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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Big Sky National Parks

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Discover the world's largest forest of Bunya Pines and more than 30 rare and threatened species in Bunya Mountains National Park. Bush walk beneath towering white sandstone cliffs in Carnarvon Gorge National Park with its spectacular steep-sided gorge and remnant rainforest.

National Parks and Artisan Stories

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Drive the “Valley of the Lakes” scenic route, discover well preserved rainforests at Ravensbourne National Park, ancient bunya pines at Bunya Mountains National Park, and Aboriginal rock art at Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Araucaria Falls track, Main Range National Park

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Discover the spectacular beauty of the Araucaria Falls, on this short track flanked by lush subtropical rainforest in the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park, Wind gracefully along a gully lined with brush box and gently climb to this small but spectacular waterfall.

Cross Country to Outback

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12 day one way itinerary featuring heritage stories, delicious local produce and incredible dinosaur attractions. Highlights of this tour include Girraween National Park and its balancing boulders, the village of Nobby - home to Rudds Pub, the picturesque garden city of Toowoomba and the heritage listed Jondaryan Woolshed.

Blackbutt to Bunyas

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Imagine a journey where by day you explore romantic vineyards, lavender plantations and olive groves, and by night you'll soak in twinkling vistas under clear skies. While this drive is easily completed in two hours, it's far more fun to take your time and enjoy some of Southern Queensland's gastronomic greats on this Grapes and Gourmet Trail.

Granite Belt and Darling Downs

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This is a journey from Toowoomba travelling deep into Steele Rudd country, and beyond. Tour an historic homestead, sample locally made ciders, jams and conserves. Stretch your legs and bushwalk among granite boulders in the spectacular Girraween National Park.

Governors Chair lookout track, Main Range National Park

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This walk is in Main Range National Park and begins at The Crest car park in Cunninghams Gap section of the park. This 150 metre walking track links the Governors Chair car park with the lookout over the Fassifern Valley.

9 Day Outback Adventure

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Pack your bags and leave the big smoke behind as you take on the 9 Day self drive Outback Adventure. This journey will take you through iconic south west Outback Queensland towns that offer experiences and adventure for every member of the family.

Granite Belt Wine Trail

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At 1000 metres elevation, the air seems fresher, the sky more blue. Discover a landscape of dramatic beauty and diversity with 4 distinct seasons – log fires (and occasional snow) in winter, cool summer nights where you can escape the swelter of the coast.

Russell Street Historical Walk, Toowoomba

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This self-guided walking tour of Toowoomba's Russell Street will lead you by landmarks of fine historic architecture, many of which date back to the 1860s. Russell Street was originally know as Farm Road.
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