Kooroomba has been created as a unique tourist destination, nestled in the Fassifern Valley at Mt Alford near Boonah, about 60 minutes from Brisbane and 1 hour and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast.

The property consists of a cellar door, the Kooroomba Restaurant and their Lavender Gift Shop, which overlooks a six hectare vineyard and breathtaking lavender fields, with magnificent views of the Scenic Rim mountains.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm provides a southern France experience on the doorstep of Brisbane and is the perfect setting for any festivity or just a relaxing day away.

Scenic Rim Brewery and Cafe is a small family owned, Australian brewery from southeast Queensland’s Scenic Rim region. As the name suggests, the Scenic Rim is known for its natural assets. With fresh air, clear water and natural ingredients, we can’t think of a better place to brew beer the brewery is situated in the 100 year Mount Alford General store.

They have created a range of beers to celebrate the place and people we love! All their brews are named after larrikins, their story is our story and like all things country, they’re best shared over a couple of cold ones and a bite to eat”. Their beers have been developed to quench more than your thirst. The dedication of Mike and Wendy combined with their passion for quality products – both in the brewery and at the café – ensures an all round sensory experience, “After all, they have five senses and only one thirst”, jokes Mike.

Wendy’s Dutch heritage shines through in her cooking, perfectly pairing with their range of beer. The original shelves from the general store have been retained and are now filled from floor to ceiling with a showcase of local goods.

Sharpen your culinary skills, learn, eat and have fun!

Scenic Rim Cooking Classes Cooking School and Accommodation offers both private classes (your kitchen or theirs) and regular public classes. Each class is hands-on and centres around the preparation of a complete meal and culminates in a full sit-down lunch/dinner with complimentary local beverages. On arrival complimentary tea, coffee, juices and snack are available whilst you all get to know each other.

Pop-up classes teach one part of the meal for example preparing mayonnaise, real fresh green Thai curry past, dumplings and more. Minimum 6 people. Your kitchen or theirs. Check out Facebook for these offers or email them.

Based in the heart of Scenic Rim, Boonah their kitchen is in an old Queenslander set in beautiful gardens with stunning views. They offer Accommodation for up to 6 guests and the house is fully air conditioned, fireplace, wrap around verandas. Cook for yourselves or have your own private chef.

Ignite your passion for food, cooking and entertaining.
Their classes with recipes and menus will give you confidence to create a dinner party with “wow” from your guests. The classes cover a wide range of cuisines from around the world.

Food and eating is a joyous experience. At Scenic Rim Cooking Classes they create food to live for.

Arthur Clive’s Family Bakehouse Aratula is located at 6746 Cunningham Hwy, Aratula, Boonah, Boonah. This restaurant is yet to be rated by Zomato users. Serves Bakery, Desserts.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$30 approximately.

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Vanbery Cottage is part of ‘Dulhunty’ a 43 acre cattle property. Situated a scenic 12 kilometre drive South of Boonah (90 minutes drive from Brisbane Central Business District).

Enjoy a beautiful country experience for couples in the heart of the amazing Scenic Rim Region of South East Queensland.

Boutique private hilltop accommodation with breathtaking valley and mountain views.

One fully self-contained Cottage features beautiful decor, fully equipped kitchen, en suite with bath.

Swim away tension in the deluxe in-ground pool with private access.

Nothing like the flicker of a fire to complete your winter escape

Relax the day away on the verandah enjoying sweeping and ever changing views and abundant wildlife.

The Bunyip Retreat is the perfect destination for your romantic and luxurious getaway. Located only one hour south-west of Brisbane near Boonah. Luxury boutique retreat with accommodation for up to eight adults only. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Great Dividing Range and the Fassifern Valley below from every room on every level and from the expansive lawn.

Set on 100 acres of bushland high on the side of Mount French, The Bunyip Retreat provides a private escape and is perfect for that romantic getaway, birthday or anniversary celebration or simply for that all needed weekend or mid-week break. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings relaxing by the pool or in the Great Room. Options for dinner are available with a two course set menu in the Great Room. A full breakfast is also available. The Bunyip Retreat is BYO alcohol.

Girls’ weekends, Couples and ‘Whole of House’ bookings are welcome. Self-catering options are available for ‘Whole of House’ bookings only. Ultimate Private Picnic Package for 2 available for special celebrations or merely to indulge.

Lake Moogerah is the hidden treasure of the Fassifern Valleys Scenic Rim.

Located just one and a half hours drive from Brisbane’s CBD and the same from the Gold Coast so it’s not too far to go for a couple of nights yet far enough to make you forget the rat race you just came from.

Moogerah Lake House Number six, is a rustic farm house filled with new furnishings so it has all the luxury you’d expect of a four star hotel, the charm and quirks of a farm cottage, and the serenity of a mountain retreat making it perfect for two couples.

By far one of the most versatile properties in the region, this three bedroom country cottage is ready to accept a maximum of seven guests, suitable for only people aged ten or older.

Lake Moogerah is the hidden treasure of the Fassifern Valleys Scenic Rim.

Moogerah Lake House number three is privately owned and run by the Moogerah lake House Group of holiday rentals. After servicing guests for over five years now the owner knew exactly what was needed in this modern oasis by the lake so you’ll want for nothing on your next stay.

Equipped with more cool things than any luxury five star hotel you’ll never want to leave. The main house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Separate master size studio (which is attached to the house) has one bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.

Listing price is for the whole home (four bedrooms with six beds). This price does not include the hidden Mancave / Kids Clubhouse at the back of the property which sleeps eight people (six kid on six bunks plus a sofa bed for two adults). Not to mention all the other fun stuff in the Clubhouse so check out the awesome images below. Additional fees for Clubhouse.

This property truly is a luxury escape with nothing but the best quality finishing’s and furnishings fully loaded with the best views of the lake from the deck and the cool fire pit front yard area with fun for the whole family.

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping offers the glamour of luxury accommodation with the romance of camping under the stars. South East Queensland’s first couples’ luxury tent bush retreat can be found in a secluded location near Boonah in the heart of the Scenic Rim, only 90 minutes south-west of Brisbane.

A choice of either a Luxury Eco-tent providing you with a truly unique camping experience complete with ensuite, quality linens, private deck with spectacular views and your very own campfire and alfresco kitchen, or a stay in the Scenic Rim’s first Tiny House retreat with an entire ridge all to yourself!

Set on the edge of 100 acres of private eucalypt forest, there are many hidden locations to escape to for breathtaking mountain views and glorious sunsets. Relax by the campfire and toast marshmallows or unwind on your balcony with a glass of wine as you watch the friendly wallabies grazing.

Only 15 minutes away you will find the country town of Boonah where you will be amazed at the genuinely friendly country charm of the locals, the unique shopping experience and the amazing variety of cafes and restaurants.

Visit a local winery, brewery, art gallery or one of the many national parks, swimming holes or lakes. For the more adventurous there is fixed wing gliding or world class rock climbing.

Lake Moogerah is the hidden treasure of the Fassifern Valleys Scenic Rim.

Located just one and a half hours drive from Brisbane’s CBD and the same from the Gold Coast so its not too far to go for a couple of nights yet far enough to make you forget the rat race you just came from.

Moogerah Lake House number two has the luxury you would expect of a four star hotel and the serenity of a mountain retreat making it perfect for couples, large groups, weddings or even receptions.

By far one of the most versatile properties in the region, this three bedroom house is ready to accept a maximum of nine guests, with provisions for guests of all ages including fold away cots for the newest members of your family, and a sand-pit with a swing set.

The adults don’t miss out either, with a massive 60 inch television dominating the lounge room.

Suitably equipped for long stays, Moogerah Lake House number two offers guests the freedom to stay from a minimum of two nights, and with an on-site laundry and dryer and full-sized kitchen, not to mention that spectacular backdrop, why would you want to leave?

Moogerah Lake House number two also has a large outdoor fire put and barbecue area, with seating for 9 plus people.

Hilly Ridge is an exclusive and elegant Queenslander perched on a mountain ridge in the middle of the Scenic Rim. Breath-taking and peaceful views only an hour and ten minutes from Brisbane, Hilly Ridge provides a unique and private country escape for couples and families. Fully self contained with indoor and outdoor fires – a perfect place for star gazing

Motel, Cottage and Caravans/Camping set on a 2.5 Acre property in Aratula on the western side of the Scenic Rim. An excellent base for all your Scenic Rim bushwalking experiences (including Main Range, Mt Edwards, Mt Greville, Mt French, Spicers Gap etc) and close to Moogerah Dam for Water Sports.

Lake Moogerah is the hidden treasure of the Fassifern Valleys Scenic Rim. Located just one and a half hours drive from Brisbane’s CBD and the same from the Gold Coast so it’s not too far to go for a couple of nights yet far enough to make you forget the rat race you just came from.

There is no better time to take family and friends away for a night or a week to Moogerah Lake House number one.

Moogerah Lake House number one is a cool old home but filled with new furnishings so it has all the luxury you’d expect of a 4-star hotel and the serenity of a mountain retreat making it perfect for couples, large groups, weddings or even receptions.

Moogerah Lake House number one also has a large outdoor fire pit and barbecue area, with seating for nine plus people.

With Moogerah Lake House number two, Lake House number three and Lake House number four all within walking distance, parties of up to 50 can be catered for overall four properties.

Suitably equipped for long stays, Moogerah Lake House number one offers guests the freedom to stay for a minimum of two nights, and with on-site laundry and dryer and full-sized kitchen, not to mention that spectacular backdrop, why would you want to leave?

Hosted Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a historic old Church built-in 1889. Just minutes from the charming township of Boonah and the beautiful mountains and lakes of the Scenic Rim and an hour from Brisbane.

Stay in one of the three ensuite luxury bedrooms, all with their own balconies and stunning views of the mountains and the landscaped gardens.

Be spoilt with a delicious continental breakfast made from local produce and their famous home-baked sourdough.

Curl up in front of the fireplace to keep you warm on a cool winter night.

Let them spoil you and provide you with an organised tour of the local vineyards, breweries, numerous cafes and restaurants.

Wheelchair access and disabled bathroom facilities.

Located just four kilometres from Boonah town centre and located within the Scenic Rim region, Milford Country Cottages offers you the perfect retreat from the stresses and strains of modern living, with a country escape feel about it. There are two self-contained cottages available, Bottletree and Rose cottage. Both are air-conditioned for your comfort and Rose cottage has wheelchair access.

At just over one hour from Brisbane, these cottages are both beautifully decorated with bedroom and bathroom linen supplied. Both cottages are set within 40 acres of views over the Great Dividing Range to the west and Sugar Loaf Mountain to the south. The property has a dam with wild life around it and picnic table to take in the views.

If simply unwinding is not enough and you need a little entertainment and activities, there are local hotels, gliding club, dams for recreational use, wineries, Queen Mary falls, bushwalking, national parks and excellent cafes downtown Boonah.

The ultimate fun family getaway. Prepare to be spoiled with magnificent sunsets over Mount Edward from the back pool deck, and picturesque views of Lake Moogerah from the front deck.

No expense has been spared on this exquisite retreat, which caters for young and old alike.

The property has been appointed with luxurious fixtures and fittings, as well as multiple indoor and outdoor living areas to entertain and relax.

The most amazing family holiday awaits you at Moogerah Lake House number four. With the Main House featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, which can sleep up to ten people. You have full exclusive access to the beautifully designed, heated pool, spa and sauna.

You have the option of additional accommodation in the Pool House which can sleep up to seven people. It includes two bedrooms featuring a queen bed and five bunks.

All up, the property can accommodate for up to 17 guests (additional fee applies for the pool house if required please contact operator for pricing).

This property features the ultimate in family fun, with access to the Kids Zone. Complete with a 7000 ball, ball pit, full house internet connected XBox gaming console, games, blow up pool toys, bean bags and so much more the kid’s will never want to leave!

Scenic Rim retreat is a very comfortable home with stunning views of the Great Dividing Range and surrounding farmland. Views wherever you cast your eyes. The perfect city escape for families, couples and friends! Perfect for all occasions!

The property offers three bedrooms, king, queen and two single beds, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
Barbecue and all utensils located outside deck.
House is on tank water.

Garage parking for 2 cars.

Camp Moogerah is located on beautiful Lake Moogerah in the Scenic Rim, about 1.5 hours from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Catering for the family camper or large group bookings we have powered, unpowered and cabin sites. We are pet friendly, so your furry friends are welcome. Our campers can take advantage of our basketball and volleyball courts, and outdoor BBQ area all available free of charge. Or for the larger groups, we can offer our well-appointed commercial kitchen for hire. We are a short distance from Haigh Park located 1 km away and at the base of Mt Edwards – great if you are into hiking. Local lavender farm and winery for those looking for something more on the relaxing side of things. Camp Moogerah, a great getaway with stunning scenery.

In a quiet cul-de-sac on a hill, Boonah Hilltop Cottage is a fully-renovated 1930s home. The spacious front deck offers excellent views of Boonah, with an outlook to Mt. French and Cunningham’s Gap from the rear garden. It sleeps up to eight guests and is suitable for couples, families and groups.

There is a queen-sized bedroom with ensuite and a second bedroom with a queen bed. The cottage also has two king single beds and two single beds . A bathroom with a double spa bath, toilet and laundry facilities is provided. A fully equipped kitchen is available and an initial breakfast hamper is provided for all guests.

The main living area includes television, DVDs, and a cosy fireplace. There is an open-plan sitting and dining room with air conditioning provided to most areas.

The cottage has a small library, board games and toys. It is wheelchair accessible with off-street undercover parking. A back arbour contains a large barbecue. This spacious cottage is a short walk from Boonah town centre .

One hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Boonah Hilltop Cottage is a perfect spot to get away from it all and yet have it all nearby.

Luxury, secluded, rammed earth accommodation, couple/single retreat, set in 300 acres of natural Granite Belt bushland. Architect and environmentally designed for natural peace and serenity. The property features an off-grid stand-alone solar, a relaxing hot bath on deck with a fire pit. The bedroom features a king bed for the ultimate relaxation during your stay. If you’re a keen cook, there is a bakers oven for warmth and practicality.

18 kilometres of walking tracks, natural gorge, large 400 metre waterhole, Wildflowers and birdlife. Earth and Soul Labyrinth, Tree of Life Spiritual Walk. Open access to all facilities for guests. Guided walks and information sessions are available. Only 12 kilometres from Stanthorpe.

They are the Gentle Giants of the horse world, recognised in Australia as ‘the breed that built the nation’ and over the weekend of June 12 and 13 at Boonah in the Scenic Rim, the CLYDESDALE will be celebrated in style.

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular is the richest Clydesdale Show in the Southern Hemisphere, where the grand champions of the breed are judged, the Scottish heritage of the breed is shared, and the history of the breed in Australia – and in the Scenic Rim – is celebrated.

Over two action packed days, a full program of Clydesdale competition will take place in the main arena at the Boonah Showground, including led, carriage and harness classes. And there’s much more ….

The program also features rare trades demonstrations that focus around “the heavy horse” – harness making, blacksmithing, wheelwrights, carriage rides, and whip plaiting. Additional highlights include the Queensland Whip Cracking Championships, the World Billy Boiling Championships, wood chopping, working dog displays, Friesian Horse Troupe performances and bush poetry.

In tribute to the Scottish descendants who moved to the region and brought with them their beloved Clydesdale breed, the event includes Pipes and Drums, Calling of the Clans, the Clydesdale and Clan class and traditional Scottish caber tossing. There’ll be whisky, haggis burgers and more, Scots are encouraged to attend in their clan kilts!

Just over an hour from Brisbane, four ancient volcanic peaks in the fertile Fassifern Valley form the Moogerah Peaks National Park. The mounts—French, Greville, Moon and Edwards—are recognised for their unique shapes but revered as a spectacular bushwalking destination.

Set up in one of the camping areas and explore the mountains. Venture through eucalypt woodland, extremely rare brigalow scrub and dry rainforest laced with hoop pines, vines and slender piccabeen palms. Emerge onto rocky summits with montane heath hugging the craggy outcrops and the wind blowing across your face.

Pick from short strolls to rugged tracks to the summits of mounts Edwards and Greville. Make sure you’re up to the challenge!

Crack climbing at its best! Chalk up and scale the sheer rock face of world-famous Frog Buttress on Mount French. This is for experienced climbers only!

Pitch a tent, go boating, visit for the day or simply drive around it and appreciate the beauty of the expansive Lake Moogerah, just an hour and a quarter from Brisbane’s central business district.

The peaceful blue waters are popular for recreational boating, water skiing and jet skiing. There are multiple accesses to the lake, where you will find boating facilities along with a few small swimming areas and parkland with barbecues. Boating is open to anyone but you will need a permit to fish.

On hot days find locals, campers and day-trippers swimming next to Haigh Park, which has public barbecue and picnic facilities as well a cafe. From Haigh Park you can walk across the Moogerah Dam wall. The concrete double curvature arch dam wall is 219 metre-long and 38 metres high. While crossing the dam wall look out for turtles floating around below. The hiking trail up Mt Edward in Moogerah Peaks National Park starts from the far side of the wall.

From Brisbane, take the Ipswich Motorway until it becomes the Cunningham Highway, eventually turning left at Fassifern onto the Boonah Fassifern Road and then right onto Lake Moogerah Road.

Soldier statues proliferated after WWI but few were unveiled by royalty: Boonah’s war memorial was one of them. The statue, which stands in a low brick-walled memorial park on the corner of Park and Yeates streets, was unveiled in July 1920 by the Prince of Wales. He later became King Edward VIII.

Just two months earlier, a foundation stone had been laid in the park by General Sir W Birdwood.

Public subscription raised the £600 required for the memorial, designed and executed by Ipswich masonry firm, F Williams and Company. It honours 374 Boonah district men who enlisted in WWI, including three sons from nearby Coochin Coochin Station where the Prince of Wales was staying. The district lost 69 men at war.

The public memorial park in which the statue, flanked by two war trophies stands, was dedicated on ANZAC Day 1922 by war hero and politician Captain Arnold Weinholt.

Local Taste Discoveries offers boutique tours in the spectacular Scenic Rim. Discover and experience a range of local unique and award-winning foods and beverages.​

They take you behind the scenes to meet the producers and hear their stories. Ignite your senses, discover new flavours and taste some of the best Scenic Rim produce.

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 Bunyip Retreat 
    The Bunyip Retreat offers couples a luxury getaway in a modern mezzanine apartment with full views to the Fassifern Valley. Mention this blog to get a free generous grazing platter plus a bottle of bubbles with any booking made during December 2020. Book by phoning 0428 328 193 or online. 
  6. Have a cheeky mid-week couple’s getaway
    Mention this blog for a 10 per cent discount on mid-week stays for couples only at Milford Country Cottages. Only available by phoning Milford Country Cottages direct on 0434 621 902 (note: families also holiday here!)
  7. Go on a food and wine adventure
    Let Pineapple Tours do all the thinking (and driving) for your fabulous food and wine tour of the Scenic Rim. Book a full day wine tour departing from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Tamborine Mountain, or do a brewery or distillery tour! They can even take care of your team building or corporate event (hello, Christmas party!) and create a personalized itinerary just for you. Book online or phone 0466 331 232.  
  8. Kick up your heels with Bevvies and Bowls
    Get The Vino Bus from your home or workplace up to Tamborine Mountain, where you’ll tour two wineries, get a gourmet lunch and play a few rounds of barefoot bowls at the iconic Tamborine Mountain Bowls Club. Relax in air conditioned comfort on the bus and take in the gorgeous scenery as you go! Book here. 

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Did somebody say ROAD TRIP? 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. 

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

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.

Give your child an Easter school holidays experience to remember!

The Camp Kokoda School Holiday Camp will be held on the shores of Lake Maroon in April, with 2 and 3 day options available.

You can book:

  • the 3 day/ 2 night camp from 14 – 16 April for $250 per child, or:
  • the 2 day/ 1 night camp from 14 – 15 April for $150 per child

Camps are for  children aged 7 to 14, and include all food, accommodation and activities.

To book, phone 07 5463 2203 or email admin@campkokoda.com.au

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/

Come to the Scenic Rim for the race that stops a nation. Get a group together and book in for one of the local Melbourne Cup events on Tuesday, 5 November.

Frock up or suit up, put on your fanciest hat and head to one of these local hot spots.

Black Hall Kalbar

Melbourne Cup at Black Hall Kalbar. Photo: @inc.mill_photography for Black Hall Kalbar.

What: Be spoilt with champagne and canapés, then a two course sit down luncheon, all in air-conditioned comfort in the gorgeous Black Hall, Kalbar. There’ll be music, cocktails, cash bar, lucky door prizes and sweeps! Plus get pics of your race day outfit by talented local photographer Cassie, of @inc.mill_photography. Bookings essential: 0478 767 046 or via Eventbrite.

When: 11.30am -3pm

How much: $67 per person

Towri Sheep Cheeses

Towri Sheep Cheeses Melbourne Cup Races and Lunch.

Towri Sheep Cheeses Melbourne Cup Races and Lunch. Photo by Steph Cowper of Country Scene Magazine.

What: Kick up your heels at Towri Sheep Cheeses‘ unique sheep races on the farm! There’ll be live coverage of the race that stops the nation plus a three course cheese-inspired menu accompanied by local beer and wine. Prizes for best hat and best dressed! Bookings essential: info@towrisheepcheeses.com.au or 07 5543 1260.

When: 11am arrival

How much: adults $78, kids 5-12 $30, kids under 5 $10

Tamborine Mountain Golf Club

Tamborine Mountain Golf Club.

What: Dress up and join in the race-day fun at Tamborine Mountain Golf Club. Take part in the four person Ambrose and book a table for the two course (roast and dessert) luncheon. Fashions on the field will be judged after the big race! Bookings essential: 07 5545 1788.

When: doors open 11am, meal served from 1pm. 8am shotgun start for golfers!

How much: $37 per head for lunch

Railway Hotel

The Railway Hotel, Beaudesert

What: The race that stops the nation will be broadcast on all the big screens at the Railway Hotel, Beaudesert. Take advantage of the Winners’ Circle lunch specials, or dine from the full menu. There’ll be bubbles on arrival, sweeps, a lucky seat prize and prize for the best dressed. Book early on 07 5541 3848.

When: lunch trading hours (race broadcast at 2pm)

How much: costs vary

Beaudesert Hotel

Melbourne Cup lunch at the Beaudesert Hotel. Photo: Susie Cunningham.

What: Tuck into an all you can eat buffet lunch, including seafood, hot dishes, desserts and much more, at the Beaudesert Hotel. There’ll be sweeps as well as prizes for the best dressed and best hat, and Rich Hay will be MC and provide the entertainment. Watch all the racing action live and loud on the big screen! Bookings essential: 07 5541 1044.

When: lunch trading hours (race broadcast at 2pm)

How much: adults $39.90, children $14.50

Boonah Golf Club

Melbourne Cup at the Boonah Golf Club.

What: Do race day at the Boonah Golf Club. Enjoy grazing tables and champagne on arrival, followed by a two course luncheon. There’ll be sweeps, raffles and fashions on the field, and you can watch the race on the big screen! Bookings and prepayment essential: 07 5463 1470.

When: 10.30am to 3pm

How much: $40 for members, $45 for non-members

Simon’s Tavern, Boonah

Simon’s Tavern, Boonah.

What: Indulge in a beautiful high tea and a glass of bubbles in the Rose Room at Simon’s Tavern, Boonah. Put on your finest spring racing attire and relax in air-conditioned comfort. There’ll be sweeps as well as lucky door prizes and prizes for best dressed and best head wear. Bookings: 07 5463 1007.

When: from 11am.

How much: $25 per person

Bearded Dragon Hotel

The Bearded Dragon Hotel, Tamborine. Photo: Visit Scenic Rim.

What: Have an action-packed Melbourne Cup experience like no other at the Bearded Dragon Hotel, Tamborine, complete with cane toad racing after the race that stops the nation. Order a two course platter (main and dessert), enjoy bubbles on arrival, take part in the sweeps and vie for best dressed male or female. Book your table on 07 5543 6888.

When: 10am to 4pm

How much: Two course platters $55 per person

Canungra Hotel

Canungra Hotel.

What: Book in for a Melbourne Cup banquet at the beautiful Canungra Hotel. Watch the race on the big screens and take part in the raffles and sweeps. Bookings essential: 07 5543 5233.

When: from 10am

How much: $39 per person for banquet

Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley

Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley.

What: Get along to the Melbourne Cup Golf Day at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley! It’ll be a two ball Ambrose 8am shotgun start, with great prizes to be won on the day. Head to the Pavilion Tavern’s Melbourne Cup event after your round, and enjoy their drink and meal specials while you watch the race on the big screen. Bookings on 07 5544 5919.

When: 8am start for golf, watch the race at 2pm at the Ramada Resort’s Pavilion Tavern

How much: $149 per team for golf, lunch prices vary

main photo: @inc.mill_photography for Black Hall Kalbar.

 

Get behind drought-affected local farmers at the Camp Kokoda Open Day for Scenic Rim drought relief.

Camp Kokoda, on the shores of Lake Maroon, will host the open day from 10am to 3pm Saturday, 2 November.

Entry costs $15 per person, with proceeds from ticket sales going to The Salvation Army for drought recovery in the Scenic Rim.

Head along to try out a range of outdoor activities including high ropes, flying fox, abseiling, canoeing and archery.

Outdoor activities will mostly be suited to children aged 7 and older. For the younger kids, Australian Bush Buddies will be on site from 10am to noon.

There’ll be a barbecue, live music, a coffee van, food stalls, market stalls and more.

Keep a special eye out for the Fruit Delight Ice Cream Van and Jules Yummies

Remember to bring enclosed shoes, water and a hat.

Registration is not necessary – just show up and bring cash for entry at the gate and food, drinks and market stall purchases throughout the day!

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for community recovery information

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

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

Open for business

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

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

Head for the hills of Beechmont

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

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

Spend some time (and money!) in Canungra

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

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

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

Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

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

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

View the full Arts Ablaze program here

Get a quality coffee in Beaudesert.

Wake with a caffeine hit

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

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

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

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

Sky Dance.

Adventure over the Scenic Rim with Sky Dance

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

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

 

Rathlogan Grove, home to The Shed Cafe.

Hunt for homewares

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

Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy.

Learn about robotic agriculture

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

The Lower Portals track, Mt Barney National Park.

Go for a walk in the Scenic Rim.

Stretch your legs in nature

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

The Overflow Estate 1895. Photo by Timothy James Allen.

Sip and swirl

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

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

Rest your head in country comfort

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

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

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

 

More about Arts Ablaze.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Boonah Christmas Street Festival – an annual Christmas community event for Boonah and surrounding areas – will be brought to you by the Boonah District Chamber of Commerce on 19 December.

To keep up with event information, follow Boonah Christmas Street Festival on Facebook.

Be part of an event to remember when the Boonah Golf Club hosts its first Pro-Am in 23 years on Thursday, 29 August.

See the professional golfers battle it out against one other and play with some of the locals as well. Spectator entry is free!

The field will include 60 professionals such as Rodger Davis, David Merriman, Michael Long, Tim Elliott, Brad Burns, Michael Harwood, Ossie Moore, Terry Price and Richard Backwell.

Groups will start teeing off at 6.30am and continue playing until 5pm. Come down when ever it suits you and bring a picnic chair if you like.

The 17th hole will be a great camping spot as the golfers try and get a hole-in-one to win a brand new Barrier Reef designed pool.

Food & beverages on the fairways!

Eat and drink to your heart’s content! On the day, they’ll have Hot Dang Hot Dogs, the Made with Love Coffee van, Bunjurgen Estate Vineyards and Summer Land Camels joining in on all of the fun.

There’ll be something for everyone on the day, whether you are a golfer, a non-golfer, a local or or a visitor!

The clubhouse will be open offering full bar and bistro services for those that who might be seeking a schooner or a sit-down meal.

Please remember the venue, including the course, is strictly no BYO.

What else is there to do??

  • FREE FOR ANYONE Golf Clinic. Wednesday, 28 August 3.30pm
  • Fun Calcutta. Wednesday, 28 August 6.30pm
  • Presentation dinner. Thursday, 29 August 5.30pm with guest speaker Charlie Earp. Bookings essential on 07 5463 1470

Head to Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard for the launch of their 2019 vintage on Sunday, 22 September.

Be the first to experience Bunjurgen’s newest wines and fortifieds, matched with five courses of tapas expertly prepared by Fenton Keogh.

Finish the day with an exquisite new fortified gelato, created by Nathan Jackson of Naughty Little Kids.

Relax your Sunday afternoon away to the music of local talent Ally Marks.

The event will go from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and bookings are essential, with numbers capped at 100.

Bookings are online via Eventbrite. Click here to purchase tickets.

Schedule:

1:30 PM 2019 New Vintage Launch – Sangria
1:30 PM BEV Famous Sangria matched with Avocado and Prawn nibble
2:00 PM BEV Rose and Green Chicken Curry Tapas serving
2:30 PM BEV Shiraz and slow cooked and slow smoked brisket nibbles
3:00 PM BEV White Fortified with diced strawberries soaked in White Fortified, cream and crushed pavlova
3:30 PM 2019 Teviot Red Fortified with port infused gelato

30 July, 2019

Zachary Christensen is the new chef at the Boonah Golf Club’s Bunkers Bistro & Bar.

The Rosevale local has brought his love and knowledge of Scenic Rim produce to the menu, which offers guests the chance to feast on all the region offers.

Chef Zac Christensen has transformed the menu at the Bunkers Bistro & Bar.

Zachary, 23, completed his apprenticeship under Spicers Hidden Vale Head Chef Ash Martin, who is now a Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador and recently featured on MasterChef.

During his apprenticeship Zachary learned some of his best chef skills from Ash and attributes his strong local knowledge of Scenic Rim produce to the Spicers kitchen.

“Coming from mum and dad’s farm, I was the local kid and Ash was the one with the experience so we worked really well together – I knew things like where to get your local freshwater crayfish – Rob Hutchings is a family friend,” he said.

“Mum and dad were dairy farmers – now they’re beef farmers – so using local produce is what I always believed in and that’s Ash’s philosophy too.”

Since Zachary took the helm at Boonah Golf Club’s Bunkers Bar & Bistro, he has brought that same local knowledge to the table, launching a new winter menu which clearly calls out ingredients sourced from the Scenic Rim.

“We live in an area where every farm grows something unique and we’re geographically so central to everything,” he said.

“We’ve got things like the Summer Land Camels feta which I love using, and then you’ve got people like (vegetable farmer) Rob Hinrichsen from Kalfresh, he’s a family friend, Ants Fruit & Veg with their little baby beets , they’re family friends, and the list goes on.

“And sourcing local food is so easy – for example if I need local olives it’s just one email to Rathlogan Olives and their response is ‘yep, we’ll get it there’, there’s no hesitation.”

The Bunkers Bar & Bistro is open for lunch seven days a week, dinner Thursday to Saturday and breakfast on Sundays.