Southern Queensland Country | Things to See and Do

Sometimes all you want is to get away from the city’s busy pace; to find the space your work week doesn't allow. Southern Queensland Country offers the slow pace of country life in the elegant setting of rolling hills, boutique vineyards, antique shops and fresh, local fare.

  • Taste a drop from one of five, James Halliday rated five-star wineries in the Granite Belt and South Burnett.
  • Pick your own apples, berries or other locally-grown produce at one of the farm stays of the region. 
  • Chase a waterfall or two in one of the National Parks.
  • Cosy up to a loved one or a good book with a fireplace and a glass of red.
  • Take a leisurely drive through the greenery of the Bunya Mountains.
  • Say “yee-haw” in the rodeo capital of Warwick.
Whether you’re after peace and quiet or indulging your country side, these friendly villages are all easy to reach from the doorstep of Brisbane.

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Empire Theatre

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Toowoomba's Empire Theatre is a heritage listed art-deco venue that provides a wide variety of performing arts for every taste. The Empire is Australia's largest regional performing arts complex and stages world class shows from leading national and international performers as well as showcasing a wealth of local talent.

Ridgemill Estate

Severnlea,
Their Cellar Door is open for tastings and wine purchases Friday to Monday or at other times by prior arrangement. 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.

Pterodactyl Helicopters

Multiple Locations
Spice up your visit to Ipswich with a thrilling tour of a lifetime courtesy of an unforgettable Pterodactyl Helicopters experience. Just imagine the excitement as you lift off, with friendly Captain Mike Jarvis taking you over the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Logan and Redlands regions.

Twisted Gum Wines

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Twisted Gum Wines craft small quantities of premium quality single vineyard wines from their hand-tended dry grown Granite Belt vineyard. You will receive a warm welcome when you visit their stylish cellar door, located in a classic 1920s Queenslander with wrap-around verandas on three sides, with views to the vineyards and hills beyond.

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.

Crane Wines

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Crane Winery, a small family owned Boutique Winery and Bed and Breakfast accommodation, was the first winery in the beautiful South Burnett. The grand old colonial homestead and rustic cellar door perch high on the Booie Range with breathtaking views east.

Granite Belt Brewery

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
At Granite Belt Brewery you can experience fresh beer on tap, straight from the brewery. See how the brewery works from the viewing lounge. Feel and smell the ingredients and have the brewing process explained by friendly staff or by the brewer.

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.

Ashbern Farms

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Ashbern Farms is open to the public five days a week during the strawberry season which is from October to May each year. The aim is to ensure all enjoy the best strawberry eating experience possible. To achieve this, Ashbern Farms focuses on the best eating varieties and grows them in a way that guarantees quality and sweetness.

Preston Peak Wines

Preston, Toowoomba Area
Preston Peak Wines is a boutique, family owned winery located just 10 minutes south of Toowoomba, South East Queensland. Established in 1995 their winery produces over 26 different grape varieties, including old favourites such as Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet, along with a range of alternate varieties such as Viognier, Sagrantino, Verdelho, Mataro and Carmenere.
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