Welcome to the inaugural Lost World Trail Festival. The Lost World is a small pocket of the Scenic Rim which is fast becoming known for its trail running events.

Nestled at the foothills of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park the Lost World Valley is enveloped by a cauldron of mountains boasting spectacular scenery. Here also is the headwaters of the Albert River which meanders through the valley giving life to local eco-systems and the wildlife that inhabit the area.

The views on this trail run will stop the most experienced trail runner in their tracks! They believe it will be seen as a must-do on the trail calendar. The Lost World Trail Festival provides a great combination of road, smooth trails, rocky terrain, hills, a bridge and creek crossing – what more could you ask for!

So whether you’re a seasoned trail runner, a weekend warrior or a beginner who just loves getting into the outdoors there’s an option for you!

Set in the Lost World Valley and overlooking the World Heritage Rainforest Mountains of Lamington National Park, Worendo Cottages offer simplistic beauty at is best.
What they offer is an escape from the fast lane in a stunning and peaceful wilderness setting. Farm Houses and luxury cottages for a fantastic family break.

Seclusion and privacy, beside the pristine rapid-filled headwaters of Christmas Creek – Wongari is an intimate romantic retreat bordering World Heritage Lamington National Park and only 90 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  If lazing in a hammock under the rainforest canopy, or reading a book or watching the birds, swimming in the private rapid-filled rock pools of the creek or roasting marshmallows on a fire under the stars is how you see yourself relaxing and unwinding, then Wongari Eco Retreat fits the description.

For the more adventurous, there’s plenty of opportunity to explore. Wongari sits nestled in a spectacular gorge setting, with gentle walks on their property along Waterfall Creek and Christmas Creek and also into Lamington National Park’s wilderness section. The renowned Stinson Wreck and Westray’s Grave walks are easily accessed and marked, but not formed.

Wongari’s two cabins sit in their own private six acre section on the property and have their own entrance. With 200 metres of private, forested frontage to Christmas Creek you’ll be guaranteed not to be disturbed. The holiday cottages are fully self-contained with a wood-fired oven, rainforest deck, king-sized bed and a glass-enclosed shower overlooking rainforest garden.

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is a sixth generation working dairy farm providing visitors with genuine farm experiences, warm country hospitality, charming farmhouse accommodation and an escape from the hectic pace of city life. A completely unique experience awaits; an authentic ‘Paddock to Plate’ journey. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the picturesque Lost World region of Scenic Rim, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is perfect for your next holiday.

The 200 acre farm is home to dairy cattle, pigs, sheep and more and of course, your farmer hosts, The Tommerup family. Milking cows in a real working dairy is always a thrill for children and adults alike. Don’t miss joining in on the daily animal feeding and egg collecting. Visit Tommerup’s Farm Larder where you’ll find ethically raised meat products, raw honey and dairy products all from the Tommerup’s Farm.

Choose from The Homestead, the original family home built in 1888 now comfortably sleeping up to 13 people or The Cottage, 1880s renovated farm cottage which sleeps up to seven people. Both offer charming self-contained country accommodation with all the modern conveniences. Get your hands dirty on the farm or just lose yourself in the serenity.

Cave Rock Cottages is set on a picturesque 100 acres adjacent to the world heritage listed Lamington National Park. Just 90 minutes drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, their three secluded cottages are an ideal place for a back to nature family holiday or quiet romantic getaways.

Cave Rock Cottages is bordered by pristine Christmas Creek and surrounded by the ancient escarpments of the Scenic Rim. Bushwalk, bird watch, swim, fish, or just relax. Their self-contained cottages are private and comfortable with modern appliances, covered verandas, log fires and magic views – touch the wilderness.

Perched beside the crystal-clear tumbling headwaters of Christmas Creek and Queensland’s ancient Lamington National Park rainforests, nightfall’s luxury tents epitomise the simple luxuries of life.

The nightfall ‘glamping’ (luxury camping) experience steps away from the excess’ and complications of the modern world. Less becomes more. Luxury is redefined by architect-inspired, hand-built, permanent safari tents; sumptuous fire-cooked cuisine and the relaxed feeling of staying with old friends.

The pared-back surrounds, pure fresh air and tranquil forest are conductive to rest and rejuvenation. Heart, body and spirit are nurtured through a tonic of immersion in nature, evocative nights under-the-stars and inspired custom-designed luxury tent accommodation (with fireplaces for winter).

nightfall camp is limited to only eight travellers at any one time, ensuring privacy, intimacy and conviviality. Couples relish the seclusion of their private tents, mixing with like-minded experiential travellers and sharing the tree-change lifestyle of nightfall’s hosts.

Eighteen Mile Cottage and Homestead offer quality holiday accommodation only 90 minutes from Brisbane and Gold Coast, in the beautiful Lost World Queensland!

Come holiday in either their charming two bedroom cottage or sprawling six bedroom homestead. Surrounded by 500 acres of countryside, mountains and meandering river, all available for guests to explore. Both houses are positioned on individual acreage blocks.

The homestead boasts three bathrooms, two lounge rooms, self catering kitchen, dining room, laundry, two outdoor dining areas, large swimming pool, inside and outdoor fire areas, table tennis, barbecue plus more.

The cottage is nestled beside the Albert River with breathtaking views, and is equipped with a large rear deck, self catering kitchen, dining room, lounge room, bathroom with spa.

Over the past four decades the family and owners of the property lived and operated a dairy farm followed by a beef cattle farm which continues to operate in the surrounding paddocks to date. Guests occasionally enjoy viewing the farm work in action during their stay.

Activities include bush walking, campfire, swimming, bird watching, fishing, stargazing, board games, books, or exploring the local district such as Christmas Creek.

Come stay awhile, refresh and unwind at Eighteen Mile!

Cafe` 7 – Cabins Catering and Events – Activity packages – Full Venue Hire – Groups Welcome.

They are the gateway to spectacular and tranquil surrounds of Christmas Creek, with an outdoor facility in the picturesque foothills of the World Heritage Lamington Natural Park within a 90 minute drive in the Scenic Rim, from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Whether you’re a couple, family or group, they’ve got something for you
Why stay with them?
They offer accommodation with recreational facilities, activity packages and catering menus – which is the perfect venue for any occasion – whether it is for a private function or a more formal setting with an on-site Cafe and is Pet friendly. Choose from one cabin to full venue hire, their self-catering option or they can assist with tailoring a fully catered menu for your family or group. Full Venue hire provides exclusive use to all facilities, guaranteeing your group privacy for the duration.

Your hosts Katy and Dennis Chan welcome and thank you for your interest in the Christmas Creek Cafe and Cabins (previously referred to as the Christmas Creek Recreation Center Christmas Creek National Fitness Camp or The Fitness Camp and Camp Lamington).

This summer holidays, it’s time to let your hair down and just play after the year we’ve all had. And what better place to do it than right here in the Scenic Rim, only an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast? 

Corinna and Ryan Schindel with kids Marlo, 6, and Ayla-Mae, 4, at Binna Burra. Picture by Luke Marsden.

Use our hot Scenic Rim tips to STAY and PLAY or even just VISIT FOR THE DAY this Christmas holidays. No kids? No worries! We’ve even got your kid-free holiday adventures sorted, because who says children get to have all the fun? 

Plus, we’ve chatted with the locals to pull together these fresh HOLIDAY DEALS just for you. 

STAY (and play)

  1. Make new memories at Binna Burra
    The Binna Burra Sky Lodge Summer Special is just what you need to unwind from 2020. Book 3 nights in the Binna Burra Sky Lodges and enjoy 30 per cent off! Relax at the doorstep to pristine Lamington National Park and enjoy the age-old hospitality of Binna Burra Lodge. Book in for guided bushwalks, kids activities, well-being classes and heritage walks to complete your stay!
  2. Beat the heat at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
    Your one-stop-shop for family Christmas fun! Book the O’Reilly’s Summer Special to enjoy the splendours of summer where it’s 7 degrees cooler. Keep the kids entertained with the School Holidays Eco Rangers program while you have a massage at the Lost World Day Spa! Or get back to basics with a stay at the new O’Reilly’s Campground. Wherever you rest your head, make sure you book in for the O’Reilly’s Traditional Christmas Buffet Lunch. Join O’Reilly’s family members for a glass of bubbly and a chat, then be served lunch with all drinks included.
  3. Keep the whole family happy at Cedar Creek Lodges
    Take advantage of Cedar Creek Lodges’ Family Package! You’ll get 2 nights’ accommodation, cooked brekki in their onsite Rainforest Restaurant each morning, a voucher for the Terrace Kiosk and family passes to popular on-site attractions TreeTop Challenge, Thunderegg Fossicking and Adventure Mini Golf. No-one will get bored! Click here to book.
  4. Make yourself at home at Herrmann House
    There’s plenty of space for the whole family at luxurious, historic Herrmann House in Kalbar! Grab their half price offer, available during the 2020 -2021 Christmas school holidays only! Enjoy one night of indulgence and receive the 2nd night half price. Herrmann House accommodates up to 8 people. Click here to view Holiday Deals in the Scenic Rim.
  5. You won’t be bored at The Kooralbyn Valley
    Check out the calendar of special Christmas holiday events at The Kooralbyn Valley, and make the most of their special Aussie Muster Farm Experience Package! It includes 1 night accommodation, animal feeding, a golf buggy kangaroo tour, bush dancing and more.
  6. Roam free at Clandulla Cottages
    Explore this beautiful country property with plenty to do, from feeding the farm animals to having a camp fire at night. Keep the kids entertained with plenty of activities onsite, and explore local attractions at Tamborine Mountain and Canungra. Get 10 per cent off when you book all four cottages for 2 nights (ideal for big families or groups), or get 10 per cent off when you book 4 nights or more. Click here to view Holiday Deals in the Scenic Rim.
  7. Stay on a real working farm at Cedar Glen Farmstay
    Find the ultimate family farm stay experience at Cedar Glen Farmstay in the Lost World. There’s animal feeding, alpaca walking, twilight tours, guided cave hikes and more. Book here.
  8. Stay at Milford Country Cottages
    Stay in affordable, quality country accommodation in self-contained 2 bedroom cottages. Feed the cows, chickens and horse, enjoy a glass of wine while the sun goes down and explore Boonah and surrounds.
  9. Have a unique holiday at Old Church BnB
    Get a complimentary bottle of wine and 20 per cent off your next booking when you book direct with the stunningly-restored Old Church BnB near Boonah! Or book 3 nights midweek and only pay for two. OR book the new self-catering studio room with a kitchenette, TV, fireplace and en suite and only pay $180 per night, for a limited time. Book direct online or by phoning Harry on 0415 119 817.
  10. Holiday at Moogerah Lake Houses
    Base yourself at Moogerah Lake Houses for your ultimate Scenic Rim holiday adventures. Explore the gorgeous nearby communities of Mt Alford, Boonah, Kalbar and Harrisville and enjoy plenty of downtime and take in the views.
  11. Have an outdoors escape at Scenic Rim Adventure Park
    Have an affordable family getaway with plenty of activities for kids and parents, from 4×4 driving through to wildlife spotting and outdoor games.
  12. Unwind at Hilly Ridge holiday house
    Find space for the whole family (sleeps up to 8 guests) at Hilly Ridge holiday house. This exclusive and elegant Queenslander at Cannon Creek, near Boonah, has breathtaking views of the Scenic Rim and it’s fully self-contained. Book here.

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We all need a moment to unwind from the epic year we’ve had, don’t you agree?

Here in the Scenic Rim, only an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we’ve got your kid-free holiday adventures sorted, because who says children get to have all the fun? 

Sunset Sips at Witches Falls. Photo by Sabine Bannard.

NO KIDS? NO WORRIES. Book these kid-free summer holiday experiences 

  1. Unwind with Sunset Sips at Witches Falls Winery
    Sunset Sips at Witches Falls Winery is one of Tamborine Mountain’s best-kept secrets. Book in, turn up, relax and enjoy every Friday through spring and summer from 4pm to 7pm. You heard it here!  Read more. 
  2. Escape to the countryside at Vanbery Cottage
    This gorgeous cottage for two adults only is on a stunning 43 acre cattle property near the Scenic Rim township of Boonah. Enjoy boutique private hilltop accommodation with breathtaking valley and mountain views. Book here. 
  3. Indulge at Witches Falls Cottages, Tamborine Mountain
    Book the indulgence on Tamborine Mountain Package for a gorgeous couple’s experience you won’t forget. Stay in the Private Rainforest Spa Cottage  and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast hamper including homemade bread delivered to your cottage each morning. Book here. 
  4. Retreat to Yalbaroo – you can even BYO horse!
    Discover this hidden gem on beautiful Cainbable Creek. Experience fresh air and open space, escape the hustle and bustle, relax, recharge and rejuvenate in this beautiful country getaway, just for couples. Oh, and if you have a horse you can bring that too, as there is on-site stable accommodation available and beautiful trails to explore. Book here. 
  5. Be blown away at Bunyip Retreat 
    The Bunyip Retreat offers couples a luxury getaway in a modern mezzanine apartment with full views to the Fassifern Valley. Mention this blog to get a free generous grazing platter plus a bottle of bubbles with any booking made during December 2020. Book by phoning 0428 328 193 or online. 
  6. Have a cheeky mid-week couple’s getaway
    Mention this blog for a 10 per cent discount on mid-week stays for couples only at Milford Country Cottages. Only available by phoning Milford Country Cottages direct on 0434 621 902 (note: families also holiday here!)
  7. Go on a food and wine adventure
    Let Pineapple Tours do all the thinking (and driving) for your fabulous food and wine tour of the Scenic Rim. Book a full day wine tour departing from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Tamborine Mountain, or do a brewery or distillery tour! They can even take care of your team building or corporate event (hello, Christmas party!) and create a personalized itinerary just for you. Book online or phone 0466 331 232.  
  8. Kick up your heels with Bevvies and Bowls
    Get The Vino Bus from your home or workplace up to Tamborine Mountain, where you’ll tour two wineries, get a gourmet lunch and play a few rounds of barefoot bowls at the iconic Tamborine Mountain Bowls Club. Relax in air conditioned comfort on the bus and take in the gorgeous scenery as you go! Book here. 

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Did somebody say ROAD TRIP? Have a fun day out in the Scenic Rim this summer holidays.

Select your best summer road trip playlist, roll down the windows and feel the fresh country air in your hair. We’re only an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, so your adventures will be easy breezy.

Got time to spare? Book a night or two at these great summer holiday spots!

The TreeTop Challenge. Photo by Jacqui Faulkner for Scenic Road Magazine.

Your ultimate Scenic Rim summer DAY TRIP:

  1. Get an adrenaline hit on the TreeTop Challenge
    Encourage your child’s sense of adventure at Australia’s largest zipline and high ropes adventure, the TreeTop Challenge at Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. Explore the Juniors Park (for 3 to 7 year old children), check out the Adventure Park or get the ultimate thrills on the Canyon Flyer. Bookings essential. 
  2. Frolic in a forest of wild flowers
    You heard right! Just outside Canungra, visit Wild Flower Forest, where you can frolic to your heart’s content in half a hectare of chemicalfree flowers (think sunflowerszinnias and cosmos!) This brilliant new attraction is brought to you by the award-winning edible flower farmers Pretty Produce at Silverwood FarmGate entry is $15 per adult (children 18 and under are free), or BYO picnic entry is $20 per adult. Open Thursday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm.
  3. Get on your bike!
    Book a mountain bike workshop with On the Edge Events (beginners and intermediate) at the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Park. Or if motocross is more your thing, book in for a Coaching Holiday Camp at Queensland Moto Park! 
  4. Connect with local food at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm
    Get to know your local farmer at Tommerup’s Farm Gate events. Shop from the fully-stocked farm larder, indulge in fresh-baked farmhouse cakes and rich Jersey Girl ice creams at the Hut Café and pull up a picnic blanket to relax and take it all in. Put 7 November and 21 November in your diary now, and click here for more information, including future dates. Got a Christmas party to plan? Book The Barn at Tommerup’s for a unique celebration. Contact Tommerup’s direct. 
  5. Get an education in all things glow worms
    The Glow Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain never get old! See thousands of healthy glow worms inside this purpose-built cave at Cedar Creek Estate. It’s an incredible conservation initiative, and an affordable experience for the whole family. Book your tickets here. 
  6. Take to the skies with Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast 
    See the stunning Scenic Rim from the sky with Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast and indulge in breakfast and wine tasting at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. It’s a holiday experience you’ll never forget! Click here for your exclusive Visit Scenic Rim offer. 
  7. Make cheese at Towri Sheep Cheeses
    Develop a delicious new skill at a Towri cheese-making workshop. Take your own hand-made sheep cheese home at the end of the day, along with recipes to practice your new-found skills. Weekday workshops $180 per person, $210 on Saturdays. Children’s workshops $80 per child (6 to 16 years old).  Bookings essential via info@towrisheepcheeses.com.au 
  8. Relax with the family at Witches Falls Winery
    While away the hours under the shade of a tree at Witches Falls Winery with a delicious wine or cider in hand and a gourmet local cheese platter to nibble on. Do a wine tasting and maybe even buy a sneaky bottle or two to take home. Open 7 days a week every day of the holidays except Christmas, and until 6pm Saturday! 
  9. Have a play at Sarabah Estate Vineyard
    Find your happy place at Sarabah Estate Vineyard! Take the whole family for a lazy country breakfast from 8am every Sunday morning, or pop in Friday to Sunday for some fun in the sun. And keep an eye on Sarabah Estate Vineyard’s fun calendar of events, from Yoga in the Vines to Sip and Paint! 
  10. See the Scenic Rim with Drayhorse Shires
    Take a tour of the Shire Horse Farm, tuck into a drovers lunch or morning tea and board your horse-drawn carriage for a scenic tour of the region. Children welcome! Click here to book. 
  11. Make friends with the camels
    Pop into Summer Land Camels 7 days a week for a fantastic farm experience. Have a camel ride (bookings essential), do a farm tour, get a camel selfie, eat delicious local food at the Homestead Café and buy amazing camel products to take home. 
  12. Have fun in the sun at Canungra Valley Vineyards
    Have the ultimate picnic beside the creek at Canungra Valley Vineyards, 7 days a week, with plenty of space for the kids to run around. Book a homestead picnic basket, try the new vegan picnic basket or order from the weekend lunch menu or weekday lunch menu. Feeling fancy? Book one of the new Creekside Long Tables for something special. And remember the iconic Mountview Alpaca Farm, located on the property! Feed the alpacas or even take one for a walk. 
  13. Have lunch at Albert River Winery 
    Have that special end of year lunch with your friends, family or workmates at Albert River Winery, open Wednesday to Sunday. Special two and three course menus available, plus a menu just for the kids. Click here for more. 

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

For sixth generation locals the Harrisons, the Scenic Rim is all about family – sharing their family legacy, running their family business and being close to family.

The Harrisons have been in the area since the 1800s, in the days of the original Beaudesert Shire, when their family first settled in the region.

Matt, Sue and Ian Harrison, baby Naia, Kate Harrison and Phill McKeagg. Photo by Christine Sharp for Eat Local, Food Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim, Volume 2.

Now, Sue and Ian Harrison are continuing the legacy for future generations, sharing the beauty of the Scenic Rim through their gorgeous farm stay, Stay at Kirro, on their cattle grazing property Ladybrook Farm, in the Kerry Valley.

They run commercial beef cattle for export and local trade and they also sell their own bred cattle, which are processed in the Scenic Rim and sold at the farm gate on a regular basis.

Stay at Kirro is a beautiful farm stay in the Scenic Rim. Photo supplied by Stay at Kirro.

When you visit Stay at Kirro, you’ll discover the farm is quite the menagerie, with horses, sheep and working dogs also there to welcome you.

The Harrisons breed Australian Stock horses for work horses and camp drafts and they have ventured into Speckled Park cattle, with the pretty calves proving popular with farm stay guests.

They run meat sheep for their grandchildren to have as pets and for Stay at Kirro guests to feed and learn about, and they also have a team of working kelpies to help with the farm work.

We asked Ian and Sue to share some of their local tips for the best places to eat, drink and relax in the Scenic Rim.

What do you love about the Scenic Rim?

We like living in the Scenic Rim because we can be close to our family and friends and close to the Gold Coast for holidays, because we don’t get away very regularly  from our properties.

Our children and grandchildren, being the seventh generation of the Harrisons, all play an important part in our farm operation. Even though they don’t live on the farm, they are just a phone call away if we need a hand to get hay in or brand some new cattle, or fix our computers.

What’s your favourite place to eat/ drink in the Scenic Rim?

We like to go to VK Everydays in Beaudesert for lunch, and one of the pubs in town (Beaudesert Hotel or Railway Hotel) for dinner.

What’s your favourite Scenic Rim spot?

Having a large cattle property, we tend not to go out that much. We attend all the local camp drafts and we love to go to Barton’s Rose Farm at Kalbar to have a look and pick up a new rose bush or two. We love any of the local nurseries, or just a drive around the Scenic Rim.

The Scenic Rim, with its six National Parks and World Heritage-listed rainforests, is simply made for walking.

Whether you want a scenic stroll or a more intense climb, the Scenic Rim will deliver.

Hiking in the Scenic Rim. Photo by Israel Rivera for Visit Scenic Rim.

Book a guided experience with our local adventure experts for an experience like no other.

Here are our top tips to plan your Scenic Rim walking holiday!

  1. Discover the Secrets of the Scenic Rim
    Immerse yourself in the food, wine, walks, art and World Heritage-listed rainforests of the Scenic Rim on the Lamington Short Break or Secrets of the Scenic Rim walking holidays with local Beechmont-based family company interNATIONAL PARKtours. They also guide short rainforest hikes at Binna Burra. Book via Binna Burra Lodge! See the Scenic Rim through the eyes of outdoor adventure specialist Lisa Groom and her team, from interNATIONAL PARKtours. Lisa’s grandfather, eco-tourism pioneer Arthur Groom, co-founded Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, so you’ll be in great hands.
    Click here to book
  2. Indulge in Spicers Scenic Rim Trail
    Relax knowing all is taken care of on the all-inclusive Spicers Scenic Rim Trail.
    Explore in relaxed luxury on a two, three or five day expedition through World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest.
    Skip the heat and helicopter to 1000m above sea level, where the temperature hovers around 26 degrees. With high altitude, rainforest canopy and helicopter transfers, summer hiking has never been so appealing.
    Start your summer walking adventure with lunch at chef-hatted Homage Restaurant, Spicers Hidden Vale before flying by helicopter to Mt Mistake for your first night. Then spend the next 3 days walking through some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and staying in purpose-built luxury accommodation.
    Finish your experience with a night at Spicers Peak Lodge before your helicopter trip back to Spicers Hidden Vale, taking in views of the Great Dividing Range and Lake Moogerah along the way.
    Click here to book
  3. Adventure with Mt Barney Lodge
    Take a mountain expedition in the Scenic Rim, with experienced and fully qualified outdoor leaders. Innes Larkin and the team of knowledgeable and passionate eco-rangers at Mt Barney Lodge offer a wide range of guided expeditions and walks for all fitness levels.
    Explore the many delights and challenges of Mt Barney National Park through the Moonrise on Mt Maroon, Mt Ballow, Mt Barney via SE Ridge, Mt Barney via Logans Ridge, Mt Barney via North Ridge to North Peak, Mt Ernest, Mt Gillies Family Scramble, Mt Gillies Summit, Mt Maroon Cotswold Track or Mt Maroon including Paddys Plain.
    Venture further afield to Mt Razorback, Mt Superbus, the Stinson Wreck, Westrays Grave and Larapinta Falls or The Steamers.
    Not sure where to start? Sign up for Mt Barney Lodge’s Mountain Fit Program. Or, if you’re highly experienced, have a week of adventure on Mt Barney Lodge’s ultimate Three Peaks Challenge.
    Click here to book
  4. Traverse the Border Track
    Walk the 21.4km Border Track from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat to Binna Burra Lodge (or vice versa) in Lamington National Park.
    Stay the night at either of these international eco-tourism icons (depending which side you start from!) and walk back to your car the next day, or book a bus transfer with O’Reilly’s back to your car.
    Hot tip: you can wander at your own pace on a self-guided walk, or book a guided experience via O’Reilly’s.
  5. See the Scenic Rim with Horizon Guides
    Get to know the intricacies of the Scenic Rim’s bush and rainforest with Teresa Cause of Horizon Guides.
    Teresa, who is a Scenic Rim local and also owns Far Outdoors camping shop in Boonah, leads regular guided walks of the local trails, and shares her immense local knowledge and passion for the Scenic Rim’s beautiful natural world.
    Teresa also offers tailor-made guided tours of the region’s best trails.
    Click here to book
  6. Do the historic Stinson Walk
    Follow the trail taken by Bernard O’Reilly in 1937 when he went in search of the crashed Stinson Aircraft. Each year, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers a guided Stinson Walk package.
    Stay a few nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and spend a big, full day challenging your mind and body as you retrace Bernard’s footsteps 37km through the rugged McPherson Range to the Stinson crash site.
    Click here to book
  7. Lace up for a trail running event!
    Start training now for the 2021 Lost World Trail Festival! The views on this trail run will stop even the most experienced trail runner in their tracks! And put the 2021 Grape Escape Fun Run at The Overflow Estate 1895 in your diary. Plus, check out the On the Edge Events Scenic Rim Trail Running Series (2021 program coming soon). Book to stay in some of our amazing Scenic Rim accommodation and make a holiday of it!
  8. 14 of our favourite Scenic Rim walks
    Looking for more walking inspiration? Here are 14 of our favourite Scenic Rim walks, ranging from easy to hard.
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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! 

 

Stock up on quality local goodies at the Buy from the Bush markets at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm on 1 March.

Shop from stalls filled with quality local products, and support local Scenic Rim artisan producers and farmers while you are at it.

Take in the beautiful natural surrounds of the Kerry Valley and mingle with locals in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere on Tommerup’s sixth generation working dairy farm.

After your visit to Tommerup’s, you’ll be planning more good times in the Scenic Rim before you know it!

Bring cash, and wear enclosed shoes! Note: no pets allowed.

Georgia Tommerup of Tommerup’s Dairy Farm. Photo by Susie Cunningham.

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.

Do your Christmas shopping at the Tommerup’s Dairy Farm ‘Buy from the Bush’ Christmas Market for an experience like no other!

Tommerup’s will host this market in collaboration with local group Destination Scenic Rim on 1 December from 9am-1pm.

Shop from stalls filled with quality local products, and support local Scenic Rim artisan producers and farmers through your Christmas shopping.

Stock up on milk-fed pork and rose veal plus Jersey Girl creamery goodies fresh from the farm larder, and feed the animals too.

Details:

9am to 1pm
Enclosed shoes essential
Waivers required for entry to animal feeding areas
No pets please
STRICTLY NO SMOKING ON ANY PART OF THE FARM

A word from Tommerup’s Dairy Farm:

“We are so thankful that we have an outlet to boost our farm in the conditions we’re currently facing.

“We’re hoping that you’ll also come along and support other producers and farmers at a time when many in the Scenic Rim are doing it tough.

“It’s true, parts of our beautiful region have been affected by devastating fires but the majority of the Scenic Rim are being affected only by association.

“We are well and truly open for business and we’d love you to come out and enjoy the beautiful, albeit dry countryside.

“Be sure to bring cash – we all know the mobile service out here can be a wee bit dodgy at times… You won’t want to be caught short when you see the fabulous array of goodies on offer.

“An esky won’t go astray either to stock up on farm larder goodies as well as local treats.

“You’ll find all sorts from camel cheese and skincare products to handmade soaps and stationery, fresh local produce to fresh flowers and plants, handmade gifts to delicious pies and chutneys.

“Our farm menagerie are looking forward to having a feast on the day too. If you’d like to feed the sheep, calves and chickens it’s just $5/person entry to the animal feeding area.

“You can even buy a watermelon to feed the pigs! Hyacinth’s sweet babies are just starting to venture out to say hi.

“Please respect our opening times of 9am to 1pm. Before you arrive we are racing around trying to get animals fed and watered as well as stallholders set up. For safety reasons, we can’t have visitors on site whilst this all happens.

“You’re most welcome to wait in the car park if you arrive early and we really appreciate your understanding with this.”

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/

Stock up on beautiful local goodies at the Market Day on Tommerup’s Farm.

It’s on from 10am to 2pm, 20 October at Tommerup’s 6th generation working dairy farm in the picturesque Kerry Valley.

You’ll find a range of Scenic Rim goodies, so be sure to bring your reusable bags and an esky.

It’s a great way to support your local farmers and producers, and get to know what’s available to you just down the road in the Scenic Rim.

The Tommerup’s farm larder will be stocked with their own paddock-raised lamb and rose veal along with some porky goodness.

Tommerup’s handcrafted cultured butter and smooth velvety cultured buttermilk will be ready and waiting, too.

They’ll also have tubs of Lick! Ice Cream x Tommerup’s Dairy Farm Nut Brown Butter Ice Cream and Buttermilk Ice Cream. You’ll be hooked!

It’s free entry to the Market Day with a charge on the gate for those who’d like to feed the animals and explore the farm a little further. You can even buy yourself a pumpkin to feed the pigs!

Though some operators will have card facilities, cash is king – EFTPOS is unreliable around these parts.

Linger longer and enjoy the atmosphere of the family farm. You can grab yourself some amazing goodies for lunch from
2m8’s BBQ, who’ll have sliders, wings and ribs. Of course, they’ll also have the coffee van on-farm for your caffeine hit. Why not finish it off with a scrumptious ice cream?

– ENCLOSED SHOES ESSENTIAL – Tommerup’s can’t let you on the farm without them
– NO PETS – Tommerup’s is a working farm and can’t allow visitors to bring their pets.
– WAIVERS required to be completed upon entry as per insurance company’s policy.
– Full conditions of entry can be found on the Tommerup’s website https://www.tommerupsfarmstay.com.au/farm-entry-conditions.html All visitors to the farm are bound by these conditions of entry to ensure safety on the farm.

Photo by Sabine Bannard via Tommerup’s Dairy Farm

The Scenic Rim is OPEN for business and eager to welcome visitors from near and far after bushfires devastated parts of the region.

The fires, which destroyed parts of the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge, started at Sarabah and spread through Lamington National Park and parts of Beechmont.

The disaster caused significant property losses in those parts of the region, but thankfully there was no loss of human life.

Firefighters were brought in from across Australia to battle the blaze, and outpourings of support flooded into the small community,

The disaster turned the small township of Canungra into a temporary headquarters for emergency services, volunteers and recovery agencies. Business owners and the community rallied to support one another through the unprecedented experience.

Click here for community recovery information

Binna Burra Lodge has vowed to rebuild. The Friends of Binna Burra Lodge are rallying support and all levels of government are stepping in as part of widespread efforts to help Lodge staff find new work and get the iconic site back up and running.

It continues to be an intense time for the parts of the Scenic Rim directly affected by the bushfires, and also for parts of the region which have been totally untouched by fire but have experienced a drop in visitors as a flow-on effect.

Open for business

The good news is the Scenic Rim is well and truly OPEN for business and everyone would love your support. Come have a great time in our beautiful region. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Beechmont is filled with natural beauty. Photo at Providence Farm Hall by Christine Sharp for Eat Local Volume 2.

Head for the hills of Beechmont

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard in the Scenic Rim

Picnic creek-side at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard. Photo: TEQ.

Spend some time (and money!) in Canungra

Tamborine Mountain offers beautiful, lush scenery. Photo at Witches Falls Winery by Christine Sharp for Eat Local Volume 2.

Go for a country drive in any part of the region – we’re all ready for you!

Thankfully, most of the Scenic Rim has been totally untouched by bushfires. So many glorious country drives await!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

The Scenic Rim is gearing up to host the region’s largest art and cultural festival in October, showcasing hundreds of innovators, creators and performers from around the globe and attracting thousands of like-minded creative folk.

 There will be five fantastic days of conference activities and community celebrations from October 2 to 6. To maximise your time in the Scenic Rim, or if you’re simply day-tripping, enjoy our picks of easily accessible nature walks, farm stays, award-winning wineries and local produce haunts to enhance your visit.

View the full Arts Ablaze program here

Get a quality coffee in Beaudesert.

Wake with a caffeine hit

Fuel your day with a caffeine hit in Beaudesert, which is the closest town to Kooralbyn and is home to about 6000 people.

Bean To? opens super early every day of the week, and you can find a comfy spot among the eclectic mix of artworks and vintage furniture from yesteryear.

VK Everydays serves up plenty of fresh, local fare every day of the week. Relax inside with a hot cuppa or meander out the back for a meal in the sunshine. You won’t want to leave!

Beaudesert Cafe has a fantastic barista who makes a mean latte. Check out the menu, too, where you’ll find some quirky creations like breakfast gnocchi and fried chicken waffles!

Sky Dance.

Adventure over the Scenic Rim with Sky Dance

Add on a stunning flight over the majestic mountains of the Scenic Rim with Sky Dance! Accommodation and all meals included, and you have yourself a mighty fine weekend getaway!

Register your interest with Sky Dance via bookings@skydance.com.au or 1300 854 183.

 

Rathlogan Grove, home to The Shed Cafe.

Hunt for homewares

Rathlogan Grove’s hilltop cafe is the perfect mid-morning or lunch picnic stop secluded in the foothills of Mount Barney. Indulge on handpicked olives from the onsite grove consisting of 1200 mature trees and native honeycomb to complete your picnic pack. Meander inside The Shed Café for traditional homemade scones and a well-stocked gift store including cold pressed olive oil and Egyptian dukkah. Rathlogan Grove is open Saturdays and Sundays. If serious shopping is on your agenda, try our homewares hunting in the Scenic Rim full day itinerary.

Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy.

Learn about robotic agriculture

In operation since the 1930s, the Dennis Family Farm was converted to a Robotic Dairy in 2010, producing farm fresh, pasteurised only, full cream milk (yes, the delicious kind with cream on top!) Phone ahead and enjoy a Robotic Dairy & 4Real Milk Tour and don’t forget to bring your chilled Esky and take home the creamy delights including milk, cheese and yoghurt.

The Lower Portals track, Mt Barney National Park.

Go for a walk in the Scenic Rim.

Stretch your legs in nature

If you’ve got some downtime, work up an appetite on one of the Scenic Rim’s walks. If you’ve got energy to burn, pack your water, snacks, hat and swimmers and walk the Lower Portals track in Mt Barney National Park. It’s not an easy walk, and you should allow half a day to walk the 7.4km return track. Or take a quieter approach with a dip in the Albert River at Darlington Park, complete with shaded open spaces perfect for rolling out the picnic blanket.

The Overflow Estate 1895. Photo by Timothy James Allen.

Sip and swirl

Relax on the alfresco deck overlooking Lake Wyaralong at The Overflow Estate 1895 or bask in the sunshine on the manicured lawn. Indulge in the region’s finest local produce including a three-course grazing lunch or gourmet barbecue picnic hamper thoughtfully prepared by The Vintage Pickle chef Kate Raymont. Wash it down with an array of premium wine selections from the Cellar Door including the popular Storm Cru Sparkling 2018.

Rustic cabins at Mt Barney Lodge. Photo courtesy Mt Barney Lodge

Rest your head in country comfort

The Scenic Rim offers a diversity of welcoming accommodation, and there is plenty to choose from within a country drive of Arts Ablaze!

From sweet cottages and farm stays to country hotels and motels in walking distance to local cafes, we’ve got it all!

Check out Stay in the Scenic Rim for Arts Ablaze for plenty of suggestions.

 

More about Arts Ablaze.

Arts Ablaze will tackle big ideas including arts and health, creative place-making, rethinking cultural venues duration of the 5-day event, via artistic disciplines including fashion, music, spoken word, photography, comedy and more.

Program snippets include the Red Ridge Fashion Parade and live performances on Friday and Saturday evening by Topology, Haystack Mountain Hermits, The Ironing Maidens, First Nations Project performers, Tenzin Choegyal plus Andrew Veivers and Friends in Fusion.

There will also be well being sessions including yoga, tai chi and meditation on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The weekend celebrations provide you with more chances to get creative with various workshops. Why not try your hand at rug making or blacksmithing? Not forgetting our mini cultural and art lovers, the schedule includes workshops designed just for children.

There’s so much to keep you entertained over the weekend at Arts Ablaze with food trucks, art markets and so much more!

The live Queensland performances continue on Saturday evening and Saturday evening night followed by a live performance.

Arts Ablaze is hosted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley from 2 to 6 October.

Coming to the Scenic Rim for Arts Ablaze?

Arts Ablaze is the region’s largest arts and cultural festival and conference, to be hosted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley from October 2 to 6.

We’ve got plenty of great accommodation options for you within 30 minutes or so of Kooralbyn.

Click here for more information about Arts Ablaze

 

Tamrookum, Rathdowney & Running Creek

20-30 minutes south

Royston House

Rathdowney Hotel

Scenic Rim Adventure Park – camping and room hire available

 

Mt Barney

45 minutes south

Mt Barney Lodge

Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages

Tuckeroo Cottages Scenic Rim

 

Lost World

40 minutes south east

Worendo Cottages

Wongari Eco Retreat

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm & Farmstay

Stay at Kirro

Cedar Glen Farmstay

Eighteen Mile Cottage & Homestead

Caverock Cottages

Christmas Creek Cabins

 

Beaudesert

25 minutes north

Beaudesert Central Motel

Kerry Court Motel

Annalee Motel

Beaudesert Caravan & Tourist Park – has cabins

 

Kooralbyn

In the heart of the action

Rent-a-tent camping

Glamping Hire Co. – treat yourself

Hillside Villas

Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley

 

Further afield

More than 45 minutes from the action

There are also plenty of accommodation options available further afield on Tamborine Mountain and in Boonah and surrounds.

Enjoy a beautiful day out for the whole family at the Darlington Community Markets in the Lost World Valley, nestled at the foothills of the Border Ranges and Lamington National Park.

The markets, which have become a highly-anticipated annual affair, offer a unique country experience featuring live music, great food and coffee, fun activities and plenty of quality stalls to shop from.

The markets hold the theme of home grown, homemade, handmade, local, organic and fair trade.

There’ll be live music from local band Griffin Country, mouth-watering food from award-winning Watty-Woo Barbeque, old fashioned country games and novelty races, baby animal petting zoo, face painting and of the famous Darlington duck race.

Entry is free, and the markets will go from 9am to 2pm, 15 September.

By supporting the 2019 event, you’ll be helping the Darlington State School P & C raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

Father’s Day family fun on Tommerup’s Farm will offer hours of good old fashioned fun for the whole family to celebrate Father’s Day.

The Tommerup family thinks it’s about time everyone had a bit of fun with the everyday farm chores!

If the man in your life fancies himself as a bit of a legend in his own lunchtime, this might just be the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day.

Join Kay, Dave, Georgia, Harry and all the animals for some good old fashioned farm shenanigans and find out just who the real legends are!

Bring together the dream team and enter the Father’s Day Farmers Challenge. You can test your skills and claim the inaugural Farmers Challenge trophy and the best bragging rights around.

MC Brent will keep the boys in order as they test their prowess against the rigours of the Farmers Challenge.

Of course, the day isn’t just about Dad. There’ll be fun for the whole family.

Take your bucket of feed and head off on your farm adventure to meet the Tommerup family’s friendly sheep, calves, chickens and guinea pigs.

Smash pumpkins on the pig feeding tours, head down the river for a quiet picnic, enjoy face painting for the kids and get involved with all sorts of old fashioned games, from egg & spoon races to pin the tail on the pig.

Abbiocco Food Truck will be on-site with awesome sliders and fries and the Bedford Bar will be running all day with local craft beer, local wines and a selection of classic favourites.

The ever-popular Darlington State School vintage cake stall will be stocked with delicacies you won’t be able to resist, and there’ll be a coffee van on hand.

Listen to the live tunes of Tom & Darryl rocking it out on the back of the Bedford while you chill out for the afternoon in the farm picnic paddock and finish the day with a trip to the farm larder to stock up on goodies from the farm.

Father’s Day family fun on Tommerup’s Farm will go from 10am to 3pm.

As with all Tommerup’s Farm events, ticket numbers will be capped. Bookings essential via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fathers-day-family-fun-day-on-tommerups-farm-tickets-67382614213

Picture spectacular views of open fields, breath-taking mountain scenery in the Lost World Valley and a stunning avenue of old Blue Gums and the scene is set for an amazing long lunch and farm tour in this special collaboration between Wild Canary Bistro and Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, all just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane hosted by fifth generation farmers Kay and Dave Tommerup and Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador Glen Barratt. A highlight of this lunch includes Tommerup’s ethically raised grass-fed veal and heritage breed free range pork, raised on creamy Jersey milk, fresh from the dairy – an exceptional immersive farm and food experience.

Come 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.

Head along to the Kerry Memorial Hall from 2.30pm for a sausage sizzle, musical entertainment and kids face painting. BYO drinks.

A donation box will be set up for those wishing to support the $480.00 cost of the blue tree and signage, with the rest going to Beyond Blue.

Stock up on old fashioned, full flavoured pork raised in open paddocks at the Pig Day Out at Tommerup’s Farm.

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.

The larder will be open from 10am to 2pm, 9 March for the Pig Day Out.

Animal feeding is available (feed available for purchase) and there will be a gourmet BBQ sausage sizzle.

Enclosed shoes essential, no pets allowed. Waiver to be completed on entry.

Bring cash and an esky so you can stock up!

Please note: this is not one of Tommerup’s regular open days. They are not offering farm tours, markets or extra activities. Though you can feed their animals, this one is all about purchasing the porky deliciousness available at their farm larder!

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

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

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

Take a hike across the spectacular Jinbroken Range, on private property in the Scenic Rim, with the annual Shepherds Walk.

The walk honours the memory of Aboriginal tribe’s people and Chinese Shepherds who lost their lives in conflict circa 1850 in the Kerry Valley.

The event, organised by The Historical Society of Beaudesert through the Beaudesert Historical Museum, is held on the third weekend in July.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 14, and the cost includes the bus to and from the event as well as a sausage sizzle lunch.

The event begins at 8am at the museum, 54 Brisbane Street Beaudesert, where you’ll board a bus to Christmas Creek to view a memorial monument and hear a short address on the historical significance of the day.

Participants hike from Christmas Creek over the Jinbroken Range to the wash pool on the Albert River in the Kerry Valley.

On the grounds near the river crossing, society members and members of the Beaudesert Restored Auto Club will have everything ready for participants to enjoy a real Aussie sausage sizzle, with tea, coffee, cordial and fresh damper and syrup. Buses will return to the Museum about 2.30pm.

Walkers must carry at least two litres of drinking water and have a reasonable level of fitness to handle steep walking.

About the Shepherds Walk:

Circa 1850 Messrs Barker, Christmas Creek (Western Slopes of Jinbroken Range) and Compigne, Nindooinbah (Eastern slopes of Jinbroken Range) employed many Chinese Shepherds to tend their flocks of sheep. When the sheep required washing prior to shearing, the shepherds would herd them to their respective wash pools at Christmas Creek and the Albert River at Kerry.

The families would visit each other socially for gatherings and would walk from Christmas Creek over the Jinbroken Range to the campsite at Kerry on the banks of the Albert River.

Early one morning there was a confrontation between the Shepherds at Christmas Creek and a group of local Aboriginal Tribesmen. During the skirmish it is reported that three Shepherds were killed, there being no report of Aboriginal fatalities or casualties if any.

Oral history relates that a girl said to be the wife of one Shepherd and sister to another, managed to hide and escaped unharmed, eventually walking over the track to the Shepherds hut by the washpool at Kerry to relate the events.

The annual commemorative walk of about 9km has been held since 1987, and numbers increase each year.

The event, held in association with the Beaudesert Restored Auto Club, is used to raise much needed funds for the maintenance of the Beaudesert Museum.

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

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.

Just 10 minutes drive from the town of Beaudesert, in the picturesque Scenic Rim, a single crow’s ash tree makes up the stunning dance floor of the Kerry Memorial Hall, built in 1946 by the local farming community to honour those who had sacrificed their lives to fight for their country and the freedom of their fellow Australians.

Traditions of country dances and charity lunches adorned with the most exquisite homemade delights still continue today as the community comes together to keep the hard work of their forebearers alive in this small community. The addition of an outdoor entertaining area has opened up a myriad of possibilities for the future of the hall.

The local community looks forward to welcoming you for this special event. 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!

Limited on-site camping will be available or check out the options for local accommodation at www.thelostworld.com.au

Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets are just $15 per person – available here

To keep up with information about the event, visit Summer Tour 2018: Kerry Facebook event page.

Worendo Cottages offers a peaceful setting in the Lost World Valley overlooked by the rugged mountains of Lamington National Park. On offer is an invigorating escape from the mundane in a stunning and peaceful wilderness setting.  Romantic cottages for couples or Farm Houses for bigger family and friend groups. Set in the Scenic Rim region – an easy drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

This is truly romantic comfort on the edge of wilderness with beautiful spaces for relaxed walking, photography or bird watching. The dams are stocked, the animals friendly and the picturesque hut on the river makes an ideal lunch or swimming spot. Can your camera capture a rainbow?

Worendo Cottages offers a peaceful setting in the Lost World Valley overlooked by the rugged mountains of Lamington National Park. On offer is an invigorating escape from the mundane in a stunning and peaceful wilderness setting.  Romantic cottages for couples or Farm Houses for bigger family and friend groups. Set in the Scenic Rim region – an easy drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

This is truly romantic comfort on the edge of wilderness with beautiful spaces for relaxed walking, photography or bird watching. The dams are stocked, the animals friendly and the picturesque hut on the river makes an ideal lunch or swimming spot. Can your camera capture a rainbow?

Local produce, live music and food from the Vintage Café will be highlights at the 2018 Darlington Community Markets on September 16.

The markets will go from 9am to 2pm at Darlington State School, 2744 Kerry Road, Darlington.

Local wares will also be on offer at the market stalls and there will be free kids entertainment, local cheese and wine tastings, a petting zoo and sideshow alley.

Scenic Rim Tasting Plate, Darlington Community Markets.

Celebrate Mother’s Day for lunch with your loved ones at Binna Burra Lodge.

Come and enjoy great food and wine as you are surrounded by breathtaking views and nature’s beauty.

$49 for a delicious three course lunch in Binna Burra’s Clifftop Dining Room (vegetarian options available). All Mothers and Grandmothers enjoy a free glass of bubbles on arrival!

For more information and bookings phone 07 55 333 622 or email dining@binnaburralodge.com.au

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm are opening their farm gates for a Mother’s Day Picnic on the Farm.  Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the farm experience, boots n all, or just while away the hours in the shade of the blue gums, it’s sure to be a Mother’s Day to remember.

Grab a bucket and head off on your own animal feeding adventure, or perhaps you’d prefer to take a wander down to the river and dip your feet in the cool waters of the Albert.
Browse the grow it, make it, bake it market stalls and find the perfect gift for mum or yourself.
The whole family will love the giant lawn games.

Why not pre-order a gourmet picnic hamper or cheese platter to share with family & friends as you listen to the live music?

With a true country atmosphere and picturesque views in abundance, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is the perfect place to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

Bookings are essential at https://www.tommerupsfarmstay.com.au/mothers-day-picnic-on-the-farm.html

The Open Studios of the Scenic Rim weekends are held annually throughout May and in 2018 until the first weekend in June, allowing visitors to see artists at work in their studios. Studios are open from 10am to 4pm on the days indicated. Appointments can be made outside these times directly with the artist. Most of the work on display in the studios is for sale, and the majority of artists are able to undertake commissions. Many are available for workshops and artists’ residencies. Open Studios are situated across the Scenic Rim including Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, Mt Alford, Harrisville, Tamborine Mountain and Beaudesert.

Nathan and Jodie Overell from Worendo Cottages

Nathan and Jodie Overell from Worendo Cottages

Nathan and Jodie Overell run Worendo Cottages and the Wild Lime Cooking School in the spectacular Lost World.
The business was started by Nathan’s parents Sue and Rob and overlooks the world heritage rainforest mountains of the Lamington National Park.
The Overells offer their visitors a unique and invigorating escape from the mundane, in a stunning and peacefull wilderness settings.
The property features romantic cottages for couples and larger farm houses for families and groups.
Nathan and Jodie are overseeing a small expansion, with two new cabins and a kitchen-dining area to be complete by July 2018, which will expand the group retreat offerings available. In-house meals will also be offered to guests.
As well as the accommodation, Worendo is well-known for its Wild Lime Cooking School, situated on the property and run by local chef Kate Raymont.
The casual cooking classes use local ingredients and finish with a communal, long-table lunch.

We asked Nathan and Jodie to share their locals’ knowledge of where to eat, drink and soak in the Scenic Rim’s views.

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

The Ginga Ninja in Canungra tops our list…  their sashimi bowl is fantastic but everything is fresh and beautifully presented.  We can’t go through Canungra without stopping!  If you’re after the best in gourmet goodies then it definitely has to be The Vintage Pickle on Mt Tamborine.  They also promote a wide range of Scenic Rim products.  For a pub meal we have to say St Bernards on Mt Tamborine.  Amazing views, a lovely feel to the place and great grub!

Favourite SR coffee spot

When we are in town (Beaudesert) “Our go to is the Bean To”.   Great organic coffee, the friendliest staff and always fun to check out the eclectic decor.  Closer to home we love the Christmas Creek Cafe (and Cabins)  You can sit on the deck staring up at the Mountains of Lamington National Park and the kids (we have 3 small boys) are taken care of by the foosball and ping pong table and the toy collections inside which gives us a chance to relax and have a chat.  The coffee is great too and Katy makes a mean burger if you are hungry!

My favourite place in the Scenic Rim is …

Lamington National Park.  We live with those mountains standing above us and the urge to explore round the next corner of the Albert River is never ending fun.  Often a short walk to a swimming hole can lure you into a longer adventure!

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

It is close…  but far….  You can get lost in The Lost World for days and feel like you are far removed from city stresses and the fast pace…  but jump in a car and be soaking up Southbank Culture or a game at the Gabba in just 90 minutes.  We also love the food and tourism diversity.  With such a lush and dynamic region we are filled with pockets of small scale perfection.  Running our Wild Lime Cooking School has helped us realise the incredible variety of produce available right on our doorstep.  Nowhere else can you go for a half hour drive and pick up anything from coffee to carrots or camel milk!
Views from Worendo Cottages

Views from Worendo Cottages

My favourite Scenic Rim view is ….

From the deck of any of our Cottages.  People ask us all the time if we ever get sick of the view.  No we don’t.  It is ever changing as the weather rolls around and the seasons change and not one day goes by that something doesn’t stop me in my tracks and have me staring for a few minutes in appreciation.

Christmas on Tommerup’s Dairy Farm

Join the Tommerup family on their Lost World dairy farm for a very special pre-Christmas event.

The family will throw open the farm gate on November 25 from 3pm to 7pm, so you can meet the animals, take a farm tour and browse the boutique market stalls.

As the sun goes down relax and enjoy a gourmet picnic in the paddock, featuring a paddock platter full of local Scenic Rim produce, including the Tommerup’s pork, veal and cheese made from the farm milk.

Bookings are essential.

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is one of very few working dairy farms in Australia where farmstay guests
can help milk the cows and be part of the process from Farm to Fork.

– Rustic country cottage accommodation
– Milk the cows in the dairy herd
– Feed pigs, sheep, calves, goats and chickens
– Collect eggs
– Enjoy meat, cheese, eggs and fresh produce straight from the farm
– A Farm to Fork adventure on an authentic 6th generation working farm
– Share daily life with an Australian farming family
– Spectacular farm scenery in The Lost World

Located in the picturesque Kerry Valley, part of the Scenic Rim region Queensland Australia, Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is within 75 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Your hosts are the Tommerup family; Dave, Kay and our kids, Harry and Georgia .
We offer guests an authentic farm adventure and a place of seclusion and relaxation.