4 DAYS DISCOVERING QUEENSLAND’S SCENIC RIM
Journey through ancient volcanic land and the traditional country of the Yugambeh people on this 4 day trip that will enrich the soul and provide multiple photo opportunities.
Queensland's Scenic Rim is home to a World Heritage-listed rainforest and six national parks in an area over more than 4,000 square kilometres that offer a selection of small villages, rural getaways and paddock-to-plate producers. Away from the glitz and glamour of the bustling and noisy city that is Brisbane and the popular coastal beaches, you can escape the pressures of daily life and breathe in the fresh Queensland countryside air.
Join us, as we discover the beauty that awaits in Queensland's Scenic Rim
DAY 1: BRISBANE TO BOONAH VIA BEAUDESERT AND HARRISVILLE
Summer Land Camels, Harrisville, Queensland © Summer Land Camels
TRAVEL TIME - 1.5 Hours
Departing from Brisbane set out into the hinterland to the regional centre of Beaudesert, where you’ll not only enjoy the wonderful scenery on offer but also find a good selection of cafés to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst as you begin your journey.
From here, continue along Scenic Rim Way around picturesque Wyaralong Dam, stopping for lunch and tastings at The Overflow Estate 1895 – a premium winery specialising in Mediterranean grape varieties such as Vermentino, Fiano and Montepulciano.
Your route then turns north towards Harrisville, where you’ll find Australia’s largest camel farm, Summer Land. Here, you can get up close and selfie-personal with some of the 550 beauties, which are mostly wild rescues from Central Australia. Have fun touring the farm, ride a camel and learn the health benefits of camel milk dairy products and the skin wellness range. Be sure to try their camel feta cheese, gelato or a camelcino, yes, you read it right!
End the day at nearby Paradine Estate Winery for a friendly wine tasting and gourmet pizza. Alternatively, for a good country meal, head to the historic Royal Hotel Harrisville or, 20 minutes south, The Dugandan Hotel in the lovely little town of Boonah.
Where to Stay: Book a room at The Bunyip Retreat on the side of Mt French. It offers eco-friendly lodges and an exciting range of activities, including vintage aircraft joy flights, gliding lessons and hot-air balloon rides, and is within a 10-minute drive of Boonah.
DAY 2: BOONAH TO MT BARNEY VIA MT ALFORD AND RATHDOWNEY
Scenic Rim Brewery, Mt Alford, Queensland © Scenic Rim Brewery
TRAVEL TIME - 1.5 Hours
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day in Boonah at The Story Tree (it’s a bookshop and a café) or Flavours Cafe for an authentic country vibe. On your way south out of Boonah be sure to drop in at Bunjurgen Estate Winery and stock up for the night ahead with its awarded shiraz, delicate rosé and memorable fortified wines.
In Mt Alford, you’ll be warmly welcomed at the boutique Scenic Rim Brewery, and while it may not be a good idea to hit the hops so early in the day, your partners could try some crafty brews with names like Digga’s Pale Ale and Fat Man Maroon Ale. Next, head five minutes out of town to Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm for dreamy lavender field views and an early lunch (or save yourself for the next stop).
The second last stop on your route today is Rathdowney and its famous pub affectionately known as Rathy’s. If your accommodation at Mt Barney is self-catered, stock up on food and drinks at a local store while you’re here. Aim to arrive at Mt Barney with plenty of time for a healthy walk to admire the magnificent mountain scenery, watch for wildlife and birds, and enjoy the drama of the scenic rim sunset.
Stay: You’ll find romantic cottages, family cabins and stunning views of Mt Barney at Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages. Package deals with meals are available, and you can taste and buy wines from the estate’s onsite cellar door; petit verdot and a tasty GSM are the star performers here. Self-catering Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat is a fun-filled stay for families and those after more active pursuits.
DAY 3: MT BARNEY TO THE LOST WORLD VALLEY
Mt Barney, Scenic Rim, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland
TRAVEL TIME - 1 HOUR
Today takes you back through Rathdowney on a journey of discovery to the Lost World Valley, via Tamrookum, Christmas Creek Road, Widgee Creek Road and Darlington Connection Road. Take it easy on these narrow back-country roads and be careful with single-lane bridges. Watch out for wallabies, who don’t have the best road manners.
Get ready for the ultimate Arcadian dream in the Lost World Valley, with the natural beauty of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, towering cliffs and rainforest at your doorstep. This hidden valley of forests, pastures, wild rivers and rock pools offers bushwalking trails, scenic vistas, historical sites and a lunch spot at Christmas Creek Café & Cabins. Further activities open up to guests overnighting in one if its retreats, cottages and farm stays, including a cooking class at Worendo Cottages.
And if you are craving more nature, you can always embark on a multi-day Scenic Rim Trail hike with Spicers Retreats.
Stay: Worendo Cottages, located in the rural locality of Darlington within the Lost World Valley, caters to families and couples. Enjoy its popular monthly cooking class at its Wild Lime Cooking School, using the best produce of the Scenic Rim (make sure you book this experience well in advance).
DAY 4: LOST WORLD VALLEY TO TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN
Curtis Falls, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland
Travel Time - 1 Hour
Having just found the Lost World, you’ll be sad to leave so soon. Your route passes through Kerry to Beaudesert and Canungra, where there are excellent cafés and also the popular Canungra Hotel for lunch. Alternatively, stop at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards just outside of town and enjoy a picnic basket on its grounds.
Next, a steep incline takes you up to Tamborine Mountain, where you can explore the many cafés (including Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation), restaurants (including St Bernards Hotel), gift shops and wineries (including Hampton Estate Wines, Witches Falls Winery and Mason Wines). Or pop into the cheese factory and liqueur distillery to round out a perfect four days on the road.