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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!

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

 

If you’re heading to the Brisbane Ekka come and say hi to Scenic Rim Council’s tourism and events team.

You’ll find us in the Agricultural Pavillion, where we’ll be celebrating the Scenic Rim’s producers, diverse experiences and natural beauty.

We’ll be sharing local stories and information with exhibition patrons, as well as our popular reuseable produce bags (shaped like veggies).

Scenic Rim dairy farmer, Kay Tommerup, is the face of this year’s Ekka and features prominently on billboards and videos promoting the Ekka. Her husband, 5th generation farmer Dave Tommerup, also features in the Meet the Farmers campaign, alongside Darlington cattle farmer Ian Harrison of Ladybrook Farm.

 

Everyone has gone crazy for camels, and we can understand why.

The secret’s out, we have winners!

 

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Secrets Competition, we loved reading through your favourite Scenic Rim places to experience romance, adventure, food and wine and family time.

The winners are:

Romantic Escape Winner –  Katharine Franks favourite ‘secret’ adventure

The lost world- secluded, romantic and wild. It’s our  favourite scenic rim (secret, shh) and it is still a pretty big secret. We love having to get out to open the farmers’ gates, driving slowly through the cattle, then to round the bend and Mt Razorback greets you. Every occasion we have visited, we were always alone and you can’t leave without taking a dip in the Albert river. Don’t forget the picnic blanket, wine and cheeses.

Katherine won 2 nights mid-week at Witches Falls private cottage including breakfast, Ripple massages, bottle of wine & cheese platter.

Family Escape Winner – Julia Bates Gussoni’s favourite ‘secret’ adventure

My Scenic Rim ‘secret’ is probably one of the better-known destinations, Lower Portals at Mount Barney. It’s the perfect family adventure — a bit of dirt road excitement to reach the carpark, plenty of exercise and wildlife-watching on the hike and, finally, beautiful, clear pools to cool down in before the return journey commences. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and see if you can spot the friendly eel who calls the pools home. I guarantee you won’t hear a peep from the kids on the drive home!

Julia won 2 nights at Milford Country Cottages, whipcracking & boomerang throwing at Cedar Glen Farmstay, Bush Buddies wildlife encounter.

Food & Wine Escape Winner – Jennifer Refiti favourite ‘secret’ adventure

A trip to Mt Alford artisan markets to buy some local chutneys and oils, across the road to the Scenic Rim Brewery for a tasting paddle, the best steak sandwich at the Mt Alford pub and then drop in for a wine tasting at Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm. And take in the picturesque scenery along the way…..

Jennifer won 2 nights at The Old Church B&B with breakfast, champagne and chocolates, $100 voucher for Dugandan Hotel, and wine tasting at Paradine Winery.

 

Outdoor Adventure Escape Winner – Tyson Burns favourite ‘secret’ adventure

The lower waterfall at Mt Greville. Two weeks ago I took two of my kids to Mt Greville, this was in between the bouts of rain. The creeks were flowing fast, air fresh. Everyone was getting stir CRAZY from being stuck inside…so off we went. We headed up the track toward waterfall gorge, just before you take the turn to the gorge veer right head down the slope to the bottom of the 15m high waterfall. The spray from the waterfall wisps through the rainforest gully with crystal clear water. Awesome!

Tyson won Rock climbing activity for up to 10 people at Mt Barney Lodge including morning tea and guiding by expert leaders.

Mountview Alpaca Farm has a fabulous new home at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard in the Scenic Rim.

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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.

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Mt barney a world apartMt Barney’s A World Apart Festival celebrates its 10th year on May 27 and 28, with a packed offering of free food tastings, live music, open gardens and much more.

Billed as a Country Festival, A World Apart features various properties in the spectacular Mt Barney region in the southern Scenic Rim.

Join bush tucker tours, enjoy one of Pietro’s famous wood fired pizzas, tour the sculpture garden, or try a slice of Lemon Myrtle meringue pie.

This year Ayton Chicken Farm is involved too, offering an insight into how they ‘grow’ pastured eggs and meat chickens. Book in for a farm tour.

Ridgeline Studios joins for the first time too, with a display of blacksmithing, watercolour and acrylic art at Barney View.

Access to all events is free. BYO cooler to store your fresh farm-bought produce.

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