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Boonah in the Scenic Rim

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Something for everyone...

When you stay with us at Ketchup's Bank there is plenty to explore in the region. We are tucked away among the mountains in the Scenic Rim, just 90 mins from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, it makes us perfect for your South East Queensland mid-week or weekend escape.

 

We value peace, privacy and nature at Ketchup’s Bank Glamping. Surrounded by trees our property is a haven for wildlife.  Wake up to misty mornings and sleep under starry skies.  With stunning views to the border ranges, this is a country escape like no other.

We have everything you need for a relaxing retreat, but we are only 20 minutes from the charming rural town of Boonah if you are keen to explore.  With country pubs and cafes, gift shops and more, Boonah is a great country experience.

For the adventurous, there are walking opportunities in the surrounding National Parks, visit Lake Moogerah or take a flight at the Boonah Gliding Club.

If you are keen to explore, we are close to the rural towns and hamlets of Kalbar, Mount Alford, Aratula and Roadvale.

Whether you are up for an adventure or something more relaxed, the Scenic Rim has so many diverse activities to complement your stay at Ketchup’s Bank! There are so many things to see and do and the best thing is, they are all close by!

A camel at Summerland Camels in the Scenic Rim

Farm Gates

Scenic Rim Farm Shop and Cafe

A charming café with an abundance of alfresco seating around the gorgeous old Jacaranda trees. Relax in the shade while you are having a bite to eat and then pick up some goodies from the shop to take with you. They have everything from local honey, chutneys, nuts, soap, olives and plenty more! 

Address: 541 Kents Lagoon Road, Kalbar 4309

30mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping

Phone: 0429 452 637

Summerland Camels

Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy operation. Meet their gentle camels, feed them, take photos and learn about the anti-aging and immune health benefits of Camel Milk. Cafe and farm open 7 days. 

Address: 8 Charles Chauvel Dr, Harrisville QLD 4307 30mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping

Phone: 5467 1707

Email: info@summerlandcamels.com.au

Wineries and Brewery

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm

Kooroomba has been created as a unique tourist destination, nestled in the Fassifern Valley at Mt Alford near Boonah. The property consists of a multi-million dollar cellar door complex, restaurant and lavender shop which overlooks a six hectare vineyard and a breathtaking lavender field, with magnificent views of the Scenic Rim mountains. The award winning cellar door/restaurant complex is of a 5 star level and is a blend of rustic and contemporary architecture. Kooroomba has a large variety of wines including Chardonnay, Verdelho Marsanne, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. 

Address: 168 F. M. Bells Road, Mt Alford, QLD, 4310 40mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping
Phone: (07) 5463 0022
Email: enquiries@kooroomba.com.au

Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard

Bunjurgen Estate is a 60-acre property situated 10 km south of the township of Boonah. Easy drinking Shiraz, boutique Chambourcin wines, fortified wines, verjuice and grape juices are available. Pop in and meet Dave who will tell you all about the history of Bunjurgen Estate and vineyards of the Scenic Rim.

Address: 121 Brent Rd, Bunjurgen

30mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping

Phone: (07) 5463 0270

The Overflow Estate 1895

The Overflow Estate 1895 is a lovely little winery and cellar door. They offer lunch and grazing menus and tastings of all their Italian grape wines. A great little drive with views of the Wyralong Dam and vineyard with live music on weekends.

Address: 1660 Beaudesert-Boonah Road, Beaudesert, QLD, 4285

40mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping.

Phone: 0455 221 895

Email: info@theoverflowestate1895.com.au

Scenic Rim Brewery 

Scenic Rim Brewery & Cafe is a small family-owned brewery located at Mt Alford. As the name suggests, the Scenic Rim is known for its natural assets. With fresh air, clear water and natural ingredients, it’s a great place to brew beer! Enjoy a tasty Dutch inspired lunch on the open deck and browse their local goodies. 

Address: 898 Reckumpilla St, Mount Alford QLD 4310 30mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping.

Phone: 07 5463 0412

Wine at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavendar Farm near Ketchup's Bank Glamping
Town clock in Boonah

Local Dining

Restaurants/Bistros 

 

  • Dugandan Hotel – A classic QLD pub C1890, affectionately referred to by the locals as ‘The Dugie’. The menu features traditional pub fare and hearty country classics. Sit indoors or outside on the veranda or in the garden, with a rural outlook. Pair your lunch with an award-winning Sirromet wine or one of the on-tap craft beers. Open 10am to 8.30pm (Fri/Sat 10pm), 7 days a week, 20mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping. 

  • The Bowl – A modern twist on the classic bowls club. Classy but casual atmosphere with a great menu championing local produce! Open Wednesday to Sunday, Lunch and Dinner. 20mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping. 

  • Park Street Kitchen at the Commercial Hotel – 07 5463 1024
    The Commercial Hotel Boonah C1904 sits prominently on High Street offering TAB, KENO, Pokies and meals in the Commie Bistro. Dine in the restaurant or the lounge or join the locals for a drink at the bar. Open Wednesday to Saturday for Lunch and Dinner plus Sunday lunch. 20mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping. 

  • The Vue Restaurant – 07 5463 4738
    A la Carte meals, quality service and an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. The Vue Restaurant is a lovely option for dinner in the region. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 5.30 – 8pm. 20mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping. 

 

Local Dining

 Cafés on High Street, Boonah (20mins from Ketchup’s Bank Glamping)

  • Revival Café – 07 5400 4715
    One of Boonah’s newer cafes, Revival is welcoming and stylish with a great atmosphere. Beautiful food and great coffee. Perfect spot for a late breakfast or lunch! Open Wednesday to Sunday 8am to 2pm

  • The Story Tree – 07 5463 2980
    A local secret if you walk too fast you’ll miss the little door leading into this hidden gem. Baked goods, wonderful coffee and gifts! Have a seat in the cosy couches out the back. Open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 4.30pm (1pm on Saturdays).

  • Arthur Clives Family Bakehouse – 07 5463 4477
    Located on the corner at the top of the town, there is often a buzz of activity here with people stopping in for their morning coffee and baked goodies. Open all day, every day. Grab some takeaway or pull up a chair in the open and airy cafe. 

  • Glen’s Diner – 07 5463 1488 Best hot chips on high street. Classic country diner, great takeaway, open 7 days. 

  • Rockalicious
    A cafe full of personality with it’s classic retro vibe and rockalbilly memorabilia. A tasty menu plus great coffee and ice cream!  

  • Scenic Rim Pantry & Cafe 
    They are a health-full bulk pantry & whole food cafe providing a delicious range of vegan, vegetarian, paleo, dairy free and gluten free eats to enjoy. Try the loaded bagels….Amazing! Open Wednesday to Sunday 8:30am to 2pm

 Local Takeaway  

 

rural town of Boonah in the Scenic Rim
The Portals swimming hole at Mt Barney

Walks & Swimming Holes

Lower Portals walk – Mt Barney National Park

The Lower Portals walk is one of the most popular and rewarding walks in the Scenic Rim. A 3km hike will get you to an amazing rock pool where you can swim and enjoy the amazing walls of stone that surround you. There is a secret passage way to get you there 😉 Allow the full day to spend as much time as you like.

Follow the Boonah-Rathdowney Road south for 39km. Turn right on to the Barney View-Upper Logan Road, travel a further 12km and follow the signs to the Lower Portals.

Mt French

The short, easy grade North Cliff Track leads to Logan’s lookout with excellent, panoramic views over the Fassifern Valley, with the Main Range escarpment to the West and Flinders Peak and beyond to the East. 

Mount French also has one of the most popular and well-known rock climbing locations in South East Queensland. Known locally as ‘Frogs Buttress’. Abseiling and rock climbing is for experienced, suitably equipped climbers only.

Location: Mount French Road, Boonah. 30 minute drive from us.

Looking for more ideas? 

Check out our blog post Scenic Rim Trek and Taste Combos near Ketchup’s Bank Glamping!

Or head to the Visit Scenic Rim Website which has lots of great information about the many national parks in the region and the variety of walks to suit all levels of experience.

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping and the surrounding area also provide some of the best country mountain road walking you will ever find with spectacular mountain views and sunsets. 

Tours and Adventure

Mount Barney Lodge Guided Walks 

 

Take advantage of the invaluable experience and knowledge of the guides at Mt Barney Lodge. They have a list of tours available from mountain climbs to cultural immersion walks. Check their online calendar or call to book.

Boonah Gliding Club

It seems to be a bit of a secret, but our closest town Boonah has its own airfield which is home to Boonah Gliding Club. The not for profit community group operate on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and they offer joy flights in their two seater gliders! The surreal calmness of gliding through the air while taking in the birdseye view of the Scenic Rim is an experience you will not forget!

 

Address: Degen Rd, Boonah, QLD, 4310
Phone: (07) 5463 2630
Email: infomail@boonahgliding.com.au

 Scenic Rim Adventure Park 

Test out your four wheel driving skills at this 680 acre property with over 25km of off road tracks! You’ll find Scenic Rim Adventure Park at Tamrookum Creek, just over an hour from us. Their tracks range from beginner to difficult with beautiful views of Lamington National Park throughout!

Address: 636 Tamrookum Creek Road, Tamrookum

Mobile: 0458 406 236

Email: wendy@scenicrimadventurepark.com.au 

Pterodactyl Helicopters

Pterodactyl Helicopters offer once in a lifetime flight experiences throughout the South-East including the Scenic Rim! Make your friends really jealous with a winery tour or pub crawl…via air!! Checkout their preplanned flights or contact them to arrange a personalised experience.

Floating Images

Hot air balloning in the Scenic Rim is one of the best ways to start the morning! It’s an early start but 100% worth it. So many packages available that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Head over to their website to find out more!

A glider at Boonah Gliding Club in Boonah
gum leaves at Ketchup's Bank Glamping
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