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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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

R on the Downs Rural Retreat

Yangan, Southern Downs Area
From AU$175 - 330
R on the Downs - Luxury Bed and Breakfast and Spa Cottages - Relax, Refresh or Romance. Two hours from Brisbane; ideally located near Warwick, Killarney and Stanthorpe is an eco-friendly, award winning hosted, luxury Rural Retreat nestled in the picturesque Swanfels Valley, Yangan.

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.

B and B Wanulla

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$160 - 200
Situated in Toowoomba's heritage area known as the Caledonian Estate, Bed and Breakfast Wanulla is the ultimate in luxury accommodation. In a convenient yet quiet position in Burns Street, East Toowoomba, it is close to Queens Park, local cafes, restaurants, St Vincent's Hospital and the Toowoomba Grammar School.

Hillview Cottages

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$145 - 295
Hillview Cottages is a unique Booie Range retreat and is the perfect place to stay while you discover the beautiful South Burnett and Bunya Mountains. There are three self-contained and fully equipped air conditioned cottages (all with double spa baths and wood fires) overlooking this magnificent 57 acre property which has views that will make you sigh and are so good for the soul.

Peppertree Cabins Kingaroy

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$110 - 350
If you are looking for cabin accommodation in the South Burnett, then look no further than the beautiful Pepper Tree Cabins in Kingaroy. Nestled in attractive landscaped surrounds, Pepper Tree Cabins offers a unique option for accommodation with 32 self-contained cabins that are modern, comfortable and affordable and are conveniently located less than two kilometres from the town centre.
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