Southern Queensland Country Country Life

These days it’s easy to get caught up in the productive buzz of the city and eat sleep and breathe your inbox. If you’re in need of less screen time, then a taste of the country life might do you some good.

Hightail it to your closest farm stay and experience what it’s like to live in the country - feed the chooks, milk a cow, crack a whip (or try to!). Then wrap up your day with a horse ride through the blissful country side.

If you’re short on time, jump in the car for some of the most scenic drives Queensland has to offer and be sure to pack a picnic as you’ll be spoilt for choice to eat amidst lush tranquillity from Girraween National Park to the Bunya Mountains or Queen Mary Falls.

Whether you’re after a weekend getaway or you just have an afternoon to explore there’s more than enough on offer in this region to get you back to basics and enjoy the simple things.



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Diamondvale Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$180 - 790
Diamondvale Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires.

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 295
Experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. Set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants.

Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 270
Indulge yourself in one of three fully self-contained 'escape' cottages at Spring Creek Mountain. Take in the fresh air and wonderful views that can only be found one kilometre above sea level. Enjoy a log fire - winter or summer!

Quest Toowoomba Apartment Hotel

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$189 - 919
Quest Toowoomba is conveniently located on Margaret Street and is one of Toowoomba's newest accommodation providers. Comprising 74 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with kitchen facilities, WiFi, air-conditioning and work desk.

Spicers Peak Lodge

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$1199 - 2599
Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, only a two hour drive south-west from Brisbane, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it’s possible to be. Let your cares melt away in their luxurious suites and private lodges, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities.

Homewood Cottages

Highfields, Toowoomba Area
From AU$165 - 240
Homewood Cottages are situated in the heart of Highfields only 10 kilometres north of Toowoomba just off the New England Highway. The cottages border Davidson’s Arboretum (Latin for tree garden) an exquisite 1ha of many varieties of beautiful autumn trees from around the world.

Homestead Caravan Park

Nanango, South Burnett Area
From AU$70 - 105.00
Homestead Caravan Park is set in a spacious seven acre park surrounded by trees and gardens, situated in Nanango, Queensland, just off the D'Aguilar Highway. It is a quiet friendly park for the whole family.

Girraween National Park camping

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$6.35 - 25.40
Girraween, meaning 'place of flowers', is a park of massive granite outcrops, large angular tors, and precariously balanced boulders. Spectacular wildflower displays splash colour among the granite in spring.

Possum's Hollow and Hooter's Hut

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$150 - 245
Possum's Hollow and Hooter's Hut are gorgeous two bedroom cabins hidden away amongst 60 acres of scenic natural bushland in Queensland's Granite Belt. Each cabin offers spacious comfortable accommodation for up to six people.

Murphys Creek Escape

Upper Lockyer, Toowoomba Area
From AU$21 - 249
Murphy's Creek Escape is an exciting waterfront camping park 20 minutes from Toowoomba and one and a half hours from Brisbane. There are generous sized powered and un-powered sites and group camping areas all in a natural bush setting.
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