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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Granite Belt Bicycle Tours and Hire

Multiple Locations
Granite Belt Bicycle Tours are the only bicycle tour company in Queensland's premier wine region. They provide you with top quality bicycles and all the accessories you need to ensure an enjoyable, relaxing day or two of cycling.

Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard is situated in Queensland's Granite Belt wine country and is the Queensland Winery of the Year (2018 Queensland Wine Awards). It is in the Ballandean area just 15 minutes south of the township of Stanthorpe.

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.

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.

Border Range Loop Drive

Multiple Locations
Leave the bustle of the city behind as you set off on a three-day drive along the Border Range Loop. This scenic route will take you from Brisbane to Ipswich and across the Great Dividing Range to Warwick before heading to the villages of Tamborine Mountain.

Riversands Vineyards

St George, Balonne Area
Riversands Vineyards are located on the banks of the Balonne River at St George in South West Queensland. They offer free cellar door wine tasting and cafe in their garden surrounds. Riversands is best known for its fortified wines including the famous Golden Liqueur Muscat and St George Port.
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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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