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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, it is in demand for events and as a set for filming opportunities. The beer garden overlooks a creek with views of the Great Dividing Range and a free camping area for overnight stays. 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. Aratula Hotel Motel – your family friendly pit stop
    It’s family friendly, it’s air conditioned, it’s got accommodation and, importantly, the beers are cold. Keep an eye out for all their live music and events!
    Address: 6841 Cunningham Highway Aratula
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/AratulaHotelMotel
  15. 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
  16. 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.thepeakpub.com/
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

 

Top 10 ways to spoil dad in the Scenic Rim 

Nothing says, “I love you” like giving your dad a quality taste of the Scenic Rim. 

No matter what your dad is into, we’ve got something to make his day special. 

Whether he loves adventures outdoors or perhaps a bit of pampering, pub lunches or whipping up a masterpiece in the kitchen at home, we’ve got you and your dad sorted this Father’s Day. 

Check out our ‘Top 10 ways to spoil dad in the Scenic Rim’ to get you started. 

Take dad on an adventure. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge guide Innes Larkin by Visit Scenic Rim.

  1. Take dad to new heights. Does your dad love adventure? The sky is literally the limit in the Scenic Rim. Take him on Australia’s largest zipline adventure at TreeTop Challenge Tamborine Mountain, stroll among the treetops on the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk or book him in for an epic mountain expedition with Mt Barney Lodge. Go even higher with a hot air balloon flight over the Scenic Rim or a scenic flight with Pterodactyl HelicoptersDad can even learn to fly with Oz Paragliding and Hang Gliding near Canungra or Airsport Qld at Boonah!
  2. Introduce dad to some 4-legged friends. Book an alpaca picnic at Mountview Alpaca Farm, treat dad to a camel ride and tour at Summer Land Camels, experience the Scenic Rim on horseback with Scenic Rim Equine Group or Horse Riding Hinterland or take a Cobb and Co wagon tour with Drayhorse Shires.
  3. Get dad a Scenic Rim Farm Box. Nothing says ‘We love you Dad‘ like brisket and beer. Our friends at Scenic Rim Farm Box have created a special box that takes all the guess work out of present buying. Simply add to your cart and they’ll do the rest!
  4. Give dad’s wardrobe some Scenic Rim style. Protect dad’s noggin from the sun and boost his street cred with a one-of-a-kind hat from Mad Natter, handmade on the farm in the Scenic Rim. And buy him a pair of world-class, ethically made jeans from Scenic Rim-based company, Outland Denim.
  5. Help dad smell great. Blokes like to be pampered, too! Check out the ‘Batches for Blokes’ collection, handcrafted by Beautiful Batches in Canungra and treat him to Coco and Myrtle artisan soaps, which are named after Scenic Rim landmarks and feature beautiful local ingredients.
  6. Quench dad’s thirst. Whether your dad loves beer, wine, spirits or coffee, he won’t go thirsty in the Scenic Rim! For a nice cold craft beer, book a spot at Scenic Rim Brewery or Fortitude Brewing Company. Relax beside Canungra Creek with a Father’s Day Picnic Basket at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, which is fun for the whole family, with Mountview Alpaca Farm right there on-site! And get him a brew of a different kind at Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation. Find out more about our local beer, wine and spirits.
  7. Get dad some hot cooking tips. Why not buy dad a cooking class or two? Buy him a gift voucher or book in for a variety of classes, from Italian, Vietnamese and Mexican to Thai fusion and party food with Scenic Rim Cooking Classes.
  8. Take dad camping. There are so many opportunities to get back to basics with a camping trip in the Scenic Rim. Click here to find more amazing campsites with great facilities and beautiful views in the Scenic Rim.
  9. Shout dad a pub lunch. You’ll be spoilt for choice if you want to take dad for a pub lunch in the Scenic Rim! We’ve got fair dinkum country pubs aplenty. Be sure to book ahead to make sure you get a spot. Find out about the Scenic Rim’s pubs here.
  10. Hit the fairways. The Scenic Rim has five golf facilities spread across the region, each with a unique history and offering. All courses welcome visitors locally or from afar to come and experience what they have on offer. Plan your golfing visit with dad. 

Gather your girlfriends and start planning the ultimate Scenic Rim Girls’ Weekend.
The Scenic Rim more than delivers on the weekend easy escape – we’re just an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The hardest decision of the weekend is what NOT to do, as you eat, drink, walk and shop your way through the stunning Scenic Rim.
To help get your planning started, here are some of our favourite weekend activities, with a strong focus on amazing food, fabulous farms, incredible wine and superb accommodation.
Start planning your Girls’ Weekend in the Scenic Rim.

Gather your girlfriends for a Scenic Rim escape. Picture: O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

ACCOMMODATION

What’s a weekend away without A-M-A-Z-I-N-G accommodation?
Step right up, the Scenic Rim will absolutely deliver on your accommodation goals.
Luxury retreats, cosy cabins, boutique B&Bs, bucolic farmhouses – we have you covered.
In no particular order, here are some of our fave places to stay.
If you crave touch of luxury you’ll love The Bunyip Scenic Rim Retreat at Mt French, with its beautiful sunsets, modern architecture and cosy lounge for fireside chats.
Love both luxury and the great outdoors? Then Spicer’s Canopy is for you. This is glamping with a capital G.
Seeking a more active escape? Check into Mt Barney Lodge for cosy Queenslander homestead accommodation and stunning scenery.
Do you prefer self-contained convenience? There’s plenty of choices. We love O’Reilly’s Villas, Greenlee Cottages at Canungra, Hampton Estate Studio Apartments, Worendo Cottages in the Lost World, Royston House at Innisplain near Beaudesert, Herrmann House at Kalbar and the lovely Hilly Ridge Queenslander on Green Hills Rd overlooking Boonah.
Check out the full Scenic Rim accommodation listing to find your perfect girls’ weekend accommodation.

Reconnect with your girl gang at Spicer’s Canopy.

FOOD & DRINK SUPPLIES

A girls’ weekend isn’t complete without a generous supply of incredible food and wine. Thankfully the Scenic Rim has plenty of both.
Stock the fridge with some delicious locally-grown and produced goodies for fireside feasts and late night snacking.

Drop into The Vintage Pickle at Tamborine Mountain a great supply of local produce and ready-to-go meals by Kate Raymont.
The Canungra Visitor Information Centre features a delicious selection of local nuts, honey and relishes.
Tamborine Mountain is dotted with some lovely farm gate stalls selling in-season produce. Tommerup’s Dairy Farm Larder is the place to buy farm-fresh ham, bacon, meat, cheese and milk.
Towri Sheep Cheeses are incredible. Go online to the Towri website to order.
The region boasts some well-stocked fruit and vegetable shops and butcher shops. Drop into the local stores on Tamborine Mountain and in Beaudesert, Canungra, Boonah and Kalbar.

Feast on fabulous Scenic Rim local produce.

WINE TIME

Sample the local wines and stock up on some takeaways at one of the Scenic Rim’s gorgeous wineries and cellar doors.
Our favourites include Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, Kooroomba Vineyard and Restaurant, The Overflow Estate 1895, Witches Falls Winery, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.
Love great local beer? You’ll love The Scenic Rim Brewery at Mt Alford and Fortitude Brewing Company at Tamborine Mountain.

Emily Lochran enjoys a local wine by The Overflow Estate 1895 at Towri Sheep Farm.

COUNTRY PUBS

Country Pubs are in our DNA. Drop into a rustic, heritage pub for a hearty meal and a cool drink.
Try St Bernard’s Hotel at Tamborine Mountain, The Canungra Hotel, The Railway Hotel Beaudesert, The Rathdowney Hotel, The Dugandan Hotel, The Commercial Hotel Boonah, The Royal Hotel Kalbar, The Royal Hotel Roadvale and The Royal Hotel Harrisville.
Country charm and hospitality are on tap at our heritage pubs.

Settle in at The Dugandan, or another of the Scenic Rim’s country pubs.

LOVELY LUNCHES

Toast your weekend away with a special lunch. Your girlfriends will love the food, views and vibes at Kooroomba Vineyard, just outside Boonah.
The Overflow Estate 1895 is another chilled, gorgeous venue for a lazy long lunch and there’s live music on Sundays.
Pether’s Rainforest Retreat on Tamborine Mountain will help set the mood for a memorable meal, or try the restaurant at Mason Wines Tamborine Mountain, where you’ll find plenty of local ingredients on the menu.
Three Little Pigs Bar & Bistro at North Tamborine is also popular for a laid-back, fun catch-up. Just outside the cute village of Canungra, you’ll find O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, where you can have a lazy long lunch, a creek side picnic, and get up close with the resident Alpacas!

Picnic by the creek at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

ACTIVE ADVENTURES

We get it – not everyone wants to spend their days eating and drinking. So if your group of friends is up for some active adventures keep reading.
The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks, heritage-listed rainforest, three lakes and many, many mountains.
That means there’s plenty of places to explore, on foot, bike, on the water, or in the air.
Here are 14 of the best Scenic Rim walks to get you started, or if you really want to cover some distance book in for the Spicer’s Scenic Rim Trail experience, there’s two-day and five-day itineraries.
The Scenic Rim’s local outdoor community features some leading adventure specialists who often lead walks and climbs in the region.
Check in with Lisa Groom at interNATIONAL Park Tours, Innes Larkin at Mt Barney Lodge and Teresa Cause at Horizon Guides.
Do you love heights? You’ll love Australia’s largest zipline and high rope park, The Treetop Challenge on Tamborine Mountain. The endorphins will be flowing as your girl game tries the zipline and high rope courses – there’s more than 100 to try.

Walking the Scenic Rim Trail.

KITCHEN ADVENTURES

Bond with your mates in the kitchen as you learn new skills and enjoy a shared meal.
The Scenic Rim is home to some fab cooking schools.

Book in for a class with Caz Osborne of Kooroomba Gully! Click here for all her upcoming classes. You can go to her beautiful kitchen in Boonah, or she’ll come to you!

Carolyn Davidson at Towri Sheep Cheeses offers cheese-making workshops on her farm, just outside Beaudesert.

Learn how to make sheep’s cheese with Carolyn Davidson.

FARM TOURS

Meet the farmers and their gorgeous animals on an authentic country farm tour.
See the robotic milking system at Scenic Rim 4Real Milk at Tamrookum.
Visit 6th generation farmers, on Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, and learn about their boutique dairy farm. You can stay on farm in one of the restored historic farm homestead properties. And yes there’s plenty of opportunity to give the animals a cuddle.
When you Stay at Kirro on Ladybrook Farm in the Lost World, you can see a working cattle farm and even BYO horses and dogs!
Carolyn at Towri Sheep Cheeses welcomes visitors for cheesemaking lessons, or simply to meet her Awassi sheep herd and try the cheeses.
Drop into Australia’s largest commercial camel dairy and farm, Summer Land Camels, and meet these beautiful creatures. Book in a ride, tour the dairy, and enjoy refreshments in the café. There’s camel gelato, milk, cheese and skincare products to try!

Meet the local farmers, including Kay Tommerup.

IN THE AIR

Add a touch of excitement to the weekend with an adventure in the air.
Book an early morning Hot Air Balloon ride with Hot Air Scenic Rim, or give Captain Mike at Pterodactyl Helicopters a call about his helicopter wine tours.
Yes really.
Do you prefer the silence of gliding? Boonah Airfield is home to the Boonah Gliding Club. Scenic flights are offered there.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Fly in for a long lunch at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

You’ll find plenty more ideas, inspiration and information online at Eat Local Scenic Rim and Visit Scenic Rim