The TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain is Australia’s largest TreeTop Adventure Park with more than 120 TreeTop activities including 10 ziplines! Their courses range from easy to extreme and traverse through nine acres of amazing bushland and rainforest. To complete the entire Adventure Park will take three to four hours where you will have an amazing adventure flying through the trees, conquering your fears and having a whole lot of fun!

You will hang about in the trees, balance on suspended bridges, jump on 10 huge flying foxes with some spanning over 130 metres – it’s great fun, it’s safe and appeals to the daredevil in everyone!

Their Adventure Park is designed for the entire family aged eight and up, you don’t need any experience and it’s perfect for all fitness levels! Get ready to experience the rush of flying through the trees and gaining immense satisfaction as your conquer your fears and create unforgettable memories!

A day retreat created for relaxing and creative art workshops to expand the mind. The Earth Soul Journey will leave you energetic alignment, leaving feeling clear-minded and empowered for your next soul journey.

The day starts with an uplifting breath Meditation, Tribal Drumming sound therapy session, and Chakra Body Balance to awaken the soul. Chill time to explore Bearded Dragon country farm at the base of Mt Tamborine with yummy high tea lunch and herbal tea. The afternoon relaxes with a magical time for creativity. Mother Earth Gaia Crystal and Australian plant mandala workshop. The mandala workshop taps into your imaginative intuitive mind. Unplug yourself and recharge your Soul.

This uplifting soul journey is created to transform you and give you the experience to live an authentic self, and expand your mind to upgrade your life on all levels – energetically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Enjoy the ambiance of tasting excellent award winning wines from the ★★★★★ 5 Star Winery – 2019 James Halliday Wine Companion, situated in the in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Located just below the upper roundabout of “Gallery Walk” just next to the Distillery. See photos of their vineyards and winery.

Ripple Mt Tamborine Massage, Day Spa And Beauty – the day spa that comes to you.

They service Mt Tamborine, Springbrook, all Gold Coast Hinterland and all Gold Coast.

It’s perfect for couples massages, hens party, girls pamper day, corporate massage, parents wanting some time out or busy professionals looking to relax and unwind. There is an indulgent massage or spa package designed just for you.

Try one of their rare massage styles, exclusive to Ripple here in Australia. You’re welcome to choose from the deeply relaxing hot stone, seashell or the luscious chocolate massage. Or perhaps their pregnancy massage, Blokes men massage, deep tissue massage, remedial massage or corporate massage.

A full beauty service with manicures or pedicures, and a facial for every skin type is available. Ripple has a range of services with something for every budget. Have the luxury of their friendly, fully qualified massage therapist come to you, just relax, unwind and let them do the rest.

Tamborine National Park, on Tamborine Mountain at 560 metres above sea level, offers glimpses of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast skyline to the east and national parks of the Scenic Rim to the west. The park includes Witches Falls (which in 1908 became Queensland’s first national park) and Cedar Grove, The Knoll and Palm Grove sections. The mountain features basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops, numerous waterfalls and lush rainforest. It is also home to the rare Albert’s lyrebird and shining burrawang.

Explore some of the park’s nine walking tracks that lead to scenic views, beautiful waterfalls, forests of large red cedars and groves of tall piccabeen palms. At Curtis Falls, sit quietly in the early morning or late afternoon for a chance to spot a platypus. Enjoy a picnic at The Knoll or Witches Falls. Catch a glimpse of the near threatened Albert’s lyrebird or hear it mimicking calls of other birds, particularly during the winter months.

The Tamborine Mountain State School Markets are situated in one of Australia’s most beautiful locations.

Whether you are browsing or buying, it’s a great way to spend your Sunday. Pop in and treat yourself to some deliciously tasty food while enjoying the live music and friendly mountain atmosphere.

The School Markets are a wonderfully diverse, character-filled monthly market overflowing with things to adore. You will find up to 130 stalls from local artists, crafts people, fresh produce, plants, books, clothing, vintage items, collectibles, jewellery, bric a brac, candles, crystals…. the list is endless and always changing.

Make a day of it and explore the spectacular mountain afterwards. Stop at the famous Gallery Walk, visit the wineries or take a relaxing walk in the magnificent rain forest.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which inlcudes the Skywalk Bridge (steel-structured), the 40 metre Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor.

Accessible directly from the Eco centre, the walk showcases the pristine beauty of the lush rainforest in a safe and exciting way. The whole experience takes approxiamately 45 minutes at a leisurely pace and begins and ends at the main centre. The main centre includes, the Eco Centre, bus parking, gift shop, cafe and toilets.

Located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, the Skywalk is 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 60 minutes from Brisbane International Airport.

Enjoy an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums and into cool and lush rainforest. Look for the beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns in the canopy, and stop to marvel at the intricate strangler fig.

The first view of the falls will take your breath away. Depending on the season, a raging torrent or gentle curtain of water tumbles over huge basalt columns to the pool below. The columns are the legacy of the region’s rich volcanic history.

Look for basking turtles on fallen logs and see fish and eels in the rock pool. If you’re lucky you might see the local platypus. At night, look for glow-worms in the surrounding cliffs.

To protect you and the glow-worms, access to the rock pool and surrounding area is prohibited—make sure you follow the information on the sign.

Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all. Onsite adventures make Thunderbird Park an exciting experience for every age group.

Find treasure filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth, play laser skirmish in the jungle, tackle the high ropes course at TreeTop Challenge, boost the adrenalin with a thrilling ride on the Canyon Flyer, enjoy a horse trail ride or play a round on the championship mini golf course.

Explore the natural bushland along the walking tracks and see hundreds of colourful birds. Lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of Plato the Platypus. Enjoy breakfast with the birds, chill out on the Terrace or dine in style in the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar.

Take a break, enjoy the scenery and set up camp on the banks of Cedar Creek. All campsites have a fire pit and easy access to well-maintained amenities.

Thunderbird Park shares the rainforest property with Cedar Creek Lodges. Accommodation options range from contemporary rooms to stylish lodges and larger family holiday homes.

A German Cuckoo Clock shop operating from an authentic German Chalet in the heart of Tamborine Mountain shopping precinct, Gallery Walk. Whether you are looking for a hand-made German cuckoo clock, Grandfather clock, wall clock or even a German watch, we have you covered. Also offering a range of unique souvenirs

Australian Outback Opals cut opal on the premises at Tamborine Mountain. The staff are welcoming and very friendly and are always happy to share their knowledge. Their selection of opals and opal jewellery is impressive from small value items right up to the more expensive ones.

There is something for everyone who enjoys opals. They offer the largest diverse range of colour, pattern, variety and finest gem quality opals at True Market Value. Their selection of exquisite opal ranges from specimens to the investment gem opal that any discerning opal collector would wish to own.

Their stock includes all types of Australian Opal: the elusive Black and Crystal Opal from Lightning Ridge; White and Crystal Opal from South Australia; the unique free form Boulder Opal from Queensland.

They can comfortably guarantee the quality of each opal from their decades of knowledge and experience. Opals are valued by colour, clarity, colour pattern, variety, shape and carat weight.

Colour is a matter of personal choice with red being the rarest and most valuable, followed by gold, purple, green and blue.

Opal is believed to bring Love, Luck and Happiness!

Next door to Crema Lovers Cafe, Lemon Lovers Gelato and Tall Trees Motel.

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave!

The tours begin with a short walk on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest to the Glow Worm cave. Once inside you will watch a short audio/visual display to acclimatise your eyes to the dark. This will ensure you see as many glow worms as possible while inside Glow Worm Alley. The magical “glow-worm alley” is filled with thousands of glowing glow-worms guaranteed! The experience is one you have to see to believe!

Glow Worm Tours operate throughout the day between 10am until 4pm daily with twilight tours operating between 4:30pm – 6:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Bookings are recommended for large group tours. The only days we are closed are Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Songbirds provides guests with boutique rainforest bungalow accommodation in their magnificent 51 acre paradise on Tamborine Mountain.

Guests can immerse themselves in their own private sanctuary, arrange a massage or beauty treatment, enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the double spa bath, walk through the pristine 20 hectare rainforest property, or simply relax by the gas-ember fire. Each villa enables guests to awake to the sound of birdsong in their king-size bed, watch a movie or television from the cosy lounge, or enjoy the clean mountain air and rainforest views from their own private balcony.

The award winning onsite restaurant is open Thursday to Saturday serving lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch along with an exciting offering of Australian, International and rare wines. Reservation is required.

Villa Della Rosa Bed and Breakfast is a romantic Mediterranean styled mansion, with official 4.5 AAA tourism star rating. Nestled in a wonderfully secluded corner of Tamborine Mountain, all rooms are luxuriously appointed, with queen or king sized beds, reverse cycle air-conditioning, spa ensuites and more.

Villa Della Rosa is only a short distance from all tourist attractions Tamborine Mountain has to offer. Delectable full breakfasts can be enjoyed either in the authentic Italian dining room or eat alfresco style on our beautiful Mediterranean terrace.

Facilities include a cosy guest lounge with fire place, in house massages, free recent release DVD hire (over 300 to choose from), free wi-fi inside and outside, established gardens and gazebo, home grown organic fruits. Villa Della Rosa is in a quiet location, yet close to attractions, wineries, restaurants and more.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat is a luxury boutique retreat with just 10 secluded tree houses, situated amongst 15 acres of magnificent sub-tropical rainforest.

Each tree house offers a private spa for two, fireplace, king size bedroom, entertainment system, air-conditioning lounge and dining areas with five metre high glass windows leading to an outdoor balcony and overlooks spectacular surrounds. Pethers is exclusively designed for adults.

Pethers lodge features a massive open sided and elevated fire place, a towering seven metre curved roof and glass windows which overlook untouched, ancient rainforest. The lodge also features Pethers Rainforest Restaurant which creates an array of exquisite tastes and outstanding cuisine.

We invite you to visit Pethers – unwind and relax in your private Tree House, enjoy a range of pampering massages and spa treatments and discover the natural beauty and attractions of Mount Tamborine

Tall Trees Motel offers boutique accommodation for families, doubles and singles. Only 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, and around an hour from Brisbane. They offer the perfect location for overnight stays, weekend getaways and family holidays.

Enjoy rainforest style accommodation with good old fashioned service, cleanliness and hospitality. Affordable accommodation for wedding parties, hens nights, bucks nights up to 36 guests.

You can enjoy the best coffee on the mountain, right next door at Crema Lovers Café. Lemon Lovers Gelato is right next door to the Crema Lovers with freshly made gelato. Nearby, Australian Outback Opals is a great stop to find a beautiful piece of Australia’s National Gemstone.

Cedar Creek runs along side the property and flows into Curtis Falls. The gardens are filled with beautiful butterflies and the wonderful sounds of the birdlife.

Centrally located, close to Gallery Walk, Main Street precinct and Curtis Falls just across the road. Tamborine Mountain has lots to offer everyone, from Bushwalks, Waterfalls, Wineries, Brewery and a Distillery. There are also other attractions like the Glow Worm Cave, Sky Walk and Thunderbird Park with their Tree Top Challenge, Horse Riding, Laser Skirmish, Mini Golf as well as Thunder Egg Fossicking.

Hampton Estate is the perfect luxurious getaway in the heart of Tamborine Mountain. Their boutique accommodation consists of eight beautifully designed studio suites.

Inspired by the popular holiday destination, the cottages have aptly be named after beloved villages in The Hamptons, New York.

Each guest room includes complimentary robe and slippers.

Uniquely Australian, Tamborine Mountain Bed and Breakfast is perched approximately 500 metres above sea level and has sensational views of the Gold Coast and Hinterland.

The Main House deck, where you can enjoy a superb breakfast, commands a magnificent view stretching from Moreton Bay to the Gold Coast. The rustic timber cabin, nestled in lush tropical gardens contains the individual, charmingly decorated ensuited guest rooms. Stroll through the gardens along the covered pathway, pass the frog pond and up onto the deck of the main house. Here you can sit and be entertained by the local birds or be spellbound by simply the best view.

When the weather is cooler you can relax in the guest lounge by the welcoming fireplace with a book from their library.

Ideally situated close to National Parks, Restaurants, famous Gallery Walk, Wineries, Wedding Venues and so much more, Tamborine Mountain Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to retreat, relax and restore.

Your friendly hosts Pam and Tony look forward to welcoming you to their ‘Piece of Paradise’.

Yumeji is a blend of Japanese and Australian hospitality located on Tamborine Mountain.

Styled after the ryokan and minshuku of Japan, Yumeji Japanese Retreat offers guests a unique opportunity to experience “omotenashi”, the philosophy of Japanese hospitality. They have endeavoured to recreate the comfort and personal attention of a traditional Japanese inn, while including some of the comforts of home.

The rooms have been thoughtfully designed for the comfort of the guest, with the utmost attention to detail. Their bedrooms have authentic Japanese decor with tatami mats and shoji screens made and installed by Japanese carpenters. The contemporary suites have a luxurious queen size bed and the traditional suite has two comfortable single futon.

Indulge in the Japanese custom of bathing in their outdoor spa (for their contemporary suites) or their Hinokiburo (for their traditional suite).

For breakfast, guests will be able to sample a traditional Japanese set menu and also choose from a selection of Australian style dishes which vary daily served in their Japanese dining room. Leave your shoes at the door, Japanese style and spend an evening or two relaxing in your yukata and simply enjoying the Japanese experience at Yumeji Japanese Retreat.

Witches Falls Cottages is an idyllic couples retreat with private, self contained cottages tucked away along rainforest pathways directly opposite Witches Falls National Park.

Your hosts Daniela and David are happy to assist to make your stay a memorable experience.

Their next-door neighbour Witches Falls National Park, the oldest National Park in Queensland, invites you to explore the Rainforest and local fauna and flora. Walk to local wineries, antique shops or the picturesque village. Stroll through Gallery Walk with its Gift and Craft Stores, relax in one of the coffee shops or enjoy the abundance and varieties of cuisines on offer in one of the many restaurants.

To make it easy for guests to explore what this beautiful region has to offer and to discover the local secrets, there are a wide range of itineraries and interactive maps available. Maps include our ‘Walk to a Waterfall’ and ‘Country Drive to Byron Bay’.

Tamborine Mountain is an hours drive south of Brisbane and 40 minutes inland from the Gold Coast.

Aaronlee Retreat is a delightful Mount Tamborine retreat offering uninterrupted and breathtaking views of Lamington National Park and the Gold Coast from its perch at the very top and edge of the mountain.

It offers a variety of accommodation, yet reasonably priced for Families, Seniors and Couples alike.

Set in 10 acres of lawns and gardens, the Federation homestead has cottage style accommodation and also deluxe suites, some with spa baths, fire places and private balconies. They also have a large in ground swimming pool, barbecue facilities and a choice of picnic tables all with spectacular scenery.

All accommodation options have kitchenettes, microwave oven, fridge, toaster, tea and coffee making facilities, television as well as lounge, dining table and chairs.

Aaronlee Retreat is also available for whole retreat exclusive group bookings.

In child minding (Blue Card and First Aid certified), indoor and outdoor games, books, toys available to help make your mountain getaway even more enjoyable.

Take the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate your body with in house relaxation services by qualified therapists.

Cloud 9 Holiday House is spacious, comfortable and family friendly. Enjoy the fantastic views, garden and wildlife. Close to the mountain’s many top-class attractions.

Chic and cheerful. Sleeps up to 9 (or 10 with an infant) with 4 bedrooms, 6 beds and 3 bathrooms. Big family kitchen with dining for 9 inside or out on the grand viewing/entertainment deck.

Cloud 9 is quintessentially Tamborine Mountain – nestled on nature’s edge, with unobstructed views through the valleys to the coast. Cloud 9 is perched high on the tri-border of south-east Queensland’s eucalypt, cloud and rain forests, and is much loved by the aerial wildlife – from Wedgetails to Sugar Gliders to the Richmond Birdwing butterfly.

This happy holiday house is picture perfect for your stylish wedding group accommodation, ultra-comfortable escape to the tri-forest, fun family holiday or rewarding workplace retreat.

Avocado Sunset is an exclusive and romantic Bed and Breakfast situated at beautiful North Tamborine Mountain.

There are four stylishly themed ensuite guest rooms with spa baths, (some with log fires), air-conditioning, scrumptious breakfasts and some of the mountain’s best views with amazing sunsets. The guest lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Enjoy a relaxing break from your hectic lives and snuggle up with the one you love. Sit on the deck with a glass of wine and a cheese platter, you don’t even need to go out! Avocado Sunset is close to many great restaurants, wineries, the cheese factory, the award winning distillery and numerous bush walking trails.

Avocado Sunset is also a great venue for a group of four couples, family or friends to spend time together. At the end of the day you can share a quiet glass of wine on the deck and watch the magnificent sunset unfold.

So come on up and stay a while, feel yourself relax and unwind, and leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the world below.

Cedar Creek Lodges shares a magnificent rainforest property with Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain – under an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Stay in a stylish two bedroom Creek Lodge or a family holiday home or choose a contemporary room with or without a spa.

For adventure junkies: Adrenaline highs await on the Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour and TreeTop Challenge. Then there’s other fun activities of Crystal and Thunderegg Fossicking, Laser Skirmish games in the rainforest battlefield, horse trail rides, the Championship Mini Golf course and daily bird feeding.

Enjoy a hearty barbecue breakfast with the birds, chill out on the Terrace or dine in style in the Rainforest Restaurant & Lounge Bar. The seasonal menu has been created by award-winning chef, Luke Turner, using the best of the farm-fresh produce from the local fertile Scenic Rim farmlands.

The Terrace serves light meals and snacks all day every day, homemade pizza from the wood-fired oven is a specialty.

Tours to local wineries, waterfalls and markets are also available by booking the Thunderbird Park Escape Shuttle.

Cedar Creek Lodges is the ideal accommodation for family holidays, romantic escapes, unique conferences and rainforest weddings.

Amore Mt Tamborine is centrally located accommodation in a natural setting. It’s just a minute’s stroll to Gallery Walk with its cluster of cafes, restaurants and collectable shops.

When you stay at Amore you can walk to a waterfall or stroll to three National Park Bush Walking Trails and much much more. They have developed a series of self-drive and walking maps to enhance your experience.Just want to relax and unwind – they have directions for that as well.

You will feel that you have stepped back in time but, of course, modern conveniences are included such as free WiFi, which is available from your room. The four rooms are spacious and beautiful. Some rooms have antique furniture and all feature king size beds, private verandas and blockout curtains.

Five restaurants are within walking distance. You have a choice of Indian, Seafood, French, and a la carte. If you enjoy Irish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese or Polish cuisine, they are only a four minute drive away.

They understand that warm service, a relaxed atmosphere, great accommodation in a central position, and diverse activities are essential for a quality experience.

***Event cancelled due to COVID 19 pandemic***

A three-day festival celebrating gardening and gardens on Tamborine Mountain. Six gardens of diverse style and size will be open to the public. The Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens is also a participating venue. Plant stalls and light refreshments will be available at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds. This is an annual event which has been held for more than 30 years.

The event will comply with all COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

All but one garden is accessible for persons with a disability. This is a very popular annual event which promotes the healthy activity of gardening. The gardens open to the public provide inspiration for those wanting to establish or improve their own gardens.

The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival is an annual event to celebrate the great lifestyle they enjoy on the Mountain and want to share with visitors. It is essentially a huge Sculpture Show with the subjects being Scarecrow related!

Is the Festival still on in 2020? The answer is yes, but the format is still undecided. The Scarecrow trail is definitely on and the dates are 11 to 20 September. More to come soon!

The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival is an annual event to celebrate the great lifestyle they enjoy on the Mountain and want to share with visitors. It is essentially a huge Sculpture Show with the subjects being Scarecrow related!

Is the Festival still on in 2020? The answer is yes, but the format is still undecided. The Scarecrow trail is definitely on and the dates are 11 to 20 September. More to come soon!

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School holiday time is here, and that means time to escape to the Scenic Rim with the kids!

Get a healthy dose of fresh air, discover our hidden gems and even introduce your kids to farm life! Now, more than ever, it’s time to get back to basics and just have some good old-fashioned fun, don’t you think?

Here are some ideas to get you started!

Introduce the kids to farm life at Towri Spring Farmers Markets. Photo: Kate the Light Chaser.

  1. Give the kids a taste of farm life at Towri
    Start the school holidays right with an activity-packed day at Towri Spring Farmers Markets from 9am to 4pm, 20 September! There’ll be live shearing, kids cheese workshops, sheep milking demonstrations, landscaping tips from an expert, fresh local produce, live entertainment, lamb cuddling sessions and more! Bring your empty esky and stock up on delicious local produce! You’ll be able to fill those hungry young bellies all holidays and support Scenic Rim farmers while you’re at it! Spaces limited, click here to book tickets now.
  2. Get your camel fix at Summer Land Camels
    It’s the perfect holiday experience! Summer Land Camels at Harrisville in the Scenic Rim is open 7 days a week. It’s open daily for camel cuddles and feeding, or you can do camel rides and farm tours (bookings essential – click here for more). Plus enjoy all things camel, from award-winning cheese and gelato to camel milk skin and hair products, at the on-site cafe and store. Click here for more.
  3. Have a mountain lodge adventure
    O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Eco Rangers School Holidays Program will keep your kids well and truly occupied. There’s rainforest art, campfires, games, scavenger hunts and more! Click here to view the full program. Head up the other side of Lamington National Park to Binna Burra Lodge (now open again, woohoo!) Click here to book a campsite, safari tent or go all out with an eco-friendly family-size Sky Lodge and make yourselves at home in nature for the school holidays. Make memories at Mt Barney Lodge. Set up camp (or stay in one of the beautiful homesteads) and book the kids in for some wonderful nature-based activities! Click here for activities.
  4. Stay on a farm!
    Have an authentic food and farming experience at one of our beautiful local farms.
    Book a family holiday at a local farm stay to get the complete on-farm experience! Check out Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, Cedar Glen Farmstay, Greenlee Farm & Cottages, Stay at Kirro and Milford Country Cottages.
    Book a farm tour at Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy or Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation, a kids cheese making workshop at Towri Sheep Cheeses or pop into Summer Land Camels any day of the week.
    Check out our 10 farms & farm stays your family will love!
  5. Hit world-class moto tracks at QLD Moto Park
    Hit the moto tracks with your kids at Qld Moto Park, near Wyaralong! They even have school holiday coaching camps. Click here for more information.
  6. Make the most of the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s school holiday program
    Keep the kids busy with movies, art and performance workshops, library activities and much more. See the full program here.
  7. Have an adventure on Tamborine Mountain
    Your children won’t want to leave Tamborine Mountain – it’s an absolute wonderland! Start at Thunderbird Park, where you can choose from zip lining, thunder egg fossicking, mini golf, horse-riding, laser skirmish, bird feeding and a reptile show! You can even book to stay at family-friendly Cedar Creek Lodges, on-site. Continue up the hill to Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk, where you can explore the rainforest canopies 30 metres above the ground. Complete your day with a guided tour of fascinating, purpose-built conservation project, the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves! You might even see some scarecrows around, as the annual Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival wraps up on 20 September.
  8. Take the kids fishing
    Bundle up the kids and the fishing rods and while away the hours at one of the Scenic Rim’s three stunning lakes. Make the time to stop into one of our gorgeous townships for a bite to eat, too. Drop a line at these spots.
  9. Discover a sweet hidden gem in Canungra
    Little Bee’s Secret Garden, tucked in behind Owl Wholefoods in Canungra, is a must-visit for enquiring young minds. Learn all about native bees from the delightful Alex, and even buy some bee-friendly plants or a bee motel for home. Find out more here.
  10. Have an alpaca picnic!
    Make some furry friends at Mountview Alpaca Farm, on the grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards (bonus!) Open 7 days a week for all your alpaca walks, cuddles and picnics. Book here.

Top 10 ways to spoil dad in the Scenic Rim 

Nothing says, “I love you” like giving your dad a quality taste of the Scenic Rim. 

No matter what your dad is into, we’ve got something to make his day special. 

Whether he loves adventures outdoors or perhaps a bit of pampering, pub lunches or whipping up a masterpiece in the kitchen at home, we’ve got you and your dad sorted this Father’s Day. 

Check out our ‘Top 10 ways to spoil dad in the Scenic Rim’ to get you started. 

Take dad on an adventure. Photo: Mt Barney Lodge guide Innes Larkin by Visit Scenic Rim.

  1. Take dad to new heights. Does your dad love adventure? The sky is literally the limit in the Scenic Rim. Take him on Australia’s largest zipline adventure at TreeTop Challenge Tamborine Mountain, stroll among the treetops on the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk or book him in for an epic mountain expedition with Mt Barney Lodge. Go even higher with a hot air balloon flight over the Scenic Rim or a scenic flight with Pterodactyl HelicoptersDad can even learn to fly with Oz Paragliding and Hang Gliding near Canungra or Airsport Qld at Boonah!
  2. Introduce dad to some 4-legged friends. Book an alpaca picnic at Mountview Alpaca Farm, treat dad to a camel ride and tour at Summer Land Camels, experience the Scenic Rim on horseback with Scenic Rim Equine Group or Horse Riding Hinterland or take a Cobb and Co wagon tour with Drayhorse Shires.
  3. Get dad a Scenic Rim Farm Box. Nothing says ‘We love you Dad‘ like brisket and beer. Our friends at Scenic Rim Farm Box have created a special box that takes all the guess work out of present buying. Simply add to your cart and they’ll do the rest!
  4. Give dad’s wardrobe some Scenic Rim style. Protect dad’s noggin from the sun and boost his street cred with a one-of-a-kind hat from Mad Natter, handmade on the farm in the Scenic Rim. And buy him a pair of world-class, ethically made jeans from Scenic Rim-based company, Outland Denim.
  5. Help dad smell great. Blokes like to be pampered, too! Check out the ‘Batches for Blokes’ collection, handcrafted by Beautiful Batches in Canungra and treat him to Coco and Myrtle artisan soaps, which are named after Scenic Rim landmarks and feature beautiful local ingredients.
  6. Quench dad’s thirst. Whether your dad loves beer, wine, spirits or coffee, he won’t go thirsty in the Scenic Rim! For a nice cold craft beer, book a spot at Scenic Rim Brewery or Fortitude Brewing Company. Relax beside Canungra Creek with a Father’s Day Picnic Basket at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, which is fun for the whole family, with Mountview Alpaca Farm right there on-site! And get him a brew of a different kind at Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation. Find out more about our local beer, wine and spirits.
  7. Get dad some hot cooking tips. Why not buy dad a cooking class or two? Buy him a gift voucher or book in for a variety of classes, from Italian, Vietnamese and Mexican to Thai fusion and party food with Scenic Rim Cooking Classes.
  8. Take dad camping. There are so many opportunities to get back to basics with a camping trip in the Scenic Rim. Click here to find more amazing campsites with great facilities and beautiful views in the Scenic Rim.
  9. Shout dad a pub lunch. You’ll be spoilt for choice if you want to take dad for a pub lunch in the Scenic Rim! We’ve got fair dinkum country pubs aplenty. Be sure to book ahead to make sure you get a spot. Find out about the Scenic Rim’s pubs here.
  10. Hit the fairways. The Scenic Rim has five golf facilities spread across the region, each with a unique history and offering. All courses welcome visitors locally or from afar to come and experience what they have on offer. Plan your golfing visit with dad. 

Spending more time with the people we love in places that make us feel alive, connected and enriched has never been more important. 

Welcome to the Richest Place on Earth, In Australia is a celebration of the people and places of the Scenic Rim, where our true richness lies. 

During months of lockdown, many of us developed a newfound respect for what really matters: connecting with people and with the world around us in an authentic and meaningful way. 

Welcome to the Richest Place on Earth, in Australia is us, the people of the Scenic Rim, sharing our home with you.  

It’s about the rich satisfaction of visiting the Scenic Rim and enjoying what’s most important – the things money can’t buy.

 

What really sets us apart here – aside from our stunning World Heritage Listed National Parks, our enticing places to stay and play and our award-winning food and wineis our people. 

Whether you’re buying fresh sheep cheese from Carolyn and Dallas at Towri Sheep Cheeses, farm-fresh delights from Kay, Dave and their family at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm larder, having a beer with Mike at Scenic Rim Brewery, bundling the kids into the car for a family holiday to remember at the iconic Thunderbird Park, run by Judi and Bob Minnikin on Tamborine Mountain or booking a delightful Kalbar getaway at Herrmann House, owned by passionate Scenic Rim visionary April Cornwell, you’ll love our locals. 

The people of the Scenic Rim welcome you with open arms. When you book a Scenic Rim holiday or hop in the car for a day trip, we want you to leave feeling enriched and counting down the days until your return. 

So, hop to it! Explore our hand-picked offers and book your visit to the Scenic Rim to discover why we’re the Richest Place on Earth, in Australia. 

Click here to explore our holiday deals 

Looking out from the summit of Mt Maroon. Photo by Susie Cunningham.

We are as excited as you are that travel restrictions continue to ease, and we can welcome even more of you back to the Scenic Rim.

From 11.59pm Friday, 15 May, you can travel up to 150km from home to experience the joys of the Scenic Rim. Great food, great scenery and precious time with family and friends in the great outdoors.

Be sure to follow all Queensland Government health advice on physical distancing and hygiene!

Things are changing by the day, as you know, and many businesses are changing their trading hours and styles to keep their doors open for us all. We’ve provided direct Facebook and website links to each business – please make sure you check the latest with them directly before you set out!

Here are our hot local tips for a great day out in the Scenic Rim!

1. Don’t go hungry

The Scenic Rim is quite literally one of Australia’s most abundant food bowls. We’re home to some of the country’s most hard working farmers, artisan food producers and brewers, distillers and wine makers. Lucky for you, you can get your hands on some fabulous local produce while you’re here.

All that shopping for local produce will make you hungry for something you can eat on the spot! Well you’re in luck. We’ve got more than 100 takeaway options spread out across the region.

So pack you esky and your appetite, and check out our A to Z of local takeaways and esky fillers

2. Walk it out!

Unwind with a stunning bushwalk in one of our World Heritage Listed national parks.

🍃: Lamington National Park (Green Mountains section via O’Reillys)⁣⁣

🍃: Main Range National Park (Mt Cordeaux and Mt Mitchell are stunning)⁣⁣

🍃 Moogerah Peaks National Park⁣⁣ (try the easy, paved track from the car park to the beautiful lookout on Mt French)

🍃 Mount Barney National Park (Yellow Pinch has a great view of Mt Barney!)

🍃 Tamborine National Park (note: Cedar Creek Falls will remain shut)⁣⁣

Be sure to check Qld Parks Park Alerts before you set out, for the latest information!⁣

3. Have a picnic!

Load your loved ones into the car and come relax in one of our parks! Check out a full list of the Scenic Rim’s parks and playgrounds here. Hot local tip, you can have an ALPACA PICNIC 7 days a week! You’ll also find some great picnic inspo over at Destination Scenic Rim.

4. Go shopping

Our beautiful country boutiques are filled to the brim with unique things you won’t find during your ordinary shopping trip! Many of them are starting to open their doors a little more, and if you can’t make it out to visit just yet, you can shop online! Click here for inspo and local intel.

Hang Gliders Lookout Robert Sowter Park

Hang Gliders Lookout by Christine Sharp for Eat Local Scenic Rim.

Whether you need a delicious takeaway or to fill your esky with Scenic Rim goodies for home, we’ve got you covered!

From 11.59pm Friday, 15 May, find something within 150km of where you live, pack your esky and your appetite and come get your fix! Be sure to order ahead (or book ahead, if you hope to be one of the lucky 10 dining in!) to help everyone maintain physical distancing.

Keep an eye out for all our gorgeous local shops to explore while you are here, and pack the rug and camping chairs for a quiet picnic at one of our lookouts, lakes or parks.

Be sure to follow all Queensland Government health advice on physical distancing and hygiene!

Things are changing by the day, as you know, and many businesses are changing their trading hours and styles to keep their doors open for us all. We’ve provided direct Facebook and website links to each business – please make sure you check the latest with them directly before you set out!

Here’s our A to Z of more than 100 hot local takeaway and esky-filling tips to get you started.

Beaudesert and surrounds: 

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your esky:

Lake Moogerah, Scenic Rim. Photo by Trevor Worden for Visit Scenic Rim.

Boonah and surrounds: 

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your esky:

Canungra and surrounds

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your Esky:

 Tamborine Mountain and Tamborine

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your Esky:

Further than 50km away? Order these Scenic Rim goodies online

There are so many fabulous Scenic Rim goodies available for you to enjoy from home.

Whether you want handcrafted skincare or boutique hand sanitiser, fashion or food, craft beers or cab sav, we’ve got you sorted!

Check out our A to Z of Scenic Rim online shopping below, to get you started. 

Enjoy the Nourished by Nightfall range in your own home. Photo: @shecriedwolf for Nightfall Camp.

Natural small batch soaps and skincare products handmade in beautiful Canungra. Sonia also sells useful items for the kitchen, laundry and bathroom! Shop here: https://beautifulbatches.myshopify.com  

Buy these stylish hoodies, socks, t-shirts and mugs featuring Binna Burra’s signature parrot and support the rebuild of the iconic Binna Burra Lodge, which tragically burned down in the bushfires of September 2019. All designs are created in-house by Binna Burra’s remaining core staff team! Shop here: https://www.binnaburralodge.com.au/shop/  

Delightful chambourcinshiraz rosé, soft warm climate shiraz, rich and earthy fortifieds and versatile verjuice, all proudly made solely from grapes grown on David McMaugh’s property near Boonah. Shop here: https://www.bunjurgenestate.com.au/wines  

Buy O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards wine online. Photo by Kellarni Creative. Location: Country Mile Escape. Styling: Hobbs Building and Interiors. Products: My Country Escape.

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat has gone into hibernation for the first time in 94 years, but the spirit of O’Reilly’s is still strong! Show your support by buying O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards premium wines online: https://oreillys.com.au/things-to-do/oreillys-wine/  

Imagine you’re exploring the Scenic Rim each time you wash your hands! Unique soap, bath and body products handmade in the country town of Boonah. Gemma’s products are named after Scenic Rim landmarks and feature ingredients from Scenic Rim producers. Shop here: https://cocoandmyrtle.com  

Think elegant Hamptons style in the main street of Boonah. Shop their goodies via Facebook and treat yourself or a loved one to beautiful gifts and homewares, delivered to your door!  Shop here: https://www.facebook.com/DuckJunction/

This sweet homewares and gifts boutique in the tiny town of Kalbar is full of great stuff for your home, and wonderful pieces you can buy for someone special (or maybe for yourself)! Shop here: https://www.eleganceandgrace4309.com

Get everything you need for your very own backyard campout. Who says staying at home can’t be fun? Connect with Teresa and her team via Facebook and they can post your outdoors essentials out to you from Boonah. Shop here: https://www.facebook.com/faroutdoorsboonah/

Get all the bits for backyard camping from Far Outdoors, Boonah. Photo: Susie Cunningham.

Now is the perfect time to style your home just the way you like it. Draw inspiration from Canungra locals Nikki and Luke,and shop their range of beautiful homewares. Shop here: https://www.hobbshome.com.au 

Look fabulous in iso. The locals swear by Amber’s store, Illahie Lifestyle and Fashion on  Tamborine Mountain. Shop her beautiful collection of women’s clothing and accessories at her online store, Ruby Lou Boutique. Shop here: https://rubylouboutique.com.au/ 

Keep the nasties away with Jade’s carefully selected array of essential oils products, which she usually sells out of the Kalbar shopfront she shares with Sarah from Elegance and Grace! Jade even has essential oils necklaces! Shop her store here: https://www.lovejade.com.au

Delightfully scented handpoured soy candles and diffusers, hand wash and moisturisers all made in the Scenic Rim! Shop here: https://www.jarvislane.com  

Up the ante on your home skin and beauty regime with sophisticated organic skincare products made by Jasmin Organics at their organic farm and factory on Tamborine Mountain. Free shipping on Australian orders over $100! Shop here: https://jasminorganics.com

Find all the bits and bobs you need to attract and learn about native bees from home! Bee-friendly seed bomb kits, educational resources and even bee hotels! Shop online from Alex, Canungra’s friendly bee lady: https://www.littlebeessecretgarden.com/shop

A lovely German lady living in the tiny Scenic Rim town of Mt Alford hand crochets these beautiful baskets, beanies, bags and more. Shop Jennifer’s elegant collection via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moshki_design/  

Moshki Design hand crocheted jute baskets. Photo: @moshki_design

Gifts, homewares and locally made goods expertly curated by owner/ director Rebecca Isijanovski. Think gorgeous neutral tones and raw materials – plenty of timber, ceramics, basketry and leather. Shop here: https://www.mountainhouseco.com.au  

Michelle’s delightful shop in the heart of Canungra stocks only the most beautiful products, from fine linens and elegant accessories to giftwares and local artisan soaps. And now it’s all online! Follow My Country Escape on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates, and shop here: https://www.mycountryescape.com.au  

The next best thing to staying at Nightfall Camp is making your own home smell like a luxurious escape to the crystal-clear headwaters of Christmas Creek. Enter the Nighfall Nourished range, usually found in Nightfall’s safari tents, now available online! Host Jaide has partnered with masseuse Belinda to create this range of body wash, shampoo and conditioner, bath salts, body lotion and even critter spray. All products feature botanical aromas to reflect the nature immersion you get at Nightfall. Shop here: https://nightfall.com.au/nourished/  

Simple, affordable pure goats milk soaps handcrafted on a small goat farm at Coochin in the Scenic Rim. Kim makes these products using milk from her Heritage Anglo Nubian goats. Perfect for sensitive skin! Shop here: https://ourgoatsoap.com/shop/  

The brainchild of Tamborine Mountain locals Erica and James Bartle, Outland Denim is a global ethical fashion label. When you buy their premium denim products, you help provide sustainable employment and training opportunities to women who have experienced exploitation. Shop here: https://www.outlanddenim.com.au

Get the best jeans ever from Outland Denim, a global ethical fashion label based on Tamborine Mountain. Photo: Outland Denim.

Beautiful infused Rathlogan Grove olive oils and gorgeous giftwares and homewares available by post, delivery or local pick-up via The Shed Café (by appointment). Hop on The Shed Café Facebook page, find something you like and text Lou on 0403 163 151 to order! Shop here: https://www.facebook.com/theshedcaferathdowney/ 

Shop your favourite local craft beers from the comfort of your own home. Mike’s quirky creations are all available online, and you can even have a virtual beer tasting. Shop here: https://www.scenicrimbrewery.com.au/shop 

Your one stop online shop for all things lavender! Select from Kathy and Nathan’s extensive range of quality products all made in the Scenic Rim using their very own lavender. Shop here: http://www.scenicrimlavender.com.au  

Skincare products made with fresh camel milk produced locally in the Scenic Rim! Let these gorgeous artisan products balance your skin biome. Shop here: https://summerlandcamels.com.au/product-category/natural-skincare/#shop_products  

Shop the full range of Summer Land Camels skincare. Photo: Summer Land Camels.

Start your days at home with a nice hot cup of coffee from Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation! Buy a bag of their Mountain Blend coffee beans online and brew your own perfect cuppa at home. Shop here: https://www.tamborinemountaincoffee.com.au/shop-1

Award-winning liqueurs featuring Australian botanicals, all crafted on Tamborine Mountain! And now they’re doing boutique hand sanitiser, too. Shop here: https://www.tamborinemountaindistillery.com/Products  

Mediterranean wines – Vermentino, Fiano, Montepulciano and Tempranillo – from grapes grown on the banks of Lake Wyaralong in the Scenic Rim. Indulge yourself! Shop here: https://theoverflowestate1895.com.au/product-category/premium-wines/

Get local wine delivered to your door 7 days a week! Tamborine Mountain’s Witches Falls Winery brings you wonderful wine, cider, beer and cheese via their new WOW Home Delivery Service. Same day delivery on orders made before 11am. Shop here: https://witchesfalls.com.au 

Turn your home into a beautifully-scented haven with products from Witchscents Organics on Tamborine Mountain. Nikki’s online store has everything! Body care, skin care, organic soaps, soy candles, foot soaks, bath bombs, aromatherapy room sprays, wax melts, organic tea and botanicals, gift wares and sustainable eco products. Shop here: https://www.witchscentsorganics.com 

Related: Get your Scenic Rim fix from home

We wish you could be here with us, exploring the beautiful Scenic Rim, and we can’t wait to have you back.

But as we all do our bit to #stayhome and keep safe amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are other ways to get our Scenic Rim fix from near and far.

 

Sunrise through the fog in the Scenic Rim. Photo by Kate the Light Chaser (Kate Wall).

 

Whether you’re a local (lucky you), a regular visitor (thank you!) or maybe you’ve always wanted to visit (keep that dream alive!) we are One Scenic Rim. Your support means the world to our region.

Here are our tips to get your Scenic Rim fix from home.

1. Shop the Scenic Rim from your living room

Get cosy at home and get shopping from the Scenic Rim. Photo by Kellarni Photography for Hobbs Home.

 

There are so many fabulous goodies available right here in the Scenic Rim, whether you want handcrafted skincare or boutique hand sanitiser, fashion or food, craft beers or cab sav, we’ve got you sorted!

Click here for our A to Z of Scenic Rim online shopping, to get you started.

2. Feed your Scenic Rim foodie appetite

The Green Shed, Tamborine Mountain. Photo: Christine Sharp for Eat Local.

Just because you’re keeping safe at home doesn’t mean you should go without! As we all get back to basics, we realise what’s important – looking after each other and looking after our health. 

We’ve got an abundance of local produce just waiting to feed your bellies and souls through this time. 

Whether you need Scenic Rim goodies to fill your pantry, fridge and freezer or maybe you need someone else in your neighbourhood to do the cooking for you, we’ve got you covered. 

Stay tuned for exciting Scenic Rim foodie news! For now, check out our Eat Local Scenic Rim Accredited Locavores and get inspo from our Scenic Rim Eat Local Week website.

3. Plan your next adventure

The Scenic Rim can’t wait to welcome you back.

Once all of this is over and all of us can all freely travel again, we want you back here experiencing all the Scenic Rim has to offer. In the meantime, check out these ways to stay inspired! 

  • Postpone don’t cancel 

While we cannot travel right now, when the travel bans from Coronavirus have lifted a holiday in the Scenic Rim will be just what you need. Keeping your booking, if you can, will mean the world to our local tourism operators who are doing it tough after drought, bushfires and now COVID-19. 

  • Share your favourite #scenicrim travel memories 

Let’s keep the #scenicrim spirit alive! We all can’t wait to get back out and enjoy our favourite Scenic Rim experiences. In the meantime, share your favourite Scenic Rim memories on social media and be sure to tag @visitscenicrim on Instagram and @visitscenicrim on Facebook! Use the hashtags #scenicrim and #onescenic rim to share your images with us! 

 

The Polish Place (accommodation, restaurant and gallery) is located on the western escarpment of Tamborine Mountain facing beautiful views to The Great Dividing Range. It is only 45 minutes from the Gold Coast and a one hour drive from Brisbane.

It consists of five chalet style accommodation. All chalets feature a kitchen with all facilities, spacious dining/lounge room area with wood log fireplace and spa bath, large balcony with beautiful views to The Great Dividing Range. On the upper level there is a bathroom and bedroom with a queen size bed . All chalets have free wi-fi and a smart colour television. There is also a free parking area.

Hosts Phil and Ania Sowter invite you to experience the unique atmosphere, authentic traditional Polish cuisine like Pierogi (Polish Dumplings), Bigos, Pork Hocks and their famous Duck with cherries and apples. Their menu includes a selection of Polish vodkas and beers in their licensed multi award winning restaurant. (The Polish Place restaurant is currently under construction and is due to reopen later in 2018).

The Polish Art Gallery is famous for its Amber jewellery, Polish folk art and Polish fine art.

Want to know how grapes are turned into wine? Discover the craft of winemaking from Grape to Glass with this engaging behind-the-scenes wine tasting tour.

Witches Falls Winery is the only working winery on Tamborine Mountain and this is the perfect opportunity to see what they do!

Grab a glass and make your way to four different stations set up throughout the winery and enjoy a sample of wine at each, while learning about a different aspect of the winemaking process.

When you finish your tour, head back into the Cellar Door to receive your last sample of wine and settle in, enjoy the live music and purchase lunch from the Fryer and Brimstone food truck. As always, you have the option of building your own delicious cheese platter from their range of locally produced Jambreen cheeses and gourmet delights (crackers, honey, paté, chutneys) available for purchase.

All welcome including children. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult and do not require a ticket.

Please note, grapes may not be available for processing on the day.

Simple pleasures await under the Southern Sky at Southern Sky Glamping. A Luxury Glamping experience on lush green mountain acreage. Sleep comfortably under the milky way, enjoy the quiet night sky experience and then awake to the sound of birds.

Be in one of only six Glamping Tents, self contained with kitchen and your own en-suited bathroom making for a very comfortable Glamping experience. Screened glass front door enables you to take in the views of the property. Sleep soundly in Queen and double beds with trundle option for families of five. The comforts of home under a canvas roof.

Take a swim in the resort style heated pool or kick a ball around the open grassed field. Then you are just a short drive to Tamborine Mountains national parks, waterfalls, Gallery walk, lookouts or many other attractions.

Maybe even book out the property for your own private business or family function.

Luxury Camping on Tamborine Mountain, Come and enjoy a breath of fresh air.

Set high on a plateau on the edge of the escarpment of Tamborine Mountain, Hillside Bed and Breakfast and Gumnut Cottage’s unique location offers beautiful views across the Hinterland to the Gold Coast and Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by National Park and Reserve, Hillside is a luxurious Retreat away from the stresses of life, but within easy access of both the Mountain attractions and the Gold Coast.

Gumnut Cottage, private, nestled in the gum trees, offers self-contained accommodation with its own balcony where you can wake up to Nature’s Song, and over a glass of wine in the evening, soak up the magic of twinkling lights. Small dogs and child friendly.

The Lyrebird Suite, self-contained, presented with a lovely breakfast hamper, or the Rose Room Suite a continental breakfast hamper, offer you the warm friendly atmosphere of Hillside.

On warm sunny days, splash in a tropical pool/spa, whilst in the winter months, curl up in front of your own private log fire and relax over a good book. (Rose Room Suite heating only). At night enjoy the twinkling lights, the moon and stars, perhaps see a possum or koala, as you relax in the quiet private atmosphere of Hillside Country Retreat.

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.

Renowned local Tamborine Mountain artist Gaye Dell is offering a series of five-day creative workshop that stimulates the artist in all of us using simple tools but spectacular locations!

Using the exquisite beauty and unique experiences Tamborine Mountain has to offer, Gaye shares a lifetime of creative endeavours with you and will delight in showing you the road less-travelled on the mountain as only a local can.

This workshop experience is inclusive of accommodation, which they allocate from one of their preferred Bed and Breakfasts based on availability, or share this experience with a group of friends and/or family!

For groups with three or four couples travelling together, they will accommodate (at no extra cost) in one of their fabulous Holiday Houses. These are perfect for group gatherings with shared communal spaces.

Travelling as a couple and wanting to stay in your own private cottage? Why not upgrade to one of their cottage destinations?

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

Join them on beautiful Tamborine Mountain for a unique event that brings together artists and their art. Nestled in the tree-studded Tamborine Mountain Show Grounds, with good food, great music and even better art, the Fayre showcases the best of their talented local artists. Book into a workshop, eat, listen to great music and knock off that Christmas shopping list!

Bring a blanket to sit on, let the kids loose for face-painting and henna, and relax.

Renowned local artist Gaye Dell is offering a three day creative workshop for the artist in all of us.

Gaye specialises in small groups to ensure not only a creative educational experience but also a fun time.

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

Fun learning in a one-on-one and group environment.

– Creative play and sharing
– Critical visualisation
– Art practise and development
– A take-home framed, personally created piece of art

This workshop experience is inclusive of accommodation.

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN

HEIGHT: APPROX 560M ABOVE SEA LEVEL

LOCATION: TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK

Tamborine Mountain features a 28 square-kilometre plateau 560m above sea level and is home to a thriving community which welcomes visitors.

The Mountain was formed by lava flow from the Mount Warning eruption more than 22-million years ago and is at the north-eastern edge of the Scenic Rim.

Tamborine Mountain is located just over one hour’s drive from Brisbane and less than an hour from the Gold Coast.

Tamborine Mountain by @sonnyroyalphoto

Tamborine Mountain is home to Queensland’s first National Park. Tamborine National Park was declared in 1908 and features a number of walking tracks, outlooks and areas of rainforest, spread across 14 sections on the plateau and surrounding foothills.

The Mountain is a thriving tourist destination with a population of just under 7000 people, and distinct communities are located across the 8km plateau. It offer visitors a range of experiences, including art galleries, gift shops, cafes, wineries and fine dining restaurants.

The Mountain boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit most tastes and budgets.

Cedar Creek Lodges by @cedarcreeklodges

The climate is subtropical and the rich red volcanic soil sustains rich food crops and lush bushland.

The Wangerriburra people are the traditional owners of Tamborine Mountain, and the Wangerriburra people were there tens of thousands of years before white settlement.

Tamborine Mountain was once completely covered by subtropical rainforest, which was cleared for agriculture and timber production when the mountain was opened for selection in 1875.

Tamborine Mountain is home to many beautiful picnic spots and spectacular walking trails.

Hang Gliders Lookout Robert Sowter Park

Hang Gliders Lookout by @christinehsharp for Eat Local Scenic Rim.

 The most popular walking tracks include the Curtis Falls rainforest track and The Knoll track, which leads to Cameron Falls.

 Camping is not allowed in the Tamborine National Park, however camping and caravan facilities are offered at Thunderbird Park and Tamborine Mountain Caravan and Camping. Many other styles of accommodation are also offered on the mountain.

BBQ and picnic facilities are available across the mountain. Most have great views and some also feature children’s playgrounds.

Tamborine National Park features wet subtropical rainforest habitat and has been declared as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk by @tamborinerainforestskywalk

The Mountain is home to 10 different types of forest, including subtropical rainforest, wet eucalypt forest and open eucalypt forest.

Tamborine Mountain’s rich alluvial soil produces a bounty of food crops, including avocados, rhubarb and vegetables, which are available from many roadside stalls and The Green Shed market, which is on every Sunday at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds.

Local produce at The Green Shed by @christinehsharp for Eat Local Scenic Rim.

The name Tamborine is from the local Yugambeh language. It means wild lime and refers to the finger lime trees that grow wild on the mountain. They were eaten as a thirst quencher and were one of the first foods traded to the settlers.

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.

 

The Pottery and Textiles Experience is designed to inspire your creative energy through the discovery of various art forms, from Pottery to Rug Making and Basket Weaving, all with local based artists.

Suitable for beginners, this is a fun filled experience for those wanting to unleash their creative side!

Pottery is an organic beauty, created with one’s own hands. The limits on what you create are limited only by what you can dream. Learn the craft of handmade pottery from a ceramic artist and potter with over 30 years experience.

Rug making is a revived tradition. They join the ‘War on Waste’ and learn how to transform unwanted fabric or clothing into functional rugs and mats from a textile artist specialising, for over 25 years, in the design and production of hand tufted rugs.

Get hands on experience identifying, harvesting and preparing local plant materials while learning the basic art of basket weaving from a creator who, over the past 30 years, has aimed to create art that ‘interprets the story of nature and show the beauty of the secrets it holds’.

This Experience is inclusive of accommodation.

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:

 

Renowned local Tamborine Mountain artist Gaye Dell is offering a series of five-day creative workshop that stimulates the artist in all of us using simple tools but spectacular locations!

Using the exquisite beauty and unique experiences Tamborine Mountain has to offer, Gaye shares a lifetime of creative endeavours with you and will delight in showing you the road less-travelled on the mountain as only a local can.

This workshop experience is inclusive of accommodation, which they allocate from one of their preferred Bed and Breakfasts based on availability, or share this experience with a group of friends and/or family!

For groups with three or four couples travelling together, they will accommodate (at no extra cost) in one of their fabulous Holiday Houses. These are perfect for group gatherings with shared communal spaces.

Travelling as a couple and wanting to stay in your own private cottage? Why not upgrade to one of their cottage destinations?