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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Ridgemill Estate

Severnlea, Southern Downs Area
Their Cellar Door is open for tastings and wine purchases Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm . Their Cellar Door Manager, Tara, will introduce you to the range of Ridgemill Estate wines with tasting notes on each from their dry whites and reds to their alternative varieties, sparkling and fortified wines.

Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Experience some of the best winery hospitality in Queensland at Hidden Creek cellar door featuring silky oak and ornate leadlights. Taste emerging varieties such as Viognier and Tempranillo. Engage in a variety of experiences with the Winemaker, including wine flights and Winery Tours, including tastings of barrel and tank samples.

Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery

Thulimbah, Southern Downs Area
Sutton's Juice Factory and Cidery, located on a real working apple orchard, is all about apples. Sutton's produce a unique range of gourmet apple juices, with varieties such as Royal Gala, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Sundowner and Pink Lady.

Abbey of the Roses

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
From AU$10 - 10
Visit the Abbey to do a self-guided tour of the downstairs most weekdays, provided you phone first to book. Or, treat yourself to a night or two in this stately sandstone Heritage-listed Bed and Breakfast guest house which was originally built in 1891 as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy.

The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
The best of Australia on a plate. With such a uniquely Australian setting it’s only fitting that The Peak is an exceptional dining experience using the best of Australian produce, sourced as locally as possible.

Toowoomba Sightseeing

Multiple Locations
Toowoomba Sightseeing offer daily sightseeing tours throughout the beautiful garden city of Toowoomba. Departing daily, you can join the tours as it suits your itinerary and buy tickets onboard. Offering full commentary, talking about people past and present, history, modern and historic homes of significance.

Filippos Tours

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Filippos Wine Tours are Stanthorpe's wine and food tour specialists and are perfect for people who are looking to enjoy some great wine, great food and a great time on the Granite Belt. Less than three hours drive from Brisbane the Granite Belt, South East Queensland, a Filippo’s Tour is the best way to see what is on offer.

Preston Peak Winery Function Centre

Preston, Toowoomba Area
Preston Peak Wines is a boutique, family owned winery located just 10 minutes south of Toowoomba, South East Queensland. Established in 1995 their winery produces over 26 different grape varieties, including old favourites such as Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet, along with a range of alternate varieties such as Viognier, Sagrantino, Verdelho, Mataro and Carmenere.

Outback Aussie Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore Outback Queensland and beyond with Outback Aussie Tours, a multi-award winning touring company and Savannah Guides accredited operator. They will take you on a journey to discover the natural and cultural heritage to favoured Outback places like Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Corner Country, Gulf Savannah, Cape York and Torres Strait.

Warwick Art Gallery

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
The Warwick Art Gallery is at the forefront of cultural activities in the Southern Downs. Especially committed to community activities, the Gallery aims to identify, promote and celebrate the community's artistic and cultural identity and support community-based festivals, exchanges and events.
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