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Great Inland Way

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The Great Inland way starts in Sydney and takes in much of central New South Wales before reaching the Queensland border at Hebel. The Queensland leg of the Great Inland Way road trip extends 1863 kilometres from Outback Queensland to the Coral Sea, beginning on the New South Wales border through to Cairns in the tropical north.

This six day bucket list adventure passes through Dirranbandi and St George, on the banks of the Balonne River and home to well stocked yellowbelly. Detour to Queensland's oldest hotel at the Nindigully Pub and try the 1.2 kilogram 'Road Train' hamburger - if you dare!

Continue along well signed and flat sealed roads, past open plains of Mitchell grass, brolgas and cattle properties to Surat, Roma and Injune en route to the sandstone escarpments of Carnarvon National Park.

Stop off at the gateway to the sapphire gemfields in Emerald with a fossicking permit, and then detour to Capella, Clermont, Charters Towers and Undara - to overnight in an old railway carriage and explore the historic lava tubes.

Grab a bite to eat at the highest pub in Queensland in Ravenshoe, and indulge on fresh produce in the 'food bowl of the tropics' on the Atherton Tablelands. Here, sip freshly roasted coffee from local plantations and gorge on tropical fruits and gourmet cheeses of every variety.

Complete the Great Inland Way with a scenic cable car tour overlooking the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef to Kuranda markets high in the hinterland, before descending into the launching pad of Cairns, to explore above and below the fringing Coral Sea.

Journey Details

Duration
144 Hours
Distance
1863 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping

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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.

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.

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.

Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
From AU$165 - 165
Feeling stressed? Lost focus, or just need some time to think? Come and enjoy a little seclusion, tranquillity and more importantly, take time to recharge life's batteries. The Studio is an old farm building, renovated, to include the necessities of life whilst retaining simple charm and character. It is nestled into 120 acres of "once-upon-a-time" dairy, and is now a working farm with sheep and cattle. Ideal for couples, it consists of a small kitchen, ensuite, living space, pot belly stove, and two porches, one of which has a WeberQ. Wander amongst the vines and olive trees, or simply 'chill out' and put your feet up with a longed-for good read. There is an abundance of flora and fauna to enjoy and space to do exactly what you want. Perhaps enjoy a swim, picnic, or a stroll down to the dam. Experience the quiet, the stars, shade under the porch or take in the ambience whilst sipping a chilled white, or robust red in the rustic " Old Machinery Shed" Cellar Door nearby. The Cellar Door is open every Sunday between 10am and 4pm for tastings. The Studio is a little over two hours drive from Brisbane.

Homewood Cottages

Highfields, Toowoomba Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$155 - 235
Homewood Cottages are situated in the heart of Highfields only 10 kilometres north of Toowoomba off the New England Highway. The cottages border Davidson's Arboretum (Latin for tree garden), an exquisite one hectare of many varieties of trees from around the world. The cottages are ideally situated and offer great ambience for a romantic weekend or a relaxing midweek break. Each cottage is tastefully themed (Australian/English). The Highfields District offers many local eateries, restaurants, old country pubs, arts and crafts shops, art galleries, historical sites and museums, country markets, flower art, pottery, gifts, scrapbooking, quilting, homemade chocolate shops, parks and gardens, national parks and lakes. Many are within walking distance. Suitable for garden weddings with the adjoining Arboretum having a lovely wedding arch set amongst the established gardens also housing a bandstand beside a labyrinth maze. Free wi-fi is also available.

BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$41 - 214
BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park is your first choice for centrally located accommodation. Whatever your taste, whatever the time, this region of South East Queensland has something special to offer both the day tripper and the holiday-maker. Mum and Dad can relax in the spa while watching the kids splash about in the two heated swimming pools (the large pool is solar heated the small pool heated by electricity). The jumping pillow is great fun for all ages. Enjoy a delicious barbecue set amongst tranquil surrounds. Add that extra tantalizing taste with herbs from the free herb gardens. Accommodation is easy with their range of open plan, one, two or three bedroom units, sleeping from two to 10 people - there is something that is right for everyone. For something extra special, spoil yourself with a stay in the Spa Villa with complimentary wine and Tim Tams! All cabins have reverse-cycle air conditioning. Caravanners can choose from a shady slab site, drive-thru site or enjoy the convenience of an ensuite site. At BIG4Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park, you'll find everything you need to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable stay.

Cloudlake Mountain Retreat

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
From AU$225 - 245
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.

Best Western Tuscany On Tor Motor Inn

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$155 - 205
When staying in Toowoomba for business or pleasure, choose to stay at Best Western Tuscany on Tor Motor Inn, a modern luxuriously appointed motel. Choose from motel, studio, spa and self contained family rooms. Self-contained family rooms are the ideal choice for travelling families. Honeymoon suites with a spa are also available. All 20 suites are ultra quiet, ground floor and feature queen size beds. All rooms feature reverse-cycle air conditioning, microwaves, free pay television and undercover parking. Best Western Tuscany on Tor is just a short walk to the Clifford Park shopping centre and racecourse. The motel is only a short drive away from Toowoomba General Hospital, showgrounds and equestrian centre, Central Business District, University of Southern Queensland and Tourist Attractions. The motel features an on-site pool, barbecue area and adjoins two hectares of parkland and play area. Enquire about Best Western Tuscany on Tor's weekly and monthly rates.

Highlander Motor Inn

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$139 - 240
After a hard days work or a tiring days driving, relax and revitalise in a spa or enjoy a dip in the solar heated saltwater pool at Highlander Motor Inn. Relax with a beer and a gourmet meal in your spacious suite. Need to work? There is free wireless internet throughout the property. Their onsite conference room is an ideal location for small meetings, conferences, and group training. With full catering options available onsite.

Quest Toowoomba Serviced Apartments

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$189 - 919
Quest Toowoomba is conveniently located on Margaret Street and is one of Toowoomba's newest accommodation providers. Comprising 74 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with kitchen facilities, WiFi, air-conditioning and work desk. Spacious apartments feature private balcony, laundry, separate lounge and dining and flexible bedding configurations suitable for business or leisure travellers, families and groups for overnight, short term and long term accommodation requirements. Quest Toowoomba, where guests will also enjoy gymnasium, onsite undercover secure parking and a conference room.
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