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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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.

Empire Theatres

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Toowoomba's Empire Theatre is a heritage listed art-deco venue that provides a wide variety of performing arts for every taste. The Empire is Australia's largest regional performing arts complex and stages world class shows from leading national and international performers as well as showcasing a wealth of local talent.

Ballandean Estate Wines

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Ballandean Estate Wines has proudly been producing wines that reflect the diversity and regionality of the Granite Belt for four generations. The diverse array of varieties produced are a true expression of the unique terroir of Ballandean and the passion of the Puglisi family.

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.

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.

Filippos Tours

Multiple Locations
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.

Granite Belt Brewery

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
At Granite Belt Brewery you can experience fresh beer on tap, straight from the brewery. See how the brewery works from the viewing lounge. Feel and smell the ingredients and have the brewing process explained by friendly staff or by the brewer.

Southern Downs Steam Railway

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
All aboard the Southern Downs Steam Railway! This Mainline Tourist Heritage Railway and rail museum was established in Warwick in 1995. Southern Downs Steam Railway has restored a Heritage C17 Steam Locomotive to operational condition.

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.

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.
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