Take a tour of the Queensland Scenic Rim and Killarney with Cambanoora Co

Queensland Scenic Rim and Killarney tour with Cambanoora Co
I make the conscious decision to smell the lavender growing in the garden, touch the soft rose petals in the bush beside me and listen to the birds tweeting in the trees.To my surprise I start to feel myself welling up with emotion at the thought someone took the time and effort to create something so beautiful for other people.Peter and Colleen Lindore created the blind garden at their home at Melrose Station, at Killarney in Queensland, after their nephew lost his sight in an accident.As well as being a place of sanctuary for him, they often throw open their gates to elderly residents of the local nursing home, and garden lovers generally.The couple reside in a 1800s homestead on the 6000 acre property which Peter, who operated a crane company in Brisbane, came across flicking through a real estate magazine.
It previously belonged to polo player Alex Makin, the former husband of Sarah Ferguson’s sister Jane.We dine on a lunch of local produce with the couple under the shade of a 150-year-old pecan tree, overlooking a lake and windmills in the distance.The meal consists of pink eye potatoes with cornichons and bacon, a roast pumpkin salad with green beans, pearl barley, feta and honey balsamic glaze and Junabee yearling rib with horseradish mustard and red wine jus.Killarney is prime beef and potato-growing country, an area that illustrates the “paddock to the plate” concept of which the city slickers in nearby Brisbane are so proud.Much of the produce grown in the area is also served in the city’s best restaurants.Killarney sits within the Scenic Rim – a group of forested mountain ranges of the Great Dividing Range on the border between south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern NSW.Driving through the area is to experience Australia’s countryside at its best.Crossing the Macpherson Range, we pass trickling creeks, countless eucalyptus trees and cute, rusty old cottages.

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