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Meet the Tommerup family.

Kay and Dave Tommerup run Tommerup’s Dairy Farm and Farmstay.

Dave is a sixth-generation dairy farmer and together this husband and wife duo work the Kerry farm which has been in the Tommerup family since the 1880s.

The Tommerup’s milk is sent to Norco, a farmer-owned co-operative focused on making sustainable returns to farmers.

Kay and Dave regularly open their farm to visitors in a bid to break down the city-country divide and to share their piece of paradise with others. They have restored two historic properties on the farm and offer them to visitors who wish to linger longer.

The Tommerups are preparing for two exciting upcoming events – Mother’s Day Picnic on the Farm on May 12 and the Wild Canary Long Table Lunch on May 25.

The Mother’s Day event is a relaxed day on the farm where visitors can pre-order picnic hampers, meet the local farm menagerie, help feed the calves, browse the market stalls and enjoy a day in the country.

The Wild Canary Long Table Lunch is a popular, all-day event which features a four-course lunch by Wild Canary head chef Glenn Barrett. The Tommerup’s will have a selection of their products available at both days, including their heritage pork, sausages, ham, milk, cheese and cream from their new creamery, which will be launched on the day. Tommerup’s Creamery will be the only on-farm creamery in Queensland producing buttermilk and cultured butter exclusively from their own herd.

We asked Kay and Dave to share their local tips for the best places to eat, drink and enjoy the views in the Scenic Rim.

Book your spot at the Wild Canary Long Table Lunch on Tommerup’s Dairy Farm.

Kay’s favourite Scenic Rim place to eat is …

Right now I’m loving a quick afternoon tea visit to VK Everydays Cafe in Beaudesert. Their lemon and ginger cheesecake is my weakness and there’s always a smiling face and a warm welcome to be had. I love that they support local producers and are working hard to showcase the amazing variety of quality products and produce we have in the Scenic Rim.

Bunjurgen Estate Verjuice.

Our Favourite Scenic Rim drink …

We love making a Bunjurgen Estate Verjuice with sparkling water. It’s a nice way to celebrate with friends when you want something special but not alcoholic. The Picnic Bubbles from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard go beautifully with our picnic hampers which feature our own charcuterie and delicious Scenic Rim goodies. It’s a favourite with our farm stay guests.

The Tommerup’s milk is sold via Norco.

Our favourite place for a coffee in the Scenic Rim …

Actually our drink of choice is a milkshake (no surprises there…) and BeanTo in Beaudesert make a great milkshake. Not only do they use Norco milk, but the flavour is spot on. The retro décor makes it a lovely spot to take a break.

Discover the Lost World.

What we love about the Scenic Rim ….

There’s such variety throughout the region. Whether it be the landscape, the people, the history or the food, there’s really something for everyone. You can drive to a different part of the region and feel like you’re in a completely different geographical place. It’s so diverse.

One mountain after another.

Our favourite Scenic Rim view is …

There are so many that could be on this list but our favourite is definitely looking from our picnic paddock up to the Lost World and the Border Ranges beyond. The mountains often have a beautiful blue hue about them. There’s something about that view that’s just so relaxing. It’s easy to see why our guests are happy to while away the hours there.

The Stinson Airliner went missing in 1937 while flying over the McPherson Range.

Dave’s favourite SR walk is …

While I do plenty of walking on the farm, I don’t get a lot of time for walking as a hobby. I really enjoyed doing the Stinson walk a couple of years ago. My grandfather was part of the rescue team that carried out the survivors of the Stinson crash over 80 years ago. My son, Harry, and I walked the track for Harry’s 18th birthday and it held special meaning for both of us. It’s not an easy walk but very rewarding to reach the crash site and think about the history of those who were part of that rescue mission.

Visitors flock to Tommerup’s Dairy for a farming experience.

Why the Scenic Rim is such a great place for farming …

This area has beautiful alluvial soil and good access to water, most of the time. The growth of the Eat Local movement in our region has created opportunities for farmers to place a higher value on their product; a more realistic and sustainable value. We love being part of the farmers/producers network and the camaraderie established through the introduction of Eat Local Week in the Scenic Rim.  There’s so much history over generations of farmers throughout the region, it’s a privilege to continue the family tradition here. The view from our ‘office’ is none too shabby either!

Discover your inner farmer and have an authentic farm stay experience in the Scenic Rim, just one hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The Scenic Rim is home to some amazing farmers, who open their farm gate and invite visitors to feed the animals, milk the cows, meet the camels and pick the vegetables.

The whole family will love visiting these farms. And of course, there are heaps more accommodation options in the Scenic Rim including cabins and cottages, more farm stayscamping or glamping and B&Bs.

  1. Tommerup’s Dairy Farm & Farm StayTommerup's Dairy Farm Stay in the Scenic RimVisit this sixth-generation dairy farm in the spectacular Lost World and take a hands-on farm to fridge journey of your milk. Help Farmer Dave milk the cows, Farmer Kay feed the heritage pigs, wrangle the goats, calves and chooks and stock-up on some take-home goodies from the farm larder.Stay in one of two restored historic homesteads on the property.
  2. Scenic Rim 4Real Milk & Robotic DairySchool Holiday activities Robotic DairyCows milked by robots? Yes really. This automated dairy uses milking robots to allow the cows to be milked at anytime of the day, whenever they feel like it. Farmer Gregie and the Dennis family lead regular farm tours of the milking shed and the on-farm bottling factory. Bring an esky and go home with some Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, cheese and yoghurt.
  3. Historic Cedar Glen FarmstayFeeding the chooks at Cedar Glen
    Cedar Glen is a real working farm and has been a farmstay for more than 30 years. It’s situated in the foothills of the stunning Lost World section of the Lamington National Park. The Stpehns family has worked the cattle property for more than 100 years and enjoy sharing a slice of their farmlife with visitors. When you stay at Cedar Glen you can try horseriding, birdwatching, swimming and bushwalking, as well as meet the resident farm animals. Stay in one of four historic cottages located on the farm.
  4. Summer Land Camels_L1A3758This is the Scenic Rim’s newest farm attraction and will open your eyes to these beautiful creatures. The camels are rescued from the wild in central Australia and brought to the Harrisville farm to enter the dairy herd. While you’re here see, the camels being milked in the dairy, try the milk, the ice-cream and go home with some hand and body products made from camel milk. Stay for coffee in the on-farm café.
  5. Towri Sheep CheesesTowri CheeseCarolyn Davidson knows and loves sheep and she shares her passion with visitors to her farm, situated near Beaudesert. Carolyn runs regular cheese making workshops, as well as farm tours, where you can cuddle the sheep and lambs and learn how she makes her beautiful cheeses based on sheep’s milk. Her cheese is on the menu at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants. And yes there will be taste tests!
  6. Greenlee Macadamia and Honey FarmGreenlee OrchardWhen you stay at Greenlee Farm Cottages you can relax on this scenic Canungra macadamia and honey farm and sample the produce from the comfort of your cottage. Robyn and Paul Lee enjoy sharing their taste of farm life with visitors. Walk through the macadamia orchard and learn more about how the Lee family grows, picks and packs macadamias and honey. Guests can order a basket of local goodies for breakfast and dinner and yes both will feature macadamias and honey!
  7. Milford Country CottagesMilford Cottages & Farm StayThe whole family will be kept busy during your stay at Milford Country Cottages.You can feed the cows, calves, chicken, and horse; build your own camp fire and cook your own delicious camp oven while watching the sun go down.

    Your hosts, John and Lyn McLean, offer a country escape, with affordable and quality accommodation in fully self-contained 2 bedroom cottages.

    This property is perfect for couples to enjoy a romantic getaway, and is ideal for families to relax and explore. The 40 acres also has a collection of heritage horse drawn implements for you to explore.

  8. Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation

    Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation offers Sunday tours by appointment. Photo by Christine Sharp.

    Here’s a tour for older kids who want to go beyond mum and dad’s morning cup of coffee. Take a tour of Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation and learn more about where the coffee beans come from.

    Visit this Tamborine Mountain farm and find out what happens before the beans arrive in your kitchen. Tours available on Sundays by appointment only. Visit https://www.tamborinemountaincoffee.com.au/ to enquire.

  9. The Grove B & B Cottage – Scenic Rim Olives

    The Grove B&B Cottage overlooks the olive grove at Scenic Rim Olives. Photo by Christine Sharp.

    Stay on a thriving olive grove in the Scenic Rim. The Grove B & B Cottage sleeps up to six people, and looks out over about 700 olive trees.

    Scenic Rim Olives, which is home to The Grove B&B, is situated in Kulgun on the western side of the Scenic Rim. Visit www.scenicrimolives.com.au to book.

  10. Stay at Kirro – Ladybrook Farm

Enjoy a farm stay experience on working beef cattle operation Ladybrook Farm.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Kerry Valley and have an authentic farm stay experience when you stay in the Kirro homestead at Ladybrook Farm in Darlington.

There’s plenty of room for the kids to run around, and you can even bring the dog. Find out more and book your stay at www.stayatkirro.com.au