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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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.

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.

Warwick Art Gallery

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
The Warwick Art Gallery is at the forefront of cultural activities in the Southern Downs. Especially committed to community activities, the Gallery aims to identify, promote and celebrate the community's artistic and cultural identity and support community-based festivals, exchanges and events.

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.

Cobb+Co Museum

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10.00 - 12.50
Toowoomba’s must-see tourist destination! Part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage Collection, discover a variety of interactive displays, exhibits and heritage trade workshops at Cobb + Co.

The Jondaryan Woolshed

Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
From AU$5.00 - 30.00
The Jondaryan Woolshed isn’t just a place to stay – it’s a place to explore and soak up 160 years of history. Located just 40 kilometres west of Toowoomba and east of Dalby, the Woolshed offers caravan, camping and cabin accommodation.

The Ration Shed Museum

Cherbourg, Cherbourg Area
From AU$15 - 15
The Ration Shed Museum ( The Cherbourg Historical Cultural Precinct ) is in South East Queensland – a three hour drive from Brisbane. The Ration Shed welcomes visitor groups and schools to come see and experience what life was like for their people living under the Aboriginal Protection Act during the 20th century.

Southern Food Trail

Multiple Locations
Journey south of the Great Dividing Range descending from Toowoomba to the fertile plains of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, 147 kilometres on the Southern Food Trail. Stop at the historic pub in Nobby home to literary great Steele Rudd, and continue past lush green cattle paddocks and rolling hills.

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.
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