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Looking out from the summit of Mt Maroon. Photo by Susie Cunningham.

We are as excited as you are that travel restrictions continue to ease, and we can welcome even more of you back to the Scenic Rim.

From 11.59pm Friday, 15 May, you can travel up to 150km from home to experience the joys of the Scenic Rim. Great food, great scenery and precious time with family and friends in the great outdoors.

Be sure to follow all Queensland Government health advice on physical distancing and hygiene!

Things are changing by the day, as you know, and many businesses are changing their trading hours and styles to keep their doors open for us all. We’ve provided direct Facebook and website links to each business – please make sure you check the latest with them directly before you set out!

Here are our hot local tips for a great day out in the Scenic Rim!

1. Don’t go hungry

The Scenic Rim is quite literally one of Australia’s most abundant food bowls. We’re home to some of the country’s most hard working farmers, artisan food producers and brewers, distillers and wine makers. Lucky for you, you can get your hands on some fabulous local produce while you’re here.

All that shopping for local produce will make you hungry for something you can eat on the spot! Well you’re in luck. We’ve got more than 100 takeaway options spread out across the region.

So pack you esky and your appetite, and check out our A to Z of local takeaways and esky fillers

2. Walk it out!

Unwind with a stunning bushwalk in one of our World Heritage Listed national parks.

🍃: Lamington National Park (Green Mountains section via O’Reillys)⁣⁣

🍃: Main Range National Park (Mt Cordeaux and Mt Mitchell are stunning)⁣⁣

🍃 Moogerah Peaks National Park⁣⁣ (try the easy, paved track from the car park to the beautiful lookout on Mt French)

🍃 Mount Barney National Park (Yellow Pinch has a great view of Mt Barney!)

🍃 Tamborine National Park (note: Cedar Creek Falls will remain shut)⁣⁣

Be sure to check Qld Parks Park Alerts before you set out, for the latest information!⁣

3. Have a picnic!

Load your loved ones into the car and come relax in one of our parks! Check out a full list of the Scenic Rim’s parks and playgrounds here. Hot local tip, you can have an ALPACA PICNIC 7 days a week! You’ll also find some great picnic inspo over at Destination Scenic Rim.

4. Go shopping

Our beautiful country boutiques are filled to the brim with unique things you won’t find during your ordinary shopping trip! Many of them are starting to open their doors a little more, and if you can’t make it out to visit just yet, you can shop online! Click here for inspo and local intel.

An annual foodie event which started from humble beginnings nearly 10 years ago has earned the Scenic Rim a national award for driving economic prosperity.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 2018 won the ‘Economic Development Single Event or Activity’ category at the National Economic Development Awards in Adelaide on 24 October.

The Scenic Rim Regional Council outshone a record number of entries from across Australia, including fellow events category finalists Southern Grampians Shire Council and Logan City Council, to win the award.

Brenda Walker – Scenic Rim Regional Council Manager of Regional Prosperity and Communications – accepts the award on behalf of the region.

 

Council’s submission for the award was based on 2018 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, which attracted 40,000 people to the region and contributed more than $2 million to the local economy.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said winning at the National Economic Development Awards reinforced the clear value of the region’s food and drink industries.

“Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is an incredible celebration, and this award demonstrates it runs so much deeper than that,” he said.

“This is a win for the entire local supply chain, from the farmers who grow our incredible local produce right through to everyone who hosts an Eat Local Week event to drive those economic benefits to our region and put money in the pockets of our local operators.”

“Eat Local Week has grown from about four or five events when it started in 2010 to a program of 90 events, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all the people who visit the Scenic Rim during Eat Local Week each year to make it worth our while. We thank each and every one of those visitors for the value they have brought to our region.”

Local dairy farmer and agritourism leader Kay Tommerup of Tommerup’s Dairy Farm said the economic benefits of Eat Local Week were invaluable year-round.

“The actual movement of Eat Local, beyond Eat Local Week, is huge for all of us. The publicity and the recognition that we have gained over the years means that we now have an audience of chefs, cafes and all those people who’ll come to us directly,” she said.

“The Scenic Rim brand really stands for something, and collectively we offer an authentic, character-filled experience through the food of our region.”

The Scenic Rim’s latest win is in addition to the ‘Outstanding Region’ award it won at the delicious. Produce Awards in Sydney earlier this year.

Read: Scenic Rim judged most delicious region in Australia

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 27 June – 5 July 2020. For more information visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au/

Nearly 36 years to the day they first opened, Ania and Phil Sowter are preparing to unveil their rebuilt The Polish Place Restaurant and Gallery.

It’s been two-and-a-half years since their Tamborine Mountain institution was destroyed by fire and the couple say they are excited to finally be able to open the doors and serve their much-loved Polish food to mountain visitors again.

Phil and Ania Sowter, The Polish Place.

“We will be open in early September,” says Ania.

“Coincidentally it will be nearly 36 years to the day that we first opened. In late 2016 fire engulfed our restaurant and art gallery and since then we have been planning and seeking the approvals to rebuild. We started building in January and the weather and the builders have been very kind to us and we are ready to open.”

Phil and Ania bought their block of land while on their honeymoon at Tamborine Mountain in 1981. They built the Polish Gallerie & Coffee Shop and ran the business in tandem with their day jobs as a school teacher (Phil) and a physical therapist (Ania).

The Polish Place Tamborine Mountain

Following the fire, the Sowters took the opportunity to update their five accommodation chalets on the property during the works. Ania says the new building looks similar to the original, and while there are some small changes, the aesthetic remains the same.

“We know that people love sitting on our beautiful large deck to take in the views and see the birds and wildlife,” she says.
“The restaurant will continue to serve the menu we have been known for as it was previously very successful.”

The menu features Ania’s Polish family recipes, including Polish dumplings, Polish sausage and roast whole duck for two with cherries. Ania admits that following the fire she and husband Phil questioned whether they should stay and rebuild.

They were encouraged by the support they received from loyal customers and supporters, as well as their daughters Belinda and Kathryn, who are both involved in the business.

“We’re very excited to be reopening and are looking forward to it, following a two and a half year break,” she says.

“Considering our age we had options and we were told by family members it was time to retire but then we had comments from customers and guests which prompted us to do it again. We just love being here, we love the lifestyle and running this business. We meet a lot of people and some of them become our friends, they come to visit and that’s what our life is all about.”

Find out more about The Polish Place at the website

Best clear the diary from June 29 to July 7 – and the weeks leading up – because Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is coming and the flavours are extraordinary!

Featuring more than 90 events from Canungra to The Lost World, Beaudesert to Boonah, Tamborine Mountain to Kalbar, Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is the ultimate backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the region.

The famed event presents the opportunity to meet the people behind the produce and the flavours, in a celebration that features festivals, farm-gate events and culinary experiences for foodies of all ages.

The full program will be released in May, but tickets are already on sale for some delicious entrée events.

Sink your teeth into these.

Noosa on the Mountain – Sunday May 5

Noosa’s David Rayner and Scenic Rim’s Kate Raymont will collaborate on a spectacular lunch at the award-winning Lime Caviar Company farm.

The Lime Caviar Company will host Noosa on the Mountain in the lead up to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

Farm Tour & Long Table Lunch – Saturday May 25

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm and Wild Canary come together for a unique open-air long table lunch in the paddocks under an avenue of Blue Gums.

Kay Tommerup from Tommerup’s Dairy Farm. Wild Canary will be hosting a stunning lunch on the farm in the lead up to Eat Local week.

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The countdown to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on.

Start planning your menu for this smorgasbord of local food, farms, and drinks.

The fun starts from June 24 and continues through to July 2.

There’s plenty on offer for foodies of all ages, including farm tours, producer lunches and dinners, beef and beer nights and even a camp oven cooking class.

Don’t miss the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival, on Saturday July 1.

Find out more