Southern Queensland Country | Things to do

Be charmed by the gentle pace of Southern Queensland Country. Explore the lush hinterland and national parks in the region, then recharge with world-class food and five-star wines from passionate local producers.

Food and wine

Southern Queensland Country is one of the state’s great gourmet destinations. Follow a food and wine trail through the region, taste cool-climate wines at cellar doors in the Granite Belt, pick your own fresh cherries, apples or strawberries from local growers, and learn from the experts at a cooking school.

Country life

Get a taste of authentic country life. Kids will love feeding the chickens or milking the cows when you spend the night at a family-friendly farm stay and see how working sheep and cattle stations operate. Surround yourself in natural wonders with a visit to the Bunya Mountains and Girraween National Park.

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Seasonal delights

Discover the beauty of Southern Queensland Country’s four distinct seasons. Drive through fields of flowers along the Sunflower Route or eat your fill of watermelons at the Chinchilla Melon Festival in summer. Join in the pumpkin rolling during the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival in autumn and rug up for Jumpers and Jazz during winter. In spring, see Toowoomba in bloom during the annual Carnival of Flowers.

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Meandarra

Meandarra,
Meandarra is a peaceful place on the banks of the Brigalow Creek. The creek offers camping, superb fishing, rare water lilies and the chance to see koalas in their natural habitat. Ask a friendly local about the history behind the Me and Darra statue and don’t miss the Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum – a salute to the bravery and self-sacrifice of the first ANZACs, it houses a comprehensive display of military memorabilia, collected over the past 30 years.

Birdwatching in the South Burnett

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
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With more than 350 recorded species, the South Burnett is a bird watchers dream. The region is known for the Black-breasted Button-quail and Glossy Black-Cockatoo, but expect to see the likes of the Red-rumped Parrot, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater too.

Hebel

Hebel, Balonne Area
In the little town of Hebel it feels like time has stood still, leaving behind tales of the Ned Kelly gang, Cobb & Co and dance halls. Hebel Hotel is a gem of a country pub. Colourful artwork by John Murray adorns the front of the pub, with the interior decked out in recycled furniture made from reclaimed bush finds.

Cooyar

Cooyar, Toowoomba Area
Located north of Toowoomba on the New England Highway, Cooyar is a tranquil country village. The wide verandahs of Cooyar Hotel are a friendly spot for a drink and the low-down on what to see and do around the town.

Southern Queensland Country

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Just 90 minutes’ drive from Brisbane, our unique region is the only Queensland destination to offer truly seasonal experiences. From Stanthorpe in the south to Kingaroy in the north, and from Toowoomba as far west as St George, you can savour crisp country air, award-winning wines and fresh seasonal produce.

Chinchilla

Chinchilla,
Famous for its melons and a renowned spot for fishing, bushwalking and camping, the colourful town of Chinchilla is an easy 81 kilometre drive west Dalby along the Warrego Way. Having once produced 25% of the country’s watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons, Chinchilla is the undisputed melon capital.

The Gums

The Gums,
The Gums is a small settlement west of Tara in Southern Queensland Country's Western Downs region. The first postmistress named the Gums, after what the drovers called their meeting place nearby. You'll find the tiny settlement at the junction of the Leichhardt Highway and the Tara-Surat Road, 30 kilometres west of Tara.

Amiens

Amiens, Southern Downs Area
Amiens is a locality in the Granite Belt, near Stanthorpe. Head west along Amiens Road and you’ll find an area of post-World War I soldier settlements: Fleurbaix, Bullecourt, Passchendaele, Bapaume, Messines and Pozieres.

Nobby

Nobby, Toowoomba Area
Nobby is an historic little town in the Darling Downs, located halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick. Nobby is home to Rudd's Pub, dedicated to author Steele Rudd, who found inspiration among his drinking partners for his stories in On Our Selection and is a great place to stop for a meal with the pub walls adorned with an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past.

Brookstead

Brookstead, Toowoomba Area
Brookstead is located between Pittsworth and Millmerran on the Gore Highway. Brookstead's facilities include a community park with barbecue facilities, a local pub and a post office. Brookstead is also home to "The Brookstead Bowls Pub", the only pub in Queensland with a lawn bowls facility.
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