Sunrise. Sunset. South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim corners the market on spectacular starts to the day and long languid afternoons. Everywhere you turn there are mountains framing rainforests, rolling pastures and pretty rural hamlets. This is nature’s wonderland – the site of Queensland’s first national park and now a UNESCO World heritage listed area.
There are few more serene spots for a romantic getaway than Bunyip Scenic Rim Resort. Of course, the best way to arrive is courtesy of Captain Mike and Pterodactyl Helicopters, flying over the peaceful Fassifern Valley and the rugged range.
The four loft style suites have towering windows that frame the magnificent view. Rather than a loo with a view, each suite’s shower has a window to take in that knock-out view. Towels are thick and fluffy, the bed is perfectly positioned to take in ‘that’ view with a remote for the big reveal before you even get out of bed in the morning. You can choose to swim, play a set of tennis or just lie back in the spacious main building with a good book.
Hosts Marina and Rob make you feel like family and the home cooked meals are an absolute delight. They are flexible with menus and take all dietary concerns seriously. For us delicious pre-dinner nibbles of satay chicken and bruschetta made way for an entrée of baked figs with blue cheese, wrapped in prosciutto. Mains might be cooked to order steak and local vegetables matched with a top notch shiraz. Our dessert was a triumph. We were lucky enough to be treated to luscious pears baked in a sticky lick-your-bowl shiraz reduction with homemade vanilla ice cream.
Waking up to the kookaburras laugh and ‘that’ view as the wallabies shyly nibble at the dewy grass is nothing short of spellbinding. But a delicious Bunyip Scenic Rim Resort breakfast of tropical fruit, delicious smoothies, still warm muffins and eggs done the way you like await on the terrace. Meanwhile all you have to do is breathe in the fresh country air and watch the early morning mist over the Fassifern Valley below.
If you like boats, water skiing or just a leisurely kayak paddle, Lake Moogerah has it all and more. Lake Moogerah Caravan Park has both powered and unpowered sites as well as one-bedroom cabins. If fishing’s your thing, you’ve come to the right place. There are also numerous walking trails around the dam suitable for all abilities.
Boonah and the surrounding area is just a small part of the magnificent Scenic Rim region. There’s the rainforest grandeur of Lamington National Park and the appropriately named Lost Valley. There’s galleries, gardens and hang-gliders at Tamborine Mountain. There’s farms, wineries and adventure from east to west and north to south.
Take twenty-four hours in the Scenic Rim and you’ll be treated to countless never-to-be-forgotten moments. A weekend here and you’ll be more than relaxed and recharged for the week ahead.