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Valleys and Vines

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area

Escape on this excursion from the heart of Queensland's capital Brisbane and discover that so close to the city's vibrant heart another world awaits - a place for renewal of body, mind and soul.
Experience the glitz of Australia's one and only Gold Coast with its non stop show and the stunning Scenic Rim. Up in the mountains, surrounded by clouds, give way to romance in an out-of-the-way luxury bed n breakfast within the dense rainforest. See magical sights of waterfalls and dramatic landscapes as roads lead you up and over the beautiful Scenic Rim.
Fall in love with the Granite Belt, home to the largest granite rock formation in the Southern Hemisphere and Queensland's premier wine growing region. It's perfect here for snuggling by a flickering fire sampling the local drop.
The fully sealed road takes you through green valleys, one of Queensland's richest agricultural areas and quaint country towns where shops are often stocked with treasures of antiques and old wares. Hear the stories of authors, saviours and saints or for those that like things a little bit quicker, go abseiling, hang gliding or for a ride in a colourful hot air balloon where you can toast this rich landscape with a glass of champagne.
View art galleries, smell roses, go fishing and stock up on local produce before finishing this drive off with a dip in the sea at stylish Noosa. You'll agree this is truly a special corner of Queensland. Contemplate adding an extra day or two and discovering Lamington National Park, Natural Bridge, O'Reilly's Plateau and the ancient Bunya Mountains- a few more of the regions natural bounties on offer. Don't be alarmed if you're tempted by real estate - you won't be the first that has driven this way and found a new home!

Journey Details

Duration
7 Days
Itinerary Type
One Way
Mode of Travel
Car
Distance
894 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

Activities

  • Animal Viewing
  • Art and Craft
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Farm/Station
  • Fruit Picking
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Horseriding
  • Kayaking
James Cook Centre
Herries Street
Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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Fun Over 50 Travel and Tours

Multiple Locations
From AU$990.00 - 5200.00
Choose a fully escorted tour from a selection of Coastal and Outback experiences throughout Queensland. Fun Over 50 Queensland tours offer `Gold Class' coach tours and rail tours that have been specifically designed for the 50s plus market. Tours range from three days to 13 days and are fully inclusive of meals, accommodation and attractions. Fun Over 50 engage fully qualified guides at iconic attractions/locations that enhance your tourism experience. Join the friendly and professional on-board crew and learn about Queensland's hidden secrets through the commentary of your expert Coach Captain.

Thrifty Car Rental

Multiple Locations
From AU$39.00 - 39.00
Thrifty is one of the most dynamic vehicle rental companies not only represented in South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales, but in every State, Territory, major Town and major Airport in Australia. They're 100 per cent Australian owned, so they really know your local area. The modern fleet of vehicles includes an extensive range of cars, trucks, vans, utes and buses and is amongst the youngest in the industry.

GPO Bar and Cafe

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
GPO Bar and Cafe is conveniently located at the centre of Toowoomba CBD, close to the town's cultural district where theatres, art galleries and boutiques spring up near Queen's Park. The menu is Modern Australian, with some Mediterranean influences. GPO offers a carefully chosen selection of wines, beers and ciders for diners to enjoy with their meals.

Park House Cafe & Restaurant

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Toowoomba's Park House Cafe serves local produce in a relaxed garden setting. The space is divided into two; a laid-back cafe and a more upmarket restaurant, but both offer long opening hours, a chic minimalist dining room and a fresh, healthy menu. Park House Cafe's drawcard is its location directly opposite Queens Park, which means you can enjoy your meal in the great outdoors, beneath umbrellas nestled in greenery.

Create-A-Tour

Multiple Locations
From AU$65.00 - 220.00
Create-A-Tour offer unique and personalised Day Tours of beautiful Brisbane, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Hinterlands and the Scenic Rim. Private Half and Full Day Tours are designed for up to 4 people and cater for individuals special interests. Wildlife tours including fully guided bushwalks and bird watching throughout the region are a speciality. Each tour is designed specifically for the individual or group and there are no minimum numbers. Suggested tour itineraries could include major attractions like Australia Zoo or Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or Underwater World, iconic landmarks, wineries, shopping outlets and markets, golden beaches, retro and vintage fashions - or just walking through Ancient Gondwana Rainforests of the Hinterlands. Tours include pick up and return to Brisbane city hotel, airport or cruise ship, morning and/or afternoon tea, snacks, experienced guide, and National Park fees. Some equipment is also available for day use such as binoculars or Day packs if required. Create-A-Tour offers unique private tours so you only see what you want to see at a relaxed pace and in a comfortable easy access vehicle. No scrambling on and off buses or trying to keep to others time schedules.

Weis Restaurant

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
When solace from Toowoomba's summer sun is in order, head to Weis fine-dining Restaurant. With a rich history at its core, and set in an amazing rustic residence, guests fall in love with Weis Restaurant the moment they enter the door. Weis Restaurant is well-known for its buffets, filled with seafood, steak and tantalising desserts that are as beautiful to eat as they are to look at.

The Staging Post Café

Gatton, Lockyer Valley Area
The Staging Post Café makes its home in the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre. The venue is fully licensed, with beer and wine available for thirsty sightseers. The café serves Modern Australian dishes, from scones with jam and cream to steaks with veggies. All produce is sourced from local suppliers, so diners can eat well and support local industry.

The Olive Branch Bar & Restaurant

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
This sophisticated restaurant and bar is situated on the ground level of the Central Plaza building in Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. It boasts a chic lounge bar and an al fresco dining area, where guests can work their way through a Modern Australian tapas menu and carefully crafted cocktails. Olive Branch Lounge Bar and Restaurant is the creation of culinary master Jason Wood, whose stint at one Michelin star restaurant La Mirazur, is evident in the food, which flaunts Mediterranean and French influences.

La Pizzaiola

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
La Pizzaiola has been serving local crowds homely Italian cuisine since 1989. This cosy Toowoomba eatery stays true to time-honoured Italian recipes and products, earning it a cult following in the area. The traditional menu offers pizza and pasta classics, plus local Australian seafood from Crystal Bay, North Queensland. Locals love the La Pizzaiola pasta so much, the kitchen now offers it for takeaway.
The Pittsworth Pioneer Historical Village consists of the Former Pittsworth Post Office, the Telephone Exchange and the Post Masters Residence. You'll also see the former one teacher school, a fully furnished cottage (circa 1900) and the Blacksmith Shop. Explore working life in the early days with displays of cheese making equipment and farm machinery. There are numerous displays including wearing apparel, lace work, early settlers hand tools, and a 1928 Austin Tourer car in original condition. Displays of memorabilia boast the feats of Arthur Postle, one time Australian and world's fastest athlete. He was born in the Pittsworth District.
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