There are so many ways to enjoy the Scenic Rim. We came up with these Five Scenic Rim Adventures to get you started.
1. Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries.
Looking for somewhere to quench your thirst? Then you’ll love the Scenic Rim.
It’s a region well-known for its spectacular scenery but our wineries, boutique breweries and distilleries more than hold their own.
Our fertile soils sustain a bounty of products – including regional wines, spirits and liqueurs.
At last count there were 17 wineries, three breweries and two distilleries, with plans for more in the pipeline. The experiences are wide-ranging. You’ll find small boutique wineries offering their wines through cellar doors, through to large-scale wineries and vineyards which couple great local wine with function facilities for weddings, award-winning restaurants, lavender, glow worms and beautiful gardens.
Some venues are infusing their spirits and liqueurs with native Scenic Rim ingredients, including lemon myrtle, wattle seed and even carrots!
If it’s a cold, refreshing craft beer you need then pull up a stool and settle in at the bar. The region is home to a number of boutique breweries, offering unique cool brews.
You’ll find wineries, breweries and distilleries located right across the sprawling Scenic Rim. Our tip is to settle on one part of the region and enjoy a lazy day of drinking, eating and soaking in the spectacular views.
Whether it is a romantic getaway with that someone special or a quiet escape to relax, unwind and recharge the batteries, in the Scenic Rim you really are spoilt for choice.
There is a great selection of accommodation that’s perfect for you. Book into a luxury resort, a spa retreat or one of our cosy mountain lodges or B&Bs. Snuggle up by the fire, enjoy a glass of award-winning Scenic Rim wine, unwind and reconnect.
If you like the idea of camping, but you prefer the comforts of home, you’ll love the Scenic Rim’s glamping experiences. They’ve been voted among Australia’s best. It’s camping, but not as you know it.
Browse through our wonderful range of accommodation. Choose the accommodation style that suits you in locations right across the Scenic Rim.
3. Eat your way around the Scenic Rim
If you’re looking for an authentic food experience, where you meet and talk to the farmers, you’ll love the Scenic Rim. Many of the region’s producers welcome visitors to their farms and encourage you to buy direct. They offer a unique insight into the journey your food takes from their paddocks to your plate.
Each year during the Queensland June-July school holidays this farm to fork experience is encapsulated in Scenic Rim Eat Local Week. It’s grown to be a popular event on the Queensland food calendar and celebrates the region’s food and wine, and the farmers who grow it. Save the dates – the 2017 festival is happening from June 24 to July 2.
But Eat Local Week isn’t your only opportunity to meet Scenic Rim producers. Many of them welcome visitors year round. As you drive around the region you’ll soon realise how easy it is to buy direct from the farmers. The Scenic Rim’s country roads and laneways are dotted with roadside stalls and farm gate shops, offering seasonal produce, jams, relishes, plants and flowers.
The Scenic Rim is home to a number of well-regarded cooking schools too. Cook with local ingredients and learn new techniques from Scenic Rim chefs and then, after all your hard work in the kitchen, sit down and enjoy your creations with a bottle of the local drop.
If a short farm visit isn’t enough, have a look at the Scenic Rim’s popular farm stays. Many Scenic Rim producers welcome visitors to stay on farm and enjoy a taste of life on a working farm. A farm stay is serious fun for the whole family. Rise early to see the cows being milked; help feed the chooks; or saddle a horse for a scenic ride.
4. Cultural & Historical
The Scenic Rim’s Aboriginal heritage stretches back to the beginning of time when ancestral spirits created the landscape and all living things. Aboriginal ancestors handed down laws and practices that taught people how to live with, and care for, the land. Historical documents mention the Mununjali, Yugambeh and Ugarapul peoples and describe how they traded local resources and maintained a high level of interaction with relatives and other family groups throughout the region through their ceremonial gatherings. The interaction and movement of Aboriginal family groups was made possible by a complex network of trails and pathways that criss-crossed the region.
The Scenic Rim was first settled by European immigrants in the 1800’s and has its origins in farming and timber. Descendants of these pioneering families still live in the Scenic Rim, where the history and heritage of years gone by is embraced and celebrated.
The Scenic Rim’s history is intrinsically linked to a number of inspiring, innovative and charismatic pioneers including filmmakers, authors, environmentalists, adventurers, political activists and amazing heroes. Their discoveries and efforts shaped the Scenic Rim of today. You can learn about our colourful history by visiting one of the many historical museums and centres located throughout the region.
A number of events are held throughout the year, celebrating many aspects of the region’s culture and history. Highlights include Open Studios of the Scenic Rim and Arts in the Olives both held in May; the Clydesdale Spectacular in June; and Eat Local Week in late the Queensland June-July school holidays. Agricultural shows held throughout the region celebrate the essence of our regional communities and are well worth a visit.
If the idea of spending a week lazing by the pool horrifies you, don’t worry – the Scenic Rim has plenty to keep you active.
Satisfy your thirst for adventure in our beautiful, natural wilderness. Our outdoor adventure wonderland will challenge the fittest of explorers. Choose one of many walks through the region’s six National Parks, go rock climbing, or take a cooling dip in a local waterhole.
Our natural history goes back about 26-million years. The Scenic Rim mountains and the Mt Warning area in northern NSW, known as the Green Cauldron, were once a volcanic hotspot. The volcanic activity led to the creation of the spectacular mountain range and has enabled the region’s lush flora and fauna to flourish. When combined with a temperate climate, the region’s rich basalt soils have provided fertile ground for rainforests to prosper. Queensland’s first National Park was declared at Tamborine Mountain in 1908. The region now boasts six National Parks and in 1994 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee declared the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area over rainforest in the Lamington, Springbrook, Mt Barney and Main Range National Parks.
The Scenic Rim is a popular destination for fishing and boating. It’s home to three dams – Lake Maroon in the south, Lake Moogerah in the west and the new Lake Wyaralong, situated between Boonah and Beaudesert. As you travel through the region you’ll find plenty of spectacular spots beside our creeks and rivers, just calling for you and your picnic lunch.
If it is an activity in the great outdoors, you can be pretty sure that you will find what you are looking for in the Scenic Rim.