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Northern Food Trail

Multiple Locations

Launch your regional food extravaganza from the Great Dividing Range in Toowoomba on a 457 kilometre Northern Food Trail circuit through the rich Darling Downs farming land.

Firstly head towards the rural townships of Oakey and Dalby and onto the Bunya Mountains markets to pick up some local bunya nut meal, used in carrot and bunya nut cake and even beef and bunya nut pies and burgers.

Further east, stop at the wafting smells of freshly roasted nuts from the peanut van in Kingaroy and sample their unique flavours, like the peanut prune salad and cherry and peanut cookies.

The South Burnett boutique wine region including nearby Goomeri and Nanango are home to both award winning white and red grape varieties and surrounded by olive groves, country gardens and farming land. Overnight in on-vineyard accommodation or rustic farm stay cottages before setting off to Maidenwell and the Highfields, with charming roadside produce stalls en route back to the 'Garden City' of Toowoomba.

Journey Details

Duration
6.12 Hours
Distance
457 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking/Trekking

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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.

Hillview Cottages

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
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From AU$140 - 270
Hillview Cottages is a unique multi award winning Booie Range retreat and is the perfect place to stay while you discover the 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 160 acre property which has with views for miles. Each cottage has its own historic charm - from a converted dairy and a workers cottage to a historic church (circa 1912) If you're looking for peace and quiet and star-filled nights, then this is the place. The area has everything you need for a great weekend away. Only two and a half hours drive from Brisbane, Hillview is the perfect destination for that short break to recharge the batteries. The view is wonderful and the serenity and ambience of the property is good for the soul. Chris and Sandy invite you to share their piece of paradise and enjoy the magic of Hillview.

Redrock On Booie

Booie, South Burnett Area
From AU$165 - 190
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.

Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
From AU$150 - 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. Ideal for couples, it consists of a small kitchen, ensuite, living space, pot belly stove, music system and two porches, one of which has a barbecue. Wander amongst the vines and olive trees or just 'chill out' and put your feet up. There is an abundance of flora and fauna to enjoy and space to do exactly what you want. Perhaps enjoy a game of croquet, boules, a swim, picnic, or a stroll down to the dam. Failing that, see their pop-up cooking school schedule - there is something for everyone. 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 Cellar Door just a short stroll from ones back door. The Cellar Door (Who'd Have Thought It) is open every Sunday between 10am and 4pm for tastings and simple but innovative lunches - the choice is yours.

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.

Bunyip Springs Farmstay

Nanango, South Burnett Area
From AU$140 - 500
Bunyip Springs Farmstay provides visitors with genuine farm experiences and the unique attractions nearby make Bunyip Springs the perfect place to holiday. The 251 hectare farm is a grazing property and paddocks near to the accommodation facilities are home to the quiet farm animals. These animals allow children to enjoy hands-on activities such as feeding, milking, egg collecting and a lead horse ride. Alpacas are led during activities. The property's rural setting includes natural bushland, spring fed creeks and granite boulder formations. These features provide wonderful bushwalking, wildlife and bird watching opportunities. Nearby attractions include the astronomical observatory, country hotel for good hearty meals and Coomba Waterhole in and around Maidenwell, five kilometres from the Farmstay. The beautiful Bunya Mountains National Park is a natural wonderland just 23 kilometres away from the farm's location in the foothills. Owner Kathy enjoys sharing the attractions of Bunyip Springs and is only too happy to guide visitors and familiarise them with the property. Accommodation premises include the three bedroom Cottage (sleeps six) and the three bedroom Lodge (sleeps eight). Both are self-contained with linen provided. Wood heaters make for cosy winter nights and verandas are popular to relax on in the summer months.

Minmore Farmstay Bed and Breakfast

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$120 - 120
Minmore is a 7,000 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.

The Stonehouse Retreat

Esk, Somerset Area
From AU$200 - 440
This place is special.... The Stonehouse is a unique hand-built masterpiece of natural stone, raw timbers, recycled materials and polished concrete, sitting on the edge of the Ravensbourne / Scenic Rim escarpment. It is surrounded by 175 acres of beautiful Australian Bush and neighbours the Deongwar State Forest Reserve. Travel time from Brisbane is approximately 80 minutes via Esk. Originally built as a private, fully solar powered, eco-lodge, the house is, for the first time, open to the public and available for short term rentals and getaways. By day the views stretch for hundreds of kilometres around the Scenic Rim and over a number of lakes including Wivenhoe. By night the stars and moon spectacularly dominate! They have three magnificent bedrooms (two kings and one queen), a modern well equipped kitchen, large comfortable rustic lounge including a fire place and huge decks set the scene for relaxation, conversation and memories which will stay with you forever. Sleeps nine if the optional bunk room is included. Special events by arrangement. There is a waterhole stocked with Bass and a mountain biking state forest. They are also dog friendly. Glamping at its very best. Fantastic all year round.

Mulanah Gardens Bed and Breakfast Cottages

Inverlaw, South Burnett Area
From AU$120 - 165
Award winning Mulanah Gardens Bed and Breakfast Cottages is set within idyllic and well-sculpted gardens within 200 acres of picturesque rural land 18 kilometres outside of Kingaroy, in the heart of South Burnett. The owners and hosts, Lindsay and Rhonda Kath, have created a beautifully landscaped garden, which is the setting for two four and a half star luxury well-appointed cottages, where you will be encouraged to relax and pamper yourself. While staying, you can take advantage of the billiard room, outdoor chess or luxury packages, which include Swedish massage, local produce hampers, or a honeymoon indulgence package. Your hosts will even order and collect meals from one of the finest local hotels, so you don't have to leave your cottage. You can also explore the South Burnett, home to natures own Bunya Mountains and two of Queensland's biggest inland waterways, not to mention some of the most scenic agricultural countryside in Queensland. Take some time out, rejuvenate your senses with superb food and wine in the heart of Queensland's newest and fastest growing wine region, 'discover South Burnett'. Mulanah Gardens does offer the best of hospitality and have been awarded highly for their outstanding care towards their guests.

Whispers of the Valley

Grantham, Lockyer Valley Area
From AU$150 - 295
Imagine the magnificent, tranquility of flourishing flora and fauna, opulent cottages featuring sumptuous furnishings, glorious sunsets with loved ones, whilst relaxing on your secluded veranda, overlooking pristine waters, encompassing lush gardens. Welcome to "Whispers of the Valley", just half an hour to Toowoomba, one hour Brisbane and one and a half hours Stanthorpe. Indulge on 40 acres of paradise or venture surrounding countryside that is Lockyer Valley. Radiating indulgenced, each cottage embraces its own characteristics, both containing: a fireplace, double spa, barbecue, queen bed, ensuite, private courtyard, plush robes and linen. Cherish these surroundings within your own solitude or allow them to help you with indulgent catering packs. The three 'R's' - Relax, Reflect and Renew - are waiting for you!
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