Southern Queensland Country Destination Guide
Southern Queensland Country Holidays
Swap the hustle of the city for lush green hills, award-winning wineries, farm stays, glamping and roaring fireplaces in friendly country villages – all just 90 minutes from Brisbane in Southern Queensland Country.
Stretching from Stanthorpe in the south to Kingaroy in the north, and from Toowoomba as far west as Mitchell, Southern Queensland Country is the destination in which to savour crisp, clean country air and award-winning wines from the iconic Granite Belt region.
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; see the precarious balancing boulders of Girraween National Park; take a leisurely drive through the greenery of the Bunya Mountains; or say “yee-haw” in the rodeo capital of Warwick.
Eat & Drink
You pick your own apples or berries in Stanthorpe or save the hard work and simply sample the famous apple pie on offer at Sutton's Farm. From the vineyards and olive trees embracing the highlands of the Great Dividing Range to the open plains out west, Southern Queensland Country serves up a menu ranging from wild adventure to relaxed indulgence.
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. If you're after something a little different, you can always tempt your taste buds along the StrangeBird wine trail: a self-drive wine trail for adventurous, alternative-variety wine seekers.
Where to Stay
With a diverse range of places to stay, from charming B&Bs and tranquil mountain cottages to traditional farm stays, it’s easy to sneak away to Southern Queensland Country for a weekend with friends or a short break with the family.
If you choose to fly directly into Wellcamp Airport, you might like to make Toowoomba your base. This is truly B&B country, with gorgeous heritage stays like B&B Wanulla on offer, while eco-retreats and even glamping options can be found at Girraween Eco lodge and Alure Stanthorpe respectively.
Save your spending money for take-home treats as you journey around the Southern Queensland Country region. The area is loaded with providores and gourmet producers. In addition to great reds, you'll find a tasty selection of locally made jams and chutneys at Summit Estate Winery, while – just across the highway – you can take home some freshly bottled apple cider from Sutton's Farm.
Taste South Burnett in Kingaroy is your one-stop shop to load up your home pantry. The convenient retailer gathers all the gourmet and artisan items from around the region, from boutique wines to luxury fudge, Kingaroy cheese, cold-press oils, organic honey, and a great range of tasty sauces.
Southern Queensland Country Like a Local
Southern Queensland Country is a beautiful region with four distinct seasons. It also boasts a jam-packed social calendar, with events celebrating the humble pumpkin in Goomeri right through to jazz music in Warwick, and Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers each spring.
Toowoomba has a burgeoning cafe culture, thanks in some part to the First Coast Street Art Festival, which has adorned the city's historic laneways with tasteful graffiti. Rub shoulders with coffee-loving locals at Ground Up Espresso, Firefly Cafe and Bunker Records.