Spend your January long weekend exploring the Scenic Rim. Here’s 15 ideas to get you started.
The Mununjali culture of Beaudesert has been shared on the world stage, with two local Mununjali people delivering a smoking ceremony to welcome platypuses to San Diego Safari Park.
Mununjali cousins Jarred Fogarty and Stacie Fogarty, who both grew up in Beaudesert, were an integral part of the historic occasion, alongside Cobble Cobble/ Yuggera man Zaine Davis and Yugambeh Elder Rory O’Connor.
The smoking ceremony was to welcome the delivery of the platypuses Birrarung, an 8-year-old male, and Eve, a 15-year-old female, who were flown in custom-made crates on their own chartered flight from Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
It is believed to be the first time in more than 50 years that platypuses have been introduced to a zoo outside of Australia.
Stacie and Jarred Fogarty both work in the tourism industry back home, sharing their culture and knowledge at Dreamworld Corroboree on the Gold Coast.
Mr Fogarty, or JBuzsch, as he is known to his family and friends, said it was a special experience sharing culture abroad.
“Mununjali is my way of life, and nothing makes me happier than to share that with other cultures,” he said.
“It was a great exchange and a privilege to be on Kumeyaay land, the land of the San Pasqual band (mob).”
Ms Fogarty said it was a moment to remember.
“Representing my culture internationally was definitely one of the best experiences – culture is what keeps me grounded,” she said.
“It made me proud to stand up and dance for my people back home.”
School holidays are here and the Scenic Rim has plenty to offer! Your kids will be too busy to get bored, and they’ll have a great time in the fresh air.
Shop local in the Scenic Rim this festive season! Check out our Scenic Rim gift guide to get you started.
HEIGHT: APPROX 560M ABOVE SEA LEVEL
LOCATION: TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK
Tamborine Mountain features a 28 square-kilometre plateau 560m above sea level and is home to a thriving community which welcomes visitors.
The Mountain was formed by lava flow from the Mount Warning eruption more than 22-million years ago and is at the north-eastern edge of the Scenic Rim.
Tamborine Mountain is located just over one hour’s drive from Brisbane and less than an hour from the Gold Coast.
Tamborine Mountain is home to Queensland’s first National Park. Tamborine National Park was declared in 1908 and features a number of walking tracks, outlooks and areas of rainforest, spread across 14 sections on the plateau and surrounding foothills.
The Mountain is a thriving tourist destination with a population of just under 7000 people, and distinct communities are located across the 8km plateau. It offer visitors a range of experiences, including art galleries, gift shops, cafes, wineries and fine dining restaurants.
The Mountain boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit most tastes and budgets.
The climate is subtropical and the rich red volcanic soil sustains rich food crops and lush bushland.
The Wangerriburra people are the traditional owners of Tamborine Mountain, and the Wangerriburra people were there tens of thousands of years before white settlement.
Tamborine Mountain was once completely covered by subtropical rainforest, which was cleared for agriculture and timber production when the mountain was opened for selection in 1875.
Tamborine Mountain is home to many beautiful picnic spots and spectacular walking trails.
The most popular walking tracks include the Curtis Falls rainforest track and The Knoll track, which leads to Cameron Falls.
Camping is not allowed in the Tamborine National Park, however camping and caravan facilities are offered at Thunderbird Park and Tamborine Mountain Caravan and Camping. Many other styles of accommodation are also offered on the mountain.
BBQ and picnic facilities are available across the mountain. Most have great views and some also feature children’s playgrounds.
Tamborine National Park features wet subtropical rainforest habitat and has been declared as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.
The Mountain is home to 10 different types of forest, including subtropical rainforest, wet eucalypt forest and open eucalypt forest.
Tamborine Mountain’s rich alluvial soil produces a bounty of food crops, including avocados, rhubarb and vegetables, which are available from many roadside stalls and The Green Shed market, which is on every Sunday at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds.
The name Tamborine is from the local Yugambeh language. It means wild lime and refers to the finger lime trees that grow wild on the mountain. They were eaten as a thirst quencher and were one of the first foods traded to the settlers.
An annual foodie event which started from humble beginnings nearly 10 years ago has earned the Scenic Rim a national award for driving economic prosperity.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 2018 won the ‘Economic Development Single Event or Activity’ category at the National Economic Development Awards in Adelaide on 24 October.
The Scenic Rim Regional Council outshone a record number of entries from across Australia, including fellow events category finalists Southern Grampians Shire Council and Logan City Council, to win the award.
Council’s submission for the award was based on 2018 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, which attracted 40,000 people to the region and contributed more than $2 million to the local economy.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said winning at the National Economic Development Awards reinforced the clear value of the region’s food and drink industries.
“Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is an incredible celebration, and this award demonstrates it runs so much deeper than that,” he said.
“This is a win for the entire local supply chain, from the farmers who grow our incredible local produce right through to everyone who hosts an Eat Local Week event to drive those economic benefits to our region and put money in the pockets of our local operators.”
“Eat Local Week has grown from about four or five events when it started in 2010 to a program of 90 events, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all the people who visit the Scenic Rim during Eat Local Week each year to make it worth our while. We thank each and every one of those visitors for the value they have brought to our region.”
Local dairy farmer and agritourism leader Kay Tommerup of Tommerup’s Dairy Farm said the economic benefits of Eat Local Week were invaluable year-round.
“The actual movement of Eat Local, beyond Eat Local Week, is huge for all of us. The publicity and the recognition that we have gained over the years means that we now have an audience of chefs, cafes and all those people who’ll come to us directly,” she said.
“The Scenic Rim brand really stands for something, and collectively we offer an authentic, character-filled experience through the food of our region.”
The Scenic Rim’s latest win is in addition to the ‘Outstanding Region’ award it won at the delicious. Produce Awards in Sydney earlier this year.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 27 June – 5 July 2020. For more information visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au/
Come to the Scenic Rim for the race that stops a nation. Get a group together and book in for one of the local Melbourne Cup events on Tuesday, 5 November.
Frock up or suit up, put on your fanciest hat and head to one of these local hot spots.
What: Be spoilt with champagne and canapés, then a two course sit down luncheon, all in air-conditioned comfort in the gorgeous Black Hall, Kalbar. There’ll be music, cocktails, cash bar, lucky door prizes and sweeps! Plus get pics of your race day outfit by talented local photographer Cassie, of @inc.mill_photography. Bookings essential: 0478 767 046 or via Eventbrite.
When: 11.30am -3pm
How much: $67 per person
What: Kick up your heels at Towri Sheep Cheeses‘ unique sheep races on the farm! There’ll be live coverage of the race that stops the nation plus a three course cheese-inspired menu accompanied by local beer and wine. Prizes for best hat and best dressed! Bookings essential: email@example.com or 07 5543 1260.
When: 11am arrival
How much: adults $78, kids 5-12 $30, kids under 5 $10
What: Dress up and join in the race-day fun at Tamborine Mountain Golf Club. Take part in the four person Ambrose and book a table for the two course (roast and dessert) luncheon. Fashions on the field will be judged after the big race! Bookings essential: 07 5545 1788.
When: doors open 11am, meal served from 1pm. 8am shotgun start for golfers!
How much: $37 per head for lunch
What: The race that stops the nation will be broadcast on all the big screens at the Railway Hotel, Beaudesert. Take advantage of the Winners’ Circle lunch specials, or dine from the full menu. There’ll be bubbles on arrival, sweeps, a lucky seat prize and prize for the best dressed. Book early on 07 5541 3848.
When: lunch trading hours (race broadcast at 2pm)
How much: costs vary
What: Tuck into an all you can eat buffet lunch, including seafood, hot dishes, desserts and much more, at the Beaudesert Hotel. There’ll be sweeps as well as prizes for the best dressed and best hat, and Rich Hay will be MC and provide the entertainment. Watch all the racing action live and loud on the big screen! Bookings essential: 07 5541 1044.
When: lunch trading hours (race broadcast at 2pm)
How much: adults $39.90, children $14.50
What: Do race day at the Boonah Golf Club. Enjoy grazing tables and champagne on arrival, followed by a two course luncheon. There’ll be sweeps, raffles and fashions on the field, and you can watch the race on the big screen! Bookings and prepayment essential: 07 5463 1470.
When: 10.30am to 3pm
How much: $40 for members, $45 for non-members
What: Indulge in a beautiful high tea and a glass of bubbles in the Rose Room at Simon’s Tavern, Boonah. Put on your finest spring racing attire and relax in air-conditioned comfort. There’ll be sweeps as well as lucky door prizes and prizes for best dressed and best head wear. Bookings: 07 5463 1007.
When: from 11am.
How much: $25 per person
What: Have an action-packed Melbourne Cup experience like no other at the Bearded Dragon Hotel, Tamborine, complete with cane toad racing after the race that stops the nation. Order a two course platter (main and dessert), enjoy bubbles on arrival, take part in the sweeps and vie for best dressed male or female. Book your table on 07 5543 6888.
When: 10am to 4pm
How much: Two course platters $55 per person
What: Book in for a Melbourne Cup banquet at the beautiful Canungra Hotel. Watch the race on the big screens and take part in the raffles and sweeps. Bookings essential: 07 5543 5233.
When: from 10am
How much: $39 per person for banquet
What: Get along to the Melbourne Cup Golf Day at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley! It’ll be a two ball Ambrose 8am shotgun start, with great prizes to be won on the day. Head to the Pavilion Tavern’s Melbourne Cup event after your round, and enjoy their drink and meal specials while you watch the race on the big screen. Bookings on 07 5544 5919.
When: 8am start for golf, watch the race at 2pm at the Ramada Resort’s Pavilion Tavern
How much: $149 per team for golf, lunch prices vary
main photo: @inc.mill_photography for Black Hall Kalbar.
The Scenic Rim is OPEN for business and eager to welcome visitors from near and far after bushfires devastated parts of the region.
The fires, which destroyed parts of the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge, started at Sarabah and spread through Lamington National Park and parts of Beechmont.
The disaster caused significant property losses in those parts of the region, but thankfully there was no loss of human life.
Firefighters were brought in from across Australia to battle the blaze, and outpourings of support flooded into the small community,
The disaster turned the small township of Canungra into a temporary headquarters for emergency services, volunteers and recovery agencies. Business owners and the community rallied to support one another through the unprecedented experience.
Binna Burra Lodge has vowed to rebuild. The Friends of Binna Burra Lodge are rallying support and all levels of government are stepping in as part of widespread efforts to help Lodge staff find new work and get the iconic site back up and running.
It continues to be an intense time for the parts of the Scenic Rim directly affected by the bushfires, and also for parts of the region which have been totally untouched by fire but have experienced a drop in visitors as a flow-on effect.
Open for business
The good news is the Scenic Rim is well and truly OPEN for business and everyone would love your support. Come have a great time in our beautiful region. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Head for the hills of Beechmont
- Book your special occasion at The Providence Farm Hall
- Have an amazing meal and a cuppa with mates at flyingbeancoffee (across from Rosin’s Lookout! Spectacular views)
- Experience award-winning accommodation at Clouds on Beechmont
- Book horse riding with spectacular views via Scenic Rim Equine Group
- Lock in a walking holiday with Lisa Groom and the gang from interNATIONAL PARKtours
- Buy Tahitian limes fresh from the LIMES 4 U farm, near Flying Bean!
- Book your wedding at Rosewood Estate
- Celebrate Beechmont’s beautiful mountains and valleys by purchasing from Australian landscape artist Dave Groom: https://www.davegroom.com/
- Have a lazy brunch at Headmasters Café (open weekends)
- Indulge in the latest menu specials at The Nook and Kranny Cafe, Pizza and Bar
Spend some time (and money!) in Canungra
- Get gorgeous homewares at My Country Escape
- Stock up on flowers from Lydia’s Garden
- Pop into the Canungra Visitor Information Centre for all the local intel and some maps!
- Shop an exquisite range of new and preloved books, quality local gifts and vintage threads at Canungra Books & Art
- Relax and unwind with a class at Canungra Yoga
- Book in for a lesson with Paratech Paragliding
- Get all your hardware supplies from Canungra Hardware and Farm Supplies
- Feast on tasty homemade fare at Canungra Hub
- Buy a gorgeous outfit at Holli Holli
- Tuck into the best sushi ever at Ginja Ninja Sushi Cafe
- Have a hot cuppa at Cafe Metz
- Do your grocery shopping at Canungra Foodworks
- Meet the delightful Alex and learn about native bees at Little Bees Secret Garden
- Dine on fantastic pub grub at the Canungra Hotel
- Do a spot of shopping and relax in the garden at The Blue House
- Treat yourself at Canungra Beauty and Acupuncture
- Fill up your fuel tank at BP Canungra or Caltex Canungra
- Buy some healthy bits and bobs at OWL Wholefoods
- Chat with the crew at Aussie Lifestyle Properties
- Indulge in some hot chips from Canungra Takeaway
- Pick up your copy of the Canungra Times
- Book your stay at Canungra House, Country Mile Escape, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and more!
- Stock up on beautiful plants from Lamington Native Nursery
- Have a pie at The Outpost Cafe or Blackbirds Country Pies and Cakes
- Meander through KDs Antiques & Collectables
- Buy quality shoes at The Shoe Vault
- Get a new ‘do at Zanzibar Hairstyling
- Quaff a great wine at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, and while you’re there make some furry friends at Mountview Alpaca Farm!
- Stock up on cheese and wine at Sarabah Estate Vineyard
Go for a country drive in any part of the region – we’re all ready for you!
Thankfully, most of the Scenic Rim has been totally untouched by bushfires. So many glorious country drives await!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Tamborine Mountain drive
- The Lions Road
- Farm Gate Tour
- Boonah and beyond
- The Lost World
- Antiques, art and camels
- Tamborine Circuit
- Cheese pleaser
- Lamington Plateau – from one side to the other!
- Boonah to Queen Mary Falls
- The Main Range
- The Scenic Rim Way
The Scenic Rim is gearing up to host the region’s largest art and cultural festival in October, showcasing hundreds of innovators, creators and performers from around the globe and attracting thousands of like-minded creative folk.
There will be five fantastic days of conference activities and community celebrations from October 2 to 6. To maximise your time in the Scenic Rim, or if you’re simply day-tripping, enjoy our picks of easily accessible nature walks, farm stays, award-winning wineries and local produce haunts to enhance your visit.
Wake with a caffeine hit
Fuel your day with a caffeine hit in Beaudesert, which is the closest town to Kooralbyn and is home to about 6000 people.
Bean To? opens super early every day of the week, and you can find a comfy spot among the eclectic mix of artworks and vintage furniture from yesteryear.
VK Everydays serves up plenty of fresh, local fare every day of the week. Relax inside with a hot cuppa or meander out the back for a meal in the sunshine. You won’t want to leave!
Beaudesert Cafe has a fantastic barista who makes a mean latte. Check out the menu, too, where you’ll find some quirky creations like breakfast gnocchi and fried chicken waffles!
Adventure over the Scenic Rim with Sky Dance
Add on a stunning flight over the majestic mountains of the Scenic Rim with Sky Dance! Accommodation and all meals included, and you have yourself a mighty fine weekend getaway!
Register your interest with Sky Dance via firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 854 183.
Hunt for homewares
Rathlogan Grove’s hilltop cafe is the perfect mid-morning or lunch picnic stop secluded in the foothills of Mount Barney. Indulge on handpicked olives from the onsite grove consisting of 1200 mature trees and native honeycomb to complete your picnic pack. Meander inside The Shed Café for traditional homemade scones and a well-stocked gift store including cold pressed olive oil and Egyptian dukkah. Rathlogan Grove is open Saturdays and Sundays. If serious shopping is on your agenda, try our homewares hunting in the Scenic Rim full day itinerary.
Learn about robotic agriculture
In operation since the 1930s, the Dennis Family Farm was converted to a Robotic Dairy in 2010, producing farm fresh, pasteurised only, full cream milk (yes, the delicious kind with cream on top!) Phone ahead and enjoy a Robotic Dairy & 4Real Milk Tour and don’t forget to bring your chilled Esky and take home the creamy delights including milk, cheese and yoghurt.
Stretch your legs in nature
If you’ve got some downtime, work up an appetite on one of the Scenic Rim’s walks. If you’ve got energy to burn, pack your water, snacks, hat and swimmers and walk the Lower Portals track in Mt Barney National Park. It’s not an easy walk, and you should allow half a day to walk the 7.4km return track. Or take a quieter approach with a dip in the Albert River at Darlington Park, complete with shaded open spaces perfect for rolling out the picnic blanket.
Sip and swirl
Relax on the alfresco deck overlooking Lake Wyaralong at The Overflow Estate 1895 or bask in the sunshine on the manicured lawn. Indulge in the region’s finest local produce including a three-course grazing lunch or gourmet barbecue picnic hamper thoughtfully prepared by The Vintage Pickle chef Kate Raymont. Wash it down with an array of premium wine selections from the Cellar Door including the popular Storm Cru Sparkling 2018.
Rest your head in country comfort
The Scenic Rim offers a diversity of welcoming accommodation, and there is plenty to choose from within a country drive of Arts Ablaze!
From sweet cottages and farm stays to country hotels and motels in walking distance to local cafes, we’ve got it all!
Check out Stay in the Scenic Rim for Arts Ablaze for plenty of suggestions.
More about Arts Ablaze.
Arts Ablaze will tackle big ideas including arts and health, creative place-making, rethinking cultural venues duration of the 5-day event, via artistic disciplines including fashion, music, spoken word, photography, comedy and more.
Program snippets include the Red Ridge Fashion Parade and live performances on Friday and Saturday evening by Topology, Haystack Mountain Hermits, The Ironing Maidens, First Nations Project performers, Tenzin Choegyal plus Andrew Veivers and Friends in Fusion.
There will also be well being sessions including yoga, tai chi and meditation on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The weekend celebrations provide you with more chances to get creative with various workshops. Why not try your hand at rug making or blacksmithing? Not forgetting our mini cultural and art lovers, the schedule includes workshops designed just for children.
There’s so much to keep you entertained over the weekend at Arts Ablaze with food trucks, art markets and so much more!
The live Queensland performances continue on Saturday evening and Saturday evening night followed by a live performance.
Arts Ablaze is hosted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley from 2 to 6 October.
Coming to the Scenic Rim for Arts Ablaze?
Arts Ablaze is the region’s largest arts and cultural festival and conference, to be hosted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley from October 2 to 6.
We’ve got plenty of great accommodation options for you within 30 minutes or so of Kooralbyn.
Tamrookum, Rathdowney & Running Creek
20-30 minutes south
Scenic Rim Adventure Park – camping and room hire available
45 minutes south
40 minutes south east
25 minutes north
Beaudesert Caravan & Tourist Park – has cabins
In the heart of the action
More than 45 minutes from the action
There are also plenty of accommodation options available further afield on Tamborine Mountain and in Boonah and surrounds.
Nearly 36 years to the day they first opened, Ania and Phil Sowter are preparing to unveil their rebuilt The Polish Place Restaurant and Gallery.
It’s been two-and-a-half years since their Tamborine Mountain institution was destroyed by fire and the couple say they are excited to finally be able to open the doors and serve their much-loved Polish food to mountain visitors again.
“We will be open in early September,” says Ania.
“Coincidentally it will be nearly 36 years to the day that we first opened. In late 2016 fire engulfed our restaurant and art gallery and since then we have been planning and seeking the approvals to rebuild. We started building in January and the weather and the builders have been very kind to us and we are ready to open.”
Phil and Ania bought their block of land while on their honeymoon at Tamborine Mountain in 1981. They built the Polish Gallerie & Coffee Shop and ran the business in tandem with their day jobs as a school teacher (Phil) and a physical therapist (Ania).
Following the fire, the Sowters took the opportunity to update their five accommodation chalets on the property during the works. Ania says the new building looks similar to the original, and while there are some small changes, the aesthetic remains the same.
“We know that people love sitting on our beautiful large deck to take in the views and see the birds and wildlife,” she says.
“The restaurant will continue to serve the menu we have been known for as it was previously very successful.”
The menu features Ania’s Polish family recipes, including Polish dumplings, Polish sausage and roast whole duck for two with cherries. Ania admits that following the fire she and husband Phil questioned whether they should stay and rebuild.
They were encouraged by the support they received from loyal customers and supporters, as well as their daughters Belinda and Kathryn, who are both involved in the business.
“We’re very excited to be reopening and are looking forward to it, following a two and a half year break,” she says.
“Considering our age we had options and we were told by family members it was time to retire but then we had comments from customers and guests which prompted us to do it again. We just love being here, we love the lifestyle and running this business. We meet a lot of people and some of them become our friends, they come to visit and that’s what our life is all about.”
It is official – the Scenic Rim is Australia’s most outstanding foodie region, according to some of the nation’s best chefs and food industry leaders.
The Scenic Rim won the ‘Outstanding Region’ trophy at the prestigious delicious. Produce Awards in Sydney on Monday, 19 August.
The region shone on the national stage for its authentic local food movement, underpinned by the highly successful Scenic Rim Eat Local Week initiative.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the award was well-deserved recognition.
“The small team behind Scenic Rim Eat Local Week have been trailblazers in the local food space, working closely with the amazing local food and beverage producers of the Scenic Rim to create this grass roots movement which is just so real and so effective,” he said.
“Consumers can taste the difference when they learn the story of their food, experience the beauty of the region it’s grown in and connect directly with the people behind what’s on their plate and in their cup.
“Through initiatives like Scenic Rim Eat Local Week and our year-round ‘accredited locavores’ program, we have provided an opportunity for producers to collaborate and cross-promote and create genuine friendships united by their common love of our stunningly beautiful and productive region.
“The Scenic Rim Regional Council is proud to be championing local producers and we thank them for their significant contributions to our economy and to the social fabric of our region.”
Local dairy farmer and agritourism leader Kay Tommerup of Tommerup’s Dairy Farm said being part of the Scenic Rim was invaluable.
“The actual movement of Eat Local, beyond Eat Local Week, is huge for all of us. The publicity and the recognition that we have gained over the years means that we now have an audience of chefs and cafes and all those people who’ll come to us directly,” she said.
“The Scenic Rim brand really stands for something, and collectively we offer an authentic, character-filled experience through the food of our region.
“People are really getting that connection we’re all trying to develop, and once they’ve eaten the food they want to know more about where it came from.”
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 27 June – 5 July 2020. For more information visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au/
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Do you prefer the silence of gliding? Boonah Airfield is home to the Boonah Gliding Club. Scenic flights are offered there.
Two Scenic Rim tourism businesses were among the winners at the recent 2019 Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards.
Summer Land Camel Farm is the largest commercial camel dairy and milk processing, breeding and farming operation outside the Middle East. The farm produces a range of products and also welcomes visitors to the farm.
Mt Barney Lodge is a 30ha eco-tourism retreat specialising in group and family bookings, and outdoor education and adventure activities, school camps and catering.
Mayor Greg Christensen says competition was keen among the 71 nominations and in making their decision the judges considered factors including customer service, environmental awareness, business strategy, risk management and financial performance.
“I have been inspired by the stories behind so many of these businesses which go above and beyond to deliver the highest levels of customer service while adding value to our regional economy, contributing to its strong trajectory of growth, and providing local employment opportunities for members of our communities.”
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 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.
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
Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat
Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
- 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!
- The Lions Road: A 96km journey from Beaudeesert to Kyogle, via the robotic dairy, Rathdowney, an olive grove and the incredible Border Ranges.
- 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.
- Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the village town of Canungra.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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!
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
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 upper Logan River flows into this 200m long swimming hole just outside Rathdowney. There’s a campground nearby and dogs are allowed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to see the Scenic Rim’s purple rain hurry and visit – the Jacarandas are flowering right now.
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?
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.
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.
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.
So did Kate. She is called the Light Chaser!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: Moogerah Peaks National Park
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.
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Moogerah Peaks National Park is located near Lake Moogerah and is accessible via the Cunningham Highway, about 100km south-west of Brisbane. Read more
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 stays, camping or glamping and B&Bs.
- Tommerup’s Dairy Farm & Farm StayVisit 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.
- Scenic Rim 4Real Milk & Robotic DairyCows milked by robots? Yes really. This automated dairy uses milking robots to allow the cows to be milked at anytime of the day, whenever they feel like it. Farmer Gregie and the Dennis family lead regular farm tours of the milking shed and the on-farm bottling factory. Bring an esky and go home with some Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, cheese and yoghurt.
- Historic Cedar Glen Farmstay
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.
- Summer Land CamelsThis 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.
- Towri Sheep CheesesCarolyn 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!
- Greenlee Macadamia and Honey FarmWhen 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!
- Milford Country CottagesThe 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.
- Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation
Here’s a tour for older kids who want to go beyond mum and dad’s morning cup of coffee. Take a tour of Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation and learn more about where the coffee beans come from.
Visit this Tamborine Mountain farm and find out what happens before the beans arrive in your kitchen. Tours available on Sundays by appointment only. Visit https://www.tamborinemountaincoffee.com.au/ to enquire.
- The Grove B & B Cottage – Scenic Rim Olives
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.
- Stay at Kirro – 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.
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.
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.
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