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Exploring the Scenic Rim

If you’ve had your fill of the beach and are looking for something different to do this weekend, why not head west to explore the Scenic Rim?

The Scenic Rim is an arc of spectacular mountains lying from the south of Beaudesert, around to the area south-west of Ipswich, and boasts stunning scenery, quaint country towns and plenty of activities for families.

Here’s a suggested itinerary for a day in the countryside with your Brisbane Kids.

Morning Tea at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm

the Scenic Rim

Set off in the morning from Brisbane and 65 minutes later you’ll be at the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm at Mt Alford, nestled in the Fassifern Valley. It may not be the most kid-friendly venue around, but if you can bribe your children with a babycino and some fluffy scones with jam and cream, you’ll be able to sit and enjoy a cup of lavender tea while taking in the breathtaking view of the Scenic Rim Mountains. There is also a restaurant, cellar door with wine tastings and a lavender shop. But who are we kidding? Your little ones will now be fuelled up and ready for the next part of their country adventure. Didn’t you just sit down?

Bushwalking at Mount French

Mount French bushwalk

Take a short drive back towards the town of Boonah and you’ll see a sign marking the Mount French turn off. Follow this road, past paddocks of cows and horses, and you’ll come to Mount French in the Moogerah Peaks National Park. From the car park, there are two bushwalking tracks to choose from. The North Cliff track is 720m return and is suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

View from Logan's Lookout Mt French

The track leads to Logan’s Lookout, a fenced platform offering panoramic views over the Fassifern Valley, with the Main Range escarpment to the west and Flinders Peak to the east. The Mee-bor-rum circuit is 840m and leads to the East cliff lookout with views of Tamborine, Lamington and Mount Barney. Extra care with children must be taken here as there is no viewing platform or handrails. Only a section of this walk is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. There are toilets, BBQs, picnic tables and a campground at this location also. Worked up an appetite yet?

Lunch at the Dugandan Pub

Dugandan Hotel Boonah

On the drive back from Mount French, you’ll pass the Dugandan Hotel, affectionately known as “The Dugie” by the locals. This quintessential country pub has been serving patrons for more than a century and welcomes families. On Sundays from 1pm there’s live music, and on Mondays, children eat free. Sit outside in the beer garden and your kids will be kept busy in the playground while you browse the menu. Be sure to check out the $45 Family Feed for 4 which includes two main meals and two kids’ meals plus a jug of soft drink. This deal is available for lunch and dinner daily. The pace is slower in the country, so enjoy a leisurely lunch with your family.

Want to stay more than one day?

There’s so much more to see and do in the Scenic Rim, so why not make a holiday out of it? There are numerous accommodation options including camping, cabins, farm stays and country lodges. Visit Boonah Tourism for more information, or check out our review of Mt Barney Lodge.

Explore Brisbane will give you lots of ideas for day trips within our city, as well as easily reachable destinations for day-long adventures. Why not discover The Magic of Mount Tamborine for Families in Brisbane, or visit one of our favourite beaches at Currimundi Lake and Surf Beach?

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