Southern Queensland Country Country Life

These days it’s easy to get caught up in the productive buzz of the city and eat sleep and breathe your inbox. If you’re in need of less screen time, then a taste of the country life might do you some good.

Hightail it to your closest farm stay and experience what it’s like to live in the country - feed the chooks, milk a cow, crack a whip (or try to!). Then wrap up your day with a horse ride through the blissful country side.

If you’re short on time, jump in the car for some of the most scenic drives Queensland has to offer and be sure to pack a picnic as you’ll be spoilt for choice to eat amidst lush tranquillity from Girraween National Park to the Bunya Mountains or Queen Mary Falls.

Whether you’re after a weekend getaway or you just have an afternoon to explore there’s more than enough on offer in this region to get you back to basics and enjoy the simple things.



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Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 270
Indulge yourself in one of three fully self-contained 'escape' cottages at Spring Creek Mountain. Take in the fresh air and wonderful views that can only be found one kilometre above sea level. Enjoy a log fire - winter or summer!

Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn

Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi Area
From AU$130 - 190
The Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn opened in July 2004 and offers quality accommodation at affordable prices. It is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday, fun filled adventure or business travel.

Diamondvale Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$180 - 790
Diamondvale Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires.

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 295
Experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. Set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants.

Quest Toowoomba Apartment Hotel

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$189 - 919
Quest Toowoomba is conveniently located on Margaret Street and is one of Toowoomba's newest accommodation providers. Comprising 74 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with kitchen facilities, WiFi, air-conditioning and work desk.

Spicers Peak Lodge

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$1199 - 2599
Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, only a two hour drive south-west from Brisbane, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it’s possible to be. Let your cares melt away in their luxurious suites and private lodges, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities.

M.J Yurts Ballandean

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$360 - 360
They have two Yurts, Zuny and Namar Yurts. The Yurts have eight sides and are based on the Mongolian Design. Zuny is the Mongolian word for Summer, Namar is the Mongolian word for Autumn. They are in Ballandean which is a two to three hour drive south from Brisbane.

Briar Rose Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$140 - 250
Briar Rose Cottage Accommodation consists of two quaint cottages on the edge of the Stanthorpe township in the Granite Belt Region. The Mulberry is a two bedroom cottage and The Silky Oak, is a one bedroom cottage.

Sundown National Park Camping

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$6.35 - 25.40
Journey along back roads to the spectacular wilderness of Sundown National Park on the Queensland–New South Wales border. With its dramatic landscape of sheer-sided gorges, tree-lined ridges and peaks rising over 1000 metres above the Severn River, discover for yourself the park’s wild isolation.

Cypress Ridge Cottages

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$170.00 - 260.00
A cosy fire in winter, a shady veranda in summer, savouring the local wines and gourmet foods, your cottage set amongst the tranquil bush setting; this is what awaits you at Cypress Ridge Cottages. Just three hours from Brisbane, they are situated in Ballandean, the heart of Queensland's Granite Belt wine country.
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