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Are you looking for your next idyllic picnic spot?

With lots of beautiful mountain scenery, lake views, parks and gardens, the Scenic Rim is the ultimate spot to throw out the picnic rug and indulge in an array of scrumptious goodies produced by local farmers and artisan producers.

If this sounds like your idea of heaven, grab your friends and family and hit the road. Here are 10 Scenic Rim picnic spots you need to experience for yourself.

 

Lake Moogerah

With pristine waterfront views, rugged landscapes and a number of luscious picnic areas to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Lake Moogerah. Just a 15-minute drive from Boonah, you can park your car next to the water and set up for a day of fun both in and out of the water.

One of the best spots to lay is next to Fred Haigh Park, which offers a stunning view over the lake towards Mt Greville and Mt Alford. Forgot the mat? Don’t worry, there are plenty of picnic tables to sit at and barbeques to be fired up for brekky, lunch or dinner.

Just a short drive away from Fred Haigh Park is a hidden gem located below the dam wall. Reynolds Creek Gorge features barbecues, picnic tables and shelters, as well as a 200m long swimming hole where you can cool off on those days when the mercury rises.

Access Lake Moogerah between 6am to 6pm via Gorge Rd.

Hang Gliders Lookout,

With sweeping views of the Scenic Rim countryside, Hang Gliders Lookout at Robert Sowter Park on Tamborine Mountain is a popular spot any time of day.

They say the early bird catches the worm, but here they’ll also catch the first rays of sunlight hitting the rugged mountain peaks across the horizon – you can even warm up with a coffee at one of the nearby cafés.

During the day, pop in to unwind and enjoy the country air, you might even get to watch some thrill-seekers willingly jumping off a perfectly good mountain so they can glide like a bird to the bottom.

As the sun begins to set, head down to the lookout with your special someone with a delicious charcuterie board and witness the brilliant blue sky transform into a blanket of glittering stars. It doesn’t get any better!


Mt French

With stunning natural beauty and expansive views overlooking the Fassifern Valley, Mt French is an exceptional destination for those who like to earn their rest and pair their picnic with a hike. The lookouts are easily accessible by a sealed road, meaning all car types will have no problem travelling up the mountain.

There are two easy grade walking tracks with a return trip less than a kilometre, which are suitable for both children and adults, with plenty of photo ops along the way. Mt French also has one of the most popular and well-known rock climbing locations in south east Queensland, known locally as Frogs Buttress.

All that adventure is sure to work up your appetite, so there are picnic tables nearby where you can unpack your sandwiches for lunch with a view.

Make sure you stock up on fresh local produce and handmade goodies from the nearby townships of Boonah, Kalbar and Harrisville.


Jubilee Park, Beaudesert

With plenty of space for families, plus an adventure playground for the kids, Jubilee Park in Beaudesert is a fantastic location for bigger celebrations or a lowkey lunch.

The adults can sit back and relax stretched out on the picnic rug while the kids use all their extra energy on the playgrounds, climbing nets, swings and slides. Easily accessible with parking on-site, it’s a great spot for all ages.

Sharp Park, Canungra

Whether you’re travelling for a day trip or extending your stay, Sharp Park on the Canungra River is a popular pitstop. Take in the ambience of the stream and natural wildlife and soak up some of that fresh country air. If you’re lucky, you might even spy the resident platypus!

When packing your picnic basket, be sure to add another bag with your swimmers and towels, as this is a great swimming hole in the warmer months.

Lake Wyaralong

If you’re looking for a day of fun, Lake Wyaralong will deliver heaps of family-friendly activities, including boating, SUPing, fishing, mountain biking, walking, horse riding and more.

With so many activities to keep everyone entertained, it’s important to refuel. Stop into nearby Beaudesert and stock up the esky before you head out to keep everyone smiling will full tummy’s throughout the day.

Rosins Lookout, Beechmont

Offering breathtaking views of the mountain ranges along Queensland and New South Wales, Rosins Lookout is well worth a visit.

Be sure to fill your esky with lots of cold drinks, salads, fresh produce and meat you can cook up on one of the electric barbecues.

Lake Maroon

Set up your camp chairs and folding table on the base of Lake Maroon, where you can spend the day grazing to your heart’s content in between fishing, kayaking and other watersports.

Invite the whole gang to join you and ask everyone to bring a dish big enough to share for your lakeside picnic.

Tamborine Mountain Regional Botanic Gardens

Visitors will be delighted by the array of gardens and beautiful flowers when they enter the Tamborine Mountain Regional Botanic Gardens  with a picnic rug under one arm, and basket in the other.

Spend some time wandering through the many gardens, including the Rose Garden and Japanese Garden, before setting up your picnic. Be sure to bring a fully charged camera, as there are lots of beautiful flowers to capture.

The heat may be here, but the beers are icy at these Scenic Rim country pubs!

From boutique breweries to heritage hotels, parmy specialists and pubs with a view, to laid back places where the locals go, these are the best pubs to sit and sip in the Scenic Rim this summer. Take a day trip, stay over OR even do a country pub crawl by chopper with Pterodactyl Helicopters!

Eric Williams and daughter Ashley Bates-Williams enjoy a beer at the iconic Canungra Hotel. Picture by Luke Marsden.

Check out our top 20 Scenic Rim country pubs below:

  1. Scenic Rim Brewery – boutique beers and pretzels!
    This boutique, family-owned craft brewery packs a big flavour punch. Based in the picturesque town of Mount Alford, just past Boonah, owners Mike and Wendy brew a superb range of beers, all of which have names to make you smile – there’s the Shazza, Digga’s, Fat Man, Giddy Gout and the PharQue. The Ginger Extra Dry alone is worth the drive. The menu is a nod to Wendy’s Dutch heritage, yes there’s mouth-watering bitterballen (Dutch meatballs), perfect giant pretzels (that are guaranteed to make you thirsty) and a range of European gourmet hotdogs as well as great coffee, cake and daily specials.
    Address: 898 Reckumpilla Street, Mount Alford QLD 4310
    Website: https://www.scenicrimbrewery.com.au/ 
  2. The Canungra Hotel –parmy dreams are made of this
    Parmy lovers, hold onto your forks, we’ve found your dream pub! With over 10 different parmy toppings ranging from the “Parmegedon” to the “Rainbow”, The Canungra Hotel is not about to let your (parmy) dreams pass you by. Sitting in gorgeous Canungra at the base of Tamborine Mountain and right on the Scenic Rim Wine Trail, this pub is the stuff of legend – and the perfect place to sit and sip after a hike.
    Address: 18 Kidston St, Canungra QLD 4275
    Website: https://www.canungrahotel.com.au/
  3. The Dugandan Hotel – cold beers since 1886
    The Dugandan Hotel, or “The Dugie” as it is affectionately known, is the quintessential Australian country pub and features a great beer garden deck out the back and outdoor area under huge trees. Just five minutes outside Boonah, and looking over a cricket field and up to Mt French (where there’s walks and BBQ sites), The Dugie serves up traditional pub fare, hearty country classics, icy cold beers, a great range of crafts and wines.
    Address: Cnr Mt French and Boonah Rathdowney Roads, Dugandan
    Website: https://www.dugandanhotel.com.au/
  4. The Royal Hotel, Kalbar – no crowns required
    If you haven’t been to the foodie haven that is Kalbar, just an hour from Brisbane, then choose a day and lock it in. This gorgeous country town is home to quite a few ‘must visit’ foodie establishments and fresh produce provedores, with The Royal Hotel leading the charge. Be sure to book ahead for this friendly country pub, which offers plenty of seating on the large deck and in the grounds. The menu features great steaks, local vegetables and pizza, as well as pies, curries, lamb shanks and fresh salads.
    Address: Corner George and Edward St Kalbar,
    Website: http://www.royalhotelkalbar.com.au/
  5. Fortitude Brewing, Tamborine Mountain – the ultimate mountain hoppiness!
    A trip to Fortitude Brewing Company will make you giddier than a little kid with a tambourine. At home at the end of the Gallery Walk on Tamborine Mountain, Fortitude Brewing is famous for its gourmet pizzas, cheese platters and beer tasting paddles, the perfect way to start or finish a daytrip or staycay.
    Address: 165 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4271
    Website: https://fortitudebrewing.com.au/
  6. The Royal Hotel, Harrisville – a living history
    The Royal Hotel Harrisville began life in 1875 as the Harrisville Inn. The original hotel serviced the local cotton and beef industries and was one of the first in the region. It was destroyed by fire in 1916 and rebuilt. A gorgeous country Queensland pub that serves up authentic country meals, its beer garden overlooking a creek with views over the Great Dividing Range make it popular for events and as a set for filming opportunities. Just 30 mins west of Ipswich in the Scenic Rim, there’s rumour of a resident ghost, but you will have to ask the publican for more on that!
    Address: 1 Wholey Dr, Harrisville QLD 4307
    Website: https://www.royalhotelharrisville.com.au/
  7. The ‘Rathy’ – home on the range
    The “Rathy Pub” has been a central feature in the Rathdowney township since the 1900s as they serve the heartiest country meals seven days a week in this historic country village. With gorgeous views over the range, a flavour-filled menu and great bar area, it’s the perfect spot for a family outing, a bike ride or a couples visit.
    Address: 4287/73 Collins St, Rathdowney QLD 4287
    Website: https://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/eatdrink/pubs/rathdowney-hotel/
  8. The Bearded Dragon Hotel – Tamborine dreams
    Set on 110 picturesque acres with sweeping views across surrounding Tamborine, The Bearded Dragon Hotel has been delivering the true-blue Aussie experience for 20 years. With 15 local and imported beers on tap, classic pub meals and views to wow your socks off; this pub is the perfect weekend dining spot.
    Address: 2-22 Tamborine Mountain Rd, Tamborine QLD 4270
    Website: http://www.beardeddragon.com.au/
  9. The Australian Hotel, Boonah – the cheer of yesteryear
    Another traditional country pub, The Australian was built in 1888 and is a favourite of Boonah locals and visitors alike. Here’s a tip – pub lunches start from $15, so it’s the perfect spot to pop in on a day trip or longer stay.
    Address: 32 High St, Boonah QLD 4310
    Website: https://www.australianhotelboonah.com.au/
  10. The Beaudesert Hotel – Beauy’s best
    One of Beaudesert’s most historic and established dining venues, The Beaudesert Hotel, known as The Beauy, underwent an extensive renovation in 2015, and is now modern and cool inside, while keeping it’s classic country pub status. Chef Jason Argue has developed a reputation as Beaudesert’s most loved chef in his 12 years at the pans – he’s famous for his steaks, cooked to perfection every time. The Hotel also offers accommodation, a spacious dining room, great bar areas, a gaming room with 24 of some of the most recent gaming machines and a courtesy bus service.
    Address: 80 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert 4285 Queensland
    Website: https://beaudeserthotel.com.au/
  11. St Bernards Hotel, Tamborine Mountain – lunch with a view!
    Enjoy a tasty pub lunch on the deck overlooking stunning hinterland and garden views, and keep an eye out for Syrah, Molly and Cooper, the gorgeous St Bernards! There’s plenty of space for the kids to run around after lunch while you sit and let your meal settle.
    Address: 101 Alpine Terrace, Tamborine Mountain
    Website: http://stbernardshotel.com/
  12. Railway Hotel, Beaudesert – friendly local vibes since 1887
    Make yourself at home in this friendly pub in the heart of Beaudesert. The popular Railway Hotel on Brisbane Street, across from Beaudesert’s old railway building, is where the locals go. With $12.50 lunch specials and always cool inside, the Railway Hotel is the perfect pit stop en route to your Scenic Rim summer adventures. Local trivia: The Beaudesert Railway Hotel brand has been well over a century in the making, with records showing the original Railway Hotel building was constructed in 1887 where the Beaudesert Woolworths car park now stands. The original Railway Hotel was owned by one family for 93 years, and it is said to have been the oldest existing hotel building in Beaudesert.
    Address: 121 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert
    Website: https://railwayhotelbeaudesert.com.au/
  13. Mount Alford Hotel – tiny town, big tasty meals
    Great atmosphere, super cold beer and delicious pub grub. What more could you want?  It’s conveniently just across the road from the Scenic Rim Brewery, so you’ve got your local pub crawl sorted.
    Address: 901 Reckumpilla Street, Mount Alford
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/mtalfordhotel/
  14. Commercial Hotel Harrisville – laid back country vibes
    You’re likely to bump into a few locals in this country pub on the main street of Harrisville. It’s got a laid back atmosphere and it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a beer.
    Address: 24 Queen Street, Harrisville
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Commercialhotelharrisville1
  15. The Peak Pub at Peak Crossing – character galore!
    A country pub full of character, tall stories and ice cold beer! Come enjoy a meal and the relaxed vibes of this small country town.
    Address: 15-17 Fassifern Street, Peak Crossing
    Website: https://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/eatdrink/pubs/the-peak-pub-peak-crossing/
  16. Commercial Hotel, Boonah – cold beers on High Street
    It’s the perfect spot to stop for a cold one while you wander down Boonah’s bustling High Street. You’ll know it when you see the mannequins peering down at you from the second storey verandah (true story!)
    Address: 39 High Street, Boonah
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Commercial-Hotel-Boonah-1553694321559364
  17. Simon’s Tavern, Boonah – a 70s gem with a long history
    This 1970s building in Boonah’s High Street houses a business with a history dating back to 1902, when original developer and owner Carl Gustav Simon first opened its doors. The original ornate Simon’s Tavern burned down and was replaced by the current structure. Go chill out in the aircon and have a cold bevvie.
    Address: 80 High Street, Boonah
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/simonstavernboonah
  18. Roadie Hotel, Roadvale – affordable meals, good vibes
    Good quality country pub meals at realistic prices in the historic and tiny Scenic Rim farming community of Roadvale. The beers are always cold!
    Address: 320 Gray Street, Roadvale
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Roadie-Hotel-100936865148169
  19. The Pavilion Tavern – Kooralbyn’s answer to a country pub!
    This local hub is a short stroll from the Kooralbyn Valley Resort, and the beers are always cold, Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining, mini golf, bowling green and playground!
    Address: 1/21 Routley Drive, Kooralbyn
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/kooralbynpavilion

 

Steve Noakes is a Binna Burra local. If you take the winding road up from Canungra to Binna Burra, chances are you’ll bump into him having a cuppa or a cold one with other locals at Binna Burra Kitchen. Or you might even catch him proudly walking the grounds of Binna Burra Lodge – an icon of the Scenic Rim and, in fact, the world.

Steve has been involved with Binna Burra Lodge for 50 years, on and off, and is into his third year as Binna Burra Lodge chairman.

Scenic Rim local and Binna Burra Lodge Chairman Steve Noakes. Photo: Susie Cunningham.

Steve and his wife Suzanne have lived in that beautiful part of the Scenic Rim for 22 years and sent their three children to the local Beechmont State School. One of their adult kids is now a teacher there, and some of her students work for Binna Burra Lodge. It’s just that kind of place.

Steve and Suzanne play an active part in the local community. Suzanne, who is a true blue local (her mum was born in Beaudesert), is a life member of the Beechmont Parents & Citizens Association and on the Beechmont ANZAC Day Committee.

Both Steve and Suzanne are members of the Lamington Natural History Association (Suzanne is vice-chair), which provides the visitor information services for Queensland Parks & Wildlife on the Binna Burra side of Lamington National Park. They are also members of the Beechmont Area Progress Association.

Suzanne is an active volunteer rural fire fighter and secretary of the Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade, which played an instrumental role in fighting the bushfires which devastated the communities of Beechmont and Binna Burra – including Binna Burra Lodge – in 2019.

We asked Steve to share some of his local tips for the best places to eat, drink and relax in the Scenic Rim. Unsurprisingly, Binna Burra features pretty highly on the list!

What do you love about the Scenic Rim?
The Scenic Rim is close enough to big city services, but far enough away for solitude, peacefulness and inspiration.  It’s an accessible diversion from negativity and bad news! You can connect with what matters – where nature thrives, the human spirit can thrive also.

What’s your favourite place to eat/ drink in the Scenic Rim?
I enjoy the many neat little cafes in Canungra, but my favourites are at Binna Burra Lodge and also at the Binna Burra Kitchen at the old school site in Beechmont. Binna Burra has a long tradition of sourcing and serving local farm products and that is getting stronger as it reopened from the terrible bushfire devasation in 2019.

What’s your favourite Scenic Rim spot?
The Binna Burra side of the Lamington National Park which is within the Gondwana World Heritage Listed rainforests. It’s a large area of warm temperate rainforest which still contain ancient and primitive plants and animals from which the Earth evolved. How special is that?

Binna Burra Lodge reopens from 1 September, 2020. To book, visit www.binnaburralodge.com.au

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It’s about the rich satisfaction of visiting the Scenic Rim and enjoying what’s most important – the things money can’t buy.

 

What really sets us apart here – aside from our stunning World Heritage Listed National Parks, our enticing places to stay and play and our award-winning food and wineis our people. 

Whether you’re buying fresh sheep cheese from Carolyn and Dallas at Towri Sheep Cheeses, farm-fresh delights from Kay, Dave and their family at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm larder, having a beer with Mike at Scenic Rim Brewery, bundling the kids into the car for a family holiday to remember at the iconic Thunderbird Park, run by Judi and Bob Minnikin on Tamborine Mountain or booking a delightful Kalbar getaway at Herrmann House, owned by passionate Scenic Rim visionary April Cornwell, you’ll love our locals. 

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