How to spend a weekend in Kalbar

Kalbar is a charming rural village in the Scenic Rim, about 60 minutes’ drive south of Brisbane or inland from the Gold Coast. It was originally known as Engelsberg – and that German heritage is reflected in the town’s proud historical buildings today.

But there are some new kids on the block in Kalbar… so why not take a country drive, drop-in, and spend some dollars with the locals? They’re just itching to have you visit!

Lovett at Kalbar is just one of them. This friendly country bakery and café has the best coffee and pies in town… and is an absolute must-do when visiting the Scenic Rim. Owner Lindsay Yong Gee’s passion for hospitality first began in a bakehouse in Outback Winton, but after resettling in Kalbar, she was inspired to open her own business.

It was also Lindsay’s mission to make the menu suitable for everyone. So, it’s here you’ll find everything from gluten-free options, vegan options, heaps of sugar and as little sugar, flour and flourless, salads and burgers, plus as many sweets as you can imagine! They’re also all about using as much local produce as possible. Tick and tick.

With a full stomach, you’re set to explore the town. Boutiques like BMK Collective, Beary Special Crafts, Elegance & Grace are where you’re bound to find a treasure. It’s also a great opportunity to check out the town’s history… you’ll even fall in love with cutest post office you ever did see!

As for lunch, well what visit to a country town is worth its salt without a hearty pub meal? The Royal Hotel Kalbar has been serving locals since 1900… and their parmy is something to rave about! Even better when the hotel sources prime meat for its menu directly from The Butcher Co Kalbar… only about ten metres up the road, and the perfect spot to pick up a cut of local meat to chuck on the barbie if you’re staying the night. 

Accommodation wise, Herrmann House is a heritage-listed timber residence and Kalbar’s bed and breakfast. April Cornwell poured her vision and energy into the home’s refurbishment, combining two of the oldest homes in Kalbar and turning them into the magic they are today and with all the mod cons. Between the two homes, there are four king-size bedrooms (each have their own bathroom with the most divine tub), two lots of beautiful gas fireplaces, kitchenettes and a lovely internal BBQ area. 

So, go on, go visit a town you wouldn’t normally… Scenic Rim’s Kalbar is only an hour from Brisbane and will make for a great country escape!