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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Earth + Fire: New ceramic creations from members of the Stanthorpe Pottery Club

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
21 November – 22 December 2019
Earth + Fire refers to the elemental forces at the core of creation in clay and its transformation by fire, fuelled and ignited by challenge and inspiration. Stanthorpe Pottery Club’s new exhibition presents a range of works by potters and sculptors with diverse talents and skills.

Lyra Parker: Smashing barriers of Judgement

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
21 November – 22 December 2019
Lyra Parker is 28 and lives on the Granite Belt. This is her first major exhibition. Lyra is a mum and a wife. Art is her adventure in life. Her mother is part indigenous, and an elder in Texas, and her father is of English heritage, though Australian born, a brilliant artist himself, this combination of colour and culture reflects within the art pieces, but nothing more unexpected than a vibrant use of colour for landscapes.

Jaby Birriny (Land + Sea)

Free Entry
7 December 2019 – 22 January 2020
Jabu Birriny (Land + Sea) celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its ongoing importance to culture and people. The exhibition brings together stories rich in lineal, past and recent histories through vibrant prints, woven vessels and textured ceramics that embody their land and sea.

Wanderlust: Touring Exhibition of the 2018 Queensland Regional Art Awards

Darling Heights, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
10 December 2019 – 8 January 2020
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.

Symphony in H2O - 'Sense of Soul' Exhibition

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
10 – 15 December 2019
Artists Louise Corke, Petra Daecke, and Joanne Power Cotton, known as ‘Sense of Soul’ present their interpretations of water in nature through paintings, titled Symphony in H2O.

Old Time Dance

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 14 December 2019
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.

Yarraman Markets

Yarraman, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 December 2019
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.

Wondai Country Markets

Wondai, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 December 2019
The Wondai Country Markets are getting bigger and better every month. Managed by the Wondai Regional Art Gallery, the markets operate in Coronation Park, MacKenzie Street, in the Wondai Central Business District every fourth Saturday of the month, from 7am til 12pm.

Christmas Lunch at The Peak

Swanfels, Southern Downs Area
From AU$165 - 215
25 December 2019
Take a break this Christmas and enjoy lunch by culinary master and Head Chef Dean Alsford at The Peak restaurant. Dine on delectable cuisine and have a relaxing day with your loved ones finishing it off with a drink poolside or a wander around the rolling hills of Spicers Peak Lodge.

Taroom New Years Race Day

Taroom, Banana Area
28 December 2019
Enjoy an afternoon of country racing at its best and stay until late with live music. The Dawson Jockey Club at Taroom will host a five race program with the Leichhardt Hotel Cup as the feature race. Visit this historic track which is only one of four left-handed tracks in Queensland.
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