After recently being named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 travel destinations for 2022, all eyes are on the Scenic Rim as we prepare for the upcoming summer holidays. Barely over an hour from Brisbane City, and even closer to the Gold Coast, this rich and fertile landscape is home to countless wineries, tranquil walking trails and foodie hot spots, making it the perfect place to cool off as the weather starts to warm up over Chrissy. The only question left is: where to stay?
Get those tabs open—it’s time to do some serious bookmarking. These are our top picks for the best Scenic Rim accommodation.
Nestled on a working olive grove in the foothills of Mount Tamborine, The Granary is our go-to Scenic Rim accommodation for the distinguished traveller. Premium French linens and plenty of natural light set the scene, drawing guests in for a taste of the luxe life. Out back, explore the bounds of the olive grove, being sure to say hello to the local highland cattle, sheep and chickens. We recommend donning the set of courtesy gumboots and traipsing down to the dam for an outdoor picnic by the waterfront.
Ketchup's Bank Glamping
Topping our list is a luxe little number set amongst the bush of Cannon Creek. Ketchup's Bank Glamping is a glamorous retreat featuring just two eco tents complete with ensuite bathrooms, pillow top beds and, on request, delicious food hampers just waiting to be cooked up in your own camp kitchen. Better still, the glampsite is just 15 minutes from the Scenic Rim National Park, meaning there’s plenty to see and do without straying too far from home base.
Any Bridgerton fans in the house? Canungra Cottages promises a trip back to simpler times, where promenades in the flower gardens led to late-night scandals revealed by none other than Lady Whistledown herself. A stay at the bed and breakfast will see guests take a dip in a claw foot bathtub, indulge in a daily continental spread, and sip afternoon tea out in the gardens. Book for two and enjoy a romantic trip you won’t soon forget.
A sprawling estate nestled amongst the rolling hills of Beechmont, this adults-only accommodation is the stuff of fairytales. Wake up to the slow and gentle sunrise bathing the countryside in a warm yellow glow, before enjoying an à la carte breakfast featuring only the freshest local produce. From there, treat yourself to a walk amongst the grounds, or tackle a local hike and be rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges. As if it wasn’t clear already, let us lay it out for you—Hazelwood Estate is an absolute must-stay.
Pethers Rainforest Retreat
Trade in a night at O'Reilly’s for a picturesque stay amongst the treetops at Pethers Rainforest Retreat. With floor to ceiling windows offering unobstructed views of the surrounding rainforest and its nightlife, the Scenic Rim accomodation promises an immersive vacay that will leave your worries at the door. After all, it’s hard to focus on deadlines and emails when you wake up to the sound of birdsong, and wind down with a warm bath filled with bubbles and rose petals.
Witches Falls Cottages
A cosy set of cottages tucked behind native trees and flower gardens, Witches Falls Cottages is the perfect base for exploring everything Mount Tamborine has to offer. Start your day snacking on a seasonal breakfast hamper delivered to your door every morning, before embarking on a 15-minute walk down to the local shops. From there, pick up some fresh local produce, and scope out Witches Falls Winery—the cab sav is to die for. Once you’ve sampled everything at the Cellar Door, head back to the cottages to unwind with a bath, complete with a crystal clear glass roof so you can watch the stars twinkling up above. Sounds like paradise? We thought so, too.
Get a taste of station living with this exclusive boutique residence in the heart of Canungra’s bushland. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Gully Station is an inviting introduction to the countryside, with regular visits from the local wildlife to add to the appeal. Enjoy a cold one on the back verandah as you take in the scenery, set alight by the late afternoon sun. In terms of interiors, expect modern decor and thoughtful touches that give off a rustic feel without compromising on luxury.
If you prefer your vacays with a healthy dollop of charm and character, book yourself a stay at Mount Tamborine’s Enchanted Cottage. The residence is straight out of an English romance novel, featuring handmade windows, elaborate stonework and intricate etchings that will whisk you away to the days of yore. From the cottage, it’s only a short drive to the local cheese factory, the famous Gallery Walk, plus the countless natural attractions Mount Tamborine is known for. See how many you can tick off on your trip.
The Overflow Estate 1985
Got a bit of cash to splash? Look no further than The Overflow Estate 1985, whose WanderPods are now open and ready for business. These luxe eco-friendly cabins offer picturesque views of the Wyaralong waterfront, and are just minutes away from the estate’s Cellar Door, making them an ideal base for exploring everything the winery has to offer. We’re talking floor-to-ceiling windows, luxurious bedding, and a complimentary bottle of wine to get you started on the perfect weekend away. Sounds like our dream vacay...
Always wanted to fall asleep under the stars, but don’t want to trade in the comfort of your bed? Feast your eyes on Stargazer, a stunning property hidden amongst the hills of Beechmont that promises a chance to get back to nature without sacrificing those creature comforts. The house’s glass ceilings make stargazing a breeze, and set the property aglow every morning at sunrise. Of course, the highlight has to be the bathroom, thanks to doors that open out to lush green fields and an endless sky of twinkling stars.
Cedar Creek Lodge Glamping Tents
Rounding out our list are the Cedar Creek Lodge glamping tents, aka the ultimate hack for going camping without putting in the hard yards. Roll on up to a luxe lotus-shaped tent fitted with a king-sized bed, outdoor fire pit and even a TV (because who wants to go fully off grid?). Topping it all off is an open outdoor shower, so you can enjoy scrubbing up with unbeatable views of the night sky above. Trust us—one night in these tents, and you’ll never be the same.
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