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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, Binna Burra’s Sky Lodges, Greenlee Cottages at Canungra, Hampton Estate Studio Apartments, Worendo Cottages in the Lost World, Royston House at Innisplain near Beaudesert, Herrmann House at Kalbar and the lovely Hilly Ridge Queenslander on Green Hills Rd overlooking Boonah.
Check out the full Scenic Rim accommodation listing to find your perfect girls’ weekend accommodation.

Reconnect with your girl gang at Spicer’s Canopy.

FOOD & DRINK SUPPLIES

A girls’ weekend isn’t complete without a generous supply of incredible food and wine. Thankfully the Scenic Rim has plenty of both.
Stock the fridge with some delicious locally-grown and produced goodies for fireside feasts and late night snacking.

Drop into The Vintage Pickle at Tamborine Mountain a great supply of local produce and ready-to-go meals by Kate Raymont.
The Canungra Visitor Information Centre features a delicious selection of local nuts, honey and relishes.
Tamborine Mountain is dotted with some lovely farm gate stalls selling in-season produce. Tommerup’s Dairy Farm Larder is the place to buy farm-fresh ham, bacon, meat, cheese and milk.
Towri Sheep Cheeses are incredible. Go online to the Towri website to order.
The region boasts some well-stocked fruit and vegetable shops and butcher shops. Drop into the local stores on Tamborine Mountain and in Beaudesert, Canungra, Boonah and Kalbar.

Feast on fabulous Scenic Rim local produce.

WINE TIME

Sample the local wines and stock up on some takeaways at one of the Scenic Rim’s gorgeous wineries and cellar doors.
Our favourites include Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, Kooroomba Vineyard and Restaurant, The Overflow Estate 1895, Witches Falls Winery, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.
Love great local beer? You’ll love The Scenic Rim Brewery at Mt Alford and Fortitude Brewing Company at Tamborine Mountain.

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

COUNTRY PUBS

Country Pubs are in our DNA. Drop into a rustic, heritage pub for a hearty meal and a cool drink.
Try St Bernard’s Hotel at Tamborine Mountain, The Canungra Hotel, The Railway Hotel Beaudesert, The Rathdowney Hotel, The Dugandan Hotel, The Commercial Hotel Boonah, The Royal Hotel Kalbar, The Royal Hotel Roadvale and The Royal Hotel Harrisville.
Country charm and hospitality are on tap at our heritage pubs.

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

LOVELY LUNCHES

Toast your weekend away with a special lunch. Your girlfriends will love the food, views and vibes at Kooroomba Vineyard, just outside Boonah.
The Overflow Estate 1895 is another chilled, gorgeous venue for a lazy long lunch and there’s live music on Sundays.
Pether’s Rainforest Retreat on Tamborine Mountain will help set the mood for a memorable meal, or try the restaurant at Mason Wines Tamborine Mountain, where you’ll find plenty of local ingredients on the menu.
Three Little Pigs Bar & Bistro at North Tamborine is also popular for a laid-back, fun catch-up. Just outside the cute village of Canungra, you’ll find O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, where you can have a lazy long lunch, a creek side picnic, and get up close with the resident Alpacas!

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

ACTIVE ADVENTURES

We get it – not everyone wants to spend their days eating and drinking. So if your group of friends is up for some active adventures keep reading.
The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks, heritage-listed rainforest, three lakes and many, many mountains.
That means there’s plenty of places to explore, on foot, bike, on the water, or in the air.
Here are 14 of the best Scenic Rim walks to get you started, or if you really want to cover some distance book in for the Spicer’s Scenic Rim Trail experience, there’s two-day and five-day itineraries.
The Scenic Rim’s local outdoor community features some leading adventure specialists who often lead walks and climbs in the region.
Check in with Lisa Groom at interNATIONAL Park Tours, Innes Larkin at Mt Barney Lodge and Teresa Cause at Horizon Guides.
Do you love heights? You’ll love Australia’s largest zipline and high rope park, The Treetop Challenge on Tamborine Mountain. The endorphins will be flowing as your girl game tries the zipline and high rope courses – there’s more than 100 to try.

Walking the Scenic Rim Trail.

KITCHEN ADVENTURES

Bond with your mates in the kitchen as you learn new skills and enjoy a shared meal.
The Scenic Rim is home to some fab cooking schools – the Wild Lime Cooking School at Worendo Cottages in the Lost World, where Kate Raymont incorporates local produce into international fare.
Caz Osborne of Kooroomba Gully will come to you and run a relaxed cooking class. Carolyn Davidson at Towri Sheep Cheeses offers cheese-making workshops on her farm, just outside Beaudesert.

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

FARM TOURS

Meet the farmers and their gorgeous animals on an authentic country farm tour.
See the robotic milking system at Scenic Rim 4Real Milk at Tamrookum.
Visit 6th generation farmers, on Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, and learn about their boutique dairy farm. You can stay on farm in one of the restored historic farm homestead properties. And yes there’s plenty of opportunity to give the animals a cuddle.
When you Stay at Kirro on Ladybrook Farm in the Lost World, you can see a working cattle farm and even BYO horses and dogs!
Carolyn at Towri Sheep Cheeses welcomes visitors for cheesemaking lessons, or simply to meet her Awassi sheep herd and try the cheeses.
Drop into Australia’s largest commercial camel dairy and farm, Summer Land Camels, and meet these beautiful creatures. Book in a ride, tour the dairy, and enjoy refreshments in the café. There’s camel gelato, milk, cheese and skincare products to try!

Meet the local farmers, including Kay Tommerup.

IN THE AIR

Add a touch of excitement to the weekend with an adventure in the air.
Book an early morning Hot Air Balloon ride with Hot Air Scenic Rim, or give Captain Mike at Pterodactyl Helicopters a call about his helicopter wine tours.
Yes really.
Do you prefer the silence of gliding? Boonah Airfield is home to the Boonah Gliding Club. Scenic flights are offered there.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

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

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

 

Don’t waste the long weekends – escape to the Scenic Rim.

We’re a one hour drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast which means we’re just made for sneaky long weekend escapes.

Need some inspo? Here are some of our favourite things to do in the Scenic Rim (and yes there may be wine involved).

 

Let’s start with the wine.

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

Grab your friends and family and discover some of the Scenic Rim’s gorgeous wineries and cellar doors.

They’re dotted right across the region, but you’ll find plenty on Tamborine Mountain, Canungra and in the hills surrounding Boonah.

Here’s a comprehensive list so you can make a plan. Cheers.

 

Let’s walk.

Walking the Scenic Rim Trail.

Feeling in need of fresh air and open spaces? Then hit the trails. The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks and many, many amazing walks.

There really is a walk to suit most abilities.

Here’s 14 of our favourites to get you started

 

Drop a line.

What a catch!

As well as our many national parks, the Scenic Rim is also home to three lakes, countless waterfalls and some amazing waterways and creeks.

All in all the Scenic Rim is a great place to for fishing and watersports.

Lakes Moogerah and Maroon are popular fishing spots and are stocked with Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Murray River Cod and Australian Bass.

Both lakes are also open to powered craft.

Want a more sedate water experience? Head to Lake Wyaralong.  Fishing is allowed, as are non-motorised craft. Camping, picnic and multi-use trails are located around the lake.

 

Hit the shops.

Scenic Rim shopping at Maynards Boonah

Who doesn’t love a bit of retail therapy? If you’re looking for unique shopping, the kind of original goodies you just don’t find in the city, then you’ll love the Scenic Rim retail experience.

Tamborine Mountain, Canungra, Beaudesert, Boonah and Kalbar are rich treasure troves for artisan and handcrafted goodies, local art and craft, op shopping and old-style country stores.

Here’s a great guide to the region’s shopping and country markets

 

Feast on the local produce.

Feast from the Scenic Rim

As well as incredible views, the Scenic Rim dishes up generous serves of delicious local food.

The rich farming region produces a wide array of ingredients – including beef, pork, vegetables, olives, nuts, finger limes, fruit, eggs and so much more.

You’ll find much of the local produce on café and restaurant menus around the region.

The easiest way to connect with the local food is to find one of the official Eat Local locavores, who have been accredited by the Council for their use of regional produce.

You’ll find it in local restaurants, pubs, cafes, farm gates and shops.

Start your local food and wine journey here

 

Get cosy in the country.

Stay over at Binna Burra Lodge, or another amazing Scenic Rim property. Lodge.

The temperature has dropped and the skies are beautifully clear, particularly at night.

Book into one of the local accommodation properties and get cosy for the long weekend.

There’s plenty to choose from – mountain lodges, cosy cabins, B&Bs, motels, hotels, country pubs, farm stays, luxury retreats, boutique suites, camping and glamping.

Find your perfect stay here

 

Get Physical.

Explore Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Park.

Do you hate the idea of sitting and doing nothing? Don’t worry, the Scenic Rim will deliver for you too. The region is an adventure-lover’s paradise. Take your pick from mountain biking, horse riding, flying, gliding, hot air ballooning, hiking and climbing.

Plan your outdoor adventure long weekend