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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.

Greenlee Cottages

Sarabah, Scenic Rim Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$175 - 300
Greenlee Cottages are four contemporary cottages with rustic charm set in the Scenic Rim, with a backdrop of Greenlee Farm macadamia orchard. Soak up the great views of the Canungra Valley from the deck. Listen to the Canungra Creek flowing by. Relax with a good book. Immerse yourself in nature with native wildlife and birdlife on your doorstep. The cottages accommodate between two and four people. Woodcutters cottage is disable friendly so all guests can enjoy the beauty of the surrounds. Enjoy the comfortable queen beds and the rustic touches in the bathrooms. Each cottage has its own welcoming feel. Wi-fi is available. Indulge in a breakfast basket full of food sourced from the Scenic Rim that you can cook in your kitchenette. A barbecue gazebo is available for your use at any time. Barbecue packs can be arranged with notice. Farm tours can be arranged to explore the macadamia farm. Make time to taste the many wines of the area, or go bushwalking at close locations like O’Reillys, Binna Burra or Tamborine Mountain. Learn about the woodcutting history of the Canungra area. Only one hour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
From AU$185 - 265
Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay is a tranquil and private farmstay holiday getaway featuring self contained accommodation. Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland at the foot of Tamborine Mountain, their farmstay is just a one hour drive from Brisbane and an easy 40 minute drive from the Gold Coast. Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay are nestled in some of the Scenic Rim Regions most beautiful countryside and on the doorstep of award-winning wineries and the best equine stables and polo fields. Whether you're looking for adventure or just some peace and relaxation, Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay has something for everyone. They even offer facilities for you to bring your own horse, perfect for those who are attending one of the many equine events in the area.

Cedar Glen Farmstay

Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$295 - 495
Cedar Glen has been in the Stephen's family since 1882, and they've been hosting visitors to the farm for over 30 years. Located just 90 minutes from Brisbane or the Gold Coast in the beautiful Lost World Valley, this spectacular 1050 acre property is home to beef cattle, Arabian horses, milking cows, sheep, pigs, kangaroos and poultry. A real highlight of Cedar Glen is the activities they have to offer. Imagine the kids' excitement as they get to feed the animals twice daily, or try their hand at milking the house cow each morning. Don't miss the opportunity to take a horse ride through some of South East Queensland's most spectacular country - riders of all ages and experience are catered for. You can also learn how to throw a returning boomerang and crack the Australian stock whip while enjoying a cup of billy tea and freshly made damper. Guests can stay in the original 1901 homestead, or choose one of three historic cottages which have been renovated to maintain the charm and authenticity of a bygone era. All buildings are surrounded by wide verandas perfect for soaking up the country views and self catering or fully-catered packages are available.

Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$265 - 650
The Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa is an international award-winning mountain rainforest sanctuary perched on top of Mount Tamborine. Set on four acres of botanical gardens, complete with flowing stream, small waterfall and cliff views as far as the coast. Their villas feature cedar floors, wood fireplace, private balcony, king size four poster bed, decadent deep spa bath. Be welcomed by glasses of bubbly and chocolates. Awake refreshed and enjoy a complimentary homemade fully cooked breakfast in their dining room overlooking the rainforest. The Edge House perched on a cliff has stunning views and accommodates up to six people in three bedrooms. Designed for self-catering, it has a fully equipped kitchen, two viewing platforms, log fireplaces, a triple spa bath and two bathrooms. They offer delicious two course dinners for two delivered direct to your front door in clay tagines. Put your feet up in their private Gold Class Cinema or experience a rejuvenating massage in their award-winning Day Spa. They offer massage packages, facials, couples massages and the highest quality organic products. Bookings in advance are essential. The Escarpment Retreat is owned by Oozz Holiday, providers of luxury accommodation on Mount Tamborine and Sanctuary Cove.

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.

Tommerups Dairy Farmstay

Kerry, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$260 - 290
Tommerup's Dairy Farm is a sixth generation working dairy farm providing visitors with genuine country hospitality, charming farmhouse accommodation and a chance to escape the relentless pace of city life. A completely unique experience awaits; an authentic 'Farm to Fork' journey. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the picturesque Lost World region of Scenic Rim, Tommerup's Dairy Farm is perfect for your next holiday. The 200 acre farm is home to cattle, sheep, pigs and more and of course, your farmer hosts, The Tommerup family. Milking cows in a real working dairy is always a thrill for children and adults alike. Don't miss the opportunity to join in on the daily animal feeding and egg collecting. Visit Tommerup's Farm Larder where you'll find ethically raised meat products, raw honey, dairy products and produce all from the Tommerup's Farm. Choose from The Homestead, the original family home built in 1888 now comfortably sleeping up to 13 people or The Cottage, 1880s renovated farm cottage which sleeps up to eight people. Both offer charming self-contained country accommodation with all the modern conveniences. Get your hands dirty on the farm or just lose yourself in the serenity.

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$278 - 398
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat provides guests with not only luxury accommodation in magnificent rainforest surrounds but a completely unique dining experience. Enjoy an overnight escape in the boutique villas hidden away among 51-acres of pristine rainforest on Mount Tamborine. Guests can immerse themselves in their own private sanctuary, arrange a massage or beauty treatment, enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the double spa bath, walk through the pristine 20 hectare rainforest property, or simply relax by the gas-ember fire. Each villa enables guests to awake to the sound of birdsong in their king-size bed, watch a movie or cable television from the cosy lounge, or enjoy the clean mountain air and rainforest views from their own private balcony. The award-winning Songbirds in the Forest restaurant will stimulate the senses with a superb menu made from the freshest ingredients and organic produce much of it from their own garden, accompanied by the finest wines from boutique wineries. Both connoisseurs and casual diners alike with feel exquisitely indulged as they enjoy an ambience that exudes relaxation and soothes the soul. Songbirds Rainforest Retreat offers a serene but purely decadent experience in idyllic surrounds less than an hour's drive from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

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.
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