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.

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.

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, 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.

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

The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.

Eat Local Week’s signature event is an authentic food festival which showcases the delicious array of food and wine that’s produced in the Scenic Rim. The Winter Harvest Festival features producers, suppliers, retailers and chefs from across the region and offers visitors the opportunity to literally eat their way around the Scenic Rim.

Tasting plates, wines and fresh produce will be on sale and a highlight of the day is the Tractor Pulling Competition, which pits teams against a 12-tonne tractor. Which team will clock the fastest time and win the prize?

Please note: dogs are not permitted.

An eight day arts festival including awards for art, writing and fashion. The Festival includes events such as the Great Comedy Debate, Combined Bands Concert, Youth Showcase, Sip and Paint and Fashion and Festival Awards. Free entry to the Art Awards on display throughout the week.

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!

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Two days of hands on workshops covering topics like Stunts and Actions, Flash Fiction, Building your Career as a Writer, Memoirs and much more. Morning teas, lunches and The Writers Dinner are included in the price. Sam Cutler – author and former Tour Manager of The Rolling Stones is guest speaker for the dinner.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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.

Two days of hands on workshops covering topics like Stunts and Actions, Flash Fiction, Building your Career as a Writer, Memoirs and much more. Morning teas, lunches and The Writers Dinner are included in the price. Sam Cutler – author and former Tour Manager of The Rolling Stones is guest speaker for the dinner.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Join them to experience Mountainfilm on Tour presented by Osprey – a collection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and engaging documentary short films that use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

This event includes 12 inspiring films that feature skiing, mountaineering, climbing, hiking, trail running, kayaking, snowboarding and mountain biking.

The films are hand-picked from Mountainfilm Festival, an annual event in Telluride, Colorado – one of America’s longest-running film festivals.

All attendees are also eligible to enter their tour-wide prize draw. Information on how to enter will be available on screen during the show.

Bring the family or a group of friends for a fantastic night of fun and inspiration!

Follow their Facebook Page for more updates.

Adventure is waiting.

The most renowned film event on the European outdoor calendar: The European Outdoor Film Tour (E.O.F.T) came to Australia and New Zealand for the very first time last year and is back with more this year.

E.O.F.T features inspirational protagonists with a heartfelt passion for adventure and the great outdoors. Throughout the programmes of the last 17 years, they’ve followed one principle: they need no actors, no blue screen, no second takes. An only true adventure. This is Real.

No script, no actors, no special effects.

E.O.F.T is seen by more than 250,000 people annually, across 15 countries in 300 locations. Now here at Boonah.

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School holidays are here and the Scenic Rim has plenty to offer! Your kids will be too busy to get bored, and they’ll have a great time in the fresh air.

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

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

The WOMEN’S ADVENTURE FILM TOUR presented by PADDY PALLIN is coming to Boonah and we have an amazing guest speaker who became the youngest person to complete a multi-stage ultramarathon on all seven continents.

Jacqui Bell is from Brisbane and her film “Journey to all 7” is featured in this season’s Women’s Adventure Film Tour playlist. Come and meet Jacqui, see her inspirational story and hear her speak about overcoming adversity and addiction.

In addition to Jacqui’s film, this year’s line-up also features an all-star cast of Australian athletes including cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland and climber Angie Scarth-Johnson as well as many more women from around the world in snow sports, mountaineering and mountain biking.

This short film festival is a celebration of the inspiring women around us who are doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure.

We will also have a prize draw with some fantastic prizes from our national and local sponsors.

The screening of the WOMEN’S ADVENTURE FILM TOUR features 7 short films across 110 minutes.

The WOMEN’S ADVENTURE FILM TOUR is exempt from classification, but the films are suitable for the entire family and would obtain G/PG ratings.

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

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.

Boonah’s community Golf Club is fast becoming the country club that could.

The club, situated in a scenic location just outside the town centre, is preparing to host its first Pro-Am event in 23 years.

On August 29, the club will host a field of 60 Pro-Am players, known on the circuit as the Round Bellies. The professionals, including Rodger Davis, Ossie Moore, Richard Blackwell, David Merriman, Michael Long and Tim Elliott, will go head to head with a group of local players, vying for an $11,000 prize pool.

Richard Backwell and Karis Davidson play the Boonah Golf Course.

Tee-off is from 6.30am and the day will have a celebratory atmosphere. Food, coffee, wine and camel milk products will be available to buy on the Fairways and whoever can score a hole in one of the 17th will be the proud owner of a new Barrier Reef-designed Swimming Pool.

Club Manager Joey Worley says the Pro-Am will provide great entertainment for local golfers and golf enthusiasts.

“I would really encourage people to come to Boonah and watch the professionals, this will be a lot more intimate than the Pro-Ams that bigger clubs do and we really want to incorporate the community in our event. On the Wednesday afternoon at 3.30pm there’s a free coaching clinic for members for the public – men, women and juniors. Come along and get some tips off the professionals.”

The Pro-Am comes on the back of a recent change to the club’s Bunker’s Bar & Bistro, which is now helmed by young local chef Zachary Christensen. The Rosevale born and bred chef completed his apprenticeship under Spicers Hidden Vale head chef Ash Martin, who is also a Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador. Zachary has brought his chef skills and knowledge of local produce to the club bistro, which now offers generous share platters, featuring Scenic Rim vegetables, beef, pork, and other gourmet ingredients.

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

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

“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 bistro is open for dinner Thursday to Saturday nights, while lunch is served daily.

Zachary’s new Sunday breakfast menu is also proving a winner. The Golf Club bar & bistro is open to visitors. The Boonah Golf Club, which is in its 91st year of operation, welcomes new members.

The Pro Am presentation dinner will be held on Thursday August 26 from 5.30pm, with guest speaker Charlie Earp. Bookings are essential.

Find out more on the club website

Join the fifth annual Boonah Freedom Climb at Mt Edwards to help make a difference in the lives of women and children caught in human trafficking, exploitation and modern day slavery.

The ‘summit’ climb to the top of Mt Edwards and back will take about 3 hours to complete.

A shorter ‘mini’ climb to the first lookout is also available and takes about 1 hour to complete.

Participants under the age of 18 will require adult supervision at all times.

Children under the age of 10 years are not permitted to climb.

Click here to Register and Sponsor

Please refer to the link for difficulty level of the climb and to self-assess your ability to participate.

The climb will run over 3 sessions, with 3 groups within each session:

Session 1 – 9:00am (summit climb)

  • Group 1 – 9:00am climb departure
  • Group 2 – 9:20am climb departure
  • Group 3 – 9:30am climb departure

Session 2 – 10:00am (summit climb)

  • Group 1 – 10:00am climb departure
  • Group 2 – 10:20am climb departure
  • Group 3 – 10:30am climb departure

Session 3 (summit & mini climb groups)

  • Group 1 – 11:00am climb departure (summit climb)
  • Group 2 – 11:20am climb departure (summit climb)
  • Group 3 – 11:30am climb departure (mini climb – to first lookout only)

**You will need to arrive 1 hour before your session time to allow for check in & safely briefings**

For safety reasons there are limited spots, so registrations are essential.

If you would like any further information, please email boonahfc@ordinaryheroes.org.au

WHAT TO BRING: (climbers are responsible for bringing the following items)

  • Suitable enclosed footwear
  • Sun protection (clothing, hat, and sunscreen)
  • 2L drinking water (some will be available for purchase on the day BUT the tap water on site is NOT drinkable)
  • Snack for during the 3 hour climb (some will be available for purchase on the day through the bake stall)
  • Insect repellent
  • Money for food, merchandise and kids activities
  • Picnic rug/folding chair for relaxing after the climb

The team of volunteers behind Boonah Freedom Climb invite you to climb, sponsor a climber, or donate to the Ordinary Heroes™ Freedom Challenge project. Alternatively, if you feel you are able to donate goods for the day please contact them at boonahfc@ordinaryheroes.org.au

BASE CAMP/SPECTATORS

There will be plenty of activities at base camp for those not climbing, so head along and support the climbers, and enjoy the festivities at base camp and help them raise valuable funds and awareness for those caught up in the atrocities of human trafficking, exploitation and modern day slavery.

  • Kids Activity tent for a gold coin donation from 9am (adult supervision required)
  • Face painting
  • ‘Hand made by the Projects’ Stall
  • Bake Stall
  • Fresh Produce Stall
  • Australian & Cambodian Food Stand

For information email:  boonahfc@ordinaryheroes.org.au

Please head to the Boonah Freedom Climb Facebook page and ‘like’ for updates leading up to the event and on climb day.

Hear Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven performed at the Boonah Cultural Centre.

The Lazarus String Quartet from Germany will perform its only regional Australian concert in Boonah as part of its 2019 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The Boonah & District Cultural Foundation will present the concert at 7.30am Saturday, 10 August.

Purchase tickets from the Boonah Cultural Centre box office, by phoning 07 5463 3068 or at http://www.liveatthecentre.com.au/

For more information about the performers, visit  http://www.lazarusstringquartet.com/

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.

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

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 3.30pm to 8.30pm 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 and grab a pub meal at the Mount Alford Hotel. Before the markets, book in for a fancy lunch at the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm and check out Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard nearby.

Make a weekend of it! Click here to check out local accommodation, things to do and more.

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 IGA Boonah Arts Festival is a fun-filled week of competitions, concerts and exhibitions of local talent.

There’ll be art, fashion, writing, debating, singing, music and more. What more does an arts lover need? Head along and join them.

For more information, visit www.boonahartsfestival.org.au and follow their Facebook event page.

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

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