48 hours in the Scenic Rim for couples
You know your relationship is passed that cherished ‘Netflix and chill’ stage when your weekends together are a huge blur of cleaning, grocery shopping and taking your four-legged fur baby to the beach.
So, if movie nights and dinner dates have become a routine and you’re tired of the same old, same old, it’s time to shake your weekends up.
Enter the Scenic Rim – a countryside paradise just 90 minutes south of Brisbane and one hour from the Gold Coast. Complete with wineries, natural wonders, adventure, fresh produce and star-lit nights.
Ready to try something new? Here’s how you can get cozy with #bae in the Scenic Rim.
8am: Hit the highway
Pack your bag with all the essentials and don’t forget your favourite jacket because it does get chilly at night. Plus, you’ll want to be ready for anything because there’s lots to do in the Scenic Rim, including hiking and chasing waterfalls.
Driving from Brisbane, you’ll cross the Captain Cook Bridge, head along the M3 and onto the Gateway Motorway. The drive then follows Mount Lindesay Highway and passes through towns where the house-to-acreage ratio flips and farmland becomes abundant.
As the city falls further into your rearview mirror, wind down the car windows and breathe in a big gulp of the fresh country air.
All up, it’s about a 1.5-hour drive to your country escape, so pick your favourite Spotify playlist and enjoy the open road.
9am: Pick up overnight supplies
About an hour into your road trip you’ll find yourself in the quaint township of Beaudesert. Take this opportunity to stretch your legs and stock up on supplies because you’ll be self-catering tonight.
ALDI and Woolworths are directly off the highway, making it super convenient to find everything you’ll need for a romantic dinner for two.
And if you need a coffee fix, stop in at a little café called Bean to? You’ve got to check out their quirky décor.
10am: Wild Lime cooking School
The large deck is transformed into an outdoor dining space and the kitchen is neatly stocked with fresh Scenic Rim produce. You’ll also find native Australian ingredients, including the caviar-looking native finger limes that conveniently grow around the cottage.
Armed with a glass of wine from a local vineyard, you’ll create a menu of delicious meals with chef Kate at your side. You’ll also learn about the wild ingredients and discover cooking techniques that you may not use at home.
Lunch is then served on the deck, complete with more wine and good conversation.
3pm: Explore the property
If you’re still full from lunch, check into your private cottage and flop onto the comfy queen bed for an afternoon siesta.
Once you recover from your #foodcoma, lace up your boots and explore the beautiful property. You’ll meet wandering sheep and friendly cows, which will add to your country lifestyle experience.
If you stroll down the property’s hillside, you’ll find a dam where you can cast a line and fish for bass and silver perch. And the best part is, all the fishing gear is supplied. Please remember to catch and release.
With a tonne of places to sit and relax, take your favourite book and enjoy some quiet time. Think of it as a mini digital detox.
5pm: A Scenic Rim sunset
Near the property entrance is a little hill worth climbing if you’re after an amazing sunset. Get rugged up with a warm tea flask and watch the sunset with your boo.
8pm: Fire Up
While every cottage is equipped with an indoor fire place, the Treehouse Cottage also has an outdoor fire pit and readily available fire wood.
Spend quality time together by the fire roasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate while gazing at the stars. With nothing but the fire crackling to break the silence, you’ll soon realise why they call this area The Lost World Valley.
Psst! If it’s a clear night, you can even set up your camera and capture star trails.
6am: Tea at dawn
Wake up well rested and feel the freshness of a Scenic Rim morning. Make a pot of tea and watch as the sun rises over Lamington National Park and the overnight dew glistens on the grass paddocks.
9am: Brekkie at the Darlington Community Markets
A short drive from Worendo Cottages is the Darlington State School and every Sunday it transforms into the Darlington Community Markets.
Entry is just $5 and once you’re in, browse the stalls and pick up hand-made artefacts, organic foods and a bite to eat at the café.
11am: Explore Lamington National Park
Start your national park expedition 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 (if you’re up for a hardcore hiking adventure), but two really good ones are the Morans Falls Track (1.5 hours) and the Border Track (7 hours). Regardless of your skill level and available time, you’ll find a walk that best suits you.
Immerse yourself further into nature with a Tree Top Walk through the rainforest’s canopy across nine suspension bridges. There are two observation decks you can visit and the highest is 30 metres from the ground.
Need more inspiration? Check out this local’s guide.
1pm: Picnic lunch & wine tasting
With your feet back on the ground, your stomach will be rumbling so take a 50-minute drive north to Canungra Valley Vineyards to pick up your pre-arranged picnic basket with your tailored gourmet lunch.
Complete with a rug, cutlery and wine (of course), you can take your hamper and find a little spot on the property or near Canungra Creek to enjoy your romantic picnic.
You’re on a vineyard so go taste some wine!
The wine cellar is open daily from 10am – 4pm so while you’re here, make the most of the afternoon and taste your way through the collection of fine reds and whites.
If you’re staying longer and want to taste your way around the Scenic Rim, here’s how you can do it in four days!