountain in the Teviot Range, which stretches north to Ivory’s Rock near Peak Crossing.
  • Mt Joyce is now surround by a recreation park featuring 40km of multi-use trails.

If you love horses you’ll love the Scenic Rim in June.
The region is hosting some exciting equine events this month and they’re open to everyone!

Boonah Campdraft – June 10

See some of the region’s skilful campdrafters at work at the Boonah Showgrounds.
Camp drafting is the sport of selecting and herding bullocks from a herd and driving them through a set course.
It’s a unique Australian sport involving horse and rider at work with their cattle.
Find out more

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular – June 16 & 17

This popular event returns to the Boonah Showgrounds for a weekend celebrating all that is great about these magnificent creatures.
The Spectacular showcases the Clydesdale horse and celebrates the traditions and heritage of the horse breed that’s credited with ‘building a nation’.
You’ll see some of Australia’s top bred Clydesdales, as well as learn about the Scottish heritage and traditions tied to the breed.
In tribute to the Scottish descendants who settled in the region, this year’s Spectacular sees the return of the Fassifern Highland gathering. It’s a stirring massing of pipes and drums, Calling of the Clans, caber tossing and more.
It’s all on at the Boonah Showgrounds, Melbourne St Boonah.
Find out more

The Clydesdale Spectacular returns to Boonah Showgrounds.

Bromelton House International Polo Test – June 16

Historic Bromelton House is the location for the Queensland Ladies International Polo Test.
Owners Stuart and Kathy Murray will open up the property’s private polo field for an Australia vs New Zealand match.
The Aussie team will be captained by local equestrian, Alessia Russo, of Biddaddaba.
Bring a car boot picnic, or book your place at the catered Stick & Ball Marquee.
An art exhibition will be held in Bromelton House across the weekend, complementing the polo action.
Tickets are also on sale for an exclusive black-tie dinner in honour of the women who play polo.
If you can’t make this event, pencil in July 1, when polo returns to Bromelton House for a special Eat Local Week event.
Find out more and buy tickets

Bromelton House Ladies International Polo Test will be held on 16 June, 2018.

Beaudesert Cup Race Day – June 23

Country Racing will be in full flight at the Beaudesert Race Course on June 23.
Frock up and spend a glorious Scenic Rim winter day trackside.
Find out more

Go trackside for the Beaudesert Races.

Did you see us on Channel Seven’s The Great Day Out?

Sofie Formica filming at Bean 2 Cafe Beaudesert.

The lifestyle television show aired a half-hour Scenic Rim special ahead of Eat Local Week.

Host Sofie Formica and presenters Jillian Whiting, Laurel Edwards and Alastair McLeod visited many Scenic Rim wineries, farms and cafes to showcase the incredible array of food and drinks which are produced here.

Great Day Out presenter Alastair McLeod with EAT LOCAL Book authors Brenda Fawdon & Christine Sharp.

If you missed the program you can catchup at the links below. And tune into the program on Sunday July 1 for another instalment from the Scenic Rim, featuring Regional Food ambassador Glen Barratt and tomato farmers Troy and Vicki Muller of Peak Veggie Patch.

Watch the story about Witches Falls Winery

Watch the story about Towri Sheep Cheese

Watch the story about The Overflow Estate

Watch the story about Volume 2 of the EAT LOCAL Book

 

There is so much happening in the Scenic Rim in June. Here’s a taster of some of the June events on offer in the Scenic Rim.

Carolyn and Dallas Davidson will host Jamming with the Lambs at Towri Sheep Cheeses.

Come jam with the lambs at Towri Sheep Cheeses – June 9

Indulge in a multiple course meal created by Cameron Matthews of Winston Restaurant and consultant group chef to Spicers Retreats, under the night sky and set to a soundtrack of live jazz music. Stunning bespoke cheeses and Scenic Rim produce will intertwine through the dishes, all of which will be paired with the best local wines and beverages. Gather your friends for what will be a magical night under the stars with the lambs.

Wine lovers, come together at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for a weekend of all things vino!

Study wine at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards – June 9-10

Meet Wine and Spirit Education Trust educator and winemaker Peter Orr who will teach a WSET Level 1 wine qualification, recognised in more 55 countries. Stay overnight nearby and join the annual Wine Appreciation Lunch on Sunday, June 10 (from 11.30am to 2.30pm) with resident viticulturist Kevin Murtagh and Mr Orr.

The Boonah Campdraft will be held on June 10.

Catch the action at the Boonah Campdraft – June 10

The Boonah Show Society will host the Boonah Campdraft at the Boonah Showgrounds. Check their Facebook event page for updates!

Join in on the Queensland Day celebrations on  June 10.

Celebrate Queensland Day in Beaudesert – June 10

Come join in on this free community event to celebrate Queensland Day with entertainment, pony rides, bush buddies, jumping castle, games, stalls and much more.

The Clydesdale Spectacular will be on June 16-17.

Be blown away by the Clydesdale Spectacular – June 16 – 17

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular, featuring the Fassifern Highland Gathering, showcases the iconic Clydesdale Horse, celebrating the traditions and heritage of ‘the breed that built the nation’ and a celebration of the rich Scottish heritage and history in the region.

The Scenic Rim Star Party will be on June 16.

Party with the stars – June 16

Presented by the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association, the star party will feature sky tours, meteorite displays, rocket launches and public viewing of the stars and planets. The Beaudesert Camera Club will also be present to conduct an astro photography workshop.

The Bromelton House Ladies International Polo Test will be held on June 16.

Attend the Bromelton House Ladies International Polo Test – June 16

Stuart and Kathy Murray of Bromelton House will host the first Queensland Ladies International Polo Test on their beautiful Scenic Rim property on June 16.

Australia vs New Zealand will be a tough match, with the Australian ladies fighting for a win after losing to New Zealand earlier this year down south. Come and cheer the Aussies on from one of the catered marquees or from your own car boot picnic space.

The Spicers Hidden Vale Roaming Degustation will be held on June 17.

Roam and eat at Spicers Hidden Vale – June 17

Ash Martin, Executive Chef of Homage Restaurant, will host an interactive property tour inclusive of a roaming degustation lunch. First stop is a visit to the free-range pigs then to the market garden’s smoke house, where the tempting tastings begin. Lunch will be enjoyed under a beautiful fig tree where a selection of the very best produce from the Scenic Rim will be cooked over a coal pit. $95pp plus selected local wines and beers on consumption.

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne violin soloist Anton Georg Golle performs at St Mary’s church in Beaudesert. Photo: Susie Cunningham.

See the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne – June 17

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany’s finest ensembles. The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne will perform classics from Germany at St Mary’s church in Beaudesert at 2pm on Sunday, June 17.

The Green Lane Coffee Plantation Producers’ Dinner will be on June 22.

Take a seat at the Green Lane Coffee Plantation Producers’ Dinner – June 22

Join Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp, co-authors of Eat Local, for an intimate evening of food, wine and conversation. Enjoy a three-course dinner prepared and cooked by Brenda, celebrating the Tamborine Mountain producers featured in the book, Witches Falls Winery wines and Tamborine Mountain Distillery liqueurs. Shuttle bus available.

Take the family to the Kalbar Show – June 23-24

Enjoy fun for all the family including sideshows, sample bags, and fireworks.

Beaudesert Cup Race Day will be held on June 23.

Frock up for the Beaudesert Cup Race Day – June 23

There’ll be live racing action all day and plenty of fun to be had at the Beaudesert Cup Race Day. Luncheon and picnic packages are available for purchase. Check out the Beaudesert Race Club website for more information.

The inaugural RUN THE RIM – Scenic Rim Trail Run Series – is set to be held on June 24, 2018 in Kooralbyn.

Get your joggers on and Run the Rim – June 24

RUN THE RIM Scenic Rim Trail Run Series, based in Kooralbyn, will showcase the beautiful landscapes and terrain of the region. There will be long course and short course options, and a kids’ 2km fun run for children younger than 10-years-old (kids run free and must be accompanied by an adult).

The Wild Canary Producers’ Lunch will be held on June 28 at their Brookfield bistro, set in lush gardens.

Eat Scenic Rim food at the Wild Canary Producers’ Lunch – June 28

Experience a five course degustation lunch and enjoy stories direct from the producers. Executive Chef Glen Barratt will showcase the best seasonal produce from the Scenic Rim. Note: this event is held at Wild Canary bistro in Brookfield.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week goes from June 30 to July 8, 2018.

Book your 2018 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week experience – June 30 – July 8

There is something for everyone at the 2018 Scenic Rim eat Local Week. Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, now in its 8th year, has grown into a much-loved festival of regional food, farming and fresh produce. The signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival, will be staged at Aratula on Saturday, July 7. For all the info, make sure you are following Scenic Rim Eat Local Week on Facebook and check out www.eatlocalweek.com.au

JULY EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

June 30 – July 8: 2018 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

July 7: Winter Harvest Festival

July 21: Boonah World Environment Day Festival

July 21: The Shepherds’ Walk

July 21: South Queensland Schools Regatta

July 28: Stuartholme School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School Regatta

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

The countdown to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on!

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

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

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

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

Book your spot at a long table lunch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cattle, Pecans & Polo @ Bromelton House – July 1

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

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

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

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Longest Lunch

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

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

Let Kate at The Vintage Pickle feed you.

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

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

Feast your eyes on the Winter Harvest Festival.

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

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

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

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

Things to do – May 2018 Events Guide

The Scenic Rim May Events Calendar is jam packed. Here’s a taster.

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

Check out exquisite local art on the Open Studios trail, which extends throughout the Scenic Rim.

Open Studios of the Scenic Rim – May 5 to 3 June

The Open Studios of the Scenic Rim weekends give visitors the opportunity to see artists at work in their studios. Visit studios across the Scenic Rim including in Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, Mt Alford, Harrisville, Tamborine Mountain and Beaudesert. Most of the work on display is for sale, and most artists are able to undertake commissions.

2018 Studios Weekends:

May 5 & 6 – Tamborine Mountain
May 12 & 13 – Boonah & district
May 19 & 20 – Beaudesert
May 27 & 28 – Scenic Rim On Location Arts Workshops
June 2 & 3 – Canungra & Beechmont

 

La Bunjurga 2018 Medieval Festival.

La Bunjurga 2018 Medieval Festival.

La Bunjurga 2018 Medieval Festival – May 5-6 

The La Bunjurga 2018 Medieval Festival will be a celebration of local food, local wine and local music with a Medieval theme. It will feature Compagnie Draco Routiers and four other re-enactment groups..

 

The Boonah Writers Festival.

The Boonah Writers Festival.

Boonah Writers Festival – May 5-6

The Boonah Cultural Foundation will present a two-day writing festival comprising eight presentations. Rick Morton, award-winning journalist and author, will be guest speaker on the Saturday evening.

Presenters and genres are: Mary Rose McColl, Historical and Genealogical Research, Greg Bird – Script writing for TV and Film, Louise Cusack – Women in Contemporary Fiction, Rory Gibson – Blogging and Column writing, Michael Bauer – Young Adult fiction, Anita Bell – Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Lynne Stringer – Editing, and an officer from the Queensland Police Forensic /Homicide Investigation.

This will be an informative and entertaining networking weekend for writers from south-east Queensland in a relaxed environment and inspirational landscape.

 

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

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

Stinson Walk – May 11-13

The Stinson Walk is one of Australia’s iconic hikes. Recount Australian history and celebrate the life of Bernard O’Reilly, who heroically saved the lives of two plane crash survivors 81 years ago in World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.

During a stormy afternoon on 19 February, 1937, the Stinson airliner, en route from Brisbane to Sydney, crashed into the Lamington Ranges killing four of the seven passengers on board and sparking a search which failed to turn up any wreckage.

Ten days later, Bernard O’Reilly set out on foot to find the Stinson wreckage. He managed to find the crash site and, to his surprise, two survivors in desperate need of medical attention.

To commemorate this historic aviation event, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers two rewarding routes (37 and 16 kilometres) to retrace Bernard’s footsteps through the rugged McPherson Range to the famed Stinson crash site. Note: private groups are also welcome.

The 2018 guided Stinson hike experiences will be hosted from May 11 to 13 and August 10 to 12. More  information, including fitness prerequisites, can be found at their website.

 

Dairy cows head to the milking shed at Tommerup's Dairy Farm in the Scenic Rim.

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

Tommerup’s Mother’s Day Picnic on the Farm – May 13

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm are opening their farm gates for a Mother’s Day Picnic on the Farm. Immerse yourself in the farm experience, boots n all, or just while away the hours in the shade of the blue gums.

Grab a bucket and head off on your own animal feeding adventure, browse the grow it, make it, bake it market stalls and join in the giant lawn games.

Why not pre-order a gourmet picnic hamper or cheese platter to share with family & friends as you listen to the live music?

Bookings essential at https://www.tommerupsfarmstay.com.au/mothers-day-picnic-on-the-farm.html

 

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard in the Scenic Rim is the perfect spot to indulge your mum for Mother's Day.

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

Mother’s Day at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards – May 13

Indulge mum at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards with a gourmet Homestead Picnic Hamper or with a three course lunch on the Homestead verandah, all washed down with O’Reilly’s vintages.

O’Reilly’s Mother’s Day 1000m High Tea – May 13

Spoil mum with high tea on top of the world. Enjoy a buffet-style high tea 1000m above sea level at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and take in spectacular views west to the McPherson ranges.

 

Binna Burra Lodge is an idyllic location for Mother's Day lunch.

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

Mother’s Day lunch at Binna Burra Lodge – May 13

Enjoy Mother’s Day lunch with your loved ones at Binna Burra Lodge.

Treat yourself to great food and wine, surrounded by breathtaking views and nature’s beauty.

For more information and bookings phone 07 55 333 622 or email dining@binnaburralodge.com.au

Festival of Elegance – May 18-20

Passionate car enthusiasts showcase their classic automobiles in a 3-day event partly set on the picturesque Tamborine Mountain. Keep up to date via their Facebook page.

Grapest 5k run – 19 May

Who said you can’t drink wine AND exercise? Have your wine and drink it too with the Grapest 5k Run at Albert River Wines, Tamborine.

Experience a great evening with friends, with a little fitness and lots of fun. Work up a thirst with the 5km or 10km run, then enjoy a cool-down through the wine tasting waddle to re-energise yourself before some grape dancing with live entertainment as the sun goes down.

Poultry Show

Beaudesert Poultry Club Annual Show – 20 May

If you’re feeling clucky, we’ve got just the thing for you. Check out the Beaudesert Poultry Club Annual Show in the Jack Lewis Pavilion, Beaudesert Showgrounds on 20 May. There’ll be an American Soft-Feather Breeds Feature, with New Hampshire, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island and Wyandotte breeds on display.

JUNE EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Boonah Show – June 1-2

The Vintage Brocante – June 3

2018 GCRASRA Trophy Regatta – June 9

Wine education weekend – June 9-10

Boonah Campdraft – June 10

Queensland Day Celebration – June 10

Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular – June 16-17

Scenic Rim Star Party – June 16

Kalbar Show – June  23-24 

Beaudesert Cup Race Day – June 23

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week – June 30-July 8

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

Height: 634m
Location: Accessed via Lake Moogerah

Image by @brentrandallphotography via Instagram.

Image by @brentrandallphotography via Instagram.

Mt Edwards is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park and is accessed from the Lake Moogerah picnic grounds.
This walk is said to be one of the easiest of the Moogerah peaks.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram

Image by @genwindley via Instagram

The ancient volcanic peaks of Mounts French, Greville, Moon and Edwards are recognised not only for their unique shapes and as favourite bushwalking destinations, but also as remnant habitats of key conservation value within south-east Queensland.

Mount Edwards is a large trachyte plug, which was formed when magma filled vertical pipe-like fissures. 

 

Image by @seq_traveller via Instagram.

Image by @seq_traveller via Instagram.

Mt Edwards is accessed from a track which starts on the opposite side of the dam wall from the Lake Moogerah picnic area.

While there are no formed tracks to the top of Mt Edwards, the route is well-worn. However be advised there are no signs or facilities so you must be self-reliant.
The route can be completed in half a day and is a Class 5 walk.
Picnic and toilet facilities are available at Lake Moogerah. Camping is available at the lake too.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram.

The Moogerah Peaks are mostly covered in open eucalypt forest with montane heath on the exposed rock faces and rainforest in some sheltered areas.

The National Park is located in what was once beneath the belly of a volcano – the ancient Main Range volcano, which erupted some 24 million years ago. The eastern flank of this volcano once spread across the Fassifern Valley. It erupted mainly basalt lavas, which may have been as thick as 1000m near the volcano’s crest.

Image by @alterd_mind via Instagram.

Image by @alterd_mind via Instagram.

The distinct peaks of the Moogerah Peaks National Park had their origins deep below the volcano. Composed of different rock types separated from basalt magma at great depths, they formed as plugs, dykes or sills when magma entered numerous cracks and weaknesses in underlying older rocks, as well as moving up the main vents.

7 ways to spoil mum in the Scenic Rim

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

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

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

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

1. Take an artistic Studio Trail

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

 

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

Eat Local Volumes 1 & 2 make perfect gifts.

2. An experience fit for a foodie mum

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

 

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

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

3. Calling all active mums

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

 

Dairy cows head to the milking shed at Tommerup's Dairy Farm in the Scenic Rim.

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

4. Take mum to the farm

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

Binna Burra Lodge is an idyllic location for Mother's Day lunch.

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

5. Lunch and views

Celebrate Mother’s Day over lunch with your loved ones at Binna Burra Lodge. Enjoy a three course lunch in Binna Burra’s Clifftop Dining Room surrounded by breathtaking views and nature’s beauty. All Mothers and Grandmothers get a free glass of bubbles on arrival.
Bookings essential.
Find out more

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard in the Scenic Rim is the perfect spot to indulge your mum for Mother's Day.

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

6. Mum will love this Gourmet picnic

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

 

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Your mum will love her time at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

7. This really is a high tea

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

What mountain is that? Mt Mitchell

Height: 1162m
Location: Main Range National Park

Mt Mitchell views. Image courtesy TEQ

Mt Mitchell views. Image courtesy TEQ

Mount Mitchell is a twin-peaked volcanic mountain, located immediately south of Cunninghams Gap.

It was named after Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell and on a clear day you’ll see the Brisbane city skyline.

Mt Mitchell is popular with walkers and boasts an accessible 5km trail to the main summit, offering fabulous views.

The  grade four walk to the peak of Mt Mitchell begins on the southern side of the Cunningham Highway. Take care when crossing the highway and follow signs at pedestrian exit points.

If you’d like some local’s knowledge on your walk, the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers Walk explores Mt Mitchell on the first day of their tour.

The narrow escarpment of Mt Mitchell captured by @charlesbalcon.

The narrow escarpment of Mt Mitchell captured by @charlesbalcon.

Mt Mitchell is one of a number of mountains located in the Main Range National Park and is the said to have been formed by remnant lava flows from the unlocated Main Range Shield Volcano.

Main Range National Park covers 29,730ha of land and includes Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area.

The Main Range Shield Volcano once spread across the Fassifern Valley, probably as far as Mt Maroon, Boonah and even Ipswich, and west to Warwick.

Mt Mitchell captured by @kersplashhh

Mt Mitchell captured by @kersplashhh

Prolonged erosion over 20-million years has removed mainly the eastern side of the volcano.

The relatively steep gradients and greater erosive power of the eastwards-flowing streams rapidly eroded the volcanic lava to create a retreating escarpment, exposing intrusive plugs and dykes beneath.

In contrast the gentler western valleys and ridges have remained behind the escarpment’ to form today’s Main Range.

The secret’s out, we have winners!

 

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Secrets Competition, we loved reading through your favourite Scenic Rim places to experience romance, adventure, food and wine and family time.

The winners are:

Romantic Escape Winner –  Katharine Franks favourite ‘secret’ adventure

The lost world- secluded, romantic and wild. It’s our  favourite scenic rim (secret, shh) and it is still a pretty big secret. We love having to get out to open the farmers’ gates, driving slowly through the cattle, then to round the bend and Mt Razorback greets you. Every occasion we have visited, we were always alone and you can’t leave without taking a dip in the Albert river. Don’t forget the picnic blanket, wine and cheeses.

Katherine won 2 nights mid-week at Witches Falls private cottage including breakfast, Ripple massages, bottle of wine & cheese platter.

Family Escape Winner – Julia Bates Gussoni’s favourite ‘secret’ adventure

My Scenic Rim ‘secret’ is probably one of the better-known destinations, Lower Portals at Mount Barney. It’s the perfect family adventure — a bit of dirt road excitement to reach the carpark, plenty of exercise and wildlife-watching on the hike and, finally, beautiful, clear pools to cool down in before the return journey commences. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and see if you can spot the friendly eel who calls the pools home. I guarantee you won’t hear a peep from the kids on the drive home!

Julia won 2 nights at Milford Country Cottages, whipcracking & boomerang throwing at Cedar Glen Farmstay, Bush Buddies wildlife encounter.

Food & Wine Escape Winner – Jennifer Refiti favourite ‘secret’ adventure

A trip to Mt Alford artisan markets to buy some local chutneys and oils, across the road to the Scenic Rim Brewery for a tasting paddle, the best steak sandwich at the Mt Alford pub and then drop in for a wine tasting at Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm. And take in the picturesque scenery along the way…..

Jennifer won 2 nights at The Old Church B&B with breakfast, champagne and chocolates, $100 voucher for Dugandan Hotel, and wine tasting at Paradine Winery.

 

Outdoor Adventure Escape Winner – Tyson Burns favourite ‘secret’ adventure

The lower waterfall at Mt Greville. Two weeks ago I took two of my kids to Mt Greville, this was in between the bouts of rain. The creeks were flowing fast, air fresh. Everyone was getting stir CRAZY from being stuck inside…so off we went. We headed up the track toward waterfall gorge, just before you take the turn to the gorge veer right head down the slope to the bottom of the 15m high waterfall. The spray from the waterfall wisps through the rainforest gully with crystal clear water. Awesome!

Tyson won Rock climbing activity for up to 10 people at Mt Barney Lodge including morning tea and guiding by expert leaders.

Things to do – April 2018 Events Guide

The Scenic Rim April Events Calendar is jam packed. Here’s a taster.

Fires on Top of Mountains Cultural Program – April 1 to 14

The colour and spectacle of the Commonwealth Games has inspired the Scenic Rim’s Windows to the World community events. Share the Fire is a major part of that project and happens from April 1 to 14. This community arts activation showcases the culture, unique identify and stories of the Scenic Rim. Join the celebrations in your local community.

Shared Fire Tamborine Mountain – April 1

Featuring, Street Food Truck Revolution, Kelly Sports family fun activities, family picnic zone, Artisans’ Alley, roving performers, storytelling around the fires.

Shared Fire Beaudesert, Monday, April 2

Featuring Street Food Truck Revolution, vintage car and bike displays, family fun sports activities, roving performances, storytellers around the fires and more.

Tastes of the Commonwealth Boonah, April 3

Featuring Picnic Parlour Dessert Lane, Artisan markets, street dining, roving performances and late night shopping.

Fire on Water Finale Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, April 14

A fabulous festival at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, running from 10am to 6.30pm. Featuring the Street Food Truck Revolution, Kelly Sports family fun activities, artisan markets, workshops and demonstrations and resort activities.

White Chapel Kalbar

White Chapel Kalbar

White Chapel Showcase – April 8

Planning your wedding? Then be sure to drop in to the Scenic Rim’s newest boutique wedding venue – White Chapel and Black Hall Kalbar.
The property will be open its first showcase on April 8. Book in for the showcase, for a chance to win a free Chapel Ceremony, valued at $1300.
The Showcase will feature live music, Drayhorse Shire carriages and a unicorn!
Organisers say the showcase is a one-stop-shop, where you can meet stylists, florists, photographers, caterers, dress designers and other wedding specialists.
Wedding services on display include Wendy Makin Bridal Designs, Beautiful Weddings Australia, Jacqui M Designs, Cuisine on Cue, We are twine and Bella Brides.

Mirusia Louwerse

Mirusia Louwerse

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – April 18

International soprano Mirusia Louwerse is coming to the Wedding & Function Gardens, Beacon Rd Tamborine Mountain for a special performance.

Brisbane-born Mirusia will share amazing stories from her wonderful career (including how Andrew Rieu wrote a special piece of music for her wedding) and she will delight the audience with songs from her new album.

The ticket price includes a three-course meal, arrival drink and tea and coffee.

Dust Hustle 6 – April 21

Strap in for the wildest event on the Dust Hustle calendar. QLD Moto Park, outside Boonah, is the location for The Riders’ Event.

DH6 is a ‘bring anything’ moto campout, with just the right amount of good food and great drinks. Test yourself on the three tracks spread across the Queensland Moto Park.

Beaudesert Anzac Day Races – April 25

Frock up for this popular country racing carnival. Beaudesert Race Club turns it on for a relaxed country race day.

Aquis Champions Tour

Aquis Champions Tour

2018 AQUIS Champions Tour – April 27 to May 6

The AQUIS Champions Tour returns to Elysian Fields for the third year and organisers say this year’s competition will be bigger and better than before.

As well as world-class showjumping, you’ll enjoy the trade stalls and food village.

Spartan Race

Spartan Race

Spartan Race Australia – April 28

The high adrenaline Spartan Race returns to Ivory’s Rock Convention Centre Peak Crossing for a 23-obstacle, 7km test of endurance and mettle.

Register now.

MAY EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Boonah Show Ball – May 1

La Bunjurga Medieval Festival – May 5

Boonah Writer’s Festival – May 5 & 6

Studios of the Scenic Rim – May 5 to June 3

– Tamborine Mountain May 5 & 6

– Boonah & District May 12 & 13

– Beaudesert May 19 & 20

– Scenic Rim on Location May 26 & 27

– Canungra & Beechmont May 2 & 3

The Grapest 5km at Albert River Winery – May 19

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

Hop into a Scenic (Rim) Easter

Easter is a stunning time to visit the Scenic Rim.

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

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

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

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

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

    Kids, go bush at Mt Barney Lodge

    Kids, go bush at Mt Barney Lodge

     

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

    Treetops Challenge Tamborine Mountain

    Treetops Challenge Tamborine Mountain

     

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

    2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay

    2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

     

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

    Moogerah Passion Play

    Moogerah Passion Play

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

    Glamping at Nightfall Camp

    Glamping at Nightfall Camp

     

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

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

 

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!
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    The Commercial Hotel, Boonah.

     

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

     

  3. Tamborine Mountain: Explore this gorgeous hilltop oasis on this 25km loop of all that is fabulous on the mountain, including breweries, cafes, gardens, rainforest skywalk, wine and a coffee plantation.
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    Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Tamborine Mountain

     

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

     

  5. Lodge to Lodge: Give yourself a few days and travel from one end of the Lamington Plateau to the other, stopping at two of the region’s most popular and historic mountain lodges.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

 

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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.

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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.

MT MAROON

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?

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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.

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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.

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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 situated within 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 south-east Queensland.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

  1. Historic Cedar Glen FarmstayFeeding the chooks at Cedar Glen


    Cedar Glen is a real working farm and has been a farmstay for more than 30 years. It’s situated in the foothills of the stunning Lost World section of the Lamington National Park. The Stpehns family has worked the cattle property for more than 100 years and enjoy sharing a slice of their farmlife with visitors. When you stay at Cedar Glen you can try horseriding, birdwatching, swimming and bushwalking, as well as meet the resident farm animals. Stay in one of four historic cottages located on the farm.

 

  1. Ayton Chicken Farm

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

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

  1. Summer Land Camel Farm

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

  1. Naughty Little Kids

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

  1. Towri Sheep Cheese Farm

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

  1. Mount Tamborine Organic Garden

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

  1. Greenlee Macadamia and Honey Farm

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

  1. Milford Country Cottages

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

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

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

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

The 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

  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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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