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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Granite Belt Bicycle Tours and Hire

Multiple Locations
Granite Belt Bicycle Tours are the only bicycle tour company in Queensland's premier wine region. They provide you with top quality bicycles and all the accessories you need to ensure an enjoyable, relaxing day or two of cycling.

Abbey of the Roses

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
From AU$10 - 10
Visit the Abbey to do a self-guided tour of the downstairs most weekdays, provided you phone first to book. Or, treat yourself to a night or two in this stately sandstone Heritage-listed Bed and Breakfast guest house which was originally built in 1891 as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy.

Granite Belt Brewery

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Stay at Queensland's only Brewery Retreat with cabins, a brewery and a restaurant all onsite in one place. Stay in cosy, timber cabins all with their own log fireplace. Experience fresh local produce and homemade goodies.

Southern Downs Steam Railway

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
All aboard the Southern Downs Steam Railway! This Mainline Tourist Heritage Railway and rail museum was established in Warwick in 1995. Southern Downs Steam Railway has restored a Heritage C17 Steam Locomotive to operational condition.

Kent Saddlery Australia

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Saddlery with gallery style retail store, animal park and picnic area. Celebrating old world craft in an exciting modern show room. Custom made saddles and horse equipment, swags, bags, hand bags, belts and more.

The Jondaryan Woolshed

Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
From AU$5.00 - 30.00
The Jondaryan Woolshed isn’t just a place to stay – it’s a place to explore and soak up 160 years of history. Located just 40 kilometres west of Toowoomba and east of Dalby, the Woolshed offers caravan, camping and cabin accommodation.

Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery

Thulimbah, Southern Downs Area
Sutton's Juice Factory and Cidery, located on a real working apple orchard, is all about apples. Sutton's produce a unique range of gourmet apple juices, with varieties such as Royal Gala, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Sundowner and Pink Lady.

Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard is situated in Queensland's Granite Belt wine country and is the Queensland Winery of the Year (2018 Queensland Wine Awards). It is in the Ballandean area just 15 minutes south of the township of Stanthorpe.

Miles Historical Village and Museum

Miles,
From AU$9 - 40
Miles Historical Village and Museum is one of Australia's leading regional museums. It was officially opened in 1971, and over the years has developed into one of the region's premier tourism attractions.

Cobb+Co Museum

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32.00
Toowoomba’s must-see tourist destination! Part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage Collection, discover a variety of interactive displays, exhibits and heritage trade workshops at Cobb + Co.
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