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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Science on the Move

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$0 - 12.50
17 December 2019 – 4 May 2020
Enjoy, discover and explore principles of light, music and sound, human biology and health, force and motion, ecology and the environment, electricity and magnetism, human population and genetics. Science on the Move’s intriguing exhibit investigations will engage your mind and body.

LAF Out Loud Local Art Fest

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
24 February – 5 April 2020
Celebrating local artists from Stanthorpe, the Granite Belt & surrounds. The Granite Belt has a wealth of local artists, and this exhibition gives visitors a chance to appreciate the depth and breadth of our artist community.

Wondai Country Markets

Wondai, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 28 March 2020
The Wondai Country Markets are getting bigger and better every month. Managed by the Wondai Regional Art Gallery, the markets operate in Coronation Park, MacKenzie Street, in the Wondai Central Business District every fourth Saturday of the month, from 7am til 12pm.

Old Time Dance

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 28 March 2020
Old Time Dancing to live music with five different bands on rotation. Delicious homemade supper supplied. Dancing from 8pm until midnight every Saturday night. Lucky door, Monte Carlo, lucky spot and raffle.

Bunya Mountains Community Markets

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 29 March 2020
The Bunya Mountains Community Markets are held on the last Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm. Enjoy over 20 plus market stalls with locally grown produce, homemade products, art and craft. Located within the iconic Bunya Mountains National Park, the markets make for a fantastic day out for the entire family.

Cycle and Stars - Two Day Leisure Cycling Tour of the Granite Belt

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$572 - 645
Monthly from 3 – 5 April 2020
Let them show you some Granite Belt 'stars' when you join them on their fully guided two-day leisure cycling adventure. Pedal along quiet country roads, enjoy the magnificent scenery, sample local produce and award-winning wines while they take care of the directions.

St George Off-Road Championships 399

St George, Balonne Area
3 – 5 April 2020
The St George 399, held in the small rural town of St George in south-west Queensland, will open the BF Goodrich CAMS AORC on April 3 to 5, 2020. Following on from the success of last year's event, St George will again play host to another year of action packed excitement!

Festival of Cultures

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
4 April 2020
A day of Showcasing and sharing the diverse cultures in the South Burnett through music, dance, food and games. A family fun day where there will also be games and activities for all ages. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Toowoomba Mayoral Contest

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
4 April 2020
The Toowoomba Mayoral Contest 2020 is a showcase of some of the best up and coming skateboarders from around the country from over 30 contests nationwide. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

South Burnett Gem, Rock and Lapidary Show 2020

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
4 – 5 April 2020
This is the South Burnett's only Gem, Rock and Lapidary Show which will provide all visitors to the area, not only a taste of the wonderful world of gems, but to experience welcoming country life. The Gem Show will include rock and mineral displays, gem cutting and polishing demonstrations.
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