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Canungra

It's been the lyrics in a song, an old sawmill, home to a military base and now charming Canungra is coming into its own as a haven for talented artists and craft workers. Just 40 minutes from the Gold Coast, drive over rolling green hills to this lovely country town whose 1880s timber industry heritage remains evident among historic buildings such as St Luke's Church and the Lahey Tramway Tunnel through which visitors can wander.

Canungra was immortalised in Australian band Redgum's song He was only 19 depicting the Vietnam War, and nearby Kokoda Barracks are still in operation. Canungra Creek gurgles like a contented baby through the town's centre, and is the perfect place for a pretty picnic or some platypus spotting. Potter through local galleries, sip a cuppa at a local café, quaff your way around nearby wineries and make sure you don't miss the historic Canungra Hotel for a beer or two.

There's also numerous accommodation options, such as beautiful bed and breakfasts, dotted around these parts, where you can hang-glide, para-glide or hop on horse back and enjoy the clippety clop that gives Canungra such character and charm.

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Queensland
Australia

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A boutique cooking school, set on two acres of landscaped gardens on the Western Escarpment overlooking the Albert Valley on Mt Tamborine. Just 40 minutes drive from the Gold Coast, there is a daily lunch cooking class featuring the freshest seasonal, regional produce with matching wines. Tamborine Cooking School follows the Slow Food principals and most of the food is organic. Guests can choose from classic French, Middle Eastern, Asian and Modern Australian classes.

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Multiple Locations
From AU$2325.00 - 3395.00
Auswalk is the pioneer of walking holidays in Australia. On their tours you will walk through national parks, progressing from one accommodation to the next. Your luggage is moved ahead while you walk. You can choose to go with a guide or try a fully supported "self-guided" walking holiday. You walk without a guide, following the comprehensive Walk Notes supplied and yes, they move your luggage. Auswalk take care of everything so that you are free from the grind of organisation, leaving you to devote all your time and energies to thoroughly enjoying every aspect of the walking holiday. There's something for all levels of fitness. You will return home relaxed and revitalised in body, mind and spirit. Of course your safety is of upmost importance. They have tours where you can choose your own the departure date, have own vehicle and guide and have a flexible itinerary. Where else can you stand on top of a mountain and look over hundreds of kilometres of wilderness on a walking holiday tour, or have a pristine beach to yourself? At Auswalk they know that the only way to truly experience a country is on foot.
From AU$1975.00 - 5750.00
From the mountains and rainforests of the Scenic Rim to the beauty of Tasmania, interNATIONAL PARKtours (IPT) takes you on small group walking tours to national parks and natural regions around Australia. Discover the country on easy to medium grade walks. Travel between destinations by private coach. Relax and unwind at the end of the day in comfortable accommodation. Most meals are included with the focus on local cuisine and regional produce. IPT guides are experienced and have your comfort and energy levels in mind. Australian walking holidays range from three to four day short breaks, one week hiking tours or extended walking tours of two to three weeks which travel to more remote areas. IPT also organise special interest tours including birding, wildlife, food/wine and art-based adventures. interNATIONAL PARKtours have been operating walking focused tours in Australia and around the world since 1975. The company is family-owned and the office is located in Australia's Gold Coast hinterland (near Lamington National Park).

OReillys Canungra Valley Vineyards

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Situated on the banks of the Canungra Creek in the Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is a boutique vineyard dedicated to the enjoyment of fine food and wine. Enjoy a glass of award-winning wine, a delicious meal or High Tea on the verandah of the historic Queenslander homestead or picnic by the creek under the shade of the Silky Oaks. Owned and operated by the O'Reilly family, the property features a grand ballroom, intimate dining rooms, sweeping verandahs and a cedar cellar door bar. O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards produce three wine ranges: Picnic, Platypus Play and O'Reilly's Generations Reserve Series. They have named their premium range after members of the O'Reilly family, which as pioneers of O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in nearby Lamington National Park, are an icon in the area. Open seven days a week, guests are free to explore the property and creek, which is home to a family of platypus. The vineyard provides the perfect venue for casual picnic basket, social group outing, off-site function venue or a unique wedding venue.

Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery is one of the Gold Coast Hinterlands most charming wineries. Bring your camera and take in the wonderful scenery, as well as enjoying the taste of some of Queensland's finest wines. The vineyard consists of two varieties including Chambourcin and Verdelho, and even though the vines are relatively young, their Chambourcin in particular, is producing a fabulous Rose. Their other varieties of wines and grapes are sourced from some of Queensland's top vineyards, which provides the winemaker with a wonderful resource when developing their wines. The winery also has a restaurant which adjoins the Gazebo and Deck overlooking Wild Duck Lake. The Lake is a 15 mega-litre sanctuary for the native wildlife in the area. The reaches of Cedar Creek, which flows through the property, are also home to a number of platypus. The property is quickly developing into a popular tourist attraction with the addition of the Prime Ministers Way, which is a short stroll through rainforest which leads to the Glow-worm Caves. The caves consist of two main cave structures linked by a tunnel with one cave dubbed the Cathedral Cave.

Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim

Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Area
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From AU$250.00 - 250.00
Enjoy a day or a weekend with Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim flying over the Gold Coast hinterland with a delicious champagne breakfast at O' Reilly's Vineyard Grand Homestead and free wine tasting, daily from Canungra, Beaudesert and Tamborine Mountain. Start your day, watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the spectacular Scenic Rim; see it all from a new perspective, 360 degree views of Mount Tamborine and Lamington National Park and to the east see the shimmering tall towers of Gold Coast city, impressive spires against the sparkling blue of the Pacific Ocean. Balloon pack up games then afterwards, enjoy a delicious hot breakfast in the gracious ambience of Canungra Valley Vineyard's historic Grand Homestead with its high ceilings and wide relaxing verandas, with a full selection of hot and cold breakfast choices with a glass of crisp, cold sparkling wine. Stroll the gardens or wander the Vineyard and enjoy a visit and free wine tasting at the Canungra Valley Vineyard Cellar Door.

Create-A-Tour

Multiple Locations
From AU$65.00 - 220.00
Create-A-Tour offer unique and personalised Day Tours of beautiful Brisbane, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Hinterlands and the Scenic Rim. Private Half and Full Day Tours are designed for up to 4 people and cater for individuals special interests. Wildlife tours including fully guided bushwalks and bird watching throughout the region are a speciality. Each tour is designed specifically for the individual or group and there are no minimum numbers. Suggested tour itineraries could include major attractions like Australia Zoo or Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or Underwater World, iconic landmarks, wineries, shopping outlets and markets, golden beaches, retro and vintage fashions - or just walking through Ancient Gondwana Rainforests of the Hinterlands. Tours include pick up and return to Brisbane city hotel, airport or cruise ship, morning and/or afternoon tea, snacks, experienced guide, and National Park fees. Some equipment is also available for day use such as binoculars or Day packs if required. Create-A-Tour offers unique private tours so you only see what you want to see at a relaxed pace and in a comfortable easy access vehicle. No scrambling on and off buses or trying to keep to others time schedules.

The Veresdale Hotel

Logan City Area
One of the older, family friendly hotels in Queensland, the Veresdale, or the 'V' Hotel as it is now affectionately known, was sold privately in November, 2010. Since that time it has been tastefully renovated in keeping with the best attributes of the friendly Hotel atmosphere. The Veresdale Hotel is located on the Mount Lindsay Highway approximately half-way between Jimboomba and Beaudesert. It is situated right in the heart of Queensland's richest dairy, beef and horse stud area, with the very best of the state's thoroughbred racing horse studs. The Hotel may look a little small from the outside, but once indoors you have access to their beautiful outdoor dining areas, where the pastoral view is quite spectacular. Don't forget they have a stylish gazebo for that special luncheon or dinner. In their new modern kitchen, chefs produce fine food from their Bar and Grill and offer an array of great cuisine specials. Families with children are welcome at the Veresdale Hotel and can either dine outside or in their fully renovated and air-conditioned restaurant which offers an inviting, relaxed atmosphere, typical of the friendly Hotel tradition. See you at the 'V'.

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
Nestled among 52 acres of privately owned rainforest, Songbirds Rainforest Retreat is truly a hidden secret. Whether you come from the metropolis to the north, the glittering city or from a destination afar, the journey along graceful winding roads among lush, untouched fauna and clean mountain air makes Songbirds a discovery worth making. The property features six luxury villas, including an executive villa set amongst the beautiful rainforest at Tamborine Mountain. The spacious villas have a king size bed, double spa bath, lounge area with gas ember fire for cooler nights and a large outdoor deck. Facilities include minibar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, microwave oven, television with local channels and cable, DVD player and stereo. You have the opportunity to dine in the Award Winning restaurant where meals are fresh, innovative and served in an environment which is the perfect setting for a lazy lunch or intimate dinner. Songbirds restaurant has won many awards and has an international reputation for its food, wine and high standard of service as well as its spectacular ambience. Only the very best, fresh ingredients are used and much of the produce comes from the restaurants large, organic garden and local producers.
Have a Polish experience without jumping on a jet at The Polish Place at Mount Tambourine. The on-site restaurant serves those staying at the property's chalets as well as those just passing through for the day. The menu ranges from Polish dumplings to duck with Granny Smith apples and plenty of other intriguing dishes in between. While you're there, head to the Polish Gallery, dedicated to Polish art, jewellery and interesting artefacts.
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