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This summer holidays, it’s time to let your hair down and just play after the year we’ve all had. And what better place to do it than right here in the Scenic Rim, only an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast?

Corinna and Ryan Schindel with kids Marlo, 6, and Ayla-Mae, 4, at Binna Burra. Picture by Luke Marsden.

Use our hot Scenic Rim tips to STAY and PLAY or even just VISIT FOR THE DAY this Christmas holidays. No kids? No worries! We’ve even got your kid-free holiday adventures sorted, because who says children get to have all the fun? 

Plus, we’ve chatted with the locals to pull together these fresh HOLIDAY DEALS just for you. 

STAY (and play)

  1. Make new memories at Binna Burra
    The Binna Burra Sky Lodge Summer Special is just what you need to unwind from 2020. Book 3 nights in the Binna Burra Sky Lodges and enjoy 30 per cent off! Relax at the doorstep to pristine Lamington National Park and enjoy the age-old hospitality of Binna Burra Lodge. Book in for guided bushwalks, kids activities, well-being classes and heritage walks to complete your stay!
  2. Beat the heat at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
    Your one-stop-shop for family Christmas fun! Book the O’Reilly’s Summer Special to enjoy the splendours of summer where it’s 7 degrees cooler. Keep the kids entertained with the School Holidays Eco Rangers program while you have a massage at the Lost World Day Spa! Or get back to basics with a stay at the new O’Reilly’s Campground. Wherever you rest your head, make sure you book in for the O’Reilly’s Traditional Christmas Buffet Lunch. Join O’Reilly’s family members for a glass of bubbly and a chat, then be served lunch with all drinks included.
  3. Keep the whole family happy at Cedar Creek Lodges
    Take advantage of Cedar Creek Lodges’ Family Package! You’ll get 2 nights’ accommodation, cooked brekki in their onsite Rainforest Restaurant each morning, a voucher for the Terrace Kiosk and family passes to popular on-site attractions TreeTop Challenge, Thunderegg Fossicking and Adventure Mini Golf. No-one will get bored! Click here to book.
  4. Make yourself at home at Herrmann House
    There’s plenty of space for the whole family at luxurious, historic Herrmann House in Kalbar! Grab their half price offer, available during the 2020 -2021 Christmas school holidays only! Enjoy one night of indulgence and receive the 2nd night half price. Herrmann House accommodates up to 8 people. Click here to view Holiday Deals in the Scenic Rim.
  5. You won’t be bored at The Kooralbyn Valley
    Check out the calendar of special Christmas holiday events at The Kooralbyn Valley, and make the most of their special Aussie Muster Farm Experience Package! It includes 1 night accommodation, animal feeding, a golf buggy kangaroo tour, bush dancing and more.
  6. Roam free at Clandulla Cottages
    Explore this beautiful country property with plenty to do, from feeding the farm animals to having a camp fire at night. Keep the kids entertained with plenty of activities onsite, and explore local attractions at Tamborine Mountain and Canungra. Get 10 per cent off when you book all four cottages for 2 nights (ideal for big families or groups), or get 10 per cent off when you book 4 nights or more. Click here to view Holiday Deals in the Scenic Rim.
  7. Stay on a real working farm at Cedar Glen Farmstay
    Find the ultimate family farm stay experience at Cedar Glen Farmstay in the Lost World. There’s animal feeding, alpaca walking, twilight tours, guided cave hikes and more. Book here.
  8. Stay at Milford Country Cottages
    Stay in affordable, quality country accommodation in self-contained 2 bedroom cottages. Feed the cows, chickens and horse, enjoy a glass of wine while the sun goes down and explore Boonah and surrounds.
  9. Have a unique holiday at Old Church BnB
    Get a complimentary bottle of wine and 20 per cent off your next booking when you book direct with the stunningly-restored Old Church BnB near Boonah! Or book 3 nights midweek and only pay for two. OR book the new self-catering studio room with a kitchenette, TV, fireplace and en suite and only pay $180 per night, for a limited time. Book direct online or by phoning Harry on 0415 119 817.
  10. Holiday at Moogerah Lake Houses
    Base yourself at Moogerah Lake Houses for your ultimate Scenic Rim holiday adventures. Explore the gorgeous nearby communities of Mt Alford, Boonah, Kalbar and Harrisville and enjoy plenty of downtime and take in the views.
  11. Have an outdoors escape at Scenic Rim Adventure Park
    Have an affordable family getaway with plenty of activities for kids and parents, from 4×4 driving through to wildlife spotting and outdoor games.
  12. Unwind at Hilly Ridge holiday house
    Find space for the whole family (sleeps up to 8 guests) at Hilly Ridge holiday house. This exclusive and elegant Queenslander at Cannon Creek, near Boonah, has breathtaking views of the Scenic Rim and it’s fully self-contained. Book here.

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School holiday time is here, and that means time to escape to the Scenic Rim with the kids!

Get a healthy dose of fresh air, discover our hidden gems and even introduce your kids to farm life! Now, more than ever, it’s time to get back to basics and just have some good old-fashioned fun, don’t you think?

Here are some ideas to get you started!

Introduce the kids to farm life at Towri Spring Farmers Markets. Photo: Kate the Light Chaser.

  1. Give the kids a taste of farm life at Towri
    Start the school holidays right with an activity-packed day at Towri Spring Farmers Markets from 9am to 4pm, 20 September! There’ll be live shearing, kids cheese workshops, sheep milking demonstrations, landscaping tips from an expert, fresh local produce, live entertainment, lamb cuddling sessions and more! Bring your empty esky and stock up on delicious local produce! You’ll be able to fill those hungry young bellies all holidays and support Scenic Rim farmers while you’re at it! Spaces limited, click here to book tickets now.
  2. Get your camel fix at Summer Land Camels
    It’s the perfect holiday experience! Summer Land Camels at Harrisville in the Scenic Rim is open 7 days a week. It’s open daily for camel cuddles and feeding, or you can do camel rides and farm tours (bookings essential – click here for more). Plus enjoy all things camel, from award-winning cheese and gelato to camel milk skin and hair products, at the on-site cafe and store. Click here for more.
  3. Have a mountain lodge adventure
    O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Eco Rangers School Holidays Program will keep your kids well and truly occupied. There’s rainforest art, campfires, games, scavenger hunts and more! Click here to view the full program. Head up the other side of Lamington National Park to Binna Burra Lodge (now open again, woohoo!) Click here to book a campsite, safari tent or go all out with an eco-friendly family-size Sky Lodge and make yourselves at home in nature for the school holidays. Make memories at Mt Barney Lodge. Set up camp (or stay in one of the beautiful homesteads) and book the kids in for some wonderful nature-based activities! Click here for activities.
  4. Stay on a farm!
    Have an authentic food and farming experience at one of our beautiful local farms.
    Book a family holiday at a local farm stay to get the complete on-farm experience! Check out Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, Cedar Glen Farmstay, Greenlee Farm & Cottages, Stay at Kirro and Milford Country Cottages.
    Book a farm tour at Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy or Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation, a kids cheese making workshop at Towri Sheep Cheeses or pop into Summer Land Camels any day of the week.
    Check out our 10 farms & farm stays your family will love!
  5. Hit world-class moto tracks at QLD Moto Park
    Hit the moto tracks with your kids at Qld Moto Park, near Wyaralong! They even have school holiday coaching camps. Click here for more information.
  6. Make the most of the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s school holiday program
    Keep the kids busy with movies, art and performance workshops, library activities and much more. See the full program here.
  7. Have an adventure on Tamborine Mountain
    Your children won’t want to leave Tamborine Mountain – it’s an absolute wonderland! Start at Thunderbird Park, where you can choose from zip lining, thunder egg fossicking, mini golf, horse-riding, laser skirmish, bird feeding and a reptile show! You can even book to stay at family-friendly Cedar Creek Lodges, on-site. Continue up the hill to Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk, where you can explore the rainforest canopies 30 metres above the ground. Complete your day with a guided tour of fascinating, purpose-built conservation project, the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves! You might even see some scarecrows around, as the annual Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival wraps up on 20 September.
  8. Take the kids fishing
    Bundle up the kids and the fishing rods and while away the hours at one of the Scenic Rim’s three stunning lakes. Make the time to stop into one of our gorgeous townships for a bite to eat, too. Drop a line at these spots.
  9. Discover a sweet hidden gem in Canungra
    Little Bee’s Secret Garden, tucked in behind Owl Wholefoods in Canungra, is a must-visit for enquiring young minds. Learn all about native bees from the delightful Alex, and even buy some bee-friendly plants or a bee motel for home. Find out more here.
  10. Have an alpaca picnic!
    Make some furry friends at Mountview Alpaca Farm, on the grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards (bonus!) Open 7 days a week for all your alpaca walks, cuddles and picnics. Book here.