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.
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.
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.
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!