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The Steamers

Location: Main Range National Park

The Steamers are iconic rock formations,  said to be the remnants of a thick trachyte lava flow from the Main Range Volcano.

They are found in a rugged and remote section of Main Range National Park and are named for their resemblance to an old steamship with four high protruding peaks – the Stern, Prow, Funnel and Mast.

The Steamers present a challenging trail for experienced hikers and should only be attempted by well-prepared bush walkers equipped with a compass and topographical map of Mt Superbus.

Fit walkers can also find their way in with the help of an experienced guide, like local Teresa Cause from Horizon Guides.

 

The Steamers

The Steamers, by @_danno_29

 

The Steamers are situated within Main Range National Park, which was formed in August 1980 through the amalgamation of a number of national parks reserved along the Main Range dating back to July 1909.

Main Range National Park is in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and forms part of the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world.

Access is via the Cunningham Highway, about 2.5 hours south-west of Brisbane, and The Steamers can be approached from Teviot Falls or Emu Creek Road in the Southern Downs.

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Spend your Australia Day long weekend exploring the Scenic Rim. Here’s 20 ideas to get you started.

Lisa Groom, interNATIONAL PARKtours.

Lisa Groom is a member of the pioneering Groom family, whose vision and hard work helped create the beautiful Binna Burra Lodge. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather Arthur and father Tony, Lisa now leads guided walking tours of her much-loved home region.

Her business, interNATIONAL PARKtours, offers guided walking tours to stunning destinations in the Scenic Rim, Australia and overseas.

In 2019 Lisa and her team will offer Scenic Rim Short Breaks, bringing together the region’s best walks, food, wine and natural scenery.

We asked Lisa to share her local tips on the best places to eat, drink, have coffee and walk!

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm, just outsie Boonah, for beautifully cooked seasonal lunches and dinners.
Tamborine Mountain Pizza for a Friday night in.

Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee

For a jaw-dropping view, The Flying Bean Cafe on Beechmont.
For the best chai latte or mocha, The Mountain Brew Coffee on Tamborine Mountain.

 

What I love about the Scenic Rim is ….

The amazing natural diversity, from the views of Main Range and Moogerah Peaks, to the quiet valleys of Lost World, then the cooling rainforests of Lamington National Park. Combine that with outstanding food & wine, and passionate local people in every community, there’s always something happening in part of the Scenic Rim.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

The Coomera Falls Lookout in Lamington National Park and the sunset across the Main Range from Green Hills Road, just outside Boonah.

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Favourite Scenic Rim walk?

I have two. The Mt Maroon walk, as it offers enough excitement as you climb up then views in every direction.
I also love the Daves Creek walk in Lamington National Park for its diversity and changing landscapes

 

Height: Approx 1205m

Location: Middle of Main Range National Park

Spicers Peak sits in the middle of the Main Range National Park, about 120km from Brisbane and is one of Queensland’s highest mountains.

Spicers Peak is close to the villages of Yangan and Killarney and is a spectacular double-peaked mountain.

Spicers Peak walk by @wonderfully_wild

The walk to the top of Spicers Peak is said to be a ‘must do’ for ‘peak baggers’. But be warned, it’s not an easy walk and shouldn’t be attempted by anyone who isn’t a competent scrambler.

Similarly the four-day walk from Wilson’s Peak to Spicers Peak is also a classic south-east Queensland walk.

Spicers Peak can be visited as part of a day walk or as part of a through-walk itinerary.

The two main routes are the north-east and north-west ridges. The steep north-east ridge provides the quickest route to the eastern summit but requires extreme care.

The route to the North-East Ridge is steep and very loose in places. It isn’t suitable for people who are nervous about heights and is graded a 3.5 to 4 category walk.

Spicer’s Retreats offers a three-day Spicer’s Trail Walk through this area.

Walking Spicers Peak. Picture by @triantiwontigongolope

The walks leave from the Governor’s Chair carpark, off Spicers Gap Road. If you are not up for a walk but do want to take in the views, there’s a spectacular lookout located about 150m from the carpark. It offers views over the Fassifern Valley.

Allow several hours for the journey between east and west peaks as it is largely rainforest and there are a number of rocky obstacles.

 There’s an easy  walk to the Spicer’s Gap lookout and it’s accessed about 150m from the Spicer’s Gap carpark. It offers views over the Fassifern Valley.

Views from Governor’s Chair. Picture via @daveo_1212

A small, elevated rough campsite is located on the eastern side of Spicers Peak between rainforest and heath, with views east and south. A lesser-used tent site is located just west of the rock cairn. There are no facilities here and campers must be self-sufficient. Open fires are not allowed and food scraps must be carried out.

Vehicle access is via the Governor’s Chair carpark, via Spicers Gap Road.

There is also a camping site on the western side of the peak. It is also a remote area bush camp and offers good views. Access is also via Governors Chair carpark.

The beautiful Spicer’s Peak Lodge.

The mountain was named by Allan Cunningham after Peter Spicer, who was one of the first convict Superintendents at the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. Spicer was said to have noted the peak while searching for escaped convicts.

 In 1827 British botanist Allan Cunningham led his packhorses inland from Sydney for six weeks until he climbed onto the plateau that’s now home to Spicers Peak Lodge.

Spicers Peak is located south of Spicers Gap, which was once the main route between Brisbane and the Darling Downs. The Main Range once served as a barrier to contain the early convict settlement at Moreton Bay.

Local geologist, John Jackson, says Spicers Peak is remnant ‘runny’ lava flows from the unlocated Main Range Shield Volcano.

Wendy & Mike Webster, Scenic Rim Brewery.

Mike and Wendy Webster are perfect hosts.
You’ll find this husband and wife duo at their beautifully-restored Scenic Rim Brewery, located in the small town of Mt Alford, south-west of Boonah.
Mike is chief brew master, responsible for cool, refreshing drops with fun names – Shazza, Fat Man and Digga’s Pale Ale.
Wendy can be found behind the counter, creating delicious meals and bar snacks to perfectly partner with Mike’s beers.
Like many craft brewers, Mike’s brewing career started in the family garage many years ago. He travelled to Berlin Germany to learn more about the craft and has been hooked ever since.
Mike and Wendy bought the rundown former Mt Alford General Store and spent a year renovating.
They opened the doors in December 2016 and have been busy ever since.
As well as beer and great food, the couple stock a range of other locally-produced products, as well as coffee, milkshakes, scones, croquettes and amazing fresh pretzels.
The Scenic Rim Brewery is very much a family affair – with Mike and Wendy’s three adult children providing input into the menu, the beers and other aspects of the customer experience.

We asked Mike to share his locals’ knowledge and highlight his favourite Scenic Rim spots to eat, drink and soak up the views.

Scenic Rim Brewery beer

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

Best caféArthur Clive’s Boonah
Best pub grubMount Alford Hotel, then the Dugandan Hotel
Five starKooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm

Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee

To be honest we think the barista we employ is the best in our region but if we’re out and about we go to Arthur Clive’s in Boonah or Kalbar and Bean To? at Beaudesert.

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

Its proximity to everything and our nature. We have mountains, lakes, farms, rainforests, quaint country towns and people. I was born and raised in Brisbane and the Scenic Rim offers everything city people yearn for. I’m just lucky I live here and experience it every day.

Mike’s favourite view over Lake Moogerah.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

When you live in the Scenic Rim you are surrounded by spectacular views everywhere you go, but one of my favorites is looking out across Lake Moogerah towards Mt Greville with The Great Divide in the background.

Whether you want to tuck into a hearty roast lunch, quench your thirst with some local craft brews or hop in the car and enjoy a country drive, 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.

Beers at Scenic Rim Brewery. Photo by Christine Sharp.

1. 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

Enjoy a Father’s Day spit roast at the Boonah Golf Club.

2. Have a spit roast on the terrace

Come on down and enjoy a spit roast and live music on the Boonah Golf Club’s new and improved terrace for Father’s Day 2018.

Free children’s activities, kids menu options, drink specials, giveaways, raffles and croquet.

The event will go from 11am to 5pm at the Boonah Golf Club on Bruckner Hill Road, Boonah.

Bookings are not essential but are appreciated

Find out more

 

Enjoy a gourmet picnic basket at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

3. Roll out the picnic blanket and 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.

Find out more

 

Binna Burra Lodge.

4. Enjoy a good old fashioned barbecue at Binna Burra

Head along to Binna Burra Lodge and enjoy a barbecue lunch for Father’s Day.

Tuck into sumptuous spit roast pork and a craft beer from their pop-up bar and enter the mechanical bull competition on the Coomera Terrace, with a chance to win one night’s accommodation at Binna Burra Lodge.

Take a back pack with some water, snacks and warm clothes and treat dad to a bush walk while you’re up there! Walks in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park start from a gentle 1.2km for the class 2 Rainforest Circiut.

Find out more about the BBQ lunch

Find out more about Binna Burra bush walks

Sunday roast at O’Reilly’s.

5. Tuck into a hearty Sunday roast at O’Reilly’s

The O’Reilly family will host a Father’s Day Sunday roast lunch in their historic guest house. Feast on freshly baked breads, mixed vegetable platters, succulent roast meats, fresh fruits and homemade pudding. Be sure to walk it off with a bush walk afterwards! You can take dad on the iconic Tree Top Walk (800m return trip) or choose from an abundance of tracks in Lamington National Park.

Find out more about O’Reilly’s Sunday roast

Find out more about bush walks from O’Reilly’s

 

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

 

Treat dad to a free car wash.

7. Treat dad to a (free) car wash

After all that gallivanting around the Scenic Rim, dad’s car might be a bit grubby! If you want to make it sparkly clean before you head home, you’re in luck. The Scenic Rim’s newest car wash is having its grand opening on September 1-2, and they’re giving out free car washes all weekend!

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Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm

8. Take dad to a fancy five course lunch

Maybe your dad is a gourmet foodie. Excellent! Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm invites you to celebrate Father’s Day with their five course menu. This epic lunchtime event will showcase their passion for family, food and wine. Arrive at midday for a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Numbers limited, $110 per person. Early bookings required.

Find out more

 

Look out for the Scenic Rim’s new campaign on Queensland Rail trains. Your next adventure is closer than you think.

Romantic escapes are in our DNA – the Scenic Rim is made for love. Light up your love life in the Scenic Rim with these romantic experiences.

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

Mount Lindesay

Height 1175m
Location: Mount Barney National Park

Mt Lindesay is a spectacular peak, situated on the Queensland-New South Wales border, about 140km west of Brisbane.

It’s one of a number of peaks in the McPherson Range and is distinctive due to its tiered summit, formed by the eroded remnants of lava flows from the nearby Focal Shield volcano.

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Mt Lindesay

Locals say it looks like a wedding cake.

Mt Lindesay is a peak best admired from afar. There are no designated walking or climbing tracks and it is only suited to people with extensive rock and mountain climbing experience.

Much of the peak is covered in dense rainforest and the summit is often hidden in cloud and mist.

The closest town to Mt Lindesay is Rathdowney, however the peak can be seen from Woodenbong and Kyogle as well.

The Mt Lindesay Highway travels to the western side of Mt Lindesay.

There are few opportunities for rock climbers due to the unsound nature of the decaying rhyolite. There is one steep, exposed scrambling route to the summit but is said to be a grade 6-7 climb, starting at the south-east corner of the upper cliffs.

Mt Lindesay

Mt Lindesay

Mt Lindesay has been part of a successful native title claim made by the Githabul people, for whom the peak holds special significance.

Mt Lindesay was originally named Mt Hooker by Allan Cunningham in July 1828, after University of Glasgow Regius Professor of Botany, WJ Hooker.

The first recorded ascent of Mt Lindesay by Europeans was made in May 1872 by Thomas de Montmorency Murray-Prior and Phillip Walter Pears.

Scenic Rim's Mount Lindesay

Look out for Mt Lindesay’s distinctive peak on your next Scenic Rim adventure

Mt Lindesay (left) forming part of the Scenic Rim landscape

Mt Lindesay (left) forming part of the Scenic Rim landscape

The Scenic Rim is made for walking. You’ll find stunning walks to suit all fitness levels in our six national parks. Here’s 14 Scenic Rim walks to try.

Shop and eat local this festive season. Feast from our very Scenic Rim gift guide.

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.

Summer holidays are great for road trips. The Scenic Rim is on your doorstep – just an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast – and offers plenty of unique and exciting experiences.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite road trips, listing all the best places to stop for food, drinks, coffee, shopping and a swim.

All you need to do is jump in the car and visit the Scenic Rim.

Which of our itineraries will you try?

  1. Boonah & Beyond: A 38km round trip that will take you to cafes, Boonah’s local shopping strip, historic country pubs, two wineries and a brewery!
    Commercial Hotel Boonah1

    The Commercial Hotel, Boonah.

     

  2. The Lions Road: A 96km journey from Beaudeesert to Kyogle, via the robotic dairy, Rathdowney, an olive grove and the incredible Border Ranges.
    Lions-Rd

    The Lions Road

     

  3. Tamborine Mountain: Explore this gorgeous hilltop oasis on this 25km loop of all that is fabulous on the mountain, including breweries, cafes, gardens, rainforest skywalk, wine and a coffee plantation.
    Tamborine rainforest skywalk

    Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Tamborine Mountain

     

  4. Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the village town of Canungra.
    canungra valley vineyard

    O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard

     

  5. Lodge to Lodge: Give yourself a few days and travel from one end of the Lamington Plateau to the other, stopping at two of the region’s most popular and historic mountain lodges.
    Binna Burra Sky Lodges

    Binna Burra Sky Lodges, a perfect place to stay.

     

  6. Antiques, Art and Camels: What a quirky day you’ll have when you visit the western Scenic Rim. We’re crafted a schedule to keep young and old happy – camel farm, antique shop and a winery.
    Summer Land Camel Farm

    Summer Land Camel Farm, a stop on the Antiques, Art and Camels itinerary.

     

  7. Cheese Pleaser: What makes a good road trip great? Cheese of course! Here’s a tour of the Scenic Rim’s amazing boutique cheesemakers and their farms.
    Towri Sheep Farm

    Towri Sheep Cheese Farm on the Cheese Pleaser itinerary. (Bookings required)

     

  8. Boonah to Queens Mary Falls: One of the region’s most popular drives, which will take you along the NSW-QLD border into the lush pastures of Killarney.
    Queen Mary Falls

    Queen Mary Falls

     

  9. The Lost World: Explore this stunning southern part of the Scenic Rim which offers visitors the chance to tour working farms, take a cooking class, or refresh at a country pub.
    The Lost World

    The Lost World

     

  10. The Farm Gate Tour: Want to visit some working farms and get your hands dirty? This itinerary is for you. On this journey, you’re guaranteed to meet chooks, goats, sheep and camels!

    Meet the animals on the Farm Gate Tour

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s certainly the case when it comes to industrial sculptor Christopher Trotter.
The Boonah-based artist is behind some of Queensland’s most recognisable public art sculptures.

Dip into these refreshing Scenic Rim lakes and waterfalls

When the weather heats up and it’s time to cool down head to our fabulous Scenic Rim swimming holes, country creeks and lakes.
Make the Scenic Rim your go-to summer escape and discover our stunning lakes, crystal clear creeks, spectacular waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes.

Seek a cool reprieve in the Scenic Rim. Bring your ski boat, your kayaks, your picnic rug and your holiday reads and soak up the relaxed vibes of summer in the Scenic Rim.

Cool down at these scenic lakes, waterfalls and swimming holes

1. The Gorge

The Gorge is about 2.5km downstream from the Lake Moogerah spillway. It’s a quiet, shady camping spot with a 200m-long swimming hole. It’s accessed via Gorge Rd, about 15-minutes’ drive from Boonah.

The Gorge

The Gorge

2. Flanagan Reserve, Rathdowney

The upper Logan River flows into this 200m long swimming hole just outside Rathdowney. There’s a campground nearby and dogs are allowed.

Flanagan Reserve

Flanagan Reserve

 

3. Yellow Pinch Mt Barney

Park in the Yellow Pinch car park in the Mt Barney National Park to access this peaceful swimming hole nearby. There’s a rope swing and gentle rapids, which flow into the swimming hole.

Yellow Pinch Waterhole

Yellow Pinch Waterhole

4. Lower Portals

These beautiful, deep rock pools and small waterfalls are accessed along a 7.4km return walk in the Mt Barney National Park. Allow three hours, it’s worth the effort.

Lower Portals

Lower Portals

 

5. Burgess Park

This park, on Christmas Creek, is a great place for swimming. There are toilets, BBQs and picnic tables nearby. It’s about 20km from Beaudesert and an old Moreton Bay fig provides beautiful shelter during summer.

Christmas Creek

Christmas Creek

 

6. Darlington Park

This Park, camping ground and caravan park is on the Albert River in the Lost World. It is an ideal spot for a picnic and boasts a number of swimming holes, complete with rope swing and gentle rapids. Enjoy a gentle float downstream on a tube or airbed.

Darlington Park

Darlington Park

 

7. Sharp Park

A popular camping and caravanning stop on the Canungra River, this is a great swimming hole and picnic area. Upstream you may spy the resident Platypus.

Sharp Park

Sharp Park

8. Curtis Falls

Curtis Falls are fed by Cedar Creek and run all year. The walking track ends at a viewing platform overlooking a large rock pool with views of the falls and of the basalt rock face.

Curtis Falls

Curtis Falls

 

9. Lamington National Park

Both the Green Mountain and Binna Burra sections of the Lamington National Park are a waterfall chaser’s dream come true. Some of southern Queensland’s more spectacular waterfalls can be found here. These include Elabana Falls, Yarrabilgong Falls, Coomera Falls, Morans Falls and so many more.

Morans Falls overlooking the Scenic Rim. Image: @j_kreiss via Instagram

Morans Falls overlooking the Scenic Rim. Image: @j_kreiss via Instagram

10. Cameron Falls

Cameron Falls are located on the Sandy Creek Circuit within the Knoll Section of the Tamborine National Park. The walking track follows the creek and the falls can be heard in the distance. A branch track to Cameron Falls Lookout enables you to drink in the natural beauty of the waterfalls.

Cameron Falls by Karina Elliott

Cameron Falls by Karina Elliott

 

11. Yarramalong Recreation Centre

This is a privately-run recreation centre, situated on a beautiful property accessed via Lake Moogerah Rd, near Aratula. The Reynolds Creek runs through the property and flows year round, making this the perfect spot for a summer cool down. Float with the gentle creek current, or sun yourself on the rock wall. Hire a kayak, or BYO. There’s a fishing hole nearby, will you catch dinner?

Picture by Leanne Horder Photography

Picture by Leanne Horder Photography

12. Lake Moogerah

Now here’s a fun summer destination. Lake Moogerah is a hive of activity during the warmer months, when the boating and camping fraternity descend. It’s action stations on this busy lake, located between Boonah and Aratula. If you love jetskiing, waterskiing and fishing then this is the place for you. You’ll want to stay longer than a day so check out the great self-contained houses, cottages and camping facilties nearby.

 

Lake Moogerah

Lake Moogerah

13. Bigriggen Park

Oh boy, where do we begin? Bigriggen has something for everyone – including some gorgeous, clear water to cool down. This campground and park is situated between Boonah and Rathdowney in the foothills of Mt Maroon. The park offers visitors so many choices,  from camping facilities to cabins,  bunkhouses and a fabulous bike track the kids will LOVE. Fish the Logan River and take your rubber tube so you can float in the cool waters of the Burnett Creek.

Bigriggen Park

Bigriggen Park

14. Lake Maroon

A stunning lake in the Scenic Rim’s south, this is a relaxing spot for fishing, kayaking, and watersports. BYO watercraft, or hire from the on-site operators. The water here is deep and clean and there’s generally less traffic here than at Moogerah. But the wind does pick up, which makes it great for windsurfing. Set-up your marquee lakeside and make a day of it. The lake is said to offer some of Queensland’s best bass fishing.

Lake Maroon

Lake Maroon

15. Lake Wyaralong

Wyaralong is the Scenic Rim’s newest lake and it’s closed to powered craft, which means it’s also the region’s most peaceful lake. Lake Wyaralong is home to an Olympic-standard rowing course and is well-suited to explorations via kayak and canoe.  Pack your tent and take advantage of the two campgrounds located within the catchment.

Lake Wyaralong

Lake Wyaralong

Mother Nature’s masterpiece

Storm season is here. It may have been the wettest October on record, but you know what they say – every cloud has a silver lining.
And what a lining it has been in the Scenic Rim.

The clouds above the Scenic Rim have been incredible and thankfully the region has some equally impressive photographers to capture nature’s slideshow.

The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom around Boonah. Picture by @elizabethwielandimages

The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom around Boonah. Picture by @elizabethwielandimages

Cloud formations, rainbows, flowering Jacaranda trees … the #scenicrim feed on Instagram and Facebook is full of photographs and videos that will make you want to jump in your car and head to the Scenic Rim.

Purple Rain

If you want to see the Scenic Rim’s purple rain hurry and visit – the Jacarandas are flowering right now.

Jacarandas by @brentrandallphotography

Jacarandas by @brentrandallphotography

On Instagram she’s known as @katethelightchaser and this image, captured during a particularly ferocious storm, had her followers seeing wild things. Lions in fact. Can you see the lion in the clouds?

@Katethelightchaser clouds with lion face

Can you see the lion’s face in this image by @katethelightchaser

She’s a fickle beast

The weather can be a fickle beast. Just ask the local farmers. One paddock will cop a drenching, while over the fence there will be clear skies. Beaudesert journalist Susie Cunningham captured this beautifully.

Storm over Beaudesert by @what.susie.saw

Storm over Beaudesert by @what.susie.saw

 

Storms are spectacular viewed from the comfort of home. Not always so enjoyable when you’re stuck on the road. @boxbrowniebob caught this storm approaching Milbong.

Milbong Storm by @boxbrowniebob

Milbong Storm by @boxbrowniebob

Light Show

And then of course there’s the light shows. The thunder and lightning is really something to behold.

Ben Watts braved the storm on Tamborine Mountain with illuminating results.

Tamborine Mountain lightning by @benwattsphotography

Tamborine Mountain lightning by @benwattsphotography

 

So did Kate. She is called the Light Chaser!

Lightning by @katethelightchaser

Lightning by @katethelightchaser

 

The Scenic Rim has long been known for its spectacular storms. Our location, at the base of the Great Dividing Range means the region often bears the brunt of the summer storm activity.

Here’s a time-lapse video of a recent storm over Mt Barney, filmed by @clubcoaster

Tourism pioneer Shane O’Reilly shares his thoughts on the best Scenic Rim places to eat, drink, explore and soak in the views.

Things to do in the Scenic Rim in November

It’s a busy month in the Scenic Rim, with plenty of exciting November events and activities on offer. Check out the country races at Beaudesert, the Canungra markets and the Boonah Bookfest. Bird Week returns to O’Reilly’s for the 40th year.

Beaudesert Races Derby Day – November 4

Country races at their best. Head down to the Beaudesert Racetrack this Saturday for Derby Day Scenic Rim style. Kids are welcome – they will love the free facepainting and the ice-cream and smoothie trucks. Bookings essential for Beaudesert’s answer to the Birdcage. Frock up and enjoy the sensational multi-course lunch.

Derby Day Beaudesert Race Club

Derby Day Beaudesert Race Club

Boonah Bookfest – November 4 and 5

Refresh your home library at this popular annual book bonanza. In aid of the Boonah District Cultural Foundation, you’ll need to visit both days to make your way through the collection. Boonah Bookfest is held at the Boonah Cultural Centre.

Boonah Bookfest

Boonah Bookfest

Canungra Country Fair – November 4

Here’s a great day out for the family, featuring market stalls, food, an outdoor bar, live music, free jumping castle, petting zoo and much more. Celebrate with the close-knit Canungra community.

Canungra Country Fair logo

 

O’Reilly’s 40th Annual Bird Week – November 5 to 11

Join bird lovers from around the globe for the 40th anniversary of O’Reilly’s popular Bird Week. You’ll meet leading researchers, authors and photographers and join them to spot more than 200 species of birds. This is Australia’s longest-running birding program and it’s fitting that it is held in the Lamington National Park, home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds. Bookings essential.

Orielly Bird of Prey

O’Reilly’s 40th Annual Bird Week

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Family Fun Day – November 5

Celebrate at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards inaugural Family Fun Day,  with entertainment for all ages. Work up an appetite with a game of backyard cricket, or some grape stomping. Mum and dad can settle in for a glass of O’Reilly’s wine and gourmet Homestead picnic basket on the manicured lawn, while the kids take part in the yellow rubber duck races on the Canungra Creek. Meet the alpacas from MountView Alpaca Farm. Bookings essential.

O'Reilly's Family Fun Day

O’Reilly’s Family Fun Day

Flinders Peak Winery Christmas Markets – November 11

Christmas is coming so it’s time to start thinking about gifts, food and refreshments. Flinders Peak Winery has you sorted wiht their Christmas Markets. Enjoy live music and stunning views as you browse the market stalls and stock up on the Flinders Peak wines and spirits. Runs from 3.30pm to 6pm.

Finders Peak Markets

 

Tommerup’s Christmas on the Farm – November 25

The Tommerup family will swing open their dairy farm gate for a special pre-Christmas event on November 25.
Spend the afternoon feeding the friendly farm animals, take a guided farm tour and browse the market stalls, where you can find local produce, unique gifts and yummy Scenic Rim delicacies.
Santa is rumoured to be schedule to drop by too! With your Christmas shopping done, relax and enjoy the paddock picnic. Feast on a special Tommerup’s Picnic Platter, featuring Kay an Dave’s own veal and pork, as well as White Gold Creamery Cheese (made with the Tommerup farm milk) and other delicious local gourmet treats.
Bookings are essential. Prices range from $5.50 to $38.

Christmas on Tommerup Farm

Christmas on Tommerup Farm

Mt Greville

Height: 767-metres

Location: Moogerah Peaks National Park

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Mt Greville is one of four distinct volcanic peaks, located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park.

The four peaks stand like sentinels in the rural landscape.

Mt Greville, at 767m high, is recognisable due to its cone-shape and deeps fissures.

 

Mt Greville was the first of the four peaks to be gazetted as a national park in 1948.

Mt Greville and the Moogerah Peaks National Park are located in what was once beneath the belly of the ancient Main Range volcano, which erupted more than 24million years ago.

The distinctive peaks of the Moogerah Peaks National Park had their origins deep below the volcano.


Moogerah Peaks National Park is located near Lake Moogerah and is accessible via the Cunningham Highway, about 100km south-west of Brisbane. Read more

Our favourite Scenic Rim views

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

Michelle Roper-Dennis, of Canungra gift shop My Country Escape, shares her favourite Scenic Rim places to eat, drink and enjoy in the views.

Mt Barney

Height: 1359-metres

Location: Mt Barney National Park

Mt Barney, at 1359m, is QLD’s 4th highest mountain and one of the state’s most spectacular mountains. and is a mecca for experienced bushwalkers and climbers.

It’s part of the McPherson Range and presents walkers with some formidable challenges and is no place for novice walkers.

Mt Barney by Lachie Zettl.

Mt Barney by Lachie Zettl.

 

 

Mt Barney is situated within the Mt Barney National Park, which was established in 1947 to protect the natural habitat on and around the mountain.

Mt Barney is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and the national park is one of the largest areas of undisturbed natural vegetation remaining in south-east Queensland.

Access is via the Mt Lindesay Highway, about 120km south-west of Brisbane.

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You’ve said ‘yes!’, the ring is amazing, the guest list is growing and all you need now is a spectacular place to hold your dream wedding!

Welcome to the Scenic Rim.

This picturesque region is emerging as the darling of south-east Queensland brides and grooms.

The Scenic Rim has it all – location (one hour from Brisbane & the Gold Coast), spectacular views (they don’t call us Scenic for nothing) and some to-die for wedding venues.

There’s so many to choose from but here are 15 of our favourites.

  1. The White Chapel & Black Hall Kalbar

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This is the Scenic Rim’s newest wedding venue and one thing is for sure, your photographs are going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

No expense has been spared by the owners, April and Paul Cornwell, who have transformed a disused country church (circa 1883) into a designer wedding chapel and reception venue.

From the chandeliers, to the ornate gardens, to the rustic shed and the sleek Black Hall reception venue, your wedding will be the talk of your friends for months to come.

The property features many photographic backdrops, created with your big day – and your wedding album – in mind.

The team behind The White Chapel have thought of everything – there’s even a minibus to carry your guests home to their local accommodation.

  1. The Vue Restaurant & Wedding Chapel, Boonah

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Country weddings done right. Here’s a venue where you can have it all in one location – vows in the gorgeous outdoor chapel, food in the neighbouring restaurant and accommodation in the beautiful on-site country cabins.

This one-stop shop will make saying ‘I Do’ easy and fuss free.

  1. Kooroomba Vineyard & Restaurant, Mt Alford

Kooroomba wedding

If it’s stunning mountain views you’re after, look no further than Kooroomba Vineyard & Restaurant.

Say ‘I do’ in the new wedding chapel, situated on the edge of the vineyard, with a glorious mountain backdrop. Your guests can wander back to the architect-designed restaurant and winery for sunset drinks, dinner and dancing.

This location is a photographer’s dream – your insta feed will be full of hashtag incredible images.

  1. Flinders Peak Winery, Peak Crossing

flinders peak wedding

Wine, mountain views, wild life, cosy villas, WINE. Here’s another fabulous all-in-one location for your wedding. Who needs the hassle of traipsing from church to reception venue to accommodation – it’s all here on site at Peak Crossing. There’s a rustic barn for your reception, complete with bar and Chesterfield lounges,  and plenty of locally-made wine. Wander back to your villa when the party is over and wake to the stunning views over the vineyard.

  1. Cedar Creek Estate

Cedar Creek Estate Wedding

Your wedding vision will become reality at Cedar Creek Estate on Tamborine Mountain. From the stone chapel, to the garden arbour, the glorious gardens, the lake and the water feature, your day will be one you and your guests will remember for years to come.

Choose from a large array of wines and enlist the help of the resident wedding co-ordinators. Formal and informal wedding receptions can be arranged.

And once the formalities are over head to the on-site Glow Worm Caves for some ‘illuminating’ photographs with your love.

  1. Albert River Wines

Albert River Wines weddings

Looking for an historic, unique country wedding venue? Enter Albert River Wines. This historic property, situated a short drive from Canungra, has been a finalist in the Australian Bridal Institute Awards for Ceremony and Reception Venues for the past three years. Albert River Wines offers newlyweds many options – from the Jacaranda Gazebo, the ornate, restored vineyard chapel, to the chapel garden to the historic homestead restaurant.

Tamborine House has been beautifully restored and is a fabulous showcase of the 1800s architectural style. Entertain your guests on the sprawling verandas, or in the Auchenflower House Ballroom.

  1. Tea & Niceties

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Enchanting, vintage-themed weddings are de rigueur here at Tea & Niceties on Tamborine Mountain.

Nothing will be left to chance. The gardens are breathtaking and you’ll find plenty of photographic backdrops on this one-acre property, which boasts lush rainforest and curated gardens. There’s a lace-laden pergola and your reception in the elegant tearoom will create an atmosphere your guests will be talking about for weeks to come.

The resident wedding co-ordinator will make sure your big day is perfect and very magical.

  1. Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Pethers Retreat Weddings

Boutique rainforest retreats aren’t something you find every day. And yet here’s a magical one, located on Tamborine Mountain just 30minutes drive from the Gold Coast. The team at Pethers Rainforest Retreat specialise in catering to intimate weddings of up to 70 people. The rainforest setting will set your nuptials apart. Feast on a banquet meal in the timber and glass restaurant, with a spectacular fireplace at the centre.

Your guests will love the on-site accommodation – private tree house retreats which can accommodate up to 20 people.

There’s also a new Wedding Garden, featuring manicured lawns and a wedding gazebo. Walk down the red carpet to your love and your dream rainforest wedding.

  1. Cedar Creek Lodges

Cedar Creek Lodges wedding

OMG! How can one location offer so many wedding options?

The hardest part of being married here at Cedar Creek Lodges will be deciding where and how to do it.

Do you opt for the Rainforest amphitheater and its towering timber columns lit up by fairy lights? Or how about The Outlook a manicured knoll, bordered by Lilly Pilly hedges? Then there’s the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar. And let’s not forget the architecturally-designed Island Glade, a sister pavilion to the Rainforest Amphitheatre, and located on the Cedar Creek.

Cedar Creek Lodges are located in Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. There is so much to do onsite your guests will return home revived and reinvigorated. Minigolf, flying fox, laser tag, tree top challenge, bird feeding and horse riding.

And yes there’s accommodation on site – could this be the perfect wedding venue?

  1. Canungra Valley Vineyards

Creekside Reception with Festoon Lights Canungra Valley Vineyard

Canungra Valley Vineyards is part of the impressive O’Reilly’s family of attractions. The vineyards are situated just outside Canungra and on the way to the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat the in the Lamington National Park.

The Canungra Valley Vineyards has become a popular choice for newlyweds, thanks to the stunning location and suite of incredible options located on this sprawling estate.

The hardest part will be deciding where to say ‘I do’. Will it be a long table lunch by the creek? Or a marquee on the lawn? A relaxed gourmet picnic, or a bells and whistles dinner inside the historic winery homestead?

The CVV team will make your wedding wishes come true.

  1. Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort

Tamborine Gardens wedding

Here’s a stress-free wedding option. The team at Tamborine Gardens Wedding & Function Resort are wedding experts. Leave the planning in their hands as they craft a wedding to match your vision. The options are endless – there’s the Garden of Eden, the Tamborine Chapel, the private gazebo and of course the amazing, lush gardens.

  1. Scenic Rim Hot Air Balloon Weddings

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Your big day is sure to leave you flying high – particularly when you exchange vows thousands of metres above ground!

If you’re after an intimate wedding with a difference then this is for you.

Join the team at Hot Air Gold Coast for a hot air balloon wedding. They’ll expertly carry you and your wedding party into the clouds for a unique wedding experience.

  1. Sarabah Estate

Sarabah Estate wedding

The team at Sarabah Estate Canungra promise to deliver brides and grooms their dream wedding. Sarabah Estate is a 50-acre rural retreat, nestled on the boundary the Lamington National Park.

The picturesque property is perfect for an outdoor wedding – say ‘I do’ with the estate vineyard in the background.

You’ll love the timber and stone European-designed chalet, which comfortably caters to 100 people. If your guest list is bigger, opt for the marquee wedding.

There are some fabulous accommodation options nearby too.

  1. Heritage Wines Tamborine Mountain

Heritage Wines wedding

Does your wedding wish list call for a rural setting with ocean views? You’ll love Heritage Wines. Located on the gorgeous Tamborine Mountain, this property enjoys stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a versatile venue, where the former Infant Saviour Catholic Church from Burleigh has been has been transformed into an elegant wedding chapel. If you’d prefer to exchange vows in The Glasshouse – a 360-degree glass building with incredible views – that’s on offer too. The sprawling hinterland property offers plenty of inspiration for a country-themed reception.

And of course the Heritage Boutique wines will be flowing all night!

  1. Binna Burra Mountain Lodge

Binna Burra Scenic Rim wedding

Fancy being married within the heritage listed Lamington National Park? Give the team at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge a call.

Your wedding guests will love the natural beauty of this 20,600ha Australian bush and rainforest park and of course, there are the stunning views!

Binna Burra can cater for big and small weddings and offers newlyweds a range of unique locations and wedding themes.

The on-site wedding coordinator will ensure your big day runs smoothly.

Mt Cordeaux is one of several mountains located within the 29,730ha Main Range National Park and during spring the cliff face is covered with incredible giant spear lillies.

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 Rim

    Visit 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 Dairy

    Cows 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.
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    This 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 Cheese

    Carolyn 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 Orchard

    When 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 Stay

    The 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. Green Lane Coffee Plantation

    Green Lane 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 Green Lane 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.greenlanecoffee.com/plantation 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

So, you want to climb a mountain but you don’t know where to start?

Well, the Scenic Rim is just the place to find your feet, given it’s home to more than 70 summits.

A perfect spot to start is in the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park up on the McPherson Range outside Canungra.

CoomeraCircuit.NeerigomindalalaFalls Okay, so you won’t quite be climbing a mountain – you’ll drive up relatively steep and winding country roads to get to the tracks – but those tracks are great for getting some mileage in the legs.

You’ll get the fresh mountain air into your lungs, but Lamington won’t knock the wind out of your sails like a first-time mountain climb will.

Whether you choose to set out from the Binna Burra section or the O’Reilly’s (Green Mountains) section, you’ll have plenty of well-marked tracks to choose from – about 160km of them, in fact.

There is something for everyone, from the smooth, wheelchair-accessible 1.8km Centenary Track at O’Reilly’s to the rock-hopping, creek-crossing 17.4km Coomera Circuit at Binna Burra.

If you really want to build up the strength in your legs, there aren’t many tracks more pleasant (or picturesque) than the Border Track, which is 21.4km each way and links Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.

Or if you want someone to guide you, local companies like Horizon Guides or International Park Tours can offer you valuable local wisdom on the tracks of Lamington National Park and beyond. Read more

Join the Instagramming community for the first Scenic Rim Instameet of 2017.

The Igers Scenic Rim group will meet at Mt Barney Lodge from 4pm on January 28.

Check out the @Igers_scenicrim Instagram account for some spectacular shots of local scenery.

Don’t forget to tag your pictures #scenicrim so we can share them at @visitscenicrim