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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.

Phil and Ania Sowter, The Polish Place.

“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).

The Polish Place Tamborine Mountain

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.”

Find out more about The Polish Place at the website

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

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

1. Have a day of family fun on the farm

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm. Photo: Ekka

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

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

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

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Beers at Scenic Rim Brewery. Photo by Christine Sharp.

2. Quench dad’s thirst

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

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

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

Find out more about our local breweries

Find out more about our local beer, wine and spirits

Be inspired by our local goodie gift guide here

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Relax beside the creek

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

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Binna Burra.

5. Take dad camping

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

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

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

 

Take your dad for a pub lunch.

6. Shout dad a pub lunch

You’ll be spoilt for choice if you want to take dad for a pub lunch in the Scenic Rim! We’ve got fair dinkum country pubs aplenty. Be sure to book ahead to make sure you get a spot.

Find out about the Scenic Rim’s pubs here

Visitors to Tamborine Mountain can choose from some new and unique accommodation offerings. You won’t want to leave when you see these stunning properties.

Exhale Boutique Accommodation

Exhale Boutique Accommodation

Located on Tamborine Mountain and perched on the edge of the escarpment – exhale and breath in the views and the fresh mountain air.

Yumeji Japanese Retreat

Yumeji Japanese-styled Retreat

A new comfortable luxury mountain retreat which blends the best of Japanese and Australian hospitality.

Guests will enjoy original Japanese cuisine and food delicacies, served by hosts Louise and Hideyo.

This little piece of Japan, nestled in the Tamborine Mountain hinterland, is the place to relax and recharge.

Edge Lodges at St Bernards Falls

Edge Lodges at St Bernards Falls Tamborine Mountain

Situated on the edge of the Tamborine Mountain escarpment next to St Bernard’s Falls, this new luxury retreat is the perfect place to unwind.

Close to the city, but far enough away that you can escape the hustle of urban life.

Enjoy views over the Guanaba Valley.

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Don’t miss the annual Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival. Scarecrows will line the streets on the 17km trail, plus there’s live music and a scarecrow lantern parade.

Adventure-loving children will love the Scenic Rim’s newest attraction – Australia’s largest junior adventure park.
It’s the latest offering from award-winning operators, TreeTop Challenge, at Tamborine Mountain.

The Taylor family is behind the attraction and says their latest initiative is a first for Queensland and is Australia’s largest junior adventure park.

“Until now there hasn’t been a purpose-designed adventure park for young children in Queensland,” explains GM David Taylor.

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones opened the new attraction at the start of August and says the junior course will provide hours of fun for families and will encourage children to be active.

“This park is a Queensland first and providing new tourism and adventure experiences is key to growing our state’s tourism industry,” she says.

The regular Treetop courses have a height marker, which Mr Taylor jokes is also known as the ‘line of tears’ because that’s the reaction young participants have when told they’re not tall enough to have a go.

But not anymore.

The new junior course is perfect for children aged three to seven and features 50 challenges, starting at ground level and soaring up to eight metres. The course can completed over two hours. Make a weekend of it and stay on site at Thunderbird Park, where the adventure course is based.

The designs incorporates parents and carers who are able to interact with their children from the ground during some of the lower levels.

“It’s a great opportunity for kids to experience nature while extending themselves within our Adventure Park in the trees,” Mr Taylor says.

“We understand children can be wary of heights, so they can complete a lower level course and build their confidence, ready for greater adventure in our higher courses.

“We operate to the highest safety standards and the children are continuously attached to overhead guide wires from their harness and are only disconnected when they are safely on the ground.”

The Junior TreeTop Challenge is open on weekends, during school holidays and at other times by appointment.

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

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

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

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

1. Take an artistic Studio Trail

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

Eat Local Volumes 1 & 2 make perfect gifts.

2. An experience fit for a foodie mum

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

 

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

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

3. Calling all active mums

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

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

4. Take mum to the farm

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

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

5. Lunch and views

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

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

6. Mum will love this Gourmet picnic

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

7. This really is a high tea

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

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

horse and carriage

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

Boonah Valley Motel wedding

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

tea and niceties

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

hot air balloon wedding scenic rim

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.

Commonwealth Community logoThe Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are less than a year away and the Scenic Rim will be part of the action.

Tamborine Mountain is celebrating the games by becoming a Commonwealth Community.

The program encourages business operators to become ambassadors for the Games and the competing countries.

Seventy businesses have been matched with 70 competing Commonwealth countries and will support and celebrate the achievements of athletes from those countries.

The Tamborine Mountain community plans to host trivia nights and food events, designed to unite the local community and celebrate the Commonwealth.

Passports have been printed, featuring a page for each participating country.

Buy a passport for $5 from participating businesses and have your passport stamped for the chance to share in more than $1000 of offers.

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