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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From AU$110 - 110
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 1910) 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”.

Bestbrook Mountain Resort

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$30 - 370
Imagine waking up in the crisp morning air, and after a fun filled day, relaxing as you watch the sun set on another splendid Queensland experience. Whether it is a weekend away with the kids, a meal in the restaurant, time to catch up with friends or a work conference, Bestbrook is the destination for you. Ray and Elise would like to welcome you to Bestbrook, a farm-stay were everyone is encouraged to have fun. They have owned and operated Bestbrook for 10 years, building a strong customer base by making everyone feel like part of their family. Along with their children and their committed staff, they aim to provide you with memories you will remember long after you have returned home. During the weekends and on school holidays listen to Cyril, a long time member of the Bestbrook family, recall snippets from the past. He will show you how to milk a cow and churn the cream into butter which you will enjoy with your damper and billy tea. Bruce and Laura will gain your confidence and teach you the art of horse riding, how to crack a whip, how to throw a boomerang and have it come back.

Hillview Cottages

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$140 - 270
Hillview Cottages is a unique Booie Range retreat and is the perfect place to stay while you discover the beautiful South Burnett and Bunya Mountains. There are three self-contained and fully equipped air conditioned cottages (all with double spa baths and wood fires) overlooking this magnificent 57 acre property which has views that will make you sigh and are so good for the soul. Each cottage has its own historic charm - from a converted dairy and a worker’s cottage to a historic church (circa 1912). Only two and a half hours drive from Brisbane or two hours from the Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba, Hillview is the perfect destination to recharge the batteries in an area that has everything you need for a great break away. While in the South Burnett enjoy the wineries, museums, art galleries, restaurants and quaint country towns, all within a short drive of Hillview. Visit Pottique Lavender Farm for a huge array of antiques and collectables and all things lavender or visit historic Taabinga Homestead or Ringsfield House. At night visit the Kingaroy Observatory for an amazing experience. Chris, Sandy and invite you to share their piece of paradise and enjoy the magic of Hillview.

R on the Downs Rural Retreat

Yangan, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160 - 255
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.

Taabinga Homestead

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$100 - 130
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.

Redrock On Booie

Booie, South Burnett Area
From AU$165 - 200
Redrock on Booie, comprising two luxury self contained cottages high on the Booie range, just 10 kilometres north of Kingaroy, is set on 45 acres of pristine native bushland. This includes 20 acres of hardwood forest - a natural haven for native birds and wildlife and home to a small, but growing, herd of pedigree Lowline Cattle. Set amongst the native forest high above Augustine Valley on the rim of the Booie Range, Redrock provides the perfect setting for secluded, private and peaceful getaways. Both cottages feature Queen sized beds, leather recliner lounge chairs, spa baths and wood fires. The rear patios are ideal for taking in the spectacular views of Augustine valley and the Booie Range, while relaxing or turning steaks on the gas barbecue. Located within five kilometres of Kingaroy's wineries and restaurants and 10 minutes from the centre of Kingaroy, Redrock on Booie is the ideal place to relax and revive.

Minmore Farmstay Bed and Breakfast

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$120 - 120
Minmore is a 7000 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.

Rovers Rest Guesthouse and Studio Units

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
From AU$150 - 600
A warm welcome awaits guests at Rovers Rest. Rovers Rest offers guests two styles of accommodation, the Guest House or the Studio Units. Half way between Glen Aplin and Ballandean, this colonial style farm house is situated on 80 acres. Rovers Rest Guest House has two luxury queen beds and two king size single beds and one sofa bed. This superb house has two bathrooms, separate dining room lounge with large combustion fire place and sweeping verandahs with great views of the surrounding country side. Walk to wineries only a few hundred metres down the road or drive to more than 15 wineries within ten minutes. Rovers Rest Guest House is situated in the middle of the Queensland Wine District. Each unit has its own bathroom, kitchen, television, stereo, fridge, microwave, jug, toaster, sink, table and chairs for four. There are two units with one queen bed and a sofa bed and two units with two king size single beds and a sofa bed. There is a communal room. It has a gas stove and barbecue, two couches, large eight seater dining table, television, stainless steel benches and wood fire place. There is also a 34 metre under cover verandah.

Severn-dipity

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160 - 380
Indulge in the Seven sins of Severn-dipity. Discovery, Tranquillity, Rejuvenation, Relaxation, Freedom, Serenity, Peace. Severn-dipity cabin is a luxury two bedroom cabin nestled on the banks of the Severn River in an Aussie bush setting offering privacy and seclusion ideal for a romantic getaway for a couple and comfortable enough for two couples with two bathrooms. Enjoy winter by the fire or summer by the river. Be as active as you like, a glass of wine on the deck or scale the pyramid at Girraween National Park. Terata house opened 2013 offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Great for a group looking for space. Views from four outdoor areas are 360 degrees overlooking farmland and grazing cows. There is a fully equipped kitchen and fireplace.

Pitstop Lodge Guesthouse and Bed and Breakfast

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$60 - 700
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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