Tony and Kim Outdoor Adventures acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we live and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and Elders from other communities we may visit and walk beside. (Tony) as a Bidjari Descendant, recognise their connection to Country and their role in caring for and maintaining Country over thousands of years. May their strength and wisdom be with us today..

Day Trip To Scenic Rim Queensland Australia


Day Trip To Scenic Rim - Kalbar, Boonah, Canungra, Mount Tamborine - Queensland 


The Scenic Rim is just an hour from Brisbane, but can feel like you’re a world away. Framed by the mountains and valleys between Brisbane and Tamborine Mountain, this picturesque region lives up to its name. It’s a place to celebrate local produce, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unplug from the everyday. As the winter weather settles in, it’s the perfect excuse to take a scenic drive to the country for the day and explore the roads less traveled. From 4WD adventures and fishing expeditions to bushwalking and bird watching in the pristine national parks, the Scenic Rim offers something special for every explorer.




Our first stop was the town of Kalbar, which straddles Edward Street and is dominated by the historic and beautiful Wiss Emporium and Wiss Cottage. Both buildings, and the nearby Wiss House which is run as a B&B, were built by the entrepreneurial Wiss Brothers, who were keen traders of produce and farm goods. The Royal Hotel Kalbar has been renovated and is a popular hub for meals and cool drinks. Kalbar’s main business area has enjoyed resurgence, with cafés, a butcher and grocery store, community bank, Elegance & Grace gifts and homewares store, post office and gift shop, specialty crafts store. 







We stopped at Lovett at Kalbar on the corner of George Street and Edward Street, which services up an abundance of fresh salads, baked muffins and biscuits and Arthur Clive’s pies. It’s one of the best little local cafes in the Scenic Rim. The girls who work there are always so friendly and welcoming and you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.






We then took a short drove onto the town of Boonah. Boonah is located 86 km south-west of Brisbane and 100m above sea-level.  We stopped at an excellent lookout which can be accessed from the roundabout at the entrance to the town. Just take Mount Carmel Road which becomes Athol Terrace and on the Terrace is Bicentennial Place with excellent views across the town. From the lookout we headed to the Boonah Country Markets, held at Springleigh Park. 






The Markets offers a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetables, wonderful locally produced cheeses, plants, herbs, flowers, coffee, arts and crafts, collectibles, garden ornaments, clothing, a myriad of home made things and delicious temptations of all kinds. Be sure to check out some of the other great markets within the region.






From the markets we headed to Boonah’s High St, which is the main shopping area that boasts some of the most charming country cafes and gift shops around. Kim eyed off her first store, Duck Junction, which sell a wonderful range of fashion, homewares and jellewery. The store smells amazing thanks to diffusers and candles galore with heavenly scents like Lemon Grass & Coconut, Kakadu Plum and Coco Citrus. Duck Junction is a beautiful shop with exquisite gifts, the ladies so friendly and provide true country hospitality. Kim picked up 3 pair of colorful Aussie Natives socks.


Situated in the top end of High street The Vault Clothes Wear has been selling western wear, accessories, hats, dresses, tees shoes and much more for many years. They stock a range of unique Australian labels as well as Orientique, Thomas Cook, Threadz, Adorne, Havaianas, Rugged Hide & Cadelle Leather to name a few. Kim stumbled across some Lorna Jane discounted clothing.



Shari (pup) and myself, stuck outside read up on some history of Boonah. The Blumbergville Clock, which was created by artist Christopher Trotter and made from recovered and donated farm equipment, is a distinctive timepiece which was installed in the Boonah town centre in 2014. "This sculptural time piece features pieces of equipment sourced from the district that have been re-imagined.  The interaction of objects with nature, man and time are of particular interest to the artist who also believes that the element of recycling in his work helps promote the concept of creative solutions to future generations. The clock was made as a monument to Boonah's recovery from the floods of 2011 and 2013. Christopher Trotter was helped in the unique construction by a local clockmaker.






Before we headed off Kim spotted her favorite caramel tarts in Rockalicious, which is a hidden little gem that you will be glad you found. Freshly baked scones, sponge cakes, vanilla slice alongside Colombian coffee and waffles. The Picnic Parlour in the store offers beautiful and unique picnic settings for you and your loved ones to relax and enjoy a laugh or two.



We departed Boonah and stopped next into Canungra before Mt Tamorine. Canungra is a vibrant country village nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Originally a timbermill town, Canungra is now known as the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park.  It is well known for its natural beauty and friendly country hospitality. You can spend a whole lazy day in Canungra, and browse the eclectic mix of shops.






First stop was the Country Escape where the clothing and accessories have an easygoing, timeless, trans-seasonal feel with the likes of  Humidity, Oliveetjulie, Namaste, Brave & True, The Shanty Corporation, LJC Designs, Stitch & Hide, Rare Rabbit, Pink Woods and Emma Bridgewater just to name a few. They have a selection of gorgeous homewares and gifts which are little different and unique things that are always changing. Also inside is Lydia’s Garden, which is a boutique florist. Kim walked out this a new bag and top, she said she needed them both.







A little further up the road Kim dropped into The Shoe Vault, which is a boutique store offering high quality shoes, Kompernero handbags and Adorne jewellery in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Located behind the Shoe Vault in Canungra, the market features several stalls offering homewares, boutique clothing and gifts, handcrafted soaps, gorgeous potted plants and outdoor furniture, retro and vintage wares and superb Byron Bay coffee.







On the move again we reached the Gallery Walk Mt Tamborine.  Tamborine Mountain Gallery Walk is an abundance of shops across the heart of the Mountain offer everything from locally-made gifts, clothing, weekend markets, fabulous antiques and even the quirky, there is no shortage of opportunities for the passionate shopper. Boasting over 70 specialty shops in one block! There is an array of shops selling everything from fashion, jewellery, cottage industry arts and crafts, produce, cellar door outlets, chocolate, fudge, food outlets and cafes. Too many to mention.







Kim picked up some earrings from Dandelions 3. The store supplies Scenic Rim handmade products, sourcing 70% locally made skincare, wellbeing products such as handmade soaps, oils, handmade products with a unique style, eco friendly homewares, handmade pottery, handmade jewellery, children’s clothing with a vintage rustic feel and look. Sustainable local products showcasing the best in the Scenic Rim area has to offer and the state of Queensland and Australian products. All products are natural and free from chemicals.









Long Rd Collective is another store she walked out with book by Dr Libby’s ‘Women’s Wellness Wisdom’. The unique store sells Home & Gift Wares, Singing Bowls, Handmade Jewellery and Bags and Baskets from Madagascar & Ghana



Cholmondeley Burnett Darvall in 1906 was a Solicitor, took up his residence at Boonah, where he practiced in partnership with Mr. W. R. Bowman. He is a great-grandson of Major Darvall, who came to Australia in the 1830’s, and settled at Rydedale, near Ryde, New South Wales, where he owned large tracts of country on the Parramatta River, and was engaged extensively in fruit cultivation, primarily oranges. Major Darvall, who lived to a great age, was the father of a large family of sons and Cholmondely is Kim’s father-in-law of great-aunt, Enid Dorothy Eglinton.

. The name Darvall is still prominent in the Boonah Shire.


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