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

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

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

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

STAY (and play)

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

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We all need a moment to unwind from the epic year we’ve had, don’t you agree?

Here in the Scenic Rim, only an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we’ve got your kid-free holiday adventures sorted, because who says children get to have all the fun? 

Sunset Sips at Witches Falls. Photo by Sabine Bannard.

NO KIDS? NO WORRIES. Book these kid-free summer holiday experiences 

  1. Unwind with Sunset Sips at Witches Falls Winery
    Sunset Sips at Witches Falls Winery is one of Tamborine Mountain’s best-kept secrets. Book in, turn up, relax and enjoy every Friday through spring and summer from 4pm to 7pm. You heard it here!  Read more. 
  2. Escape to the countryside at Vanbery Cottage
    This gorgeous cottage for two adults only is on a stunning 43 acre cattle property near the Scenic Rim township of Boonah. Enjoy boutique private hilltop accommodation with breathtaking valley and mountain views. Book here. 
  3. Indulge at Witches Falls Cottages, Tamborine Mountain
    Book the indulgence on Tamborine Mountain Package for a gorgeous couple’s experience you won’t forget. Stay in the Private Rainforest Spa Cottage  and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast hamper including homemade bread delivered to your cottage each morning. Book here. 
  4. Retreat to Yalbaroo – you can even BYO horse!
    Discover this hidden gem on beautiful Cainbable Creek. Experience fresh air and open space, escape the hustle and bustle, relax, recharge and rejuvenate in this beautiful country getaway, just for couples. Oh, and if you have a horse you can bring that too, as there is on-site stable accommodation available and beautiful trails to explore. Book here. 
  5. Be blown away at Bunyip Retreat 
    The Bunyip Retreat offers couples a luxury getaway in a modern mezzanine apartment with full views to the Fassifern Valley. Mention this blog to get a free generous grazing platter plus a bottle of bubbles with any booking made during December 2020. Book by phoning 0428 328 193 or online. 
  6. Have a cheeky mid-week couple’s getaway
    Mention this blog for a 10 per cent discount on mid-week stays for couples only at Milford Country Cottages. Only available by phoning Milford Country Cottages direct on 0434 621 902 (note: families also holiday here!)
  7. Go on a food and wine adventure
    Let Pineapple Tours do all the thinking (and driving) for your fabulous food and wine tour of the Scenic Rim. Book a full day wine tour departing from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Tamborine Mountain, or do a brewery or distillery tour! They can even take care of your team building or corporate event (hello, Christmas party!) and create a personalized itinerary just for you. Book online or phone 0466 331 232.  
  8. Kick up your heels with Bevvies and Bowls
    Get The Vino Bus from your home or workplace up to Tamborine Mountain, where you’ll tour two wineries, get a gourmet lunch and play a few rounds of barefoot bowls at the iconic Tamborine Mountain Bowls Club. Relax in air conditioned comfort on the bus and take in the gorgeous scenery as you go! Book here. 

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Did somebody say ROAD TRIP? Have a fun day out in the Scenic Rim this summer holidays.

Select your best summer road trip playlist, roll down the windows and feel the fresh country air in your hair. We’re only an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, so your adventures will be easy breezy.

Got time to spare? Book a night or two at these great summer holiday spots!

The TreeTop Challenge. Photo by Jacqui Faulkner for Scenic Road Magazine.

Your ultimate Scenic Rim summer DAY TRIP:

  1. Get an adrenaline hit on the TreeTop Challenge
    Encourage your child’s sense of adventure at Australia’s largest zipline and high ropes adventure, the TreeTop Challenge at Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. Explore the Juniors Park (for 3 to 7 year old children), check out the Adventure Park or get the ultimate thrills on the Canyon Flyer. Bookings essential. 
  2. Frolic in a forest of wild flowers
    You heard right! Just outside Canungra, visit Wild Flower Forest, where you can frolic to your heart’s content in half a hectare of chemicalfree flowers (think sunflowerszinnias and cosmos!) This brilliant new attraction is brought to you by the award-winning edible flower farmers Pretty Produce at Silverwood FarmGate entry is $15 per adult (children 18 and under are free), or BYO picnic entry is $20 per adult. Open Thursday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm.
  3. Get on your bike!
    Book a mountain bike workshop with On the Edge Events (beginners and intermediate) at the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Park. Or if motocross is more your thing, book in for a Coaching Holiday Camp at Queensland Moto Park! 
  4. Connect with local food at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm
    Get to know your local farmer at Tommerup’s Farm Gate events. Shop from the fully-stocked farm larder, indulge in fresh-baked farmhouse cakes and rich Jersey Girl ice creams at the Hut Café and pull up a picnic blanket to relax and take it all in. Put 7 November and 21 November in your diary now, and click here for more information, including future dates. Got a Christmas party to plan? Book The Barn at Tommerup’s for a unique celebration. Contact Tommerup’s direct. 
  5. Get an education in all things glow worms
    The Glow Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain never get old! See thousands of healthy glow worms inside this purpose-built cave at Cedar Creek Estate. It’s an incredible conservation initiative, and an affordable experience for the whole family. Book your tickets here. 
  6. Take to the skies with Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast 
    See the stunning Scenic Rim from the sky with Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast and indulge in breakfast and wine tasting at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. It’s a holiday experience you’ll never forget! Click here for your exclusive Visit Scenic Rim offer. 
  7. Make cheese at Towri Sheep Cheeses
    Develop a delicious new skill at a Towri cheese-making workshop. Take your own hand-made sheep cheese home at the end of the day, along with recipes to practice your new-found skills. Weekday workshops $180 per person, $210 on Saturdays. Children’s workshops $80 per child (6 to 16 years old).  Bookings essential via info@towrisheepcheeses.com.au 
  8. Relax with the family at Witches Falls Winery
    While away the hours under the shade of a tree at Witches Falls Winery with a delicious wine or cider in hand and a gourmet local cheese platter to nibble on. Do a wine tasting and maybe even buy a sneaky bottle or two to take home. Open 7 days a week every day of the holidays except Christmas, and until 6pm Saturday! 
  9. Have a play at Sarabah Estate Vineyard
    Find your happy place at Sarabah Estate Vineyard! Take the whole family for a lazy country breakfast from 8am every Sunday morning, or pop in Friday to Sunday for some fun in the sun. And keep an eye on Sarabah Estate Vineyard’s fun calendar of events, from Yoga in the Vines to Sip and Paint! 
  10. See the Scenic Rim with Drayhorse Shires
    Take a tour of the Shire Horse Farm, tuck into a drovers lunch or morning tea and board your horse-drawn carriage for a scenic tour of the region. Children welcome! Click here to book. 
  11. Make friends with the camels
    Pop into Summer Land Camels 7 days a week for a fantastic farm experience. Have a camel ride (bookings essential), do a farm tour, get a camel selfie, eat delicious local food at the Homestead Café and buy amazing camel products to take home. 
  12. Have fun in the sun at Canungra Valley Vineyards
    Have the ultimate picnic beside the creek at Canungra Valley Vineyards, 7 days a week, with plenty of space for the kids to run around. Book a homestead picnic basket, try the new vegan picnic basket or order from the weekend lunch menu or weekday lunch menu. Feeling fancy? Book one of the new Creekside Long Tables for something special. And remember the iconic Mountview Alpaca Farm, located on the property! Feed the alpacas or even take one for a walk. 
  13. Have lunch at Albert River Winery 
    Have that special end of year lunch with your friends, family or workmates at Albert River Winery, open Wednesday to Sunday. Special two and three course menus available, plus a menu just for the kids. Click here for more. 

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For sixth generation locals the Harrisons, the Scenic Rim is all about family – sharing their family legacy, running their family business and being close to family.

The Harrisons have been in the area since the 1800s, in the days of the original Beaudesert Shire, when their family first settled in the region.

Matt, Sue and Ian Harrison, baby Naia, Kate Harrison and Phill McKeagg. Photo by Christine Sharp for Eat Local, Food Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim, Volume 2.

Now, Sue and Ian Harrison are continuing the legacy for future generations, sharing the beauty of the Scenic Rim through their gorgeous farm stay, Stay at Kirro, on their cattle grazing property Ladybrook Farm, in the Kerry Valley.

They run commercial beef cattle for export and local trade and they also sell their own bred cattle, which are processed in the Scenic Rim and sold at the farm gate on a regular basis.

Stay at Kirro is a beautiful farm stay in the Scenic Rim. Photo supplied by Stay at Kirro.

When you visit Stay at Kirro, you’ll discover the farm is quite the menagerie, with horses, sheep and working dogs also there to welcome you.

The Harrisons breed Australian Stock horses for work horses and camp drafts and they have ventured into Speckled Park cattle, with the pretty calves proving popular with farm stay guests.

They run meat sheep for their grandchildren to have as pets and for Stay at Kirro guests to feed and learn about, and they also have a team of working kelpies to help with the farm work.

We asked Ian and Sue to share some of their local tips for the best places to eat, drink and relax in the Scenic Rim.

What do you love about the Scenic Rim?

We like living in the Scenic Rim because we can be close to our family and friends and close to the Gold Coast for holidays, because we don’t get away very regularly  from our properties.

Our children and grandchildren, being the seventh generation of the Harrisons, all play an important part in our farm operation. Even though they don’t live on the farm, they are just a phone call away if we need a hand to get hay in or brand some new cattle, or fix our computers.

What’s your favourite place to eat/ drink in the Scenic Rim?

We like to go to VK Everydays in Beaudesert for lunch, and one of the pubs in town (Beaudesert Hotel or Railway Hotel) for dinner.

What’s your favourite Scenic Rim spot?

Having a large cattle property, we tend not to go out that much. We attend all the local camp drafts and we love to go to Barton’s Rose Farm at Kalbar to have a look and pick up a new rose bush or two. We love any of the local nurseries, or just a drive around the Scenic Rim.

Scenic Rim local Lisa Bradley has a thing for flying. And when you see the stunning patchwork of Scenic Rim mountains, lakes and farmland from the sky, you can start to understand why.

She’s been teaching paragliding and hang gliding for more than 20 years, and for the last seven years she’s operated Oz Paragliding and Hang Gliding in the Scenic Rim.

Oz Paragliding and Hang Gliding Chief Flying Instructor Lisa Bradley, front.

Lisa, 43, loves sharing her love of flying with her students at the Oz Sky Ranch flight park – a purpose-built teaching facility at Boyland, about 15 minutes out of Canungra.

She is the only qualified Chief Flying Instructor in both paragliding and hang gliding in Australia and New Zealand, and leads a strong team of flying instructors who she has trained and mentored herself.

Her consuming passions are paragliding and hang gliding (and teaching both of those sports) and she also loves gardening, flying small planes, yoga, kayaking, animals and farming.

You’re most likely to see her on the job, sharing her love of flying, but you might also see her shopping for plants for the Oz Sky Ranch at Mitre 10 in Beaudesert.

Related: Check out these amazing offers for Oz Paragliding and Hang Gliding

We asked Lisa to share some of her local tips for the best places to eat, drink and relax in the Scenic Rim.

What do you love about the Scenic Rim?

I love the mountains and lakes and the friendly country people. It is one of the best places in Australia to go hang gliding and paragliding, and you can fly all year round.

What’s your favourite place to eat/ drink in the Scenic Rim?

I love all the cafes in Canungra. Canungra Hub, Bean in Canungra, The Outpost Café and Café Metz Canungra are great, and I also love Flying Bean Café at Beechmont. The Polish Place on Tamborine Mountain is really special, and Albert River Wines and the Bearded Dragon Hotel at Tamborine are my go-to spots for a great meal. They are all different in their own ways and it is nice to mix it up after flying.

What’s your favourite Scenic Rim spot?

The Oz Sky Ranch flight park in Boyland, at the base of Tambourine Mountain. It’s always been my dream to build a flight park where everyone could go tandem hang gliding and paragliding, and to share the dream of flying like a bird. The Oz Sky Ranch is a place that makes people’s dreams come true, and it’s been my dream to do that all along.

Related: Check out these amazing offers for Oz Paragliding and Hang Gliding

Steve Noakes is a Binna Burra local. If you take the winding road up from Canungra to Binna Burra, chances are you’ll bump into him having a cuppa or a cold one with other locals at Binna Burra Kitchen. Or you might even catch him proudly walking the grounds of Binna Burra Lodge – an icon of the Scenic Rim and, in fact, the world.

Steve has been involved with Binna Burra Lodge for 50 years, on and off, and is into his third year as Binna Burra Lodge chairman.

Scenic Rim local and Binna Burra Lodge Chairman Steve Noakes. Photo: Susie Cunningham.

Steve and his wife Suzanne have lived in that beautiful part of the Scenic Rim for 22 years and sent their three children to the local Beechmont State School. One of their adult kids is now a teacher there, and some of her students work for Binna Burra Lodge. It’s just that kind of place.

Steve and Suzanne play an active part in the local community. Suzanne, who is a true blue local (her mum was born in Beaudesert), is a life member of the Beechmont Parents & Citizens Association and on the Beechmont ANZAC Day Committee.

Both Steve and Suzanne are members of the Lamington Natural History Association (Suzanne is vice-chair), which provides the visitor information services for Queensland Parks & Wildlife on the Binna Burra side of Lamington National Park. They are also members of the Beechmont Area Progress Association.

Suzanne is an active volunteer rural fire fighter and secretary of the Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade, which played an instrumental role in fighting the bushfires which devastated the communities of Beechmont and Binna Burra – including Binna Burra Lodge – in 2019.

We asked Steve to share some of his local tips for the best places to eat, drink and relax in the Scenic Rim. Unsurprisingly, Binna Burra features pretty highly on the list!

What do you love about the Scenic Rim?
The Scenic Rim is close enough to big city services, but far enough away for solitude, peacefulness and inspiration.  It’s an accessible diversion from negativity and bad news! You can connect with what matters – where nature thrives, the human spirit can thrive also.

What’s your favourite place to eat/ drink in the Scenic Rim?
I enjoy the many neat little cafes in Canungra, but my favourites are at Binna Burra Lodge and also at the Binna Burra Kitchen at the old school site in Beechmont. Binna Burra has a long tradition of sourcing and serving local farm products and that is getting stronger as it reopened from the terrible bushfire devasation in 2019.

What’s your favourite Scenic Rim spot?
The Binna Burra side of the Lamington National Park which is within the Gondwana World Heritage Listed rainforests. It’s a large area of warm temperate rainforest which still contain ancient and primitive plants and animals from which the Earth evolved. How special is that?

Binna Burra Lodge reopens from 1 September, 2020. To book, visit www.binnaburralodge.com.au

Spending more time with the people we love in places that make us feel alive, connected and enriched has never been more important. 

Welcome to the Richest Place on Earth, In Australia is a celebration of the people and places of the Scenic Rim, where our true richness lies. 

During months of lockdown, many of us developed a newfound respect for what really matters: connecting with people and with the world around us in an authentic and meaningful way. 

Welcome to the Richest Place on Earth, in Australia is us, the people of the Scenic Rim, sharing our home with you.  

It’s about the rich satisfaction of visiting the Scenic Rim and enjoying what’s most important – the things money can’t buy.

 

What really sets us apart here – aside from our stunning World Heritage Listed National Parks, our enticing places to stay and play and our award-winning food and wineis our people. 

Whether you’re buying fresh sheep cheese from Carolyn and Dallas at Towri Sheep Cheeses, farm-fresh delights from Kay, Dave and their family at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm larder, having a beer with Mike at Scenic Rim Brewery, bundling the kids into the car for a family holiday to remember at the iconic Thunderbird Park, run by Judi and Bob Minnikin on Tamborine Mountain or booking a delightful Kalbar getaway at Herrmann House, owned by passionate Scenic Rim visionary April Cornwell, you’ll love our locals. 

The people of the Scenic Rim welcome you with open arms. When you book a Scenic Rim holiday or hop in the car for a day trip, we want you to leave feeling enriched and counting down the days until your return. 

So, hop to it! Explore our hand-picked offers and book your visit to the Scenic Rim to discover why we’re the Richest Place on Earth, in Australia. 

Click here to explore our holiday deals 

There are so many fabulous Scenic Rim goodies available for you to enjoy from home.

Whether you want handcrafted skincare or boutique hand sanitiser, fashion or food, craft beers or cab sav, we’ve got you sorted!

Check out our A to Z of Scenic Rim online shopping below, to get you started. 

Enjoy the Nourished by Nightfall range in your own home. Photo: @shecriedwolf for Nightfall Camp.

Natural small batch soaps and skincare products handmade in beautiful Canungra. Sonia also sells useful items for the kitchen, laundry and bathroom! Shop here: https://beautifulbatches.myshopify.com  

Buy these stylish hoodies, socks, t-shirts and mugs featuring Binna Burra’s signature parrot and support the rebuild of the iconic Binna Burra Lodge, which tragically burned down in the bushfires of September 2019. All designs are created in-house by Binna Burra’s remaining core staff team! Shop here: https://www.binnaburralodge.com.au/shop/  

Delightful chambourcinshiraz rosé, soft warm climate shiraz, rich and earthy fortifieds and versatile verjuice, all proudly made solely from grapes grown on David McMaugh’s property near Boonah. Shop here: https://www.bunjurgenestate.com.au/wines  

Buy O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards wine online. Photo by Kellarni Creative. Location: Country Mile Escape. Styling: Hobbs Building and Interiors. Products: My Country Escape.

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat has gone into hibernation for the first time in 94 years, but the spirit of O’Reilly’s is still strong! Show your support by buying O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards premium wines online: https://oreillys.com.au/things-to-do/oreillys-wine/  

Imagine you’re exploring the Scenic Rim each time you wash your hands! Unique soap, bath and body products handmade in the country town of Boonah. Gemma’s products are named after Scenic Rim landmarks and feature ingredients from Scenic Rim producers. Shop here: https://cocoandmyrtle.com  

Think elegant Hamptons style in the main street of Boonah. Shop their goodies via Facebook and treat yourself or a loved one to beautiful gifts and homewares, delivered to your door!  Shop here: https://www.facebook.com/DuckJunction/

This sweet homewares and gifts boutique in the tiny town of Kalbar is full of great stuff for your home, and wonderful pieces you can buy for someone special (or maybe for yourself)! Shop here: https://www.eleganceandgrace4309.com

Get everything you need for your very own backyard campout. Who says staying at home can’t be fun? Connect with Teresa and her team via Facebook and they can post your outdoors essentials out to you from Boonah. Shop here: https://www.facebook.com/faroutdoorsboonah/

Get all the bits for backyard camping from Far Outdoors, Boonah. Photo: Susie Cunningham.

Now is the perfect time to style your home just the way you like it. Draw inspiration from Canungra locals Nikki and Luke,and shop their range of beautiful homewares. Shop here: https://www.hobbshome.com.au 

Look fabulous in iso. The locals swear by Amber’s store, Illahie Lifestyle and Fashion on  Tamborine Mountain. Shop her beautiful collection of women’s clothing and accessories at her online store, Ruby Lou Boutique. Shop here: https://rubylouboutique.com.au/ 

Keep the nasties away with Jade’s carefully selected array of essential oils products, which she usually sells out of the Kalbar shopfront she shares with Sarah from Elegance and Grace! Jade even has essential oils necklaces! Shop her store here: https://www.lovejade.com.au

Delightfully scented handpoured soy candles and diffusers, hand wash and moisturisers all made in the Scenic Rim! Shop here: https://www.jarvislane.com  

Up the ante on your home skin and beauty regime with sophisticated organic skincare products made by Jasmin Organics at their organic farm and factory on Tamborine Mountain. Free shipping on Australian orders over $100! Shop here: https://jasminorganics.com

Find all the bits and bobs you need to attract and learn about native bees from home! Bee-friendly seed bomb kits, educational resources and even bee hotels! Shop online from Alex, Canungra’s friendly bee lady: https://www.littlebeessecretgarden.com/shop

A lovely German lady living in the tiny Scenic Rim town of Mt Alford hand crochets these beautiful baskets, beanies, bags and more. Shop Jennifer’s elegant collection via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moshki_design/  

Moshki Design hand crocheted jute baskets. Photo: @moshki_design

Gifts, homewares and locally made goods expertly curated by owner/ director Rebecca Isijanovski. Think gorgeous neutral tones and raw materials – plenty of timber, ceramics, basketry and leather. Shop here: https://www.mountainhouseco.com.au  

Michelle’s delightful shop in the heart of Canungra stocks only the most beautiful products, from fine linens and elegant accessories to giftwares and local artisan soaps. And now it’s all online! Follow My Country Escape on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates, and shop here: https://www.mycountryescape.com.au  

The next best thing to staying at Nightfall Camp is making your own home smell like a luxurious escape to the crystal-clear headwaters of Christmas Creek. Enter the Nighfall Nourished range, usually found in Nightfall’s safari tents, now available online! Host Jaide has partnered with masseuse Belinda to create this range of body wash, shampoo and conditioner, bath salts, body lotion and even critter spray. All products feature botanical aromas to reflect the nature immersion you get at Nightfall. Shop here: https://nightfall.com.au/nourished/  

Simple, affordable pure goats milk soaps handcrafted on a small goat farm at Coochin in the Scenic Rim. Kim makes these products using milk from her Heritage Anglo Nubian goats. Perfect for sensitive skin! Shop here: https://ourgoatsoap.com/shop/  

The brainchild of Tamborine Mountain locals Erica and James Bartle, Outland Denim is a global ethical fashion label. When you buy their premium denim products, you help provide sustainable employment and training opportunities to women who have experienced exploitation. Shop here: https://www.outlanddenim.com.au

Get the best jeans ever from Outland Denim, a global ethical fashion label based on Tamborine Mountain. Photo: Outland Denim.

Beautiful infused Rathlogan Grove olive oils and gorgeous giftwares and homewares available by post, delivery or local pick-up via The Shed Café (by appointment). Hop on The Shed Café Facebook page, find something you like and text Lou on 0403 163 151 to order! Shop here: https://www.facebook.com/theshedcaferathdowney/ 

Shop your favourite local craft beers from the comfort of your own home. Mike’s quirky creations are all available online, and you can even have a virtual beer tasting. Shop here: https://www.scenicrimbrewery.com.au/shop 

Your one stop online shop for all things lavender! Select from Kathy and Nathan’s extensive range of quality products all made in the Scenic Rim using their very own lavender. Shop here: http://www.scenicrimlavender.com.au  

Skincare products made with fresh camel milk produced locally in the Scenic Rim! Let these gorgeous artisan products balance your skin biome. Shop here: https://summerlandcamels.com.au/product-category/natural-skincare/#shop_products  

Shop the full range of Summer Land Camels skincare. Photo: Summer Land Camels.

Start your days at home with a nice hot cup of coffee from Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation! Buy a bag of their Mountain Blend coffee beans online and brew your own perfect cuppa at home. Shop here: https://www.tamborinemountaincoffee.com.au/shop-1

Award-winning liqueurs featuring Australian botanicals, all crafted on Tamborine Mountain! And now they’re doing boutique hand sanitiser, too. Shop here: https://www.tamborinemountaindistillery.com/Products  

Mediterranean wines – Vermentino, Fiano, Montepulciano and Tempranillo – from grapes grown on the banks of Lake Wyaralong in the Scenic Rim. Indulge yourself! Shop here: https://theoverflowestate1895.com.au/product-category/premium-wines/

Get local wine delivered to your door 7 days a week! Tamborine Mountain’s Witches Falls Winery brings you wonderful wine, cider, beer and cheese via their new WOW Home Delivery Service. Same day delivery on orders made before 11am. Shop here: https://witchesfalls.com.au 

Turn your home into a beautifully-scented haven with products from Witchscents Organics on Tamborine Mountain. Nikki’s online store has everything! Body care, skin care, organic soaps, soy candles, foot soaks, bath bombs, aromatherapy room sprays, wax melts, organic tea and botanicals, gift wares and sustainable eco products. Shop here: https://www.witchscentsorganics.com 

Related: Get your Scenic Rim fix from home

We wish you could be here with us, exploring the beautiful Scenic Rim, and we can’t wait to have you back.

But as we all do our bit to #stayhome and keep safe amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are other ways to get our Scenic Rim fix from near and far.

 

Sunrise through the fog in the Scenic Rim. Photo by Kate the Light Chaser (Kate Wall).

 

Whether you’re a local (lucky you), a regular visitor (thank you!) or maybe you’ve always wanted to visit (keep that dream alive!) we are One Scenic Rim. Your support means the world to our region.

Here are our tips to get your Scenic Rim fix from home.

1. Shop the Scenic Rim from your living room

Get cosy at home and get shopping from the Scenic Rim. Photo by Kellarni Photography for Hobbs Home.

 

There are so many fabulous goodies available right here in the Scenic Rim, whether you want handcrafted skincare or boutique hand sanitiser, fashion or food, craft beers or cab sav, we’ve got you sorted!

Click here for our A to Z of Scenic Rim online shopping, to get you started.

2. Feed your Scenic Rim foodie appetite

The Green Shed, Tamborine Mountain. Photo: Christine Sharp for Eat Local.

Just because you’re keeping safe at home doesn’t mean you should go without! As we all get back to basics, we realise what’s important – looking after each other and looking after our health. 

We’ve got an abundance of local produce just waiting to feed your bellies and souls through this time. 

Whether you need Scenic Rim goodies to fill your pantry, fridge and freezer or maybe you need someone else in your neighbourhood to do the cooking for you, we’ve got you covered. 

Stay tuned for exciting Scenic Rim foodie news! For now, check out our Eat Local Scenic Rim Accredited Locavores and get inspo from our Scenic Rim Eat Local Week website.

3. Plan your next adventure

The Scenic Rim can’t wait to welcome you back.

Once all of this is over and all of us can all freely travel again, we want you back here experiencing all the Scenic Rim has to offer. In the meantime, check out these ways to stay inspired! 

  • Postpone don’t cancel 

While we cannot travel right now, when the travel bans from Coronavirus have lifted a holiday in the Scenic Rim will be just what you need. Keeping your booking, if you can, will mean the world to our local tourism operators who are doing it tough after drought, bushfires and now COVID-19. 

  • Share your favourite #scenicrim travel memories 

Let’s keep the #scenicrim spirit alive! We all can’t wait to get back out and enjoy our favourite Scenic Rim experiences. In the meantime, share your favourite Scenic Rim memories on social media and be sure to tag @visitscenicrim on Instagram and @visitscenicrim on Facebook! Use the hashtags #scenicrim and #onescenic rim to share your images with us! 

 

Mununjali cousins Jarred Fogarty and Stacie Fogarty, who both grew up in Beaudesert and now work at Dreamworld Corroboree, delivered a smoking ceremony to welcome two platypuses to San Diego Safari Park.

The Mununjali culture of Beaudesert has been shared on the world stage, with two local Mununjali people delivering a smoking ceremony to welcome platypuses to San Diego Safari Park.

Mununjali cousins Jarred Fogarty and Stacie Fogarty, who both grew up in Beaudesert, were an integral part of the historic occasion, alongside Cobble Cobble/ Yuggera man Zaine Davis and Yugambeh Elder Rory O’Connor.

The smoking ceremony was to welcome the delivery of the platypuses Birrarung, an 8-year-old male, and Eve, a 15-year-old female, who were flown in custom-made crates on their own chartered flight from Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

It is believed to be the first time in more than 50 years that platypuses have been introduced to a zoo outside of Australia.

Read: Platypuses come to US: San Diego Union Tribute reports

Stacie and Jarred Fogarty both work in the tourism industry back home, sharing their culture and knowledge at Dreamworld Corroboree on the Gold Coast.

Mr Fogarty, or JBuzsch, as he is known to his family and friends, said it was a special experience sharing culture abroad.

“Mununjali is my way of life, and nothing makes me happier than to share that with other cultures,” he said.

“It was a great exchange and a privilege to be on Kumeyaay land, the land of the San Pasqual band (mob).”

Ms Fogarty said it was a moment to remember.

“Representing my culture internationally was definitely one of the best experiences – culture is what keeps me grounded,” she said.

“It made me proud to stand up and dance for my people back home.”

The Scenic Rim is OPEN for business and eager to welcome visitors from near and far after bushfires devastated parts of the region.

The fires, which destroyed parts of the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge, started at Sarabah and spread through Lamington National Park and parts of Beechmont.

The disaster caused significant property losses in those parts of the region, but thankfully there was no loss of human life.

Firefighters were brought in from across Australia to battle the blaze, and outpourings of support flooded into the small community,

The disaster turned the small township of Canungra into a temporary headquarters for emergency services, volunteers and recovery agencies. Business owners and the community rallied to support one another through the unprecedented experience.

Click here for community recovery information

Binna Burra Lodge has vowed to rebuild. The Friends of Binna Burra Lodge are rallying support and all levels of government are stepping in as part of widespread efforts to help Lodge staff find new work and get the iconic site back up and running.

It continues to be an intense time for the parts of the Scenic Rim directly affected by the bushfires, and also for parts of the region which have been totally untouched by fire but have experienced a drop in visitors as a flow-on effect.

Open for business

The good news is the Scenic Rim is well and truly OPEN for business and everyone would love your support. Come have a great time in our beautiful region. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Beechmont is filled with natural beauty. Photo at Providence Farm Hall by Christine Sharp for Eat Local Volume 2.

Head for the hills of Beechmont

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard in the Scenic Rim

Picnic creek-side at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard. Photo: TEQ.

Spend some time (and money!) in Canungra

Tamborine Mountain offers beautiful, lush scenery. Photo at Witches Falls Winery by Christine Sharp for Eat Local Volume 2.

Go for a country drive in any part of the region – we’re all ready for you!

Thankfully, most of the Scenic Rim has been totally untouched by bushfires. So many glorious country drives await!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

The Scenic Rim is gearing up to host the region’s largest art and cultural festival in October, showcasing hundreds of innovators, creators and performers from around the globe and attracting thousands of like-minded creative folk.

 There will be five fantastic days of conference activities and community celebrations from October 2 to 6. To maximise your time in the Scenic Rim, or if you’re simply day-tripping, enjoy our picks of easily accessible nature walks, farm stays, award-winning wineries and local produce haunts to enhance your visit.

View the full Arts Ablaze program here

Get a quality coffee in Beaudesert.

Wake with a caffeine hit

Fuel your day with a caffeine hit in Beaudesert, which is the closest town to Kooralbyn and is home to about 6000 people.

Bean To? opens super early every day of the week, and you can find a comfy spot among the eclectic mix of artworks and vintage furniture from yesteryear.

VK Everydays serves up plenty of fresh, local fare every day of the week. Relax inside with a hot cuppa or meander out the back for a meal in the sunshine. You won’t want to leave!

Beaudesert Cafe has a fantastic barista who makes a mean latte. Check out the menu, too, where you’ll find some quirky creations like breakfast gnocchi and fried chicken waffles!

Sky Dance.

Adventure over the Scenic Rim with Sky Dance

Add on a stunning flight over the majestic mountains of the Scenic Rim with Sky Dance! Accommodation and all meals included, and you have yourself a mighty fine weekend getaway!

Register your interest with Sky Dance via bookings@skydance.com.au or 1300 854 183.

 

Rathlogan Grove, home to The Shed Cafe.

Hunt for homewares

Rathlogan Grove’s hilltop cafe is the perfect mid-morning or lunch picnic stop secluded in the foothills of Mount Barney. Indulge on handpicked olives from the onsite grove consisting of 1200 mature trees and native honeycomb to complete your picnic pack. Meander inside The Shed Café for traditional homemade scones and a well-stocked gift store including cold pressed olive oil and Egyptian dukkah. Rathlogan Grove is open Saturdays and Sundays. If serious shopping is on your agenda, try our homewares hunting in the Scenic Rim full day itinerary.

Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy.

Learn about robotic agriculture

In operation since the 1930s, the Dennis Family Farm was converted to a Robotic Dairy in 2010, producing farm fresh, pasteurised only, full cream milk (yes, the delicious kind with cream on top!) Phone ahead and enjoy a Robotic Dairy & 4Real Milk Tour and don’t forget to bring your chilled Esky and take home the creamy delights including milk, cheese and yoghurt.

The Lower Portals track, Mt Barney National Park.

Go for a walk in the Scenic Rim.

Stretch your legs in nature

If you’ve got some downtime, work up an appetite on one of the Scenic Rim’s walks. If you’ve got energy to burn, pack your water, snacks, hat and swimmers and walk the Lower Portals track in Mt Barney National Park. It’s not an easy walk, and you should allow half a day to walk the 7.4km return track. Or take a quieter approach with a dip in the Albert River at Darlington Park, complete with shaded open spaces perfect for rolling out the picnic blanket.

The Overflow Estate 1895. Photo by Timothy James Allen.

Sip and swirl

Relax on the alfresco deck overlooking Lake Wyaralong at The Overflow Estate 1895 or bask in the sunshine on the manicured lawn. Indulge in the region’s finest local produce including a three-course grazing lunch or gourmet barbecue picnic hamper thoughtfully prepared by The Vintage Pickle chef Kate Raymont. Wash it down with an array of premium wine selections from the Cellar Door including the popular Storm Cru Sparkling 2018.

Rustic cabins at Mt Barney Lodge. Photo courtesy Mt Barney Lodge

Rest your head in country comfort

The Scenic Rim offers a diversity of welcoming accommodation, and there is plenty to choose from within a country drive of Arts Ablaze!

From sweet cottages and farm stays to country hotels and motels in walking distance to local cafes, we’ve got it all!

Check out Stay in the Scenic Rim for Arts Ablaze for plenty of suggestions.

 

More about Arts Ablaze.

Arts Ablaze will tackle big ideas including arts and health, creative place-making, rethinking cultural venues duration of the 5-day event, via artistic disciplines including fashion, music, spoken word, photography, comedy and more.

Program snippets include the Red Ridge Fashion Parade and live performances on Friday and Saturday evening by Topology, Haystack Mountain Hermits, The Ironing Maidens, First Nations Project performers, Tenzin Choegyal plus Andrew Veivers and Friends in Fusion.

There will also be well being sessions including yoga, tai chi and meditation on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The weekend celebrations provide you with more chances to get creative with various workshops. Why not try your hand at rug making or blacksmithing? Not forgetting our mini cultural and art lovers, the schedule includes workshops designed just for children.

There’s so much to keep you entertained over the weekend at Arts Ablaze with food trucks, art markets and so much more!

The live Queensland performances continue on Saturday evening and Saturday evening night followed by a live performance.

Arts Ablaze is hosted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley from 2 to 6 October.

Coming to the Scenic Rim for Arts Ablaze?

Arts Ablaze is the region’s largest arts and cultural festival and conference, to be hosted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley from October 2 to 6.

We’ve got plenty of great accommodation options for you within 30 minutes or so of Kooralbyn.

Click here for more information about Arts Ablaze

 

Tamrookum, Rathdowney & Running Creek

20-30 minutes south

Royston House

Rathdowney Hotel

Scenic Rim Adventure Park – camping and room hire available

 

Mt Barney

45 minutes south

Mt Barney Lodge

Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages

Tuckeroo Cottages Scenic Rim

 

Lost World

40 minutes south east

Worendo Cottages

Wongari Eco Retreat

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm & Farmstay

Stay at Kirro

Cedar Glen Farmstay

Eighteen Mile Cottage & Homestead

Caverock Cottages

Christmas Creek Cabins

 

Beaudesert

25 minutes north

Beaudesert Central Motel

Kerry Court Motel

Annalee Motel

Beaudesert Caravan & Tourist Park – has cabins

 

Kooralbyn

In the heart of the action

Rent-a-tent camping

Glamping Hire Co. – treat yourself

Hillside Villas

Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley

 

Further afield

More than 45 minutes from the action

There are also plenty of accommodation options available further afield on Tamborine Mountain and in Boonah and surrounds.