Quick escape: A 48 hour guide to Scenic Rim for couples
Located 80km from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and just north of the New South Wales border, a weekend getaway in the Scenic Rim for couples does exactly as it should – distances you from urban stresses and draws a connectedness to some of nature’s finest work. The name Scenic Rim is evocative in itself, coined by naturalist and tourism pioneer, Arthur Groom, it was used to describe the chain of mountains and valleys between Brisbane and Tamborine Mountain. The region is a melting pot of untouched forestation, scenic drives, community, culture and adventure, waiting to be enjoyed with a loved one.
With plenty to be uncovered, there’s no shortage of planned adventure to be had, or hop in the car and serendipitously wander from rainforest to winery and every farm gate in between over 48 hours in the Scenic Rim.
Pack your bags and hit the road
Nothing beats a weekend escape that’s a mere 1.5-hour drive from home, making a Scenic Rim couple’s getaway as easy to coordinate as it will be to get lost in adventure together. The drive from Brisbane to Scenic Rim is quite a beautiful one, especially after regenerative rains breathing life back into the fire-affected region.
Pack comfortable walking shoes, a picnic blanket and warm jacket for the cooler evenings and set your navigation for this stunning network of mountains and valleys. This local holiday destination makes the weekday clock-watch feel worlds away, turning your escape into an anything-goes adventure to delight in produce, wine, and local personalities that call the area home.
Local providores to map out before you head off
With so many local farm gates and provedores to choose from, a trip to the local grocery store will seem a wasted of opportunity. While there’s a number of grocery stores on your route through Beaudesert township, grab only essential supplies and stretch your legs before saving space for the following farm gates along the way.
Among the essential Scenic Rim to-dos, there’s plenty of pitstops and locavores to pepper throughout your journey, never leaving you short of something new to delight in or snack on during your getaway.
Scenic Rim Olives: The region produces its own pesticide-free olives. You’ll find them in brine, olive oil, tapenade and dukkah for a salty fix.
Pure Country Eggs: Fresh and genuine free-range, you can seek out these eggs at outlets in the region including Beauy Quality Meats or Greener Grocer Beaudesert.
Scenic Rim 4Real Milk: If you’re enjoying a cup of coffee in this neck of the woods, chances are it’s made with 4Real Milk, a pasteurised, non-homogenised full cream milk.
The Lime Caviar Company: The Scenic Rim happens to be home to Australia’s premier grower of native finger limes. They pick-to-order and supply local and international fine dining markets.
Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation: Arrange a tour through the plantation and see first-hand how coffee is grown, harvested and roasted, before sitting down to enjoy a cup yourself.
Explore Scenic Rim’s culinary culture
Whipping up a meal using only local produce is too enjoyable not to share while travelling with a loved one. Explore the culinary culture of Scenic Rim and book in a four-hour experience at Wild Lime Cooking School at Worendo Cottages, all the while soaking in majestic views of Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.
The large deck is transformed into an outdoor dining space and the kitchen is packed to the brim with freshly sourced Scenic Rim produce. Together you’ll enjoy an abundance of native Australian ingredients during this bush food experience, where you’ll learn to fuse wild local food with Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Keep an eye out for their dainty, caviar-looking finger limes that grow on the cottage grounds, giving the school its namesake.
This experience includes a tea or coffee on arrival, a two-hour hands-on cooking class, a three-course lunch paired with local wine, afternoon tea and recipes and menus from you day with Wild Lime.
Settle in for the evening together
There’s plenty more enrichment to be had while on the Worendo property, so settle in for an evening with your new friends exploring all the property has on offer to each of you. Check into your private cottage and rest awhile, before heading out to mingle with the friendly sheep and cattle that graze on the surrounding property.
Wander along the property’s hillside where you’ll happen upon a dam, where you can cast a line and fish for bass and silver perch. Fishing equipment is supplied, but in the name of sustainable practices Worendo do ask that you catch and release.
The perfect place to disconnect from digital and reconnect with one another, we’d recommend pulling out the picnic rug and rug up with a good book as you ground yourself in an afternoon of solitude before the sun sets on your Scenic Rim couple’s getaway.
Explore Lamington National Park
A rim of mountains dating back over 25 million years, there’s no surprise that Lamington National Park is a region of deep historic and spiritual significance for South East Queensland. Today, it’s a National Park with great views, picnic spots and walking trails. They’re some of Australia’s most accessible World Heritage-listed rainforests to be discovered and delighted by, and able to be explored by all ages and fitness levels.
Start your national park journey at the Green Mountains section, accessible via the Lamington National Park Road. You’ll find that most of the tracks begin here, near the Green Mountain Campground.
Walks range from 30 minutes to three days, but two favourites for a couples Scenic Rim getaway include the Morans Falls Track (around 1.5 hours) and the Border Track (a longer 7 hour hike). Regardless of your skill level, you’ll be sure to find a walk that suits you and your loved one. Be sure to take with you whatever you brought on the hike, we’re all responsible for leaving this historical site as picturesque as you arrived.
Immerse yourself further into nature with a Tree Top Walk through the rainforest’s canopy across nine suspended bridges. There are two observation decks you can visit, the highest reaching 30 metres above the ground.
Farm gate meets farmers’ market
If you and your loved one aren’t phased on a sleep in, wake early to catch the mist of the morning dew glisten over the paddock as you salute to the sunrise over Lamington National Park. Once you’re packed and ready for another day ahead, take a short drive to Tamborine Mountain where local growers gather in The Green Shed to deliver homegrown produce every Sunday – a true local hot spot in Scenic Rim.
A market run mostly by the mountain’s retirees with a passion for organic produce in common, sells freshly picked, seasonal, certified and non-certified organic fruits and vegetables, and is open to the public from 7am. Pick up a selection of honey, coffee, jams and preserves. With most of the produce picked the day before, there are few places on the mountain you’ll find a fresher, more health-conscious selection.
Wine down your weekend with a tasting at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards
After walking up an appetite through Lamington National Park, reward your efforts together with a picturesque picnic lunch and wine tasting at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, nestled into the humble Gold Coast Hinterland. This multi-award winning, family owned and operated vineyard has dedicated itself to boutique wine, and fostering an unforgettable connection to you and the region you’ve enjoyed together. The wine cellar is open daily from 10am – 4pm.
Its rolling hills, grazing cattle and country homes make it the ideal finish to a weekend of reconnection with earth, eats and each other. Dine overlooking 6000 grape vines, pre-order a gourmet picnic hamper, and settle in the soak the rest of your Sunday away by Canungra Creek’s babbling brook. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot a local platypus or turtle friend.