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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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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

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.

Gather your girlfriends for a Scenic Rim escape. Picture: O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

ACCOMMODATION

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, Binna Burra’s Sky Lodges, 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.

Reconnect with your girl gang at Spicer’s Canopy.

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.

Feast on fabulous Scenic Rim local produce.

WINE TIME

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.

Emily Lochran enjoys a local wine by The Overflow Estate 1895 at Towri Sheep Farm.

COUNTRY PUBS

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.

Settle in at The Dugandan, or another of the Scenic Rim’s country pubs.

LOVELY LUNCHES

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!

Picnic by the creek at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

ACTIVE ADVENTURES

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.

Walking the Scenic Rim Trail.

KITCHEN ADVENTURES

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 – the Wild Lime Cooking School at Worendo Cottages in the Lost World, where Kate Raymont incorporates local produce into international fare.
Caz Osborne of Kooroomba Gully will come to you and run a relaxed cooking class. Carolyn Davidson at Towri Sheep Cheeses offers cheese-making workshops on her farm, just outside Beaudesert.

Learn how to make sheep’s cheese with Carolyn Davidson.

FARM TOURS

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!

Meet the local farmers, including Kay Tommerup.

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.
Yes really.
Do you prefer the silence of gliding? Boonah Airfield is home to the Boonah Gliding Club. Scenic flights are offered there.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Fly in for a long lunch at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

You’ll find plenty more ideas, inspiration and information online at Eat Local Scenic Rim and Visit Scenic Rim

 

March is filled with opportunities for you to have a great time in the Scenic Rim. Whether you want to go on a magnificent guided walking experience, have a night at the local theatre, immerse yourself in a country show or even plan your perfect Scenic Rim wedding, we’ve got an event for you! Here’s your guide to what’s on in March in the Scenic Rim.

Pig Day Out on Tommerup's Farm.

Pig Day Out on Tommerup’s Farm.

Stock up on farm fresh pork at Tommerup’s Pig Day Out – 9 March

Tommerup’s farm larder will be open and stocked with their milk fed, free range heritage breed pork – traditional wood-smoked bacon, leg ham, kabana and gourmet sausages. Bring your esky and stock up!

Autumn orchid and foliage show

Autumn orchid and foliage show.

Expand your orchid collection – 9 to 10 March

Be inspired and grow your orchid collection at the Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society Autumn Orchid and Foliage Show.  You can purchase plants and accessories and hear a guest speaker talk about basics for growing orchids.

Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project.

Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project.

Join the Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project celebration – 10 March

Celebrate the Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project with an afternoon of entertainment at Kerry Memorial Hall. The people behind the project want to thank the community and beyond for the support shown for their project aiming to reach out to those experiencing mental health issues.

O'Reilly's Bird Week.

O’Reilly’s Bird Week.

See hundreds of bird species at O’Reilly’s –  10 to 15 March

Flock to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for Autumn Bird Week from Sunday March 10 to Friday March 15, 2019.

A precursor to the larger internationally renowned O’Reilly’s Bird Week held each November, Autumn Bird Week is a relaxed experience ideal for beginner bird watchers hoping to see the unique birds of Lamington National Park in a small group.

Rowing Queensland

Lake Wyaralong

Have a day at the lake, watch the regatta – first 3 Saturdays of March

There are regattas the first 3 Saturdays of March at the beautiful Lake Wyaralong! The regatta action for the month of March culminates in the exciting GPS Head of the River Rowing Championships on 16 March.

Spectator entry is free and Lake Wyaralong has walking and cycling tracks and beautiful picnic spots.

Bring cash to to purchase food and drinks, stop to check out the nearby towns of Beaudesert or Boonah on your way to or from the regatta and stop in at The Overflow Estate 1895 just down the road from all the rowing action.

Introduction to Life Drawing.

Introduction to Life Drawing.

Get an introduction to life drawing – 3 to 6 March

Stay on the beautiful Tamborine Mountain for a three-day creative workshop with renowned local artist Gaye Dell.

Each participant will leave the mountain with a feeling of serenity, a smile, some know-how and pieces of art they have created.

Packages are inclusive of accommodation.

On the Edge Events.

On the Edge Events.

Hit the mountain bike tracks – 10 March

Join the folk from On the Edge Events for the first Gravity Enduro series to be held in the Scenic Rim.

The event will be held in Kooralbyn, with five timed runs and plenty of time for transitioning through the Kooralbyn trails.

Test yourself on one of the best Gravity Enduro courses in Queensland.

Marisa Parker author

Marisa Parker.

Learn to write your life story – 10 to 13 March

Head to Tamborine Mountain for a two-day creative writing workshop on how to write your life story.

Award-winning author Marisa Parker will host the workshop, and accommodation is included in the package.

BAMS War of the Worlds

BAMS War of the Worlds

Have a night at the local theatre – 15 to 23 March

Join BAMS Theatre Inc. for The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script live on stage.

It features the pre-show The Music of the ‘30s with The Bamettes singers.

Enjoy cabaret-style seating, a full bar and cheese platters available to pre-order.

Shows are on the following dates:

Tamborine Mountain Show

Tamborine Mountain Show.

Have a rockin’ time at the Tamborine Mountain Show – 16 March

Come along for a great day of competitions, exhibits, vintage cars, horses and dogs.

Mason Rack Band will take you into the night, there’ll be great food and the bar will be open.

Mt Maroon moon rise hike. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge.

Mt Maroon moon rise hike. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge.

Do the Moon Rise on Mt Maroon – 21 March

Imagine the view from the Mt Maroon summit on a clear full-moon night. You can experience it for yourself through the Moon Rise on Maroon guided walk with Mt Barney Lodge.

This is a great walk for fit and determined hikers, and takes five to seven hours return from Mt Barney Lodge.
Secrets of the Scenic Rim interNATIONAL PARKtours.

The Scenic Rim.

Experience the Secrets of the Scenic Rim  – 24 to 29 March

Treat yourself with a short break in the Scenic Rim and learn its secrets from the locals on the Secrets of the Scenic Rim walking tour with interNATIONAL PARKtours.

Stretching south-west of Brisbane, this arc of sweeping ranges, river valleys, lush rainforests and quaint country towns is the perfect city antidote.

Weddings at Canungra Valley Vineyards

Plan your own Scenic Rim wedding  – 31 March

Join O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for their annual Wedding Open Day

Visit their stunning property and view their four wedding venues with event organisers and preferred suppliers on hand to answer questions from the bride and groom to be.

Stay for lunch for a 20 per cent discount on all food and wine.

April EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Brisbane and GPS Club Regatta, Wyaralong – 13 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 13 April 2019

Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Round 1 – 14 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 14 April 2019

Moon Rise on Maroon – 19 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 19 April 2019

Towri Easter Egg Hunt – 20 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 20 April 2019

Beaudesert Anzac Race Day – 25 April 2019

Pottery and Textiles Workshop – 28 April to 2 May 2019

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

It’s February, and that means time to get down to business. You’ve had your holidays, you’re back into the swing of things and you’re looking for fun activities to do in your downtime. Here’s your guide to what’s on in February in the Scenic Rim.

Rowing Queensland

Lake Wyaralong

Watch the regatta action at Lake Wyaralong – every Saturday

There are regattas every weekend in February at the beautiful Lake Wyaralong!

Spectator entry is free and Lake Wyaralong has walking and cycling tracks and beautiful picnic spots.

Bring cash to to purchase food and drinks, stop to check out the nearby towns of Beaudesert or Boonah on your way to or from the regatta and stop in at The Overflow Estate 1895 just down the road from all the rowing action.

 

Arabian Nights Rendezvous at Summer Land Camels.

Arabian Nights Rendezvous at Summer Land Camels.

Romance your love at the Arabian Nights Rendezvous – February 14

Have an exclusive Valentine’s Day experience at Summer Land Camels’ Arabian Nights Rendezvous.

Become Arabian kings and queens in your own private Bedouin tent and enjoy a luxurious platter of the finest fare while you relish a Summer Land Camels twilight.

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard-5

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard.

Have a romantic picnic beside Canungra Creek – February 14

Love is in the air this Valentine’ Day at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

Spend quality time together exploring their wondrous vineyards and indulge in a divine Valentine’s Day Homestead Picnic Basket, including Paula’s delicious gourmet brownies.

Binna Burra Lodge.

Binna Burra Lodge.

Have a sunset dinner on Coomera Terrace – February 14

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic 3-course sunset dinner gazing out over the Coomera Valley.

The Coomera Terrace is Binna Burra Lodge’s most popular location for proposals and wedding ceremonies, and for one night only you can experience an outdoor dinner service right on the edge of the valley.

Earth Frequency Festival.

Earth Frequency Festival.

Get to Earth Frequency Festival – February 15 to 18

Experience an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, food and markets, workshops and lectures and activities for families and kids at the Earth Frequency Festival.

It’s on each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing, and camping is available.

 

Mt Maroon moon rise hike. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge.

Mt Maroon moon rise hike. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge.

Do the Mt Maroon moon rise hike – February 20

Imagine the view from the Mt Maroon summit on a clear full-moon night. You can experience it for yourself through the Moon Rise on Maroon guided walk with Mt Barney Lodge.

This is a great walk for fit and determined hikers, and takes five to seven hours return from Mt Barney Lodge.
Old School Carralbyn Drag Racing

Old School Carralbyn Drag Racing

Watch the drag racing at Kooralbyn – Feb 22 to 24

Head to Kooralbyn for the inaugural Old School Carralbyn drag racing event. This will be an old fashioned 1/8 mile drag race and display. featuring cars from pre-1967.

The event will take place at the Kooralbyn air strip, and accommodation will be available at the Kooralbyn Resort.

 

Marisa Parker author

Marisa Parker.

Hone your creative writing skills – Feb 24 to 27

Award winning author, Marisa Parker, is delivering a two day Creative Writing Workshop (inclusive of accommodation), on Tamborine Mountain.

This practical workshop will provide you with an insight into good writing habits, including how to cultivate and enhance your ideas.

March EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Brisbane Grammar School Regatta, Wyaralong – 2 March 2019

Introduction to Life Drawing Workshop – 3 March 2019

Anglican Church Grammar School Regatta, Wyaralong – 9 March 2019

O’Reilly’s Autumn Bird Week – 10 to 15 March 2019

Write your Life Story Workshop – 10 March 2019

GPS Head of the River Rowing Championships, Wyaralong – 16 March 2019

Tamborine Mountain Show – 16 March 2019

Painting/ Drawing Workshop – 18 March 2019

Moon Rise on Maroon – 21 March 2019

Secrets of the Scenic Rim walking tour – 24 to 29 March 2019

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

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

December is a time for getting into the festive spirit, relaxing with family and friends and planning for the year ahead. Here’s your guide to what’s on in December and beyond in the Scenic Rim.

Carols in the Park Beaudesert.

Carols in the Park Beaudesert.

Sing Christmas carols in Jubilee Park – December 5

Beaudesert Rotary Club will host one of the community’s favourite events  – Carols in the Park – from 6pm to 8pm on December 5.

Bring the family to a wonderful night under the stars to get in the Christmas spirit! Bring chairs or rugs to sit on. Bring Grandma. Bring the neighbours, and definitely bring the littlies. For more information, keep up to date via the Facebook event page.

Beaudesert Christmas Raceday.

Beaudesert Christmas Raceday.

Head along to Beaudesert Christmas Raceday – December 12

Join the Beaudesert Race Club for their Christmas Raceday from 11am to 5.30pm December 12.

The raceday will include eight live races, and racegoers are expected to attend for their work Christmas Parties, end of year drinks and social outings.

The Boonah Christmas Street Festival.

Enjoy the Boonah Christmas Street Festival – December 13

The Boonah Christmas Street Festival – an annual Christmas Community Event for Boonah and surrounding areas – will be brought to you by the Boonah District Chamber of Commerce on December 13.

Funds raised through the 2018 event will go to help drought-affected farmers through charity Aussie Helpers.

Binna Burra Lodge 85th anniversary lunch.

Have a celebratory lunch at Binna Burra Lodge – December 15

Binna Burra Lodge will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a lunch in the Clifftop Dining Room on Saturday, December 15.

The lunch will be a three-course buffet with traditional communal dining, as was encouraged by the company’s founders Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey.

Kalbar Community Carols.

Kalbar Community Carols.

Celebrate Christmas in Kalbar – December 16

Get into the spirit of National Recycling Week in the Scenic Rim at the Community Clothes Swap on November 3. It’ll be on at the Boonah Cultural Centre and you can bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories (men’s, women’s and children’s) to take part in the swap for free, or just bring yourself and pay a gold coin donation to purchase items at the event.

 

Beaudesert Race Club. raceday

Beaudesert Race Club.

Spend Christmas Eve at Beaudesert Race Club – December 24

Join the Beaudesert Race Club for their free entry Christmas Eve Raceday from 12 noon to 6.30pm, 24 December.

The final race on the 2018 Beaudesert racing calendar will include seven live action-packed races, betting facilities and bars.

2019 EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Earth Frequency Festival – 15 Feb to 18 Feb 2019

Tamborine Mountain Show – 16 March 2019

Beaudesert ANZAC Race Day – 25 April 2019

Boonah Show – 31 May to 1 June 2019

Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular – 15 June to 16 June 2019

Kalbar Show – 21 to 22 June 2019

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week – 29 July to 7 July 2019

Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival – 6 July 2019

Canungra Show – 24 August 2019

Beaudesert Show – 6 September to 7 September 2019

Turning Canungra Pink – October 2019

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

If you come for a visit in November, you’re in for a treat. Whether you love the great outdoors, live music, good food, family fun or you just want to get some of your Christmas shopping done, there’s something for you in the Scenic Rim. Here’s your guide to what’s on in November.

The Shed Cafe.

Enjoy Christmas shopping with a twist at The Shed Cafe – November 2

Get your Christmas shopping out of the way early with The Shed Cafe’s annual Christmas Shopping Night.

Drive up through the olive trees of Rathlogan Grove to enjoy a night of shopping and socialising at The Shed Cafe, complete with sparkling wine on arrival, canapés, lucky door prizes and specials.

Limited places available, visit the Christmas Shopping Night Facebook event page to keep up with event details.

Aquis Beaudesert Race Club.

Put on your best black and white for Derby Day in Beaudesert – November 3

Don your best black and white and come track side for a big day of live racing at the Aquis Beaudesert Race Club.

General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and pensioners and there’ll be mystery guest judges for Fashions on the Field.

Head to a day on the green at Bean To? cafe Beaudesert.

Have a day on the green, Bean To? style – November 3

Head along for a magical afternoon to raise money for the Cancer Council Queensland. Bean To? cafe owner Sonya van Gent and her staff will provide a beautiful high tea style experience and you can enjoy locally made crafts.

Goes from 2.30pm to 5.30pm at Bean To? Cafe, 7 William Street Beaudesert.

Summer Land Camels.

Do your Christmas shopping on a camel farm – November 3

Experience the best of a boutique country market at the Summer Land Camels Christmas Markets on November 3.

The markets will go from 11.30am to 5pm and there’ll be locally grown and produced food products, art, Christmas gifts, live music, camel rides and more.

Community Clothes Swap.

Get thrifty in Boonah – November 3

Get into the spirit of National Recycling Week in the Scenic Rim at the Community Clothes Swap on November 3. It’ll be on at the Boonah Cultural Centre and you can bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories (men’s, women’s and children’s) to take part in the swap for free, or just bring yourself and pay a gold coin donation to purchase items at the event.

 

Boonah Bookfest

Satisfy your inner bookworm at Bookfest – November 3 – 4

Come take your pic from more than 20,000 books, which will be constantly replenished throughout both days of Bookfest at the Boonah Cultural Centre. It goes from 8.30am to 1.30pm, entry is free and funds raised will support the Boonah Book Bug project and the Boonah Library.

 

Tamborine Annual Paddock Party.

Have a paddock party with the Hillbilly Goats – November 4

Book a table and make a day of it when The Bearded Dragon Hotel hosts its free entry annual Tamborine festival to support Australian live music.

A brilliant day out is planned with Australian band the Hillbilly Goats, street paddock eats and plenty of games for adults and children alike.

The event will kick off with breakfast available from 8am.

Do Melbourne Cup Day differently at Towri Sheep Cheeses – November 6

Head along to Towri Sheep Cheeses on Melbourne Cup Day for an action-packed day of sheep races, food and fun.

There’ll be complementary bubbles and sparkling lavender punch on arrival, a three course sheep cheese-inspired menu, live commentary the sheep races and prizes for best dressed.

 

Monique Forestier climbs Frog Buttress on Mount French in the Scenic Rim. Photo by Simon Carter’s Onsight Photography.

Be inspired at the Women in Adventure Film Tour – November 7

Celebrate the extraordinary things women across the world are doing in the name of adventure when the global Women’s Adventure Film Tour comes to the Boonah Cultural Centre on November 7. Book your tickets via the Live at the Centre website, by phoning the Boonah Cultural Centre on (07) 5463 3068 or at the box office.

 

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard.

Frock up for Broadway by the Creek – November 10

Slip into your best cocktail attire and enjoy a night at the theatre under the stars when O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards hosts Broadway By The Creek.

The Savoyards Singers are celebrating 20 years of making music across Brisbane and south-east Queensland, and will return to where it all began back in 1999 – when a small touring singing group performed for the first time in the Canungra Valley Vineyards ballroom.

The group will perform classics including Impossible Dream, This Is The Moment and Luck Be A Lady Tonight, and guests will enjoy a three-course meal beside the creek.

Sunset Savours in Mount Alford.

Dine and drink in style at Sunset Savours in Mount Alford – November 10

Experience the finest Mount Alford has to offer at Sunset Savours on November 10 at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Join the folk from Kooroomba and Scenic Rim Brewery for an evening of craft beer perfectly paired with a six course custom designed menu.

Your hosts Head Chef Daniel Groneberg and Head Brewer Mike Webster will share their passions for local produce and the inspirations of their surroundings.

 

Moda in the Vines. Photo by Timothy James Allen.

Eat, drink and be merry at Moda in the Vines – November 11

The first Moda in the Vines during Scenic Rim Eat Local Week was such a success that The Overflow Estate 1895 is doing it again.

Come and enjoy a delicious tapas and paella lunch prepared by Javier Codina of Moda Restaurant, set on a 4000 acre historic property overlooking the Wyaralong Dam and a beautiful vineyard.

 

O’Reilly’s Bird Week.

Flock to O’Reilly’s Bird Week – November 11 to 17

Join Australia’s longest running birding program, now in it’s 41st year, at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat from November 11 to 17.

Take part in daily guided tours and witness more than 200 species of the 230 varieties residing World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds.

The Vintage Brocante.

 

Have a unique shopping experience at The Vintage Brocante – November 18

Come and get some one of a kind pieces at the Vintage Brocante on November 8. Experience a country style marketplace showcasing high quality bespoke and unique items for the home and garden. Carefully curated makers and collectors gather to exhibit twice a year in June and November, and the event has previously been held at the Canungra School of Arts Hall. The November 18, event will be at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard for the first time.

Artisan Fayre Tamborine Mountain.

Get arty at the Artisan Fayre on Tamborine Mountain – November 18

Head along to the Artisan Fayre at the Mt Tamborine  Show Grounds to experience art stalls, workshops, entertainment and food stalls from 9am to 4pm November 18.

 

Festival of Small Halls – Kerry.

Head to Kerry for the Festival of Small Halls – November 21 

On November 21, the Festival of Small Halls will visit the Scenic Rim, with Canada’s two-time JUNO Award winner Old Man Luedecke and Australian folk festival favourite Lucy Wise.

The local community of Kerry looks forward to welcoming you for this special event, being presented by Woodfordia Inc. – the group behind the iconic annual Woodford Folk Festival.

Come along and enjoy the stunning landscape of the Kerry Valley, pathway to The Lost World, endless views of stunning farmland and mountainous country. The country hospitality’s not bad either!

FUNdraise for Farmers at Bigriggen.

Have a fun time at FUNdraise for farmers – November 23

Bigriggen Campground will be filled with fun for the whole family when Aussie Destinations Unknown hosts FUNdraise for Farmers from November 23-25.

All money raised through the weekend will go through the Rotary Club of Sydney to the Barrumbuttock Hayrunners, helping them deliver donated hay where it’s needed most.

Kooralbyn Valley MTB Endurance Series

Get on your bike and test your endurance – November 24

On the Edge Events will present the Scenic Rim MTB 12 hour Dusk to Dawn mountain bike endurance event the night of November 24.

Get some mates together or go solo and ride a looped course of about 11km per lap at the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Tracks.

DECEMBER EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

December 1 – Wyaralong Rowing Club Regatta

December – January – World of Fun school holiday program (stay tuned)

December 13 – Boonah Christmas Street Festiva

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

October is a perfect time for adventure, food and fun for the whole family in the Scenic Rim. Here’s your guide to what’s on in October.

Turning Canungra Pink runs for the month of October.

Join in on Turning Canungra Pink – all month

If you’re driving through the beautiful country town of Canungra in October, you’ll notice the entire town has turned pink! Local business unite for the Turning Canungra Pink fundraiser every year to assist people battling cancer.

Follow them on Facebook to book in for a Turning Canungra Pink event

 

Experience the Towri sheep farm.

Take the kids to learn how to make cheese – October 3

Towri Sheep Cheeses will host the Towri Children’s Cheese Workshop for kids aged 6 to 12 from 10am to 2pm on October 3. Cheese making, lunch and tastings included!

 

Summer Land Camel Farm.

Give the kids a camel farm experience – October 3

A wonderful day out for families in the school holidays. Your children will never forget this exciting and informative experience at Summer Land Camels. Farm tours, camel rides, patting and feeding the camels, as well as hot dogs, burgers, gelato, smoothies, chocolate, camel cuddles, face painting, book readings and fun camel facts.

Check out our Scenic Rim school holiday adventure ideas

 

See top bull riders in action at the Beaudesert Invitational PBR – October 6

This is an event not to be missed. Watch the nation’s best bull riders in action in Beaudesert. You’ll get the ultimate spectator experience, seated in the first of its kind state of the art PBR-designed mobile stadium, which the Professional Bull Riders association will set up at the Beaudesert Showgrounds for the event.

The Tamborine Mountain Golf Club 2018 Open.

Hit a round of golf at the Tamborine Mountain Open – October 12 – 14 

If you love golf, head along to the Tamborine Mountain Golf Club 2018 Open on October 12, 13 and 14.

This is arguably south-east Queensland’s largest amateur golf event, and there’ll be substantial prize earnings every day of the competition.

Josh and Bec of Chantilly Farm, Witheren.

Take the whole family along to Chantilly Farm Festival – October 13

Chantilly Farm in Witheren will host its first family-friendly Farm Festival on October 13, 2018.

Owners Bec and Josh will open the gates to their hydroponic farm, where they specialise in lettuce, micro herbs and edible flowers. Entry is free, and there’ll be farm tours, live music, market stalls, kids activities and cooking demonstrations. There’ll also be farm fresh produce, food and coffee for sale.

 

Long Table Dinner at the Dugandan Hotel.

Have a long dinner for charity – October 13

Head along and help The Penelopes raise funds for children’s charity Variety at the Long Table Dinner a the Dugandan Hotel.

Join them from 3pm for drinks and lawn games, followed by dinner and live music.

The Craft Extravaganza Christmas Fair.

Get some Christmas shopping done early – October 19-21

The Craft Extravaganza Christmas Fair on Tamborine Mountain will showcase the handmade craft of 50 local and south-east Queensland craftspeople. Their work will be available for purchase at reasonable prices, and goods will have a Christmas theme.

 

Kalbar and surrounds.

Have a good old fashioned weekend in country Kalbar – October 20-21

There’ll be fun and entertainment for all ages at the Kalbar Country Day on October 20. Enjoy rides for the kids, carrot tossing, horse shoe quoits, the hay scramble and buy some fresh local produce to take home with you.

More here

After all the fun of the Kalbar Country Day, head to the Kalbar Showgrounds on October 21 for the 2018 Kalbar Swap Meet & Markets, hosted by the Fassifern Car Club Inc. There’ll be cars, trucks, bikes, old engines, tractors, food and drinks and markets.

More here

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Longest Lunch.

 

Have a long lunch then sit around the fire – October 21

Kick off your shoes and sink your feet into the soft grass at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards beside Canungra Creek. Indulge in a three course shared platter menu featuring the best produce from the Scenic Rim, enjoy a selection of O’Reilly’s matching wines and stick around for Burning of the Canes afterwards.

 

Kooralbyn Valley MTB Endurance Series

Test your mountain biking endurance – October 27

On the Edge Events will host endurance mountain biking event, the Kooralbyn Valley 24 hr MTB Ultra, on October 27-28.

You can enter solo or as part of a 2-person or 4-person team.

Summer Land Camels CEO Jeff Flood.

Go to a camel farm, learn about gut health – October 27

Join the folk at Summer Land Camel Farm as they bring together some of the hottest topics in health and science for a 1-day seminar.

Summer Land Camels CEO Jeff Flood, who is a physiotherapist, biochemist and nutritional immunotherapist, will lead the seminar.

Beechmont Zest Fest

Get arty in Beechmont – October 28

Experience the best of art and creativity with great food and a relaxed learning environment at Art Zest Fest Beechmont.

 

NOVEMBER EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

November 3-4: Bookfest

November 10: Broadway by the Creek

November 11: O’Reilly’s Annual Bird Week

November 18: The Vintage Brocante

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

Wendy & Mike Webster, Scenic Rim Brewery.

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

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

Scenic Rim Brewery beer

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

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

Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee

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

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

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

Mike’s favourite view over Lake Moogerah.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

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

September marks the start of spring – a beautiful time of year for getting out and enjoying all the Scenic Rim has to offer. Here’s your guide to what’s on in September.

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

Spoil Dad for Father’s Day – September 2

We’ve got your Father’s Day sorted in the Scenic Rim. Sunday roasts, pub lunches, fancy five course meals, family picnics, bush walks and craft beers. You name it, we’ve got it!

Read our 8 ways to indulge dad in the Scenic Rim here

 

2018 Jim MacGinley Memorial Tournament – SEQ Polo.

Have a day or two at the polo – September 1-2

South East Queensland Polo Club will host the first annual Jim MacGinley Memorial Tournament on September 1-2 at Elysian Fields, Canungra.

The inaugural memorial tournament will be an opportunity to remember polo legend and much-loved member of the Queensland polo community, Jim MacGinley.

The Boonah Arts Festival.

Head along to the Boonah Arts Festival – on until September 8

The Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival is an 8-day event every September, featuring street entertainment, competitions in art, performance, live theatre, writing, fashion, debate, and more.

Head along and get your local arts and culture fix!

 

Lake Wyaralong

Watch the rowing – September 1 and September 26-28

Lake Wyaralong will once again set the scene for some spectacular weekends of rowing in the Scenic Rim.

Head along to watch:

The Beaudesert Show.

Experience the Beaudesert Show – September 6-7 

Roll up for some country hospitality at the Beaudesert Show.

It’ll be an action-packed program full of fun for the whole family over two days and nights.

A Day in the Dirt Down Under.

Watch an international moto competition – September 7-9

International moto event, Red Bull Day in the Dirt, is being held outside the USA for the first time – coming ‘Down Under’ to the Scenic Rim’s Queensland Moto Park from September 7 – 9, 2018.

The Red Bull Day in the Dirt Down Under will be three days of excitement for competitors and spectators alike. Visit the Facebook page to keep up with the latest news leading up to the event: https://www.facebook.com/dayinthedirtdownunder/

 

Tamborine Mountain’s Scarecrow Festival.

See hundreds of scarecrows on Tamborine Mountain – September 14-16

Visit Tamborine Mountain to see hundreds of scarecrows along a 17km trail.

There’ll be live music, face painting, pig racing, a farm animal petting zoo, pony rides, bubble soccer and old fashioned games, plus the opportunity to enjoy all the mountain has to offer.

The Spring Swap Meet.

Celebrate the 40th Beaudesert Swap Meet – September 15-16

The Scenic Rim Motor Sports Association is proud to be hosting the 40th Beaudesert Swap Meet on September 15-16 at the Beaudesert Showgrounds.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event, the Association is hosting a two day swap meet extravaganza, including the Super Sunday Show & Shine.

 

The 1:5 All Abilities Charity Relay.

Limber up for a charity relay – September 15

In your team of five, work together to complete a five kilometre relay amidst the stunning Tamborine Pony Club. Each relay participant will complete a one kilometre leg of a five kilometre course to highlight the statistic that one in five Australians have a disability.

Mojo Raid 2018

Do an adventure race at Lake Moogerah – September 15-16

The MOJO Raid, to be held at Camp Laurence, Lake Moogerah on September 15-16 2018, is an adventure race involving cycling, kayaking and hiking.

 

Darlington Community Markets in the Lost World

Darlington Community Market.

Head along to the Darlington Market – September 16

Live music, food from the Vintage Café and local produce will be highlights at the 2018 Darlington Community Markets on September 16.

The markets will go from 9am to 2pm at Darlington State School, 2744 Kerry Road, Darlington.

Local wares will also be on offer at the market stalls and there will be free kids entertainment, cheese and wine tastings, a petting zoo and sideshow alley.

Boonah Rodeo.

Dust off your boots for the Boonah Rodeo – September 22

Prepare for a night of fun at the Boonah Rodeo, kicking off from 5pm at the Boonah Showgrounds.

Light the Sky for Charlee 2018.

Light the Sky for Charlee – September 22

Head along to the Lake Moogerah Caravan Park on September 22 to help raise much-needed funds and awareness for childhood cancer at free family fun day, Light the Sky for Charlee 2018.

 

Pink Polo.

Do polo for a cause – September 23

Join Queensland Polo at Elysian Fields, Canungra for the 2018 Queensland Gold Cup Pink Polo Day on September 23.

The licensed event is open to the public, and entry is by gold coin donation or $50 to book a car boot picnic space along the ridge overlooking the main field.

 

Beaudesert Golf Club

Support the Beaudesert Lions Charity Golf Day – September 30

The Lions Club of Beaudesert will host its 42nd annual charity golf day at the Beaudesert Golf Club on September 30. Come along and play a friendly game while raising funds to supply 300 sun protective swim shirts for grade 1 students locally.

Kooralbyn Valley MTB Endurance Series

Get on your bike – September 30

On the Edge Events will host the first event in its Kooralbyn Valley MTB Endurance Series on September 30.

The 6 hour Enduro Race will be held at the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Tracks at Ramada Kooralbyn Resort.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

October 1-31: Turning Canungra Pink

October 6: Beaudesert Invitational PBR

October 13: Long Table Dinner at the Dugandan Hotel

October 20: Kalbar Country Day

October 21: Kalbar Swap Meet & Markets

October 21: O’Reilly’s Longest Spring Lunch 

October 28: Art Zest Fest Beechmont

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

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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.

Winter in the Scenic Rim is the perfect time for getting outdoors and exploring the region’s natural beauty. Here’s your guide to what’s on in August.

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.

Do the iconic Stinson Walk – August 10 – 12

If you love hiking and you love history, the team at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat has got your back, with the guided Stinson Walk (August 10-12). 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.
Find out more

Lake Wyaralong

Spend a day by the lake – rowing regattas on every weekend

Rowing Queensland girls’ school regattas are on at Lake Wyaralong every weekend in August.

Bring your picnic rug and set up a spot beside the lake to watch all the action. Buy lunch from the school-run food tents or bring some goodies of your own.

August 11: 2018 St Hilda’s School & Lourdes Hill College Regatta

August 18: 2018 All Hallows School & Somerville House Regatta

August 25: 2018 St Peters Lutheran College and Brisbane State High School

True Grit.

Challenge yourself with the ultimate obstacle course – August 11-12

True Grit, a military-inspired obstacle challenge, is coming to Tamborine on August 11 and August 12.

A True Grit course is 10-12km in length with more than 30 obstacles. There is also a 5km course with 22 obstacles, which is open to anyone 12 years and older.

The Tamborine True Grit events will be held at 150 Creamer Rd, Tamborine.

Keep up to date with event information via their Facebook event page.

The Overflow Estate 1895, beside Lake Wyaralong. Photo: Andrew Bonney.

Go for a trail run around a vineyard – August 19

On the Edge Events will present the Scenic Rim Trail Running Series RD 2 at the Scenic Rim’s newest winery, The Overflow Estate 1895 beside Lake Wyaralong, on August 19.

There will be a 22km long course, a 12km short course, a 5km introduction to trail running course and a 5km kids fun run.

Post-race celebrations will be at The Overflow Estate 1895 cellar door, with food and wine available for purchase, and a coffee van will be running for pre-race caffeine.

The Canungra Show.

Celebrate the 80th Canungra Show – August 25

The 80th Canungra Show will be the town’s biggest and best show yet, with a dynamic night entertainment program planned and visitors expected from far and wide.

Read more here.

The Kooralbyn Valley MTB Endurance Series.

Get on your bike and test your endurance – August 26

Do you love serious mountain biking? On the Edge Events will host its 6 hour Enduro Race at the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Tracks on August 26.

It will be the first event in its Kooralbyn Valley MTB Endurance Series, with prizes for first male and female in the solo category.

Tamborine Mountain Golf Club will host Food on the Fairway.

Get your food truck fix – August 26

The lush fairways of Tamborine Mountain Golf Club will be filled with food trucks for Food on the Fairway from 2pm to 7pm, August 26.

The event, which the Club is running with assistance from the local chamber of commerce, will also include children’s activities, entertainment and market stalls.

Entry is free, and food available for purchase will range from Greek souvlaki, roast pork rolls and cronuts (a cross between a croissant and a donut) to gourmet coffee and desserts.

The Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival.

Enjoy the arts – Boonah Arts Festival starts August 31

The Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival features street entertainment and competitions in art, performance, live theatre, writing, fashion, debate, and more.

The 8-day festival, which goes from August 31 to September 8, is one of the most acclaimed cultural events in rural Queensland.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

August 31 – September 8: Boonah Arts Festival

September 1: 2018 Brisbane Schoolgirl’s Rowing Association Head of the River

September 2: Fathers Day at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards

September 7: Beaudesert Agricultural Show

September 7-9: A Day in the Dirt Down Under

September 14-16: Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival

September 15: 1:5 All Abilities Charity Relay

September 15-16: The Mojo Raid – Lake Moogerah

September 16: Darlington Market

September 16: Beaudesert Spring Swap Meet

September 23: Queensland Gold Cup Pink Polo Day

September 26-28: Australian University Games

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

If you love horses you’ll love the Scenic Rim in June.
The region is hosting some exciting equine events this month and they’re open to everyone!

Boonah Campdraft – June 10

See some of the region’s skilful campdrafters at work at the Boonah Showgrounds.
Camp drafting is the sport of selecting and herding bullocks from a herd and driving them through a set course.
It’s a unique Australian sport involving horse and rider at work with their cattle.
Find out more

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular – June 16 & 17

This popular event returns to the Boonah Showgrounds for a weekend celebrating all that is great about these magnificent creatures.
The Spectacular showcases the Clydesdale horse and celebrates the traditions and heritage of the horse breed that’s credited with ‘building a nation’.
You’ll see some of Australia’s top bred Clydesdales, as well as learn about the Scottish heritage and traditions tied to the breed.
In tribute to the Scottish descendants who settled in the region, this year’s Spectacular sees the return of the Fassifern Highland gathering. It’s a stirring massing of pipes and drums, Calling of the Clans, caber tossing and more.
It’s all on at the Boonah Showgrounds, Melbourne St Boonah.
Find out more

The Clydesdale Spectacular returns to Boonah Showgrounds.

Bromelton House International Polo Test – June 16

Historic Bromelton House is the location for the Queensland Ladies International Polo Test.
Owners Stuart and Kathy Murray will open up the property’s private polo field for an Australia vs New Zealand match.
The Aussie team will be captained by local equestrian, Alessia Russo, of Biddaddaba.
Bring a car boot picnic, or book your place at the catered Stick & Ball Marquee.
An art exhibition will be held in Bromelton House across the weekend, complementing the polo action.
Tickets are also on sale for an exclusive black-tie dinner in honour of the women who play polo.
If you can’t make this event, pencil in July 1, when polo returns to Bromelton House for a special Eat Local Week event.
Find out more and buy tickets

Bromelton House Ladies International Polo Test will be held on 16 June, 2018.

Beaudesert Cup Race Day – June 23

Country Racing will be in full flight at the Beaudesert Race Course on June 23.
Frock up and spend a glorious Scenic Rim winter day trackside.
Find out more

Go trackside for the Beaudesert Races.

There is so much happening in the Scenic Rim in June. Here’s a taster of some of the June events on offer in the Scenic Rim.

Carolyn and Dallas Davidson will host Jamming with the Lambs at Towri Sheep Cheeses.

Come jam with the lambs at Towri Sheep Cheeses – June 9

Indulge in a multiple course meal created by Cameron Matthews of Winston Restaurant and consultant group chef to Spicers Retreats, under the night sky and set to a soundtrack of live jazz music. Stunning bespoke cheeses and Scenic Rim produce will intertwine through the dishes, all of which will be paired with the best local wines and beverages. Gather your friends for what will be a magical night under the stars with the lambs.

Wine lovers, come together at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for a weekend of all things vino!

Study wine at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards – June 9-10

Meet Wine and Spirit Education Trust educator and winemaker Peter Orr who will teach a WSET Level 1 wine qualification, recognised in more 55 countries. Stay overnight nearby and join the annual Wine Appreciation Lunch on Sunday, June 10 (from 11.30am to 2.30pm) with resident viticulturist Kevin Murtagh and Mr Orr.

The Boonah Campdraft will be held on June 10.

Catch the action at the Boonah Campdraft – June 10

The Boonah Show Society will host the Boonah Campdraft at the Boonah Showgrounds. Check their Facebook event page for updates!

Join in on the Queensland Day celebrations on  June 10.

Celebrate Queensland Day in Beaudesert – June 10

Come join in on this free community event to celebrate Queensland Day with entertainment, pony rides, bush buddies, jumping castle, games, stalls and much more.

The Clydesdale Spectacular will be on June 16-17.

Be blown away by the Clydesdale Spectacular – June 16 – 17

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular, featuring the Fassifern Highland Gathering, showcases the iconic Clydesdale Horse, celebrating the traditions and heritage of ‘the breed that built the nation’ and a celebration of the rich Scottish heritage and history in the region.

The Scenic Rim Star Party will be on June 16.

Party with the stars – June 16

Presented by the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association, the star party will feature sky tours, meteorite displays, rocket launches and public viewing of the stars and planets. The Beaudesert Camera Club will also be present to conduct an astro photography workshop.

The Bromelton House Ladies International Polo Test will be held on June 16.

Attend the Bromelton House Ladies International Polo Test – June 16

Stuart and Kathy Murray of Bromelton House will host the first Queensland Ladies International Polo Test on their beautiful Scenic Rim property on June 16.

Australia vs New Zealand will be a tough match, with the Australian ladies fighting for a win after losing to New Zealand earlier this year down south. Come and cheer the Aussies on from one of the catered marquees or from your own car boot picnic space.

The Spicers Hidden Vale Roaming Degustation will be held on June 17.

Roam and eat at Spicers Hidden Vale – June 17

Ash Martin, Executive Chef of Homage Restaurant, will host an interactive property tour inclusive of a roaming degustation lunch. First stop is a visit to the free-range pigs then to the market garden’s smoke house, where the tempting tastings begin. Lunch will be enjoyed under a beautiful fig tree where a selection of the very best produce from the Scenic Rim will be cooked over a coal pit. $95pp plus selected local wines and beers on consumption.

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne violin soloist Anton Georg Golle performs at St Mary’s church in Beaudesert. Photo: Susie Cunningham.

See the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne – June 17

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany’s finest ensembles. The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne will perform classics from Germany at St Mary’s church in Beaudesert at 2pm on Sunday, June 17.

The Green Lane Coffee Plantation Producers’ Dinner will be on June 22.

Take a seat at the Green Lane Coffee Plantation Producers’ Dinner – June 22

Join Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp, co-authors of Eat Local, for an intimate evening of food, wine and conversation. Enjoy a three-course dinner prepared and cooked by Brenda, celebrating the Tamborine Mountain producers featured in the book, Witches Falls Winery wines and Tamborine Mountain Distillery liqueurs. Shuttle bus available.

Take the family to the Kalbar Show – June 23-24

Enjoy fun for all the family including sideshows, sample bags, and fireworks.

Beaudesert Cup Race Day will be held on June 23.

Frock up for the Beaudesert Cup Race Day – June 23

There’ll be live racing action all day and plenty of fun to be had at the Beaudesert Cup Race Day. Luncheon and picnic packages are available for purchase. Check out the Beaudesert Race Club website for more information.

The inaugural RUN THE RIM – Scenic Rim Trail Run Series – is set to be held on June 24, 2018 in Kooralbyn.

Get your joggers on and Run the Rim – June 24

RUN THE RIM Scenic Rim Trail Run Series, based in Kooralbyn, will showcase the beautiful landscapes and terrain of the region. There will be long course and short course options, and a kids’ 2km fun run for children younger than 10-years-old (kids run free and must be accompanied by an adult).

The Wild Canary Producers’ Lunch will be held on June 28 at their Brookfield bistro, set in lush gardens.

Eat Scenic Rim food at the Wild Canary Producers’ Lunch – June 28

Experience a five course degustation lunch and enjoy stories direct from the producers. Executive Chef Glen Barratt will showcase the best seasonal produce from the Scenic Rim. Note: this event is held at Wild Canary bistro in Brookfield.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week goes from June 30 to July 8, 2018.

Book your 2018 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week experience – June 30 – July 8

There is something for everyone at the 2018 Scenic Rim eat Local Week. Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, now in its 8th year, has grown into a much-loved festival of regional food, farming and fresh produce. The signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival, will be staged at Aratula on Saturday, July 7. For all the info, make sure you are following Scenic Rim Eat Local Week on Facebook and check out www.eatlocalweek.com.au

JULY EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

June 30 – July 8: 2018 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

July 7: Winter Harvest Festival

July 21: Boonah World Environment Day Festival

July 21: The Shepherds’ Walk

July 21: South Queensland Schools Regatta

July 28: Stuartholme School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School Regatta

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

The countdown to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on!

The feasting begins on June 30, however there are some delicious entrée events before then if you’re hungry for a local food and farm experience.

The sheep at Tommerup’s Farm are just some of the gorgeous animals you can meet at Eat Local Week.

Eat Local Week is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council, designed to showcase the smorgasbord of produce which grows in the region, and highlight the talented producers, farmers and makers.

Now in its 8th year, Eat Local Week 2018 features more than 90 events across the region, from farm tours to gourmet dinners and the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 7.

Book your spot at a long table lunch.

Mayor Greg Christensen says Eat Local Week is an easy and delicious way for locals to discover and taste the food and drinks which are growing in their backyard.

“I encourage Scenic Rim residents to jump in the car and take a tour of the region’s farms, cafes, restaurants, pubs, breweries and wineries and enjoy the incredible Eat Local Week program of events,” he says.

“Each year I wonder how we will top the last but I can honestly say this year’s program is the biggest and best yet. It features more than 90 events, including 12 entrée events to whet the appetite, 20 lunch and dinner events, more than 20 farm events and 36 events which cost less than $25 or are free.

“This isn’t just an event for people who know their food and wine, this is an event for families who are keen to give their children a food and farm experience; an event for interested locals; it’s really an event for anyone who enjoys to eat and drink!”

All of the Eat Local Week events are listed online at the official website and bookings can be made via the website.

Here’s a taster of some of the delicious events on offer across the Scenic Rim:

Jamming with the Lambs @ Towri Sheep Cheeses by Cameron Matthews – June 9
Multiple course meal under the stars at Towri Sheep Cheeses. Live jazz music, bespoke cheese and food by Cameron Matthews.

Green Lane Coffee Plantation Producers’ Dinner – June 22
Join EAT LOCAL Book authors Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp for an evening of food, wine, conversation and coffee.

You’ll be in olive heaven at Rathlogan Grove Olives.

Tastings at the Shed Café & Rathlogan Olive Grove – June 30, July 1, 7 & 8
Visit this commercial olive grove and café and taste the oil and the olives and meet the producers.

Tasting Tables @ Canungra Visitor Information Centre – June 30 & July 1
Sample a range of local products, including jams, chutney s and nuts, all made with love in the Scenic Rim.

Crop to Cup Green Lane Coffee – June 30, July 3 & 5
Take the crop to cup tour of coffee at this Tamborine Mountain coffee plantation.

Carrot Picking with Just Veg. at Kalfresh – June 30
The Carrot Factory Tours sold out in record time but you can still book a spot to pick your own carrots!

Scenic Rim Food & Wine, a historical perspective at Binna Burra Lodge – June 30
Enjoy a three-course lunch starring locally-sourced fare and learn about the origins of the Scenic Rim and its food from Richard Groom. Witches Falls Winery’s Michael McAteer will offer an insight into the paired wines.

Tunes, Brews, Food & Fun at the Farm – June 30
Sample the local beef at this paddock to plate event on farm at Kirro in the Lost World.

Spend the afternoon on the Bromelton House grounds learning about pecans, cattle and polo.

Cattle, Pecans & Polo @ Bromelton House – July 1

Spend the afternoons at the historic Bromelton House, touring the pecan orchard, learning about the cattle, and watching top-flight polo on the Bromelton private field.

Scenic Rim Gourmet Short Stay with InterNATIONAL Park Tours – July 1
Make a meal of Eat Local Week and spread your feasting over a few days with this delicious, boutique short stay.

Beaudesert Gourmet Street Food Festival – July 1
Featuring some of Australia’s best mobile chefs, showcasing Scenic Rim produce. Relaxed vibes and live music in Jubilee Park.

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Longest Lunch

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards Longest Lunch – July 1
Kick off your shoes and sink your feet into the grass, creekside at the vineyards. Share a three-course long-table lunch, featuring the best local produce, paired with wines from the vineyard.

An Evening with Josue Lopez at Witches Falls Winery – July 4
Amazing wine by Witches Falls Winery, paired with incredible food by our regional food ambassador Josue Lopez, of the new Opal Restaurant.

Let Kate at The Vintage Pickle feed you.

Cheese & Wine Tasting @ The Vintage Pickle – July 5
Enjoy local cheeses and matched wines from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard, together with canapes made using Scenic Rim ingredients at The Vintage Pickle.

10 Years of Beers @ Pavilion Garden Bar – July 6
Celebration dinner for 10 years of brewing by Beard and Brau Farmhouse Brewery and the Pavilion Garden Bar’s first birthday. A ten-course meal by head chef Steve Hibbard, showcasing local produce, matched with Beard and Brau beers.

Feast your eyes on the Winter Harvest Festival.

Winter Harvest Festival, Aratula Community Sports Centre – July 7
Don’t miss Eat Local Week’s signature event, serving the Scenic Rim on a platter. Meet the farmers, taste the food, buy their produce. Free rides for kids, market stalls, live music, tasting plates and celebrity chef cooking demonstrations.

Moda in the Vines @ The Overflow – July 8
Experience the Scenic Rim’s newest cellar door at the stunning Overflow Estate at Wyaralong Dam, while you enjoy traditional tapas and paella by Moda Restaurant’s Javier Codina.

Long Table Lunch at Spicers Peak Lodge – July 8
A gorgeous relaxed long table lunch, featuring Scenic Rim produce and stunning Spicer’s Peak hospitality and views!

Everyone has gone crazy for camels, and we can understand why.

Things to do – May 2018 Events Guide

The Scenic Rim May Events Calendar is jam packed. Here’s a taster.

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

Check out exquisite local art on the Open Studios trail, which extends throughout the Scenic Rim.

Open Studios of the Scenic Rim – May 5 to 3 June

The Open Studios of the Scenic Rim weekends give visitors the opportunity to see artists at work in their studios. Visit studios across the Scenic Rim including in Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, Mt Alford, Harrisville, Tamborine Mountain and Beaudesert. Most of the work on display is for sale, and most artists are able to undertake commissions.

2018 Studios Weekends:

May 5 & 6 – Tamborine Mountain
May 12 & 13 – Boonah & district
May 19 & 20 – Beaudesert
May 27 & 28 – Scenic Rim On Location Arts Workshops
June 2 & 3 – Canungra & Beechmont

 

La Bunjurga 2018 Medieval Festival.

La Bunjurga 2018 Medieval Festival.

La Bunjurga 2018 Medieval Festival – May 5-6 

The La Bunjurga 2018 Medieval Festival will be a celebration of local food, local wine and local music with a Medieval theme. It will feature Compagnie Draco Routiers and four other re-enactment groups..

 

The Boonah Writers Festival.

The Boonah Writers Festival.

Boonah Writers Festival – May 5-6

The Boonah Cultural Foundation will present a two-day writing festival comprising eight presentations. Rick Morton, award-winning journalist and author, will be guest speaker on the Saturday evening.

Presenters and genres are: Mary Rose McColl, Historical and Genealogical Research, Greg Bird – Script writing for TV and Film, Louise Cusack – Women in Contemporary Fiction, Rory Gibson – Blogging and Column writing, Michael Bauer – Young Adult fiction, Anita Bell – Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Lynne Stringer – Editing, and an officer from the Queensland Police Forensic /Homicide Investigation.

This will be an informative and entertaining networking weekend for writers from south-east Queensland in a relaxed environment and inspirational landscape.

 

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.

Stinson Walk – May 11-13

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 World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.

During a stormy afternoon on 19 February, 1937, the Stinson airliner, en route from Brisbane to Sydney, crashed into the Lamington Ranges killing four of the seven passengers on board and sparking a search which failed to turn up any wreckage.

Ten days later, Bernard O’Reilly set out on foot to find the Stinson wreckage. He managed to find the crash site and, to his surprise, two survivors in desperate need of medical attention.

To commemorate this historic aviation event, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers two rewarding routes (37 and 16 kilometres) to retrace Bernard’s footsteps through the rugged McPherson Range to the famed Stinson crash site. Note: private groups are also welcome.

The 2018 guided Stinson hike experiences will be hosted from May 11 to 13 and August 10 to 12. More  information, including fitness prerequisites, can be found at their website.

 

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.

Tommerup’s Mother’s Day Picnic on the Farm – May 13

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm are opening their farm gates for a Mother’s Day Picnic on the Farm. Immerse yourself in the farm experience, boots n all, or just while away the hours in the shade of the blue gums.

Grab a bucket and head off on your own animal feeding adventure, browse the grow it, make it, bake it market stalls and join in the giant lawn games.

Why not pre-order a gourmet picnic hamper or cheese platter to share with family & friends as you listen to the live music?

Bookings essential at https://www.tommerupsfarmstay.com.au/mothers-day-picnic-on-the-farm.html

 

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.

Mother’s Day at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards – May 13

Indulge mum at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards with a gourmet Homestead Picnic Hamper or with a three course lunch on the Homestead verandah, all washed down with O’Reilly’s vintages.

O’Reilly’s Mother’s Day 1000m High Tea – May 13

Spoil mum with high tea on top of the world. Enjoy a buffet-style high tea 1000m above sea level at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and take in spectacular views west to the McPherson ranges.

 

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.

Mother’s Day lunch at Binna Burra Lodge – May 13

Enjoy Mother’s Day lunch with your loved ones at Binna Burra Lodge.

Treat yourself to great food and wine, surrounded by breathtaking views and nature’s beauty.

For more information and bookings phone 07 55 333 622 or email dining@binnaburralodge.com.au

Festival of Elegance – May 18-20

Passionate car enthusiasts showcase their classic automobiles in a 3-day event partly set on the picturesque Tamborine Mountain. Keep up to date via their Facebook page.

Grapest 5k run – 19 May

Who said you can’t drink wine AND exercise? Have your wine and drink it too with the Grapest 5k Run at Albert River Wines, Tamborine.

Experience a great evening with friends, with a little fitness and lots of fun. Work up a thirst with the 5km or 10km run, then enjoy a cool-down through the wine tasting waddle to re-energise yourself before some grape dancing with live entertainment as the sun goes down.

Poultry Show

Beaudesert Poultry Club Annual Show – 20 May

If you’re feeling clucky, we’ve got just the thing for you. Check out the Beaudesert Poultry Club Annual Show in the Jack Lewis Pavilion, Beaudesert Showgrounds on 20 May. There’ll be an American Soft-Feather Breeds Feature, with New Hampshire, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island and Wyandotte breeds on display.

JUNE EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Boonah Show – June 1-2

The Vintage Brocante – June 3

2018 GCRASRA Trophy Regatta – June 9

Wine education weekend – June 9-10

Boonah Campdraft – June 10

Queensland Day Celebration – June 10

Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular – June 16-17

Scenic Rim Star Party – June 16

Kalbar Show – June  23-24 

Beaudesert Cup Race Day – June 23

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week – June 30-July 8

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

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.
Find out more

 

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.
Find out more

 

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.
Find out more

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.
Find out more

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.
Find out more

 

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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.
Find out more

Height: 1162m
Location: Main Range National Park

Mt Mitchell views. Image courtesy TEQ

Mt Mitchell views. Image courtesy TEQ

Mount Mitchell is a twin-peaked volcanic mountain, located immediately south of Cunninghams Gap.

It was named after Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell and on a clear day you’ll see the Brisbane city skyline.

Mt Mitchell is popular with walkers and boasts an accessible 5km trail to the main summit, offering fabulous views.

The  grade four walk to the peak of Mt Mitchell begins on the southern side of the Cunningham Highway. Take care when crossing the highway and follow signs at pedestrian exit points.

If you’d like some local’s knowledge on your walk, the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers Walk explores Mt Mitchell on the first day of their tour.

The narrow escarpment of Mt Mitchell captured by @charlesbalcon.

The narrow escarpment of Mt Mitchell captured by @charlesbalcon.

Mt Mitchell is one of a number of mountains located in the Main Range National Park and is said to have been formed by remnant lava flows from the unlocated Main Range Shield Volcano.

Main Range National Park covers 29,730ha of land and includes Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area.

The Main Range Shield Volcano once spread across the Fassifern Valley, probably as far as Mt Maroon, Boonah and even Ipswich, and west to Warwick.

Mt Mitchell captured by @kersplashhh

Mt Mitchell captured by @kersplashhh

Prolonged erosion over 20-million years has removed mainly the eastern side of the volcano.

The relatively steep gradients and greater erosive power of the eastwards-flowing streams rapidly eroded the volcanic lava to create a retreating escarpment, exposing intrusive plugs and dykes beneath.

In contrast the gentler western valleys and ridges have remained behind the escarpment’ to form today’s Main Range.

The secret’s out, we have winners!

 

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Secrets Competition, we loved reading through your favourite Scenic Rim places to experience romance, adventure, food and wine and family time.

The winners are:

Romantic Escape Winner –  Katharine Franks favourite ‘secret’ adventure

The lost world- secluded, romantic and wild. It’s our  favourite scenic rim (secret, shh) and it is still a pretty big secret. We love having to get out to open the farmers’ gates, driving slowly through the cattle, then to round the bend and Mt Razorback greets you. Every occasion we have visited, we were always alone and you can’t leave without taking a dip in the Albert river. Don’t forget the picnic blanket, wine and cheeses.

Katherine won 2 nights mid-week at Witches Falls private cottage including breakfast, Ripple massages, bottle of wine & cheese platter.

Family Escape Winner – Julia Bates Gussoni’s favourite ‘secret’ adventure

My Scenic Rim ‘secret’ is probably one of the better-known destinations, Lower Portals at Mount Barney. It’s the perfect family adventure — a bit of dirt road excitement to reach the carpark, plenty of exercise and wildlife-watching on the hike and, finally, beautiful, clear pools to cool down in before the return journey commences. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and see if you can spot the friendly eel who calls the pools home. I guarantee you won’t hear a peep from the kids on the drive home!

Julia won 2 nights at Milford Country Cottages, whipcracking & boomerang throwing at Cedar Glen Farmstay, Bush Buddies wildlife encounter.

Food & Wine Escape Winner – Jennifer Refiti favourite ‘secret’ adventure

A trip to Mt Alford artisan markets to buy some local chutneys and oils, across the road to the Scenic Rim Brewery for a tasting paddle, the best steak sandwich at the Mt Alford pub and then drop in for a wine tasting at Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm. And take in the picturesque scenery along the way…..

Jennifer won 2 nights at The Old Church B&B with breakfast, champagne and chocolates, $100 voucher for Dugandan Hotel, and wine tasting at Paradine Winery.

 

Outdoor Adventure Escape Winner – Tyson Burns favourite ‘secret’ adventure

The lower waterfall at Mt Greville. Two weeks ago I took two of my kids to Mt Greville, this was in between the bouts of rain. The creeks were flowing fast, air fresh. Everyone was getting stir CRAZY from being stuck inside…so off we went. We headed up the track toward waterfall gorge, just before you take the turn to the gorge veer right head down the slope to the bottom of the 15m high waterfall. The spray from the waterfall wisps through the rainforest gully with crystal clear water. Awesome!

Tyson won Rock climbing activity for up to 10 people at Mt Barney Lodge including morning tea and guiding by expert leaders.

Things to do – April 2018 Events Guide

The Scenic Rim April Events Calendar is jam packed. Here’s a taster.

Fires on Top of Mountains Cultural Program – April 1 to 14

The colour and spectacle of the Commonwealth Games has inspired the Scenic Rim’s Windows to the World community events. Share the Fire is a major part of that project and happens from April 1 to 14. This community arts activation showcases the culture, unique identify and stories of the Scenic Rim. Join the celebrations in your local community.

Shared Fire Tamborine Mountain – April 1

Featuring, Street Food Truck Revolution, Kelly Sports family fun activities, family picnic zone, Artisans’ Alley, roving performers, storytelling around the fires.

Shared Fire Beaudesert, Monday, April 2

Featuring Street Food Truck Revolution, vintage car and bike displays, family fun sports activities, roving performances, storytellers around the fires and more.

Tastes of the Commonwealth Boonah, April 3

Featuring Picnic Parlour Dessert Lane, Artisan markets, street dining, roving performances and late night shopping.

Fire on Water Finale Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, April 14

A fabulous festival at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, running from 10am to 6.30pm. Featuring the Street Food Truck Revolution, Kelly Sports family fun activities, artisan markets, workshops and demonstrations and resort activities.

White Chapel Kalbar

White Chapel Kalbar

White Chapel Showcase – April 8

Planning your wedding? Then be sure to drop in to the Scenic Rim’s newest boutique wedding venue – White Chapel and Black Hall Kalbar.
The property will be open its first showcase on April 8. Book in for the showcase, for a chance to win a free Chapel Ceremony, valued at $1300.
The Showcase will feature live music, Drayhorse Shire carriages and a unicorn!
Organisers say the showcase is a one-stop-shop, where you can meet stylists, florists, photographers, caterers, dress designers and other wedding specialists.
Wedding services on display include Wendy Makin Bridal Designs, Beautiful Weddings Australia, Jacqui M Designs, Cuisine on Cue, We are twine and Bella Brides.

Mirusia Louwerse

Mirusia Louwerse

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – April 18

International soprano Mirusia Louwerse is coming to the Wedding & Function Gardens, Beacon Rd Tamborine Mountain for a special performance.

Brisbane-born Mirusia will share amazing stories from her wonderful career (including how Andrew Rieu wrote a special piece of music for her wedding) and she will delight the audience with songs from her new album.

The ticket price includes a three-course meal, arrival drink and tea and coffee.

Dust Hustle 6 – April 21

Strap in for the wildest event on the Dust Hustle calendar. QLD Moto Park, outside Boonah, is the location for The Riders’ Event.

DH6 is a ‘bring anything’ moto campout, with just the right amount of good food and great drinks. Test yourself on the three tracks spread across the Queensland Moto Park.

Beaudesert Anzac Day Races – April 25

Frock up for this popular country racing carnival. Beaudesert Race Club turns it on for a relaxed country race day.

Aquis Champions Tour

Aquis Champions Tour

2018 AQUIS Champions Tour – April 27 to May 6

The AQUIS Champions Tour returns to Elysian Fields for the third year and organisers say this year’s competition will be bigger and better than before.

As well as world-class showjumping, you’ll enjoy the trade stalls and food village.

Spartan Race

Spartan Race

Spartan Race Australia – April 28

The high adrenaline Spartan Race returns to Ivory’s Rock Convention Centre Peak Crossing for a 23-obstacle, 7km test of endurance and mettle.

Register now.

MAY EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Boonah Show Ball – May 1

La Bunjurga Medieval Festival – May 5

Boonah Writer’s Festival – May 5 & 6

Studios of the Scenic Rim – May 5 to June 3

– Tamborine Mountain May 5 & 6

– Boonah & District May 12 & 13

– Beaudesert May 19 & 20

– Scenic Rim on Location May 26 & 27

– Canungra & Beechmont May 2 & 3

The Grapest 5km at Albert River Winery – May 19

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

Hop into a Scenic (Rim) Easter

Easter is a stunning time to visit the Scenic Rim.

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

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

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

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

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

    Kids, go bush at Mt Barney Lodge

    Kids, go bush at Mt Barney Lodge

     

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

    Treetops Challenge Tamborine Mountain

    Treetops Challenge Tamborine Mountain

     

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

    2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay

    2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

     

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

    Moogerah Passion Play

    Moogerah Passion Play

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

    Glamping at Nightfall Camp

    Glamping at Nightfall Camp

     

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

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

 

Nathan and Jodie Overell from Worendo Cottages

Nathan and Jodie Overell from Worendo Cottages

Nathan and Jodie Overell run Worendo Cottages and the Wild Lime Cooking School in the spectacular Lost World.
The business was started by Nathan’s parents Sue and Rob and overlooks the world heritage rainforest mountains of the Lamington National Park.
The Overells offer their visitors a unique and invigorating escape from the mundane, in a stunning and peacefull wilderness settings.
The property features romantic cottages for couples and larger farm houses for families and groups.
Nathan and Jodie are overseeing a small expansion, with two new cabins and a kitchen-dining area to be complete by July 2018, which will expand the group retreat offerings available. In-house meals will also be offered to guests.
As well as the accommodation, Worendo is well-known for its Wild Lime Cooking School, situated on the property and run by local chef Kate Raymont.
The casual cooking classes use local ingredients and finish with a communal, long-table lunch.

We asked Nathan and Jodie to share their locals’ knowledge of where to eat, drink and soak in the Scenic Rim’s views.

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

The Ginga Ninja in Canungra tops our list…  their sashimi bowl is fantastic but everything is fresh and beautifully presented.  We can’t go through Canungra without stopping!  If you’re after the best in gourmet goodies then it definitely has to be The Vintage Pickle on Mt Tamborine.  They also promote a wide range of Scenic Rim products.  For a pub meal we have to say St Bernards on Mt Tamborine.  Amazing views, a lovely feel to the place and great grub!

Favourite SR coffee spot

When we are in town (Beaudesert) “Our go to is the Bean To”.   Great organic coffee, the friendliest staff and always fun to check out the eclectic decor.  Closer to home we love the Christmas Creek Cafe (and Cabins)  You can sit on the deck staring up at the Mountains of Lamington National Park and the kids (we have 3 small boys) are taken care of by the foosball and ping pong table and the toy collections inside which gives us a chance to relax and have a chat.  The coffee is great too and Katy makes a mean burger if you are hungry!

My favourite place in the Scenic Rim is …

Lamington National Park.  We live with those mountains standing above us and the urge to explore round the next corner of the Albert River is never ending fun.  Often a short walk to a swimming hole can lure you into a longer adventure!

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

It is close…  but far….  You can get lost in The Lost World for days and feel like you are far removed from city stresses and the fast pace…  but jump in a car and be soaking up Southbank Culture or a game at the Gabba in just 90 minutes.  We also love the food and tourism diversity.  With such a lush and dynamic region we are filled with pockets of small scale perfection.  Running our Wild Lime Cooking School has helped us realise the incredible variety of produce available right on our doorstep.  Nowhere else can you go for a half hour drive and pick up anything from coffee to carrots or camel milk!
Views from Worendo Cottages

Views from Worendo Cottages

My favourite Scenic Rim view is ….

From the deck of any of our Cottages.  People ask us all the time if we ever get sick of the view.  No we don’t.  It is ever changing as the weather rolls around and the seasons change and not one day goes by that something doesn’t stop me in my tracks and have me staring for a few minutes in appreciation.

Meet the Locals – Verity & Doogan O’Hanlon

Verity and Doogan O’Hanlon are breathing new life into one of the Scenic Rim’s most recognisable destinations – Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm.

Since buying the property, the couple have undertaken a number of changes, including the development of a stunning and unique wedding chapel.

Doogan and Verity Kooroomba web-

Verity and Doogan O’Hanlon

Kooroomba is a favourite for Queensland newlyweds who love the stunning mountain backdrop and fields of lavender.

For Doogan it’s a return to the town he was born and a chance to raise their young family in a rural community.

The couple is busy planning their Easter weekend festivities, which will feature food vans, joy flights and horse and carriage rides.

The popular Artist in-residence program returns from late March and is a good way to meet local artists and buy direct from the creators.

Lavender season begins in May and runs though to September. You’ll find many insta-worthy vistas when the lavender is in full glorious bloom.

Kooroomba Lavender Farm and Vineyard in the Scenic Rim

Wine with a view at Kooroomba Lavender Farm. Image by @johnnyboy88

Verity and Doogan share their local knowledge on the best Scenic Rim spots to wine, dine and enjoy the views.

Favourite place to eat

On a special occasion we love nothing more than heading up to Spicers Peak Lodge for lunch and have even been fortunate enough to be flown there by Pterodactyl Helicopters. We also enjoy some of the best country pub hospitality in this region and thoroughly enjoy a parmi at any one of the local watering holes. Particular favourites are The Dugandan Hotel, The Commercial Hotel and The Roadvale.

Favourite coffee spot

We really enjoy going for a drive up to the Shed Café outside Rathdowney on a rare day off. We also love to wander through their gift shop, looking at their knick knacks. Otherwise you can find us at Storey Tree Cafe with the kids. They do the best sausage rolls around. For a hearty bacon & eggs we go to Café 17 and if we feel like an omelette and a bit of history we head to Flavours Cafe in the old Boonah Butter Factory. It still amazing us that there are eight different café’s, three pubs and three butcher shops in the main street of Boonah! It has such an energetic vibe for a small country town and you can literally start at the top of the street and not walk further than 30m and you can buy a coffee somewhere. The coffee and food culture here is very under-rated.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm. Image by Kate Wall (@katethelightchaser)

My favourite place in the Scenic Rim is …

We love taking the kids and Banjo our Dog to the dams for a swim and a picnic, after walking one of the many amazing bush walks that are in the Scenic Rim. There are so many to choose from and for all different levels of fitness and the views are amazing.

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

That it is on Brisbane’s door step, and in less than one hour you can be driving through amazing scenery and rolling green hills. There is something really special about winter in the Scenic Rim and nothing is better than getting home after work, putting on the fire and relaxing with a glass of Kooroomba Vineyard red. It really is a special area that is only just starting to be discovered.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

The view from our back deck of the old family farm is one that I have grown up on and it over looks the town of Boonah and it is a special place that has only ever been held in the family, so we are very lucky to be able to enjoy that every day. The other view is when you are driving from Ipswich towards Boonah and you pass the big tree on the right hand side – the local’s know it as One Tree Hill. It’s the first glimpse of that panoramic mountain and you know you really are in the Scenic Rim.
Of course the view from our vineyard is pretty special too!

Perfect place for romance, Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm in the Scenic Rim. Image by Fontaine Photos.

Kooroomba Wedding Chapel captured by Fontaine Photos.

Check out the packed Scenic Rim March events calendar. It’s going to be a case of ‘How do we fit it all in?’

Take your pick from a charity run, Artisan Market, Bird Week and the popular Lake Moogerah Easter Passion Play. Start planning now.

Chappy Challenge – March 3
This Challenge Event Program offers the fantastic opportunity to cycle or run/walk through the amazing Fassifern Valley while supporting the great work that Chaplains do in the district.

Hot Dub Wine Machine – March 3
Wine and great music. Does it get any better? An amazing national artist line-up will play at Canungra Valley Vineyards on the 3rd. Hot Dub Time Machine, Sneaky Sound System, The Kite String Tangle, Touch Sensitive and many more.
Paired withe a cheaky glass (or bottle) or O’Reilly’s wine.

Mount Alford Artisans Autumn Market – March 3
Autumn is here and the local artisans will gather for their new-season market at the Mt Alford Hall. Celebrate the bush harvest and shop from the stalls, selling local and organic produce, recycled and upcylced products, handmade craft and more. Live music and good vibes.

Milbong Heritage Day – March 3
Love your tractors and farm machines?
Don’t miss this event. You’ll see displays of working and static tractors, farm implements, stationary engines and classic trucks. Many have been beautifully-restored. Food and drinks for sale and live entertainment from 9am to 3pm.

The Peak Pub Show & Shine Family Day Out – March 3
Live music, rockabilly dancing and a car & motorbike Show and Shine. Great day out at this friendly country pub.

O’Reilly’s Autumn Bird Week – March 4 to 9
Join bird lovers at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat’s popular Autumn Bird Week. O’Reilly’s and the Lamington National Park is home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds. Explore the World Heritage-listed park and witness migratory birds as they prepare to leave for wintering grounds.

CMC Rocks Queensland – March 16 to 18
Bringing the worlds biggest country music stars to Willowbank!
Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, and many more will perform in 2018!

Showtime on the Mountain – March 17
A fabulous day of fun and frolicks in the Irish way! Celebrate with style at the Tamborine Mountain Show St Patricks Day Celtic Festival.

Rose Care Workshops – March 17
Learn from the experts at Barton’s Rose Farm. Enjoy tea and conversation as you discover the secrets to keeping beautiful roses.

Beaudesert Show Campdraft – March 23 to 24
Campdrafting action at the Beaudesert Showgrounds.

Moogerah Passion Play – March 24 to April 1
The Moogerah Passion Play is a dramatic account of the Passion of Christ (His life, death and resurrection). This play is performed in a natural, open-air amphitheatre on the banks of Lake Moogerah and features more than 100 local actors, as well as donkeys and chooks.

Visit the Scenic Rim in February, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are some of the exciting February events happening in the region.

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.

Spend summer in the Scenic Rim

Long summer days, clear skies and stunning surrounds make the Scenic Rim the perfect place to spend the holidays. As well as our natural assets, there’s plenty of events and activities happening during December and January.

Check out these great summer  events.

 

Ivorys Rock ChristmasChristmas Celebrations – various

The Scenic Rim community really knows how to get in the festive spirit. Fun, family-friendly Christmas events are planned for town throughout the region.

Rotary Beaudesert Carols in the Park – December 6

Join the Beaudesert Rotary Club in Jubilee Park for Christmas carols.

Christmas Fair Ivory’s Rock – December 9

Head to Ivory’s Rock Peak Crossing for an afternoon of Christmas fun. Santa will visit, there will be fireworks, rides, amusement for the kids, a waterslide, Christmas carols, live music and market and food stalls. Entry is free.

Tamborine Mountain Community Christmas Concert & Bethlehem Trail – 9 December

Take the family to this community performance celebrating the story of Christmas. Food vendors, free entertainment and stable animals.

Boonah Christmas Street Festival – December 14

The Boonah High Street closes for this annual Christmas celebration. Watch the parade of floats and community groups down the street before you do a spot of late night shopping and try out all the rides. Santa will be there too!

Kalbar Carols by Candlelight – December 17

Start the evening at the Salvation Army Hall from 5pm with complimentary food. Join the candlight walk to Kalbar State School for carols from 7pm.

Lake Wyaralong

Lake Wyaralong Rowing Course

Wyaralong Rowing Club Premiership Regatta – December 2

Join the spectators at the Wyaralong Dam for the Wyaralong Rowing Club Premiership Regatta. Competitors from around Queensland will compete.

mt alford markets

Mt Alford Artisans Market

Summer Mt Alford Artisans Market – December 2

The popular Mt Alford Artisans Market returns for a special pre-Christmas event. The markets support stall holders who recycle, upcycle, reuse and create handmade, organic and local products.

Beaudesert Races Christmas at the Course – December 5

Free entry, 7 TAB races, bookies, tote, bars, food, wine and a Christmas hamper raffle. $50pp banquet lunch.

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Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde Show at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley – December 15

Join these two Aussie rock and roll legends for a fun night of music and comedy, with special guest Denise Drysdale. It’s a family-friendly event, come early and have a meal.

Beaudesert Races Australia Day Meet – January 26

Go trackside at Beaudesert Racetrack for a fun and relaxed Australia Day race meet.

2018 QLD Rowing Championships – January 20 to 21

Watch some of Queensland’s best rowers compete for the state titles at Wyaralong Dam.

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.

September is a busy month in the Scenic Rim. Get your creative juices flowing with the Ritchie’s IGA Arts Festival in Boonah, or perhaps scarecrows are your thing? You’ll love the Tamborine Mountain scarecrow festival. The annual O’Reilly’s Stinson Walk is happening this month,  as is the Beaudesert Show.

Read on for a full list of everything that’s happening in the Scenic Rim during September. Read more