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Did someone say long weekend?

Just when you thought the summer holidays were over you hear there’s still the January long weekend to go!

Spend your Australia Day long weekend exploring the Scenic Rim.

Here are some local ideas:

Summer Land Camels.

Spend the day with the camels. 26 Jan

Head to a real life working camel farm for the Summer Land Camels Family Fun Day. They’ll have water play (bring your togs, towels and sunscreen!) fun activities for the whole family, camel feeding, story time and more.

Mt Barney Lodge. Photo by Ben Blanche.

Have a Sunday session at Mt Barney Lodge. 26 Jan

Experience quality local art, music, food, wine and an amazing view at Mt Barney Lodge. Invite your friends and family for a great time at January Long Weekend Sunday Session + Sculptures. Book to stay the night to make the most of the long weekend!

Flanagan’s Reserve. Photo: Flanagan’s Reserve.

Stay in the Scenic Rim

Discover a welcoming spirit and good old country hospitality like no other. Get back to the bush with a weekend at one of the Scenic Rim’s many local camping and glamping spots. And check out the region’s wide range of accommodation including bed and breakfasts, cottages, retreats and lodges, cottages and farm stays!

Paul Lee of Greenlee Farm. Photo by Luke Marsden for Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

Explore Greenlee Macadamia Orchard – 25 Jan

Learn how macadamia nuts are grown and processed! Wander the orchard, explore the processing sheds and taste the product on a Greenlee Macadamia Farm tour!

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O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard.

Have a gourmet BBQ or picnic beside Canungra Creek. 24-27 Jan

Get a gorgeous homestead picnic basket or BBQ basket for two, with your choice of O’Reilly’s wine or craft beers, and set up beside Canungra Creak at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Alternatively, dine in style at the Vintage Restaurant. Live music from noon to 3pm both Saturday and Sunday. Stay the weekend! Book directly with O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat to make the most of their Australia Day weekend specials!

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

Eat local on Tamborine Mountain

The rich, red alluvial soil sustains a bounty of glorious fresh food on the mountain. Stock up at a roadside stall; or visit the Green Shed Markets on Sunday morning for a selection of just-picked organic produce. Check out the Tamborine Mountain State School Markets while you’re there, too!

Rowing Queensland regatta.

Take in the regatta action. 24-26 Jan

Pull up a picnic blanket beside Lake Wyaralong and take in all the action of the Queensland State Championship Regatta. Spectator entry is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase from our very own locals, Ants Fruit Market!

Canoeing on Lake Moogerah.

Lake Moogerah. Photo: Trevor Worden for Visit Scenic Rim.

Enjoy the Scenic Rim’s three lakes

BYO kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board, or hire one from a local operator at Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Lake Wyaralong. There’s some fantastic fishing to be had in the region, too. Drop a line from your boat or try your luck from the shore. Read more: fishing and water sports.

St Bernard Hotel, Tamborine Mountain. Photo by Trevor Worden for Visit Scenic Rim.

Tuck into some pub grub

Drop into one of our welcoming country pubs for a hearty feed and a cool drink. You’ll love the Canungra Hotel, St Bernard’s Hotel, the Royal Hotel Harrisville, the Royal Hotel Kalbar, the Beaudesert Hotel and more.

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Beaudesert Race Club.

Spend the day trackside. 26 Jan

Round up your friends and head to the Beaudesert Race Club Australia Day event. Free BBQ from 11am – 12.30pm, and free entry!

Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages.

Pet-friendly Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages.

Take your canine friend for a pawfect outing

Pack the ball, the lead and pet food and check out these pet-friendly destinations for your perfect Australia Day long weekend escape.

Head to the Bearded Dragon Hotel – 25-27 January

Free live music and free activities! Be sure to check out the free crocodile and reptile show, cane toad racing, kids activities, lamington scoffing, and more. Book a table and bring the whole family for lunch.

Have Australia Day at Kooralbyn – 26 January

Head to The Pavilion Tavern’s massive Australia Day BBQ. There’ll be live entertainment, fun activities and more from noon.

Fair Dinkum Friday at Flavours Cafe Boonah.

Party at Flavours Cafe, Boonah – 24 January

Book dinner at Flavours Cafe, Boonah, to enjoy their Fair Dinkum Friday event from 6pm – 8pm. There’ll be wine tasting with David from Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, and live music from local group ‘Nobody’s Baby‘. Book to stay at Milford Country Cottages nearby and make a weekend of it!

Fassifern Sports Club.

Have a fun time at the Fassifern Sports Club. 25 Jan

Free barefoot bowls, pumpkin rolling, wheelie bin cricket, a jumping castle, monster raffle, thong throwing, toad races and live music from Ross Weber! Bring the whole family along.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s plenty happening in the Scenic Rim this month. Check out these great July events.

Canungra Rodeo –  July 8  MOVED to August 27 due to weather
It’s going to be big. Gates open at 11am, main event from 2pm.
Find out more

The Shepherd’s Walk – July 15
The Shepherd’s Walk is held each July in memory of Aboriginal tribe’s people and the Chinese Shepherds who lost their lives in conflict around 1850 in the Kerry Valley. The walk is organised by the Historical Society of Beaudesert, through the Beaudesert Museum.
The walk is about 9km and has been held since 1987.
Find out more

World Environment Day Festival – July 15
Here’s a festival to celebrate living a sustainable lifestyle. Organised by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire, the event features innovative market stalls, displays, demonstrations, free creative workshops native wildlife and loads of local organic produce and food, plants and live music.
Entry via a gold coin donation.
It’s held at The Outlook Boonah.
Find out more

Cheesemas in July – July 23
Forget Christmas in July, this is Cheesemas in July! Now you’re talking. Feast on a five-course tasting plate menu, crafted by Kate Raymont of The Vintage Pickle. Her favourite local cheeses will be profiled and matched with a selection of award-winning wines from Canungra Valley Vineyards.
Find out more

Scenic Rim Star Party – July 22
A night out celebrating the stars. Open to star gazers of all ages and experience. Demonstrations and viewings from 3pm until late. Weather dependent, check the website.
Find out more

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.

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:

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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.

Find out more

 

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.

Find out more

 

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.

Find out more

 

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.

Register Now

 

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.

Find out more