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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Empire Theatres

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.

Expedition National Park

Taroom, Banana Area
Free Entry
Rugged gorges with towering sandstone cliffs, spectacular views of the Carnarvon ranges, and colourful wildflowers in late winter and spring, are highlights of this rugged outback park, which includes Robinson Gorge, Lonesome and Beilba sections.

Newtown Park State Rose Garden

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
The smell is what hits you first at the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park. The garden is planted with more than 1,500 roses , with many more to be established in the years to come. This rosarium is being continually upgraded as a living memorial to the people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

Reg McCallum Park

Nanango, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Located in Henry Street, Nanango, this attractive park, Reg McCallum Park, is named after the Mayor of the Nanango Shire, Reg McCallum, who has been the Mayor for over 25 years. The facilities include public toilets with wheelchair access, parenting rooms, free showers (need to get key from the South Burnett Visitor Information Centre - Nanango), playground, tables and chairs.

Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Miles,
Free Entry
Dogwood Crossing is the cultural heart of the community, inspiring and entertaining those who visit. The award-winning building has become a cultural icon for the region with its seven-metre tall stylised steel bottle trees forming a colonnade down the centre of the facility.

Thallon Silo Mural

Thallon, Balonne Area
The Thallon Silo Mural is a symbol of icons of the Thallon district including the Moonie River, one of their amazing sun sets and also recognizes members of Thallon’s Indigenous Community by the inclusion of a scarred tree and celebrates the area’s Agricultural base.

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.

Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum

Meandarra,
From AU$6.00 - 6.00
The Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum typifies the bravery and self sacrifice of the first ANZACs, housing a large and comprehensive military memorabilia collected over the past 30 years. The artefacts cover many of the battles in which our local war veterans fought, representing the three Armed Services of Navy, Army and Air Force.

Wallam Creek, Bollon

Bollon, Balonne Area
Free Entry
The soil gets redder as you approach this great little western town, and sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek is the tranquil town of Bollon. At the free caravan and camping area there are plenty of shady spaces to park the van for a few days on the edge of the picturesque creak, and an easy 1.

Boer War Memorial and Park, Allora

Allora, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
A pretty park of some historical significance, the first of three soldier statues erected in Queensland after the Boer War (1899-1902) is found in Allora's War Memorial Park in Warwick Street. Colonel (later Sir) Harry Chauvel unveiled the soldier statue in 1904, honouring the four local men who died, and 35 others who served in the southern African conflict.
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