Simpson Desert National Park

Birdsville, Diamantina Area

Spanning 1,012,000 hectares in the arid outback, this is Queensland’s largest protected area. Parallel wind-blown sand dunes dominate the striking landscape. Some extend 200 kilometres and reach 90 metres high. Saltpans and gibber-ironstone flats occupy interdunal areas. More than 180 species of birds, including the Eyrean grasswren, and numerous mammals and reptiles live in the park.

Wildflowers are prolific after good rains. On your way visit Big Red, the largest sand dune just east of the park boundary. At Poeppels Corner, attempt to stand in two states and a territory at once. Camp and admire the expansive night sky and make sure you take binoculars and a camera! Camping fees apply.

Be aware Simpson Desert National Park is closed from 1 December to 15 March due to extreme summer temperatures of 40-50 °C.

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Cabarlah

Cabarlah, Toowoomba Area
Further along the highway is Cabarlah, it's a great spot for a good country pub meal at the Farmers Arms Tavern, one of the longest continually licensed pubs in Queensland. Nearby is the original railway station master’s house which now is home to Colours of San Cris;

Spring Bluff

Spring Bluff, Toowoomba Area
Spring Bluff is a beautiful valley tucked in the ranges north of Toowoomba and best known for its picturesque railway station. Spring Bluff Railway Station is a heritage listed site located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Westbrook

Westbrook, Toowoomba Area
Westbrook is a growing community located a short five minute drive south west of Toowoomba off the Gore Highway. The name Westbrook comes from the name of the pastoral run used first by John Campbell, a pastoralist and merchant, in 1841.

Picnic Point Lookout And Parkland

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
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Don't miss the panoramic views from Toowoomba's heritage-listed Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland - 160-acres perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, overlooking Main Range and the Lockyer Valley.

Meringandan

Meringandan, Toowoomba Area
Meringandan sits amongst the valleys just off the New England Highway, between Toowoomba and Crows Nest, nestled at the gateway to Cooby Dam. Meringandan and its neighbouring community, Meringandan West, are a quiet detour from the busy highway.

Cambooya

Cambooya, Toowoomba Area
The little village of Cambooya is in the heart of Steele Rudd Country. Australian author Arthur Hoey Davis, who wrote under the pen name 'Steele Rudd' and is best known for 'On Our Selection', spent much of his childhood on his family's small block at Emu Creek near East Greenmount.

Kingsthorpe

Kingsthorpe, Toowoomba Area
Take a quiet side-track from the Warrego Highway or New England Highway to find the hamlet of Kingsthorpe. Kingsthorpe is just a 15-minute panoramic drive west of Toowoomba. Kingsthorpe features a number of parks with recreation areas, play equipment, and amenities, including Rosalie Walk, Settlers Park, Village Green, and Stoney Ridge Park.

Gowrie Junction

Gowrie Junction, Toowoomba Area
Gowrie Junction, was named after the Gowrie pastoral station (1841), is located just five minutes drive west from Toowoomba's city outskirts, just off the Warrego Highway. This picturesque country community lies amongst the rolling hills which border the open cropping plains of the Darling Downs.

Oakey

Oakey, Toowoomba Area
Just 30 minutes drive from Toowoomba, the Oakey area offers a real country experience - genuine country hospitality and the chance to make a deep connection with the town's rich pioneering history. A must-see for every visitor is the Oakey Historical Museum which faithfully preserves the everyday lifestyle of the town's forebears.

Gatton

Gatton, Lockyer Valley Area
The fertile Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland is home to the rich farming region of Gatton, just 60 minutes from Brisbane. Known for its spectacular scenic backdrop of steep hills and the mountains of The Great Dividing Range, Gatton is a fast growing region that has maintained its natural beauty and charm.
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