Southern Queensland Country food and wine

Southern Queensland Country is the most delicious state here in Queensland with endless food trails on offer. From Stanthorpe wineries to restaurants that celebrate local produce and olive trees embracing the highlands of the Great Dividing Range and the open plains out west, Southern Queensland Country serves up a menu ranging from wild adventure to relaxed indulgence. 

With the cooler climate, the country setting, top shelf vineyards and fresher than fresh produce, you might just feel like you’ve landed in a little piece of heaven.

Paddock to plate

Ever wanted a real paddock to plate experience? Hand-pick your own cherries, apples, or strawberries right off the side of the road as you drive through the Granite Belt. And keep a look out for wild asparagus, fennel and saffron growing throughout the region and be sure to swing by the famous Peanut Van in Kingaroy!

Or avoid any heavy lifting and simply experience the historical setting of Steele Rudd’s stories in one of Toowoomba’s many country pubs and dig into a prime cut of locally produced beef paired with a bottle of your favourite drop.

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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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Holland Wines

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
The vineyard and cellar door are located in a rural setting one and a half kilometers from the centre of Crows Nest on the Blackbutt Road. Look for the sign above the front gate. Holland Wines operates not only a small vineyard on the property, but provides a number of pleasures for your enjoyment.

Blackbutt to Bunyas

Multiple Locations
Imagine a journey where by day you explore romantic vineyards, lavender plantations and olive groves, and by night you'll soak in twinkling vistas under clear skies. While this drive is easily completed in two hours, it's far more fun to take your time and enjoy some of Southern Queensland's gastronomic greats on this Grapes and Gourmet Trail.

Truffle Discovery Centre Stanthorpe

The Summit, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Interpretive centre open for tours of working Truffiere, truffle dog detection training centre, truffle dog hunts all year round, interactive gallery and gourmet tastings in the gift shop. Located at the Lawdogs Australia law enforcement canine training centre.

Create-A-Tour

Multiple Locations
Looking for a truly unique and personalised holiday experience? Create-A-Tour offers just that! Private day tours with an experienced local guide of beautiful Brisbane, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Hinterlands, Toowoomba and the Scenic Rim.

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.
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Wineries

Drive through the vineyards and cellar doors of the Granite Belt where grapes have been grown since 1870 and varieties range from top-shelf Shiraz and Chardonnay to Viognier, Mourvedre and Tempranillo. Indulge in South Burnett, home to the largest vineyard in Queensland called Murgon, which offers six vineyards and cellar doors within a 15-kilometre radius of the town. 

Can’t decide? Why not tempt your taste buds along the StrangeBird wine trail? A self-drive wine trail for the adventurous alternative variety wine seekers.

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