Southern Queensland Country food and wine

Southern Queensland Country is the most delicious state here in Queensland with endless food trails on offer. From Stanthorpe wineries to restaurants that celebrate local produce and olive trees embracing the highlands of the Great Dividing Range and the open plains out west, Southern Queensland Country serves up a menu ranging from wild adventure to relaxed indulgence. 

With the cooler climate, the country setting, top shelf vineyards and fresher than fresh produce, you might just feel like you’ve landed in a little piece of heaven.

Paddock to plate

Ever wanted a real paddock to plate experience? Hand-pick your own cherries, apples, or strawberries right off the side of the road as you drive through the Granite Belt. And keep a look out for wild asparagus, fennel and saffron growing throughout the region and be sure to swing by the famous Peanut Van in Kingaroy!

Or avoid any heavy lifting and simply experience the historical setting of Steele Rudd’s stories in one of Toowoomba’s many country pubs and dig into a prime cut of locally produced beef paired with a bottle of your favourite drop.

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Ridgemill Estate

Severnlea, Southern Downs Area
Their Cellar Door is open for tastings and wine purchases Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm . Their Cellar Door Manager, Tara, will introduce you to the range of Ridgemill Estate wines with tasting notes on each from their dry whites and reds to their alternative varieties, sparkling and fortified wines.

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.

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.

Twisted Gum Wines

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Twisted Gum Wines craft small quantities of premium quality single vineyard wines from their hand-tended dry grown Granite Belt vineyard. You will receive a warm welcome when you visit their stylish cellar door, located in a classic 1920s Queenslander with wrap-around verandas on three sides, with views to the vineyards and hills beyond.

Outback Aussie Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore Outback Queensland and beyond with Outback Aussie Tours, a multi-award winning touring company and Savannah Guides accredited operator. They will take you on a journey to discover the natural and cultural heritage to favoured Outback places like Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Corner Country, Gulf Savannah, Cape York and Torres Strait.

Blackbutt to Bunyas

Multiple Locations
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.

Francis Hotel Thallon

Thallon, Balonne Area
Free Entry
Eat and drink where the locals do! The Francis Hotel Thallon is a friendly, country pub where you can enjoy a cold beer, great meals and freshly made barista coffee. They offer a range of accommodation options from clean, budget rooms in the hotel to air conditioned self-contained accommodation in the nearby Railway Quarters.

Kingsley Grove Vineyard and Winery

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Kingsley Grove is a family owned and operated business, established in 1998 by the Berry family. Kingsley Grove take great pride in operating a self-sustaining winery with the concept of From Berry to Bottle.

Spicers Peak Lodge - The Peak Restaurant

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
From opening, Peak Lodge has become synonymous with a genuine, personalised and natural style of service, in a unique and stunningly beautiful location. The dedicated team are fully invested in the destination mountain experience and find nothing more rewarding than creating incredible memories for each and every guest in an environment of generous hospitality with a welcome-home feel.

Warrego Way

Multiple Locations
'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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Wineries

Drive through the vineyards and cellar doors of the Granite Belt where grapes have been grown since 1870 and varieties range from top-shelf Shiraz and Chardonnay to Viognier, Mourvedre and Tempranillo. Indulge in South Burnett, home to the largest vineyard in Queensland called Murgon, which offers six vineyards and cellar doors within a 15-kilometre radius of the town. 

Can’t decide? Why not tempt your taste buds along the StrangeBird wine trail? A self-drive wine trail for the adventurous alternative variety wine seekers.

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