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

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

1. Have a day of family fun on the farm

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm. Photo: Ekka

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

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

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

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Beers at Scenic Rim Brewery. Photo by Christine Sharp.

2. Quench dad’s thirst

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

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

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

Find out more about our local breweries

Find out more about our local beer, wine and spirits

Be inspired by our local goodie gift guide here

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Relax beside the creek

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

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Binna Burra.

5. Take dad camping

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

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

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

 

Take your dad for a pub lunch.

6. Shout dad a pub lunch

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

Find out about the Scenic Rim’s pubs here

Meet the Tommerup family.

Kay and Dave Tommerup run Tommerup’s Dairy Farm and Farmstay.

Dave is a sixth-generation dairy farmer and together this husband and wife duo work the Kerry farm which has been in the Tommerup family since the 1880s.

The Tommerup’s milk is sent to Norco, a farmer-owned co-operative focused on making sustainable returns to farmers.

Kay and Dave regularly open their farm to visitors in a bid to break down the city-country divide and to share their piece of paradise with others. They have restored two historic properties on the farm and offer them to visitors who wish to linger longer.

The Tommerups are preparing for two exciting upcoming events – Mother’s Day Picnic on the Farm on May 12 and the Wild Canary Long Table Lunch on May 25.

The Mother’s Day event is a relaxed day on the farm where visitors can pre-order picnic hampers, meet the local farm menagerie, help feed the calves, browse the market stalls and enjoy a day in the country.

The Wild Canary Long Table Lunch is a popular, all-day event which features a four-course lunch by Wild Canary head chef Glenn Barrett. The Tommerup’s will have a selection of their products available at both days, including their heritage pork, sausages, ham, milk, cheese and cream from their new creamery, which will be launched on the day. Tommerup’s Creamery will be the only on-farm creamery in Queensland producing buttermilk and cultured butter exclusively from their own herd.

We asked Kay and Dave to share their local tips for the best places to eat, drink and enjoy the views in the Scenic Rim.

Book your spot at the Wild Canary Long Table Lunch on Tommerup’s Dairy Farm.

Kay’s favourite Scenic Rim place to eat is …

Right now I’m loving a quick afternoon tea visit to VK Everydays Cafe in Beaudesert. Their lemon and ginger cheesecake is my weakness and there’s always a smiling face and a warm welcome to be had. I love that they support local producers and are working hard to showcase the amazing variety of quality products and produce we have in the Scenic Rim.

Bunjurgen Estate Verjuice.

Our Favourite Scenic Rim drink …

We love making a Bunjurgen Estate Verjuice with sparkling water. It’s a nice way to celebrate with friends when you want something special but not alcoholic. The Picnic Bubbles from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard go beautifully with our picnic hampers which feature our own charcuterie and delicious Scenic Rim goodies. It’s a favourite with our farm stay guests.

The Tommerup’s milk is sold via Norco.

Our favourite place for a coffee in the Scenic Rim …

Actually our drink of choice is a milkshake (no surprises there…) and BeanTo in Beaudesert make a great milkshake. Not only do they use Norco milk, but the flavour is spot on. The retro décor makes it a lovely spot to take a break.

Discover the Lost World.

What we love about the Scenic Rim ….

There’s such variety throughout the region. Whether it be the landscape, the people, the history or the food, there’s really something for everyone. You can drive to a different part of the region and feel like you’re in a completely different geographical place. It’s so diverse.

One mountain after another.

Our favourite Scenic Rim view is …

There are so many that could be on this list but our favourite is definitely looking from our picnic paddock up to the Lost World and the Border Ranges beyond. The mountains often have a beautiful blue hue about them. There’s something about that view that’s just so relaxing. It’s easy to see why our guests are happy to while away the hours there.

The Stinson Airliner went missing in 1937 while flying over the McPherson Range.

Dave’s favourite SR walk is …

While I do plenty of walking on the farm, I don’t get a lot of time for walking as a hobby. I really enjoyed doing the Stinson walk a couple of years ago. My grandfather was part of the rescue team that carried out the survivors of the Stinson crash over 80 years ago. My son, Harry, and I walked the track for Harry’s 18th birthday and it held special meaning for both of us. It’s not an easy walk but very rewarding to reach the crash site and think about the history of those who were part of that rescue mission.

Visitors flock to Tommerup’s Dairy for a farming experience.

Why the Scenic Rim is such a great place for farming …

This area has beautiful alluvial soil and good access to water, most of the time. The growth of the Eat Local movement in our region has created opportunities for farmers to place a higher value on their product; a more realistic and sustainable value. We love being part of the farmers/producers network and the camaraderie established through the introduction of Eat Local Week in the Scenic Rim.  There’s so much history over generations of farmers throughout the region, it’s a privilege to continue the family tradition here. The view from our ‘office’ is none too shabby either!

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.

 

Feast in the Field Tommerup'sPlanning for Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is well advanced and this year’s festival features a number of preview events.

The first of these preview events is on sale now.

Feast in the Field, a producers’ long table lunch, is being hosted at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm in the Lost World. Feast on a lunch prepared by Tamborine Mountain chef Brenda Fawdon, the co-author of the Scenic Rim’s EAT LOCAL cookbook.

Prior to lunch, explore the Tommerup’s sixth-generation dairy farm and meet the four-legged residents.

Numbers are limited. Tickets are $125 and include food and drinks.

Find out more about the Feast in the Field and book tickets

Eat Local Week runs from June 24 to July 2. This year’s event features more than 90 individual events, including producer dinners, farm tours, cooking classes and the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 1.

Find out more about Eat Local Week