Set yourself up in one of the camping areas or nearby accommodation and spend days exploring this magical part of the world. Take short walks or long treks deep into the park’s forest, exploring boulder-strewn mountain streams, dramatic lookouts, rugged cliffs, plunging gorges and secluded, mountain-top camp sites.

As you explore the park, pay homage to the earliest inhabitants—the Yugambeh Aboriginal kinship group. They know this area as Woonoongoora and the mountains are sacred and spiritual—places to be nurtured and respected.

There is a rich volcanic history under the spreading greenery of the park. Tamborine, Springbrook, Beechmont and Lamington are remnants of the Tweed shield volcano’s northern flank. Mount Warning is all that remains of the volcano’s core and the Tweed Valley is a large erosion caldera carved from the eastern flank.

This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species). It is an important refuge for many animals and home to impressive examples of ancient songbirds. Many plants and animals here are threatened species—relying on the protection of the park for survival.

Discover O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk nestled high within World Heritage-listed National Park. Suitable for guests of all ages, this world’s first suspension bridge provides the opportunity to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range.

Stroll along nine suspension bridges for 180 metres at approximately 15 metres above the rainforest floor. Spot epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the treetops. Profiles depicting the local rainforest flora have been placed along the walkway to assist with identification.

Walk through the cool canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines and climb to the two observation decks constructed high in a Strangler Fig – the highest one being 30 metres (approximately 110 feet) above the ground.

Read more about the Tree Top Walk construction, now in it’s 31st year, from eco-pioneer Big Pete O’Reilly at their website.

*Note: O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk is free of charge, however donations for maintenance to the Green Mountains History Association are appreciated. There is no age or height restriction however parental guidance of young children during the climbing aspect of the activity is recommended.

This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, features lush rainforests, ancient trees and spectacular views. Densely-forested ranges and valleys conceal the area’s ancient volcanic origins and dramatic lookouts afford views over the southern edge of the Scenic Rim.

Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, most of the world’s warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest.

Choose from the many half-day or full-day walks that explore the park. On the Python Rock track, listen for the masked mountain frog’s popping call. Enjoy views of Morans Falls and Morans Creek gorge on the Morans falls track. Spot leaf-tailed geckos on the West Canungra Creek track. Set out on a full day walk along the Border track or Mount Merino track for outstanding views.

A privately-operated mountain retreat and camping site, Segway tours and zipline are also offered here.

Farmstay in the Gold Coast hinterland near Brisbane, designed specifically for international school groups of 20 to 50 people, plus leaders and guides. It is a purpose built farm resort only 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise, and just over one hour from Brisbane. Binna Burra and the Lamington National Park are only 15 minutes drive away.

It offers comfortable, superior bunk-style accommodation, open fireplace in winter and reverse cycle air-conditioning in the dining room and bathrooms. It boasts a natural and pollution free environment adjoining a dry sub-tropical rainforest conservation park. Enjoy healthy living, magnificent views, good quality food, meet and feed the farm animals.

Activities on the property can include feeding the miniature horses, goats and alpaca’s, bush cooking, cow milking, horse care and handcrafts, Aboriginal style art class, rainforest walk and English classes.

The owners, Jan and Garth Keppie, have been Gold Coast residents for over 30 years. They also own and operate the Australian International College of Language (AICOL), an English language school established on the Gold Coast in 1993. Visit their Summer Camp program for AICOL, and include the farmstay in your study tour – a two night program is available on request.

Explore World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park from multi award winning O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat nestled in the iconic Gold Coast hinterland (Queensland, Australia). Proudly operated by passionate third generation O’Reilly family members whose ancestors pioneered eco tourism in Australia in 1926.

With family-friendly things to see and do aplenty, opt for guided bird walks, animal shows and the famed Tree Top Walk. Plus, test your skills on an off road two-wheeled Segway tour through creek crossings to Morans Falls, followed by blissing out in the Gold Coast’s Lost World Day Spa – equipped with a sublime couples suite and 25-metre wet edge infinity lap pool with a separate children’s area.

Stay in cosy serviced accommodation at the Retreat with expansive views overlooking the western McPherson Ranges, or one of 48 self-contained and architecturally designed Villas perched unobtrusively onto the sloping hillside.

Tuckers Retreat is the ultimate couples retreat for luxury glamping.

Escape your everyday and hectic life to the tranquillity of a private rural retreat set in the Scenic Rim with a rainforest backdrop where you can enjoy all that peace and tranquillity has to offer.

Whether you’re a keen bushwalker, mountain bike rider or simply want to relax and de-stress Tuckers Retreat is for you.

With luxury eco tents set with that executive apartment feel, you will be calm and relaxed instantly.

After an active day in the outdoors why not relax and refresh in the hydrotherapy spa with a cold glass of champagne or beer.

Maximum of four people sharing the entire retreat gives you the ultimate privacy and a retreat to call your own.

Greenlee Cottages are four contemporary cottages with rustic charm set in the Scenic Rim, with a backdrop of Greenlee Farm macadamia orchard.

Soak up the great views of the Canungra Valley from the deck. Listen to the Canungra Creek flowing by. Relax with a good book. Immerse yourself in nature with native wildlife and birdlife on your doorstep.

The cottages accommodate between two and four people. Woodcutters cottage is disable friendly so all guests can enjoy the beauty of the surrounds.

Enjoy the comfortable queen beds and the rustic touches in the bathrooms. Each cottage has its own welcoming feel. Wi-fi is available.

Indulge in a breakfast basket full of food sourced from the Scenic Rim that you can cook in your kitchenette.

A barbecue and pizza oven gazebo is available for your use at any time. Barbecue packs can be arranged with notice.

Farm tours can be arranged to explore the macadamia farm at Greenlee Cottages.

Make time to taste the many wines of the area, or go bushwalking at close locations like O’Reillys, Binna Burra or Tamborine Mountain.

Learn about the woodcutting history of the Canungra area.

Only one hour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

Located 400 metres from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Canungra House makes for a perfect base for a country getaway. Perched atop the picturesque hills of Canungra Valley with stunning views of the Gold Coast Hinterland, escape to a beautiful modern home with ample space for large groups and families, yet comfortable enough to accommodate couples and small groups.

Perfectly positioned on fifty acres of farmland, Canungra House is one of the area’s most unique offerings in accommodation. It’s cosy, contemporary interior pays homage to its natural surrounds. As you enter through the front gates, native wildlife roam along the road as you pass between several paddocks containing cows, goats and alpacas.

Canungra House can be booked in full or they can accommodate smaller families, wedding parties or couples. Price on application.

Boasting two floors, there are six bedrooms in total, all with comfortable queen beds, wardrobe space and air conditioning. Each floor features a generous amount of living space containing a kitchen, bathroom, dining and entertainment area to either share the experience or escape with privacy.

Country Mile Escape is a boutique country getaway nestled amongst the picturesque rolling hills of the Gold Coast Hinterland, (only 40 minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast). Country Mile Escape has two brand new, modern self-contained studios perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle.

The studios are positioned on a 70 acre cattle property in the beautiful Flying Fox Valley situated between Beechmont and Mt Tamborine, a part of Scenic Rim. The Gold Coast Hinterland is best known for its National Parks, wineries and romantic wedding venues. If you want a private getaway, with stunning views, Country Mile Escape is the perfect place for you.

Private, with stunning views, Country Mile Escape provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing rural escape. Take a long walk around the 70 acre property and catch views that you’ve only dreamed of.

Country Mile Escape is 15 minutes from the bustling Township of Canungra and ideally located between Binna Burra and Lamington National Parks. There is so much to see and do within the lovely Scenic Rim region.

Set yourself up in one of the camping areas and spend days exploring this magical part of the world. Take short walks or long treks deep into the park’s forest, exploring boulder-strewn mountain streams, dramatic lookouts, rugged cliffs, plunging gorges and secluded, mountain-top camp sites.

This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. Book your camp site and purchase your camping permit in advance. Bookings can be made online, over the counter or by phone.

Image credits: Anna Osteroff © Queensland Government

Wallaby Ridge Retreat is a Gold Coast Hinterland country escape in secluded bushland with plenty of wildlife all in its natural habitat. Six kilometres from Canungra in the foothills of Tamborine Mountain, a truly boutique experience awaits: Pool, hilltop heated spa, barbecue and outdoor room. Stunning views to the Scenic Rim and the Great Dividing Range from the self-catering suites. Two brand new cottages opened in 2016 offer a relaxing environment and a base from which to explore the beautiful rainforests, lookouts and waterfalls of Lamington, Tamborine, Beechmont/Binna Burra. Close to vineyards, horseriding, adventure activities and the charming village of Canungra.

The guest house is purpose built and the Suites include luxury linen and towels, ensuite, open plan living/dining and kitchen. Included in the tariff is a generous breakfast basket of goodies for both a cooked and continental breakfast including home baked bread. The cottages are fully self contained, open plan with King beds/twin share View the prolific local birds and wildlife from your elevated veranda.

Quirky locally produced artwork, emphasis on local produce and unique accommodation offer special ambience (but the peace of mind of modern facilities) in this boutique hideaway. Join them today for some genuine country hospitality.

This Father’s Day do something different! Enjoy the weekend at the Binna Burra Rainforest Campsite.

Spoil Dad with special events, activities and prices running exclusively for the Father’s Day weekend.

Phone Binna Burra Lodge on 07 5533 3622 to enquire about prices.

Equine Group Beechmont is a Scenic Rim horse riding and riding lesson provider. Explore the stunning Scenic Rim landscape on horseback, led by a team of expert equestrians. Private and group lessons and trails available. Master classes also available.

Get ready to be happy as a pig in mud at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for their first Annual Carnivores Christmas in July.

Join them on Saturday, July 27 as they celebrate the farmers and producers of the beautiful Scenic Rim (Running Creek Beef, Summer Land Camels, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm) and pay homage to all things meaty. Experience a culinary feast as you savour a sumptuous five course degustation menu presented by their Executive Chef Paula Sproul that will feature four different beasts all paired up with a glass of O’Reilly’s handcrafted artisan wine.

Be sure to mark this one on your calendar as it’s not to be missed.

‘Carnivores Christmas in July’
Five Course Degustation Menu

First:
Barbecue Glazed Beef Ribs on cous cous.
Wine – Sparkling Chambourcin.

Second:
Pork Sliders with apple slaw.
Wine – Bernard Chambourcin Blend.

Third:
Roasted Lamb Rack on petite greek salad.
Wine – Mr Mick Merlot.

Four:
Slow cooked Camel Pie with chive mash and micro herbs.
Wine – Viola Cabernet.

Fifth:
Camel Milk Gelato.
Wine – Pete’s Port.

Kick your shoes off and sink your feet into the soft grass by the Canungra Creek as you take your seat at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards ‘Longest Lunch’ table, to help celebrate Scenic Rim’s “Eat Local Week”.

Celebrity Chef and winner of the Great Barbecue Challenge, Fenton Keogh from Lifestyle’s “Fenton Fired Up’, will be collaborating with their very own Executive Chef – Paula Sproul, together they’ll present a sumptuous three course shared platter menu featuring locally sourced produce from the Scenic Rim and a complimentary glass of their 20th anniversary “Canungra 20” Shiraz!

They have a double lineup of locally sourced musical talent as Joe LeFanu plays the Gazebo from 11am to 3pm whilst Chloe Styler performs creekside at the Longest Lunch. A selection of our local O’Reilly’s handcrafted artisan wines will also be available for purchase by the glass (or bottle) at the event.

It’s the ‘must do’ food event on their calendar so be sure to secure your seat before the table is full.

Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park and surrounded by 20,000 hectares of sub tropical rainforest at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Villa precinct.

Choose from 48 architecturally designed self-contained villas with stunning rainforest and mountain views perched unobtrusively into the sloping landscape with lush green interiors mirroring the rainforest canopy.

The multi-award winning Villas boast identically furnished two and three bedrooms with en‐suited bathrooms, with an exclusive private gated entrance and all just 700 metres from the main Retreat.

The development also encompasses the nearby two‐storey Lost World Conference Centre (Conference Centre) with capacity for 200 delegates; plus a luxurious seven room Lost World Day Spa (Spa) showcasing sublime couples suites and a 25‐metre wet edge infinity lap pool with separate children’s areas.

The villas provide the perfect nature escape offering private, spacious and contemporary accommodation designed to connect with the natural surroundings. Ideal for independent couples, corporate escapes, small groups or friends and families seeking a relaxing nature escape.

*Note: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Villas are located a scenic two hours drive south from Brisbane or one and a half hours south west of the Gold Coast.

The Stinson Walk is one of Australia’s iconic hikes! Recount Australian history and celebrate the life of Bernard O’Reilly, who heroically saved the lives of two plane crash survivors 81 years ago in World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.

During a stormy afternoon on 19 February, 1937, the Stinson airliner on route from Brisbane to Sydney crashed into the Lamington Ranges killing four of the seven passengers on board, sparking a search that failed to turn up any wreckage.

Ten days later, Bernard O’Reilly set out on foot to find the Stinson wreckage. He managed to find the crash site and to his surprise, two survivors in desperate need of medical attention.

To commemorate the historic aviation event, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat will retrace Bernard’s footsteps through the rugged McPherson Range to the famed Stinson crash site. Note private groups are also welcome.

The 2019 guided Stinson hike experience will be hosted from May 17 to 19 and further information including the fitness prerequisites can be found on the website.

The O’Reilly family invites you and your family to their famous Mother’s Day Luncheon on the Mountain.

With a glass of O’Reilly’s Sparkling Wine upon arrival, a delightful buffet selection of delicious cakes, sandwiches, savory platters and desserts – plus a very special O’Reilly’s gift bag for Mum – she simply won’t know what to say.

Aside from the beautiful Luncheon, she’ll also get to indulge in magnificent views of lush rainforest and the stunning McPherson Range whilst taking in all the splendour from World-Heritage listed Lamington National Park.

Make more memories on Mum’s visit with a spa voucher at the award-winning Lost World Day Spa or take advantage of our Autumn Special including two nights accommodation including the breathtaking Sunset Experience.

Surprise Mum this year with a simply delightful lunch out at the stunning O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

Choose from either a Gourmet Homestead Picnic Hamper with a chilled bottle of Picnic Bubbles or enjoy a decadent three course lunch including a glass of sparkling for Mum on arrival at either the verandah of their 160 year old historic homestead or in their brilliant and shiny wedding marquee.

Join them at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for their annual Wedding Open Day on Sunday March 31 from 10am to 2pm.

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

They will take couples on a tour through their rustic Wine Cellar and Heritage Homestead ‘Killowen’ as you sample the vineyards very own award winning wines and enjoy soothing live music.

Picture saying ‘I Do’ on the lush green banks of the cool Canungra Creek or dancing the night away inside the beautiful white linen air conditioned marquee that overlooks the acres of boutique vines.

Under an hour from the Gold Coast and on the outskirts of Canungra township, their picturesque surroundings will take your breath away as you meet with event organisers, gain some great ideas and quiz suppliers who will be showcasing their wedding goods and services.

Make a day of it and invite your family (or even the bridal party!) and stay for lunch for a 20 per cent discount on all food and wine. This event is free to attend – reservations are essential.

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.

Guests can expect to see hundreds of bird species throughout the week, whereby assisting several research and conservation programs. Explore a range of habitats from dry rainforests to lagoons and some offsite locations as well.

Spot species such as Thrushes, Lyrebird, Pitta, Riflebird, Catbird, Wompoo Pigeon, Rose Robin with some Eucalypt forest edge species. Add to your count at night during Nocturnal Bird Spotlighting for species such as Boobook Owl, Marbled Frogmouth, Owlet Nightjar and Sooty Owl.

Plus, enjoy presentations by experienced O’Reilly’s guides and guest speakers.

*Note: Autumn Bird Week is a precursor to the larger, internationally renowned annual Bird Week held each November.

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.

 

Nikki Hobbs is a woman of many skills.

A seasoned public relations and communications specialist, in recent years Nikki has turned her attention to the building and design industry.

Nikki and her builder husband Luke run Hobbs Building & Interiors. Luke heads up the building side and Nikki lends her design flair to the interiors as Nikki Hobbs Interiors.

The couple live and work in the Scenic Rim and specialise in steel frame construction and have a passion for sustainable products.

Nikki Hobbs and the Hobbs Building team.

We asked Nikki to share her local tips on the best places to eat, drink and enjoy great design.

Canungra locals, Luke and Nikki Hobbs.

My Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat is …

Yikes, I’m having difficulty culling to just one so will list my highlights including The Overflow Estate at Wyaralong, Mason Wines Tamborine Mountain, Ginja Ninja Canungra, Wholefood Organic Harvest (veggie box delivery service) and all the Eat Local Week events (yum)!

Grapest 5K Run at The Overflow Estate 1895.

The Overflow Estate 1895.

My Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee is …

Some may refer to me as a ‘coffee-shop-hopper’ pending the location of our job sites, however always a constant is Cafe’ Metz in the heart of Canungra. Their staff are so lovely and a bar seat overlooking the main street action is always fun! (And kudos to The Treehouse and Greenlane Coffee, both on Mount Tamborine which should also get mentions as my faves).

Green Lane Coffee Plantation offers Sunday tours by appointment. Photo by Christine Sharp.

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

Relocating to the region has reminded us of living in Canada; whereby comprised of picturesque countryside, like-minded outdoors folk and that there’s always something fun to see and do! (Including building eco-friendly homes for our clients, ha).

We’re also incredibly grateful for all our friendly neighbours (which doesn’t happen in the city these days) and often enjoy their company for gatherings (and for looking after our animals when we’re away)!

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

Can I choose two? Firstly from the spectacular Moonlight Crag (located at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat) and secondly from the new (and improved) cantilevered timber deck at St Bernard’s Hotel on Mount Tamborine. It’s picture-perfect at sunset overlooking the escarpment and Gold Coast.

St Bernards Hotel

My favourite Scenic Rim walk is …

I’m off to Spain to walk a portion of the Camino later this month with Live Fit Gym in Canungra and hence have been getting mileage in my hiking boots of late (including Springbrook, Lamington, Binna Burra and Mount Tamborine).

However, my favourite walk was without a doubt the 37km Stinson hike, culminating at Christmas Creek on dusk after 14 gruelling hours. It’s a very heroic story retracing the footsteps of Bernard O’Reilly and one which I strongly encourage all Scenic Rim locals to give it a go.

Beers at Scenic Rim Brewery. Photo by Christine Sharp.

Your favourite Scenic Rim building?

It’s got to be the quaint Scenic Rim Brewery in Mount Alford. The tasteful country-style renovation and welcoming outdoor seating area is the epitome of the #scenicrim

Be inspired and expand your orchid collection at the Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society Autumn Orchid and Foliage Show.

The event will go from 8am to 3pm, 9 March and 9am to 2pm, 10 March at  the Canungra School of Arts Hall, 3-7 Pine Street Canungra.

A 2-day entry pass costs $4.

You can purchase plants, pots, bark and accessories, and hear a guest speaker talk about basics for growing orchids at 9am and 11am Saturday and 10.30am Sunday.

For more information, phone: 07 5543 2108, visit www.bdofs.com or check out their Facebook events page.

What’s there:

  • Ample off-street parking.
  • Two days’ entry for your $4
  • Refreshments
  • A friendly atmosphere
  • Entry giveaways
  • Hourly spot giveaways
  • Lucky Door prizes
  • An exhibition of quality plants that have been judged by qualified judges
  • Sales plants grown by members of the society – quality plants at a reasonable price (be there early)
  • Trade tables where commercial growers will have for sale an assortment of plants including orchids and ferns
  • Trade table selling craft goods and preserves
  • A guest speaker who’ll talk about the basics of growing orchids for beginners
  • Members who are successful orchid and foliage plant growers who can provide growing advice
  • An accessory sales table where products not readily available to the enthusiast can be bought
  • A massed display of orchids and foliage plants not entered in the competition
  • A giant garden hamper raffle

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

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards! Spend quality time with that special someone exploring their wondrous vineyards and indulge in a divine Valentine’s Day Homestead Picnic Basket including Paula’s special Gourmet Brownies.

Their picturesque grounds that stretch along the banks of the bubbling Canungra Creek is the perfect spot to enjoy your basket. They provide everything, including the picnic rug, so you have nothing more to do except sit back, relax and enjoy. Be sure to visit their Cellar Door afterwards for your free wine tasting of O’Reilly’s award winning wines. Then walk over and spend some time with the cuddly Alpacas from the Mountview Alpaca Farm – located on their property.

The Vintage Brocante is 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 May and November.

Show up from 8am to 1pm for a fabulous morning of unique, collected, vintage and bespoke wares on offer for the home and garden.

There will be coffee and food available to enjoy in a picturesque setting beside Canungra Creek.

The event is held at the beautiful O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards at 852 Lamington National Park Road, 10 minutes out of Canungra.

 

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.

The Valentine’s Day menu, which you can view here, includes

  • Grazing platter: chargrilled prawns, marinated eggplant, red pepper, olives, smoked salmon, salami, ham, prosciutto and crostini. Vegetarian option: pumpkin soup with crusty bread
  • Main: whole baked salmon with lemon and dill, roast beef with mustard seed crust, apricot chicken tagine. Vegan option: stuffed mini Mediterranean pumpkin
  • Sides: steamed rice, honey glazed carrots, roasted Mediterranean mixed vegetables, rosemary roast chat potatoes, steamed broccolini
  • Salads: tagine couscous salad, garden salad
  • Desserts: strawberries dipped in white chocolate and silver pearls, red velvet cake bite, champagne & raspberry shortbread, tiramisu
  • Petit fours: lemon citrus tartlet, cheesecake tartlet, chocolate tartlet

The Valentine’s Terrace Dinner costs $85 per person.

Guests who have already booked accommodation with dinner included can simply pay an upgrade fee of $40 per person.

Dinner starts at 6.30pm, and bookings are essential. To book, phone 07 5533 3622 and ask to book the Valentine’s Terrace Dinner.

To keep up to date with event information, check out the Valentine’s Terrace Dinner Facebook event page.

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.

O’Reilly’s picturesque grounds, stretching along the banks of the bubbling Canungra Creek, are perfect for enjoying your basket together.

They provide everything – including the picnic rug – so all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy.

Be sure to visit their Cellar Door afterwards for your free tasting of O’Reilly’s award winning wines, then wander over to spend some time with the cuddly alpacas from Mountview Alpaca Farm, located on the same property.

The Valentine’s Day Homestead Picnic Basket ($70) serves two adults and includes southern fried chicken, mild salami, local cured ham, chef’s seasonal salads, antipasto vegetables, selection of cheeses, dips with crackers, fresh-baked baguette roll and O’Reilly’s bush tomato chutney, Paula’s gourmet brownies and complimentary wine tasting. The vegetarian option includes frittata in place of meat (GF).

The Kids Homestead Pack ($12.50) includes ham, cheese, salad, a baguette roll and gourmet ice cream.

Vegetarian and gluten free options are available for an extra $5 per person, and must be arranged in advance.

Book online (until 10am 13 February) or phone O’Reilly’s on 07 5543 4011.

To keep up with event information, check out the Valentine’s Day at Canungra Valley Vineyards event page on Facebook.

 

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

Celebrate Australia Day with friends and family at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards! Cool off from the sizzling summer heat on their picturesque 15-acre property complete with historic homestead, lush vines, wine cellar and the bubbling Canungra Creek.

Keep tradition and celebrate all things Aussie with a barbecue and variety of O’Reilly’s handcrafted artisan wines (Picnic Bubbles, Platypus Play Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Shane Shiraz) or crafted Burleigh Brewing Beers while enjoying some true-blue backyard cricket.

The kids will be entertained courtesy of the Mountview Alpaca Farm located on their property where they can feed or walk an Alpaca (#alpacaselfie anyone?). Don’t forget to pack swimmers, towel and sunscreen in case you want to cool off in the creek.

Spend the Australia Day long weekend at Binna Burra Lodge and  make the most of their action-packed schedule of activities.

They’ll have barbecues running each day with sausages on bread with the works, as well as drinks available for purchase.

The long weekend schedule of activities is as follows.

Saturday:

9am: Flying Fox

9am – 11am: Bush Tucker & Bush Skills

10am – 12pm: Bellbird Heritage Walk

12pm – 2pm: Archery

1pm: Flying Fox

2pm – 4pm: Bush Tucker & Bush Skills

3pm – 5pm: Bellbird Heritage Walk

8pm: Binna Burra Bush Dance

Sunday:

9am: Abseiling

10am: Flying Fox

1pm: Flying Fox

2pm: Archery

3pm – 5pm: Bellbird Heritage Walk

8pm: Spotlight Walk

Prices:

Flying Fox: Adults $30, Children $25

Archery: $18 per person

Abseiling: $80 per person, includes morning tea

All other activities are free of charge.

For more information or to book in for any accommodation or activities, phone Binna Burra Lodge on 07 5533 3622.

Visit the Binna Burra Lodge website to book accommodation online.

Every year My Country Escape, Canungra puts aside one night specifically for the men to head in and do their Christmas shopping.

Gift wrapping is included!

The event will go from 5pm to 8pm, 13 December at My Country Escape, 29 Christie Street Canungra.

For more information, check out the Facebook event page, phone (07) 5543 4042 or email michelle@mycountryescape.com.au

 

Business owners in Canungra will unite to paint their town pink in October for the annual Turning Canungra Pink fundraiser.

Funds raised throughout the month will be donated to Cancer Council Queensland and used to assist people in the community who are battling cancer.

To keep up with information about Turning Canungra Pink events, follow Turning Canungra Pink on Facebook.

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

Enjoy all the action at the 2019 Canungra Rodeo, a National Rodeo Association points event, in the beautiful town of Canungra on 13 July.

​Gates open at 11am, and pre-events and heats will be run until about 2pm.

Main events run until 8pm, with barrel racing, bareback riding and more until the night ends with some of the country’s top cowboys in the bull ride.
Watch the action live in the arena and see all the replays on the 15 square metre big screen.
Kids rides are available, and there will be a mechanical bull on site for anyone who wants to get really involved in the action.
Bring a blanket or outdoor chairs to get a position on the hill looking into the arena for all the action.
There are food vendors on the grounds, as well as a canteen.

A licensed bar will operate from noon until late, with live music from 8pm.

Please note there is strictly no alcohol to be brought onto the grounds and dogs are not allowed.  Bags, eskies and vehicles will be inspected.

Roll up for the 2019 Canungra Show on 24 August, where there’ll be something for all ages.

This annual event is an integral part of the town’s social scene and provides a chance for locals to catch up with each other, as well as to display their talents in some of the many ring events and pavilions.

The show also attracts visitors from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and further afield, many of whom find it is a friendly show, ideal for taking children of any age.

The range of activities and rides and the close proximity of the attractions make it a great show for young children. Accommodation in Canungra over the show weekend is at a premium, so be sure to book your accommodation early.

Canungra Show’s horse events are numerous and competitive. Classes include led and riding ponies, thoroughbreds, arabs, clydesdale, side saddle, paint, buckskin and the ever-popular showjumping classes, which provide great viewing for spectators.

The cattle classes cater for stud beef cattle as well as a Junior Handlers Section which is open to children from 8 years.

For the gardeners, there is a range of classes in which to enter valued vegetables and flowers. The flower arranging class is always well-contested, with keen locals happy to display their prize blooms.

The vegetables are also a great source of pride in the rural community, and you can view the best of the best in the main pavilion just before sideshow alley.

If you are good with your hands and able to paint, cook or create beautiful things out of anything, take a look at the fine arts, cookery, photography or needlework classes. These classes have traditionally been held in high regard in the community and are a real chance to show off the talents that might otherwise be hidden at home. Some beautiful paintings and sumptuous looking cakes are entered each year. Many of the paintings are also for sale from the artists.

There is something for everyone at Canungra Show. The wood chopping, held behind the bar and main pavilion, attracts a large crowd who enjoy sitting on the hill watching the action.

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

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.

The event costs $50 for adults and $25 for children, and drinks will be available for purchase from the bar.

There will be guest speakers on the day and local media to cover the event.

The lunch will go from noon to 3pm.

To reserve your spot, phone 07 5533 3622. For more information, email reception@binnaburralodge.com.au

Join Australia’s longest running birding program, now in it’s 41st year, at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat from November 11 to 17, 2018.

Home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds, witness over 200 species of the 230 varieties residing World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park on daily guided tours.

The seven day event combines insightful live presentations from Australia’s most reputable bird enthusiasts (to be confirmed).

Naturalists will also get the opportunity to see mega-species such as the rare Alberts Bowerbird, not found anywhere else on earth. Other sought after birds include the Paradise Rifle, Rufous Scrubbird and Regent Bowerbird.

The diverse program will appeal to all levels of interest in birding, with three or seven day package options available. Please note, registration fees do apply and the Bird Week program schedule and guest speakers are subject to change.

Join them under the stars as O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards host 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 their Ball Room at Canungra Valley Vineyards.

Their Spring event will spoil guests who enjoy opera and musical theatre with performances of classics such as Impossible Dream, This Is The Moment and Luck Be A Lady Tonight, plus many more.

They will supplement this creek-side spectacular with scrumptious share platters and an O’Reilly’s wine (or two!) while you get swept away with performances by Mary Ewing, Kim Kee and John Hills just to name a few!

Seats are limited so act fast to reserve your place.

On Arrival for 5pm Start: Glass of Sparkling Wine and Canapes then a three course meal (Entree, 2 shared Mains, Dessert) served Creekside under a canopy of stars and festoon lighting.

Dress: Cocktail.

Drinks: Cash bar available.

Bus Transport available.

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

Due to popular demand from both members and guests they are hosting their next Longest Lunch event in Spring and on the same day as Burning of the Canes!

Kick your shoes off and sink your feet into the soft grass at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards by the bubbling waters of the Canungra Creek while you indulge in a delicious three course shared platter menu featuring the best produce from the Scenic Rim.

Soak in live entertainment while enjoying a fine selection of O’Reilly’s matching wines hand picked from the eight-acres of vines out front.

Mark this one off in your diary – it’s a must do!

If you have any questions please call them at the Vineyard on the number provided. Photos by Susie Cunningham.

Lisa Groom, interNATIONAL PARKtours.

Lisa Groom is a member of the pioneering Groom family, whose vision and hard work helped create the beautiful Binna Burra Lodge. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather Arthur and father Tony, Lisa now leads guided walking tours of her much-loved home region.

Her business, interNATIONAL PARKtours, offers guided walking tours to stunning destinations in the Scenic Rim, Australia and overseas.

In 2019 Lisa and her team will offer Scenic Rim Short Breaks, bringing together the region’s best walks, food, wine and natural scenery.

We asked Lisa to share her local tips on the best places to eat, drink, have coffee and walk!

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm, just outsie Boonah, for beautifully cooked seasonal lunches and dinners.
Tamborine Mountain Pizza for a Friday night in.

Favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee

For a jaw-dropping view, The Flying Bean Cafe on Beechmont.
For the best chai latte or mocha, The Mountain Brew Coffee on Tamborine Mountain.

 

What I love about the Scenic Rim is ….

The amazing natural diversity, from the views of Main Range and Moogerah Peaks, to the quiet valleys of Lost World, then the cooling rainforests of Lamington National Park. Combine that with outstanding food & wine, and passionate local people in every community, there’s always something happening in part of the Scenic Rim.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

The Coomera Falls Lookout in Lamington National Park and the sunset across the Main Range from Green Hills Road, just outside Boonah.

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Favourite Scenic Rim walk?

I have two. The Mt Maroon walk, as it offers enough excitement as you climb up then views in every direction.
I also love the Daves Creek walk in Lamington National Park for its diversity and changing landscapes

 

Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are different from other comedians, they’re women, they’re mothers, they’re middle aged and they’re country girls.

With more than 60 sold out shows and packed houses at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival’s Enmore Theatre, Adelaide Fringe and Perth Festival, and constant touring to country halls, pubs, clubs and theatres around Australia.

Described as a ‘two Tena pad show’. These are untold, laugh out loud, women’s stories. Few sacred cows remain unmilked by these two small town Showgirls, with seven children, four husbands and 35 years stage time between them, their material is hilarious first hand account of parenting, beauty industry, getting older, getting fatter, strange surgeries, weird television shows, obsessions, frustrations and most importantly – who unpacks the dishwasher.

Mandy Nolan, a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo and writes for Mamamia, with appearances on ABC’s Q and A, SBS’s Mums The Word and About Women and is a corporate and club performer nationwide.

Ellen Briggs, a national Finalist for RAW comedy and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channels Be A Comedian.

Chantilly Farm in Witheren will host its first family-friendly Farm Festival on October 13, 2018.

Owners Bec and Josh will open the gates to their hydroponic farm, where they specialise in lettuce, micro herbs and edible flowers.

Entry is free, and there will be the opportunity to purchase fresh farm produce, food and coffee and to enjoy farm tours, live music, market stalls, kids activities and cooking demonstrations.

The event will go from 10.30am at Chantilly Farm on 3130 Beechmont Road, Witheren.

For more information phone 0499 997 700.

The O’Reilly family invite your Dad and family to their historic guesthouse for a traditional Sunday Roast Lunch with all the trimmings on Sunday, September 2. Feast on a magnificent spread of freshly baked breads, an assortment of cold and hot mixed vegetable platters, succulent roast meats, plenty of fresh fruits plus a delicious homemade pudding for Dad’s sweet tooth. Let him wash it all down with a complimentary craft beer from the local Burleigh Brewing Co. Then be sure to walk it off afterwards in the stunning World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.

Vegetarian and gluten free options available, please request when you make your booking.

They look forward to welcoming you and your Dad to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat this Father’s Day!

Want to spoil dad this Father’s Day?

Let the team at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards do all the hard work for you! The only decision you’ll have to make is choosing between these two options:

Option 1: Gourmet Father’s Day Picnic Basket.
Let Dad relax by lying on a picnic rug under their Silky Oak trees, or down by the running Canungra Creek with a basket of gourmet food and a glass of wine or bottle of beer.

Father’s Day Picnic Basket – includes southern fried country chicken, mild salami, local cured ham, vintage and soft cheeses, crackers, dip, O’Reilly’s bush tomato chutney, marinated antipasto veges, chefs seasonal salads, freshly baked bread plus twiggy sticks for Dad and finish it off with a scoop of gourmet ice cream. One bottle of O’Reilly’s Shane Shiraz or Two Bottles of Burleigh Brewing Co Beer plus an O’Reilly’s stubby cooler. O’Reilly’s tote bag to take home

Option 2: Vintage Restaurant.
Spoil dad with an indulgent lunch at the Vintage Restaurant inside the 1800s ‘Killowen’ historic homestead overlooking acres of grape vines. Dad can unwind and enjoy live music with a complimentary glass of O’Reilly’s Shane Shiraz in hand.

South East Queensland Polo Club will host the first annual Jim MacGinley Memorial Tournament on September 1-2 at Elysian Fields, Canungra.

The inaugural memorial tournament will be an opportunity to remember polo legend and much-loved member of the Queensland polo community, Jim MacGinley.

For this event, the South East Queensland Polo Club will offer car boot spaces along the ridge overlooking the main field for $50 per space. There are limited spaces available, so bookings are essential at admin@seqpoloclub.com.au

Head along to Binna Burra Lodge and enjoy a barbecue lunch for Father’s Day.

Tuck into sumptuous spit roast pork and a craft beer from their pop-up bar (one beer included in ticket price) and enter the mechanical bull competition (all ages, also included in ticket price) on the Coomera Terrace, with a chance to win one night’s accommodation at Binna Burra Lodge.

Doors open at midday for a 12.30pm start. Cost: $55 per person for adults, children half price, and young children aged 0-4 free of charge.

Bookings recommended. (07) 5533 3622.

Join Queensland Polo at Elysian Fields, Canungra for the 2018 Queensland Gold Cup Pink Polo Day on September 23.

The licensed event is open to the public, and entry is by gold coin donation or $50 to book a car boot picnic space along the ridge overlooking the main field.

Food and drink will be available and there will be prizes for the best dressed, a ladies foot race, divot stomping and the opportunity to meet the players.

There will also be fund raising raffles and prizes on the day, with funds raised going to ‘Turning Canungra Pink’, a community fundraising and awareness raising initiative for the Cancer Council Queensland.

The event is held each year at Elysian Fields, and hosts the state’s best players as well as visiting teams to cap off the Queensland Polo Season. To book a car boot picnic space, phone Gina on 0407 677 423 or email admin@queenslandpolo.com.au