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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ecoRidge Hideaway

Preston, Toowoomba Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$115 - 205
Perched on a ridge of the Great Dividing Range at 650 metres, stay in style at ecoRidge Hideaway Bed and Breakfast. Choose from three fully self-contained chalets built in accordance with eco-friendly practices to minimise your carbon footprints. Contemplate breathtaking views to the surrounding peaks and valleys, unforgettable sunrises and living work of art through the ever changing daylight. On 50 acres of serene nature, the mountain retreat is also home to a multitude of birds and wildlife you will enjoy spotting from your deck. Take a walk on the bush property trail, climb up to the top of Mount Campbell, the highest peak in the area, or explore the Historical Gorman's Gap track, the first bullock wagon supply route up the escarpment. This is an ideal getaway for honeymooners, couples, families and anyone in need of rejuvenation. Spa, mobility impaired facilities, wood heaters are available. Only five kilometres to Preston Peak Winery, Preston Village historic Chapel and Restaurant and an easy 15 minutes drive to the Garden City of Toowoomba.

Mount Barney Lodge

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$16 - 320
Mount Barney Lodge sits in a picturesque valley with full creek frontage. Situated within the Scenic Rim, Mt Barney Lodge is adjacent to the World Heritage-listed Mount Barney National Park and offers graceful Queenslander homesteads, rustic cabins, glamping in deluxe camper trailers and camp grounds. The camping ground features excellent facilities including shady, grassed campsites with mountain views, a modern tiled amenities block with hot and cold running water, open fireplaces, and a shelter shed. Families and children are warmly welcome. The Lodge also welcomes group bookings, weddings and conferences, camper trailers, and motorhomes. "Corporate Campout" is a unique, luxury package tailored to corporate groups. Other services include catered meals and adventure activities, and Mount Barney Lodge is a Nature Play accredited activity provider. Experienced and qualified Outdoor Leaders facilitate activities such as Kid's Night Adventure, Bushtucker Tracker and Bush Kids. Eco-tours, rock-climbing, abseiling and guided hikes and mountain expeditions are also popular for older kids and adults. A waterhole is nearby. There are many swimming, hiking and bushwalking options from your door. Mount Barney Lodge is a family run business with Innes and Tracey Larkin living on-site and hosting guests.

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.

Goomburra Forest Retreat

Goomburra, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$26 - 200
Goomburra Forest Retreat, a 'Secluded Haven in the Forest', is set on 135 acres, surrounded by natural forest and set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. A tranquil creek runs through the property, and refreshing swimming holes are only a short stroll from each cottage. Set well apart from the homestead, each cottage is fully self contained and provides a comfortable base for those who enjoy the outdoors. Goomburra Forest Retreat is located 300 metres from the National Park where there are numerous walks available for the more active as well as spectacular lookouts over the Scenic Rim. Each cottage is furnished with a Queen bed and a sofa. Individual comfort is also enhanced with all linen, anti allergenic pillows and quilts provided, as well as a spacious modern bathroom with large shower. Each cottage has a glass fronted wood fire for winter warmth (ceiling fans for summer) fully fitted kitchen and private barbecue facility. Goomburra Forest Retreat recently opened a caravan park offering creek side camping, hot showers and flushing toilets Goomburra Forest Retreat is a completely environmentally friendly resort, it's like no place you've ever been!

Kahlers Oasis Caravan Park

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$30 - 182
Kahler's Oasis Caravan Park is situated on the south side of Warwick on the New England Highway (Wallace Street). They offer a variety of accommodation from Budget Cabins to Two Bedroom Holiday Units. Drive through Powered Sites and Camp Sites are also available for caravans, campers and motorhomes. They are only a short drive to Morgan Park, Rose City Shopping Centre and the Warwick Golf Course, and walking distance to the Warwick Showgrounds and licensed restaurant. Kahler's Oasis is a great place to relax and unwind and has ample room for guests to enjoy the spacious surroundings and country hospitality.
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