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 make friends with the farm animals!

  • Experience what it’s like to live in the country - feed the chooks, milk a cow, crack a whip (or try to!).
  • Ride a horse through  the magical country side.
  • Stop and smell the roses at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Spring.
  • Embrace rural life at a peaceful hinterland farm stay
  • Delve into the rugged Outback lifestyle at a working cattle or sheep farm.
  • Cruise through the lush greenery of the scenic rim on a Sunday Drive.
  • Pack a picnic and eat amidst the tranquillity of a National Park.

Whether you’re after a weekend getaway or you just have an afternoon to explore there’s more than enough on offer in Queensland to get you back to basics. It’s as easy as apple pie.

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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.

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 elegant suites and private lodges, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities.

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.

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.

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. 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!

Diamondvale Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$175 - 250
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.

Granite Belt Brewery Retreat

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$120 - 300
Granite Belt Brewery Retreat is the only resort in Queensland that boasts it's very own onsite brewery - Granite Belt Brewery. With 19 cosy timber cabins including spa and family cabins - all with log fires, a house that sleeps 10 guests, an onsite restaurant and bar and a brewery and function room, Granite Belt Brewery Retreat really does have it all.

Dumaresq Homestead

Goondiwindi Area
From AU$165 - 165
Dumaresq Homestead - absolute rural luxury! The Homestead is set in a stunning location on 9,000 acres, and offers incredible hospitality. It is set by the beautiful Dumaresq River, with access for great fishing, swimming and kayaking.

Applegum Inn

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$122 - 190
Applegum Inn is a 25 room motel conveniently located in a beautiful tree lined street in East Toowoomba only five blocks from the central business district and well away from the noise of highway traffic.

Pelican Rest Tourist Park

St George, Balonne Area
From AU$30 - 135
Steve and Lorraine McNamara invite you to come and spend some time in their spacious, well appointed Pelican Rest Tourist Park in St George, Queensland. Try their new 12 metre Heated Therapeutic Mineral pool, filled with their town's beautiful soft Artesian Water, and then infused with a specifically formulated blend of minerals, which softens the water and makes for a silky smooth swimming experience, like no other.
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