Is there anything more romantic than a breathtaking sunrise, decadent food and wine, bubble baths, gorgeous landscapes, romantic sunsets and starry nights? Get lost in the magic that is Queensland’s Scenic Rim this Valentine’s Day for a weekend you and your special someone won’t forget!
Following the devastating loss of the original Binna Burra Lodge in September due to bushfires, the Binna Burra team have set up camp at the Headmasters Café in Beechmont. Stop in for your morning caffeine fix and breakfast to get you ready for the weekend ahead.
It doesn’t get more romantic than sharing a meal set upon a backdrop of sweeping fields of lavender, vineyards and magnificent mountain ranges. Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm is a couples’ must-do in the Scenic Rim, with indulgent food – using fresh, local produce– and wine directly from the cellar. Their restaurant also recently received a Chef Hat Award from the Australian Good Food Guide. Don’t miss their gift shop, which is stocked with luxurious soaps and candles – the perfect treats to take home.
Fine dining high in the mountains? Yes please! Immerse yourself in the Songbirds experience and savour every mouthful. Spearheaded by Michelin Star chef Meyjitte Boughenout, this is a Valentine’s Day meal set to impress. Enjoy a four-course Valentine’s Day special degustation set to dazzle and inspire your tastebuds – how does Belgian chocolate tart with rosewater meringue and strawberry sorbet sound?
Don’t forget to fill up your #emptyesky on your trip! There is a range of local produce in the Scenic Rim that you can enjoy while you’re there, or take home with you. From local wine to taste and vineyards to explore at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Sarabah Estate and Bunjurgen Estate to cheeses and delicious dairy products from Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, Towri Sheep Cheeses and Summer Land Camels. There’s also grass-fed beef from Running Creek Beef, macadamias from Greenlee Farm and much more.
Let someone else do the work for you! Cork ‘n Fork Tours are the premier wine tour provider to Brisbane and the Gold Coast – and for good reason! Perfect for wine loving couples, the tour will take you by scenic waterfalls and unforgettable landscapes en route to all the vineyards, cellar doors and wineries Mount Tamborine has to offer. Snacks and a two-course meal are provided in between tastings. Cheers!
Up in the air
This is possibly one of the most romantic activities on offer in the Scenic Rim. Enjoy a glass of champagne with your loved one as you drift above the idyllic landscapes of the Scenic Rim in a hot air balloon. Hot Air operates out of Beaudesert and Kooralbyn hinterland and includes a full breakfast at O’Reilly’s and wine tasting at Canungra Valley Vineyards after you float above the clouds. Floating Images Hot Air Balloons promises a bird’s eye view of the Scenic Rim, Ipswich and surrounding countryside on a trip that blends city and country. If you’d prefer to cover more ground, Pterodactyl Helicopters offer a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour showcasing the region, while stopping in at local cafes, wineries, restaurants, pubs, breweries and can even drop you straight to your Scenic Rim accommodation (pending location).
Avocado Sunset sits in North Tamborine Mountain, leaving you feeling as though you are floating above the trees. The four suites feature a spa or claw foot bath, log fire, air-conditioning and guarantee gorgeous sunsets every day, best enjoyed while sipping a glass of bubbly and lounging in a robe. Despite feeling a world away, the cottages are perfectly located near the many dining spots, rainforest walks, wineries, day spas and shops if you feel like exploring the Scenic Rim region a little more.
If you’re looking for ultimate seclusion and time away from the outside world, venture into the pristine rainforest and book in at Witches Falls Cottages. These cottages were designed with pure indulgence in mind, with huge outdoor spa baths, your own secluded courtyard, and champagne and port on arrival. Enjoy breakfast hampers delivered to your room daily filled with local produce, as well as cheese platters and BBQ hampers prepared upon request so you don’t have to leave this leafy haven all weekend.
This secluded couples retreat with spectacular scenery is a nature loving couple’s dream. Tucked next to Mt Barney and Mt Maroon, Tuckeroo Cottages are surrounded by majestic mountain views by day and starry skies at night. Explore the tranquil region and take a forest walk down to the Logan River or adventure in the neighbouring National Parks, spotting local wildlife along the way. Featuring log fires, breakfast hampers, optimal sunset viewing spots and incredible stargazing. Just a short drive out and you’ll hit local wineries, olive groves, historical towns and delicious local cafes and restaurants.
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