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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.

It’s never been easier to eat and drink locally in the Scenic Rim, thanks to a new program which enlists the help of accredited food and wine champions.

The inaugural intake of Scenic Rim ‘locavores’ was announced at the launch of the new Eat Local Scenic Rim initiative.

See the full list of accredited locavores

The Scenic Rim Regional Council program builds on the popularity of Eat Local Week by enabling locals and visitors to find, taste, buy, connect and eat local food and drinks year round.

Wild Canary Executive Chef Glen Barratt with farmers Kay and Dave Tommerup and Wild Canary owner Kate Harvey.

Look out for the new Eat Local Scenic Rim logo to easily identify where to source local food and wine.

The 57 new accredited ‘locavores’, will champion Scenic Rim food and drinks on their menus, in their cafes, restaurants, wineries and accommodation, and sell local produce in their shops.

Accredited participants will display the Eat Local Scenic Rim logo on menus, in shopfronts, on farm gates and on websites and packaging, so visitors and locals can easily identify places to try and buy local produce.

Regional visitors can also create their own Scenic Rim Food Trail, using the online portal, or they can download ready-to-go food, wine and beer itineraries created for the region.

Check out the photos from the launch

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says the region’s reputation as a gourmet destination is building, and consumers are hungry to enjoy Scenic Rim produce beyond Eat Local Week.

“The time was right to launch this next phase,” he said.

“South Australia has the Barossa Valley, Western Australia has the Margaret River, New South Wales has the Hunter Valley, Victoria has the Yarra Valley and Tasmania has the Tamar Valley – all great spots for a gourmet getaway and with a reputation for wonderful food and wine.

“The Scenic Rim has developed a strong reputation for producing wonderful food and wine, for gourmet getaways and for stunning scenery. It’s now taking its rightful place alongside these other iconic destinations, and we have the added advantage of only being an hour away from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.”

Farmer Carolyn Davidson hosted the launch at Towri Sheep Cheeses.

The Scenic Rim is emerging as one of Queensland’s most exciting food and wine destinations and one of the most collaborative, with producers keen to work together to develop unique offerings, including beer chutney, carrot bread, camel milk vodka and sheep and cow’s milk stout.

To be eligible for endorsement, Eat Local Scenic Rim applicants had to meet criteria for their category, including regularly featuring and identifying Scenic Rim ingredients on menus, in their mini bar, or in their shop.

Accredited members will be encouraged to display the Eat Local Scenic Rim logo in their restaurant or shopfront windows, at the farm gate and even on packaging and their website. They will also be invited to be involved in industry networking and development opportunities and be featured on a dedicated website, designed to make it easier for visitors and consumers to source local food and drinks.

Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassadors Glen Barratt, Caroline Jones, Alison Alexander and Javier Codina.

The project was made possible with support from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund. Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the Eat Local Scenic Rim initiative is a fantastic way of showcasing local industry and talent.

“The Eat Local project was made possible by the Federal Government and includes an online platform featuring local producers and businesses. Visitors to this beautiful region can have some real and engaging experiences with the men and women who produce our vegetables, dairy products, olives, honey, wine, craft beer and coffee, all within the Scenic Rim area.”

Newly-accredited locavore, Carolyn Davidson, said she was delighted that her Towri Sheep Cheeses could be part of the initiative and was keen to contribute to further growth for the regional industry.

“It’s great to see this initiative get off the ground and link the dots between those of us in the industry, our local customers and potential visitors from further afield,” she said.

Food at the launch was prepared by Scenic Rim chef and business owner Kate Raymont of The Vintage Pickle Tamborine Mountain. It showcased the array of local ingredients available in the region.

Kate Raymont of The Vintage Pickle.

Businesses which would like to become part of the program can still apply online at the website.

Join sheep farmer and cheesemaker, Carolyn Davidson, on the second Wednesday of the month to master the art of turning sheep’s milk into cheese.

Carolyn welcomes students to her farm just outside Beaudesert, where she shares the secrets of making a beautiful handmade cheese.

The next class is on February 8.

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