18 stunning winter escapes on Queensland’s Scenic Rim

Dreaming of a winter escape complete with a roaring fireplace, a bottle of wine and a cheese platter? Queensland’s Scenic Rim is calling.

Known as “the richest place on earth”, the Scenic Rim includes more than 4,200 square kilometers of rich volcanic soil surrounded by ancient mountains. It stretches from Canungra to The Lost World, Beaudesert to Boonah, Tamborine Mountain to Kalbar.

And it’s home to six National Parks, more than 30,000ha of parkland and three dams (Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Wyaralong Dam).

This place really is foodie heaven. The alluvial soil sustains a bounty of produce, including vegetables, olives, macadamia nuts, dairy, poultry, pork, beef, sheep, camel, finger limes, limes, coffee, avocadoes and rhubarb.

In winter you can expect frosty breath mornings, blue-sky clear days and snappy cold nights.

Pack your bags and head off to any one of these 18 Scenic Rim accommodation options just a playlist away from Brisbane.

The Bunyip Retreat

Perched high atop Mount French in Charlwood, guests to the Bunyip Retreat are treated to spectacular views of the Great Dividing Range and the valley below.

Visitors can choose from a number of suites, all of which come with leather sofas, timber floors, an outdoor patio for enjoying the sunset, and that all-important fireplace.

To book your next stay, click here

Eighteen Mile Cottage and Homestead

Eighteen Mile Homestead in Darlington is a perfect tree change experience.

The tastefully decorated 1920s timber cottage sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and features an outdoor fire pit with log seating. The larger family-friendly homestead caters for 15 people and has two fireplaces.

Credit: Eighteen Mile Homestead.

The inside fireplace is a traditional open chimney style, while outside there is a designated fire pit area with seating. Visitors are provided with firewood and a large cooking plate for the fire pit during their stay.

To book your next stay, click here

Lumiere Farmhouse

This lovingly restored century-old farmhouse in Woolooman is set on two acres surrounded by rolling hills.

The property features all the comforts of home, including a fireplace in the living area, making it the perfect spot to curl up on the couch with a good book while listening to the flames crackle. There’s also a huge fire pit outside, perfect for a glass of wine and a few tunes.

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Wongari Eco Retreat

Go off the grid and reconnect with nature at Wongari Eco Retreat, 40 minutes south of Beaudesert in Lamington.

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Wongari Retreat. Credit: Queensland Tourism.

Guests can choose from two self-contained cabins, each with their own unique views and experiences. The ‘Serenity’ cabin is nestled in the forest, set beside the waters of Christmas Creek, while the ‘Bimbul’ cabin is open to the forest canopies with expansive 360-degree views of the mountains.

Each cabin also has fireplaces inside and out, guaranteed to keep you warm on even the coldest of nights.

To book your next stay, visit the website

Cedar Glen Farmstay

Enjoy genuine country living on a real working farm at the Historic Cedar Glen Farmstay in Beaudesert, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.

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Credit: Cedar Glen Farmstay

Cedar Glen Farmstay has four private historic accommodation options to choose from, including the Cedar Glen Homestead, Stinson Cottage, Wallaby Cottage and Dairy Cottage. Three of their cottages have an indoor pot belly fireplace and outdoor fire pits.

To book your Scenic Rim accommodation, click here

Greenlee Cottages

Featuring four contemporary cottages all with their own rustic charm, Greenlee Cottages offers a peaceful weekend away with picturesque views of the Canungra Valley. Each cottage also includes breakfast.

Near the creek, visitors will find a communal fire pit, the perfect spot to toast marshmallows while admiring the starry skies above.

To book your next stay, click here

Scenic Rim Adventure Park

If camping, hiking, mountain bike riding and four-wheel driving are more your style, the Scenic Rim Adventure Park is the place for you. The 680-acre property at Tamrookum Creek has 14 individual camping areas scattered throughout the property. Each one has a private campfire.

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Campsite 13A. Credit: Scenic Rim Adventure Park

Guests can purchase cut firewood at the park entry or are welcome to collect their own from around the property.

To book your next stay, click here

Hanoob Views

The owners of Hanoob Views understand your pets are part of the family, that’s why their two houses welcome them too.

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Credit: Hanoob.

The Carney’s Creek property features all the creature comforts you need. Each living room has a wood-burning fireplace where you can rug up and spend an evening tasting flavours of the Scenic Rim or playing a board game, all with your four-legged mate.

To book your next stay, click here

Binna Burra Sky Lodges and Rainforest Campsite

Relax in comfort high above the clouds at the famous Binna Burra Sky Lodges and Rainforest Campsite. At 800m above sea level, Binna Burra sits amidst the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park – you are on top of the world.

Binna Burra Sky Lodges.
Credit: Binna Burra Sky Lodges.

Each of the Sky Lodge apartments has a fireplace and breathtaking views. You can also camp (or campervan) at the Rainforest Campsites which have multiple communal firepits. A safari tent with its own private firepit is also available, subject to availability.

To book your next stay, click here 

Herrmann House

Step back in time to an era long gone at the historic Herrmann House in gorgeous Kalbar.

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Inside the stunningly restored house, you’ll find four double bedrooms and two fireplaces, beautifully fitted out. The house has a fire pit in the conifer garden, giving guests that true country winter experience.

To book your next stay, click here

The Old Church Bed and Breakfast

For a heavenly stay in the Scenic Rim, reserve a room at this old historic church located in Boonah.

Guests can choose from rooms and private ensuites and verandas in the church, or the adjoining self-contained studio. The Old Church has an inside fireplace and outdoor fire pit to keep all travelers warm throughout their stay.

To book your next stay, click here

Worendo Cottages

Escape from the fast lane and stay in this stunning wilderness setting overlooking the World Heritage Rainforest Mountains of Lamington National Park.

Worendo’s three cottages feature indoor fireplaces and an outdoor campfire setting where you can gather under the stars with free firewood and marshmallows.

To book your next stay, click here

Wallaby Ridge Retreat

This stunning retreat occupies a secluded bushland setting in the foothills of Tamborine Mountain. Guests can choose from self-contained suites.

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Credit: Wallaby Ridge Retreat

Wallaby Ridge Retreat also has an outdoor fireplace and pizza oven for group bookings in the alfresco area. A new fire pit near the dam is the perfect vantage spot to see natural wildlife including possums, gliders, koalas and more.

To book your next stay, click here

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

This private and secluded retreat on Tamborine Mountain has been exclusively designed for adults and is set on five hectares of pristine rainforest.

Each of Pethers 10 private treehouses is surrounded by rainforest and includes a spa for two and a fireplace, meaning guests can fully unwind and relax in style. The award-winning restaurant also hosts a large, open-sided fireplace, so you’ll definitely feel extra warm while enjoying their meal.

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The Grove Cottage and Olive Grove

Nestled next to a boutique olive grove, the cottage is a short drive to both Boonah and Kalbar.

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Credit: The Grove

The Grove Cottage has a beautiful vintage-style fireplace with views overlooking the olive grove as well as a fire pit where guests can enjoy a barbecue or cook smores while enjoying the cotton candy coloured skies during a majestic Scenic Rim sunset.

To book your next stay, click here.

Moogerah Lake Houses

Moogerah has six fantastic lake houses to choose from and all can sleep large groups of families or friends.

Three of the lake houses have their own fire pits which is sure to add to the ambiance of your country escape.

Share with your friends and then book here.

Hammermeister House

Hammermeister House is a historic Queenslander in Boonah that offers a commercial kitchen for cooking classes, and accommodation for weekend getaways or special occasions.

The home has an indoor fireplace where guests can mingle and an outdoor fire pit where a few laughs can be shared.

More information on this unique Scenic Rim accommodation can be found here.

Scenic Rim Camping and Glamping sites

The Scenic Rim has some of the best camping and glamping sites in the country, where you can sit around your own fire, or share the flames with others, make new mates and tell tall tales.

For sites in the Scenic Rim, visit visitscenicrim.com.au/accommodation/caravan-camping-and-holiday-parks/

This story on Scenic Rim accommodation was produced with information provided by Scenic Rim Tourism.

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