Southern Queensland Country food and wine

Southern Queensland Country is the most delicious state here in Queensland with endless food trails on offer. From Stanthorpe wineries to restaurants that celebrate local produce and olive trees embracing the highlands of the Great Dividing Range and the open plains out west, Southern Queensland Country serves up a menu ranging from wild adventure to relaxed indulgence. 

With the cooler climate, the country setting, top shelf vineyards and fresher than fresh produce, you might just feel like you’ve landed in a little piece of heaven.

Paddock to plate

Ever wanted a real paddock to plate experience? Hand-pick your own cherries, apples, or strawberries right off the side of the road as you drive through the Granite Belt. And keep a look out for wild asparagus, fennel and saffron growing throughout the region and be sure to swing by the famous Peanut Van in Kingaroy!

Or avoid any heavy lifting and simply experience the historical setting of Steele Rudd’s stories in one of Toowoomba’s many country pubs and dig into a prime cut of locally produced beef paired with a bottle of your favourite drop.

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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.

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.

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.

Ridgemill Estate

Severnlea, Southern Downs Area
Their Cellar Door is open for tastings and wine purchases Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm . 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.

Francis Hotel Thallon

Thallon, Balonne Area
Free Entry
Eat and drink where the locals do! The Francis Hotel Thallon is a friendly, country pub where you can enjoy a cold beer, great meals and freshly made barista coffee. They offer a range of accommodation options from clean, budget rooms in the hotel to air conditioned self-contained accommodation in the nearby Railway Quarters.

Valleys and Vines

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Self-drive this 900 kilometre picturesque country loop from Brisbane through Southern Queensland Countries valleys and vines. Start on top of Mt Tamborine within the clouds, surrounded by lush rainforest and antique trinket shops and cafes.

Ballandean Estate Wines

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Ballandean Estate Wines has proudly been producing wines that reflect the diversity and regionality of the Granite Belt for four generations. The diverse array of varieties produced are a true expression of the unique terroir of Ballandean and the passion of the Puglisi family.

Australia's Country Way

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Australia's Country Way guides you to the delights and treasures that pepper the countryside of the Great Dividing Range. From Sydney to Rockhampton the holiday is as much about savouring the journey as reaching the destination.

Golden Grove Estate

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Situated in the picturesque Ballandean valley in Queensland's Granite Belt, Golden Grove Estate awaits to tantalise your taste buds. As one of the oldest and most decorated wineries, a warm welcome is always waiting.
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Wineries

Drive through the vineyards and cellar doors of the Granite Belt where grapes have been grown since 1870 and varieties range from top-shelf Shiraz and Chardonnay to Viognier, Mourvedre and Tempranillo. Indulge in South Burnett, home to the largest vineyard in Queensland called Murgon, which offers six vineyards and cellar doors within a 15-kilometre radius of the town. 

Can’t decide? Why not tempt your taste buds along the StrangeBird wine trail? A self-drive wine trail for the adventurous alternative variety wine seekers.

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