As Queensland opens for Queenslanders, with unlimited travel allowed statewide, you can start planning your first winter weekend getaway for 2020!
If you’re looking to escape this weekend and are craving fresh country air and Scenic Rim sunsets, we’ve got some tips for you (like a wine tasting at Sarabah Estate Vineyard, pictured above). As restrictions ease, there is no better time to explore our own backyard and support some small, local businesses.
Fancy a walk?
If you feel like heading into nature, the Scenic Rim has six National Parks full of tracks and trails leading you to lookouts, waterfalls and creeks.
If you love heights, the O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk is for you. This walk takes you along nine suspension bridges, where you can experience walking (or tiptoeing) 15 metres above the forest floor. Another favourite is the walk around Moran’s Falls, with a lookout famous for its stunning view over the volcanic gorge and out to the Main Range. From half-day walks up Mt Edwards, treks to the peak of Mt Maroon, or the challenging Mt Barney climb for seasoned mountain climbers, there is something for every adventurer in the Scenic Rim.
Who knew we would miss sitting down for a drink or meal so much? The Bearded Dragon Hotel at Mount Tamborine are excited to be serving up their famed pub feeds to be enjoyed dine in or in their vast gardens. From pizzas, premium steaks and chicken parmies, but remember all COVID Safe Restrictions do apply, so bookings are essential to ensure staff and guests are meeting government regulations. Book now by calling 07 5543 6888 or clicking here .
One of the Scenic Rim’s most popular restaurants, Kooroomba Kitchen, has reopened its doors. From Friday to Sunday guests can enjoy lunch at one of three sitting times, from 11am, with a limit of ten guests. It’s the perfect chance to try their culinary delights, which are full of local produce. Again, in order to meet COVID-19 guidelines, bookings are essential. Contact them on 07 5463 0022 to book your table – reservations can only be made via this phone number.
Feeling like celebrating the ease of restrictions with a glass of wine? Sarabah Estate Vineyard has opened their cellar door and you can visit this weekend from 11am to 4pm (Fri, Sat & Sun). They invite you to visit their gorgeous winery, while tasting wines of all vintages and blends and enjoying their lunch menu. Did we mention they also have a range of farm animals including alpacas, a perfect way to entertain the kids. This winery, just outside of Canungra, is not to be missed! It’s also situated next door to Greenlee Farm & Cottages, if you do want to make a weekend of it!
Stay the night
Thinking about booking some last minute accommodation?
Wallaby Ridge Retreat is welcoming visitors back to their slice of the Scenic Rim again! Their self-contained cottages are secluded with spectacular views and sunsets to enjoy from the deck, with a glass of wine in hand. Spend your days soaking in the spa and enjoying the hinterland air. The only crowds you’ll encounter are the friendly wallaby visitors popping in to say hi, so it’s the perfect place to social distance.
Greenlee Farm & Cottages are excited to be reopening their doors this weekend after freshening up and revamping their cottages, welcoming you with open arms! Stay in one of four of the gorgeous Greenlee Cottages overlooking the flourishing macadamia orchard tucked beneath the foothills of Lamington National Park. Visit the working farm and enjoy the complimentary welcome basket full of Scenic Rim goodies to snack on while you enjoy the scenery or get toasty beside a campfire underneath the spectacular night sky. Get the kids and explore the many bushwalks and creeks that the neighbouring National Park has to offer or look for the friendly native wildlife that calls Greenlee home!
The Old Church B&B is an English style bed and breakfast situated in a lovingly restored church, originally built in 1874. Make yourself at home in The Old Church B&B in your own luxurious room, ensuite and veranda, or book the whole property for a larger group! Sit and watch the world go by surrounded by pretty gardens and neighbouring farms, just minutes from Boonah. You’re guaranteed a charming country getaway!
If you’re keen to visit the region last minute, Aratula Village has all the essentials and is perfectly as your base before you venture out to nearby Boonah, Kalbar, Moogerah Dam, Mt Alford and surrounds. Stay in your own motel room, with ensuite, or rent their self-contained cottage with comfy beds, reverse cycle air conditioning for cold nights, fully equipped kitchen, private veranda and full amenities. Aratula Village sits on 2.5 acres filled with shady trees and mountain views. This accommodation spot also has caravan and camping sites with hot water and full amenities on offer.