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Southern Food Trail

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Journey south of the Great Dividing Range descending from Toowoomba to the fertile plains of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, 147 kilometres on the Southern Food Trail.

Stop at the historic pub in Nobby home to literary great Steele Rudd, and continue past lush green cattle paddocks and rolling hills. In the summertime, the fields of golden sunflowers at Cambooya will brighten the horizon and bring a smile to every road trippers face.

Breathe the crisp country air of Allora and Warwick with smells of roses and lavender and stop at the roadside stalls stocked with seasonal olives, apples, berries and grapes. Journey past orchards in the south of Amiens, and dairy properties selling gourmet soft cheeses - perfect for creating your own roadside lunch.

Nearby, 700 to 1200 metres above sea level, sits the Granite Belt boutique wine region and home to lush fruit and vegetables. Base yourself here in luxury accommodation and self-drive the region's 45 cellar doors.

Journey Details

Duration
1.93 Hours
Distance
147 Kilometres

Activities

  • Camping
  • Cycling

Other Information

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

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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.

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.

Birdhouse Cottage and Bed and Breakfast

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
From AU$120 - 140
Birdhouse Cottage and B&B welcomes it's guests' into a quiet country environment. Whilst still only being a short five minute drive to the city of Warwick. Birdhouse Cottage offers it's guests clean country style self-contained living for up to four people. The suite in the main house features a queen bedroom, sitting room with tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, television and microwave and private bathroom. Both bedroom and sitting room have french doors leading onto verandahs which overlook a scenic garden. Enjoy your breakfast here or in the house with the availability of your continental breakfast or a cooked Country style breakfast as required. Added features are all there for the guests' use including a barbecue, campfire and outdoor bar area. Various farm activities are available (depending on availability of farm animals). Warwick is growing to be a hub of tourism boasting it's famous Jumpers and Jazz in July festival, Rodeo, Motorsport, Equestrian and other sporting events adding to a thriving business centre. The scenery and friendly country hospitality leave guests with a relaxed feeling and a yen to visit Warwick once again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cherrabah Resort

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
  • Deals
From AU$100 - 250
Discover a rare slice of Australia carved from over 5,000 acres of spectacular wilderness set high in the mountains at Cherrabah Resort. At Cherrabah Resort you can simply relax and enjoy the views or join in a range of great activities including horse riding, bush walking, canoeing, bush golf, quad bikes, mountain bikes, tennis and much more. Cherrabah Resort is only two and half hours from Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. Cherrabah Resort is the perfect alternative to a coastal holiday. Give the beach a break and visit the real Australian country side high in the Great Dividing Range - Cherrabah Resort. The ideal venue for your next Corporate or incentive group adventure activities, designed to suit your requirements. Aussie Quad Adventures, Horse riding, Clay target shooting, Winery tours are just a few of the activities available for your delegates. Cherrabah is the ideal location for the perfect Country wedding. Take the first step in creating you perfect country wedding. Let your imagination run wild, themes can be organised, country, medieval, under the stars, classic or elegant. Meet the up with our wedding coordinator, take a tour of the property sit back relax and watch your dreams come true.

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!

Blue Ridge Manor Bed and Breakfast

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$131 - 195
Blue Ridge Manor Bed and Breakfast is a totally luxurious fully self contained accommodation. Guests will enjoy privacy, style, comfort and serenity. Blue Ridge Manor Bed and Breakfast is 15 kilometres from the centre of Toowoomba and five kilometres from the hamlet of Highfields. The dream was to create a place where couples could revive and re-energise. Sensational views were a part of the dream as was a desire to create a luxurious escape. Blue Ridge Manor is a picturesque setting where guests can relax on their own private deck with freshly brewed coffee and enjoy the views.
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