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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Birdhouse Cottage and Bed and Breakfast

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
From AU$120.00 - 140.00
Birdhouse Cottage and Bed and Breakfast welcomes it's guests' into a quiet country environment. Whilst still only being a short five minute drive to the city of Warwick. Birdhouse Cottage offers it's guests clean country style self-contained living for up to four people. The main house features two comfortable bedrooms with both rooms having french doors leading onto verandahs which overlook a scenic garden. Enjoy your breakfast here or in the house with the availability of your continental breakfast or a cooked Country style breakfast as required. Added features are all there for the guests' use including a barbecue, campfire and outdoor bar area. Various farm activities are available (depending on availability of farm animals). Warwick is growing to be a hub of tourism boasting it's famous Jumpers and Jazz in July festival, Rodeo, Motorsport, Equestrian and other sporting events adding to a thriving business centre. The scenery and friendly country hospitality leave guests with a relaxed feeling and a yen to visit Warwick once again.

Cloudlake Mountain Retreat

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
From AU$200.00 - 250.00
Cloudlake Mountain Retreat is a 65 acre organic/biodynamic farm property, at 2,000 feet in a secret valley in the mountains near Ravensbourne National Park. It offers guests a blissful escape from their busy lives, so wake up to a water view in either of the two fully self contained cottages, The Boathouse or Mother of Ducks Cottage, situated on their private lake. Cloudlake provides secluded romantic accommodation for a weekend escape or a longer recharge. Only half an hour from Toowoomba and two hours from Brisbane, Cloudlake Mountain Retreat is centrally located for further exploration to nearby National Parks, lakes, vineyards, antique shops and cafes.

R on the Downs Rural Retreat

Yangan, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160.00 - 255.00
R on the Downs is an eco-friendly four and a half star, award winning hosted, luxury Rural Retreat and Bed and Breakfast, nestled in the picturesque Swanfels Valley. It is the ideal home away from home ... to escape, rest and relax ... or ... re-ignite that something special. Rejuvenate in the luxurious and spacious Grand Federation Homestead Suites (ensuited); Secluded Tree-House Hideaway; or Intimate Early Settler's Cottage. The Tree-House, Cottage and some suites have private double spas, all with superb views. Rustic fireplaces add extra charm and ambience, whilst Romance is always in the air. Raise a glass to the spectacular views. Savour country cooked meals - home grown and local produce or cook yourself a barbecue. Rendezvous in the courtyard or gardens, enjoy the diversity of the native fauna and flora on this 40 acre bush paradise and Reinvigorate your senses. Use R on the Downs Rural Retreat as a starting point for your memorable experience and to discover the many attractions of the Southern Downs. Couples, Groups, Honeymooners all catered for. So...Slow down, breathe deep, enjoy quality time - with a taste of life in the country at R on the Downs.

Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$123.00 - 225.00
Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires. Sumptuous cooked breakfasts can be delivered to your cottage each morning of your stay. They are conveniently located close to restaurants, shops, wineries, but no main roads, ensuring peace and tranquillity. Take the Heritage Trail walk to town along the waterworn boulders of Quart Pot Creek. Enjoy the Pioneer hut with barbecue and open fire place, ideal for small group gatherings. Diamondvale - not just a place to sleep - a total experience. Walk to town along the "Heritage Trail" or stroll around the property, admiring the native flora, fauna and farm animals. Choose a romantic cottage for two, a family cottage with a loft, or share with friends in a cottage with two bedrooms, two ensuites, two verandas with large living, kitchen and dining areas. They now have a new "lodge" for four couples - absolute decadence four queen bedrooms and three bathrooms! Spoil yourself at Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages.

Minmore Farmstay Bed and Breakfast

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$120.00 - 120.00
Minmore is a 7,000 hectare beef producing property with a hectare of gardens, a tennis court and abundant wildlife. It's only a 45 minute drive to the Bunya Mountains and close to fruit growing area, wineries and the golf course. There is gliding available at the Kingaroy airport. Activities include feeding the animals, gathering eggs, bush walks and picnics. It's ideal for bird watchers and pets welcome, small dogs only. Accommodation is available both within the homestead and the two bedroom cottage is perfect for families.

Oaklea Bed and Breakfast and Cottages

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
From AU$85.00 - 95.00
Oaklea is a 300 acre working farm east of Killarney in the majestic mountains of the Scenic Rim. Picturesque, peaceful, and cooler than the lowlands due to their elevation, they are seemingly closer to the stars at night! Their garden is shaded by 100 year old Oak trees, under which they have planted camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons. The property has a significant stand of remnant rainforest and eucalypt forest, ideal for a quiet walk. From both cottages there are excellent views of the mountains, and when you walk around the property you will experience views that are unsurpassed anywhere in the region. Close to the Main Range National Park and Queen Mary Falls, they are ideally located between Boonah and Killarney for sightseeing, bushwalking, photography, bird watching, mountain biking, or just plain relaxation. Comfortable accommodation is available in two self contained cottages sleeping up to seven, or in the homestead itself.
From AU$110.00 - 110.00
Enjoy your farm stay activities and accommodation at Chinchilla, the beginning of the outback. In 1990 Shirley and Brian returned to the family property (settled in 1905) to build their Bimbimbi home. Later they restored the original pioneer family home complete with original furniture at Little Hollow. They now can share with guests their love and enjoyment of country life either at Bimbimbi which offers full accommodation or self-catered accommodation at Little-Hollow. The 2,500 acre Hereford grazing property is situated 20 kilometres west of Chinchilla and is only a three and a half hours drive from Brisbane. When you step out of your car the peace and tranquility of the views, bush and wilderness areas will enfold you. Guests can walk to explore or just watch the Hereford cows and calves graze. Bordering on the Condamine River this property has preserved a major part of the original bush and wilderness areas. It has been recognised by Greening Australia and is registered as “Land for Wildlife”.

Taabinga Homestead

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$100.00 - 130.00
Taabinga Homestead is part of the National Estate and is central to the history of the South Burnett. The homestead was built in 1846 and is one of Queensland's oldest, continuously lived in rural homes. Situated at Haly Creek near Kingaroy, Taabinga Homestead is a working cattle property. Accommodation at the Homestead is in fully equipped, self-contained cottages set amongst its gardens. Other outbuildings include the stables, a dairy, blacksmiths and butcher's shops. Walking trails around the property, including its dam, allow visitors to see birds and native animals in their natural state. Visitors may also view Taabinga's cemetery and its vineyard, watch cattle work in action or simply relax in its tranquil setting. The Homestead also caters for group visits, which feature a guided tour of the Homestead and outbuildings together with lunch, morning or afternoon tea as required. A visit to Taabinga Homestead offers a genuine experience of rural living as well as a glimpse of past lifestyles at this historic property. Taabinga Homestead is owned and managed by Libby Leu and Colin Marshall. Libby's family has owned and lived at the Homestead since 1887.

Riviera on Ruthven Motel

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$120.00 - 170.00
Welcome to Toowoomba's best value motel the Riviera On Ruthven Motel, centrally located on Ruthven street (South Toowoomba), close to the Toowoomba city golf club, CBD,education, medical, and sporting facilities. Extensive refurbishment over the past four years gives you a bright new and modern accommodation facility at competitive rates. The Riviera on Ruthven Motel is the first Motel accommodation in Toowoomba to offer 80+ FREE FOXTEL Channels in the comfort of your room. They are rated at the higher end of a three and a half star motel by AAA Tourism in 2014. They're also accredited with T-QUAL (Australian Tourism Quality Assured). Riviera On Ruthven Motel offer excellent Toowoomba accommodation, services and great old fashioned hospitality available right there in the middle of Toowoomba Garden City. They are pleased to announce that they have expanded and can now offer - 28 ground floor Units, Family rooms and 2 bedroom units, Executive Suites, One Bedroom serviced Apartments. Short Stay 3 and 4 Bedroom Fully self-contained, fully furnished Houses. Come and stay whether it be for business, Hospitals, education, Sport , weddings, work or travel. If you're visiting Toowoomba they're sure they can provide you with the Accommodation type for you.

Pitstop Lodge Guesthouse and Bed and Breakfast

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$140.00 - 700.00
The Pitstop Lodge Bed and Breakfast and Guesthouse is a home away from home. Pitstop Lodge is a self contained old Queensland home with a comfortable, homely atmosphere, at a reasonable price. Up to 12 people can be accommodated in the house, which makes it ideal for groups as well as couples and singles. Pitstop Lodge B&B has three queen sized bedrooms, and a dormitory style area with six single beds. All linen is supplied. There are 2 bathrooms with fans and heaters. Plenty of off street and undercover parking. There is also a self-contained adjoining cottage which has a double bedroom, sofa bed and a single bed if required and a bathroom and toilet. Pitstop Lodge is ideally situated within walking distance of Warwick city centre, restaurants and clubs. There are plenty of restaurants to try including Italian, Indian, Thai and Chinese, or a fantastic country steak at one of the many pubs in town. A large rear deck provides a pleasant area where guests can relax after a busy day and watch the sunset over a quiet drink and cook a barbecue. Pitstop Lodge can be booked as a whole house or as individual bookings.
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