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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Crisps Youth Art Prize

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
17 – 22 September 2019
Their annual Youth Art Prize sponsored by Crisps will be held again this August to September. The theme for this year is Art in Space. All ages are encouraged to enter. Prizes For All Year Levels.

CraftAlive Toowoomba

Darling Heights, Toowoomba Area
From AU$0 - 15
19 – 22 September 2019
CraftAlive is coming to Toowoomba for 4 big days. Featuring both local and interstate craft talent, the show is packed full of the latest craft supplies, kits and equipment. Now in its 29th year, CraftAlive is Australia’s largest and longest running craft event series.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2019

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
20 – 29 September 2019
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy, Docos After Dark, Progressive Foodie Tours, Historic Walking Tours and many more.

Bony Mountain Folk Festival

Bony Mountain, Southern Downs Area
20 – 23 September 2019
The Bony Mountain Festival is a celebration of everything Australian-the History-the Heritage-their very own music. 2019 will feature top Band-Bluegrass/grass roots Hill Billy Goats. Brand new Brisbane Band Open Road, an exciting mix of original Country/Folk/Bluegrass/Blues.

Parkland Entertainment

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
20 – 29 September 2019
You'll hear music from almost every genre floating out of Toowoomba's beautiful parks. The Parkland Experience covers folk, pop, pop funk, classic, Irish folk, rock, jazz, soul, Memphis, country, rock n roll, Celtic, swing, opera, bush ballads, blues, choral, brass band, old time music, strings and retro rock.

Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$0 - 55
20 – 22 September 2019
A signature event of Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine. Find out why the world is beginning to lick its lips over Southern Queensland Country produce. It's simply world-class and you can sample the latest offerings while losing yourself in a vibrant festival atmosphere.

Blacksmithing Basics

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$410 - 410
Monthly from 21 – 22 September 2019
Learn the basics of blacksmithing and create your own set of blacksmithing tools with Terry Drennan. You will make a set of blacksmithing tools including a cold chisel, hot cutter, round punch, oval punch, centre punch and tongs.

Blacksmithing Basics

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$410 - 410
Monthly from 21 – 22 September 2019
Learn the basics of blacksmithing and create your own set of blacksmithing tools with Terry Drennan. You will make a set of blacksmithing tools including a cold chisel, hot cutter, round punch, oval punch, centre punch and tongs.

Wanderlust: Touring Exhibition of the 2018 Queensland Regional Art Awards

Chinchilla,
Free Entry
21 September – 30 October 2019
From dirt roads to rock pools, luscious rainforests to local festivals, Queensland is a state that inspires exploration. It’s full of diverse personalities, local legends and hidden gems valued by tourists and locals alike.

Grand Central Floral Parade

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
21 September 2019
Now in its 70th year, the famous Grand Central Floral Parade winds its way through the heart of the city to Queens Park to the sounds of live bands. The city heart beats as street performers, carnival characters, and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey.
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