The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular featuring the Fassifern Highland Gathering is a event showcasing the iconic Clydesdale Horse, celebrating the traditions and heritage of ‘the breed that built the nation’ and a celebration of the rich Scottish heritage and history in the region. Featuring some of the top bred Clydesdales in the country, this is an event not to be missed by anyone who has an interest in this magnificent breed.

In tribute to the Scot descendants who settled here, and the heritage of the Clydie, the 2020 Spectacular sees the eighth year of this fantastic event, a stirring massing of Pipes and Drums, Calling of the Clans, the Clydesdale Clan class and caber tossing. Come and sample the whiskey and try the haggis!

Showcasing a huge array of exhibitors, workshops, discussions, demonstrations, art and performances, there’s inspiration for everyone.

A wonderland of original designs created by eco-artists from materials which normally make their way to landfill will impress the eco-conscious, showcasing their successful transformation from trash to treasure. Combining the art of recycling and imagination, they create practical and beautiful bespoke homewares and artwork, jewellery and clothing.

Five discussions cover sustainable housing, community owned energy, electric cars, energy efficiency and large-scale renewables.

Water’s on tap and coffee baristas offer discounts for people who bring their own cups.
Eco-friendly products galore with reusable water bottles, cups and straws, shopping and produce bags, bees wax wraps, solar lights, natural soaps and personal care items.

Learn about composting, worm farming and permaculture; choose from a huge range of plants, as well as alpaca manure for the garden and free native trees.

Free workshops include floral garlands, tie dye, kokedama, drumming, plus a native wildlife show.
Be entertained with Gypsy Caravan tribal dancers, local musicians, a bush poet, acrobatic display and Madam Mulch, the composting and recycling queen.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, the multi prize raffle has over AUD1500 in prizes.

Gold coin donation.

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.

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!

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.

Absolute serenity and privacy in a unique country house on picturesque farmlet, with 360 degree views over Lake Moogerah and surrounding National Parks. Lake Moogerah is well noted for its boating, fishing, sailing, skiing, outdoor picnics, bushwalking, bird-watching, or just leisurely country drives and dining throughout the heart of the fabulous Scenic Rim.

Millys house is fully self-contained and features three large bedrooms, sun-room, rumpus room, lounge room, large kitchen, wood fire, separate bathroom/toilet, laundry and a north-facing wrap around deck with outdoor furniture and barbecue.

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.

Your Luxury Eco-tent provides you with a truly unique camping experience complete with ensuite, quality linens, private deck with spectacular views and your very own campfire and camp kitchen.

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, art gallery or one of the many national parks or lakes. For the more adventurous there is fixed wing gliding or world class rock climbing.

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

It’s one of Australia’s largest Clydesdale events and it’s coming to Boonah in June.

The Clydesdale Spectacular returns to the Boonah Showgrounds for the 7th year on June 15 and 16.

Cr Rick Stanfield with one of his beloved Clydesdales.

Boonah and the surrounding towns have a rich history and connection with the beautiful giants of the horse world.

The Clydesdales were historically used for farm work and as a strong, reliable mode of transport.

The advent of cars and motors saw the breed go into decline, but a dedicated group of Scenic Rim locals have made sure the clydesdale’s impressive work ethic and ability lives on.

The Clydesdale Spectacular is a celebration of the breed and of the industries which supported their work, including wheelwrights, blacksmiths and harness makers.

You’ll see beautiful horses and incredible craftspeople at this unique event.

Strength and Power.

The show is run by a subcommittee of the Boonah Show Society, headed by local councillor and Clydesdale owner, Cr Rick Stanfield.

“This show is about the history that the Fassifern region has with the Clydesdales and the need to maintain the skills and traditions of working with these beautiful horses,” he says.

“People come and show their horses and their stud horses but we also bring together the ancillary trades which supported the horses historically. Wheel writing, blacksmithing, harness making.

“These skills are dying out and if we don’t maintain them they will all die out because they’re not being taught anymore.”

Cr Stanfield says his interest in clydesdales was fostered by the Erich family who run Kuldene Clydesdales at Roadvale.

“I have had clydesdales for nearly 40 years,” he says.

“The Erich family have been breeding them for generations. The power these horses have got driving and working is still a marvel today.

“The Erich family had the last purebred clydesdale stud in Queensland and without these guys the breed would have been gone.”

Gates open 8am both Saturday and Sunday at the Boonah Showgrounds. Tickets for the Saturday night campfire dinner are on sale now.

Find out more about the Clydesdale Spectacular and buy your tickets online, or at the gate

Come and join the adventure at Camp Kokoda, Lake Maroon!

This school holiday camp goes from 8 – 11 April and is suitable for children aged 8 to 14.

Registration costs $300 plus GST. The price includes:

• All food and accommodation
• Activities and equipment hire
• Qualified facilitators who are wilderness first aid trained

Camp Kokoda offers:

• Flying Fox
• High Ropes
• Games + Initiatives
• Canoeing
• Raft Building
• Archery
• Camp Cooking

• Bush Survival
• Hiking
• Abseilling
• Raft Building
• Obstacle Courses
• Night Activities
• Flying Possum

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

For more information, visit www.campkokoda.com.au

Ride your heart out at the world’s biggest and best vintage and classic non-competitive dirt bike event, on in May at the Scenic Rim’s Queensland Moto Park.

The world’s biggest and best vintage 110 Goan Road, Coulsonand classic non-competitive dirt bike event has a new home and a new date for 2019.

VMX Magazine Classic Dirt 15 will be run at Queensland Moto Park (QMP) on 3, 4 and 5 May 2019.

It’s a long weekend in Queensland, with Monday, 6 May being a public holiday.

QMP is a great move for Classic Dirt, as it has an abundance of tracks and camping and facilities and is only 10 minutes away from the closest town (Boonah).

As always, there’ll be a wonderful natural terrain pre ’78 track, a more modern track for pre ’95, vinduro loops, trials and flat track.

QMP also has great, modern facilities and loads of camping.

For rider registrations, click here.

To keep up with event information, check out the Facebook event page, here, and follow VMX Magazine on Facebook, here.

Celebrate local makers and growers at the quarterly Mount Alford Artisans Market.
Shop from a range of food, produce, plant, art and handcrafts stalls and soak up the beautiful country atmosphere and live music. It’s a family and pet friendly event, so bring all your loved ones along!
The seasonal markets happen each summer, autumn, winter and spring and feature stalls which recycle, upcycle, reuse, are handmade, organic, local and have low food miles. BYO shopping bags.
The event goes from 9am to 3pm at the Mount Alford School of Arts Hall.
Pop across the road for a cold craft brew and a bite to eat at the Scenic Rim Brewery, grab a pub meal at the Mount Alford Hotel, book in for a fancy meal at the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm down the road and check out Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard nearby.
Celebrate local makers and growers at the quarterly Mount Alford Artisans Market.
Shop from a range of food, produce, plant, art and handcrafts stalls and soak up the beautiful country atmosphere and live music. It’s a family and pet friendly event, so bring all your loved ones along!
The seasonal markets happen each summer, autumn, winter and spring and feature stalls which recycle, upcycle, reuse, are handmade, organic, local and have low food miles. BYO shopping bags.
The event goes from 9am to 3pm at the Mount Alford School of Arts Hall.
Pop across the road for a cold craft brew and a bite to eat at the Scenic Rim Brewery, grab a pub meal at the Mount Alford Hotel, book in for a fancy meal at the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm down the road and check out Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard nearby.
Celebrate local makers and growers at the quarterly Mount Alford Artisans Market.
Shop from a range of food, produce, plant, art and handcrafts stalls and soak up the beautiful country atmosphere and live music. It’s a family and pet friendly event, so bring all your loved ones along!
The seasonal markets happen each summer, autumn, winter and spring and feature stalls which recycle, upcycle, reuse, are handmade, organic, local and have low food miles. BYO shopping bags.
The event goes from 9am to 3pm at the Mount Alford School of Arts Hall.
Pop across the road for a cold craft brew and a bite to eat at the Scenic Rim Brewery, grab a pub meal at the Mount Alford Hotel, book in for a fancy meal at the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm down the road and check out Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard nearby.
Celebrate local makers and growers at the quarterly Mount Alford Artisans Market.
Shop from a range of food, produce, plant, art and handcrafts stalls and soak up the beautiful country atmosphere and live music. It’s a family and pet friendly event, so bring all your loved ones along!
The seasonal markets happen each summer, autumn, winter and spring and feature stalls which recycle, upcycle, reuse, are handmade, organic, local and have low food miles. BYO shopping bags.
The event goes from 9am to 3pm at the Mount Alford School of Arts Hall.
Pop across the road for a cold craft brew and a bite to eat at the Scenic Rim Brewery, grab a pub meal at the Mount Alford Hotel, book in for a fancy meal at the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm down the road and check out Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard nearby.

Ditch the golf cart and take a chopper!

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

Captain Mike will fly you between Scenic Rim golf courses.

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

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

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

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

Kooralbyn Valley Golf Course

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

Tamborine Mountain Golf Club

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

Beaudesert Golf Club

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

Boonah Golf Club

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

Canungra Golf Club

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

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

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

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

 

Mike and Wendy Webster are the friendly faces behind Scenic Rim Brewery.

The craft brewery and cafe at Mt Alford is a must-do on any Scenic Rim day trip.

Mike and Wendy’s cafe and brewery features a wide selection of local food, ingredients and of course beer!

Enjoy a long lunch at Scenic Rim Brewery

They’re official Scenic Rim Locavores, an initiative of the Scenic Rim Council’s Eat Local Scenic Rim. Go to the website for more information and look out for the local in shop windows and on cafe and restaurant menus to discover where you can source locally-grown Scenic Rim produce, products and beverages.

In this video, Mike and Wendy share their passion for local food and drinks and explain why it means so much to them.

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

Pig Day Out on Tommerup's Farm.

Pig Day Out on Tommerup’s Farm.

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

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

Autumn orchid and foliage show

Autumn orchid and foliage show.

Expand your orchid collection – 9 to 10 March

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

Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project.

Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project.

Join the Kerry Valley Blue Tree Project celebration – 10 March

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

O'Reilly's Bird Week.

O’Reilly’s Bird Week.

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

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

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

Rowing Queensland

Lake Wyaralong

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

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

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

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

Introduction to Life Drawing.

Introduction to Life Drawing.

Get an introduction to life drawing – 3 to 6 March

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

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

Packages are inclusive of accommodation.

On the Edge Events.

On the Edge Events.

Hit the mountain bike tracks – 10 March

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

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

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

Marisa Parker author

Marisa Parker.

Learn to write your life story – 10 to 13 March

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

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

BAMS War of the Worlds

BAMS War of the Worlds

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

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

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

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

Shows are on the following dates:

Tamborine Mountain Show

Tamborine Mountain Show.

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

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

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

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

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

Do the Moon Rise on Mt Maroon – 21 March

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

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

The Scenic Rim.

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

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

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

Weddings at Canungra Valley Vineyards

Plan your own Scenic Rim wedding  – 31 March

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

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

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

April EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Brisbane and GPS Club Regatta, Wyaralong – 13 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 13 April 2019

Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Round 1 – 14 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 14 April 2019

Moon Rise on Maroon – 19 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 19 April 2019

Towri Easter Egg Hunt – 20 April 2019

Moogerah Passion Play – 20 April 2019

Beaudesert Anzac Race Day – 25 April 2019

Pottery and Textiles Workshop – 28 April to 2 May 2019

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

The Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival features street entertainment, competitions in art, performance, live theatre, writing, fashion, debate, and more.

The Arts Festival is one of the most acclaimed cultural events in rural Queensland and takes place in the first fortnight of September.

It has become what it is today, thanks to the hundreds of people, young and old, who enter the competitions, design and make costumes, provide song, dance, and music, and the many volunteers who work behind the scenes in choreography, direction, backstage, administration, and tasks that are too many to mention.

It’s February, and that means time to get down to business. You’ve had your holidays, you’re back into the swing of things and you’re looking for fun activities to do in your downtime. Here’s your guide to what’s on in February in the Scenic Rim.

Rowing Queensland

Lake Wyaralong

Watch the regatta action at Lake Wyaralong – every Saturday

There are regattas every weekend in February at the beautiful Lake Wyaralong!

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

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

 

Arabian Nights Rendezvous at Summer Land Camels.

Arabian Nights Rendezvous at Summer Land Camels.

Romance your love at the Arabian Nights Rendezvous – February 14

Have an exclusive Valentine’s Day experience at Summer Land Camels’ Arabian Nights Rendezvous.

Become Arabian kings and queens in your own private Bedouin tent and enjoy a luxurious platter of the finest fare while you relish a Summer Land Camels twilight.

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard-5

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard.

Have a romantic picnic beside Canungra Creek – February 14

Love is in the air this Valentine’ Day at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

Spend quality time together exploring their wondrous vineyards and indulge in a divine Valentine’s Day Homestead Picnic Basket, including Paula’s delicious gourmet brownies.

Binna Burra Lodge.

Binna Burra Lodge.

Have a sunset dinner on Coomera Terrace – February 14

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic 3-course sunset dinner gazing out over the Coomera Valley.

The Coomera Terrace is Binna Burra Lodge’s most popular location for proposals and wedding ceremonies, and for one night only you can experience an outdoor dinner service right on the edge of the valley.

Earth Frequency Festival.

Earth Frequency Festival.

Get to Earth Frequency Festival – February 15 to 18

Experience an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, food and markets, workshops and lectures and activities for families and kids at the Earth Frequency Festival.

It’s on each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing, and camping is available.

 

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

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

Do the Mt Maroon moon rise hike – February 20

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

This is a great walk for fit and determined hikers, and takes five to seven hours return from Mt Barney Lodge.
Old School Carralbyn Drag Racing

Old School Carralbyn Drag Racing

Watch the drag racing at Kooralbyn – Feb 22 to 24

Head to Kooralbyn for the inaugural Old School Carralbyn drag racing event. This will be an old fashioned 1/8 mile drag race and display. featuring cars from pre-1967.

The event will take place at the Kooralbyn air strip, and accommodation will be available at the Kooralbyn Resort.

 

Marisa Parker author

Marisa Parker.

Hone your creative writing skills – Feb 24 to 27

Award winning author, Marisa Parker, is delivering a two day Creative Writing Workshop (inclusive of accommodation), on Tamborine Mountain.

This practical workshop will provide you with an insight into good writing habits, including how to cultivate and enhance your ideas.

March EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Brisbane Grammar School Regatta, Wyaralong – 2 March 2019

Introduction to Life Drawing Workshop – 3 March 2019

Anglican Church Grammar School Regatta, Wyaralong – 9 March 2019

O’Reilly’s Autumn Bird Week – 10 to 15 March 2019

Write your Life Story Workshop – 10 March 2019

GPS Head of the River Rowing Championships, Wyaralong – 16 March 2019

Tamborine Mountain Show – 16 March 2019

Painting/ Drawing Workshop – 18 March 2019

Moon Rise on Maroon – 21 March 2019

Secrets of the Scenic Rim walking tour – 24 to 29 March 2019

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

Hone your writing skills, meet fellow writers and be inspired at the 2019 Boonah Writers Festival.

There will be two days of exciting sessions, and the Writers Festival Dinner will feature guest speaker Shane Webcke.

The festival will be on 4-5 May at the Boonah Cultural Centre.

Early bird tickets cost $290 and include 9 hours of presentations from published authors and industry professionals, morning and afternoon teas, lunches, and the Writers Festival Dinner on Saturday night.

Tickets are also available for Saturday or Sunday only.

For more information and to register for the weekend, a day or just the dinner, visit http://boonahculturalfoundation.org.au

Get sporty at the Fassifern Sports Club, with a day of barefoot bowls, thong throwing and live music this Australia Day.
Activities will start from 11am, and covers band Still Rockin’ will provide free live music from 1pm to 5pm.
Marquees are available, and there will be free barefoot bowls, a thong throwing competition, barbecue raffles and a family friendly atmosphere in the fresh country air.
To keep up to date with event information, check out the Fassifern Sports Club Australia Day Facebook events page.
Tick off a bucket list item this Australia Day long weekend and enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm in the Scenic Rim.
Join Pterodactyl Helicopters in the sky on Sunday, 27 January and take in the spectacular views of the Mt Alford area.
Standard joy flights start from $65 to $75, and flights will be available from noon to 4pm.
Make a day of it and book in for a delicious lunch and wine tasting at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm before or after you take to the sky.
To keep up to date with event information, check out the Facebook event page and follow Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm on Facebook and Pterodactyl Helicopters on Facebook.

Multiple Golden Guitar winner and horseman extraordinaire Tom Curtain will be performing his Katherine Outback Experience show of real horse training and working dog demonstrations followed by a live music performance.

The show will happen at the Aratula Hotel Motel in the small Scenic Rim town of Aratula from 4pm to 6.30pm Sunday, 6 January.

Katherine Outback Experience celebrates life on the land through real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations. It is entwined with live music and humorous bush tales. It won the 2018 Tourism NT Awards for best Tourist Attraction and best Visitor Experience.

Owner/ operator Tom Curtain is also an acclaimed country music artist. In November 2017 he released his third album ‘Territory Time’, which debuted at no.1 on the Australian iTunes Country Music Charts. The first single released from the album, ‘Never Never Land’, a duet with Luke O’Shea, went on to win Heritage Song of the Year and Video Clip of the Year at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival Golden Guitar Awards.

More recently, Tom was awarded the prestigious 2018 Australian Independent Country Music Artist of the Year Award together with Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Territory Time) and Single of the Year (Never Never Land) at the Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards.

Moved by the tragic passing of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett who took her young life after being bullied, Tom put pen to paper and released the single ‘Speak Up’ with Sara Storer. All proceeds from the sale of the song are going towards Dolly’s Dream, for which Tom is an ambassador.

The show is based in Katherine from April to the end of October over the ‘dry season.’ Over the wet season, the team hits the road. After the success of the 2017 Territory Time Tour through regional WA, the team has decided to head east and is touring the show and music through regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria from December 2018 to mid-March 2019.

 

About the event:

What: Tom Curtain and his Katherine Outback Experience Show. The event will include the 1 hour Katherine Outback Experience Show followed by live music performed by Tom Curtain

Where: Aratula Hotel Motel | 6841 Cunningham Hwy, Aratula, QLD 4350

When: Sunday, 6 January 2019 from 4pm to 6.30pm

Food/ drinks: No BYO. Cash bar and food provided

What to bring: Wear appropriate clothing for an outdoor event

 

Stop and get your fresh food fix at the Aratula Markets, home of The Fruit Factory, next time you are in the Scenic Rim.

The family owned and operated business is located on the Cunningham Highway in the popular small town of Aratula.

The Aratula Markets is a one-stop for visitors and locals alike, and is particularly popular with campers wanting to stock up on the essentials.

The Aratula Markets is the exclusive stockist of Moffatt Fresh Producce carrot ice-cream, and stocks 1kg bags and 500g premium lines of Moffatt Fresh Produce carrots.

The shop stocks meat from the Butcher Co, dairy products from 4Real Milk and lavender products from Scenic Rim Lavender and offers a wide range of fresh fruit, vegetables and other grocery items from the Scenic Rim, the Granite Belt and beyond.

The Fruit Factory serves fresh food and drinks all day long, specialising in homemade fruit sorbets, thirst-quenching fresh juices and smoothies, decadent homemade cheesecakes, espresso coffee, waffles and crepes.

The Aratula Markets and The Fruit Factory are open from 7am to 6pm, 7 days a week except Christmas Day.

The business extends beyond the Scenic Rim, with owner Alf Turrisi and his family also operating the Warwick Farmers Markets and the Stanthorpe Markets further along the Cunningham Highway.

To keep up with information about the Aratula Markets and The Fruit Factory, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

Grab your appetite and your shopping list and head along to La Bunjurga 2019, a celebration of local food, wine and live music at the picturesque Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard.

Bunjurgen Estate juices, wines and ports will feature at the event, which will go from 10am to 4pm, 19 May.

Dine on ethically-raised beef from Running Creek Beef in a range of chef-designed and prepared menus.

Graze on local cheeses as well as olive and lime products from Watercress Olives and Limes (from Pine Mountain, Ipswich), washed down with Bunjurgen Estate’s own wines.

There will also be Greek cuisine by Dion’s Kouzina, with kebabs and salads and wraps, twirls, desserts, cakes and shortbread, coffee from local providers, gelato and local home made cakes.

Shop from local operators including Pure Country Eggs, Scenic Rim Lavender, Greenlee Farm (macadamias), purchase local honey, art, goat soap, jams, chutneys and preserves and receive sustainable living advice from the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS).

Tickets are $5 per person, which includes one drink, free parking, live music and entry into the draw to win $300 worth of Bunjurgen Estate products.

To keep up with event information, check out the La Bunjurga 2019 Facebook events page.

December is a time for getting into the festive spirit, relaxing with family and friends and planning for the year ahead. Here’s your guide to what’s on in December and beyond in the Scenic Rim.

Carols in the Park Beaudesert.

Carols in the Park Beaudesert.

Sing Christmas carols in Jubilee Park – December 5

Beaudesert Rotary Club will host one of the community’s favourite events  – Carols in the Park – from 6pm to 8pm on December 5.

Bring the family to a wonderful night under the stars to get in the Christmas spirit! Bring chairs or rugs to sit on. Bring Grandma. Bring the neighbours, and definitely bring the littlies. For more information, keep up to date via the Facebook event page.

Beaudesert Christmas Raceday.

Beaudesert Christmas Raceday.

Head along to Beaudesert Christmas Raceday – December 12

Join the Beaudesert Race Club for their Christmas Raceday from 11am to 5.30pm December 12.

The raceday will include eight live races, and racegoers are expected to attend for their work Christmas Parties, end of year drinks and social outings.

The Boonah Christmas Street Festival.

Enjoy the Boonah Christmas Street Festival – December 13

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 December 13.

Funds raised through the 2018 event will go to help drought-affected farmers through charity Aussie Helpers.

Binna Burra Lodge 85th anniversary lunch.

Have a celebratory lunch at Binna Burra Lodge – December 15

Binna Burra Lodge will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a lunch in the Clifftop Dining Room on Saturday, December 15.

The lunch will be a three-course buffet with traditional communal dining, as was encouraged by the company’s founders Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey.

Kalbar Community Carols.

Kalbar Community Carols.

Celebrate Christmas in Kalbar – December 16

Get into the spirit of National Recycling Week in the Scenic Rim at the Community Clothes Swap on November 3. It’ll be on at the Boonah Cultural Centre and you can bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories (men’s, women’s and children’s) to take part in the swap for free, or just bring yourself and pay a gold coin donation to purchase items at the event.

 

Beaudesert Race Club. raceday

Beaudesert Race Club.

Spend Christmas Eve at Beaudesert Race Club – December 24

Join the Beaudesert Race Club for their free entry Christmas Eve Raceday from 12 noon to 6.30pm, 24 December.

The final race on the 2018 Beaudesert racing calendar will include seven live action-packed races, betting facilities and bars.

2019 EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

Earth Frequency Festival – 15 Feb to 18 Feb 2019

Tamborine Mountain Show – 16 March 2019

Beaudesert ANZAC Race Day – 25 April 2019

Boonah Show – 31 May to 1 June 2019

Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular – 15 June to 16 June 2019

Kalbar Show – 21 to 22 June 2019

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week – 29 July to 7 July 2019

Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival – 6 July 2019

Canungra Show – 24 August 2019

Beaudesert Show – 6 September to 7 September 2019

Turning Canungra Pink – October 2019

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

Head to the Scenic Rim’s beautiful Lake Moogerah for an Easter experience like no other at the 2019 Moogerah Passion Play

The play will be performed on 13, 14, 19 and 20 before an open-air auditorium capable of holding 2000 people on the shores of the lake.

The show is a dramatic account of the Passion of Jesus Christ (His life, death and resurrection).

The Moogerah Passion Play uses up to 100 actors, technicians, backstage and other helpers. It is a non-denominational event, often involving people from up to 11 denominations each year.

Moogerah Passion Play FAQs:

When does the performance start and end?
From 5pm until approximately 8pm, with a 20-30 minute interval.

When do the gates open?
4pm.

What is the admission charge?
While admission is free, the Moogerah Passion Play relies on donations. There are donation boxes located in the entrance complex.

Is there plenty of parking?
Yes.

What will I bring?
There is a grassy open-air auditorium, so a rug or a chair, plus a cardigan/jumper. Water is also advisable, however water is available for purchase. They also advise bringing an umbrella in the unlikely event that it rains.

May I bring a hamper?
Yes.

Can I purchase food?
Yes. Catering facilities open at 4pm. Soup, hamburgers, sausages, soft drinks, tea, coffee, slices and other assorted goodies are available for purchase for reasonable prices.

Is there plenty of space?
The open-air auditorium seats more than 2000 people. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the Good Friday performance, because it is particularly popular.

Is the Moogerah Passion Play affiliated with any particular church?
No. They are autonomous and have had 11 different denominations in their cast.

How does the Moogerah Passion Play pay for the production?
They rely on donations, the food stalls and commercial sponsorships.

What happens if it rains?
Since 1993, Moogerah Passion Play organisers have not cancelled a performance through rain. Bear in mind that while Brisbane and even Boonah may be wet, it will in all likelihood be dry at Lake Moogerah. If in doubt, phone 0400 844 307.

How far is it?
From the Brisbane CBD it is 100km, or about 80 minutes.

How do I get there?
From Brisbane, the shortest way is via the Cunningham Highway. Nearing Aratula you will see road signs pointing to Lake Moogerah. Follow any one of them. Near the Lake is a Y-junction – take the left hand fork. They are next to the Lake Moogerah Caravan Park. The play is well sign-posted.

Can we camp?
Yes. The Caravan Park number is (07) 5463 0141, or visit their website.

What about motels?
Find out about accommodation near Lake Moogerah here.

May I become a member of the cast?
By all means. About a third of the Moogerah Passion Play cast comes from Brisbane. Phone Ray Siebuhr on (07) 5463 2419 or 0497 616 815 or email publicity@moogerahpassionplay.org.au

Head to the Scenic Rim’s beautiful Lake Moogerah for an Easter experience like no other at the 2019 Moogerah Passion Play

The play will be performed on 13, 14, 19 and 20 before an open-air auditorium capable of holding 2000 people on the shores of the lake.

The show is a dramatic account of the Passion of Jesus Christ (His life, death and resurrection).

The Moogerah Passion Play uses up to 100 actors, technicians, backstage and other helpers. It is a non-denominational event, often involving people from up to 11 denominations each year.

Moogerah Passion Play FAQs:

When does the performance start and end?
From 5pm until approximately 8pm, with a 20-30 minute interval.

When do the gates open?
4pm.

What is the admission charge?
While admission is free, the Moogerah Passion Play relies on donations. There are donation boxes located in the entrance complex.

Is there plenty of parking?
Yes.

What will I bring?
There is a grassy open-air auditorium, so a rug or a chair, plus a cardigan/jumper. Water is also advisable, however water is available for purchase. They also advise bringing an umbrella in the unlikely event that it rains.

May I bring a hamper?
Yes.

Can I purchase food?
Yes. Catering facilities open at 4pm. Soup, hamburgers, sausages, soft drinks, tea, coffee, slices and other assorted goodies are available for purchase for reasonable prices.

Is there plenty of space?
The open-air auditorium seats more than 2000 people. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the Good Friday performance, because it is particularly popular.

Is the Moogerah Passion Play affiliated with any particular church?
No. They are autonomous and have had 11 different denominations in their cast.

How does the Moogerah Passion Play pay for the production?
They rely on donations, the food stalls and commercial sponsorships.

What happens if it rains?
Since 1993, Moogerah Passion Play organisers have not cancelled a performance through rain. Bear in mind that while Brisbane and even Boonah may be wet, it will in all likelihood be dry at Lake Moogerah. If in doubt, phone 0400 844 307.

How far is it?
From the Brisbane CBD it is 100km, or about 80 minutes.

How do I get there?
From Brisbane, the shortest way is via the Cunningham Highway. Nearing Aratula you will see road signs pointing to Lake Moogerah. Follow any one of them. Near the Lake is a Y-junction – take the left hand fork. They are next to the Lake Moogerah Caravan Park. The play is well sign-posted.

Can we camp?
Yes. The Caravan Park number is (07) 5463 0141, or visit their website.

What about motels?
Find out about accommodation near Lake Moogerah here.

May I become a member of the cast?
By all means. About a third of the Moogerah Passion Play cast comes from Brisbane. Phone Ray Siebuhr on (07) 5463 2419 or 0497 616 815 or email publicity@moogerahpassionplay.org.au

Head to the Scenic Rim’s beautiful Lake Moogerah for an Easter experience like no other at the 2019 Moogerah Passion Play

The play will be performed on 13, 14, 19 and 20 before an open-air auditorium capable of holding 2000 people on the shores of the lake.

The show is a dramatic account of the Passion of Jesus Christ (His life, death and resurrection).

The Moogerah Passion Play uses up to 100 actors, technicians, backstage and other helpers. It is a non-denominational event, often involving people from up to 11 denominations each year.

Moogerah Passion Play FAQs:

When does the performance start and end?
From 5pm until approximately 8pm, with a 20-30 minute interval.

When do the gates open?
4pm.

What is the admission charge?
While admission is free, the Moogerah Passion Play relies on donations. There are donation boxes located in the entrance complex.

Is there plenty of parking?
Yes.

What will I bring?
There is a grassy open-air auditorium, so a rug or a chair, plus a cardigan/jumper. Water is also advisable, however water is available for purchase. They also advise bringing an umbrella in the unlikely event that it rains.

May I bring a hamper?
Yes.

Can I purchase food?
Yes. Catering facilities open at 4pm. Soup, hamburgers, sausages, soft drinks, tea, coffee, slices and other assorted goodies are available for purchase for reasonable prices.

Is there plenty of space?
The open-air auditorium seats more than 2000 people. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the Good Friday performance, because it is particularly popular.

Is the Moogerah Passion Play affiliated with any particular church?
No. They are autonomous and have had 11 different denominations in their cast.

How does the Moogerah Passion Play pay for the production?
They rely on donations, the food stalls and commercial sponsorships.

What happens if it rains?
Since 1993, Moogerah Passion Play organisers have not cancelled a performance through rain. Bear in mind that while Brisbane and even Boonah may be wet, it will in all likelihood be dry at Lake Moogerah. If in doubt, phone 0400 844 307.

How far is it?
From the Brisbane CBD it is 100km, or about 80 minutes.

How do I get there?
From Brisbane, the shortest way is via the Cunningham Highway. Nearing Aratula you will see road signs pointing to Lake Moogerah. Follow any one of them. Near the Lake is a Y-junction – take the left hand fork. They are next to the Lake Moogerah Caravan Park. The play is well sign-posted.

Can we camp?
Yes. The Caravan Park number is (07) 5463 0141, or visit their website.

What about motels?
Find out about accommodation near Lake Moogerah here.

May I become a member of the cast?
By all means. About a third of the Moogerah Passion Play cast comes from Brisbane. Phone Ray Siebuhr on (07) 5463 2419 or 0497 616 815 or email publicity@moogerahpassionplay.org.au

Head to the Scenic Rim’s beautiful Lake Moogerah for an Easter experience like no other at the 2019 Moogerah Passion Play

The play will be performed on 13, 14, 19 and 20 before an open-air auditorium capable of holding 2000 people on the shores of the lake.

The show is a dramatic account of the Passion of Jesus Christ (His life, death and resurrection).

The Moogerah Passion Play uses up to 100 actors, technicians, backstage and other helpers. It is a non-denominational event, often involving people from up to 11 denominations each year.

Moogerah Passion Play FAQs:

When does the performance start and end?
From 5pm until approximately 8pm, with a 20-30 minute interval.

When do the gates open?
4pm.

What is the admission charge?
While admission is free, the Moogerah Passion Play relies on donations. There are donation boxes located in the entrance complex.

Is there plenty of parking?
Yes.

What will I bring?
There is a grassy open-air auditorium, so a rug or a chair, plus a cardigan/jumper. Water is also advisable, however water is available for purchase. They also advise bringing an umbrella in the unlikely event that it rains.

May I bring a hamper?
Yes.

Can I purchase food?
Yes. Catering facilities open at 4pm. Soup, hamburgers, sausages, soft drinks, tea, coffee, slices and other assorted goodies are available for purchase for reasonable prices.

Is there plenty of space?
The open-air auditorium seats more than 2000 people. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the Good Friday performance, because it is particularly popular.

Is the Moogerah Passion Play affiliated with any particular church?
No. They are autonomous and have had 11 different denominations in their cast.

How does the Moogerah Passion Play pay for the production?
They rely on donations, the food stalls and commercial sponsorships.

What happens if it rains?
Since 1993, Moogerah Passion Play organisers have not cancelled a performance through rain. Bear in mind that while Brisbane and even Boonah may be wet, it will in all likelihood be dry at Lake Moogerah. If in doubt, phone 0400 844 307.

How far is it?
From the Brisbane CBD it is 100km, or about 80 minutes.

How do I get there?
From Brisbane, the shortest way is via the Cunningham Highway. Nearing Aratula you will see road signs pointing to Lake Moogerah. Follow any one of them. Near the Lake is a Y-junction – take the left hand fork. They are next to the Lake Moogerah Caravan Park. The play is well sign-posted.

Can we camp?
Yes. The Caravan Park number is (07) 5463 0141, or visit their website.

What about motels?
Find out about accommodation near Lake Moogerah here.

May I become a member of the cast?
By all means. About a third of the Moogerah Passion Play cast comes from Brisbane. Phone Ray Siebuhr on (07) 5463 2419 or 0497 616 815 or email publicity@moogerahpassionplay.org.au

Experience Boonah’s strong community spirit at the 2019 Boonah Show, where there’ll be something for showgoers young and old.

Enjoy yourself over two big days from 31 May to 1 June, 2019. There’ll be the judging of cattle, horses, goats, poultry, horticulture, birds, fruit and vegetables, school work and photography.

Get your thrills on the rides and sideshow alley attractions, tuck into some hearty show food and enjoy entertainment for the whole family, including the grand parade, chainsaw races, ute muster, demolition derby, wood chipping, dog shows, machinery displays and fireworks.

About the Boonah Show Society:

The Boonah Show Society is made up of hard-working, local, people who care about their community.

It was formed in 1897, (and held its first show in 1898), and lays claim to being the oldest community organisation in the district, other than school and church groups.

Today the Boonah Show Society has a much bigger role than when it was formed, including the maintenance of the many facilities situated on the grounds, including a caravan park.

Visit one of the Scenic Rim’s beautiful small towns and get your Christmas shopping done when Mount Alford hosts its summer market in its School of Arts Hall from 9am to 3pm on December 1.

The market, which happens every summer, autumn, winter and spring, features recycled, upcycled, reused, handmade, organic, local products, crafted and curated by local artisans.

Stalls will include homemade ice-cream, artisan bread, jewellery, plants, books, ceramics, original artworks, vintage clothes, weaving, food, chutneys, vegetarian food, organic produce, macaroons, fresh herbs, and doTERRA essential oils.

The markets are family and pet friendly. As an environmentally conscious community, Mount Alford Artisans Market is committed to reducing plastic waste and encourages market-goers to bring their own bags to take home all their goodies.

Visit the markets and stock up on gifts, have a drink and bite to eat, listen to the live music and wander across the road to visit the Scenic Rim Brewery (bookings recommended for dining in) or call into the iconic and friendly Mount Alford Hotel.

Down the road is the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm (bookings essential) and the beautiful Lake Moogerah.

Make a weekend of it and do some side trips around the Scenic Rim while you’re in the region.

ARIA-nominated contemporary music group Topology and the State Library of Queensland will bring their ‘Queensland at Home’ tour to the Scenic Rim on November 17.

Queensland at Home is a time capsule of vintage film accompanied by a live original score performed by the band to paint an evocative portrait of life in Queensland dating back to the early 20th Century.

The show will be performed at the Boonah Cultural Centre at 7pm, November 17 as part of a state-wide tour spanning 42 towns.

Tickets are $15 and entry for children under 12 is free of charge.

Book your ticket online via Live at the Centre, in person at the Boonah Cultural Centre or The Centre Beaudesert box office or over the phone on 07 5463 3068.

 

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 December 13.

Funds raised through the 2018 event will go to help drought-affected farmers through charity Aussie Helpers.

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

If you come for a visit in November, you’re in for a treat. Whether you love the great outdoors, live music, good food, family fun or you just want to get some of your Christmas shopping done, there’s something for you in the Scenic Rim. Here’s your guide to what’s on in November.

The Shed Cafe.

Enjoy Christmas shopping with a twist at The Shed Cafe – November 2

Get your Christmas shopping out of the way early with The Shed Cafe’s annual Christmas Shopping Night.

Drive up through the olive trees of Rathlogan Grove to enjoy a night of shopping and socialising at The Shed Cafe, complete with sparkling wine on arrival, canapés, lucky door prizes and specials.

Limited places available, visit the Christmas Shopping Night Facebook event page to keep up with event details.

Aquis Beaudesert Race Club.

Put on your best black and white for Derby Day in Beaudesert – November 3

Don your best black and white and come track side for a big day of live racing at the Aquis Beaudesert Race Club.

General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and pensioners and there’ll be mystery guest judges for Fashions on the Field.

Head to a day on the green at Bean To? cafe Beaudesert.

Have a day on the green, Bean To? style – November 3

Head along for a magical afternoon to raise money for the Cancer Council Queensland. Bean To? cafe owner Sonya van Gent and her staff will provide a beautiful high tea style experience and you can enjoy locally made crafts.

Goes from 2.30pm to 5.30pm at Bean To? Cafe, 7 William Street Beaudesert.

Summer Land Camels.

Do your Christmas shopping on a camel farm – November 3

Experience the best of a boutique country market at the Summer Land Camels Christmas Markets on November 3.

The markets will go from 11.30am to 5pm and there’ll be locally grown and produced food products, art, Christmas gifts, live music, camel rides and more.

Community Clothes Swap.

Get thrifty in Boonah – November 3

Get into the spirit of National Recycling Week in the Scenic Rim at the Community Clothes Swap on November 3. It’ll be on at the Boonah Cultural Centre and you can bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories (men’s, women’s and children’s) to take part in the swap for free, or just bring yourself and pay a gold coin donation to purchase items at the event.

 

Boonah Bookfest

Satisfy your inner bookworm at Bookfest – November 3 – 4

Come take your pic from more than 20,000 books, which will be constantly replenished throughout both days of Bookfest at the Boonah Cultural Centre. It goes from 8.30am to 1.30pm, entry is free and funds raised will support the Boonah Book Bug project and the Boonah Library.

 

Tamborine Annual Paddock Party.

Have a paddock party with the Hillbilly Goats – November 4

Book a table and make a day of it when The Bearded Dragon Hotel hosts its free entry annual Tamborine festival to support Australian live music.

A brilliant day out is planned with Australian band the Hillbilly Goats, street paddock eats and plenty of games for adults and children alike.

The event will kick off with breakfast available from 8am.

Do Melbourne Cup Day differently at Towri Sheep Cheeses – November 6

Head along to Towri Sheep Cheeses on Melbourne Cup Day for an action-packed day of sheep races, food and fun.

There’ll be complementary bubbles and sparkling lavender punch on arrival, a three course sheep cheese-inspired menu, live commentary the sheep races and prizes for best dressed.

 

Monique Forestier climbs Frog Buttress on Mount French in the Scenic Rim. Photo by Simon Carter’s Onsight Photography.

Be inspired at the Women in Adventure Film Tour – November 7

Celebrate the extraordinary things women across the world are doing in the name of adventure when the global Women’s Adventure Film Tour comes to the Boonah Cultural Centre on November 7. Book your tickets via the Live at the Centre website, by phoning the Boonah Cultural Centre on (07) 5463 3068 or at the box office.

 

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard.

Frock up for Broadway by the Creek – November 10

Slip into your best cocktail attire and enjoy a night at the theatre under the stars when O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards hosts Broadway By The Creek.

The Savoyards Singers are celebrating 20 years of making music across Brisbane and south-east Queensland, and will return to where it all began back in 1999 – when a small touring singing group performed for the first time in the Canungra Valley Vineyards ballroom.

The group will perform classics including Impossible Dream, This Is The Moment and Luck Be A Lady Tonight, and guests will enjoy a three-course meal beside the creek.

Sunset Savours in Mount Alford.

Dine and drink in style at Sunset Savours in Mount Alford – November 10

Experience the finest Mount Alford has to offer at Sunset Savours on November 10 at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Join the folk from Kooroomba and Scenic Rim Brewery for an evening of craft beer perfectly paired with a six course custom designed menu.

Your hosts Head Chef Daniel Groneberg and Head Brewer Mike Webster will share their passions for local produce and the inspirations of their surroundings.

 

Moda in the Vines. Photo by Timothy James Allen.

Eat, drink and be merry at Moda in the Vines – November 11

The first Moda in the Vines during Scenic Rim Eat Local Week was such a success that The Overflow Estate 1895 is doing it again.

Come and enjoy a delicious tapas and paella lunch prepared by Javier Codina of Moda Restaurant, set on a 4000 acre historic property overlooking the Wyaralong Dam and a beautiful vineyard.

 

O’Reilly’s Bird Week.

Flock to O’Reilly’s Bird Week – November 11 to 17

Join Australia’s longest running birding program, now in it’s 41st year, at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat from November 11 to 17.

Take part in daily guided tours and witness more than 200 species of the 230 varieties residing World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds.

The Vintage Brocante.

 

Have a unique shopping experience at The Vintage Brocante – November 18

Come and get some one of a kind pieces at the Vintage Brocante on November 8. Experience a country style marketplace showcasing high quality bespoke and unique items for the home and garden. Carefully curated makers and collectors gather to exhibit twice a year in June and November, and the event has previously been held at the Canungra School of Arts Hall. The November 18, event will be at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard for the first time.

Artisan Fayre Tamborine Mountain.

Get arty at the Artisan Fayre on Tamborine Mountain – November 18

Head along to the Artisan Fayre at the Mt Tamborine  Show Grounds to experience art stalls, workshops, entertainment and food stalls from 9am to 4pm November 18.

 

Festival of Small Halls – Kerry.

Head to Kerry for the Festival of Small Halls – November 21 

On November 21, the Festival of Small Halls will visit the Scenic Rim, with Canada’s two-time JUNO Award winner Old Man Luedecke and Australian folk festival favourite Lucy Wise.

The local community of Kerry looks forward to welcoming you for this special event, being presented by Woodfordia Inc. – the group behind the iconic annual Woodford Folk Festival.

Come along and enjoy the stunning landscape of the Kerry Valley, pathway to The Lost World, endless views of stunning farmland and mountainous country. The country hospitality’s not bad either!

FUNdraise for Farmers at Bigriggen.

Have a fun time at FUNdraise for farmers – November 23

Bigriggen Campground will be filled with fun for the whole family when Aussie Destinations Unknown hosts FUNdraise for Farmers from November 23-25.

All money raised through the weekend will go through the Rotary Club of Sydney to the Barrumbuttock Hayrunners, helping them deliver donated hay where it’s needed most.

Kooralbyn Valley MTB Endurance Series

Get on your bike and test your endurance – November 24

On the Edge Events will present the Scenic Rim MTB 12 hour Dusk to Dawn mountain bike endurance event the night of November 24.

Get some mates together or go solo and ride a looped course of about 11km per lap at the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Tracks.

DECEMBER EVENTS – MARK YOUR DIARY

December 1 – Wyaralong Rowing Club Regatta

December – January – World of Fun school holiday program (stay tuned)

December 13 – Boonah Christmas Street Festiva

Check out the Scenic Rim Events Calendar

Celebrate the extraordinary things women across the world are doing in the name of adventure when the global Women’s Adventure Film Tour comes to the Boonah Cultural Centre on November 7.

Witness first hand the grit and determination of top Australian climber Monique Forestier and take on the mountains with the youngest Australian to summit Mt Everest, Alyssa Azar. Journey across Greenland on a bicycle with record breaking expedition cyclist, Kate M Leeming. Experience snowboarding in Iran through the eyes of international snowboard competitor Michaela Davis-Meehan. And get a glimpse into life as a competitive adventurer with world champion trials rider Janine Jungfels, and Australian and New Zealand Olympic skiers Anna Segal and Janina Kuzma.

Watch 12 short films, take part in prize giveaways and hear from Michaela Davis-Meehan, who’ll share about her experience as a professional snowboarder on the World Freeride Qualifying Tour and about her film Persian Powder (included in the tour).

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is presented in partnership with She Went Wild – a hub for all things adventure – and delivered locally in partnership with Sons of Adventure.

Keep up to date with the Women’s Adventure Film Tour – Boonah via the Facebook event page

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Book your tickets via the Live at the Centre website,, by phoning the Boonah Cultural Centre on (07) 5463 3068 or at the box office. Entry is $22 for adults, $17 for concession tickets and $12 for children.

* pictured: Monique Forestier climbs Whistling Kite, Frog Buttress, Mount French in the Scenic Rim. Photo by Simon Carter’s Onsight Photography.

Experience the finest Mount Alford has to offer at Sunset Savours on November 10 at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Join the folk from Kooroomba and Scenic Rim Brewery for an evening of craft beer perfectly paired with a six course custom designed menu.

Your hosts Head Chef Daniel Groneberg and Head Brewer Mike Webster will share their passions for local produce and the inspirations of their surroundings.

Come enjoy this feast for the senses and appreciate their hospitality as you watch the sunset behind the mountains.

Tickets are $105 per person and bookings are essential, with limited spaces available.

Phone 07 5463 0022 to make your reservation, and keep up to date with event information via the Sunset Savours in Mount Alford Facebook event page.

It’s time to get thrifty in the Scenic Rim for National Recycling Week! Everyone is welcome to come along and join the Community Clothes Swap at the Boonah Cultural Centre on November 3.

Bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories (men’s, women’s and children’s) to take part in the swap for free, or just bring yourself and pay a gold coin donation to purchase items at the event.

Up-cycled bags will be available to purchase, and there’ll be innovative displays and demonstrations on different ways to up-cycle textiles.

It’s also the perfect place to bring along items for recycling like:

  • mobiles and accessories
  • corks
  • hearing aids
  • household batteries
  • old plastic store cards
  • sturdy fabric, old sheets and curtains, and
  • bras and swimmers

The Boonah Cultural Foundation’s Bookfest, another National Recycling Week event, will be on at the cultural centre at the same time as the Community Clothes Swap.

To keep up with Community Clothes Swap information, visit the event Facebook page or follow Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire on Facebook.

Head along to the Lake Moogerah Caravan Park on September 22 to help raise much-needed funds and awareness for childhood cancer at Light the Sky for Charlee 2018.

The event will go from 2pm to 9pm and there will be live bands, jumping castles, a petting zoo, stalls, a bake sale, tractors, a licensed bar and a fireworks display.

Entry is free, and guests are encouraged to book their camping spot at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park to make a weekend of it.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/CharleesLittleWishes/

To keep up with information about the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/183604658967603/

 

Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm invites you to celebrate Father’s Day with their five course menu. This epic lunchtime event will showcase their passion for family, food and wine. Arrive at midday for a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Numbers limited, $110 per person. Early bookings required.

Wendy & Mike Webster, Scenic Rim Brewery.

Mike and Wendy Webster are perfect hosts.
You’ll find this husband and wife duo at their beautifully-restored Scenic Rim Brewery, located in the small town of Mt Alford, south-west of Boonah.
Mike is chief brew master, responsible for cool, refreshing drops with fun names – Shazza, Fat Man and Digga’s Pale Ale.
Wendy can be found behind the counter, creating delicious meals and bar snacks to perfectly partner with Mike’s beers.
Like many craft brewers, Mike’s brewing career started in the family garage many years ago. He travelled to Berlin Germany to learn more about the craft and has been hooked ever since.
Mike and Wendy bought the rundown former Mt Alford General Store and spent a year renovating.
They opened the doors in December 2016 and have been busy ever since.
As well as beer and great food, the couple stock a range of other locally-produced products, as well as coffee, milkshakes, scones, croquettes and amazing fresh pretzels.
The Scenic Rim Brewery is very much a family affair – with Mike and Wendy’s three adult children providing input into the menu, the beers and other aspects of the customer experience.

We asked Mike to share his locals’ knowledge and highlight his favourite Scenic Rim spots to eat, drink and soak up the views.

Scenic Rim Brewery beer

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

Best caféArthur Clive’s Boonah
Best pub grubMount Alford Hotel, then the Dugandan Hotel
Five starKooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm

Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee

To be honest we think the barista we employ is the best in our region but if we’re out and about we go to Arthur Clive’s in Boonah or Kalbar and Bean To? at Beaudesert.

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

Its proximity to everything and our nature. We have mountains, lakes, farms, rainforests, quaint country towns and people. I was born and raised in Brisbane and the Scenic Rim offers everything city people yearn for. I’m just lucky I live here and experience it every day.

Mike’s favourite view over Lake Moogerah.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

When you live in the Scenic Rim you are surrounded by spectacular views everywhere you go, but one of my favorites is looking out across Lake Moogerah towards Mt Greville with The Great Divide in the background.

The Boonah Rodeo will roll into town on September 22.

The rodeo was to be held on August 25, but was postponed due to rain.

The event will start from 5pm at the Boonah Showgrounds on 8 Melbourne Street, Boonah.

Head along and help The Penelopes raise funds for children’s charity Variety at the Long Table Dinner a the Dugandan Hotel.

Join them from 3pm for drinks and lawn games, followed by dinner and live music.

Dress code: Garden Party.

Entertainment: Vic Pascoe

Tickets: $55 (children meals available for $20)

Contact Penelope4000@outlook.com for a list of local accommodation options

 

Come on down and enjoy a spit roast and live music on the Boonah Golf Club’s new and improved terrace for Father’s Day 2018.

Free children’s activities, kids menu options, drink specials, giveaways, raffles and croquet.

The event will go from 11am to 5pm at the Boonah Golf Club on Bruckner Hill Road, Boonah.

Bookings are not essential but are appreciated.

The annual Boonah Rodeo is back with bulls, broncs and barrel racing from 5pm on August 25, 2018.

Dust your boots off and get ready for a great night of rodeo at the Boonah Showgrounds.

Height: 836m

Location: Accessed via Waterfall Creek Reserve Camping Ground, Maroon

Mt May is part of Mt Barney National Park, a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area known for its rugged ridges, remote peaks and spectacular wilderness.

The rocky trail, which sits at about 836m, is is recommended for experienced bush walkers with sound navigational skills and a high level of fitness.

Access is via Waterfall Creek Reserve Camping Ground, and hikers on Aussie Bushwalking.com evaluated the climb as ‘hard’ and recommended allowing at least four hours to complete it.

Mt May by @jhk801 via Instagram.

Experienced hikers on Aussie Bushwalking.com reported difficulty finding the start of the Mt May track, and strongly recommend downloading the free GPS track shared by another walker to the site.

They recommended ascending by the northern ridge from the campsite, descending via the southwest ridge and then walking the 4WD road back to the Mt May reserve.

Views from Mt May by @sons_ofadventure via Instagram.

Local Scenic Rim hiker Kate Bennie, who blogs as Sons of Adventure, wrote about her experience hiking Mt May with her family.

In her piece, published in the Queensland Times, Kate described Mt May as an off the beaten track hike, and a trail less travelled.

Mt May views by @kusiabanda via Instagram.

Kate reported stunning views over Lake Maroon, Mt Maroon and Mt Barney – just rewards for a steep and tricky hike.

“Mt May has two summits, and to start we headed straight up out of Waterfall Gully up the northern ridge to the north summit. It’s heart-pumpingly steep and there are no signs or defined track so it can be a bit tricky to find the way at times. The views overlooking Lake Maroon and beyond are stunning as you gain altitude,” she wrote.

“Descending into the saddle involved some rock scrambling and navigation, followed by a steep climb to the second summit. Once on the south summit we could enjoy amazing views from a couple of different positions on the peak. To the north, we looked over the south peak which was framed by Lake Maroon on one side and Mt Maroon the other. To the south we looked to Mt Barney and could appreciate that awe-inspiring mountain from a new vantage point.”

On Run Hike Laugh, one keen, solo hiker described Mt May as an “under-rated” peak and considered it one of the best climbs in south-east Queensland.

In her detailed account, that hiker also reported difficulty finding the start of the track, and urged fellow walkers to bring their navigational skills, a map and compass and plenty of water.

Mt May North Peak by @fotosizigia via Instagram.

Did you Know?

  • Mount May was formed from underground cooling of a molten rock called rhyolite, which is similar to granite.
  • Mount Barney National Park and Mount Lindesay National Park were gazetted as separate parks on September 6, 1947. Mount Barney National Park was extended to include Mount May and Mount Maroon in 1950. Thirty years later, in 1980, the two parks were amalgamated to form the current Mount Barney National Park, named after the park’s highest peak.
  • Mount Barney National Park covers 17,659ha of rugged terrain.
Support Girls Got Heart in their bid to raise $150,000 for rural health when they cycle 265km from Brisbane to the Scenic Rim and back on September 22-23.
Spectators are encouraged to come say hello and cheer cyclists on in the sold out two-day Hearts on the Road fundraising cycle.
The Girls Got Heart team and about 35 cyclists will cycle 125km from Brisbane to Boonah via Aratula and Lake Moogerah on September 22 and then 140km from Boonah back to Brisbane via Beaudesert and Tamborine on September 23.
To donate, visit https://girlsgotheart.com.au/donate/ and select ‘Hearts on the Road 2018’ from the drop down menu.

Taste, listen explore, understand. From Bollywood to Beijing, join in on a day of free dance workshops, film screenings, cooking and cultural talks followed by performances and a shared cultural dining experience.

The Experiencing Asia Cultural Day will be held from 10am-4pm at The Centre, Beaudesert and Boonah Cultural Centre on Saturday, 4 August 2018.

The free event, being held part of the Postcards From Asia exhibition on display at The Centre, includes performances, demonstrations, classes, workshops, movies, cooking demonstrations and more.

Check out the program for a full list of workshops and experiences. Note: some workshops require bookings, as places are limited.  Book early to avoid disappointment. Details are listed with each activity.

Join the fourth annual Boonah Freedom Challenge climb to make a difference in the lives of women and children caught in human trafficking, exploitation and modern day slavery.

Starting Point: Haigh Park, at the base of Mt Edwards

Registration Cost: Student $15, Adult $20, Family $40

Raise sponsorship as a team or individual for climbing. All proceeds raised go to Freedom Challenge’s anti-trafficking work in Cambodia. Click Here for more info about Project Freedom, Cambodia.

Includes: kids activities, henna, fresh produce stall, bake stall, Australian and Cambodian food stand.

The ‘summit’ climb to the top of Mt Edwards and back will take approximately 3 hours to complete. A shorter ‘mini’ climb to the first lookout is also available and takes approximately 1 hour round trip.