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Hilary's favourite Beaudesert scenery

 Hilary is our wonderful coordinator for the Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre. Here are three self-guided tours which take visitors through some of the spectacular scenery that Beaudesert and the Scenic Rim are renowned for. Each of these tours travel in large circles around Beaudesert and can be joined at any point. Some of the roads in these tours are small country lanes, so please drive carefully.

 

Picnic Perfect (Kerry Valley - Darlington Park - Tamrookum)

From Beaudesert centre, at the traffic lights, take Brisbane Street past Jubilee Park and the local library, travelling south.

Continue to follow the road (it becomes Kerry Road as it leaves the town centre) travelling south towards and through the Kerry Valley.

After the Kerry Bridge take advantage of a photo opportunity at St John's Catholic Church and the pioneer cemetery in Kerry. There is also the Kerry Hall and Schoo,l dating from the early 1900s.

Continue to head south along Kerry Road.

On the right, stop at Darlington Park.

Darlington Park is a great setting for a picnic and a swim, or a spot of freshwater fishing, making the most of the beautiful surroundings of the Kerry Valley.

After your picnic, continue south along Kerry Road.

Turn right into Darlington Connection Road. Enjoy the mountain scenery as you head over the Jinbroken Range towards Hillview.

At Hillview, turn right into Christmas Creek Road. As you come into the Christmas Creek farming community you will pass the Sacred Heart pioneer cemetery on the right, also dating from the early 1900s.

Continue north along Christmas Creek Road.

Turn left into Tamrookum Church Road. Stop for a photo opportunity at the beautiful Tamrookum Church and its magnificent views of surrounding farm lands.

Take some time to explore the fascinating pioneer cemetery in the church grounds. On some days the church is open to visitors, when you will get the chance to view the stunning red cedar panelling and stained glass windows of the interior.

Continue west along Tamrookum Church Road.

Turn right into Mt Lindesay Hwy returning to Beaudesert. Whilst in Beaudesert make the most of the friendly local pubs and enjoy a cool drink to complete your day.

Rathdowney - Boonah - Wyaralong

From Beaudesert travel south on Mt Lindesay Hwy towards Rathdowney. If you haven't done the 'Picnic Perfect' tour turn left at Tamrookum Church Road. On the left, stop at the historic Tamrookum Church, which boasts some great views of the landscape from its high vantage point.

Return to Mt Lindesay Hwy and continue travelling south towards Rathdowney.

Stop in Rathdowney township.

Visit the Rathdowney Museum & Information Centre. You'll receive a warm welcome and discover more about the district's varied history.

Enjoy a counter lunch at the Rathdowney pub. The locals are friendly and the food is good.

Leave Rathdowney and continue south along Mt Lindesay Hwy.

Turn right into Mt Barney Road.

At the Barney View revegetation project site, turn right into Barney View Road. Travel to the top of the hill and stop on the side of the road to enjoy the spectacular views of Mt Lindesay and Mt Barney (along the lower, Mt Barney Road is the Barney View church and pioneer cemetery).

Continue along Mt Barney Road (heading west).

At the T-intersection there is a sharp turn right into Upper Logan Road.

At the next T-intersection turn left, into Boonah-Rathdowney Road.

After about 20 minutes turn left into Maroon Dam Road and stop at Maroon Dam for a rest break and afternoon tea.

Continue along Boonah-Rathdowney Road, turn left into Bunjurgen Road and follow the road to the Bunjurgen Winery. Continue along F.M. Bell Road to the Kooroomba Valley Vineyards and Lavender Farm for afternoon tea.

Return to Boonah-Rathdowney Road after your preferred stop and continue travelling west towards Boonah.

If it's still early take some time to enjoy a stroll through Boonah's main street. Pick up some goodies for a picnic dinner at your next stop.

Continue heading north along the main street.

At the major round-about turn right, into Ipswich-Boonah Road. Continue along this road for some distance.

Turn right, into Beaudesert-Boonah Road. Enjoy glimpses of Wyaralong Dam on the left as you travel east towards Beaudesert.

Turn left into Wyaralong Dam Access Road. At the park stop and enjoy the golden afternoon light or the sunset over the water (be aware that the access gates close at 6pm and you will be unable to enter the park area after this time. However, the gates automatically open should you be leaving the park after 6pm).

Return to Beaudesert-Boonah Road.

Turn left, into Beaudesert-Boonah Road and continue travelling east towards Beaudesert.

Half-day tour (Albert River - Tamborine Village - Mundoolun)

This one's for the late starters:

From Beaudesert travel east along Beaudesert-Nerang Road for approximately 10 minutes.

Turn right into Beaudesert-Nerang Road (the continuing road changes to Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road).

Enjoy the delightful scenic farmland as you travel through the Tabragalba and Wonglepong farming communities situated along this country lane. This road is a narrow country lane, please take care.

Stop at the Wonglepong cemetery and explore the pioneering gravesites, the earliest in 1895.

Continue travelling east on Beaudesert-Nerang Road.

At the T-intersection, turn left, into Mundoolun Connection Road.

Continue along Mundoolun Connection Road travelling north.

On the left, stop at the Albert River Winery for a late lunch and explore the vineyard and farmyard OR

Continue along Mundoolun Connection Road. At the T-intersection, turn right into Beenleigh-Beaudesert Road heading east into Tamborine Village. At the round-about, turn right into Tamborine Mountain Road. On the left, stop at the widely popular Bearded Dragon Hotel for a late lunch and soak up the peaceful surroundings of Tamborine Village.

From the Bearded Dragon Hotel, turn right into Tamborine Mountain Road and at the round-about, turn left into Beenleigh-Beaudesert Road.

Continue along Beenleigh-Beaudesert Road travelling towards Beaudesert.

Turn right into Mundoolun Road, travelling towards Jimboomba. At the entrance to the Mundoolun Estate stop at the park and lagoon, enjoy the bird life and let the kids stretch their legs on the newly developed playgound.

Continue along Mundoolun Road towards Jimboomba.

At the roundabout take the second exit (Tamborine Street).

At the traffic lights, turn right into Mt Lindesay Hwy to continue on to Brisbane, or, turn left into Mt Lindesay Hwy to return to Beaudesert.