Southern Queensland Country National Parks and Nature

You’ll be surrounded by natural wonders when discovering Southern Queensland Country. Explore huge granite boulders towering above open forests in Girraween National Park, dense subtropical rainforests found in the Bunya Mountains and feel the cool spray of Queen Mary Falls, near Killarney

If you're looking for a weekend getaway or a Sunday drive, you'll be spoilt for choice. From sunlfowers fields lining country roads in summer to enjoying the views of Picnic Point Lookout in Toowoomba or relax at picturesque Lake Boondoomba - delightful!

With everything from waterfalls to swimming holes, picnic spots to breath-taking national parks that form part of the Great Dividing Range, you'll be spoilt for choice with these natural encounters.  So start planning your next weekend getaway or Sunday drive now, it's all just a short drive from Brisbane!

Bunya Mountains

Traditionally a meeting place for Aboriginal tribes, the Bunya Mountains is a natural wonderland and an offshoot of the Great Dividing Range formed about 30 million years ago and shelters the largest ancient bunya pine forest in the world today. This recently declared national park is the second oldest in Queensland where you'll discover dense rainforest, grasslands and water falls which make for unique walking trails where you'll also be able to spot native wildlife from wallabies to 121 species of birds.

Just two hours from Brisbane, the Bunya Mountains makes for the perfect next day trip or weekend escape with various accommodation options also available. 



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Goomburra, Main Range National Park

Goomburra, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
A landscape of rugged mountains, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, dappled forests and unique wildlife is waiting to be explored. Discover walks through lush tropical rainforest, fragrant eucalypts and colourful montane heath.

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.

Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park

The Falls, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
A landscape of rugged mountains, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, dappled forests and unique wildlife is waiting to be explored. Settle in for a morning cuppa or barbecue picnic lunch at this shady spot nestled in fragrant eucalypt forest.

Gleneden Family Farm and The Gleneden Bullock Team

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$10 - 25
Gleneden Family Farm is your connection to the countryside. Rohan, Fiona, Eden and Jethro Morris invite you to visit Gleneden and immerse yourself in farm life (and the cool, clear water of their mountain stream).

The Palms National Park

Cooyar, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Tucked away in the hills east of Cooyar, The Palms National Park is a gem worth making an effort to visit. Small in size, but big in nature, this tiny patch of rainforest is filled with impressive piccabeen palms, towering fig trees and a rich suite of birdlife.

Donnellys Castle

Pozieres, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
The original bushranger hideout for 'Thunderbolt' who roamed the New England Tableland. Donnelly's Castle is a granite rock formation that you can walk between, around and over! The massive boulders are just as spectacular as some of the rock formations in Girraween National Park, and is far more accessible for young adventurers.

Expedition National Park

Taroom, Banana Area
Free Entry
Rugged gorges with towering sandstone cliffs, spectacular views of the Carnarvon ranges, and colourful wildflowers in late winter and spring, are highlights of this rugged outback park, which includes Robinson Gorge, Lonesome and Beilba sections.

Araucaria Ecotours

Multiple Locations
Enjoy learning about Australian wildlife with Araucaria Ecotours' wildlife experts while travelling from Brisbane to rainforests, bushland, wetlands, quiet beaches, mountains and the outback plus sustainable wildlife-supporting agricultural properties and conservation-oriented wildlife parks, seeking kangaroos, koalas, platypus, bats, dolphins, birds, reptiles, frogs and other wildlife for one or several days.

Ravensbourne National Park

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Discover towering trees, palm groves, trickling streams and amazing birdlife in the best remaining example of the rainforest that once covered this part of the Great Dividing Range. Stop for a picnic in one of the day-use areas before heading off to explore the network of tracks that wind through the park.

Wallam Creek, Bollon

Bollon, Balonne Area
Free Entry
The soil gets redder as you approach this great little western town, and sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek is the tranquil town of Bollon. At the free caravan and camping area there are plenty of shady spaces to park the van for a few days on the edge of the picturesque creak, and an easy 1.
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Girraween National Park

You'll find the spectacular and popular Girraween National Park, outside Stanthorpe in southern Queensland. Unlike other national parks, this one replaces rainforests with rocks, and stands alone from its neighbours, Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park. A bush walkers wonderland, the park has over 30 kilometres of walking trails available from exploring the famed Granite Arch to The Pyramid for great views over the park, it's hard to fit everything in! Rest assured, camping is an option. Castle Rock or Bald Rock Creek camping areas or relax with a picnic in the shady Bald Rock Creek day-use area for day trippers.  

Check out our guide to tackling this rugged beauty. 

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