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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, 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.

Book in for a class with Caz Osborne of Kooroomba Gully! Click here for all her upcoming classes. You can go to her beautiful kitchen in Boonah, or she’ll come to you!

Carolyn Davidson at Towri Sheep Cheeses offers cheese-making workshops on her farm, just outside Beaudesert.

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

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

Scenic Rim photographer Sabine Bannard. Image by Annabelle Hickson.

Sabine Bannard is a Tamborine Mountain-based photographer who captures beautiful vignettes of the local area, Scenic Rim people, creatives and producers.
Her photography shows the region in a gorgeous light and celebrates the region’s diversity.
Sabine is known for her moody botanical pictures, capturing the simplicity of a fleeting moment, and for her storytelling of local communities and the individuals within them.
Sabine moved to Tamborine Mountain in 2005, after arriving to Australia with her Australian husband, Martin, in 2003, together with their young children. Martin had spent his teenage years working on the mountain at the local Rock Shop and at Thunderbird Park. Their son Will not works at the rock shop!
Sabine trained in hospitality, working for Michelin Star restaurants and trained in wines through her father’s boutique wine business.
“I always joke that I grew up in a wine barrel,” she says. “I spent most of my childhood visiting wineries all over Germany and eating local food at amazing restaurants and pubs. My dad always wanted us to try everything, especially what the locals ate.”
During the 1990s Sabine worked as a presenter and producer for a German music television station in Cologne. She also worked as a DJ, presenting a weekly house and techno show which ultimately led her to Australia where she met her husband, then working as a party promoter.
“I’m still greatly inspired by music and my love for storytelling comes from my time doing TV, where I filed reports about DJs and places all over Europe and even Autralia.”
Sabine’s love for good food, people and places found a visual outlet on Instagram, where she is known as @_housefrau.
She discovered a love for photography and spends her days behind the lens of her Canon camera, capturing tailored content. She jokes that she’s known locally as ‘the German living on the mountain behind the sea.”

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

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat & have coffee

I actually love a good warm savoury breakfast and could have this any time of the day. So here is a list of my favourite places.
I love exploring new places to eat, have a coffee and enjoy the scenery. There are so many places I haven’t been but keen to check out.
Favourites up on Mount Tamborine, where we live are definitely: Wild Plum Kitchen, Green Lane Coffee, The Treehouse and most definitely the delicious creations at The Vintage Pickle and Marsala Shanti.
I also love to check out The Story Tree in Boonah and breakfast with a view at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge is high on my list too. Actually all meals here are great.
 

Sabine enjoys the food at Tamborine Mountain Indian restaurant Marsala Shanti.

My favourite place in the Scenic Rim is …

I would have to say Mount Tamborine, where we live. It’s truly magical. The drive up from Tamborine Village, when the shrubby dry forest changes to subtropical rainforest, it always gives me goose bumps.
The views up here are also amazing, the beautiful valley on one side and the ocean on the other.
When I think about favourite places, it’s the feeling this region gives me. Driving though the Scenic Rim is an experience not to miss, the wide open land, how the colours change from winter to summer and everything in-between. The high open sky, it feels like Australia to me. Whenever I have someone visiting from Europe (where I originally come from) I make sure to show the them the true side of Australia (how I like to call it, it’s not all beach  and palms).
 

Sabine works with ethical Tamborine Mountain denim producer Outland Denim.

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

I love that is so open, wide, raw, beautiful, fertile and of course the hardworking people, who are so proud of their land and produce. The people, their passion, the and land and their produce are inseparable in the Scenic Rim. That’s what I love the most about it.
Oh and not to forget all the small roadside stalls with honesty boxes. One day I will drive around the whole Scenic Rim and document and photograph them all.

Sabine captured Christine Sharp and Brenda Fawdon during Eat Local Week.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

Ah, so many. The lookout on Mount Tamborine is very special to me or us as a family. We used to rent nearby and I would take the kids to the lookout at least once week to run around, feel the wind and watch the sunset.
The drive from Tamborine to Beaudesert is glorious too, that old shed on the way!!! And how gorgeous is Lake Moogerah and the view at Binna Burra Lodge.
And Beechmont!

If you’re heading to the Brisbane Ekka come and say hi to Scenic Rim Council’s tourism and events team.

You’ll find us in the Agricultural Pavillion, where we’ll be celebrating the Scenic Rim’s producers, diverse experiences and natural beauty.

We’ll be sharing local stories and information with exhibition patrons, as well as our popular reuseable produce bags (shaped like veggies).

Scenic Rim dairy farmer, Kay Tommerup, is the face of this year’s Ekka and features prominently on billboards and videos promoting the Ekka. Her husband, 5th generation farmer Dave Tommerup, also features in the Meet the Farmers campaign, alongside Darlington cattle farmer Ian Harrison of Ladybrook Farm.

 

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Which of our itineraries will you try?

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

     

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

     

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

     

  4. Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the village town of Canungra.
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    O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard

     

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

    Binna Burra Sky Lodges, a perfect place to stay.

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

    Queen Mary Falls

     

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

    The Lost World

     

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

    Meet the animals on the Farm Gate Tour

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.

 

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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.

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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.

Things to do in the Scenic Rim in November

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

Beaudesert Races Derby Day – November 4

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

Derby Day Beaudesert Race Club

Derby Day Beaudesert Race Club

Boonah Bookfest – November 4 and 5

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

Boonah Bookfest

Boonah Bookfest

Canungra Country Fair – November 4

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

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

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

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O’Reilly’s 40th Annual Bird Week

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

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

O'Reilly's Family Fun Day

O’Reilly’s Family Fun Day

Flinders Peak Winery Christmas Markets – November 11

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

Finders Peak Markets

 

Tommerup’s Christmas on the Farm – November 25

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

Christmas on Tommerup Farm

Christmas on Tommerup Farm

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

October is another busy month in the Scenic Rim. Here’s a wrap-up of some of the awesome activities and events on offer in the Scenic Rim this month. Put them in your calendar!

Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley Pro-Am – October 3 to 4


Peter Senior, Wayne Grady and Jeff Thomson will be competing in the Ramada Resort Pro-Am.
It’s part of the Ladbrokes PGA Pro-Am Series and will be a mixed golf competition between professionals, celebrities, and amateurs. They will take on the challenge of the 18-hole championship course, with a $25,000 pro purse, plenty of prizes and a chance to win a golf cart.

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Swap Meet & Military Vehicle Show – October 12 to 15


You know how it works. Collectors and enthusiasts gather to swap tales and collectibles. The difference here is you’ll find a comprehensive collection of military vehicles. This swap meet is organised by the Military Jeep Club of Queensland. This is the 42nd annual Swap Meet & Military Vehicle Show and this year’s event will feature a vintage plane flyover on Saturday the 14th. It all happens at the Beaudesert Showgrounds. Camping is available.

Craft Extravaganza Christmas Fair – October 6 to 8


The Craft Extravaganza Christmas Fair will showcase the hand-made craft from 50 local crafters, all of it available to buy at reasonable prices. The fair will have a Christmas theme, so it’s a great chance to get the jump on your festive shopping. Refuel at the Crafty Café and know that your shopping will be supporting the Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire brigade and other local charities.

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Rathdowney Rodeo – October 7


Rathdowney is set for yet another great rodeo with a line of contestants eager to display their talents in the arena. See the skilled competitors bareback riding, barrel racing, roping and steer wrestling. Browse the market stalls and food trucks and the kids will love the activities on offer.

Ski Racing QLD – October 14 & 15


Lake Moogerah is the venue for the second round of the Ski Racing Queensland event. Fun is the name of the game and there’s plenty of come and try events, as well as mixed up 2 races, pursuit races and a marathon.

Kalbar Swap Meet & Market – October 15


Put this one in your diary – the Kalbar Swap Meet is the place you can swap and trade your most treasured possessions. It may be a small town, but the meet is huge, taking up most of the Kalbar Showgrounds.

You’ll find cars, trucks, bikes, old engines, tractors, market stalls and bric-a-brac. The car show presentation is from 10am.

Kalbar Country Day – October 21


Keep your eyes peeled around Kalbar for the incredible hay sculptures that are starting to emerge. It’s the precursor to the popular Kalbar Country Day. Head down to Kalbar’s main drag for market stalls, craft, art, food and live entertainment.

It’s a great chance to start your festive shopping and source some unique gifts for friends and family.

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Canungra Country Fair – October 21


Canungra Country Fair has something for everyone, including rides, food trucks, market stalls, live music and a petting zoo.
Enjoy the festival atmosphere and if you’re hungry try your luck in the Outpost Pie eating competition.

Long Table Lunch on Tommerup’s Dairy Farm with Wild Canary on the Road – October 21

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm in the Lost World is partnering with Wild Canary Botanical Restaurant to present a beautiful long-table lunch on the farm.
Chef Glen Barratt will prepare an amazing feast, featuring the Tommerup family’s own heritage-breed pork, pasture-raised veal and a selection of other fresh Scenic Rim produce.
Take a farm tour, meet the Tommerup family and their menagerie of cows, pigs, chooks and sheep. Before you head home stock up on local produce at the Farm Larder.
If you’d like to stay the night, book into one of the restored farm cottages, or a luxury tent, supplied by Glamping Days Hire Co.
Bookings are essential.

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Zombie Movie Campout & Zombie Walk – October 28 & 29


Expect the unexpected. That’s the advice of organisers of the Zombie Movie Campout and Zombie Walk. Zombie mania hits Flinders Peak the weekend of October 28 and 29.  Go dressed as zombie or human – your choice.

Save the Date – Boonah Bookfest 2017, November 4 & 5

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

_L1A3758There’s still another week of school holidays and parents we know what that means.

Parents, you’re looking for inspiration!

Here are five of our favourite family friendly Scenic Rim holiday activities – and the best news, they won’t break the bank!

  1. Let’s walk: The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks and hundreds of spectacular walks. There’s a walk to suit most age groups and fitness levels. Some of our favourites include the Mt Edwards Track which starts at the Moogerah Dam wall, the Tamborine National Park walking tracks, the Rainforest Circuit walk in the Main Range National Park and the Mee-bor-rum Circuit in the Mount French section of the Moogerah Peaks National Park. Local’s knowledge is invaluable so stop in at a Visitor Information Centre or local outdoor adventure shop before you go walking.
  2. Farm Tours: The farm fun doesn’t stop just because Eat Local Week is over. A number of farms are open to the public year-round, including Summerland Camel Farm, Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, Ayton Farm, Allamburra Organics and the Naughty Little Kids Goat Farm.
  3. Go camping: Sure it’s a little bit chilly at this time of year but if you rug up you’ll have a blast, camping out in one of the local camping grounds. You’ll find some great ones in the local national parks and on the banks of our lakes – Moogerah, Maroon and Wyaralong. Drop a line while you’re there. Mt Barney Lodge, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat also offer low-cost camping facilities, as well as cabin accommodation for those who enjoy a little more comfort.
  4. Hit the books: The Scenic Rim’s libraries are open all week and the staff are ready to welcome you and help you discover some new adventures on the well-stocked bookshelves.
  5. Holiday Programs: Sometimes the best way to manage the school holidays is to outsource the entertainment to the experts. Luckily the Scenic Rim is home to some amazing kid wranglers, who will have them climbing, jumping and leaping into holiday fun. Check out the holiday programs at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, Mt Barney Lodge and Thunderbird Park.

Clydesdale SpectacularJune is a busy month in the Scenic Rim, with a bumper calendar of events on offer.

Country shows come to the western part of the region this month, with Boonah Show on June 2 and 3 and the Kalbar Show on June 23 and 24.

These popular country shows feature extensive horse and cattle entries, wonderful poultry, cooking and horticulture pavilions, as well as exciting nighttime programs.

On June 11 David and Sue McMaugh are hosting La Bunjura, a festival of local wine and food on the grounds surrounding their vineyard.

The event is open and free to attend. Local producers will be on-site selling food and other Scenic Rim delights. Local artists will be exhibiting their work and of course you’ll be able to try the Bunjurgen Estate wines, verjuice, ports and natural grape juice.

On Saturday June 17 and 18 head to the Boonah Showgrounds for the Clydesdale Spectacular.

This showcase of the best of the breed is Queensland’s premier breed-specific show. As well as seeing these incredible horses in action you’ll also be able to enjoy demonstrations in whip cracking, blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, country music and enjoy the poetry and storytelling.

Stay for a campfire dinner, or some Scottish fare.

Also on June 17 is the Scenic Rim Star Party. Hosted by the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association at Laravale, visitors can enjoy the night sky show.

The Beaudesert Camera Club will host an astrophotography workshop and a radio telescope is under construction. Sun and night sky viewing is planned.

It’s all happening from 3pm.

If you’ve explored the Scenic Rim then chances are you’ve driven through the town of Beaudesert.
It’s a common stop-off point for fuel and grocery supplies on your way to a Scenic Rim camping ground or hiking hot spot.
But Beaudesert local Susie Cunningham reckons more visitors should plan to spend a day in her hometown.
She says if you know where to look you’ll discover Beaudesert has some unique country charms.
Here is Susie’s recipe for a perfect day in Beaudesert. Read more

April is set to be a busy month in the Scenic Rim. There are plenty of events and experiences on offer throughout the region during April.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the highlights:

Moogerah Passion PlayMoogerah Passion Play
Easter in the Scenic Rim isn’t complete without a visit to the Moogerah Passion Play.

The Moogerah Passion Play Association will celebrate its 25th year with performances across the Easter period on April 8, 9, 14 and 15.

The dramatic account of the Passion of Christ is performed by more than 100 local actors and staged by volunteer technicians and assistants.

Performances are conducted in the open-air auditorium on the banks of Lake Moogerah.

Gates open at 4pm and entry is free.

Find out more

 

QLD Moto Park Holiday Camp
The popular holiday camp returns to the Queensland Moto Park at Coulson from April 10 to 12.

Budding riders aged four and up will benefit from tuition by Rod Jenner, Jemma Wilson and Barry Surawski.

The camp is open to riders of all skill levels.

Bookings essential.

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AQUIS showjumpingAQUIS Champions Tour
Take a front row seat for some spectacular showjumping action.

The AQUIS Champions Tour is the richest show jumping event in Australia, with more than $150,000 in prize money on offer.

The event is staged across a number of days from April 21 to 23 and again on April 26 to 30 at the beautiful Elysian Fields complex just outside Canungra.

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Mt Alford Artisans Market
The Mt Alford Artisans Market returns on April 22 to the Mt Alford School of Arts.

The ‘green’ market features artists and primary producers from throughout the region. Original artworks include felted creations, screen-printed garments, woven and forged objects. You’ll also find chutneys, honey, vintage clothing, delicious food and more.

The market runs from 10am.

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ipswich100 cycle raceHeritage 100 Cycle Race
The Ipswich 100 Charity Ride will pass through the Scenic Rim.

This fundraising event features rides of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.

The 169km Imperial 100 Challenge will leave Ipswich and pass through Harrisville, Kalbar, Mt Alford and Boonah.

Funds raised support a range of beneficiaries, including Lions International, the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, Epilepsy Queensland, State Emergency Service and others.

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Boonah Writers Festival
The Boonah Writers Festival is on April 29 and 30 and offers budding writers two days of exciting sessions featuring authors Mary Rose MacColl and Nick Earls, who will be the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner.

A range of Q&A sessions are planned on topics ranging from short stories and horror, to playwriting, romance writing and crime writing. Learn more about contract publishing, self-publishing and working with an agent.

Registration for the two days and the Saturday night dinner is $275. Dinner only is $55.

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