Southern Queensland Country Country Life

These days it’s easy to get caught up in the productive buzz of the city and eat sleep and breathe your inbox. If you’re in need of less screen time, then a taste of the country life might do you some good.

Hightail it to your closest farm stay and experience what it’s like to live in the country - feed the chooks, milk a cow, crack a whip (or try to!). Then wrap up your day with a horse ride through the blissful country side.

If you’re short on time, jump in the car for some of the most scenic drives Queensland has to offer and be sure to pack a picnic as you’ll be spoilt for choice to eat amidst lush tranquillity from Girraween National Park to the Bunya Mountains or Queen Mary Falls.

Whether you’re after a weekend getaway or you just have an afternoon to explore there’s more than enough on offer in this region to get you back to basics and enjoy the simple things.



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Spicers Peak Lodge

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$1199 - 2599
Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, only a two hour drive south-west from Brisbane, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it’s possible to be. Let your cares melt away in their luxurious suites and private lodges, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities.

Quest Toowoomba Apartment Hotel

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$189 - 919
Quest Toowoomba is conveniently located on Margaret Street and is one of Toowoomba's newest accommodation providers. Comprising 74 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with kitchen facilities, WiFi, air-conditioning and work desk.

Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 270
Indulge yourself in one of three fully self-contained 'escape' cottages at Spring Creek Mountain. Take in the fresh air and wonderful views that can only be found one kilometre above sea level. Enjoy a log fire - winter or summer!

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 295
Experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. Set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants.

Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn

Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi Area
From AU$130 - 190
The Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn opened in July 2004 and offers quality accommodation at affordable prices. It is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday, fun filled adventure or business travel.

Diamondvale Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$180 - 790
Diamondvale Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires.

Goondiwindi Holiday Park

Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi Area
From AU$25 - 160
It's time to relax in their artesian spa and pool at Goondiwindi Holiday Park. Goondiwindi Holiday Park is a friendly country park set amidst 13 acres of immaculate spacious grounds with palms, gums and roses.

Annand Mews Serviced Apartments

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$165 - 250
Annand Mews (previously Markartan Villas) is the ideal accommodation choice. Set in a very tranquil circuit, the apartments are suited to holiday makers, the corporate sector, people transferring to Toowoomba and hospital and medical staff.

B and B Wanulla

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$160 - 200
Situated in Toowoomba's heritage area known as the Caledonian Estate, Bed and Breakfast Wanulla is the ultimate in luxury accommodation. In a convenient yet quiet position in Burns Street, East Toowoomba, it is close to Queens Park, local cafes, restaurants, St Vincent's Hospital and the Toowoomba Grammar School.

Rachels Cottage

Texas, Goondiwindi Area
From AU$75 - 130.00
Rachel's Cottage is a historical workers cottage built in 1898 as the family home of the Middleton family. It has been lovingly restored and refurbished by the Middleton Family descendants for guests' comfort.
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