May 2018 Events Guide

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


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

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.


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