A few weeks ago, I took a day trip out to the charming little town of Boonah for a wedding. Situated a surprisingly short drive from Brisbane (about an hour), the town is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with expansive plains to one side and hills to the other. The drive itself was not only picturesque, but straightforward and easy driving.
Once we arrived in Boonah, we planned to have some lunch before the big event. I must confess (and my apologies to anyone from that area), I hadn't very high hopes for finding something too exciting. I was completely wrong. After a quick drive through the town, we settled on a place called Flavours Cafe. We chose a high table in the courtyard and pulled up some stools, enjoying the sunshine. Once we had our menus it took a long while to decide, there were so many enticing options.
All of us eventually settled on a salad - I suppose my companions planned to eat a lot of wedding cake as well. I chose a King Prawn Salad that came served with a garlic and sweet chilli dressing while my fellow diners all had the Thai Beef Salad. My meal was absolutely divine; one of, if not the best salad I have ever had. From a family of seafood lovers and believers that the best seafood can be found on the coast where it is bound to be fresh, I was tentative ordering prawns given our location. However, they were some of the best prawns I've had in a while. It was an incredibly enjoyable meal, soaking up the country atmosphere while savouring the delicious food. We were delighted to discover that the cafe were catering the wedding we were about to attend as well, and they did not disappoint there either.
If you're not lucky enough to have a wedding as an excuse to make the trip, there's plenty more to do in the area. Boonah and its surrounds are known as the 'Heart of the Scenic Rim'. The name 'Heart of the Scenic Rim' refers to its setting at the base of the Great Dividing Range and the numerous World Heritage Listed National Parks surrounding the area. In terms of activities within easy reach of Boonah, there's the Barton Rose Farm, a golf course, wineries, a historical village, art galleries, a donkey farm, even helicopter and hot air balloon rides. There's also many hiking and bushwalking trails for those wanting an active day, with guides available.
If you wish to stay overnight there's lots of options including Bed & Breakfasts and Farm Stays. I highly recommend the area as the place to go for a unique day trip. There's no doubt there's plenty to see and do, but I think it's worth the drive for the King Prawn Salad alone.