Nathan and Jodie Overell from Worendo Cottages

Nathan and Jodie Overell from Worendo Cottages

Nathan and Jodie Overell run Worendo Cottages and the Wild Lime Cooking School in the spectacular Lost World.
The business was started by Nathan’s parents Sue and Rob and overlooks the world heritage rainforest mountains of the Lamington National Park.
The Overells offer their visitors a unique and invigorating escape from the mundane, in a stunning and peacefull wilderness settings.
The property features romantic cottages for couples and larger farm houses for families and groups.
Nathan and Jodie are overseeing a small expansion, with two new cabins and a kitchen-dining area to be complete by July 2018, which will expand the group retreat offerings available. In-house meals will also be offered to guests.
As well as the accommodation, Worendo is well-known for its Wild Lime Cooking School, situated on the property and run by local chef Kate Raymont.
The casual cooking classes use local ingredients and finish with a communal, long-table lunch.

We asked Nathan and Jodie to share their locals’ knowledge of where to eat, drink and soak in the Scenic Rim’s views.

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

The Ginga Ninja in Canungra tops our list…  their sashimi bowl is fantastic but everything is fresh and beautifully presented.  We can’t go through Canungra without stopping!  If you’re after the best in gourmet goodies then it definitely has to be The Vintage Pickle on Mt Tamborine.  They also promote a wide range of Scenic Rim products.  For a pub meal we have to say St Bernards on Mt Tamborine.  Amazing views, a lovely feel to the place and great grub!

Favourite SR coffee spot

When we are in town (Beaudesert) “Our go to is the Bean To”.   Great organic coffee, the friendliest staff and always fun to check out the eclectic decor.  Closer to home we love the Christmas Creek Cafe (and Cabins)  You can sit on the deck staring up at the Mountains of Lamington National Park and the kids (we have 3 small boys) are taken care of by the foosball and ping pong table and the toy collections inside which gives us a chance to relax and have a chat.  The coffee is great too and Katy makes a mean burger if you are hungry!

My favourite place in the Scenic Rim is …

Lamington National Park.  We live with those mountains standing above us and the urge to explore round the next corner of the Albert River is never ending fun.  Often a short walk to a swimming hole can lure you into a longer adventure!

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

It is close…  but far….  You can get lost in The Lost World for days and feel like you are far removed from city stresses and the fast pace…  but jump in a car and be soaking up Southbank Culture or a game at the Gabba in just 90 minutes.  We also love the food and tourism diversity.  With such a lush and dynamic region we are filled with pockets of small scale perfection.  Running our Wild Lime Cooking School has helped us realise the incredible variety of produce available right on our doorstep.  Nowhere else can you go for a half hour drive and pick up anything from coffee to carrots or camel milk!
Views from Worendo Cottages

Views from Worendo Cottages

My favourite Scenic Rim view is ….

From the deck of any of our Cottages.  People ask us all the time if we ever get sick of the view.  No we don’t.  It is ever changing as the weather rolls around and the seasons change and not one day goes by that something doesn’t stop me in my tracks and have me staring for a few minutes in appreciation.

arts in the olivesSpoil mum with a unique day out in the Scenic Rim’s Lost World this Mother’s Day.

The Arts in the Olives festival is part of Scenic Rim Open Studios and is a hugely-popular Mother’s Day event.

It’s a relaxed event, held among the Worendo Olive Grove.

As well as art and craft workshops, there is live music, beautiful hot and cold local food, artisan stalls and fabulous children’s’ activities.

This year’s event is themed, Celebration – a Decade of Creativity – and will feature workshops in blacksmithing, watercolour painting, shibori, flute making and weaving.

The event is held on Sunday May 14 and some workshops do book out.

Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children under five are free.

Find out more

Studios of the Scenic Rim is a month away and it’s shaping to be the biggest year yet.

This celebration of culture and creativity features 300 artists, in 27 locations across five weekends.

The event kicks off on Tamborine Mountain on May 6 and 7 and continues each weekend through to June 3 and 4.

A diverse range of artforms will be on show at different studios, including painting, ceramics, printmaking, books, drawings, sculpture, illustration, rugmaking, floral art, fibre art, eco-dying and leadlighting.

Details of participating artists and studios are included in the Council’s Studios & Events booklet. Download it here or find a hardcopy at Council customer service centres, libraries and Visitor Information Centres throughout the region.

Put these dates in your diary:

Tamborine Mountain – May 6 & 7
Lost World Valley – May 13 & 14 (Arts in the Olives)
Beaudesert – May 20 & 21
Boonah & District – May 27 & 28
Canungra & Beechmont – June 3 & 4
Find out more