Your ultimate Scenic Rim family road trip

20 Dec 2023
6 mins read
Feeding the camels at Summer Land Camels within the Scenic Rim

Did somebody say ROAD TRIP? There's something for the whole family on a fun day out in the Scenic Rim.

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

Here's 12 great ideas for your ultimate Scenic Rim FAMILY ROAD TRIP:

  1. Get an adrenaline hit at Thunderbird Park
    Make a day of it at Thunderbird Park! Put your kids in the digger’s seat of amazing CAT mini-excavators at DIG IT, take a swing with Mini Golf, fossick for hidden treasures at Thunderegg Crystal Mine or encourage your child’s sense of adventure at the TreeTop Challenge as they explore the Adventure Park or the Juniors Park (for 3 to 7 year old children). (Note: the Canyon Flyer Zipline is not currently operating due to the storms over Christmas and the new year).
  2. Get on your bike!
    Book a mountain bike workshop at the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Park. Or if motocross is more your thing, book in at Queensland Moto Park! 
  3. Connect with local food at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm
    Get to know your local farmer at  Tommerup’s Dairy Farm’s special Farm Open Days and enjoy everything that’s special about their working farm. Here you’ll find fresh produce at The Farm Larder along with their famous Jersey Girl ice creams, friendly farm animals to meet and feed, and have exciting adventures exploring the farm and the river, but most of all, you’ll find country hospitality and a genuine, friendly welcome to their 6th generation family farm. Open days are advertised through their newsletters and social media. 
  4. 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, Ecotourism Certified cave at Cedar Creek Estate. It’s an incredible conservation initiative, and an affordable experience for the whole family. Book your tickets here. 
  5. 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! Book your spot here. 
  6. Make cheese at Towri Sheep Cheeses
    Develop a delicious new skill at a Towri cheese-making workshop. Become the envy of your friends and take your own hand-made sheep cheese home at the end of the day, along with recipes to practice your new-found skills. Arrange your workshop here. Prefer to visit the farm to meet Towri’s friendly sheep? Towri Sheep Cheeses is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, with sheep milking demonstrations and talks at 10am and 1pm. Book your Open Day visit here. 
  7. 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! 
  8. Scenic Rim Brewery & Café
    With a range of scrumptious meals and ice-creams for the kids, and beers named Shazza, Digga and PharQue brewed the old fashioned way, you know the Scenic Rim Brewery and Café in Mt Alford is no ordinary brewery! Here the Webster family lovingly creates meals and beers that celebrate the places and people they love, all showing their deep commitment to local flavours and produce. Visit their gorgeous heritage-listed building for a meal or snack on their covered back deck and celebrate their wonderful Scenic Rim country hospitality.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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. 
  11. Have fun with the alpacas 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. Taste the wines, book a picnic basket or order from the cafe menu. Feeling fancy? Book one of the new Creekside Long Tables for something special. And, no visit is complete without an up-close encounter with the friendly alpacas at Mountview Alpaca Farm, located on the property, where you can feed the alpacas or even take one for a walk. 
  12. Give the kids an adventure to remember at Mt Barney Lodge
    Drive to the most impressive mountain in Queensland, and while you relax by the creek, the kids can go on an eco-adventure with the experienced Outdoor Leaders at Mt Barney Lodge. Plan your day around what is on offer from their calendar. Bookings essential.
  13. Take a walk to a waterfall in Lamington National Park
    The tracks from Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s (Green Section), are open and clear and the waterfalls are at FULL flow after recent Summer rainfalls. Take care when walking near creeks, stick to the track at all times, and always check for Park Alerts before heading out. Note: all walking tracks and waterfalls in Tamborine National Park on Tamborine Mountain are currently closed due to the storms at Christmas and new year. Please respect all park closure signs and information while the national parks team goes about the huge job of assessing the safety of the park and cleaning up after the storms.

Planning a visit to Tamborine Mountain and surrounds?
Tamborine Mountain faced some wild weather and rain at Christmas and the new year . A big cleanup is underway and some of the mountain’s iconic visitor attractions have already reopened and would love to see you. Click here for up-to-date travel advice and ideas for supporting our Tamborine Mountain locals and businesses at this time.