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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.