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Eight Scenic Rim events not to miss in 2022

16 Dec 2021
6 mins read

From food festivals to events that raise the heart rate in spectacular surrounds, it’s no secret that the Scenic Rim is home to one of the best events calendars in regional Australia. An event in the Scenic Rim is the perfect way to experience the region, sample the local produce and beverages and enjoy some of our exceptional country hospitality all in one.

If you’ve been looking for a sign to lock in your 2022 Scenic Rim adventure and experience one of the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions to visit next year, look no further — here are the eight top events not to miss in 2022.

The Long Sunset | Saturday 30 April

Australia’s newest regional musical festival is almost here! Aussie favourites Angus & Julia Stone, Brisbane-based Ball Park Music, Baby Rainbow from Byron Bay and Hatchie are leading the first ever Long Sunset lineup at Elysian Fields in the heart of Canungra. You can expect incredible live performances, a vast selection of local food and art, and a great day out for the whole family as the sun slowly sets and brings The Long Sunset to life. Tickets are selling fast, find out more here.

Escape in the Scenic Rim | 29 April-29 May 2022

Escape in the Scenic Rim is a brand new nature and adventure festival, running from 29 April to 29 May. Set in some of the most spectacular natural surrounds in the world, Escape in the Scenic Rim will feature incredible natural beauty, diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife and incredible local produce with events to raise your heart rate or help you sit back and feel one with nature again. Come and feed the mind, activate the body and lift the heart. Find out more here.

Scenic Rim Farm Gate Trail | 6 March 2022

Fill your empty esky in the Scenic Rim.

In March and May they’re inviting you to come and experience country life in the Scenic Rim.

Farm Gate Trail want you to learn where your food comes from, meet the farmers, shop local and fill your empty esky with their delicious local produce.

Stay tuned for details on who’s participating, and a map and itineraries to help plan your road trip! Don’t forget, the Farm Gate Trail covers a range of areas in the Scenic Rim, with some stops over an hour apart, so they suggest you plan ahead and visit three to five stops!

Kalbar Sunflower Festival | Saturday 26 March

There’s nothing better than running through fields full of sunflowers and it doesn’t get better than the 300,000 of them at the Kalbar Sunflower Festival! On the outskirts of the historic township of Kalbar, immerse yourself in the bright yellow beauties and enjoy a day of entertainment, local food and beverages and special experiences like yoga in the fields.

If you don’t know the story, this is a festival grown out of hardship. After going through the longest drought of their life, the Jenners couldn’t grow their main crop so instead planted a bunch of sunflower seeds. From there, just like the sunflowers, the festival grew! Come and experience it for yourself, find out more here.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | June-July

Everyone’s favourite regional food festival is back! The 11th Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will officially kick off from 25 June to 3 July, with an incredible line-up of long lunches, incredible dinners, farm gates, workshops and more, including the family-fun Winter Harvest Festival on 2 July. But the fun doesn’t stop there — there’ll be a full line-up of delicious entrée events in June to tantilise your tastebuds. Find out more about Eat Local Week here and keep an eye out for the full program in the coming months.

Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular | 11-12 June

They’re the gentle giants of the horse world and are recognised in Australia as the breed that built the nation. Over the weekend of June 12 and 13, come out to the colourful country town of Boonah and celebrate the best Clydesdale show in the Southern Hemisphere at the Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular! See the champions of the breed judged, soak up some Scottish heritage, witness the skilled trades of harness making, whip plaiting and more, watch the Queensland Whip Cracking Champions, and check out working dog displays, bush poetry, wood chopping and so much more. This is definitely not one to miss, find out more here.

EmpowHER Hiking Program | February-June

Always wanted to try hiking but you weren’t sure where to start? There’s nowhere better to start than the Scenic Rim! The EmpowHER Hiking Program offers affordable guided hikes from February to June to help women and girls explore the Scenic Rim, build their fitness and gain confidence in the outdoors. There are 60 guided hikes on offer for all fitness levels, from short walks to full-day adventures and, better yet, are just $15 per booking! Check out the full calendar and book your spot today.

Evergreen Festival | 8-10 July

The Evergreen Festival returns in 2022 on Tamborine Mountain to enjoy local fare, fine craftsmanship and local produce in a festival atmosphere. Their Annual Winter Market is a picture-perfect site, with the tree-lined precinct offering lighting installations and shopping at curated festooned market stalls featuring everything from edible treats to handmade ornaments, mulled wine, and so much more. Find out more here.

The Lost World Trail Festival | 29 May

There’s a small pocket of the Scenic Rim at the foothills of the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park fast becoming a trail running mecca and it’s set to come alive for the Inaugural Lost World Trail Festival! The views from these trails will stop the most experience runner in their tracks. There are options for everyone from the seasoned trail runner to the beginner, so come and get amongst the action. Find out more here.

Between these signature events, we have a full calendar jam-packed with events for the whole family, including , markets, food and wine tours, country shows, nature-based events and so much more.

If you’re chasing the best events in food and wine, nature and adventure, arts and culture, and more, paired with spectacular settings, we’ll see you in the Scenic Rim soon!