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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Queen Mary Falls circuit, Main Range National Park

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Take a leisurely stroll through changing forests to the top, and then the base, of spectacular Queen Mary Falls. From the Queen Mary Falls picnic area, head along a fragrant eucalypt-topped ridgeline to the lush, rainforested gorge.

Outback Heritage and Coal Adventure

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From Mackay’s famous Art Deco architecture, to heritage-listed pubs and the remnants of abandoned gold-mining towns, the Mackay region hosts a treasure-trove of historical destinations. Start your historic journey by joining Mackay Visitor Information Centre volunteers on the Heritage Walk, a guided stroll through Mackay’s central business district to view architecturally impressive buildings, many from the 1930’s Art Deco era.

Cross Country to Outback

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12 day one way itinerary featuring heritage stories, delicious local produce and incredible dinosaur attractions. Highlights of this tour include Girraween National Park and its balancing boulders, the village of Nobby - home to Rudds Pub, the picturesque garden city of Toowoomba and the heritage listed Jondaryan Woolshed.

Nature and Foodies Trail

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Travel through the spectacular Scenic Rim region to Stanthorpe, heart of the Granite Belt. Explore the many bush trails, and stunning landscapes of Girraween National Park. Sample an amazing array of local produce and meet the makers.

Granite Belt and Darling Downs

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This is a journey from Toowoomba travelling deep into Steele Rudd country, and beyond. Tour an historic homestead, sample locally made ciders, jams and conserves. Stretch your legs and bushwalk among granite boulders in the spectacular Girraween National Park.

Spectacular National Parks Trail

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Bushwalking among peculiar boulders, swimming in crystal clear rock pools, spotting native kangaroos and wallabies grazing in open fields are experiences in the Spectacular National Parks Trail as well as opportunities for sampling delicious local produce and wines along the way.

Governors Chair lookout track, Main Range National Park

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This walk is in Main Range National Park and begins at The Crest car park in Cunninghams Gap section of the park. This 150 metre walking track links the Governors Chair car park with the lookout over the Fassifern Valley.

Granite Belt Drive

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The Granite Belt Drive is a 12 kilometre road, providing travellers with an alternative route on their journey to Stanthorpe from. The Granite Belt Drive runs from Dalveen to The Summit and takes in fruit orchards, wineries, tourist attractions and more.

North Western Fishing Trail

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Queensland Western Country is a unique pocket of Australia rich in culture, agriculture, and heritage. The region begins less than 3 hours drive west of Brisbane and can be explored while touring some of Queenlands major arterial highways.

Adventure Way, Queensland

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Retrace the tracks of Cobb & Co, as you traverse the unique and fascinating Adventure Way. Bitumen roads now replace the rutted tracks once taken by horse drawn coaches of all but the last 150 km, enabling even those in a two-wheel drive to experience the richness of this route.
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