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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Cobb+Co Museum

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10.00 - 12.50
Toowoomba’s must-see tourist destination! Part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage Collection, discover a variety of interactive displays, exhibits and heritage trade workshops at Cobb + Co.

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.

Granite Belt Brewery

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Stay at Queensland's only Brewery Retreat with cabins, a brewery and a restaurant all onsite in one place. Stay in cosy, timber cabins all with their own log fireplace. Experience fresh local produce and homemade goodies.

Jamworks Gourmet Foods

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
Jamworks Gourmet Foods Cafe and Larder is a fully licenced cafe and manufacture of gourmet jams and preserves. They have 100 plus gourmet products which are gluten and preservative free and are made on site using local produce where possible.

Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard is situated in Queensland's Granite Belt wine country. It is in the Ballandean area just 15 minutes south of the township of Stanthorpe. Experience some of the best winery hospitality in Queensland at the Hidden Creek cellar door which features silky oak and ornate leadlights.

The Jondaryan Woolshed

Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
From AU$5.00 - 30.00
The Jondaryan Woolshed isn’t just a place to stay – it’s a place to explore and soak up 160 years of history. Located just 40 kilometres west of Toowoomba and east of Dalby, the Woolshed offers caravan, camping and cabin accommodation.

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.

Clovely Estate Vineyard Cellar Door

Redgate, South Burnett Area
Clovely Estate is a family-owned business born out of a love of wine and a family agricultural history in the region. From the planting of our first vineyards in 1997, their vision was to work with the local climate and terroir to produce a small quantity of exceptional wine.

Benarkin State Forest Park

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range is a great spot to picnic, fish, spot platypus or hike or ride on forest trails. Explore the unsealed 16 kilometre scenic forest drive, which leads off the D'Aguilar Highway, through rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests containing blackbutt, tallowwood, white mahogany, gums and ironbarks to small flats beside the inviting waters of Emu Creek.

Storm King Dam

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Storm King Dam rests in a picturesque rural setting with many water birds (including pelicans) and is an ideal spot for picnics, water sport and fishing. Fish species include golden perch, murray cod, silver perch, jew and river black fish.
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