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Whether you want to have some good old fashioned country fun, tuck into a hearty pub lunch, quench your thirst with some local craft brews or get back to basics with a camping trip, the Scenic Rim has got you and your dad sorted this Father’s Day.

There are so many options to spoil your dad in the Scenic Rim.

1. Have a day of family fun on the farm

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm. Photo: Ekka

If the man in your life fancies himself as a bit of a legend in his own lunchtime, this might just be the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day.

Father’s Day family fun on Tommerup’s Farm (1 September) will offer hours of good old fashioned fun for the whole family to celebrate.

Contest the Farmers Challenge trophy, feed the farm animals, dine from the Abbiocco Food Truck and the classic Darlington State School vintage cake stall, drink local beers and wines, kick back and relax to live music and stock up on Tommerup’s own goodies from the farm larder.

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Beers at Scenic Rim Brewery. Photo by Christine Sharp.

2. Quench dad’s thirst

Does your dad like a nice cold beer? We’ve got some beautiful craft breweries in the Scenic Rim. Sit back and enjoy a brew or two, and a good chat with your dad.

Maybe beer isn’t your dad’s thing. That’s okay! We’ve got some great wine and spirits on offer, and even a local coffee plantation on Tamborine Mountain, where he can get a brew of a different kind.

Be sure to phone ahead to book your spot! Other dads might have the same idea.

Find out more about our local breweries

Find out more about our local beer, wine and spirits

Be inspired by our local goodie gift guide here

Catch the Pro-Am at Boonah Golf Club in August.

3. Treat dad early! Take him to the Boonah Legends Pro-am

Take dad along to the Boonah Golf Club’s first pro-am in 23 years! Tee-off is from 6.30am, 29 August and the event is free to watch.

Pull up your camping chair or picnic blanket to see 60 professional golfers including Rodger Davis, David Merriman, Michael Long, Tim Elliott, Brad Burns, Michael Harwood, Ossie Moore, Terry Price and Richard Backwell battle it out against each other and play with some of the locals as well.

Bring your appetite, too! They’ll have Hot Dang Burgers & Dogs, Made with Love coffee van, Bunjurgen Estate Vineyards wine and Summer Land Camels on site, and the Clubhouse will be open, offering full bar and bistro services if you want a schooner or a meal.

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Father’s Day at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

4. Relax beside the creek

Let the team at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards do all the hard work for you this Father’s Day. The only decision you’ll have to make is choosing between a gourmet father’s day picnic basket or an indulgent lunch at the Vintage Restaurant.

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Binna Burra.

5. Take dad camping

There are so many opportunities to get back to basics with a camping trip in the Scenic Rim.

Binna Burra Lodge is offering special events, activities and prices exclusively for those who book at the Rainforest Campsite for the Father’s Day weekend. Find out more here.

Click here to find more amazing campsites with great facilities and beautiful views in the Scenic Rim.

 

Take your dad for a pub lunch.

6. 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

Whether you want to eat and drink in a beautiful location, appreciate quality local art or hit the tracks for a hiking adventure, the Scenic Rim has got you and your mum sorted this Mother’s Day.

There are so many options to spoil your mum in the Scenic Rim.

Studios & Events 2018, Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim, features the region's natural beauty and art.

Show mum exquisite local art on the Open Studios trail, which extends throughout the Scenic Rim.

1. Take an artistic Studio Trail

Does your mum love art? Take her to check out the work of local artists and art collectives including Felicity Smith, Catherine Anderson, Rachel Brook, Boonah Arts Society Incorporated, Pinkle and Co, VERGE Collective, Sally Hart and Stephanie Wernick at the Open Studios of the Scenic Rim in Boonah and district on 12-13 May.
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Eat Local - Food, Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim Volumes 1 & 2, by Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp, showcase local produce and the farmers who grow our food.

Eat Local Volumes 1 & 2 make perfect gifts.

2. An experience fit for a foodie mum

Satisfy your mum’s inner foodie. Purchase gorgeous new cookbook Eat Local – Food Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim Volume 2 for inspiration, and take the tastes of the Scenic Rim home with you by stocking up on local goodies.
Find a cookbook stockist near you
Purchase your cookbook online here
Be inspired by our local goodie gift guide here

 

Views from Point Lookout in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park.

Be rewarded with views from Point Lookout on the guided Stinson Walk, organised by O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

3. Calling all active mums

If your mum is the active type, the team at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat has got your back, with the guided Stinson Walk (11-13 May). The Stinson Walk is one of Australia’s iconic hikes. Recount Australian history and celebrate the life of Bernard O’Reilly, who heroically saved the lives of two plane crash survivors 81 years ago in the Gondwana World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.
Bookings essential.
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Dairy cows head to the milking shed at Tommerup's Dairy Farm in the Scenic Rim.

Take your mum to a working dairy farm for the Tommerup’s Dairy Farm Mother’s Day Picnic.

4. Take mum to the farm

Immerse your mum in the farm experience, boots and all, or while away the hours in the shade of the blue gums at the Tommerup’s Dairy Farm’s Mother’s Day Picnic. You can listen to live music, feed the animals, dip your feet in the cool waters of the Albert River, browse the ‘grow it, make it, bake it’ market stalls for the perfect gift and play giant lawn games with the whole family. Gourmet picnic hampers and cheese platters are available for pre-order.
Bookings essential.
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Binna Burra Lodge is an idyllic location for Mother's Day lunch.

Enjoy the cosy mountain atmosphere at Binna Burra Lodge for Mother’s Day lunch.

5. Lunch and views

Celebrate Mother’s Day over lunch with your loved ones at Binna Burra Lodge. Enjoy a three course lunch in Binna Burra’s Clifftop Dining Room surrounded by breathtaking views and nature’s beauty. All Mothers and Grandmothers get a free glass of bubbles on arrival.
Bookings essential.
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O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard in the Scenic Rim is the perfect spot to indulge your mum for Mother's Day.

Treat your mum to an indulgent lunch at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

6. Mum will love this Gourmet picnic

Indulge mum at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard’s with a gourmet Homestead Picnic Hamper beside the creek, or with a three course decadent lunch on the Homestead verandah. The picnic hamper comes with a bottle of Picnic Bubbles and an O’Reilly’s jute bag, and the kids are looked after with fresh ham and salad baguettes and ice cream for dessert.
Bookings essential.
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Your mum will love her time at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

7. This really is a high tea

Treat mum to high tea on top of the world, with a buffet style high tea 1000 metres above sea level at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Take in spectacular views west to the McPherson ranges, and ask about treatments in the Lost World Spa as an optional extra to really spoil your mum.
Bookings essential.
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Hop into a Scenic (Rim) Easter

Easter is a stunning time to visit the Scenic Rim.

Following good rainfall, the region is green and vibrant; the skies are clear, astro season is upon us and the temperature is perfect.

Bring your family and friends to the Scenic Rim for a relaxing Easter break.

The kids will love the range of nature-based activities on offer too.

Here’s 11 inspirational ideas to kick start your Scenic Easter holiday.

  1. Fires on Top of Mountains Cultural Program
    The colour and spectacle of the Commonwealth Games has inspired the Scenic Rim’s Windows to the World community events. Share the Fire is a major part of that project and happens from April 1 to 14.
    This multi art form community arts activation showcases the culture, unique identity and stories of the Scenic Rim.
    Join the celebrations in your local community.
    Shared Fire Tamborine Mountain – April 1
    Featuring Street Food Truck Revolution, Kelly Sports family fun activities, family picnic zone, artisans’ alley, roving performers, storytelling around the fires.
    Shared Fire Beaudesert, Monday, April 2
    Featuring Street Food Truck Revolution, vintage car and bike displays, family fun sports activities, roving performances, storytellers around the fires and more.
    Tastes of the Commonwealth Boonah, April 3
    Featuring Picnic Parlour Dessert Lane, artisan markets, street dining, roving performances and late-night shopping.
    Fire on Water Finale Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, April 14
    A fabulous festival at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, running from 10am to 6.30pm. Featuring the Street Food Truck Revolution, Kelly Sports family fun activities, artisan markets, workshops and demonstrations and resort activities.
  2. Kids Bushcraft & Survival Camp Mt Barney
    Kids, ever wondered how you’d live if you were lost in the bush? This is the camp for you. The expert leaders at Mt Barney Lodge will help you channel your inner Bear Grylls and show you how to connect safely with the stunning Scenic Rim bushland.
    The camp runs from April 11 to 13 and is for young people aged 12 to 14.

    Kids, go bush at Mt Barney Lodge

    Kids, go bush at Mt Barney Lodge

     

  3. O’Reilly’s Eco Rangers Program
    The O’Reilly’s Eco Rangers Program will keep your tribe busy during the holidays. Book into the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat accommodation and leave your children with the trained leaders to play eco detectives, cook on a campfire, learn about the local wildlife and explore the rivers and streams. Suitable for children aged 5 and over.
  4. TreeTop Challenge, Tamborine Mountain
    Launch yourself into holiday mode from Australia’s largest guided zipline tour. There’s a challenge to suit all comfort levels at the highly-awarded TreeTop Challenge on Tamborine Mountain.

    Treetops Challenge Tamborine Mountain

    Treetops Challenge Tamborine Mountain

     

  5. Camp Laurence School Holiday Program
    School holidays will fly by at the Camp Laurence facility at Lake Moogerah. The program caters for children aged seven to 14 and features high-energy activities, including mountain biking, kite flying, orienteering, archery and bush cooking.
  6. Queen’s Baton Relay
    Tamborine Mountain will host the Queen’s Baton Relay on Easter Sunday, April 1. Watch the cavalcade of more than 50 vehicles, escorting the Queen’s Baton as 10 community champions relay the baton across the mountain. Download the maps

    2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay

    2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

     

  7. Moogerah Passion Play
    The Moogerah Passion Play is now in its 26th year and this is an Easter event not to be missed. A local cast and crew of more than 100 people (and chooks and donkeys) perform a dramatic account of the Passion of Christ. The performance happens on an incredible open-air stage, situated on the banks of Lake Moogerah. Performances start at 5pm on March 24, 25, 30 and 31. Entry is free, and food and drinks are for sale.

    Moogerah Passion Play

    Moogerah Passion Play

  8. Rathdowney Easter Sunday Market
    You’ll love these relaxed, country markets featuring more than 70 stalls selling local goods, jams, pickles, cakes, olives, lavender, craft, plants and fresh fruit and vegetables. Pony rides, face painting, live music and so much more. Markets open at 8am at the Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre and Showgrounds.
  9. World of Fun Council Holiday Program
    The Scenic Rim Council’s popular holiday activity program returns for Easter. Choose from movies, craft sessions, library activities and Shared Fire program.
  10. Go camping (or glamping).
    You’re spoiled for choice in the Scenic Rim. Pitch your tent by one of our lakes or creeks, in a local camping ground, or even in one of the region’s six national parks. If you prefer life’s comforts, don’t worry there are some brilliant glamping options, as well as some cosy cottages and cabins. Your fur babies are also well catered for!

    Glamping at Nightfall Camp

    Glamping at Nightfall Camp

     

  11. Go walking
    The temperatures have dropped, and the days are clear, which means our walking trails are the perfect place to be. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a few of our favourite walks.
Scenic Rim Trail is one of many amazing walks you can enjoy.

Scenic Rim Trail is one of many amazing walks you can enjoy.

 

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

Two Scenic Rim tourism operators were recognised at the recent Tourism Queensland Awards.

TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain won a Gold Award in the Adventure Tourism category and will now vie for recognition at the Australian Tourism Awards in Perth in February.

Tree Top Challenge

Tree Top Challenge

The Treetop Challenge features more than 100 adrenalin-pumping challenges spread across six courses over nine acres of bushland.

Visitors can choose from 11 zip lines and a number of suspended bridges.

Shane O’Reilly and his team at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards also won Gold in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category, adding to their silver win last year.

It was fabulous to see the Brisbane Greeters recognised for their efforts with a Gold in the Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group category. The Scenic Rim works closely with the Brisbane Greeters and looks forward to future collaborations.

And to our close neighbours at the Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park for their Bronze award for the second year in a row in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category.

They don’t call us the Scenic Rim for nothing!
If you haven’t visited the Scenic Rim you might be wondering where the name came from?
Anyone who’s taken a drive or a walk through this spectacular region knows – it’s because the region is jam-packed with killer views.
The dramatic mountain range, which wraps itself around our fertile valleys, provides a stunning backdrop to so many of our beautiful rural towns.
It was tourism pioneer and adventurer Arthur Groom who first coined the phrase, Scenic Rim.
He described the region as being ‘one mountain after another’.
And boy was he right!
Want to know where to see the best views? We’ve done the hard work for you. Rooms with a view, lunch with a view, walk with a view, romance with a view … read on. Read more

O'Reilly's Green Mountains proposalFloating tents and ready-made campsites could be coming to the Green Mountains campground, next to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

The campground in the Lamington National Park will be upgraded by the O’Reilly family as part of a new proposal to develop powered campervan sites, tent sites and 10 suspended tents.

The proposal is with the Federal Environment Department and would set a new benchmark for eco-tourism in Queensland.

Shane O’Reilly told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the campground is among the state’s most popular and current unpowered sites would remain as they were to ensure no-one as priced out of the market.

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Retrace the tracks Bernard O’Reilly took 80 years ago as he raced to save the survivors of the Stinson Plane crash.

Staff from O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat will lead walkers through the Lamington National Park from February 17 to 19.

Guests can choose from two walks – the longer Bernard’s Footsteps Stinson Hike (37km one way), or the shorter Rescue Route (14km return).

Both walks travel through stunning landscape and diverse flora and fauna.

The Stinson Airliner was travelling from Brisbane to Lismore and Sydney in near cyclonic conditions in 1937, when it was last seen passing through clouds above Kerry in the Scenic Rim.

The plane had been missing 10 days when Bernard read about the missing plane while visiting his brother. They discussed where the plane might be and Bernard set out early the next day to search, carrying only two loaves of bread, a pound of butter, sugar, tea and some onions. Late on the second day Bernard’s calls into the wilderness were answered and he found two survivors.

Find out more about the O’Reilly’s Stinson walks and accommodation packages.

Read the full story of the Stinson rescue as told by Bernard’s daughter Rhelma Kenny.