Fire-hit re­gion rises again

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OFF the back of last month’s dev­as­tat­ing bush­fires, the Scenic Rim is ask­ing you visit for lunch, a day, a night or more.

This is your of­fi­cial call to visit the Scenic Rim, just an hour’s drive from Bris­bane or the Gold Coast.

The area is burst­ing with lo­cal flavours and vis­tas, farm stays, ad­ven­tures, glamp­ing, multi-award-win­ning wines and crafted brews.

This is the re­gion of Eat Lo­cal Week. Of car­rots and al­pacas, of stun­ning walks, sun­sets and goat’s cheese, moun­tains, Lost Worlds, his­toric pubs and warm wel­comes.

The Scenic Rim was judged the most de­li­cious re­gion in Aus­tralia at the de­li­cious Pro­duce Awards in Au­gust, and is home to some of the na­tion’s best chefs and food in­dus­try lead­ers and in­no­va­tors.

Go on, pre­pare your palates, take the trip for a hike, a cof­fee, a brew, or a few nights.

Eight foodie ex­pe­ri­ences you need to know about

1. Did you know Song­birds restau­rant is un­der new own­er­ship, with the Miche­lin-starred Meyjitte Boughenout as new ex­ec­u­tive chef?

2. Tom­merup’s Dairy Farm hand­crafted cul­tured salted but­ter (yum!) is fi­nally avail­able at the Big Pump­kin Beaudesert. It’s also avail­able at the on-farm larder, by ap­point­ment, at the sixth-gen­er­a­tion dairy farm. Bris­bane’s LICK Ice Cream is now mak­ing lo­cal flavours for the farm.

3. The Pol­ish Place Tam­borine Mountain is back after it was de­stroyed two-and-ahalf years ago. It’s a well-loved in­sti­tu­tion fea­tur­ing owner

Ania Sowter’s Pol­ish fam­ily recipes (there’s also gor­geous chalet-style ac­com­mo­da­tion). Some back­ground at www.visit sceni­­ish­place-re­turns.

4. Dis­cover where your cof­fee comes from at Tam­borine Mountain Cof­fee Plan­ta­tion. It’s a work­ing plan­ta­tion and roast­ery with a cafe on-site. Do a plan­ta­tion tour and get to taste the de­li­cious, lo­cal cof­fee. For­merly Green Lane Cof­fee Plan­ta­tion, it now has a bar and is a beau­ti­ful out­doors space for Sun­day ses­sions.

5. The Over­flow Es­tate 1895 lets you drink lo­cal award-win­ning wine cul­ti­vated be­side the pic­turesque Lake Wyara­long in the heart of the Scenic Rim. Visit the cel­lar door and vine­yard for a lunch and wine over­look­ing the lake. There’s also Witches Falls Win­ery, O’Reilly’s Ca­nun­gra Val­ley Vine­yard and Bun­jur­gen Es­tate Vine­yard

6. At Scenic Rim Brew­ery, drink Mike’s unique brews and dine on Wendy’s Dutch-in­spired dishes, in­clud­ing her amaz­ing tarted-up ver­sion of the Chiko roll. This brew­ery is tucked away in Mt Al­ford but be sure to book – it’s pop­u­lar!

7. Break up your Scenic Rim road trip with a brekky or lunch stop in the mid­dle of Beaudesert at VK Every­days. Re­lax in the court­yard and en­joy fresh and lo­cal good­ies

8. Food and wine in gen­eral. Find an abun­dance of op­tions to get your lo­cal foodie fix atwww.e at lo­cal scenic rim­cred­ited-lo­ca­vores, showcasing pro­duc­ers; farm gates; re­tail; cafes, restau­rants and pubs; brew­ers, dis­tillers and wine­mak­ers; ac­com­mo­da­tion; ex­pe­ri­ences; and spe­cialty food mak­ers and ar­ti­sans.

RU­RAL BOUNTY: En­joy a farm stay in the pic­turesque Scenic Rim.

Find thrills at Tam­borine Mountain.

In­dulge in lo­cal pro­duce such as car­rot beer.

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