Meet the Locals – Nikki Hobbs

Nikki Hobbs is a woman of many skills.

A seasoned public relations and communications specialist, in recent years Nikki has turned her attention to the building and design industry.

Nikki and her builder husband Luke run Hobbs Building & Interiors. Luke heads up the building side and Nikki lends her design flair to the interiors as Nikki Hobbs Interiors.

The couple live and work in the Scenic Rim and specialise in steel frame construction and have a passion for sustainable products.

Nikki Hobbs and the Hobbs Building team.

We asked Nikki to share her local tips on the best places to eat, drink and enjoy great design.

Canungra locals, Luke and Nikki Hobbs.

My Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat is …

Yikes, I’m having difficulty culling to just one so will list my highlights including The Overflow Estate at Wyaralong, Mason Wines Tamborine Mountain, Ginja Ninja Canungra, Wholefood Organic Harvest (veggie box delivery service) and all the Eat Local Week events (yum)!

Grapest 5K Run at The Overflow Estate 1895.

The Overflow Estate 1895.

My Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee is …

Some may refer to me as a ‘coffee-shop-hopper’ pending the location of our job sites, however always a constant is Cafe’ Metz in the heart of Canungra. Their staff are so lovely and a bar seat overlooking the main street action is always fun! (And kudos to The Treehouse and Greenlane Coffee, both on Mount Tamborine which should also get mentions as my faves).

Green Lane Coffee Plantation offers Sunday tours by appointment. Photo by Christine Sharp.

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

Relocating to the region has reminded us of living in Canada; whereby comprised of picturesque countryside, like-minded outdoors folk and that there’s always something fun to see and do! (Including building eco-friendly homes for our clients, ha).

We’re also incredibly grateful for all our friendly neighbours (which doesn’t happen in the city these days) and often enjoy their company for gatherings (and for looking after our animals when we’re away)!

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

Can I choose two? Firstly from the spectacular Moonlight Crag (located at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat) and secondly from the new (and improved) cantilevered timber deck at St Bernard’s Hotel on Mount Tamborine. It’s picture-perfect at sunset overlooking the escarpment and Gold Coast.

St Bernards Hotel

My favourite Scenic Rim walk is …

I’m off to Spain to walk a portion of the Camino later this month with Live Fit Gym in Canungra and hence have been getting mileage in my hiking boots of late (including Springbrook, Lamington, Binna Burra and Mount Tamborine).

However, my favourite walk was without a doubt the 37km Stinson hike, culminating at Christmas Creek on dusk after 14 gruelling hours. It’s a very heroic story retracing the footsteps of Bernard O’Reilly and one which I strongly encourage all Scenic Rim locals to give it a go.

Beers at Scenic Rim Brewery. Photo by Christine Sharp.

Your favourite Scenic Rim building?

It’s got to be the quaint Scenic Rim Brewery in Mount Alford. The tasteful country-style renovation and welcoming outdoor seating area is the epitome of the #scenicrim