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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Queensland Winter Craft Festival

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
1 June – 31 July 2020
A showcase for artisans with high end quality crafts, this event provides an opportunity for sharing your passion onto others, as well an opportunity to be inspired by others. Exhibitions at the Queensland Winter Craft Festival include fibre and textile art, ceramics, quilts, paper-crafts and a whole lot more.

Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
5 June – 29 July 2020
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery runs the Stanthorpe Art Prize every two years, on even numbered years with the next in 2020. There are AUD50,000 in prizes across 11 categories. Entries for the art prize are open to Australian artists and close 16 March 2020.

Leatherplaiting Workshop

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$360 - 550
5 – 7 June 2020
Learn the basics of the intricate trade of leatherplaiting. Using Kangaroo leather, you will make your choice of an eight strand whip or a 13 strand belt. Kangaroo leather is often used by Australian leatherplaiters as it is one of the strongest leathers available.

Old Time Dance

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 6 June 2020
Old Time Dancing to live music with five different bands on rotation. Delicious homemade supper supplied. Dancing from 8pm until midnight every Saturday night. Lucky door, Monte Carlo, lucky spot and raffle.

Nips and Nosh Mediterranean Food/Wine Pairing at Heritage Estate Wine

Cottonvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$22.50 - 22.50
6 – 7 June 2020
Flights of flavour for two people, choice of two wine flights. Patatas Bravas - Paprika Spiced Wedges with Tomato Aioli Sparkling Chardy Pinot Melanzana ai Ferri – Grilled, marinated eggplant

Blacksmithing Basics

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$410 - 410
Monthly from 13 – 14 June 2020
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.

Yarraman Markets

Yarraman, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 13 June 2020
Yarraman Markets are situated on the corner of the New England and D'Aguilar Highways, on the second Saturday of each month from 7am to 12pm. The Yarraman Progress Association do an all morning barbecue breakfast.

Lazy Sunday, Music and Wine is Life at Heritage Estate

Cottonvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$5 - 5
Monthly from 14 June 2020
On guitars and vocals will be Pierre Sparks and John Hibbons. Food will be available and wine will be available by the bottle or glass. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Heritage Estate Manor Degustation Dinner

Cottonvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$140 - 140
20 June 2020
Flights of Flavour ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ Hors d'oeuvres Marcel Martin Tête de Cuvée Cremant de Loire 'Earth – After the Rain’ Black truffle laced baked cauliflower veloute, with crunchy p

Coopering Workshop (Tankard)

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$355.00 - 355.00
20 – 21 June 2020
Coopering is the traditional craft of making buckets, tankards, butter churns, wine barrels, baths and all forms of storage containers. Produce a hand crafted coopered tankard in this two day workshop.
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