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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Valleys and Vines

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Self-drive this 900 kilometre picturesque country loop from Brisbane through Southern Queensland Countries valleys and vines. Start on top of Mt Tamborine within the clouds, surrounded by lush rainforest and antique trinket shops and cafes.

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.

Brisbane to Birdsville 4WD Adventure Drive

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You've got the four-wheel-drive and you've got the spirit of adventure; let that lead you on the outback trip of a lifetime through southern Queensland to some of Australia's most remote and iconic outback townships.

Bunya Mountains Getaway

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Escape to the picturesque Bunya Mountains National Park, where pristine rainforest and ancient bunya pines await. Relax in your cosy, self-contained chalet, breathe in stunning views and explore the many rainforest walks.

North Western Fishing Trail

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Queensland Western Country is a unique pocket of Australia rich in culture, agriculture, and heritage. The region begins less than 3 hours drive west of Brisbane and can be explored while touring some of Queenlands major arterial highways.

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.

Relaxed Country Lifestyle

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Explore the Queen Mary Falls Circuit, and enjoy locally sourced seasonal menus at stops along the way. Visit an apple farm, taste delicious cider and fresh apple pie. Sample original farmhouse cheese and join a truffle discovery centre tour.

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. Wind gracefully along a gully lined with brush box and gently climb to this small but spectacular waterfall.

Australia's Country Way

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Australia's Country Way guides you to the delights and treasures that pepper the countryside of the Great Dividing Range. From Sydney to Rockhampton the holiday is as much about savouring the journey as reaching the destination.

Warrego Way

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'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past to entice folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery. Today, travel west and your journey will still be filled with adventure but luckily, you don't have to take the rutted bush tracks of the past.
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