Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan flew into the Scenic Rim for a stunning overview of the delicious experiences on offer to tourists.

The visit was instigated by Federal Member Scott Buchholz, in conjunction with the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s tourism team.

Mayor, Cr Greg Christensen, met Mr O’Sullivan’s helicopter at Rathdowney and drove him to the spectacular Lime Caviar Company finger lime farm at Running Creek, for Moda on the Mountain, a preview event to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

Not only was Mr O’Sullivan able to see the Scenic Rim’s incredible natural landscape from the air, he was also able to meet many of the region’s producers and taste the local food and wine at the sold-out event.

Cr Christensen says Mr O’Sullivan was generous with his time and was interested to learn more about the region, which is emerging as south-east Queensland’s most exciting destination for food and authentic farm experiences.

“While our history dates back hundreds of years, the Scenic Rim as a region has only been in existence since 2008,” said Cr Christensen.

“We’re really beginning to gain some recognition within the tourism sector for our unique offering – we’re home to six national parks, three lakes, World Heritage-listed rainforest, productive fertile alluvial valleys and stunning views.

“We’re a hub for food production, a burgeoning region for wine and craft beer production, and a haven for nature-enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. All this is located just an hour from Brisbane and even closer to the Gold Coast.

“I think John was impressed by the Scenic Rim’s diversity and he has already helped connect our tourism team with members of Tourism Australia to help tell the Scenic Rim story.”

Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright, welcomed the visit by Mr O’Sullivan.

“John had a chance to personally experience the magnificent part of Queensland that it the Scenic Rim. I am sure that he will understand what our area brings to the table – we’re a tourism destination that rivals anywhere else in Australia,” said Mr Buchholz.

Mr Buchholz paid tribute to the Scenic Rim Council for the delivery of what is fast becoming the “must attend” event in Queensland.

“Eat Local Week highlights the remarkable product of our local farmers and growers and by showcasing it in this way, the Council is helping to place producers in front of local, interstate and international buyers.”