Want to curl up next to a crackling fire while baby it’s cold outside? Here are 20 Scenic Rim stays where you will be toasty! It’s the perfect destination to experience snappy cold nights followed by frosty breath mornings, with clear blue-sky days in between. If you’re dreaming of a winter escape complete with a bottle of wine, a cheese platter, and a roaring fireplace, the Scenic Rim is calling.
* 20 Scenic Rim Stays
Here’s a list of 20 warm Scenic Rim accommodation stays that are just a playlist away from Brisbane!
The Bunyip Retreat
Guests at the Bunyip Retreat enjoy spectacular views of the Great Dividing Range and the valley below from the top of Mount French in Charlwood. Take your pick from the suites, which all come with leather sofas on timber floors, a sunset ready outdoor patio, and that all-important fireplace. Book here
Eighteen Mile Cottage and Homestead
Eighteen Mile Homestead in Darlington is a perfect tree change experience. The tastefully decorated 1920s timber Scenic Rim cottage sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and features an outdoor fire pit with log seating. There’s a larger, family-friendly homestead that caters for 15 people and has two fireplaces. The inside fireplace is a traditional open chimney style. Outside is a designated fire pit area with plenty of seating. Firewood is provided and there’s a large cooking plate for the fire pit. Book here
Fireside at Wongari Eco Retreat.
Wongari Eco Retreat
Reconnect with nature and o off the grid at Wongari Eco Retreat. You’ll find it 40 minutes south of Beaudesert in Lamington. Choose one of the two self-contained Scenic Rim cabins, each with its 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. Book here website.
Cedar Glen Farmstay
Enjoy genuine country living on a real working farm at Cedar Glen Farmstay in Beaudesert. There are four private historic Scenic Rim cottages, all surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery – Cedar Glen Homestead, Stinson Cottage, Dairy Cottage and Wallaby Cottage. Three cottages have an indoor pot belly fireplace and outdoor fire pits. Book here
Choose from four contemporary cottages, all with their own rustic charm in this Scenic Rim luxury accommodation. Spend a peaceful weekend with picturesque views of the Canungra Valley at Greenlee Cottages designed for those who like the finer things in life. There’s a communal fire pit near the creek which is the perfect spot to toast marshmallows while enjoying the starry skies above. Breakfast is included. Book here
Drinks at Three Little Pigs Bar and Bistro
Scenic Rim Adventure Park
If camping, mountain bike riding, hiking and four-wheel driving are more your style try Scenic Rim Adventure Park. It is located on 680-acres at Tamrookum Creek. Pitch your tent at one of the 14 individual camping areas throughout the property. All have their own campfire locations. Buy cut firewood at the park entry or are collect it from around the property. Book here
Hanoob Views – dog friendly!
The owners of Hanoob Views know your pets are part of the family, that’s why their two houses welcome them too! Located in Carney’s Creek, the properties are private from each other and feature all the creature comforts. In each living room, there are wood-burning fireplaces 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! Book 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! Each of the Sky Lodge apartments has fireplaces, and out the huge windows are breathtaking views. OR camp (or campervan) at the Rainforest Campsites which have multiple communal firepits. There’s also a safari tent with a private firepit, subject to availability. To book your next stay, click here
I’ve stayed at the Sky Lodges and it was magical. Read about my visit and what to do in the surrounding area.
Scenic Rim luxury accommodation at Herrmann House
Step back in time with a Scenic Rim stay at the historic Herrmann House in Kalbar. Inside the stunningly restored house, there are four double bedrooms and two fireplaces. For a true country winter experience, spend some time by the fire pit in the conifer garden. Book here
The Old Church Bed and Breakfast
For a heavenly sleep in the Scenic Rim, stay at this old historic church located in Boonah. There are rooms with private ensuites and verandas in the church or an adjoining self-contained studio. An inside fireplace and outdoor fire pit will keep all travellers warm. Book here
Dining at Three Little Pigs Bar and Bistro, Tamborine Mountain
Three Little Pigs Bar and Bistro
Stop by the Three Little Pigs Bar and Bistro on Tamborine Mountain and discover a cosy four-sided central fireplace right in the middle of the restaurant. Guests dine while feeling the heat radiating from the fireplace at this popular eatery. To see their menu, book here.
Scenic Rim luxury accommodation at Pethers
Pethers Rainforest Retreat
This private, secluded retreat on Tamborine Mountain is Scenic Rim luxury accommodation exclusively designed for adults and is set on five hectares of pristine rainforest. Each of Pethers 10 private treehouses is surrounded by rainforest. There’s include a spa for two and a fireplace so 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. Book here
Moogerah Lake Houses
There are six fantastic lake houses to choose from, and all can sleep large groups of families or friends. Three houses have their own fire pits, which is sure to add to the ambience of your country escape. Book here.
Hammermeister House is a historic Queenslander in Boonah. It offers a commercial kitchen for cooking classes and accommodation for weekend getaways or special occasions. There is an indoor fireplace as well as an outdoor fire pit where a few laughs can be shared. Book here.
Around the fire at Worendo Cottages
Escape from the fast lane and stay in this stunning wilderness setting. The three cottages overlook the World Heritage Rainforest Mountains of Lamington National Park. Each has indoor fireplaces and an outdoor campfire setting where you can gather under the stars with free firewood and marshmallows. Book here
Wallaby Ridge Retreat
Positioned in secluded bushland in the foothills of Tamborine Mountain, Wallaby Ridge Retreat offers three self-contained suites. There’s an outdoor fireplace and pizza oven available for group bookings in the alfresco area. A new fire pit near the dam offers guests the perfect vantage spot to see natural wildlife including possums, gliders, koalas and more. Book here
Margaret Goldsmith Gallery
If you love art and culture, stop at Margaret Goldsmith Gallery on Tamborine Mountain. A popular destination for tourists for the past 16 years, the gallery features an array of artworks. You can wander the gallery with comfort as it is heated by a pot-belly heater. A perfect day trip destination. Find out more about the gallery here.
More Scenic Rim stays and things to do
The Scenic Rim is a region of more than 4,200 square kilometres of rich volcanic soil. It is surrounded by ancient mountains and home to thousands of farmers and food creators. Stretching from Canungra to The Lost World, Beaudesert to Boonah, Tamborine Mountain to Kalbar, the region is home to six National Parks. There is more than 30,000ha of parkland, plus three dams, Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Wyaralong Dam in the region. The alluvial soil sustains a huge bounty of produce, including vegetables, olives, macadamia nuts, poultry, dairy, pork, beef, camel, sheep, finger limes, limes, coffee, avocadoes and rhubarb. Find out more at visitscenicrim.com.au