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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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2019

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
20 – 29 September 2019
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy, Docos After Dark, Progressive Foodie Tours, Historic Walking Tours and many more.

Parkland Entertainment

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
20 – 29 September 2019
You'll hear music from almost every genre floating out of Toowoomba's beautiful parks. The Parkland Experience covers folk, pop, pop funk, classic, Irish folk, rock, jazz, soul, Memphis, country, rock n roll, Celtic, swing, opera, bush ballads, blues, choral, brass band, old time music, strings and retro rock.

Wanderlust: Touring Exhibition of the 2018 Queensland Regional Art Awards

Chinchilla,
Free Entry
21 September – 30 October 2019
From dirt roads to rock pools, luscious rainforests to local festivals, Queensland is a state that inspires exploration. It’s full of diverse personalities, local legends and hidden gems valued by tourists and locals alike.

Discover how wooden spoons used to be made

Mount Lofty, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
21 – 28 September 2019
Using age old techniques, discover how spoon makers have been hand crafting spoons for centuries. This display during Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a rolling demonstration over the week located beside the famouse Boyce Gardens.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers - Train rides to Spring Bluff

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10 - 20
22 – 28 September 2019
Travel by train from Toowoomba's Railway station to the prizewinning Carnival gardens and surrounds of Spring Bluff Railway Station and return. A breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers takes over the Southern Queensland city of Toowoomba in the most beautiful of ways each September with a program of more than 60 unique events and experiences including award-winning parks, stunning private gardens, streets bursting with floral colour, internationally acclaimed musical acts, some of the best food and wine to be found in Queensland and a multitude of cultural and natural adventures.

Crisps Youth Art Prize

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
24 – 29 September 2019
Their annual Youth Art Prize sponsored by Crisps will be held again this August to September. The theme for this year is Art in Space. All ages are encouraged to enter. Prizes For All Year Levels.

Artiz Street Art at USQ

Darling Heights, Toowoomba Area
25 – 27 September 2019
Young artists and teachers - design and execute a large scale collaborative mural at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Refine your skills in public art techniques, including working with aerosols, image transfers, tape works and stencils.

Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy Retail

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$2 - 10
26 – 27 September 2019
Queens Park will spring to life with amazing and interactive lighting displays that weave through a secluded section of the parkland. As twilight settles in, this iconic park will become an illumination of glowing colour.

Spring Heritage Festival

Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
From AU$1 - 10
27 – 30 September 2019
Spring has sprung at the Jondaryan Woolshed and to celebrate, you are invited to their Spring Heritage Festival! The affordable event offers a wide range of activities, including many traditional favourites, plus they have wholesome and delicious tucker that won't break the bank!

Dawson River Festival - Taroom

Taroom, Banana Area
27 – 29 September 2019
Inspired by the magnificent Dawson River, towns that border its banks pay homage to its virtues, each year throughout September. From north to south, Baralaba, Moura, Theodore and Taroom stage a feast of festivities under the banner of the Dawson River Festival that highlights the many ways the river impacts their lives.
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