FROM delicious delicacies, to a dose of adrenaline to get the blood pumping - Queensland's Scenic Rim has something to tickle any traveller's fancy this year.
Lonely Planet has named he picturesque region as one of the top 10 hottest destinations to visit in 2022. With just a quick glance at the region's stacked events calendar, it's not difficult to see why.
Here's a rundown of what the Rim has to offer holidaymakers this year:
The Long Sunset Festival (February 12)
Australia's newest boutique regional music event, this exciting new music festival will be held in the beautiful surrounds of Elysian Fields, Canungra - home of the Wangerriburra people. The Long Sunset will welcome some of Australia's top acts including Angus and Julia Stone, who are appearing together in Queensland for the first time in almost three years. Other performers will include Ball Park Music, Babe Rainbow, and Hatchie. The festival will also be a must for those who like delicious gourmet food and art fare. For more information click HERE
EmpowHER Hiking Program (February to June)
This unique program offers over 60 guided hikes for women and girls who are keen to explore the Scenic Rim's spectacular natural surrounds. Walks are available for all fitness levels - ranging from short walks, to day long adventures and are just $15 per booking. The program aims to build confidence and fitness and encourage participation in hiking. For more information click HERE
Scenic Rim Farm Gate Trails (March 6 & May 2)
Want to fill your empty esky in the Scenic Rim and support local farmers, growers, producers and artisans? These trails will offer a chance to learn where your food comes from, meet the farmers and support them by shopping local. Participating farms, maps and itineraries will be released soon. Stay tuned.
Kalbar Sunflower Festival (March 25-27)
Highlights of this festival will include sunrise yoga in the sunflowers, strolls through the sunflower fields, children's sunflower art classes, sunflower cooking classes and a spectacular Sunset Dinner amongst the sunflowers. A celebration of happiness, this one of a kind event came about as a result of drought. Farmers Russell and Jenny Jenner switched from lucerne to sunflowers in 2021 due to the scarcity of water. With 200,000 spectacular sunflowers in bloom, they decided to share the joy. The full program will be released in mid-February. For more information click HERE
Escape in the Scenic Rim (April 29-May 29)
This brand new nature, eco and adventure festival, will take place in some of the most spectacular areas of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests. The event will feature walks, talks and wild adventures from the tip of Tamborine Mountain to the areas around Aratula. For more information click HERE
Clydesdale Spectacular (June 11 & 12)
Held at the Boonah Showground, the Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular is the richest Clydesdale Show in the Southern Hemisphere. The highly popular event offers guests a chance to see grand champions judged, while also learning about the Scottish heritage of the breed, its history in Australia and the Scenic Rim. Other highlights include harness making and, whip plaiting demonstrations, a chance to watch Queensland's Whip Cracking Champions, working dog displays, bush poetry, wood chopping and more. For more information click HERE
Evergreen Festival (July 8-10)
Held on Tamborine Mountain, this mid-winter festival celebrates local flavours, fine craftsmanship and fresh produce. Visitors will find the tree-lined precinct beautifully lit and adorned with festooned market stalls featuring everything from edible treats to handmade ornaments and mulled wine. For more information, click HERE
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week (June 25-July 3)
One of Australia's most authentic celebrations of local produce, the 11th Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will offer a smorgasbord of long lunches, flavour-filled dinners, farm gates, culinary celebrations, masterclasses, workshops and more. The week-long celebration includes the Winter Harvest Festival on July 2. There will be a line-up of delicious entrée events throughout June to help whet the appetites of foodies.
The Lost World Trail Festival (May 29)
A small pocket of the Scenic Rim, located at the foothills of the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park, has become a sought after destination for trail runners. On May 29, it will host the inaugural Lost World Trail Festival! The views are bound to stop even the most experience runners in their tracks. There will be options suitable for runners of all experience levels - from seasoned, to beginners. For more information click HERE
Located just an hour from Brisbane and 30 minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim stretches from Canungra to The Lost World, Beaudesert to Boonah, Tamborine Mountain to Kalbar. The region is home to the Gondwana Rainforests, six historic national parks, charming towns and villages, adventure parks, farm stays, craft breweries, boutique wineries, ecolodges, tantalising gourmet experiences, world class camping and glamping and breathtaking open spaces in between.
For more information on what you can see and do in the region click HERE