Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is your backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the Scenic Rim.

Eat your way around the region through a program of festivals, farm-gate events and culinary experiences to suit foodies of all ages.

Just one hour from Brisbane, choose from a range of experiences from long table lunches to picking carrots at Queensland’s largest carrot farm!

You can see camels being milked, feed sheep, goats, pigs and chickens; watch cows being milked and taste lots of delicious fresh, local food!

And don’t miss the Winter Harvest Festival, Eat Local Week’s signature event held at Aratula on July 2.

Make sure you start booking your Eat Local Week adventure now.

Head to the website for all the information.

Escape in the Scenic Rim is an adventure, eco and nature-based festival which builds on the solid foundations of the Gondwana Festival executed in March 2021. It is a month-long celebration in May 2022, to be held in some of the most precious and spectacular areas of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and across the Scenic Rim region.

By presenting a range of activities and experiences across the length and breadth of the Scenic Rim, Escape in the Scenic Rim will showcase more than just tourist hot spots, and encourage visitors to enjoy their stay, while minimising negative impacts on the environment.

The Scenic Rim was just named in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022, which profiled the regions spectacular nature-based offerings. The festival includes walks, talks and wild adventures from the tip of Tamborine Mountain to the areas around Aratula. Leveraging the regions highly successful 2020 rebrand and campaign, Scenic Rim truly is the Richest Place on Earth, in Australia. The natural beauty meets country charm and welcoming smiles stretch as far as the breathtaking vistas.

Escape in the Scenic Rim will offer a strong connection to country through hard and soft adventures throughout the region, including transformational experiences that will provide deeper, more meaningful and engaging experiences that will ‘feed the mind, activate the body and lift the heart’.

Scenic Rim Adventure Park is a four-wheel-drive and camping experience on a 680 acre property located in the picturesque Scenic Rim region. The park offers guests the opportunity to get back to nature enjoying and exploring the outdoors.

Their park has 14 campsites throughout the entire property, some appropriate for large groups and others more secluded and intimate. Hot showers with toilets within walking distance of each campsite.

Outdoor recreational activities are varied on site with over 20 kilometres of off-road four wheel driving tracks suitable from stock standard through to highly modified vehicles. A lot of the tracks are also suited for mountain bikes. Then scattered around the park you will find children’s play areas, remote control toy car tracks, spider walls, a maze, bush walking, a wide range of wildlife where koalas are regularly seen and to top it off enjoy the evening around your own campfire gazing at the fantastic night skies on a clear evening .

Open seven days a week with registration between 7am to 6pm daily.

The Beaudesert Historical Museum is one of the largest country town museums in Queensland, with over 10,000 artefacts covering the Scenic Rim region’s industrial and lifestyle heritage. From the humble Mother Potts clothes iron, to the large red Dennis fire engine, there is something for everyone.

A favourite photographic opportunity for visitors to Beaudesert Historical Museum is the Milbanks Pioneer Cottage. This cottage was originally built in 1875 by Patrick Milbanks on his Kerry property, out of local hand hewn timbers, slats and shingle roof. It is furnished with a four-poster bed, large cedar sideboard and numerous articles that portray the life of the early pioneers. It was donated to the museum by Patrick Milbanks’ grandchildren and relocated to its present site in 1979.

Dedicated to the Fire Services by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Leslie Wilson, in 1936 it was considered to be the Rolls Royce of fire equipment. The Dennis Fire Engine was used in South Brisbane for twenty years before working for ten years in Beaudesert. It was donated to the museum by the local brigade after it survived a flood in 1965.

Valley Kitchen is located at 290 Wellington Bundock Dr, Kooralbyn, Beaudesert. Serves Coffee and Tea, Desserts, Cafe Food.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$20 approximately.

Listing provided in partnership with Zomato

Boutique vineyard and cellar door located on a magnificent island in the glorious Lake Wyaralong only 70 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Award winning Estate wines and gourmet creations by Executive Chef Richard Ousby.

Christmas Creek Cafe is located at 2745 Christmas Creek Rd. This restaurant is yet to be rated by Zomato users. Serves Breakfast, Burger, Fish and Chips.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$7 approximately.

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Bean to? is located at 7 William Street. This restaurant is yet to be rated by Zomato users. Serves Burger, Sandwich, Coffee and Tea, Cafe Food.

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Transformational travel with luxury, eco-aware pod accommodation. Wander reconnects its guests with the local community and country. Come alive and find yourself in Australia’s most spectacular locations.

Wander at The Overflow 1895 showcases unsurpassed rural beauty in Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Five WanderPods are set around Lake Wyaralong and named after the stunning mountains that surround The Overflow 1895 and form the centre of the ancient caldera called the Scenic Rim.

Throughout this 680 acre property at Tamrookum Creek there are 14 level ground bush areas set aside for back to basic self sufficient bush camping. Each site has a campfire pits and wood can be collected onsite. There are no powered sites and you do require four wheel drive vehicles to access most campsites.

Some sites are appropriate for large groups and others more secluded and intimate. There are dry chemical or compost toilets within walking distance of each campsite. From some sites you will need to drive to the three shower locations.

There are two queen size bedrooms for hire at the main house with external access. There is a shared bathroom also with external access.

The property has a no glass beer bottle policy, cans can be left in the can collection basket at the office. You are requested to take your own rubbish home as there is no garbage service.

Pets are permitted as long as they are on leads at all times. It is suggested you bring a long rope to tie between the trees as a runner for when you are in camp. The property has a lot of wildlife, some on the endangered list.

The Kooralbyn Valley is a secluded hinterland paradise tucked away in the heart of regional Queensland’s picturesque Scenic Rim Region. Just over an hours drive from Brisbane and Gold Coast, guests can discover the beauty and tranquillity that has historically attracted Australia’s highest flyers to holiday there.

With its tranquil surrounds, ample outdoor space and many facilities, The Kooralbyn Valley is perfect for a corporate getaway, picturesque wedding, an active escape or an indulgent retreat. Resort facilities include a championship golf course visited by the game’s greats including Jason Day, Adam Scott and Greg Norman, an outdoor pool, day spa, tennis courts, mini putt putt, volleyball courts and dozens more exciting activities to keep guests entertained.

Stay Play and Explore. Stay away from the hustle and bustle to immerse yourself in the heart of the scenic rim. Enjoy the region’s largest resort with an array of exciting activites from sky to water, conveniently located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast hinterland.

A peaceful caravan park in the Scenic Rim, with a rural outlook and a quiet country feel.

Walking distance to shops and town.

Good clean facilities including amenities blocks, camp kitchen with appliances, laundry, wash bay and dump point.

Choose from a range of options, including cabins, powered sites and un-powered sites.

Experience regional Australia at its best. Downunder Farmstays offers an impressive range of activities and farm experiences, all with the stunning backdrop of Australia’s natural landscape. With a network of over 300 farms across Queensland, Downunder Farmstays has a farm to suit all travellers whether you are on your honeymoon, travelling with your extended family, or part of a group program, they can help you create lifelong connections and unforgettable experiences.

No two farmstays are the same, guaranteeing a unique, authentic and memorable experience.

Enjoy delicious home cooked meals in a warm and friendly family atmosphere, typical of Aussie hospitality. One night will give you a taste of Australia, but two or three nights is the ideal farmstay package to experience the various activities and the culture of the Australian countryside. All farmstay bookings are private bookings with no other guests staying at the same time.

Travel beyond the city to experience the beauty of the Australian countryside and people.

Farmstay regions in Queensland include: Beaudesert (Scenic Rim), Atherton/Mareeba (Atherton Tablelands).

Downunder Farmstays has covid cleaning and updated hygiene practices in place with all farm hosts to ensure you have a safe and clean Farmstay experience.

The heat may be here, but the beers are icy at these Scenic Rim country pubs!

From boutique breweries to heritage hotels, parmy specialists and pubs with a view, to laid back places where the locals go, these are the best pubs to sit and sip in the Scenic Rim this summer. Take a day trip, stay over OR even do a country pub crawl by chopper with Pterodactyl Helicopters!

Eric Williams and daughter Ashley Bates-Williams enjoy a beer at the iconic Canungra Hotel. Picture by Luke Marsden.

Check out our top 20 Scenic Rim country pubs below:

  1. Scenic Rim Brewery – boutique beers and pretzels!
    This boutique, family-owned craft brewery packs a big flavour punch. Based in the picturesque town of Mount Alford, just past Boonah, owners Mike and Wendy brew a superb range of beers, all of which have names to make you smile – there’s the Shazza, Digga’s, Fat Man, Giddy Gout and the PharQue. The Ginger Extra Dry alone is worth the drive. The menu is a nod to Wendy’s Dutch heritage, yes there’s mouth-watering bitterballen (Dutch meatballs), perfect giant pretzels (that are guaranteed to make you thirsty) and a range of European gourmet hotdogs as well as great coffee, cake and daily specials.
    Address: 898 Reckumpilla Street, Mount Alford QLD 4310
    Website: https://www.scenicrimbrewery.com.au/ 
  2. The Canungra Hotel –parmy dreams are made of this
    Parmy lovers, hold onto your forks, we’ve found your dream pub! With over 10 different parmy toppings ranging from the “Parmegedon” to the “Rainbow”, The Canungra Hotel is not about to let your (parmy) dreams pass you by. Sitting in gorgeous Canungra at the base of Tamborine Mountain and right on the Scenic Rim Wine Trail, this pub is the stuff of legend – and the perfect place to sit and sip after a hike.
    Address: 18 Kidston St, Canungra QLD 4275
    Website: https://www.canungrahotel.com.au/
  3. The Dugandan Hotel – cold beers since 1886
    The Dugandan Hotel, or “The Dugie” as it is affectionately known, is the quintessential Australian country pub and features a great beer garden deck out the back and outdoor area under huge trees. Just five minutes outside Boonah, and looking over a cricket field and up to Mt French (where there’s walks and BBQ sites), The Dugie serves up traditional pub fare, hearty country classics, icy cold beers, a great range of crafts and wines.
    Address: Cnr Mt French and Boonah Rathdowney Roads, Dugandan
    Website: https://www.dugandanhotel.com.au/
  4. The Royal Hotel, Kalbar – no crowns required
    If you haven’t been to the foodie haven that is Kalbar, just an hour from Brisbane, then choose a day and lock it in. This gorgeous country town is home to quite a few ‘must visit’ foodie establishments and fresh produce provedores, with The Royal Hotel leading the charge. Be sure to book ahead for this friendly country pub, which offers plenty of seating on the large deck and in the grounds. The menu features great steaks, local vegetables and pizza, as well as pies, curries, lamb shanks and fresh salads.
    Address: Corner George and Edward St Kalbar,
    Website: http://www.royalhotelkalbar.com.au/
  5. Fortitude Brewing, Tamborine Mountain – the ultimate mountain hoppiness!
    A trip to Fortitude Brewing Company will make you giddier than a little kid with a tambourine. At home at the end of the Gallery Walk on Tamborine Mountain, Fortitude Brewing is famous for its gourmet pizzas, cheese platters and beer tasting paddles, the perfect way to start or finish a daytrip or staycay.
    Address: 165 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4271
    Website: https://fortitudebrewing.com.au/
  6. The Royal Hotel, Harrisville – a living history
    The Royal Hotel Harrisville began life in 1875 as the Harrisville Inn. The original hotel serviced the local cotton and beef industries and was one of the first in the region. It was destroyed by fire in 1916 and rebuilt. A gorgeous country Queensland pub that serves up authentic country meals, its beer garden overlooking a creek with views over the Great Dividing Range make it popular for events and as a set for filming opportunities. Just 30 mins west of Ipswich in the Scenic Rim, there’s rumour of a resident ghost, but you will have to ask the publican for more on that!
    Address: 1 Wholey Dr, Harrisville QLD 4307
    Website: https://www.royalhotelharrisville.com.au/
  7. The ‘Rathy’ – home on the range
    The “Rathy Pub” has been a central feature in the Rathdowney township since the 1900s as they serve the heartiest country meals seven days a week in this historic country village. With gorgeous views over the range, a flavour-filled menu and great bar area, it’s the perfect spot for a family outing, a bike ride or a couples visit.
    Address: 4287/73 Collins St, Rathdowney QLD 4287
    Website: https://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/eatdrink/pubs/rathdowney-hotel/
  8. The Bearded Dragon Hotel – Tamborine dreams
    Set on 110 picturesque acres with sweeping views across surrounding Tamborine, The Bearded Dragon Hotel has been delivering the true-blue Aussie experience for 20 years. With 15 local and imported beers on tap, classic pub meals and views to wow your socks off; this pub is the perfect weekend dining spot.
    Address: 2-22 Tamborine Mountain Rd, Tamborine QLD 4270
    Website: http://www.beardeddragon.com.au/
  9. The Australian Hotel, Boonah – the cheer of yesteryear
    Another traditional country pub, The Australian was built in 1888 and is a favourite of Boonah locals and visitors alike. Here’s a tip – pub lunches start from $15, so it’s the perfect spot to pop in on a day trip or longer stay.
    Address: 32 High St, Boonah QLD 4310
    Website: https://www.australianhotelboonah.com.au/
  10. The Beaudesert Hotel – Beauy’s best
    One of Beaudesert’s most historic and established dining venues, The Beaudesert Hotel, known as The Beauy, underwent an extensive renovation in 2015, and is now modern and cool inside, while keeping it’s classic country pub status. Chef Jason Argue has developed a reputation as Beaudesert’s most loved chef in his 12 years at the pans – he’s famous for his steaks, cooked to perfection every time. The Hotel also offers accommodation, a spacious dining room, great bar areas, a gaming room with 24 of some of the most recent gaming machines and a courtesy bus service.
    Address: 80 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert 4285 Queensland
    Website: https://beaudeserthotel.com.au/
  11. St Bernards Hotel, Tamborine Mountain – lunch with a view!
    Enjoy a tasty pub lunch on the deck overlooking stunning hinterland and garden views, and keep an eye out for Syrah, Molly and Cooper, the gorgeous St Bernards! There’s plenty of space for the kids to run around after lunch while you sit and let your meal settle.
    Address: 101 Alpine Terrace, Tamborine Mountain
    Website: http://stbernardshotel.com/
  12. Railway Hotel, Beaudesert – friendly local vibes since 1887
    Make yourself at home in this friendly pub in the heart of Beaudesert. The popular Railway Hotel on Brisbane Street, across from Beaudesert’s old railway building, is where the locals go. With $12.50 lunch specials and always cool inside, the Railway Hotel is the perfect pit stop en route to your Scenic Rim summer adventures. Local trivia: The Beaudesert Railway Hotel brand has been well over a century in the making, with records showing the original Railway Hotel building was constructed in 1887 where the Beaudesert Woolworths car park now stands. The original Railway Hotel was owned by one family for 93 years, and it is said to have been the oldest existing hotel building in Beaudesert.
    Address: 121 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert
    Website: https://railwayhotelbeaudesert.com.au/
  13. Mount Alford Hotel – tiny town, big tasty meals
    Great atmosphere, super cold beer and delicious pub grub. What more could you want?  It’s conveniently just across the road from the Scenic Rim Brewery, so you’ve got your local pub crawl sorted.
    Address: 901 Reckumpilla Street, Mount Alford
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/mtalfordhotel/
  14. Commercial Hotel Harrisville – laid back country vibes
    You’re likely to bump into a few locals in this country pub on the main street of Harrisville. It’s got a laid back atmosphere and it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a beer.
    Address: 24 Queen Street, Harrisville
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Commercialhotelharrisville1
  15. The Peak Pub at Peak Crossing – character galore!
    A country pub full of character, tall stories and ice cold beer! Come enjoy a meal and the relaxed vibes of this small country town.
    Address: 15-17 Fassifern Street, Peak Crossing
    Website: https://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/eatdrink/pubs/the-peak-pub-peak-crossing/
  16. Commercial Hotel, Boonah – cold beers on High Street
    It’s the perfect spot to stop for a cold one while you wander down Boonah’s bustling High Street. You’ll know it when you see the mannequins peering down at you from the second storey verandah (true story!)
    Address: 39 High Street, Boonah
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Commercial-Hotel-Boonah-1553694321559364
  17. Simon’s Tavern, Boonah – a 70s gem with a long history
    This 1970s building in Boonah’s High Street houses a business with a history dating back to 1902, when original developer and owner Carl Gustav Simon first opened its doors. The original ornate Simon’s Tavern burned down and was replaced by the current structure. Go chill out in the aircon and have a cold bevvie.
    Address: 80 High Street, Boonah
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/simonstavernboonah
  18. Roadie Hotel, Roadvale – affordable meals, good vibes
    Good quality country pub meals at realistic prices in the historic and tiny Scenic Rim farming community of Roadvale. The beers are always cold!
    Address: 320 Gray Street, Roadvale
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Roadie-Hotel-100936865148169
  19. The Pavilion Tavern – Kooralbyn’s answer to a country pub!
    This local hub is a short stroll from the Kooralbyn Valley Resort, and the beers are always cold, Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining, mini golf, bowling green and playground!
    Address: 1/21 Routley Drive, Kooralbyn
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/kooralbynpavilion

 

If you’ve eaten a meal at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm in recent years, you’ve had an authentic introduction to the food and farmers of the Scenic Rim.

That’s because Head Chef Daniel Groneberg shares his deep and long-running relationship with the Scenic Rim‘s producers in every dish he serves at the property’s restaurant, Kooroomba Kitchen. 

Kooroomba Kitchen Head Chef, Daniel Groneberg. Photo by Israel Rivera for Visit Scenic Rim.

Kooroomba is a visually striking place, tucked behind the tiny village of Mount Alford – population 268in the Scenic Rim’s fertile Fassifern Valley. 

Kooroomba has grown to become an iconic tourism destination as people book it for their dream wedding, delight in photographing the fields of lavender or even charter a helicopter there for lunch.  

But the real experience lies in the connection you feel with the dozens of Scenic Rim producers showcased on Kooroomba’s menu, because no-one understands the value of supporting small Scenic Rim farmers like Daniel does. 

Daniel lives about 20 minutes down the road, in the vegetable growing hub of Kalbar, surrounded by paddocks seasonally abundant with carrots, onions, corn, pumpkins and more, and a community built around farming. 

His support of Scenic Rim farmers extends well beyond his own immediate backyard, too, as he sources produce from the Kerry Valley to Running Creek, Allenview to Peak Crossing and everywhere in between. 

To get a true sense of just how loyal Daniel is to the farmers of the Scenic Rim, ask any of the local suppliers he sources ingredients from. 

Local dairy farmer Kay Tommerup has supplied her hand-churned butter to Daniel ever since she started making it in mid-2019, and his support has been invaluable to her as a small producer. 

The great thing about Dan is he‘s understanding about the changes that occur in a small farming enterprise and he consistently orders to ensure he can have our butter on his menu,” she said. 

“He never questions the value behind our product, he finds a way to use it in the restaurant and he does it not for praise or accolades but just because it’s who he is. 

“And the best thing is when you go to Kooroomba, the food is magnificent, and you know that so much of what’s on your plate is coming straight from local farmers like us.” 

Visit Scenic Rim spoke with Daniel about why he loves the Scenic Rim, its food and its farmers. 

Why do you use so much Scenic Rim produce on your menu? 

Because you’d be mad if you didn’t. You can’t have a restaurant in an agricultural area like the Fassifern Valley, and the Scenic Rim in general, without using the product that comes from there. As a chef you’d be crazy not to. It’s worth it for the quality diners receive on their plate, and for the relationships it builds with the local farming community. It’s not just about our menu – it’s about the local produce and sharing that produce with everyone who visits. 

What have you learned about the value of using Scenic Rim produce? 

Because we were already using local produce and had strong, established relationships with local farmers before the COVID-19 closures, we were able to pick up where we left off as soon as we were able to reopen. We could just reopen our doors and keep going with what we always did, because we didn’t rely on much to come in from outside the Scenic Rim and we already had those local supply chains set up. I’ve found it really important to source product from a central hub, and I use Oppy’s in Boonah as that central hub. A lot of small producers drop stuff off there when they’ve got it, and I also source product directly from some producers, and it’s all based on availability and seasonality. 

You’ve got more than 30 years’ experience in restaurants and hotels around the world. Why did you choose to work as a chef in the Scenic Rim? 

I was looking for somewhere to live that was rural and still close to a central hub like Brisbane, so first I found a place to live, at Kalbar, in 2015. I lived here for 12 months before I settled on a job here in 2016. It needed to be the right restaurant for the type of food I like to do and Kooroomba emerged as an opportunity. I chose to live here before I chose to cook here, and that says something about how good the Scenic Rim is as a place to live. 

Why should people put a lunch at Kooroomba Kitchen on their bucket list? 

There’s nothing better than tasting Scenic Rim produce while looking out at the fantastic view that our restaurant offers. It really is an experience you can’t get at any other venue in the Scenic Rim. It extends all the way from Mount French on the right all the way across to Mount Barney on the left. 

School’s almost out and the sun is shining! It’s time to let your hair down and have some fun and where better that 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.

 

STAY AND PLAY

  1. Make new memories at Binna Burra
    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. Check out the Binna Burra Sky Lodge Specials too!
  2. Beat the heat at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
    Your one-stop-shop for family fun! 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. Check out these local O’Reilly’s Specials.
  3. Keep the whole family happy at Cedar Creek Lodges
    The perfect retreat all year round, Cedar Creek Lodges has all your mountain adventures and experiences covered. Tackle the TreeTop Challenge, discover hidden treasures, go Thunderegg Fossicking or try Adventure Mini Golf, laser tag, crystal panning, bird feeding and so much more, plus wine and dine in the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar. For the ultimate glamping experience, check out the new Lotus tents to have your own slice of rainforest paradise to yourself.
  4. Make yourself at home at Herrmann House
    There’s plenty of space for the whole family at luxurious, historic Herrmann House in Kalbar! Accommodating up to 8 people, it’s perfect for big family getaways. You can even order your own private dinner party or day spa treatments.
  5. You won’t be bored at The Kooralbyn Valley
    The Kooralbyn Valley is a one-stop-shop to play and explore. Have a swing at the on-site golf course, relax at the outdoor heated spa, cool down in the swimming pools, and stay busy with a host of other activities. Check out their leisure packages to take the hassle out of your holiday.
  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.
  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 off the beaten track at the stunningly-restored Old Church BnB near Boonah. It’s the perfect home base to go exploring, whether you’re hitting the trails in nearby national parks, enjoying old school country hospitality in the Boonah cafes, pubs, markets and shops, and so much more.
  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 Mount French Lodge
    Mount French Lodge 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? There’s something for the whole family on a fun day out in the Scenic Rim.

Select your best 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.

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

Your ultimate Scenic Rim 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. 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! 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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 are $180 per adult and $90 per child (6 to 16 years old).  Bookings essential via info@towrisheepcheeses.com.au 
  7. 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! 
  8. 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! 
  9. 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. 
  10. 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. 
  11. 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. 
  12. Have lunch at Albert River Winery 
    Have 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. 
  13. Give the kids an adventure to remember
    Drive to the most impressive mountain in Queensland, and while you relax by the creek, the kids can go on an eco-adventure with the experienced Outdoor Leaders at Mt Barney Lodge. Plan your day around what is on offer from their calendar. Bookings essential.

Shop local in the Scenic Rim this festive season! Check out our Scenic Rim gift guide to get you started.

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.

The Scenic Rim, with its six National Parks and World Heritage-listed rainforests, is simply made for walking.

Whether you want a scenic stroll or a more intense climb, the Scenic Rim will deliver.

Hiking in the Scenic Rim. Photo by Israel Rivera for Visit Scenic Rim.

Book a guided experience with our local adventure experts for an experience like no other.

Here are our top tips to plan your Scenic Rim walking holiday!

  1. Discover the Secrets of the Scenic Rim
    Immerse yourself in the food, wine, walks, art and World Heritage-listed rainforests of the Scenic Rim on the Lamington Short Break or Secrets of the Scenic Rim walking holidays with local Beechmont-based family company interNATIONAL PARKtours. They also guide short rainforest hikes at Binna Burra. Book via Binna Burra Lodge! See the Scenic Rim through the eyes of outdoor adventure specialist Lisa Groom and her team, from interNATIONAL PARKtours. Lisa’s grandfather, eco-tourism pioneer Arthur Groom, co-founded Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, so you’ll be in great hands.
    Click here to book
  2. Indulge in Spicers Scenic Rim Trail
    Relax knowing all is taken care of on the all-inclusive Spicers Scenic Rim Trail.
    Explore in relaxed luxury on a two, three or five day expedition through World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest.
    Skip the heat and helicopter to 1000m above sea level, where the temperature hovers around 26 degrees. With high altitude, rainforest canopy and helicopter transfers, summer hiking has never been so appealing.
    Start your summer walking adventure with lunch at chef-hatted Homage Restaurant, Spicers Hidden Vale before flying by helicopter to Mt Mistake for your first night. Then spend the next 3 days walking through some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and staying in purpose-built luxury accommodation.
    Finish your experience with a night at Spicers Peak Lodge before your helicopter trip back to Spicers Hidden Vale, taking in views of the Great Dividing Range and Lake Moogerah along the way.
    Click here to book
  3. Adventure with Mt Barney Lodge
    Take a mountain expedition in the Scenic Rim, with experienced and fully qualified outdoor leaders. Innes Larkin and the team of knowledgeable and passionate eco-rangers at Mt Barney Lodge offer a wide range of guided expeditions and walks for all fitness levels.
    Explore the many delights and challenges of Mt Barney National Park through the Moonrise on Mt Maroon, Mt Ballow, Mt Barney via SE Ridge, Mt Barney via Logans Ridge, Mt Barney via North Ridge to North Peak, Mt Ernest, Mt Gillies Family Scramble, Mt Gillies Summit, Mt Maroon Cotswold Track or Mt Maroon including Paddys Plain.
    Venture further afield to Mt Razorback, Mt Superbus, the Stinson Wreck, Westrays Grave and Larapinta Falls or The Steamers.
    Not sure where to start? Sign up for Mt Barney Lodge’s Mountain Fit Program. Or, if you’re highly experienced, have a week of adventure on Mt Barney Lodge’s ultimate Three Peaks Challenge.
    Click here to book
  4. Traverse the Border Track
    Walk the 21.4km Border Track from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat to Binna Burra Lodge (or vice versa) in Lamington National Park.
    Stay the night at either of these international eco-tourism icons (depending which side you start from!) and walk back to your car the next day, or book a bus transfer with O’Reilly’s back to your car.
    Hot tip: you can wander at your own pace on a self-guided walk, or book a guided experience via O’Reilly’s.
  5. See the Scenic Rim with Horizon Guides
    Get to know the intricacies of the Scenic Rim’s bush and rainforest with Teresa Cause of Horizon Guides.
    Teresa, who is a Scenic Rim local and also owns Far Outdoors camping shop in Boonah, leads regular guided walks of the local trails, and shares her immense local knowledge and passion for the Scenic Rim’s beautiful natural world.
    Teresa also offers tailor-made guided tours of the region’s best trails.
    Click here to book
  6. Do the historic Stinson Walk
    Follow the trail taken by Bernard O’Reilly in 1937 when he went in search of the crashed Stinson Aircraft. Each year, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers a guided Stinson Walk package.
    Stay a few nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and spend a big, full day challenging your mind and body as you retrace Bernard’s footsteps 37km through the rugged McPherson Range to the Stinson crash site.
    Click here to book
  7. Lace up for a trail running event!
    Start training now for the 2021 Lost World Trail Festival! The views on this trail run will stop even the most experienced trail runner in their tracks! And put the 2021 Grape Escape Fun Run at The Overflow Estate 1895 in your diary. Plus, check out the On the Edge Events Scenic Rim Trail Running Series (2021 program coming soon). Book to stay in some of our amazing Scenic Rim accommodation and make a holiday of it!
  8. 14 of our favourite Scenic Rim walks
    Looking for more walking inspiration? Here are 14 of our favourite Scenic Rim walks, ranging from easy to hard.
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School holiday time is here, and that means time to escape to the Scenic Rim with the kids!

Get a healthy dose of fresh air, discover our hidden gems and even introduce your kids to farm life! Now, more than ever, it’s time to get back to basics and just have some good old-fashioned fun, don’t you think?

Here are some ideas to get you started!

Introduce the kids to farm life at Towri Spring Farmers Markets. Photo: Kate the Light Chaser.

  1. Give the kids a taste of farm life at Towri
    Start the school holidays right with an activity-packed day at Towri Spring Farmers Markets from 9am to 4pm, 20 September! There’ll be live shearing, kids cheese workshops, sheep milking demonstrations, landscaping tips from an expert, fresh local produce, live entertainment, lamb cuddling sessions and more! Bring your empty esky and stock up on delicious local produce! You’ll be able to fill those hungry young bellies all holidays and support Scenic Rim farmers while you’re at it! Spaces limited, click here to book tickets now.
  2. Get your camel fix at Summer Land Camels
    It’s the perfect holiday experience! Summer Land Camels at Harrisville in the Scenic Rim is open 7 days a week. It’s open daily for camel cuddles and feeding, or you can do camel rides and farm tours (bookings essential – click here for more). Plus enjoy all things camel, from award-winning cheese and gelato to camel milk skin and hair products, at the on-site cafe and store. Click here for more.
  3. Have a mountain lodge adventure
    O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Eco Rangers School Holidays Program will keep your kids well and truly occupied. There’s rainforest art, campfires, games, scavenger hunts and more! Click here to view the full program. Head up the other side of Lamington National Park to Binna Burra Lodge (now open again, woohoo!) Click here to book a campsite, safari tent or go all out with an eco-friendly family-size Sky Lodge and make yourselves at home in nature for the school holidays. Make memories at Mt Barney Lodge. Set up camp (or stay in one of the beautiful homesteads) and book the kids in for some wonderful nature-based activities! Click here for activities.
  4. Stay on a farm!
    Have an authentic food and farming experience at one of our beautiful local farms.
    Book a family holiday at a local farm stay to get the complete on-farm experience! Check out Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, Cedar Glen Farmstay, Greenlee Farm & Cottages, Stay at Kirro and Milford Country Cottages.
    Book a farm tour at Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy or Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation, a kids cheese making workshop at Towri Sheep Cheeses or pop into Summer Land Camels any day of the week.
    Check out our 10 farms & farm stays your family will love!
  5. Hit world-class moto tracks at QLD Moto Park
    Hit the moto tracks with your kids at Qld Moto Park, near Wyaralong! They even have school holiday coaching camps. Click here for more information.
  6. Make the most of the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s school holiday program
    Keep the kids busy with movies, art and performance workshops, library activities and much more. See the full program here.
  7. Have an adventure on Tamborine Mountain
    Your children won’t want to leave Tamborine Mountain – it’s an absolute wonderland! Start at Thunderbird Park, where you can choose from zip lining, thunder egg fossicking, mini golf, horse-riding, laser skirmish, bird feeding and a reptile show! You can even book to stay at family-friendly Cedar Creek Lodges, on-site. Continue up the hill to Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk, where you can explore the rainforest canopies 30 metres above the ground. Complete your day with a guided tour of fascinating, purpose-built conservation project, the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves!
  8. Take the kids fishing
    Bundle up the kids and the fishing rods and while away the hours at one of the Scenic Rim’s three stunning lakes. Make the time to stop into one of our gorgeous townships for a bite to eat, too. Drop a line at these spots.
  9. Discover a sweet hidden gem in Canungra
    Little Bee’s Secret Garden, tucked in behind Owl Wholefoods in Canungra, is a must-visit for enquiring young minds. Learn all about native bees from the delightful Alex, and even buy some bee-friendly plants or a bee motel for home. Find out more here.
  10. Have an alpaca picnic!
    Make some furry friends at Mountview Alpaca Farm, on the grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards (bonus!) Open 7 days a week for all your alpaca walks, cuddles and picnics. Book here.

Top 10 ways to spoil dad in the Scenic Rim 

Nothing says, “I love you” like giving your dad a quality taste of the Scenic Rim. 

No matter what your dad is into, we’ve got something to make his day special. 

Whether he loves adventures outdoors or perhaps a bit of pampering, pub lunches or whipping up a masterpiece in the kitchen at home, we’ve got you and your dad sorted this Father’s Day. 

Check out our ‘Top 10 ways to spoil dad in the Scenic Rim’ to get you started. 

Take dad on an adventure. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge guide Innes Larkin by Visit Scenic Rim.

  1. Take dad to new heights. Does your dad love adventure? The sky is literally the limit in the Scenic Rim. Take him on Australia’s largest zipline adventure at TreeTop Challenge Tamborine Mountain, stroll among the treetops on the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk or book him in for an epic mountain expedition with Mt Barney Lodge. Go even higher with a hot air balloon flight over the Scenic Rim or a scenic flight with Pterodactyl HelicoptersDad can even learn to fly with Oz Paragliding and Hang Gliding near Canungra or Airsport Qld at Boonah!
  2. Introduce dad to some 4-legged friends. Book an alpaca picnic at Mountview Alpaca Farm, treat dad to a camel ride and tour at Summer Land Camels, experience the Scenic Rim on horseback with Scenic Rim Equine Group or Horse Riding Hinterland or take a Cobb and Co wagon tour with Drayhorse Shires.
  3. Get dad a Scenic Rim Farm Box. Nothing says ‘We love you Dad‘ like brisket and beer. Our friends at Scenic Rim Farm Box have created a special box that takes all the guess work out of present buying. Simply add to your cart and they’ll do the rest!
  4. Give dad’s wardrobe some Scenic Rim style. Protect dad’s noggin from the sun and boost his street cred with a one-of-a-kind hat from Mad Natter, handmade on the farm in the Scenic Rim. And buy him a pair of world-class, ethically made jeans from Scenic Rim-based company, Outland Denim.
  5. Help dad smell great. Blokes like to be pampered, too! Check out the ‘Batches for Blokes’ collection, handcrafted by Beautiful Batches in Canungra and treat him to Coco and Myrtle artisan soaps, which are named after Scenic Rim landmarks and feature beautiful local ingredients.
  6. Quench dad’s thirst. Whether your dad loves beer, wine, spirits or coffee, he won’t go thirsty in the Scenic Rim! For a nice cold craft beer, book a spot at Scenic Rim Brewery or Fortitude Brewing Company. Relax beside Canungra Creek with a Father’s Day Picnic Basket at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, which is fun for the whole family, with Mountview Alpaca Farm right there on-site! And get him a brew of a different kind at Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation. Find out more about our local beer, wine and spirits.
  7. Get dad some hot cooking tips. Why not buy dad a cooking class or two? Buy him a gift voucher or book in for a variety of classes, from Italian, Vietnamese and Mexican to Thai fusion and party food with Scenic Rim Cooking Classes.
  8. Take dad camping. There are so many opportunities to get back to basics with a camping trip in the Scenic Rim. Click here to find more amazing campsites with great facilities and beautiful views in the Scenic Rim.
  9. 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.
  10. Hit the fairways. The Scenic Rim has five golf facilities spread across the region, each with a unique history and offering. All courses welcome visitors locally or from afar to come and experience what they have on offer. Plan your golfing visit with dad. 

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 

Looking out from the summit of Mt Maroon. Photo by Susie Cunningham.

We are as excited as you are that travel restrictions continue to ease, and we can welcome even more of you back to the Scenic Rim.

From 11.59pm Friday, 15 May, you can travel up to 150km from home to experience the joys of the Scenic Rim. Great food, great scenery and precious time with family and friends in the great outdoors.

Be sure to follow all Queensland Government health advice on physical distancing and hygiene!

Things are changing by the day, as you know, and many businesses are changing their trading hours and styles to keep their doors open for us all. We’ve provided direct Facebook and website links to each business – please make sure you check the latest with them directly before you set out!

Here are our hot local tips for a great day out in the Scenic Rim!

1. Don’t go hungry

The Scenic Rim is quite literally one of Australia’s most abundant food bowls. We’re home to some of the country’s most hard working farmers, artisan food producers and brewers, distillers and wine makers. Lucky for you, you can get your hands on some fabulous local produce while you’re here.

All that shopping for local produce will make you hungry for something you can eat on the spot! Well you’re in luck. We’ve got more than 100 takeaway options spread out across the region.

So pack you esky and your appetite, and check out our A to Z of local takeaways and esky fillers

2. Walk it out!

Unwind with a stunning bushwalk in one of our World Heritage Listed national parks.

🍃: Lamington National Park (Green Mountains section via O’Reillys)⁣⁣

🍃: Main Range National Park (Mt Cordeaux and Mt Mitchell are stunning)⁣⁣

🍃 Moogerah Peaks National Park⁣⁣ (try the easy, paved track from the car park to the beautiful lookout on Mt French)

🍃 Mount Barney National Park (Yellow Pinch has a great view of Mt Barney!)

🍃 Tamborine National Park (note: Cedar Creek Falls will remain shut)⁣⁣

Be sure to check Qld Parks Park Alerts before you set out, for the latest information!⁣

3. Have a picnic!

Load your loved ones into the car and come relax in one of our parks! Check out a full list of the Scenic Rim’s parks and playgrounds here. Hot local tip, you can have an ALPACA PICNIC 7 days a week! You’ll also find some great picnic inspo over at Destination Scenic Rim.

4. Go shopping

Our beautiful country boutiques are filled to the brim with unique things you won’t find during your ordinary shopping trip! Many of them are starting to open their doors a little more, and if you can’t make it out to visit just yet, you can shop online! Click here for inspo and local intel.

Hang Gliders Lookout Robert Sowter Park

Hang Gliders Lookout by Christine Sharp for Eat Local Scenic Rim.

Whether you need a delicious takeaway or to fill your esky with Scenic Rim goodies for home, we’ve got you covered!

From 11.59pm Friday, 15 May, find something within 150km of where you live, pack your esky and your appetite and come get your fix! Be sure to order ahead (or book ahead, if you hope to be one of the lucky 10 dining in!) to help everyone maintain physical distancing.

Keep an eye out for all our gorgeous local shops to explore while you are here, and pack the rug and camping chairs for a quiet picnic at one of our lookouts, lakes or parks.

Be sure to follow all Queensland Government health advice on physical distancing and hygiene!

Things are changing by the day, as you know, and many businesses are changing their trading hours and styles to keep their doors open for us all. We’ve provided direct Facebook and website links to each business – please make sure you check the latest with them directly before you set out!

Here’s our A to Z of more than 100 hot local takeaway and esky-filling tips to get you started.

Beaudesert and surrounds: 

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your esky:

Lake Moogerah, Scenic Rim. Photo by Trevor Worden for Visit Scenic Rim.

Boonah and surrounds: 

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your esky:

Canungra and surrounds

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your Esky:

 Tamborine Mountain and Tamborine

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your Esky:

Further than 50km away? Order these Scenic Rim goodies online

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/ 

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

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/  

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

Stuck at home? 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 stuck at home doesn’t mean you should go without! 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.

No matter why you’re stuck at home, a great way to pass the time is getting inspired!  

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!

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard-5

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.

Beaudesert Race Club. raceday

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.

When you visit Towri Sheep Cheeses, you’ll be greeted by Dallas and Carolyn Davidson, their 300 Awassi sheep and their loyal Jack Russell Honey Poo Davidson.

Their boutique sheep cheesery and farm at Allenview, just out of Beaudesert, is a beautiful spot to go and feel connected to where your food comes from.

Book in for a tour to experience a milking demonstration, substantial cheese tasting, tea and coffee and access to the cheese room to learn about the basics of cheese making.

Towri is available for functions, too!

Carolyn and Dallas Davidson of Towri Sheep Cheeses.

Carolyn and Dallas Davidson of Towri Sheep Cheeses. Photo by Christine Sharp.

Towri Sheep Cheeses are official Scenic Rim Accredited Locavores!

The Eat Local Scenic Rim Accredited Locavores program is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

If you want to find, taste, buy and connect with local Scenic Rim food and drinks all year round, check out the Eat Local Scenic Rim website for more information, and look out for the green and yellow Eat Local Scenic Rim sign on shop windows, and cafe and restaurant menus across the region.

In this video, Dallas and Carolyn share their passion for what they do.

An annual foodie event which started from humble beginnings nearly 10 years ago has earned the Scenic Rim a national award for driving economic prosperity.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 2018 won the ‘Economic Development Single Event or Activity’ category at the National Economic Development Awards in Adelaide on 24 October.

The Scenic Rim Regional Council outshone a record number of entries from across Australia, including fellow events category finalists Southern Grampians Shire Council and Logan City Council, to win the award.

Brenda Walker – Scenic Rim Regional Council Manager of Regional Prosperity and Communications – accepts the award on behalf of the region.

 

Council’s submission for the award was based on 2018 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, which attracted 40,000 people to the region and contributed more than $2 million to the local economy.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said winning at the National Economic Development Awards reinforced the clear value of the region’s food and drink industries.

“Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is an incredible celebration, and this award demonstrates it runs so much deeper than that,” he said.

“This is a win for the entire local supply chain, from the farmers who grow our incredible local produce right through to everyone who hosts an Eat Local Week event to drive those economic benefits to our region and put money in the pockets of our local operators.”

“Eat Local Week has grown from about four or five events when it started in 2010 to a program of 90 events, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all the people who visit the Scenic Rim during Eat Local Week each year to make it worth our while. We thank each and every one of those visitors for the value they have brought to our region.”

Local dairy farmer and agritourism leader Kay Tommerup of Tommerup’s Dairy Farm said the economic benefits of Eat Local Week were invaluable year-round.

“The actual movement of Eat Local, beyond Eat Local Week, is huge for all of us. The publicity and the recognition that we have gained over the years means that we now have an audience of chefs, cafes and all those people who’ll come to us directly,” she said.

“The Scenic Rim brand really stands for something, and collectively we offer an authentic, character-filled experience through the food of our region.”

The Scenic Rim’s latest win is in addition to the ‘Outstanding Region’ award it won at the delicious. Produce Awards in Sydney earlier this year.

Read: Scenic Rim judged most delicious region in Australia

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 27 June – 5 July 2020. For more information visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au/

Immerse yourself in the English tradition of ‘High Tea’, served in the gardens at Towri Sheep Cheeses.

Treat yourself and your friends to a wonderful spring day out in the country.

There’ll be sparkling wine, pots of tea and coffee, tiered trays of scones, canapés, sandwiches and petit desserts.

It’s on at 2pm Saturday, 19 October.

Tickets $68 per person, bookings essential. Prize for best hat!

For Bookings, email info@towrisheepcheeses.com.au by 18 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.

Pop some tags in great company when the Kooralbyn Valley Community Development Association Inc Op Shop proudly presents its “Stepping out in Style” fashion parade and dinner fundraiser.

The event includes a fashion show, scrumptious nibbles and mouthwatering supper, shopping, music and an opportunity draw.

Wine, beer and other drinks will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start at the Kooralbyn Community Centre Hall, 79 Ogilvie Place, Kooralbyn.

Tickets cost $15 and bookings are essential.

For more information and to book tickets, phone Evelyn Sandell on 0491 637 585.

To keep up to date with event information, visit the Facebook event page.

Red Bull Day in the Dirt Down Under will return to the Queensland Moto Park at Coulson from 29 August to 1 September 2019.

More than 900 riders are set to line up for the international motocross event. Spectator day passes and weekend passes are available for purchase.

The event attracted more than 600 riders and 2000 spectators when it first came to Australia in 2018.

The Australian version of the event builds on the success of the American event, which started in 1998 and is held at Southern California’s iconic Glen Helen racetrack.

Visit https://dayinthedirtdownunder.com.au/race-schedule/ to view the 2019 Day in the Dirt Down Under race schedule.

Visit https://dayinthedirtdownunder.com.au/spectator-info/ for spectator information and tickets.

Get along to the second annual Old School Carralbyn at Kooralbyn from 28 February to 1 March, 2020.

This popular event is an opportunity to celebrate and recreate the fun of yesteryear’s air strip drag racing.

The program is as follows:

Friday, 28 February:

The weekend will tee off with the 9 hole Carralbyn Cup at 2pm, followed by a meet and greet at 5pm, dinner at 6pm and entertainment from 8pm.

Saturday, 29 February:

There’ll be an 11am rally for lunch (open), a 4pm test & tune (pre-1968), dinner at 6pm and live music from 8pm.

Sunday, 1 March:

Gates will open at 7am, the 1/8 mile racing (pre-1968) and the show & shine (pre-1975) will go from 9am – 1pm and trophies will be presented at 1.30pm.

Entries close 21 January, 2020.

For more information, email carralbyn@mail.com, phone 0418 762 576 and check out the Carralbyn 1/8 Drag Facebook event page

Main photo by Jodie Lorraine Photography.

 

 

 

 

The Scenic Rim’s rich diversity of wildlife will be celebrated and discussed at a workshop in Kooralbyn.

The ‘Establishing the Scenic Rim as an ecologically-sustainable international wildlife destination’ workshop will be on at Ramada Resort, Kooralbyn on Friday, 6 December.

The workshop is for

  • Tour operators and eco-accommodation providers in or near the Scenic Rim
  • Other accommodation, restaurants etc.
  • Travel agents and tourism associations that may include Scenic Rim in their information or offerings
  • Local and state government
  • National Park staff
  • NGOs (natural history, conservation, tourism)
  • Students (tourism, environmental studies etc.)
  • Citizen scientists (including school groups) interested in involvement in monitoring
  • Anyone else with an interest in environmentally-sustainable tourism in the region

For more information, visit https://www.wildlifetourism.org.au/scenic-rim-as-a-wildlife-destination-workshop/

To keep up with event information, check out ‘The Scenic Rim as an international wildlife tourism destination’ Facebook event page.

Head long to the Tamborine Mammoth Country Market at the Bearded Dragon Hotel on 28 July.

Doors will open at 8am for a BBQ country breakfast and the markets go from 9am to 3.30pm.

Book your table to enjoy the all day dining, and order from the Bearded Dragon Hotel menu.

The markets will include camel rides, pony rides, alpaca, goat and baby animal feeding, cane toad racing, crocodile and reptile shows and FAD dance performances.

There will be more than 60 craft, arts and local small business market stalls as well as activities for the kids.

Enjoy live music from and entertainment on the garden main stage and buy goodies from the espresso coffee and sweet treats stalls, smoothies and frappes vendors, BBQ hut street eats and more.

To keep up with event information, follow the Tamborine Mammoth Country Market on Facebook.

Rowing Queensland will host the 2019 Queensland Schools’ Championship Regatta at Lake Wyaralong in the Scenic Rim from 21-23 September.

Spectator entry is free, and Lake Wyaralong is equipped with public toilet facilities and walking and cycling tracks.

For more competitor information, visit Rowing Queensland.

To keep up to date with events at Lake Wyaralong, follow Rowing Queensland on Facebook.

Dust off your best black and white frocks and suits and head to the Beaudesert Race Club for Derby Day on 2 November, 2019.

Early bird general admission is $10 for adults and children and pensioners get in free. General admission will be $15 per person at the gate on the day.

The Country Luncheon is back by popular demand. The $75 luncheon package includes entry to the racetrack and Bushmans Pavilion, chilled summer seafood buffet, house beverage on arrival, race book and nearby bar and betting facilities.

There’ll be 7 Tab races, bookies, live entertainment and fashions on the field.

Gates open at 11am and there’ll be food service from 11.30am.

Book online at www.beaudesertraceclub.com/ and visit the Derby Day Facebook event page to keep up to date with event information.

Head to the Beaudesert Race Club for an action-packed day out on 27 July, 2019.

Adult entry is $10 per person and children and pensioners get in free.

 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany’s finest ensembles. The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne will perform classics from Germany at St Mary’s church in Beaudesert at 2pm on Sunday, June 16.

Bookings:

Desert Oasis Coffee Lounge, Beaudesert Fair Shopping Centre. 07 5541 0142

 

The wildest event on the Dust Hustle™ calendar, Dust Hustle 8: QLD Moto Park is “The Riders’ Event” for 2019 at Queensland Moto Park, Coulson. 3 tracks will be spread across the epic QMP venue, 2 of which will be new to QMP specifically for the DH8 event. Riders can test their enthusiasm and wrap it all up with camping and a trackside afterparty Saturday night.

DH8 is a big-old bring-anything moto campout with just the right amount of good food and great drinks. Save the ‘big show’ and trade alley for DH9, they’re getting back to basics and combining the best the Dust Hustle™ has to offer.

Don’t be fooled though, this isn’t some backyard bush bash! The tracks are Motorcycling Australia certified for professional level racing. They’ll just be grooming them a little smoother than your usual motocross track and sprinkling on a ton of extra fun.

They’re going to round up 200 of the most legendary muppets to join in on this scramble shamble. It will be groomed dirt and grass surfaces, so even the most inexperienced riders will feel comfortable mixing it up.

Rider entries for Dust Hustle close 25 May. Spectators are welcome, with spectator entry costing $5 for adults (kids under 16 get in free).

The Queensland Moto Park will still be open to non-Dust Hustle riders all weekend, and the Queensland Moto Park on-site café will be open all weekend.

www.dusthustle.com

Two Scenic Rim tourism businesses were among the winners at the recent 2019 Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards.

Summer Land Camel Farm received the Excellence in Agriculture Award and Mt Barney Lodge received the award for Excellence in Tourism, Accommodation and Hospitality.

Jeff Flood of Summer Land Farms with his Scenic Rim Excellence Award.

Summer Land Camel Farm is the largest commercial camel dairy and milk processing, breeding and farming operation outside the Middle East. The farm produces a range of products and also welcomes visitors to the farm.

Tracey and Innes Larkin with Mayor Greg Christensen at the Scenic Rim Business Awards.

Mt Barney Lodge is a 30ha eco-tourism retreat specialising in group and family bookings, and outdoor education and adventure activities, school camps and catering.

Mayor Greg Christensen says competition was keen among the 71 nominations and in making their decision the judges considered factors including customer service, environmental awareness, business strategy, risk management and financial performance.

“I have been inspired by the stories behind so many of these businesses which go above and beyond to deliver the highest levels of customer service while adding value to our regional economy, contributing to its strong trajectory of growth, and providing local employment opportunities for members of our communities.”

Find out more about all of the winners

See the photo gallery from the gala event

View the stars and planets from picturesque Laravale, in the Scenic Rim, at the 2019 Scenic Rim Star Party.

The star party, presented by the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association, will feature sky tours, meteorite displays, rocket launches and public viewing of the stars and planets.

Bring your camera for an astro photography workshop.

In case of inclement weather, phone Mark on 0423 888 374 for local weather conditions.

The back-up date for the 2019 Scenic Rim Star Party is 27 July.

To keep up to date with event information, visit the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association Facebook page.

Catch carp for a cause at the 2019 Dragon Kayak Wyaralong Dam Carp Tilapia Eradication Comp at Lake Wyaralong.

Bring the family, fish from the shore or kayak, canoe or boat (electric only) to catch Carp and Tilapia pest fish at Lake Wyaralong on Saturday, 23 March.

Registration for the 2019 Dragon Kayak Wyaralong Dam Carp Tilapia Eradication Comp will be from 5.30am, fishing starts at 7am and weigh-in closes at 2pm sharp.

A BBQ, drinks and raffles tickets will be available for purchase, and all purchases (including registration) will be cash-only.

All money raised will be used to buy fingerlings to stock native fish back into Lake Wyaralong and surrounding rivers and creeks.

The event is being hosted by Logan and Albert Fish Management Association. For more information, visit LAFMA.org or check out the Facebook event page.

Ditch the golf cart and take a chopper!

It’s possible in the Scenic Rim, when you test your handicap on some of the region’s best courses.

Captain Mike will fly you between Scenic Rim golf courses.

Captain Mike, from Pterodactyl Helicopters, will fly you from course to course.

Play nine holes (three on each course) and enjoy amazing views from the air as you fly through the Scenic Rim.

Select three golf courses to visit from the Scenic Rim’s five state of the art golf facilities, each with its own unique history and offering, and all courses welcome visitors locally or from afar to come and experience what they have on offer.

Contact Pterodactyl Helicopters to enquire about your Scenic Rim Helicopter Golf experience today.

Kooralbyn Valley Golf Course

Kooralbyn Valley Golf Course is situated at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley, Australia’s first integrated golf resort. The course, designed by renowned Scottish designer Desmond Muirhead, was recently named top Resort Golf Course. Its unique design, carved into a series of valleys, hills and lakes, provides plenty of elevation change. The wildlife is abundant, with hundreds of kangaroos feeding on a daily basis.

Tamborine Mountain Golf Club

Situated 500m above sea level, Tamborine Mountain Golf Club overlooks the Gold Coast. This acclaimed 9-hole, 18 tee golf course is a delight to play any time of the year. Unlike the coastal courses, they don’t flood in the wet season and they’re always several degrees cooler, with minimal humidity during summer. Visiting golfers are welcome to experience their hospitality and challenge the 3, 4 and par 5 holes, then master their elevated bent grass greens that thrive at this altitude.

Beaudesert Golf Club

Beaudesert Golf Club offers 18 holes on gently undulating land with tree-lined fairways and carefully maintained grass greens irrigated daily using recycled water from the main dam. A small creek flows through the course with a variety of creatures enjoying the natural habitat provided.

Boonah Golf Club

Boonah Golf Club’s Signature Hole is the par 4, 9th/ 325m, 18th/ 352m, a challenging water carry for the big hitters who like to drive the green, which is well guarded by bunkers. They have two Par 3s which would take pride of place on any resort course.  Both are attractive from the tee and strategically designed to demand accuracy and precise club selection.

Canungra Golf Club

The course opened in 1972 and has been designed to accommodate players of all skill levels with minimal bunkering and water hazards yet still a challenging layout.

It is predominantly flat but with a couple of elevated tees, tight in places with small couch greens to test approach accuracy.

The shortest par 3 at 138m requires a delicately placed shot to hold the green and the longest par 5 at 514m offers a wide fairway with the last 100m uphill to an elevated bunkered green to test the best of the big-hitters.

Helicopter Golf Tours in the Scenic Rim: Your golf handicap will fly high.

 

March is filled with opportunities for you to have a great time in the Scenic Rim. Whether you want to go on a magnificent guided walking experience, have a night at the local theatre, immerse yourself in a country show or even plan your perfect Scenic Rim wedding, we’ve got an event for you! Here’s your guide to what’s on in March in the Scenic Rim.

Pig Day Out on Tommerup's Farm.

Pig Day Out on Tommerup’s Farm.

Stock up on farm fresh pork at Tommerup’s Pig Day Out – 9 March

Tommerup’s farm larder will be open and stocked with their milk fed, free range heritage breed pork – traditional wood-smoked bacon, leg ham, kabana and gourmet sausages. Bring your esky and stock up!

Autumn orchid and foliage show

Autumn orchid and foliage show.

Expand your orchid collection – 9 to 10 March

Be inspired and grow your orchid collection at the Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society Autumn Orchid and Foliage Show.  You can purchase plants and accessories and hear a guest speaker talk about basics for growing orchids.

Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project.

Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project.

Join the Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project celebration – 10 March

Celebrate the Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project with an afternoon of entertainment at Kerry Memorial Hall. The people behind the project want to thank the community and beyond for the support shown for their project aiming to reach out to those experiencing mental health issues.

O'Reilly's Bird Week.

O’Reilly’s Bird Week.

See hundreds of bird species at O’Reilly’s –  10 to 15 March

Flock to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for Autumn Bird Week from Sunday March 10 to Friday March 15, 2019.

A precursor to the larger internationally renowned O’Reilly’s Bird Week held each November, Autumn Bird Week is a relaxed experience ideal for beginner bird watchers hoping to see the unique birds of Lamington National Park in a small group.

Rowing Queensland

Lake Wyaralong

Have a day at the lake, watch the regatta – first 3 Saturdays of March

There are regattas the first 3 Saturdays of March at the beautiful Lake Wyaralong! The regatta action for the month of March culminates in the exciting GPS Head of the River Rowing Championships on 16 March.

Spectator entry is free and Lake Wyaralong has walking and cycling tracks and beautiful picnic spots.

Bring cash to to purchase food and drinks, stop to check out the nearby towns of Beaudesert or Boonah on your way to or from the regatta and stop in at The Overflow Estate 1895 just down the road from all the rowing action.

Introduction to Life Drawing.

Introduction to Life Drawing.

Get an introduction to life drawing – 3 to 6 March

Stay on the beautiful Tamborine Mountain for a three-day creative workshop with renowned local artist Gaye Dell.

Each participant will leave the mountain with a feeling of serenity, a smile, some know-how and pieces of art they have created.

Packages are inclusive of accommodation.

On the Edge Events.

On the Edge Events.

Hit the mountain bike tracks – 10 March

Join the folk from On the Edge Events for the first Gravity Enduro series to be held in the Scenic Rim.

The event will be held in Kooralbyn, with five timed runs and plenty of time for transitioning through the Kooralbyn trails.

Test yourself on one of the best Gravity Enduro courses in Queensland.

Marisa Parker author

Marisa Parker.

Learn to write your life story – 10 to 13 March

Head to Tamborine Mountain for a two-day creative writing workshop on how to write your life story.

Award-winning author Marisa Parker will host the workshop, and accommodation is included in the package.

BAMS War of the Worlds

BAMS War of the Worlds

Have a night at the local theatre – 15 to 23 March

Join BAMS Theatre Inc. for The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script live on stage.

It features the pre-show The Music of the ‘30s with The Bamettes singers.

Enjoy cabaret-style seating, a full bar and cheese platters available to pre-order.

Shows are on the following dates:

Tamborine Mountain Show

Tamborine Mountain Show.

Have a rockin’ time at the Tamborine Mountain Show – 16 March

Come along for a great day of competitions, exhibits, vintage cars, horses and dogs.

Mason Rack Band will take you into the night, there’ll be great food and the bar will be open.

Mt Maroon moon rise hike. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge.

Mt Maroon moon rise hike. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge.

Do the Moon Rise on Mt Maroon – 21 March

Imagine the view from the Mt Maroon summit on a clear full-moon night. You can experience it for yourself through the Moon Rise on Maroon guided walk with Mt Barney Lodge.

This is a great walk for fit and determined hikers, and takes five to seven hours return from Mt Barney Lodge.
Secrets of the Scenic Rim interNATIONAL PARKtours.

The Scenic Rim.

Experience the Secrets of the Scenic Rim  – 24 to 29 March

Treat yourself with a short break in the Scenic Rim and learn its secrets from the locals on the Secrets of the Scenic Rim walking tour with interNATIONAL PARKtours.

Stretching south-west of Brisbane, this arc of sweeping ranges, river valleys, lush rainforests and quaint country towns is the perfect city antidote.

Weddings at Canungra Valley Vineyards

Plan your own Scenic Rim wedding  – 31 March

Join O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for their annual Wedding Open Day

Visit their stunning property and view their four wedding venues with event organisers and preferred suppliers on hand to answer questions from the bride and groom to be.

Stay for lunch for a 20 per cent discount on all food and wine.

April EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Brisbane and GPS Club Regatta, Wyaralong – 13 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 13 April 2019

Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Round 1 – 14 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 14 April 2019

Moon Rise on Maroon – 19 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 19 April 2019

Towri Easter Egg Hunt – 20 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 20 April 2019

Beaudesert Anzac Race Day – 25 April 2019

Pottery and Textiles Workshop – 28 April to 2 May 2019

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

Due to popular demand, Towri Sheep Cheeses is holding a cheese workshop for kids on Easter Saturday!

Details:

  • $90 per child Easter Saturday, 20 April
  • 10am arrival, finish about 3pm
  • Morning tea and lunch included
  • Kids get to make their own cheese to take home
  • Donkey and lamb pats
  • Free time to relax in the Towri gardens
  • Easter egg gift bag for each child to take home

Parents are welcome for $30 per person to cover morning tea and lunch.

Bookings essential by 15 April, 2019 to info@towrisheepcheeses.com.au or phone 5543 1260, or Dallas Davidson (Head of Marketing) 0403 463 429.

Ladies and gentlemen, immerse yourself in the English tradition of ‘High Tea’, served in the gardens at Towri Sheep Cheeses.

Treat yourself and your friends to a wonderful winters’ day out in the country. There’ll be sparkling wine, pots of tea and coffee and tiered trays of scones, canapés, sandwiches and petit desserts.

This inaugural event will start at 10.30am Saturday, 27 July. Tickets are $68 per person and bookings are essential.

For more information, email info@towrisheepcheeses.com.au,  visit the Towri Sheep Cheeses Facebook page or check out the Towri Sheep Cheeses website.