Southern Queensland Country Good Guide 2015

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The Best of Southern Queensland Country 2015 Toowoomba & Darling Downs | South Burnett Warwick & surrounds | Granite Belt | Western Country



RECHARGE YOUR SOUL

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SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY

Escape the urban grind. Breathe, relax and drink in the good life that is only a stone’s throw from the Brisbane nest (90 mins actually!). Come outside and play. A foodie affair awaits, with an abundance of fresh artisanal produce to tantalise your taste buds and delight your senses. Explore premier wine destinations, play and explore in the great outdoors, and discover stylish retreats. Follow the arts trail or hunt for antiques and vintage finds. Discover the delights of Warwick and surrounds: unplug, indulge and relax; fall in love with Toowoomba and the charming Darling Downs; be seduced by the South Burnett; explore the gorgeous Granite Belt and be romanced west of the Great Dividing Range. Nature’s playground has adventures for everyone. Leave the stress at home, gather your herd or countryside companion. It’s time to plug into nature’s hi-fi, use the trees as your spirit’s wi-fi and recharge your soul. Take a breathe break often. You deserve it. You know it, Queensland’s top country getaway - let The Good Guide share her secrets for your ultimate good time. Spicy, saucy, sassy and seductive… Perfectly seasoned. See you countryside.

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MAP | LOCATION

NATURE’S BOUNTY

WHAT’S ON | EVENTS

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NATURE’S PLAYGROUND

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A FOODIE AFFAIR

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RETAIL THERAPY

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ON THE GRAPEVINE

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STYLISH STAYCATION

EAT, SIP, CAFÉ

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SCENIC STAYCATION

WINE & DINE

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BEER’O’CLOCK

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PLAY & EXPLORE

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Fabulous fresh ideas for savvy seasonal weekends away, wild wineries, great outdoor adventures and regional restaurants. The Good Guide shows off the best in the nest of Southern Queensland Country in all her splendour. Fall in love with nature’s rich bounty - it’s on your doorstep and knocking for you to come play, stay, explore and taste. Plug into nature’s hi-fi and recharge your soul. Perfect your wink when you say, “I saw you in The Good Guide”.


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INJUNE

MITCHELL

ROMA MILES CH

WESTERN COUNTRY

SURAT TARA

ST GEORGE

NINDIGULLY

GOONDIWIN


NDI

SOUTH BURNETT

DALBY KINGAROY

HINCHILLA BUNYA MOUNTAINS NANANGO

TOOWOOMBA & DARLING DOWNS

GATTON

WARWICK & SURROUNDS & GRANITE BELT

WARWICK

STANTHORPE

SUNSHINE COAST

KILCOY

ESK CABOOLTURE

TOOWOOMBA IPSWICH

BRISBANE

BOONAH

GOLD COAST

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NATURE’S BOUNTY

....................................................................................................................................................... Exploding with fresh, seasonal produce and world class wineries. From fruit and vegetables bursting with flavour to succulent meat and seafood, artisan dairy and fragrant herbs. Nature’s beautiful bounty will impress the fussiest of tastebuds. Made with love, served with passion, enjoyed with delight. Mmmm!

CRANE WINES 162 Haydens Rd, Kingaroy p. 07 4162 7647 w. cranewines.com.au h. Mon - Sun 10 – 4 Stroll through vineyards taking in breathtaking scenic views before retiring to the charming homestead to savour one of Crane’s finest offerings straight from the cellar door. This family owned, boutique winery and B&B is perched on stunning Booie Range. SPRING CREEK MOUNTAIN CAFE & cottages 1503 Spring Crk Rd, Killarney p. 07 4664 7101 w. springcreekcottages.com.au h. Wed – Fri 10 - 5, Sat – Sun 8 - 5 Savour chef Bev Ruskey’s mouth-watering fresh fare overlooking panoramic mountain views. Here local, wholesome produce stars in a seasonal selection of modern Australian classics. Don’t miss the Killarney beef and Guiness pie!

GRANITE BELT BREWERY 146 Glenlyon Dr, Stanthorpe p. 07 4681 1370 w. granitebeltbrewery.com.au h. Mon - Thu 10 - 9.30, Fri - Sat 10 -11 Beer connoisseurs rejoice. QLD’s premier wine region now offers beer lovers hop heaven. Granite Belt Brewery produces delicious, QLD beer. Try a tasting paddle then head to the Happy Valley Retreat Restaurant & Bar for a bite. Hiccup!

VERAISON 205 Margaret St, Toowoomba p. 07 4638 5909 w. veraison.com.au h. Tue – Sat 6 - late Fine diner Veraison proves to be the pride of the range, using the best local produce to create incredible degustation menus. For the fourth year running, the AGFTG has awarded Chef Alex Weston and his team the coveted Chef’s Hat - bravo!

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THE BRAMBLE PATCH

381 Townsend Rd, Glen Aplin p. 07 4683 4205 w. bramblepatch.com.au h. Thu - Mon 10 - 4 The Bramble Patch offers delicious awardwinning, berry-licious treats to tantalise and seduce your tastebuds. From jams to waffles, this berry-nice establishment takes the (strawberry) shortcake! A foodie affair of the palate.

TASTE SOUTH BURNETT

Shop 4, 36 Alford St, Kingaroy p. 07 4162 8222 w. tastesouthburnett.com.au h. Mon - Fri 11 - 5.30, Sat - Sun 10 - 4 Discover the magic of Kingaroy in this thriving hub. TASTE churns out the best in delicious local fare, boutique artisan wines and deli treats. Creamy fudge in gourmet flavours, delightful cheeses and more. Enjoy every TASTE!

STANTHORPE CHEESE

4 Duncan Ln, Thulimbah p. 07 4685 2277 w. stanthorpecheese.com.au h. Mon - Sun 10 - 4 Artisanal cheese from the Granite Belt’s original farmhouse cheese makers. Happy jersey cows produce sensational cheese at this truly unique farmhouse dairy. Relax at Jersey Girls cafe with a wine and a delicious cheese platter. Ah-moo-zing!

BUNNYCONNELLEN

Swain Rd, Crow’s Nest p. 07 4697 9555 w. bunnyconnellen.com.au h. Sun 10 - 4 The pleasure-centre for fine food and wild wine. Taste award-winning olive oil, fine wine, locally made deli delights, gourmet goods and see scenic sights. The perfect setting for retreats, a family get together or that special day.

SUTTONS Farm & CIDERY

10 Halloran Dr, Thulimbah p. 07 4685 2464 w. suttonsfarm.com.au h. Mon -Sun 9.30 – 4.30 Bag a bushel, sip a cider or try their delicious apple pie with a side o’ cider ice-cream. More than 30 apple varieties flourish on the farm. Taste cider and apple brandy, feast on pig and lamb on the spit at the Cider Festival on 23 May.

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354 Sundown Rd, Ballandean p. 07 4684 1226 w. ballandeanestate.com h. Mon - Sun 9 – 5 This iconic estate is well known as QLD’s oldest and largest family owned and operated winery, producing award-winning wines. Boasting antique working barrels, maturing beautiful port and lovely liqueurs and home to Opera in the Vineyard.

BALLANDEAN ESTATE

SYMPHONY HILL

2017 Eukey Rd, Ballandean p. 07 4684 1388 w. symphonyhill.com.au h. Mon - Sun 10 - 4 The sweet symphony of love with an impeccable range of beautiful wines that will impress any palate. This award winning, boutique, family owned winery has a melodious combination of high altitude vines and passion for quality.

GOLDEN GROVE ESTATE

337 Sundown Rd, Ballandean p. 07 4684 1291 w. goldengroveestate.com.au h. Mon - Fri 9 - 4, Sat - Sun 9 - 5 Ever since the first vines were planted in 1975, this winery has become a namestay. Soft, ripe flavours are the reward of a slow maturation process that assures quality. They are the ‘Grape Whisperers’. Divine, delightful and delicious.

PRESTON PEAK

430 Preston Boundary Rd, Preston p. 07 4630 9499 w. prestonpeak.com h. Wed - Sun 11 - 3 Enjoy many boutique wines at this family owned winery while taking in a stunning vista that includes views of the vineyards, Lockyer Valley and Tabletop Mountain. The hills are alive, hear it straight from the grapevine. Raise your glasses!

Savina lane

90 Savina Ln, Severnlea p. 07 4683 5377 w. savinalanewines.com.au A relaxed and friendly boutique winery based on the Granite Belt wine region near Stanthorpe. Brad and Cheryl Hutchings passion is to produce memorable, remarkable wines and provide unparalleled cellar door/vineyard experiences. Hi there good looking, you get better with age with vines over 40 years young.

clovely Estate

Steinhardts Rd, Moffatdale p. 07 4168 4788 w. clovely.com.au h. Sat - Sun 10 - 4 Hello 5 star winery rating! Clovely Estate is the most highly awarded winery in the South Burnett. Producing premium estate-grown wines perfect for every occasion. Fourth generation wine-makers, the Heading family have been synonomous with quality for over 100 years.

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CHOCOLATE COTTAGE

10475 New England Hwy, Highfields p. 07 4630 8729 w. chocolatecottage.com.au h. Wed - Mon 8.30 – 5 Follow Hansel and Gretel to this award-winning chocolate oasis with over 60 varieties of artisanal and novelty chocolates and a cafe serving delicious meals, there’s no reason to leave. Even Willy Wonka is envious!

BRINX DELI

149 High St, Stanthorpe p. 07 4681 2247 h. Mon - Fri 8.30 - 5, Sat 8.30 - 12.30, Sun 9 -12 Specialising in gourmet goodies from near and afar. Sip Campos coffee, devour mouthwatering cheeses, cold meats and an array of delicious treats provided lovingly at this delightful Stanthorpe deli. Yum!

THe fRog & swallow

72 Herbert St, Allora p. 07 4666 3682 w. frogandswallow.com.au h. Tue - Fri 8 -4, Sat 8 - 3, Sun 8 - 2 Using seasonal fruits and vegetables full of flavour and at their peak Mrs Robertson says ‘Choose, prepare, cook and preserve’. Extraordinary breakfasts, delightful cakes and perfect preserves, we say...

DELICATE

17 Henry St, St George p. 07 4625 5666 h. Mon - Fri 8.30 - 5.30, Sat - Sun 8.30 - 12 Pick up some stylish handcrafted items whilst you are at this classy deli/cafe. Serving fine coffee and mouth-watering treats that will make you feel at home. This delicious sanctuary is a feast for your eyes and belly and worth travelling for. Addictive.

The queens beans

88 McDowall St, Roma p. 07 4622 6225 w. thequeensarms.com.au h. Mon - Fri 6.30 - 16.30, Sat - Sun 7 - 2 Word on the street is that this little hip and happening coffee shop has the best coffee that Roma has to offer. Food lovers rejoice as this cafe will take you from breakfast, brunch and lunch with classic and bespoke tasty creations.

GROUND UP Espresso

501 Ruthven St, Toowoomba h. Mon - Fri 6.30 – 3.30, Sat 8 – 3 This laneway cafe is passionate about good times and golden cremas. A rich tapestry of coffee, music and art combine in this cool, New York-esque espresso hub that lets its crema do the jay-walking on the right side of your tastebuds.

WIMBERLeY & SONS CAFE

9 Moore St, Goomeri p. 07 4169 7881 h. Wed - Sun 8 – 4 With a sweet breakfast or indulgent treat, you’ll be wearing a smile all day long. Delicious gelati, espresso and gourmet fare to spoil your senses. Locals rave and visitors flock to this delectable cafe. Love this place.

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WINE & DINE | FRESH FLAVOURS ....................................................................................................................................................... 354 Sundown Rd, Ballendean w. thebarrel-room.com p. 07 4684 1326 h. Wed - Mon 11.30 - 2.30, Thu - Sun 6 - late Fresh fare delivers taste sensations every time by head chefs Matt and Bobbi Wells. Nestled in the Ballandean Estate Winery, the modern Italian menu is complimented perfectly by sophisticated wines. Perfect for your next private function or event!

THE BARREL ROOM CAFE

22 Caves Rd, Stanthorpe p. 07 4685 5050 w. varias.com.au h. Mon - Sun 9 - 4 Enjoy a delicious meal on the balcony overlooking the dam and Banca Ridge Vineyard. QLD College of Wine Tourism hospitality students, led by head chef Ben Lanyon, serve the sumptuous a la carte menu with style. Local is lovely.

VARIAS

PICNIC POINT

164 Tourist Rd, Toowoomba p. 07 4631 5100 w. picnic-point.com.au h. Mon – Thu 8.30 – 5, Fri 8.30 – 9, Sat 8 – 8.30, Sun 8 – 5 A heapin’ helping of hospitality awaits you at this beautiful tourist destination. Enjoy a coffee, icecream or relaxing lunch or dinner and take in the most stunning panoramic views Toowoomba has to offer. Simply breathtaking...

Cassis at booie

Cnr Haydens & Schellbachs Rd, Booie w. cassisrestaurant.com.au p. 07 4162 3465 h. Wed - Sat 10 - 10, Sun 10 - 5 Local celebrity chefs Wayne Smith and Jimmy Stephen are hatching new dishes to tease and please your tastebuds. Foodie heaven on a plate offering regional fare and flavours that will excite.

GIP’S RESTAURANT

120 Russell St, Toowoomba p. 07 4638 3588 w. gipsrestaurant.com.au h. Mon - Fri 9 – late, Sat 11.30 - late Toowoomba’s iconic Clifford House, shows off an impressive a la carte, modern Australian menu and beautiful garden setting. Gip’s is Toowoomba’s finest night out and knows how to show you a good time. Wink, wink! Another cocktail?

Lyrics Restaurant

Bunya Mountains p. 07 4668 3131 w. thebunyas.com.au/lyrics h. Fri - Sat 6 - late Personal service, first-class food and a well-stocked bar, darling! A sumptuous menu and luxurious desserts, spoil that special someone just because… Picture perfect for memorable moments. Lyrics love local providores. Bunya’s worst kept secret. Spread the word.

THE ANGEL CAFE

142a South St, Toowoomba p. 07 4636 3177 w. theangelcafe.com.au h. Mon - Sun 8 - 5 Heavenly local produce sent as natures elixir to curate French inspired cuisine. Eat, drink and be merry at this fully licensed restaurant and espresso bar. Share a lovely meal from the all day menu and sip wine or cocktails with friends. Pefect!

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THE SPOTTED COW

296 Ruthven St, Toowoomba p. 07 4639 3264 w. spottedcow.com.au h. Mon - Sun 11 – late Over 70 beers to wet your whistle. Enjoy a relaxing drink and hearty meal in a friendly atmosphere. Dance the night away at this iconic landmark hotel. It’s always time for a party!

WONDAI HOTEL & CELLAR

35 Haly St, Wondai p. 07 4168 5274 h. Wed - Sat 10 - late, Sun 9 - 5 It started life as a country pub, these days this 110-year-old establishment still oozes country charm, along with an impressive cafe, restaurant and bar. Indulge in delicious, locally sourced food. Yum, yum! Meet you there...

RUDDS PUB

45 Tooth St, Nobby p. 07 4696 3211 w. ruddspub.com.au h. Mon - Sun 10am – late A truly unique Australian pub experience. Dine in the Heritage Lounge where folklore says that Steele Rudd sat while writing his famous Australian “Dad & Dave” stories. Knock back your cold ones and step back in time with hosts Sam and Robyn Little. Bottoms up!

THE VICTORIA HOTEL

81 Marshall St, Goondiwindi p. 07 4671 1007 w. victoriahotelgoondiwindi.com.au h. Mon - Sun 10 - late The best looking sheila in Goondiwindi is the Vic Hotel with the best jugs in town! Get hoppy and relax with a refreshing cold ale (or few) in the Gunsynd Bar or try the Beer and Bullshit tour. That’s no Bull! Play, stay, eat and meet. Cheers.

ninDigully pub

Sternes St, Nindigully p. 07 4625 9637 w. nindigully.com h. Mon - Sun Perched on the banks of the meandering Moonie River is one of QLD’s must-do pubs. Enjoy a refreshing coldie with a local and tackle the mammoth two-kilo steak or a Road Train burger. Good times!

THE BULL & BARLEY INN

61 Eton St, Cambooya p. 07 4696 1235 w. bullandbarleyinn.com.au h. Mon - Sun 10 – late Enjoy tasteful wines, frosty beer or nab an ice cold beverage from an original cedar chiller-box. Let this old-world charmer seduce you. She’s a beauty!

THE DARLING DOWNS HOTEL

345 Sandy Creek Rd, Warwick p. 07 4661 3413 w. darlingdownshotel.com.au h. Mon - Sun 10 - late This historical hotel has wide verandahs and a beer garden, perfect for relaxing and sipping wine or for beer’o’clock. Known as The Sandy Creek Pub to locals.

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PLAY & EXPLORE

....................................................................................................................................................... Indulge your senses in nature’s playground. Enjoy country hospitality, cool cafes, fine dining with luxury escapes, camping and bushwalking adventures in pristine rainforests. Spot native birds and wildlife, enjoy a trail ride, absorb an art gallery or live music performance at a local festival. Nature’s calling, can you hear her hi-fi?

COWBOY UP 160 Rocky Gully Rd, Emu Creek p. 07 4698 4772 w. cowboyup.com.au Trail Riding is perfect for beginners through to advanced. Spot wallabies, wild deer and take in breathtaking mountain views. Get on your high horse and revel in your inner cowboy or cowgirl today. Giddy up and gallop away the day. Feel the wind in your hair. empire theatre 56 Neil St, Toowoomba p. 1300 655 299 w. empiretheatre.com.au The Empire Theatre has all the modern technology to showcase stunning performances. Hosting national and international performances from ballets to the best of the theatre, this stunning venue’s simply superb. This historic and heritage listed artdeco is a beauty.

scenic RIM TRAIL Scenic Rim p. 1300 101 149 w. scenicrimtrail.com Be fit, fun and fabulous on this brand new 4 Day walk by renowned Spicers Retreats. Who says exercise can’t be glam when you’re encountering dramatic mountains, cool ridges, enchanting forests and treasured ancient volcanic plateaus. Nature showing off!

BUNYA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Bunya Mountains p. 13 74 68 w. nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bunya-mountains Discover the largest stand of ancient Bunya Pines in the world, nestled beneath a pillowy rainforest canopy in the Bunya Mountains. With 35km of walking tracks, enjoy panoramic vistas, enchanting wildlife and the call of the whipbird. Explore this very special national park.

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COBB & CO MUSEUM

27 Lindsay St, Toowoomba p. 07 4659 4900 w. cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au h. Mon - Sun 10 – 4 Peruse coaches and various vehicles from the horse-drawn era or try your hand at one of their many creative workshops; millinery, leadlighting and blacksmithing. Events and exhibitions excite.

DARLING DOWNS ZOO

Cnr of Gatton-Clifton & Baines Rds, Pilton p. 07 4696 4107 w. darlingdownszoo.com.au See who’s who in the jungle. Home to QLD’s only pride of African lions and permanently housed white lions. Get up close and personal with a host of native and exotic wildlife. A geographically inspired masterpiece in tranquil settings.

CAMBANOORA TOURS

35 Willow St, Killarney p. 07 4664 1655 w. cambanoora.com.au This guided tour will take you through stunning Spring Creek through to the highlands of Killarney, waterfalls and rainforests to the head of the Condamine and back again. Choose your wild outdoor adventure!

Filippo’s tourS

158 Eukey Rd, Stanthorpe p. 07 4681 3130 w. filippostours.com.au Be whisked away on a journey of great wine, great food and great times. Explore cellar doors, fruit and vegetable providores, national parks and famous award winning wineries. Rest assured that you are in good hands and get ready for outdoor fun that you’ll remember long after the tour.

BALLANCAR Cultural Heritage

3094 Mosquito Creek Rd, Inglewood p. 07 4652 1367 w. ballancar.com.au Introducing visitors to archeology and significant culture, this peaceful area is a haven for birds and wildlife. Enjoy bushwalking, bird watching or stargazing on this 2,300 hectare sheep and cattle property near Inglewood. See evidence of past Aboriginal occupation in undisturbed conditions. A cultural dreamtime.

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WHAT’S ON | REGIONAL EVENTS ....................................................................................................................................................... OPERA IN THE VINEYARD Ballandean Estate w. ballandeanestate.com d. 2 May 2015 Wine and dine while listening to opera in the vines at the jewel of the Granite Belt’s social calendar. An intoxicating mix of music, wine, food and a memorable time. Watch the sun set over Autumn vineyards and mountains. Magical darling.

FIRST COAT Various Toowoomba CBD locations w. firstcoat.com.au d. 16 - 18 May 2015 See Toowoomba’s CBD transformed by multiple large scale street art murals, painted live in hidden laneways by local and international artists. It’s epic!

Hampton festival

Hampton w. hamptonfestival.com d. 17 May 2015 You’ve found foodie heaven - taste and stock up on just-picked produce, meet local artisan makers and providores; see celebrity chefs in action and sample regional wines. Local is lush. Delight in delectable dishes, enjoy the rich tapestry of artists, rootsy music and be inspired. It’s the good life!

Jumpers & jazz in july

Various Warwick locations p. 07 4661 9073 w. jumpersandjazz.com d. 16 - 26 Jul 2015 Revel in your Cosby sweater at this cool, quirky and wonderful winter festival. A colourful celebration of community, music and food, this Winter Wonderland will impress! Experience ‘yarn bombing’ = knitted graffiti. Get your jazz on!

TARA FESTIVAL OF CAMELS & CULTURE

Various Tara locations w. tarafestivalncamels.org.au d. 31 July - 2 Aug 2015 Pack a tent and enjoy a taste of country life with thrilling camel races, tasty food and live entertainment at this fun, family three-day event. Giddy up!

TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS

Various Toowoomba locations p. 131 872 w. tcof.com.au d. 18 - 27 Sep 2015 Stop and smell the roses at Australia’s longestrunning annual horticultural event. A celebration of food, wine, culture and of course, beautiful blooms. The floral jewel in Toowoomba’s colourful crown. Delight the senses. Simply stunning.

roma cup races

w. romaraces.org.au d. 21 November 2015 The Roma Cup is Western QLD’s largest and most exciting event. Stay on site at Swag Central or a local hotel. Your good time is on track for the best weekend that can be had in the bush. Fashions on the field is waiting for you.

APPLE & GRAPE HARVEST FESTIVAL

Stanthorpe w. appleandgrape.org d. 4 - 6 March 2016 Celebrate the region and its delightful offerings with entertainment, seasonal food and wine stalls. Three days of fun, how can 52,000 visitors be wrong. Kick up your heels and see what is Stanthorpe’s annual pride and joy.

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....................................................................................................................................................... Nature is a show off, see Mother Earth boast beautiful and ancient forests, rich with culture and stories from her dreamtime past. Tune in and go walk about. Lose yourself, find yourself!

GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK p. 13 74 68 w. nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween Camp out and stargaze, wander along the walking tracks and see this parks natural beauty. Giant granite boulders where bushrangers are said to have hidden, delicate wildflowers that seem to emerge from the earth as if by magic and a wide array of native flora and fauna await you. Hear the call of the lyrebirds.... CARNArVON NATIONAL PARK p. 13 74 68 w. nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/carnarvon-gorge A memorable Australian bushwalking experience where nature shows off her splendid assets. The stunning gorge, carved over time from the flowing Carnarvon Creek is set amongst grand sandstone cliffs that tower above. Enjoy easy walking tracks for beginners to advanced with breathtaking vistas. Ahhhh!

MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK p. 13 74 68 w. nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range The popular picnic destination is the perfect place to relax before a short walk takes you to a spectacular lookout where you can enjoy the rushing falls or be adventurous and trek 2kms to the gorge floor. Watch in awe as bubbling Spring Creek plummets 40m over sheer rock face at the stunning Queen Mary Falls. Love.

CROWS NEST NATIONAL PARK p. 13 74 68 w. nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/crows-nest Discover bubbling brooks, grand waterfalls and stunning granite outcrops in this beautiful park on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. The Valley of the Diamonds offers spectacular vistas that will capture your heart. You may even spot the cliff-nesting Peregrine Falcon, or a brush-tailed Rock Wallaby.

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RETAIL THERAPY | SHOPS TO LOVE ....................................................................................................................................................... 4 Margaret St, Toowoomba p. 07 4638 4455 w. tosarigalleries.com.au h. Tue – Sat 10 – 4, Sun 10 - 2 Boasting the first venue of its kind in this delightful region, Tosari showcases original artwork, limited edition prints, stunning Indigenous art and uniquely Australian designed glass, ceramic and timber souvenirs.

TOSARI GALLERIES

THE GALLERY SHOP

531 Ruthven St, Toowooba w. toowoombarc.qld.gov.au h. Tue - Fri 10 - 3.45, Sat 11 - 3, Sun 1 - 3.45 Have your art and promote and support it too! Shop till you drop at The Gallery Shop where a wonderful array of paintings, textiles, jewellery and more can be found. Proceeds also help out the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery’s biennial jewellery award and exhibition and Gallery initiatives. Two for two!

Pure heaven

145 High St, Stanthorpe h. Mon - Fri 9 – 5, Sat 9 - 12 p. 07 4681 0586 w. pureheaven.com.au Pure heaven skin care and organic is key here where all products are hand-made. All products are paraben and sulphate free. Your body is a temple, so treat it like the Taj Mahal and soak up the natural goodness! Bliss.

HARRY & CO

9 Grey St, St George p. 0400 256 316 h. Mon - Fri 9 - 4, Sat 9 - 12 On the style mark every time, this beautiful homewares store is famous for their savvy array of soft furnishings, sophisticated homewares and golden crema. Think fresh flowers, beautiful clothing, wooden toys and more - the perfect place for some retail therapy and great coffee any day ending in y!

THE RANGE ANTIQUES

1 Burke St, Toowoomba p. 07 4632 6629 w. rangeantiques.com h. Mon 10 - 5, Wed - Fri 10 - 5, Sat 10 - 4 Pauline and Jeremy know antiquities. With twice yearly trips to Europe, for 25 years, to source stock, only the best can be found here. Think quality antique furniture, silver, porcelain and jewellery.

LANCASTERS ANTIQUES

3 Railway St, Toowoomba p. 07 4632 1830 w. lancasterantiques.com.au h. Mon - Sun 10 - 5 Fine oriental furniture, vintage jewellery, unique pop-culture and beautiful antiques collide at this treasure-trove. Discover a real bargain or invest in a timeless antique; there’s something special suited to every taste and wallet. Well known, well loved and the home of vintage heaven on earth.

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....................................................................................................................................................... Wake up and smell the wild flowers, enjoy crisp country air, the smell of fresh coffee brewing and delight in local hospitality. Get between the soft sheets of the regions best. Rest your weary head in comfort and style. Scenic stays abound.

spicers peak lodge 1 Wilkinson Rd, Maryvale p. 1300 253 103 w. spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge Luxury reaches new heights as you indulge in breathtaking views of the Great Dividing Range while enjoying gourmet cuisine. Worries simply float away at this award-winning mountain resort as you unwind in the spa. Feel on top of the world. Divine. alure boutique villas 280 Mt Tully Rd, Stanthorpe p. 07 4681 4476 w. alurestanthorpe.com.au Keep the romance alive and seduce your loved one... Choose a selfcatering boutique villa or luxury tent and revel in the beautiful scenery, gourmet food and wine. Roses are red, violets are blue, Alure is waiting to woo you too. A first class experience awaits. Love this place.

BUNYA MOUNTAINS ACCOMMODATION CENTRE 3 Bunya Av, Bunya Mountains p. 07 4668 3126 w. bunyamountains.com With a stunning range of chalets and holiday homes with rainforest and valley views, you will delight in this forest paradise with all the mountains have to offer. The hills are alive with over 22,000ha of wilderness. The King Parrots are calling.

spicers canopy 1095 South Branch Rd, Tregony p. 1300 286 295 w. spicersretreats.com/canopy Luxurious, safari-style camping for couples or groups up to 20 can be enjoyed. A unique “glamping� experience, reach a new level of sophistication as you sip fine wine under a canopy of stars in the seductive Scenic Rim. Perfect.

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SCENIC STAYCATION | BETWEEN THE SHEETS ....................................................................................................................................................... 31 Brunckhorst Av, Stanthorpe p. 07 4681 2726 w. 31therocks.com.au Explore the gorgeous Granite Belt or enjoy a welldeserved sleep-in! The gourmet breakfast basket is delicious filled with local fare. Stylishly modern villas set amongst granite boulders that offer an idyllic haven to unwind. Fire up the wood fireplace...

31 THE ROCKS

ABBEY OF THE ROSES BOUTIQUE GUEST HOUSE 8 Locke St, Warwick p. 07 4661 9777 w. abbeyoftheroses.com The perfect setting for weddings, functions and conferences. This timeless 120 year old sandstone heritage-listed country manor is the ideal romantic or group holiday destination. Delight in stunning gardens and relax on wide verandahs at this adults-only guesthouse. Fairytales can come true here...

ACCOMMODATION CREEK COTTAGES

123 Sundown Rd, Ballandean p. 07 4684 1144 w. accommodationcreekcottages.com.au Cosy cottages designed with privacy and comfort in mind, nestled in the picturesque Sundown Valley. Accommodation Creek is just beautiful and the views of Girraween and Sundown National Parks delight. Cooee!

APPLE BLOSSOM COTTAGE

14 Omara Tce, Stanthorpe p. 07 4681 0251 w. appleblossom.com.au Discover Stanthorpe’s delights at this comfortable and quaint self-contained cottage. Conveniently located close to the action, offering large living areas and sleeping up to six people, fire up the BBQ on the deck and soak in the town vistas.

B&B WANULLA

4 Burns St, East Toowoomba p. 07 4639 3487 w. bandbwanulla.com.au B&B Wanulla is a beautifully restored heritage home combining bygone elegance with modern convenience. Dine amidst timeless antiques then retire to a luxurious room for a peaceful night’s slumber. No alarm clocks necessary!

APPLEGUM INN

41 Margaret St, Toowoomba p. 07 4632 2088 w. appleguminn.com.au Enjoy a restful night’s sleep on your pillow top mattress and awake ready to enjoy spendid Toowoomba. You are guaranteed a friendly and relaxing stay at this handy location offering rooms with all the modern conveniences. Nature’s the star.

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SCENIC STAYCATION | BETWEEN THE SHEETS BETHANY COTTAGES

218 Peterson Dr, Kingaroy p. 07 4162 7046 w. bethany.net.au Set on the highest hill in the district with views that encompass farmland, Kingaroy and the Bunya Mountains, relax and enjoy the star-lit evenings at these beautiful cottages. This is living! Escape, unwind, recharge and explore.

BESTBROOK MOUNTAIN RESORT FARMSTAY

9790 Cunningham Hwy, Maryvale p. 07 4666 1282 w. bestbrook.com.au The kids will love feeding animals, milking cows, churning butter for your damper and authentic billy tea. You can even bring the dog! The Gap Creek train ride is a must. An unforgettable family holiday awaits.

DESHONS RETREAT

164 Haydens Rd, Kingaroy p. 07 4163 6688 w. deshons.com.au These boutique, open-plan hideaways will delight with hidden treasures, uninterrupted vistas and cosy interiors. Plan your adventure today and escape to breathe in the regional tastes. Bring your best friend, lover and canines. Woofs welcome!

DIAMONDVALE B&B COTTAGES

26 Diamondvale Rd, Stanthorpe p. 07 4681 3367 w. diamondvalecottages.com.au Ranked #10 in Australia, the romantic, self-contained cottages will suit lovebirds on romantic weekend getaways as well as larger groups. Enjoy wood fires, hearty breakfasts and warm hosts as you savour the spectacular Granite Belt.

COACHMAN’S INN

91 Wood St, Warwick p. 07 4660 2100 w. coachmans.com.au Enjoy the sparkling pool then retire to your King Spa suite at Warwick’s only four-star motel. Delight in fresh flavours at Rupert’s Bar and Grill. All rooms have broadband, Austar and DVD player. Love the tree-lined street. Ahh!

Quest Apartments

133 Margaret St, Toowoomba p. 1800 334 033 w. questapartments.com.au Six fabulous levels greet you here at this fine new establishment. Perfectly nestled near Queens Park and Botanical Gardens, Grand Central Shopping Centre and Clive Berghofer Stadium. Whether it’s for business or leisure, it’s the perfect little retreat for your slumber, ready to enjoy terrific Toowoomba. Woohoo! Opens late June 2015...

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GOOMBURRA FOREST RETREAT

268 Forestry Reserve Rd, Goomburra p. 07 4666 6058 w. goomburraforestretreat.com.au Set in the pristine foothills of the Great Dividing Range, these cottages are a peaceful haven nestled in wilderness. Splash in the swimming holes, bushwalk in the nearby national park, enjoy nature, relax, spot native animals. Magnificent vistas.

ECO-RIDGE HIDEAWAY

712 Rockmount Rd, Preston via Toowoomba p. 07 4630 9636 w. ecoridgehideaway.com.au The Eco-Ridge is a truly beautiful hideaway offering three self-contained, ecofriendly chalets on 50 acres of private bush land. Enjoy the views, get to know the local wildlife, explore the Garden City of Toowoomba. Escape the ordinary.

Pyramids Rd, Ballandean p. 07 4684 5138 w. girraweenlodge.com.au Experience the tranquility of the Australian bush in these architecturally designed, luxury chalets set in beautiful wildflower country with abundant birdlife. Stop, breathe, relax or get lost and blaze a trail.

GIRRAWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL LODGE

GIRRAWEEN COUNTRY INN

1793 Eukey Rd, Ballandean p. 07 4683 7109 w. girraweencountryinn.com.au Enjoy the perfect weekend away exploring nearby Girraween National Park then settle in and enjoy the beautiful food and wine this region has to offer at this elegant country inn. This really is the good life. Yes, yes, yes!

HILLVIEW COTTAGES

297 Birt Rd, Kingaroy p. 07 4162 1727 w. hillviewcottages.com.au A converted dairy, worker’s cottage or historic church will be your home at this multi-award winning Booie Range retreat. Double spas, wood fires and a spectacular vista of the stunning 160 acre property romance with a bird’s-eye view. Lovebirds paradise.

31 Guy St, Warwick p. 07 4661 7669 w. guyhousebnb.com.au This charming colonial house, circa 1880, enchants with beautiful gardens and heavenly peace and quiet. Experience the grace and charm of this B&B and enjoy afternoon tea on the verandah amidst the blossoming wisteria and fragrant roses.

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BECCLES ON MARGARET

25 Margaret St, Toowoomba p. 07 4659 9571 w. beccles.com.au Be seduced by this charming 1938 custom Queensland bungalow. Bask in the warm and delightful atmosphere with breakfast in bed. And the piece de resistance, a reading area with a fireplace, made for enjoying your favourite drop.

HOMEWOOD COTTAGES

11 Cawdor Rd, Highfields p. 0459 686 239 w. homewoodcottages.com.au Nestled in the heart of the Highfields district and bordering Davidson’s Arboretum, experience this uniquely beautiful retreat with stunning gardens, a labyrinth maze and tastefully decorated rooms. Always a memorable experience.

MULANAH GARDENS

736 Deep Creek Rd, Kingaroy p. 07 4164 3142 w. mulanahgardens.com Award winning B&B Cottages that offer the perfect luxury holiday in the beautiful South Burnett. Enjoy a rejuvenating Swedish massage, outdoor chess or indulge in fresh fare delivered to your cosy cottage. A little piece of heaven.

MALLOW COTTAGE

1929 Texas Rd, Stanthorpe p. 0401 557 338 w. mallow.net.au Set on an organic farm, enjoy local bounty from nearby wine and food producers at this environmentally conscious cottage. With a wellbeing retreat to help you find your inner peace, it’s also home to Mallow organic lamb. Family owned. Ahh!

RAVENSBOURNE FOREST CHALETS

84 Palmtree Rd, Palmtree p. 07 4697 8185 w. ravensbourneforestchalets.com.au Indulge in a spa, marvel at the local wildlife from your very own balcony then cosy up by the fire with a wine... peaceful, the ultimate lovebirds retreat. Create a truly memorable escape at the romantic Ravensbourne Forest Chalets.

POSSUMS HOLLOW & HOOTERS HUT

216 Butler Rd, Amiens p. 07 3892 7443 w. cobbncocabins.com.au Don’t let this hot secret out of the bag. These warm and welcoming cabins are fully self-contained and located just 5 mins walk to each other (perfect for groups). Enjoy scenic lookouts, explore Aussie bush trails, fossick, fish, sample some of Qld’s best wineries or delight in complete privacy and tranquility.

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SCENIC STAYCATION | BETWEEN THE SHEETS ....................................................................................................................................................... Happy Valley retreat

Glenlyon Dr, Stanthorpe p. 07 4681 1370 w. happyvalleyretreat.com.au Calling all craft beer aficionados! What could be more perfect than a rustic cabin surrounded by bushland, just a few steps from a boutique microbrewery? Find your happy place right here!

R ON THE DOWNS RURAL RETREAT 295 Swanfels Rd, Yangan p. 07 4664 8587 w. r-onthedowns.com This rural retreat is the perfect luxury escape with views of the Swanfels Valley. Offering beautiful accommodation, fine dining and 40 acres of lush land to explore at your leisure. R = rejuvenate, revitalise, reminisce, relax!

Redrock on booie

45 Millers Rd, Booie p. 07 4162 4943 w. redrockonbooie.com At the top of the Booie range set on pristine native bushland, two luxury self-contained cottages await your company. Bask in nature’s glory of native birds and wildlife and simply get whisked away in your peaceful home away from home. Room with a view!

TWISTED GUM WINERY & COTTAGE

2253 Eukey Rd, Ballandean p. 07 4684 1282 w. twistedgum.com.au Stay in the vines at Twisted Gum Winery - named 2015 Best Small Cellar Door in the Granite Belt by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine! Their renovated 1920’s farm cottage has three generous bedrooms and features bush and vineyard views, a fully equipped kitchen and a toasty wood fire the perfect spot to enjoy a local red!

VINEYARD COTTAGES & CAFE

28126 New England Hwy, Ballandean w. vineyardcottages.com.au p. 07 4684 1270 These lovely cottages are the perfect place to stay and relax while enjoying amazing food in a beautiful garden setting. The award-winning Vineyard cafe is a delicious must. Over 50 premier wineries at their doorstep. Knock, knock...

WIIKIRRI BED & BREAKFAST RETREAT

15 Bowman Rd, Blackbutt p. 07 4170 0395 w. wiikirriretreat.com.au A unique escape that will enchant and delight every visit. This charming country guesthouse and health retreat in Blackbutt is set over two acres with the tranquil Taromeo creek flowing through. Try the ‘Rejuvenation Package’. You can thank us later. You’re welcome...

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