Southern Queensland Country

Only a short drive away from Brisbane and the coast, and you're in Southern Queensland Country. Welcome to four clearly defined seasons, clean air, a burgeoning wine industry, galleries and museums, and the freshest and tastiest produce. It's all waiting for you to explore.

Comprised of four regions, Southern Queensland Country is a refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you like wine, the South Burnett and Granite Belt regions offer a variety of vineyards and cellar doors. The region offers wild expanses of national parks and the cheery hubbub of country markets, heritage-rich history, folk music festivals, fine dining and freshwater fishing. This is a part of Queensland where a visit should not be hurried.

The laid-back country roads and designated scenic routes make travelling in this part of the state a real pleasure. There are plenty of bed and breakfast options sprinkled among the more than 50 cellar doors and a choice of cafes and delis to make your meals memorable.

Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures: home-cooked breakfasts at quaint cottages, hidden antique shops or simply a cuddle with a loved one by the fire in the cooler winter months.

There are plenty of amazing things to see and do around Southern Queensland Country. Whether you're in the mood for something relaxing, action-packed or just feel like going for a long nature walk, there's something to suit everyone's tastes.

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Mount Archer National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
With a height of 604 metres, Mt Archer dominates Mt Archer National Park and provides a dramatic backdrop to Rockhampton. The park protects a range of plants and animals, including plant species with restricted distributions, also the glossy black-cockatoo.

Blackdown Tableland National Park

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
As the traditional home of the Ghungalu people, the Blackdown Tableland National Park is a place of ancient aboriginal art, deep gorges and scenic waterfalls. There are several walking tracks in the park which will allow you to discover unusual plant communities that thrive in the cooler, elevated climate - as well as lookouts and relics from the past.

Marlborough

Marlborough, Livingstone Area
Marlborough is situated 102 kilometres north of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway (Highway 1) and is the site of the chrysoprase mine. There is motel and caravan park style accommodation and the Marlborough Historical Museum to visit.

Gracemere

Gracemere, Rockhampton Area
Gracemere is located nine kilometres west of Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia. The town is home to the largest saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere and is the heart of the Capricorn cattle industry.

Dingo

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
Nestled in hundreds of hectares of grazing country, Dingo is a convenient access point for exploring the Blackdown Tableland National Park as well as home to the annual World Dingo Trap Throwing Competition and Picnic Races in July.

Bluff

Bluff, Central Highlands Area
Bluff is located in the Central Highlands, 94 kilometres east of Emerald on the Capricorn Highway. A must see for rail enthusiasts, Bluff is the major interchange station for coal trains. Many trains are over two kilometres long.

Rockhampton

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Rockhampton's charming historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for many decades. Founded in 1853, the city is home to heritage post offices, historic streetscapes, majestic cathedrals and quaint homes.

Blackwater

Blackwater, Central Highlands Area
Best known as the Coal Capital of Queensland, Blackwater is home to the Blackwater International Coal Centre where you can learn everything there is to know about coal. With over 20 exhibits and displays, the centre tells the story of the region's coal mining industry - past, present and future.
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