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Country Roads and Cellar Doors Drive Itinerary

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Hit the open roads west of Brisbane on a three day 519 kilometre country circuit through Queensland's oldest city Ipswich, and further west to Stanthorpe and Toowoomba.

Eat and drink your way around the Granite Belt wine country with more than 45 award winning cellar doors. Pair your wine with a platter of fresh produce straight from the farm paddock at a roadside stall bursting with stone fruit, jam preserves and chocolates.

Walk it off hiking within the nearby Main Range and Girraween National Park's, lined in boulder rock formations, lush rainforest and ancient vegetation. On the final day conclude in the 'Garden City' of Toowoomba nestled high on the Great Dividing Range from one of the many parks overlooking the Lockyer Valley and beyond.

Journey Details

Duration
72 Hours
Distance
519 Kilometres

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Murphys Creek Escape

Lockyer, Lockyer Valley Area
From AU$21 - 240
Murphy's Creek Escape is an exciting waterfront camping park 20 minutes from Toowoomba and one and a half hours from Brisbane. There are generous sized powered and un-powered sites and group camping areas all in a natural bush setting. Take a dip in the billabong, try one of their adventure activities - abseiling, 235 metre Flying Fox, archery, mountain biking and a ropes course. Enjoy a barbecue or picnic, relax under a tree with a book, or cook a damper and spin a yarn around your own camp fire. Numerous bird species fill the air with their calls. Murphy's Creek Escape is dog friendly. Facilities include clean amenities (hot showers), camp kitchen/barbecue area, shop (stocks ice, gas, firewood, basic stores), washing machines and dryers. Activities on site include Flying Fox, archery, bird watching, swimming, horse riding (bring your own horse), orienteering, camping, painting, abseiling, and swimming. There are also numerous nearby attractions to keep you entertained! Overlooking Murphy's Creek from an escarpment, luxuriously appointed Safari tents are the ultimate experience in glamping. King size beds, claw foot baths, rain shower heads, luxurious linen - fully self contained luxury glamping.

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.

Ravensbourne Escape

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
From AU$220 - 580
Ravensbourne Escape is a holiday resort high up on the mountain range at Ravensbourne only an hour and a half west of Brisbane and 40 minutes from Toowoomba. Enjoy views of neighbouring Ravensbourne National Park whilst relaxing in the serenity of your beautifully appointed home. Accommodation ranges from a romantic studio home with on-deck spa to 4 bedroom lodges. Guest facilities include golf course, tennis court, conference and meeting facilities and on-site restaurant where you can enjoy a relaxing meal and sweeping views.

Spicers Balfour Hotel

New Farm, Brisbane Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$249 - 429
From the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel resembles many of the large and beautiful classic Queenslander homes found in its neighbourhood, the fashionable inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm. But inside it holds a secret that sets it apart from the other luxury hotels in Brisbane. Ideal for couples, exclusive groups and corporate stays. Located only 13 kilometres from Brisbane airport, three kilometres from Brisbane Central Business District, and in the heart of Brisbane's fashionable suburb of New Farm, Spicers Balfour Hotel offers a central, stylish escape for both work and leisure. New Farm offers Brisbane's best restaurants, cafes, bars, day spas, and designer boutiques - all within a five minute walk from the hotel. Just minutes away, Brisbane's Central Business District offers a multitude of attractions, activities and events. Comprehensive facilities: Guests are privy to the hotel's butler service, dining room, rooftop bar (with views of Brisbane's city skyline and Story Bridge), wifi access and conference room - creating a luxury retreat that is modern and functional, yet comforting and private. The Balfour Kitchen is open for Breakfast, Royal High Tea, Lunch Events and Dinner. Booking is recommended.

Alure Boutique Villas

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$360 - 495
Alure Boutique Villas is exclusively for couples who want to indulge in a sublime, romantic retreat and experience the ultimate in sophisticated, self catering bed and breakfast accommodation. This first class luxury tent camping/glamping experience is complete with every convenience you could never imagine you'd find in a tent. Home of the world's most romantic and luxurious self contained tent accommodation, Alure also has two other private luxury split level villas. Escape for a romantic break at Alure's beautifully appointed villas. Set back for privacy on a 50 acre property; the villas are nestled amongst tranquil bushland. Take in the magnificent views from the comfort of the sumptuous lounge, unwind in front of a crackling fire, or end the day stargazing whilst soaking in your private heated outdoor spa. Alure Boutique Villas is located only minutes from the many cellar doors of the Granite Belt Wine region, spectacular National Parks and the treasures that Stanthorpe has to offer, including first class restaurants and cafes. Fall in love again at Alure Boutique Villas.

Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$160 - 225
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.

Ravensbourne Forest Chalets

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
From AU$210 - 275
Located only 35 minutes north of Toowoomba, Ravensbourne Forest Chalets allows you to relax and revitalise in the clear, fresh mountain air - and for those romantic summer evenings you can escape from the coastal humidity. All six "couple get away chalets" have double spa bath, log fires, reverse cycle air conditioning, full kitchen with a dishwasher, barbecue on secluded verandah and carport. The three deluxe queen spa chalets have a queen bed and the three deluxe king spa chalets have a king bed, surround sound, washing machine and dryer. Awaken to the call of the whip bird or cat bird, enjoy the relaxation of your own chalet or venture out to Lake Cressbrook or Ravensbourne National Park, both located only minutes away. Only 90 minutes from Brisbane, this getaway location offers the ultimate romantic experience with privacy and tranquillity. Ravensbourne Forest Chalets are nestled in a private rainforest, 600 metres above sea level, on 40 acres of picturesque undulating native forest. Ravensbourne is in the Crows Nest area of the Toowoomba Regional Council, 45 kilometres north of Toowoomba on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. Delicious breakfast, picnic lunch or barbecue dinner hampers are available as are massages.

Happy Valley Retreat

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$120 - 300
Happy Valley Retreat is the only resort in Queensland that boasts it's very own onsite brewery - Granite Belt Brewery. With 19 cosy timber cabins including spa and family cabins - all with log fires, a house that sleeps 10 guests, an onsite restaurant and bar and a brewery and function room, Happy Valley Retreat really does have it all. Nestled amongst the hills surrounding the Queensland border town of Stanthorpe, Happy Valley Retreat is located on 30 acres of beautiful Australian bushland, yet is only a five minute drive from Stanthorpe town centre. As the sun sets, wander down to the main homestead for a tasting paddle of Geoff's craft beer or a local wine or cider. The rustic ambience of exposed beams and timber panelling, chesterfield lounges, an open fireplace and the friendliest staff, ensure a relaxed atmosphere in which to unwind before moving to the dining room for a heart-warming meal showcasing local produce.

Cedar Lookout

Wynnum, Brisbane Area
From AU$170 - 240
Cedar Lookout is a fully furnished air-conditioned house located 100 metres from the stunning waterfront of Moreton Bay with the islands as a backdrop. Being a self contained house, it caters for groups, families, or relocation to Brisbane where a three bedroom house is more comfortable. (The whole house is booked by your group, not just individual rooms.) Cedar Lookout is located in Wynnum, is a 25 minute drive from Brisbane City, only one hour south to the Gold Coast and one hour north to the Sunshine Coast. Wynnum is the water front suburb of Brisbane where the city meets the bay. Cedar lookout is perfectly located to base yourself while exploring Brisbane and all it has to offer. Wynnum Manly as the area is known, boasts one of the largest Marina's in Australia and caters for tourists with many activities. 200 metres to the Wynnum wading pool, a Brisbane icon and the new water adventure playground for the children. Close to many restaurants and clubs when you are not in the mood to cook. Join a fishing trip, boat cruise or explore the fabulous shops of the impressive shopping centre nearby, or sit and enjoy the view and weather!
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