Southern Queensland Country

Swap the hustle of the city for lush green hills, award-winning wineries, farm stays, glamping and roaring fireplaces in friendly country villages – all just 90 minutes from Brisbane in Southern Queensland Country.

Perfectly seasoned

There’s only one thing you need to do here and that’s breathe in the fresh country air and take in the wide, open spaces. The rest is taken care of.

  • Experience a year-round festival calendar, with events celebrating the humble pumpkin in Goomeri right through to jazz music in Warwick and Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers.
  • Get a history lesson in the heritage buildings and woolsheds that give nod to Australia’s pioneering past.

Savour food, wine and fresh produce

Connect with the farmers and producers behind the outstanding local produce as they open their kitchens and cellar doors to you.

  • Pick your own apples or berries in Stanthorpe or just sample the hearty home-cooked dishes on offer in cosy cafes.
  • Soak up the atmosphere beside the fire in an authentic Australian pub with a glass of local wine from the Granite Belt or South Burnett in hand.

The scenic route

After a good dose of country air and pioneer history in Toowoomba, there’s no better place for a leisurely road trip, venturing out to explore the rest of this environmentally-blessed region.

  • Visit the rodeo capital of Warwick, fish for perch or join in the action of a country race meet in Western Country.
  • Bushwalking, birdwatching and waterfall chasing are the pastimes du jour – whether among the giant boulders of Girraween National Park or the beautiful Bunya Mountains.
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Nanango Fauna Reserve

Nanango, South Burnett Area
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The Nanango Fauna Reserve offers many different environments of seasonal waterholes, eucalypt woodland, acacia scrub, and dry vine scrub. It is a birdwatcher's delight with a variety of birds to be found including the Yellow-Faced Honeyeater, Australian Darter, Varied Sittella, Nankeen Night Heron, and Little Black and Little Pied Cormorant.

Carroll Nature Reserve Kokoda Track

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
In 1995 The Kingaroy Apex Club erected the plaque and gateway to mark the start of the Kokoda Track and the Carroll Nature Reserve. This was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of victory in the Pacific in 1945 and to honour the people who gave their lives defending Australia in the Pacific Islands. Descendants of Kingaroy's earliest settlers, Dan and Bridget Carroll, donated the use of these five-acres of soft wood vine scrub to the people of Kingaroy as a nature reserve. The area was dedicated in 1987; this marked the 100th anniversary of Dan Carroll's arrival in Australia from Ireland in 1887. The nature reserve is a peaceful oasis of bushland close to the centre of Kingaroy and the track offers an enjoyable walk through native bushland - a fitting memorial to those who gave their lives in the Pacific. Take time out to relax, enjoy the serenity of your surroundings and listen for the birds in the area. This track gives visitors the opportunity to stretch their legs after a long day of travelling. This conveniently located bird watching area will give sightings of Indian Koel, Dollar Bird, Rufous whistler, Rufous Fantail and Eastern Whipbird.

Coomba Falls

Maidenwell, South Burnett Area
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Coomba Falls, at Maidenwell, is an exceptionally ravishing place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs. The water is icy most of the year so this is the ideal site to cool down on a hot day. Located just a few kilometres from the heart of Maidenwell, picturesque Coomba Falls provides the ideal setting for a picnic and a day of swimming and relaxing.

Wooroolin Wetland

Wooroolin, South Burnett Area
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The Wooroolin Wetland is located at the township of Wooroolin, 16 kilometers north of Kingaroy along the Bunya Highway. The walking trails can be accessed from the parking area beside the Grand Hotel, over the railway line and follow the signage. Alternatively you can access the walking trails via the bird hide by turning right into Sportsground Road from the Bunya Highway on the outskirts of Wooroolin. A bird hide and two walking trails have been established for naturalists to fully appreciate resident and migratory fauna. Over 25 different birds have been sighted including nankeen kestrels, striated pardalotes and golden-headed cisticola. Over two kilometers of endangered vegetation has been fenced to help restrict access and protect the local and regional species. Revegetation is taking place in this eucalypt woodland and particular attention is being paid to the endangered Queensland Blue Gum. Wooroolin State School planted 80 native trees in 2003 and will continue with an annual tree-planting program. Nesting boxes have been provided as alternative habitats for sugar gliders and possums. Interpretive signage has been erected to promote project achievements, local information, wildlife and tracks.
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In Auburn River National Park, the spectacular Auburn River flows over huge salmon-coloured boulders as it courses through a steep-sided granite gorge. Look up along the clifftops for the nesting peregrine falcons. The forest and waterholes are also good spots for birdwatching. Weeping red bottlebrushes contrast with dark green of stunted figs and flowering tea-trees along the creek. In spring, there are wildflowers to admire. A 600 metre (return) walking track leads to a lookout far above the river. Take the 3.2 kilometre (return) gentle walk along the top of the gorge above the river. Another quite strenuous trail winds down the side of the gorge to the river (1.5 kilometre return).

Main Range National Park

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
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Impressive mountain peaks, escarpments and ridges offer breathtaking views in this park, which is home to rare and endangered wildlife. Main Range National Park follows an arc of rugged peaks and ridges, and is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. It provides a crucial western link in south-east Queensland's remarkable Scenic Rim. Drive the Cunningham Highway between Ipswich and Warwick, which traverses the park, and enjoy breath-taking views. Stop at Cunningham's Gap picnic area and walk the Rainforest circuit to enjoy the spectacular view over distinctive volcanic peaks, the Fassifern Valley and Lake Moogerah, or take one of the more challenging full day hikes up Mount Cordeaux or Mount Mitchell. Enjoy a picnic at Queen Mary Falls, which plunge an impressive 40 metres. At Spicer's Gap, explore the Pioneer Graves track or take the short walk to Governors Chair lookout. At Goombera, explore the rich history and natural values of the forest in the Dalrymple circuit. Extend your stay in this prestigious park and camp at Spicers Gap and Goomburra camping areas.

Condamine Gorge '14 River Crossing'

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
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'14 River Crossings' is appropriately named after the 14 river crossings located across this track. This track is accessible by four wheel drive vehicles only. During normal conditions the crossings of the Condamine River are relatively shallow. However, during wet weather the river will rise rapidly making it impassable. It is advisable to check conditions with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre prior to visiting. The Condamine Gorge is home to a number of endangered species, please respect this precious environment. Note that private properties either side of the track may not be fenced, so please keep to the road and creek area and observe the 'no trespassing' signs. To commence the track from Boonah, start opposite the Police Station, travel out from Boonah along Rathdowny Road and turn right at Carney's Creek Road. Travel out approximately 12 kilometres to cross Teviot Brook floodway and then turn right to The Head. The low road is Condamine Gorge. This track is only accessible when the weather is dry, take the high road when river is flowing. From Killarney, turn left into Condamine Gorge just after the abattoir.

Ravensbourne National Park

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
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For many years, Ravensbourne National Park was a traditional stop over for Aboriginal people on their way to and from bunya festivals in the Bunya Mountains. Today, visitors come to admire rainforest remnants, majestic Sydney blue gums and more than 80 bird species, including green catbirds and vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Under the rainforest's dense canopy, orchids and elkhorns thrive. Picnic at either Blackbean or Cedar Block day-use area and explore the park's five short tracks (the longest is two hours). Near Cedar Block's self-guiding walk, Gus Beutel lookout gives panoramic views of the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim. On other tracks, watch for red-tailed black-cockatoos in the she-oaks and listen for the ringing calls of paradise riflebirds. Lorikeets and fairy-wrens are also often seen. Bring wood to enjoy a barbecue at either picnic area. Stay at nearby Crows Nest National Park, at Cressbrook Dam or in nearby towns.

Benarkin State Forest Park

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
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In Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range, majestic hoop pines rise above dense subtropical rainforest. Pines planted in the 1920s thrive near blue gum and ironbark forests. Turn off the D'Aguilar Highway and take the unsealed 16 kilometre forest drive to picnic or camp by Emu Creek. Dogs are permitted (on a leash) at Clancys camping area. Visitors can walk or ride mountain bikes or horses on the Bicentennial National Trail, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail or on formed roads and tracks; except where signed or when access is restricted due to timber harvesting activities .
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Lake Broadwater Conservation Park protects the only natural lake on the Darling Downs and the surrounding cypress and brigalow. Waterbirds and wildlife find refuge at the lake and surrounding vegetation. The shallow lake and its surrounds were a focal point for local Aboriginal people and later teamsters and early settlers. Picnic under river red gums, relax and enjoy the wildlife and wildflowers. Watch waterbirds nesting on the 'neck' of the lake from an elevated bird hide Visitors can stroll along the two kilometre track joining the two camping areas or take the five kilometre (return) self-guided drive. Swimming, boating and water skiing are permitted, but the lake can dry out for lengthy periods so check with the caretaker before planning to take your boat on the water (boating permits required).
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