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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.

You’ve said ‘yes!’, the ring is amazing, the guest list is growing and all you need now is a spectacular place to hold your dream wedding!

Welcome to the Scenic Rim.

This picturesque region is emerging as the darling of south-east Queensland brides and grooms.

The Scenic Rim has it all – location (one hour from Brisbane & the Gold Coast), spectacular views (they don’t call us Scenic for nothing) and some to-die for wedding venues.

There’s so many to choose from but here are 15 of our favourites.

  1. The White Chapel & Black Hall Kalbar

horse and carriage

This is the Scenic Rim’s newest wedding venue and one thing is for sure, your photographs are going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

No expense has been spared by the owners, April and Paul Cornwell, who have transformed a disused country church (circa 1883) into a designer wedding chapel and reception venue.

From the chandeliers, to the ornate gardens, to the rustic shed and the sleek Black Hall reception venue, your wedding will be the talk of your friends for months to come.

The property features many photographic backdrops, created with your big day – and your wedding album – in mind.

The team behind The White Chapel have thought of everything – there’s even a minibus to carry your guests home to their local accommodation.

  1. The Vue Restaurant & Wedding Chapel, Boonah

Boonah Valley Motel wedding

Country weddings done right. Here’s a venue where you can have it all in one location – vows in the gorgeous outdoor chapel, food in the neighbouring restaurant and accommodation in the beautiful on-site country cabins.

This one-stop shop will make saying ‘I Do’ easy and fuss free.

  1. Kooroomba Vineyard & Restaurant, Mt Alford

Kooroomba wedding

If it’s stunning mountain views you’re after, look no further than Kooroomba Vineyard & Restaurant.

Say ‘I do’ in the new wedding chapel, situated on the edge of the vineyard, with a glorious mountain backdrop. Your guests can wander back to the architect-designed restaurant and winery for sunset drinks, dinner and dancing.

This location is a photographer’s dream – your insta feed will be full of hashtag incredible images.

  1. Flinders Peak Winery, Peak Crossing

flinders peak wedding

Wine, mountain views, wild life, cosy villas, WINE. Here’s another fabulous all-in-one location for your wedding. Who needs the hassle of traipsing from church to reception venue to accommodation – it’s all here on site at Peak Crossing. There’s a rustic barn for your reception, complete with bar and Chesterfield lounges,  and plenty of locally-made wine. Wander back to your villa when the party is over and wake to the stunning views over the vineyard.

  1. Cedar Creek Estate

Cedar Creek Estate Wedding

Your wedding vision will become reality at Cedar Creek Estate on Tamborine Mountain. From the stone chapel, to the garden arbour, the glorious gardens, the lake and the water feature, your day will be one you and your guests will remember for years to come.

Choose from a large array of wines and enlist the help of the resident wedding co-ordinators. Formal and informal wedding receptions can be arranged.

And once the formalities are over head to the on-site Glow Worm Caves for some ‘illuminating’ photographs with your love.

  1. Albert River Wines

Albert River Wines weddings

Looking for an historic, unique country wedding venue? Enter Albert River Wines. This historic property, situated a short drive from Canungra, has been a finalist in the Australian Bridal Institute Awards for Ceremony and Reception Venues for the past three years. Albert River Wines offers newlyweds many options – from the Jacaranda Gazebo, the ornate, restored vineyard chapel, to the chapel garden to the historic homestead restaurant.

Tamborine House has been beautifully restored and is a fabulous showcase of the 1800s architectural style. Entertain your guests on the sprawling verandas, or in the Auchenflower House Ballroom.

  1. Tea & Niceties

tea and niceties

Enchanting, vintage-themed weddings are de rigueur here at Tea & Niceties on Tamborine Mountain.

Nothing will be left to chance. The gardens are breathtaking and you’ll find plenty of photographic backdrops on this one-acre property, which boasts lush rainforest and curated gardens. There’s a lace-laden pergola and your reception in the elegant tearoom will create an atmosphere your guests will be talking about for weeks to come.

The resident wedding co-ordinator will make sure your big day is perfect and very magical.

  1. Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Pethers Retreat Weddings

Boutique rainforest retreats aren’t something you find every day. And yet here’s a magical one, located on Tamborine Mountain just 30minutes drive from the Gold Coast. The team at Pethers Rainforest Retreat specialise in catering to intimate weddings of up to 70 people. The rainforest setting will set your nuptials apart. Feast on a banquet meal in the timber and glass restaurant, with a spectacular fireplace at the centre.

Your guests will love the on-site accommodation – private tree house retreats which can accommodate up to 20 people.

There’s also a new Wedding Garden, featuring manicured lawns and a wedding gazebo. Walk down the red carpet to your love and your dream rainforest wedding.

  1. Cedar Creek Lodges

Cedar Creek Lodges wedding

OMG! How can one location offer so many wedding options?

The hardest part of being married here at Cedar Creek Lodges will be deciding where and how to do it.

Do you opt for the Rainforest amphitheater and its towering timber columns lit up by fairy lights? Or how about The Outlook a manicured knoll, bordered by Lilly Pilly hedges? Then there’s the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar. And let’s not forget the architecturally-designed Island Glade, a sister pavilion to the Rainforest Amphitheatre, and located on the Cedar Creek.

Cedar Creek Lodges are located in Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. There is so much to do onsite your guests will return home revived and reinvigorated. Minigolf, flying fox, laser tag, tree top challenge, bird feeding and horse riding.

And yes there’s accommodation on site – could this be the perfect wedding venue?

  1. Canungra Valley Vineyards

Creekside Reception with Festoon Lights Canungra Valley Vineyard

Canungra Valley Vineyards is part of the impressive O’Reilly’s family of attractions. The vineyards are situated just outside Canungra and on the way to the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat the in the Lamington National Park.

The Canungra Valley Vineyards has become a popular choice for newlyweds, thanks to the stunning location and suite of incredible options located on this sprawling estate.

The hardest part will be deciding where to say ‘I do’. Will it be a long table lunch by the creek? Or a marquee on the lawn? A relaxed gourmet picnic, or a bells and whistles dinner inside the historic winery homestead?

The CVV team will make your wedding wishes come true.

  1. Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort

Tamborine Gardens wedding

Here’s a stress-free wedding option. The team at Tamborine Gardens Wedding & Function Resort are wedding experts. Leave the planning in their hands as they craft a wedding to match your vision. The options are endless – there’s the Garden of Eden, the Tamborine Chapel, the private gazebo and of course the amazing, lush gardens.

  1. Scenic Rim Hot Air Balloon Weddings

hot air balloon wedding scenic rim

Your big day is sure to leave you flying high – particularly when you exchange vows thousands of metres above ground!

If you’re after an intimate wedding with a difference then this is for you.

Join the team at Hot Air Gold Coast for a hot air balloon wedding. They’ll expertly carry you and your wedding party into the clouds for a unique wedding experience.

  1. Sarabah Estate

Sarabah Estate wedding

The team at Sarabah Estate Canungra promise to deliver brides and grooms their dream wedding. Sarabah Estate is a 50-acre rural retreat, nestled on the boundary the Lamington National Park.

The picturesque property is perfect for an outdoor wedding – say ‘I do’ with the estate vineyard in the background.

You’ll love the timber and stone European-designed chalet, which comfortably caters to 100 people. If your guest list is bigger, opt for the marquee wedding.

There are some fabulous accommodation options nearby too.

  1. Heritage Wines Tamborine Mountain

Heritage Wines wedding

Does your wedding wish list call for a rural setting with ocean views? You’ll love Heritage Wines. Located on the gorgeous Tamborine Mountain, this property enjoys stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a versatile venue, where the former Infant Saviour Catholic Church from Burleigh has been has been transformed into an elegant wedding chapel. If you’d prefer to exchange vows in The Glasshouse – a 360-degree glass building with incredible views – that’s on offer too. The sprawling hinterland property offers plenty of inspiration for a country-themed reception.

And of course the Heritage Boutique wines will be flowing all night!

  1. Binna Burra Mountain Lodge

Binna Burra Scenic Rim wedding

Fancy being married within the heritage listed Lamington National Park? Give the team at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge a call.

Your wedding guests will love the natural beauty of this 20,600ha Australian bush and rainforest park and of course, there are the stunning views!

Binna Burra can cater for big and small weddings and offers newlyweds a range of unique locations and wedding themes.

The on-site wedding coordinator will ensure your big day runs smoothly.