Southern Queensland Country
Events, Road Trips, Itineraries, Food and Wine, Adventure, Nature, History and Heritage, with Art Trails to Explore.
SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY
Southern Queensland Country THIS GUIDE WILL HELP YOU navigate your way through some of Queensland's most interesting and beautiful countryside. From the Lockyer Valley in the East to Goondiwindi in the west; from Kingaroy in the north to Stanthorpe in the south, and all the small country towns along the way which are bursting with friendly hospitality and tales to tell. Use this guide to plan your drive and be inspired on where to stay, what to do, and what to eat and drink along the way.
Our handy reference guides are based on activities so you can research the best places to go for fishing, camping, art, nature, food, art and wine, plus so much more. Make sure you check out our calendar of events - there is something on every month in our region. With such an abundance of choice, we have included QR Codes on many sections to help you find out more detailed information on that subject. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram too! See you in the country!
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FOOD, WINE + ART
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Toowoomba Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Goondiwindi Regional Council. Southern Queensland Country Tourism has compiled and developed this publication in the interests of fostering and developing tourism in Queensland. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission of Southern Queensland Country Tourism. Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this publication is true and correct at the time of publication. The publishers accept no responsibility or liability for the information contained in advertisements or editorial. The publication is not produced or licensed to third parties for sale. Published by Southern Queensland Country Tourism (May 2021 ©Southern Queensland Country Tourism). For photography credits of images used in this guide and on the SQC website please visit https://www.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au/ industry/media/ COVER: Yelarbon Silo Art, Photographer: Sean Scott.
BACK COVER: Hidden Creek Winery, Stanthorpe, Photographer: We Are Explorers. southernqueenslandcountry.com.au
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Bald Rock Cataract 1277 m NP
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LONESOME SECTION EXPEDITION NP EXPEDITION NP
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Getting Here & Around
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BY ROAD: The region is well connected via highways and road networks including the Cunningham, New England, D’Aguilar, Brisbane Valley and Gore Highways, the Warrego Way, the Leichhardt Way, the Great Inland Way, the Adventure Way and Australia’s Country Way. To plan your journey, check out our suggested itineraries featured throughout this guide.
BY AIR Easy Access from Brisbane Airport, Sunshine Coast Airport and Gold Coast Airports. Most country towns have airstrips for private planes to land on.
BY COACH: Regular coach services operate to and around the region, linking Brisbane, Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe and beyond, with connections to air, rail and local buses. • Bus Queensland P 07 4633 1177 busqld.com.au • Crisps Coaches P 07 4661 8333 crisps.com.au • Greyhound Australia P 1300 473 946 greyhound.com.au • Murrays Coaches P 13 22 51 murrays.com.au BY RAIL: The Westlander P 1800 872 467 queenslandrail.com.au This scenic journey from Brisbane travels across the Great Dividing Range to Toowoomba, through the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs and continues through the Western Country to its final destination of Charleville.
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Tin Can Bay Cloyna Proston
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DALBY Jondaryan Cecil Plains
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CHINCILLA MELON FESTIVAL
From the cultural to the quirky you’ll find it here. Grab a friend, make a plan, & book your tickets! FOR LOCATIONS, REFER TO MAP ON PAGE 6
July 2021 V19 BERRIES N BREWS Stanthorpe 1 July V19 SNOWFLAKES IN STANTHORPE Stanthorpe 2-4 July S20 JUMPERS AND JAZZ IN JULY Warwick 15-25 July T21
KILLARNEY BONFIRE NIGHT Killarney 17 July
HISTORIC LEYBURN SPRINTS Leyburn 21-22 August
KINGAROY BACONFEST F19 Kingaroy 20-22 August DALBY DELICIOUS AND DELIGHTFUL FESTIVAL Dalby 27-28 August
INSTUDIO ART TRAIL L20 Crows Nest August
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September 2021 CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS Toowoomba September N19
MURPHYS CREEK CHILLI FESTIVAL Murphys Creek September N19
LAIDLEY SPRING FESTIVAL Laidley 9-11 September BLACKBUTT AVACADO AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Blackbutt 11 September MILES BACK TO THE BUSH FESTIVAL Miles 9-12 September HERITAGE NANANGO COUNTRY MUSTER Nanango 9-12 September GOURMET IN GUNDY Goondiwindi 12 September BONY MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL Warwick 16-19 September
October 2021 AUST CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL P15 Millmerran 1-3 October WARWICK RODEO & GOLD S20 CUP CAMPDRAFT Warwick 25 - 31 October V19
GRANITE BELT ART TRAIL Stanthorpe 29-31 October
November 2021 CONDAMINE ART AND CRAFT TRAIL Warwick 6-7 November S20
December 2021 CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND Toowoomba Botanic Gardens December N19
January 2022 KINGS ROYAL KINGAROY SPEEDWAY Kingaroy 21-23 January F19
HIGHFIELDS AUSTRALIA DAY Pioneer Village Highfields 26 January
February 2022 CHINCHILLA MELON FESTIVAL Chinchilla February G11
GOOMERI PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
SUMMER TUNES Toowoomba February
LOCKYER VALLEY HERITAGE FESTIVAL Laidley May
HELL OF THE WEST Goondiwindi 5-6 February
APPLE AND GRAPE HARVEST FESTIVAL Stanthorpe 25 Feb - 6 March V19
March 2022 COLOURS OF THE LOCKYER VALLEY Laidley March
GRAZING THE GRANITE BELT Stanthorpe May BURRANDOWAN PICNIC RACES - 100 YEARS Burrandowan 7 May F15
BIG SKIES FESTIVAL I15 Jimbour April
GOONDIWINDI PICNIC RACES Goondiwindi 9 April
HAMPTON FESTIVAL Hampton 15 May
ALLORA AUTUMN FESTIVAL Allora May Q20
LANGUAGES AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL Toowoomba May N19
CHROME & CLUTTER RETRO FESTIVAL Laidley June N23
WARWICK EASTER FAIR Warwick 9 April
BRISBANE VALLEY RAIL TRAIL FESTIVAL OF CYCLING Yarraman June H20
May 2022 GOOMERI PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Goomeri May
WONDAI COUNTRY RUNNING FESTIVAL Wondai June
CLYDESDALE AND HEAVY HORSE FIELD DAYS Gatton May
JANDOWAE TIMBERTOWN FESTIVAL Jandowae June
JUMPERS AND JAZZ IN JULY, WARWICK
Country Drives SET OFF ON ONE OF THESE DISCOVERY DRIVE ITINERARIES LINKING SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY’S TOP EXPERIENCES.
Farmers Country Drive 3/4 DAY TOUR
Open Plains Steele High Country Rudd Country Drives Drive FULL DAY TOUR
1/2 DAY TOUR
DESTINATIONS: Toowoomba/Oakey/Maclagan/Cooyar/ Goombungee/Meringandan
DESTINATIONS: Toowoomba/Cecil Plains/Millmerran/ Pittsworth/Cambooya/Nobby
DESTINATIONS: Toowoomba/Highfields/Hampton/ Crows Nest/Ravensbourne
HIGHLIGHTS: Check out the Australian Army Flying Museum at Oakey. Take in the paddocks as you loop through farming country, stop in for a friendly beverage at The Pioneers Arms at Goombungee or the Meringandan Hotel. Drop into Rosalie House Cellar Door for a tasting before heading home.
HIGHLIGHTS: Take a country drive to meet the real Darling Downs through its publicans and locals. Drop into Rudd’s Pub in Nobby to discover the history and characters that inspired Steele Rudd’s On Our Selection and Dad and Dave stories. Delve further into local history via the Millmerran murals and Pittsworth Historical Village.
HIGHLIGHTS: Head to the hills for a walk in the cooler climes of the national parks and lakes around Crows Nest and Ravensbourne.
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Visit the past at Highfields Pioneer Village and the historic Spring Bluff Railway Station.
Granite Belt Getaway 3 DAY TOUR DESTINATIONS: Brisbane/Warwick/Stanthorpe/Girraween National Park/ Killarney/The Falls Drive including Queen Mary Falls DAY 1: Depart Brisbane for Stanthorpe via the Cunningham Highway. Stop off in Warwick for breakfast or morning tea at Belle Vue Café. Continue on, stopping at Stanthorpe Cheese and Sutton’s Farm to gather local gourmet supplies. Settle into a cottage, B&B or country motel overnight and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or pub. Overnight Stanthorpe. DAY 2: Rise early and head south to Girraween National Park to explore some of the 30km of granite walking tracks, gigantic boulders, creeks and spectacular views. Head back to Stanthorpe, sampling wineries and local food providores such as Heavenly Chocolate and Jamworks Gourmet Foods, Café and Larder along the way. Enjoy lunch at a local cellar door – such as Varias Restaurant at Banca Ridge Winery in Stanthorpe, or Jester Cafe at Jester Hill Wines, Glen Aplin. Hot tip: book a day or half day tour to be shown around by a local who will also do the driving! Settle in for dinner with matching beers at Granite Belt Brewery. Overnight Stanthorpe. DAY 3: Depart Stanthorpe early for Killarney. Embark on The Falls Drive along Spring Creek Road taking in three plunge waterfalls – Browns, Daggs and the 40 foot drop of magnificent Queen Mary Falls. More great views at nearby Carr’s Lookout. Continue on Spring Creek Road and Tourist Drive 21 toward Boonah and on to Brisbane.
Southern Downs Warwick Weekender 2 DAY TOUR DESTINATIONS: Brisbane/Warwick/Yangan/Tannymorel/Killarney/The Falls Drive including Queen Mary Falls DAY 1: Travel from Brisbane to Warwick, exploring the local town and its colourful history. Visit Pringle Cottage, Warwick Art Gallery, Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre and other historical sites. Visit local farms listed on the Southern Downs Food Map or if time permits, take a ride on the Southern Downs Steam Railway. Pre-book high tea (morning tea or lunch) and do a tour at 120-year-old Abbey Boutique Hotel. Visit country shops on the high street and take a sunset walk by the stunning Condamine River. Enjoy dinner at Bluebird Kitchen and Smokehouse or a local pub. Overnight in a country motel, B&B or nearby farmstay. DAY 2: Head off on the Settlers Route, a historical journey taking you through stunning scenery via small townships including Yangan and Tannymorel. Continue on to Killarney, stopping in town to browse the work of local artists at Willow Gallery. Pop into Veronica’s On Willow for morning tea before following the signs to The Falls Drive Route, taking in Browns Falls, Daggs Falls and Queen Mary Falls. Have a casual lunch at Queen Mary Falls Café and feed the native birds or enjoy a leisurely meal featuring local produce and soaring views of Cambanoora Gorge. Visit Carr’s Lookout for more stunning views. Return to Warwick or continue to Brisbane via Boonah.
QUEEN MARY FALLS, KILLARNEY
KUMBIA, NORTH FROM THE BUNYAS
The Great Bunya Drive 390KM TOUR The Great Bunya Drive is a scenic self-drive route meandering through 390 kilometres of beautiful country landscapes between Toowoomba and Gympie, taking in both the Darling Downs and Kingaroy areas. There are wineries, gourmet cafés, heritage museums, country markets and stunning national parks waiting to be explored. From Brisbane, head to the vibrant city of Toowoomba to begin your journey. Take some time to explore the city – from spectacular views at Picnic Point to street art
murals, hidden laneway cafés and fascinating displays and workshops at Cobb+Co Museum. From Toowoomba, follow the Warrego Way west through Oakey, Jondaryan and Dalby – stop off at the Australian Army Flying Museum at Oakey or the Dalby Pioneer Museum if time permits. Make your way north via Jimbour where you can view the historic heritage-listed Jimbour House; then head onwards through the picturesque country township of Bell. From Bell, make your way to Bunya Mountains National Park, Queensland’s
second oldest national park. This natural wonderland was formed about 30 million years ago and shelters the largest stand of ancient bunya pines in the world today. The Bunya Mountains is a mix of moist rainforest, grasslands, open forests and woodlands and is home to distinct plant and animal communities, with more than 30 rare and threatened species. Travel towards Australia’s peanut capital, Kingaroy, via Maidenwell and Nanango.
Gatton to Gundy 2 DAYS
DAY 1: Your journey starts in the scenic Lockyer Valley’s Gatton. Head south along the Gatton Clifton Rd/State Route 80 through Pilton and Clifton to reach Leyburn. Grab a beer and a bite while you enjoy country hospitality at Queensland oldest continually licensed establishment – Royal Hotel. Tour through the impressive gallery full of pictures of the area and the pub before you get back on the road.
towards Inglewood. Stop at Coolmunda Dam near Inglewood for some birdwatching and enjoy a tea or a drink by the dam. Visit Coolmunda Olives opposite the dam. Also at Inglewood, explore a lavender farm, olive walk and museum. Head towards Goondiwindi on National Route 42 to spend the night at one of the historic pubs. On the way to Goondiwindi visit the Yelarbon silos.
Start driving along State Route 48 and turn right onto National Route 42
DAY 2: Start the day with a river walk and then explore Bowen Lane art. Plan
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a Gundy Cotton Farm Tour before your journey back to Gatton on National route 42. Drive along National Route 42 towards Gatton. Save your appetite for a generous sized lunch at Gardens Galore in Warwick. Take the National Highway 15 to reach what is known as ‘best little town on the Downs’ - Allora. Wander around the historic streets, visit Mary Poppins House - P. L. Travers childhood home, and have a well-deserved afternoon beer at the Railway Hotel.
Tin Can Bay Cloyna Proston
Great Bunya Drive
Cooyar Crows Nest
Crows Nest NP
Open Plains Steele Rudd Country Drive
Cobb & Co Drive
Main Range NP
Gatton to Goondiwindi
Granite Belt Getaway
Ravensbourne Hampton Meringandan BRISBANE Highﬁelds
Jondaryan Cecil Plains Oakey
Farmers Country Drive
Bunya Mountains NP
MILES Columboola CHINCHILLA
Southern Downs Warwick Weekender
GOONDIWINDI STANTHORPE TEXAS
Ballandean Sundown NP
Glen Alpin Girraween NP
Cobb & Co Drive A historic drive celebrating the early days of the stage coach in South East Queensland. Follow the wagon wheel directional signs from Ipswich to Toowoomba via Gatton, to make the same journey that Cobb & Co made over 140 years ago. Stop at Gatton and Forest Hill ‘Staging Posts’ for food and refreshments, available seven days a week, both with public amenities
THE LOCKYER VALLEY PRODUCES APPROXIMATELY 28% OF ALL QUEENSLAND'S VEGETABLES AND APPROXIMATELY 90% OF AUSTRALIA'S WINTER VEGETABLES!
6 Day, Self Drive Tour DAY 1: Brisbane to Lockyer Valley, Glen Rock State Forest [APPROX. 143 KM / 2HRS 15MINS] • Once you are onto Ipswich Road/A7, take the M2/Warrego Highway exit towards Esk/Toowoomba, and head to the Lockyer Valley [92.4 KM]. • Take the Mount Sylvia Road and then take a slight left onto E Haldon Road to enjoy the panoramic mountain views and country roads to finally reach the Glen Rock State Forest [50 KM].
Road for a worthwhile pitstop at the Picnic Point Lookout. [73 KM]. • Explore the Picnic Point Lookout for sweeping views of the surrounding valley and bushland from 700 metres above sea level, and tour the parklands and waterfall. • Take the Warrego Highway/A2 and onto Seventeen Mile Road to explore the surrounding high country and visit the Ravensbourne National Park [48 KM].
• Hike the ‘Christies Loop’ walking trail [5 KM RETURN] to see Glen Rock, the red volcanic outcrop.
• Take the Esk Hampton Road/State Route 85 and on to New England Highway/A3 to reach and explore Crows Nest National Park [34 KM].
DAY 2: Lockyer Valley to Toowoomba, Crows Nest National Park [APPROX. 126 KM / 1HR 55MINS]
DAY 3: Toowoomba to South Burnett, Lake Boondooma [APPROX. 201 KM / 2HRS 30MINS]
• Head north towards E Haldon Road and continue onto Mount Sylvia
• Start the drive on the New England Highway towards the South Burnett region [72 KM].
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• Enjoy a bite and a coldie at the historic Maidenwell Pub in the quaint village of Maidenwell. • Travel another 3 KM to Coomba Falls for the natural waterhole surrounded by granite boulders. • Once you are on the Chinchilla Wondai Road/State Route 82, take the Mundubbera Durong Road/State Route 75 for the next stop - Lake Boondooma [168 KM]. • Relax by Lake Boondooma’s waterside and try your luck at fishing from your camp on-site. Look out for kangaroos and wild horses that call this spot home. Kingaroy, the home of the Peanut Company of Australia, is known as the “Peanut Capital of Australia”. The first peanuts grown commercially in Australia were planted nearby and peanut processing remains a cornerstone of the local economy.
Cloyna DAY 3 155 KM 2 HRS
Goomeri GYMPIE GYMPIE
DAY 4 132 KM 1:52 HRS
DAY 2 155 KM 1:55 HRS
Coolum Beach Maroochydore Mooloolaba Caloundra Bribie Island
Crows Nest ESK
Crows Nest NP
Jondaryan Cecil Plains
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Bunya Mountains NP
DAY 6 203 KM 2:38 HRS
DAY 1 143 KM 2:15 HRS
Main Range NP
Tin Can Bay
DAY 5 362 KM 4 HRS
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DAY 4: South Burnett to Condamine , Bunya Mountains National Park [APPROX. 132 KM / 1HR 52MINS]
DAY 5: Condamine to Goondiwindi, Yelarbon Recreation Grounds [APPROX. 362 KM / 4HRS]
DAY 6: Goondiwindi to Southern Downs, Girraween National Park [APPROX. 203 KM / 2HRS 38MINS]
• Journey south to the Western Downs on the Mundubbera Durong Road/ State Route 75 and then take the Chinchilla Wondai Road/State Route 82 [132 KM].
• Steer through country fields on the Leichhardt Highway/A5 and towards Goondiwindi [192 KM].
• Take the Texas Yelarbon Road and onto Mingoola Road/State Route 89 to follow the dirt tracks through Sundown National Park and see Red Rock Gorge (for experienced 4WD travellers) [113 KM].
• Zoom through rainforest canopies and ancient bunya pines to reach Bunya Mountains National Park.
• Grab a bite in Goondiwindi and explore the art and shops of the town, then stroll along the river from the main street. This 400m stretch of the river hugs the NSW border.
• Soak up the panoramic mountain views from 1,100 m above sea level and follow the walking trails to explore nine different types of rainforest, native wildlife and birdlife.
• From Goondiwindi take the Kildonan Road (which is a designated Tourist Drive) to travel to Yelarbon about 55km to see the silos, which have their own viewing area.
• Take the Bunya Highway/State Route 49 through Western Downs and visit Lake Broadwater and Caliguel Lagoon [Additional distance to cover – approx. 280 KM].
• Explore the onsite museum and machinery yard. • Have dinner at the Oasis Hotel after stretching your legs at the Yelarbon Lagoon. [1.2 KM].
• Tour a local vineyard or visit a cellar door to pick up your favourite vintage. • Start driving on the Bruxner Highway and on to New England Highway/A15 to the final destination, Girraween National Park [90 KM]. • Look around for intriguing balancing boulders and abundant birdlife. • Explore gentle or more adventurous bushwalks passing open fields of grazing kangaroos, waterfalls and rock pools. • Head back to Brisbane via New England Highway [Additional distance to cover – 253 KM].
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National Parks Bald Rock National Park (Granite Belt)
A popular attraction for Granite Belt visitors, this park is located just on the New South Wales side of the NSW/ QLD border. Bald Rock is the largest of a series of granite domes in this 8,000ha national park where you can explore granite canyons, stone arches and echo points. DON’T MISS: Take a trail to Bald Rock or Little Bald Rock and be rewarded with views into Girraween National Park. Enjoy a shady picnic, spot wildlife and see many different species of birds. GETTING THERE: From Stanthorpe take the sealed road east across the state border to Amosfield, run south on the Mount Lindsay Road towards Tenterfield and turn right into the 6 KM Bald Rock National Park access road – about 40 KM. A vehicle day pass is required and camping fees apply. Go to environment.nsw.gov.au/ NationalParks or call (02) 6736 4298 for more information.
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Barakula State Forest (Western Downs)
Visit the largest state forest in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy outstanding wildflower displays during late winter or spring. Explore Barakula State Forest and see many of the area’s key landmarks. Campers must be fully self-sufficient. DON’T MISS: From Chinchilla, travel 45 KM on Auburn Road and follow signage. As this is a working forest, beware of trucks.
Benarkin State Forest (South Burnett)
In the Blackbutt Range, explore a scenic forest drive through rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests. Ride your horse along the Bicentennial National Trail and the Brisbane Valley Trail. Picnic at Emu Creek then cool off with a swim. Camp at Clancys camping area (where
dogs are permitted) or Emu Creek camping area. GETTING THERE: Benarkin is about 2 hours north-west of Brisbane off the D’Aguilar Highway. The final 16 KM to camping areas is via winding gravel roads. The camping area is 20 KM from Blackbutt along the forest drive. Watch out for logging trucks.
Boat Mountain Conservation Park (South Burnett)
In this small park, discover a distinctive flat-topped ridge, shaped like an upturned boat, clad in dry rainforest and open eucalypt woodland. Take short walks to lookouts for views over the surrounding countryside, go birdwatching and spot wildlife such as black-striped wallabies and echidnas by day or pygmy-possums and sugar gliders at night. Camping is not allowed in the park. GETTING THERE: About 12 KM north of Murgon.
Bunya Mountains National Park (South Burnett)
IF YOU ARE CAMPING, DRIVING IN A RECREATION Here you’ll discover what is thought to be the world’s largest remaining stand of bunya pine forest protected in Queensland’s second oldest national park. Find out about the park’s strong cultural connections – Aboriginal people gathered here from afar during bunya nut season for bunya festivals until the late 1800s. Relax at one of the camping areas where it’s blissfully cool in summer and a misty wonderland in winter. Accommodation and cafés are located nearby. DON’T MISS: Enjoy walks (ranging from 500m to 12 KM in length) through bunya pine forest, eucalypt forest and rainforest. Discover mountain scenery and grassy ‘balds’ and have fun spotting an incredible variety of birds. GETTING THERE: The Bunya Mountains is 55 KM north-east of Dalby or 56 KM south-west of Kingaroy. The drive from Brisbane takes around 3 hours. The access routes to the park are steep and winding, and are not suited to caravans or trailers.
Crows Nest National Park
(Toowoomba and the Darling Downs)
Discover spectacular creek scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest remnants on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. DON’T MISS: Follow the creek to the Cascades and Crows Nest Falls, then enjoy spectacular views over the Valley of Diamonds from Koonin Lookout. Cool off in Bottlebrush Pool. Watch for vulnerable brush-tailed rock wallabies, small forest birds and cliff-nesting peregrine falcons. GETTING THERE: The park is located 55 KM north of Toowoomba via the New England Highway or 55 KM west of Esk via the Esk-Hampton Road.
AREA, HOSTING AN EVENT OR CONDUCTING A BUSINESS IN QUEENSLAND'S PARKS AND FORESTS, YOU NEED TO PURCHASE A PERMIT.
Girraween National Park
(Southern Downs and Granite Belt)
Queensland for a range of recreational purposes, including walking, camping and horseriding. The camping area is suitable for tent camping, trailers, caravans and camper vans. GETTING THERE: To get to Glen Rock State Forest head to the intersection of Gatton-Toowoomba Road and Mount Sylvia Road on the western edge of Gatton. Take Mount Sylvia Road south through Tenthill and then continue south to Junction View. At Junction View State Primary School veer left and follow East Haldon Road to Glen Rock State Forest.
Lake Broadwater Conservation Park (Western Downs)
Be delighted by the sheer size of huge granite boulders towering above open forests, contrasting with the delicate spring wildflowers that splash colour across the landscape in spring. DON’T MISS: From the Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek camping areas, explore some of the 17 KM of walking tracks. Climb the First Pyramid to see Balancing Rock and for great views over the park. Watch for blue wrens, yellowtufted honey eaters, bearded dragons and perhaps a common wombat. Superb lyrebirds live here but are rarely seen.
Relax and appreciate nature in this park featuring a semi-permanent lake surrounded by cypress pine, eucalypt and brigalow open woodland. An important refuge for waterbirds and other wildlife, the lake is popular for bird-watching, picnicking and boating. MUST-DOS: Walk along the lake’s shore, bird-watch from the hide or picnic under a shady red gum beside the lake. Set up camp beside the lake. You need a permit to take your boat on the water – contact Lake Broadwater caretakers on (07) 4663 3562.
GETTING THERE: Located 35 KM south of Stanthorpe via the New England Highway, Girraween is one of Queensland’s most loved national parks.
GETTING THERE: Turn off the Moonie Highway 20 KM south-west of Dalby and drive a further 10 KM to the park.
Glen Rock State Forest
Lockyer National Park
(Lockyer Valley - 42 KM south of Gatton)
Glen Rock State Forest is situated at the head of Tenthill Valley and adjoins the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park. DON’T MISS: The park, thought to be named after a prominent volcanic rock outcrop, was purchased by the State Government in 1996. It was declared state forest in 2011, providing open space to the public of South East
This largely undeveloped park features remote sandstone gorges surrounded by remnant eucalypt forest. Discover a diverse range of plants and animals, including the nearthreatened mountain guinea flower Hibbertia monticola and vulnerable species such as the Helidon ironbark Eucalpytus taurina, brush-tailed rockwallaby Petrogale penicillata and black-breasted button-quail Turnix melanogaster.
Experience a variety of popular recreational activities, including remote bushwalking, and 4WD and motorbike touring. MUST-DOS: Walk along the lake’s shore, bird-watch from the hide or picnic under a shady red gum beside the lake. Set up camp beside the lake. You need a permit to take your boat on the water – contact Lake Broadwater caretakers on (07) 4663 3562. GETTING THERE: Turn off the Moonie Highway 20 KM south-west of Dalby and drive a further 10 KM to the park.
Main Range National Park – Cunninghams Gap (Southern Downs)
Be impressed by rugged peaks, towering forests and spectacular mountain scenery on even the briefest of visits to Cunninghams Gap – the best known section of this World Heritagelisted park. DON’T MISS: Explore some of the easy walking tracks, ranging from 1.6 KM to 12.4 KM in length, which pass through rainforest, open eucalypt forest and heath, and offer spectacular views. GETTING THERE: The Cunningham Highway passes through Main Range National Park at Cunninghams Gap, about 116 KM south-west of Brisbane and 50 KM east of Warwick.
Main Range National Park – Goomburra (Southern Downs)
Main Range National Park – Queen Mary Falls (Southern Downs)
Enjoy the spectacle of Spring Creek plunging 40m over a sheer rock face at Queen Mary Falls – a popular picnic destination. There is a private camping/ caravan park located nearby. Explore a short walk leading to lookouts overlooking the breath-taking falls, or take the 2 KM track down to the floor of the gorge. GETTING THERE: To access the park, take the Falls Drive tourist route – a steep but sealed approach from Boonah along the Boonah-Killarney Road. A more accessible route is via Killarney, about 40 KM south-east of Warwick, 11KM along the Killarney-Boonah Road.
Main Range National Park – Spicers Gap
MUST-DOS: Explore walking tracks ranging from short easy circuits to longer tracks (5-12 KM), showcasing woodland and rainforest, creeks and waterfalls and scenic lookouts. Watch for echidnas and koalas, satin bowerbirds and yellow-tailed black cockatoos. GETTING THERE: The park is located 97 KM from Toowoomba or 54 KM from Warwick. The last 6 KM is unsealed and may be closed after heavy rain.
Discover evidence of pioneer travel routes over the Great Dividing Range and enjoy views of the Fassifern Valley at historic Spicers Gap. DON’T MISS: Follow the trail of old bullock days and look for signs of the paved road built in the mid-1800s. Picnic near the site of a long-gone inn and pioneer graveyard and enjoy the view from Governor’s Chair Lookout. GETTING THERE: Take the Spicers Gap turnoff from the Cunningham Highway, 5 KM west of Aratula. The last 5 KM of Spicers Gap Road is unsealed and steep in places.
(Toowoomba and the Darling Downs)
Discover striking volcanic formations and a walking track through 10ha of scrub. MUST-DOS: Follow the track to two rocky peaks past geological features and farmland views. GETTING THERE: From Toowoomba, take the Gore Highway to Millmerran, then drive 18 KM south on the Kooroongarra Road to the reserve.
Ravensbourne National Park
(Toowoomba and the Darling Downs)
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DON’T MISS: Explore four short tracks including a self-guided walk from Cedar Block picnic area or take in panoramic views from Gus Beutel lookout. Watch for the regent bowerbird and wompoo pigeons, and listen out for cat birds, noisy pittas and paradise riflebirds. GETTING THERE: The park turnoff is 14 KM east of Hampton or 33 KM west of Esk on the Hampton-Esk Road. From Toowoomba, drive north towards Crows Nest on the New England Highway. At Hampton, head east towards Esk for 14 KM to the park entrance.
Sundown National Park (Granite Belt)
Mount Basalt Reserve At Goomburra, nestled in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range, take advantage of creek-side camp sites, picnic spots and walks. From the top of the range, enjoy views over the Fassifern Valley towards the Border Ranges in the south and across Mount Castle in the north.
escarpment north of Toowoomba must have been like before they were cleared for farming and grazing. See majestic Sydney blue gums, staghorns, elkhorns and twining rainforest vines.
On the QLD/NSW border, experience the rugged wilderness of Sundown National Park, featuring spectacular steep-sided gorges, sharp ridges and peaks rising to more than 1000m. DON’T MISS: Camp at defined camping areas or hike into a bush camp. From the Broadwater camping area at the park’s southern end, stroll the 1 KM graded walk to Permanent Waterhole or, if you’re experienced, explore the Severn River. You will need a fourwheel-drive vehicle to access Red Rock Gorge camping area at the park’s northern end. GETTING THERE: The Broadwater camping area is 76 KM south-west of Stanthorpe or 64 KM west of Wallangarra. Burrows Waterhole camping area is 36 KM west of Ballandean, the trip to the site includes 20 KM of rough 4WD track.
Yarraman State Forest
(Toowoomba and the Darling Downs)
See hoop pines growing in impressive plantations or emerging above subtropical rainforest and prickly vine forests on the broad hills above Yarraman. Listen for golden whistlers, green cat birds and paradise riflebirds. Picnic at shady Rogers Park, a short drive into the forest. Dogs are permitted on a leash. GETTING THERE: Turn off the D’Aguilar Highway 1.5 KM north west of Yarraman. The 1.4 KM access road to Rogers Park is unsealed. Beware of logging trucks.
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Kilkivan Boat Mountain Conservation Park
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KINGAROY Bunya Mountains National Park
TOOWOOMBA Mount Basalt Reserve
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Glen Rock Crows Nest State Forest Caboolture DALBY National Park Esk Crows Nest Ravensbourne Lake Broadwater Jondaryan National Park Hampton Conservation Park Lockyer Oakey Cecil Plains BRISBANE National Park
Yarraman NANANGO State Forest
Giraween National Park
CAMPING Before camping in a national park, conservation park, State forest or recreation area you have to book and pay for a camping permit. ORGANISED EVENTS If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
Sundown National Park
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Bald Rock National Park
Dogs allowed (on leash)
Trail bikes permitted*
Picnic table with shelter
BBQ – Gas/Fuel
Park Office onsite
BBQ – Wood
BBQ – Electric
*Registered bikes with licensed riders permitted on formed tracks and roads within the reserve.
Fishing and Watersports WHETHER YOU’RE IN IT, ON IT OR BESIDE IT, THE CALMING, COOLING QUALITY OF WATER IS SOMETHING WE ALL CRAVE.
Venture into Southern Queensland Country’s national parks and natural places to find waterfalls, natural pools, lagoons, lakes and rivers – the perfect places to relax and rejuvenate body and soul. Throw in a line at one of the many fishing spots, or launch a kayak for some family fun. FOR LOCATIONS, REFER TO MAP ON PAGE 6 IN QUEENSLAND, you do not require a permit to fish recreationally, unless you’re fishing in a stocked impoundment.
Scan this code to find out where you will need a fishing permit You can also get permits over the counter at selected Australia Post and sub-agent outlets in the region. One permit covers all 32 dams in Qld that require a permit to fish. CALIGUEL LAGOON, CONDAMINE Drop your line in this lagoon for the chance to hook Yellowbelly among other native species. Boats and camping, water skiing, swimming, and birdwatching with campsites on the banks of the lagoon. Showers, toilets, picnic tables and wood-fired BBQs available. I9
CECIL PLAINS WEIR Anglers can fish for Yellow Belly, Jew Fish, Cod and Silver Perch and there is a camping area where selfcontained campers/caravaners can set up. Maximum stay is 3 days. The facilities include toilets, picnic table and a picnic shelter/hut. N15
CHINCHILLA WEIR Built to supply irrigation for the farming flats along the Condamine River and main water source of town, the Weir is brimming with Yellowbelly. The Chinchilla Fishing and Restocking Club ensures fish stocks are always in the fishermen’s favour. Check for permit requirements. Free campsites available for a two-night stay, toilet facilities, picnic tables and BBQs. H11
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LESLIE DAM, WARWICK
CONNOLLY DAM, 15KM SOUTHEAST OF WARWICK Facilities include shore fishing and toilets. Electric and oar powered vessels are permitted seven days per week during daylight hours, but power boating is prohibited. The dam contains Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch, Jew and Spangled Perch. Camping is available onsite.
LAKE BARAMBAH, MOFFATDALE Also known as Bjelke-Peterson Dame, Lake Barambah is owned and managed by Sunwater and South Burnett Regional Council. Boating is permitted as are swimming kayaking and sailing. Fishing is permitted away from the dam wall and permit is required. Camping is available at the privately owned campsite.
COOLMUNDA DAM, INGLEWOOD A relatively small dam and like many other inland dams, Coolmunda is quite shallow, with an average depth of around four metres. It has been stocked with Golden Perch, Murray Cod and Silver Perch and has a resident population of Spangled Perch and Catfish.
LAKE BOONDOOMA, PROSTON The Dam is a drawcard for anglers, campers, bird-watchers and watersports enthusiasts. The dam was purpose-built in 1983 to provide a water supply to the Tarong Power Station. Bring the caravan, tent or treat yourself to a comfortable cabin and launch your boat on the stable maintained boat ramp.
COLUMBOOLA COUNTRY, MILES Water sports, fishing, bird watching, hiking, perfect sunrises and sunsets, camping and cabins. With an active fish restocking program the dam is popular for Murray Cod and Perch species fishing. Waterfront camping at its best, open 24/7 with boat ramp, full amenities, BBQs, powered and unpowered options.
GIL WEIR, MILES The primary water source for the town of Miles, this weir was built after World War II to provide a water source for the town’s needs, today stocks of Golden Perch and Murray Cod are in abundance. G9
GLENLYON DAM, STANTHORPE/ TEXAS Ideal for wildlife viewing and many water sports including skiing, sailing and fishing. Fish species in the dam include Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch, Jew and Spangled Perch. Camping sites, cabins and caravans are available on site, as are fishing permits. X16
LAKE COOBY, 35KM NORTH OF TOOWOOMBA Boating with electric motors is allowed, and all non powered boating is permitted. Many types of fish can be caught, and a fishing permit is required. Picnic and BBQ facilities available. No camping. N19
LAKE CRESSBROOK, CROWS NEST Campsites, caravan and motor home areas provide camp kitchens with tables, BBQ and sinks and a separate fish cleaning area. Toilet and shower blocks provide hot and cold showers. Fishing permit required.
LESLIE DAM, 13KM WEST OF WARWICK Facilities include a boat ramp, picnic area with toilets, boat hire and boat fuel. Permits and bait are available onsite. Camping is available at the Washpool Reserve and Lake Leslie Tourist Park. S19
SEVERN RIVER, 15KM SOUTH OF STANTHORPE Picnic and BBQ areas, the Severn River offers great spots to cast a line off the banks. Spinning lures are popular, however watch the scrub and bushes along the banks. Sundown National Park provides the best public access to the Severn. V19
STORM KING DAM, EAST OF STANTHORPE Usually well-stocked with Murray Cod, Yellow Belly, Silver Perch, Spangled Perch and Eel-tailed catfish with fishing permits available locally from sporting stores and service stations. Storm King Dam is also a popular spot for water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and rowing. Permits for boating on Storm King Dam are available from the Southern Downs Regional Council. You can hire canoes from Sommerville Valley Tourist Park. Cabins and camping available on site. V20
LAKE DYER, LAIDLEY Lake Dyer offers a number of water activities in addition to fishing. Canoeing, motorised boats, sail boats and jet skis are all permitted on the lake. Bring a picnic and enjoy the shaded tables, children’s playground and free BBQs. Gates open from 6am to 6pm. O23
TARA LAGOON, TARA Reel in a Yellowbelly or Jewfish because the Tara Fish Restocking Association restock every year with their native fish restocking program. Check for permit requirements. L11
RIVERS WORTH CASTING A LINE: • Barwon River, Talwood • Barkers Creek, South Burnett • Bowenville Reserve, Bowenville • Brigalow Creek, Meandarra • Condamine River, Warwick • Drillham Creek, Drillham • Dumaresq River, Texas • Jandowae Dam, Jandowae • Lemontree Weir, Millmerran • Macintyre River, Goondiwindi • Moonie River, Finton • Myall Creek, Dalby • Quart Pot Creek, Stanthorpe • Severn River, 15km South of Stanthorpe • Stuart River, South Burnett • Warra Weir, Western Downs • Weir River, Goondiwindi • Yarramalong Weir, Millmerran
Camping & Caravanning THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE SIMPLICITY AND FREEDOM OF A FEW DAYS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
LAKE BOONDOOMA, PROSTON
FOR LOCATIONS, REFER TO MAP ON PAGE 6 SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY is just the place to slow down and immerse yourself in nature and marvel at big starry skies. Whether you’re happy rolling out your swag beside a campfire or need all the luxuries and mod cons of the latest caravans, we’ve done the research, all you have to do is choose which of these top camping and caravan spots suit you.
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BESTBROOK MOUNTAIN RESORT MARYVALE
• Camping • Caravan (powered and unpowered sites) • Pets allowed • On-site restaurant With a choice of picturesque creek-side camp or van sites, just a stone’s throw from Main Range National Park, relax in a natural bush setting and access an authentic farm-stay style holiday. All sites are dog-friendly and accessible by caravan and car. If you’re not keen on cooking every night, you can take advantage of the licenced restaurant and bar. The kids (and big kids) can join in the animal feeding, farm activities, horse trail rides and riding lessons.
BARAMBAH BUSH CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARK, MURGON
The Park is nestled on 200 acres with 60 acres of parkland and 140 acres of natural bushland. You can experience the peace and serenity of the bush and enjoy the many species of birdlife and native animals that reside on the property. We offer clean, spacious 22
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amenities, camp kitchen and laundry, free gas BBQ’s, wood fire BBQ’s, campfires where you can sit and chat, cook in the camp oven, or toast marshmallows. Camp right beside one of our dams, on powered or unpowered sites. We have powered concrete slab sites, unpowered sites, camp sites and drive through sites, as well as cabin accommodation and a 9 hole bush golf course. Barambah Bush Caravan and Camping Park has excellent TV and Phone Reception and Free Wifi.
• Camping • Caravan – unpowered sites • Pets allowed • Open fire places • Amenities Popular with fisher folk, offering a tranquil natural spot to spend a few nights. Set on the banks of Oakey Creek, just 50 minutes’ drive from Toowoomba, the well maintained, grassed area allows plenty of space to spread out no matter how big your rig. Bring the dog and the kids and cook up your catch in the fire pits provided.
BUNYA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
• Caravan – unpowered sites (Caution: access is steep, narrow and winding! Check access before travelling) • Open fire places (supply own wood) • Electric BBQs Here you’ll discover what is thought to be the world’s largest remaining stand of bunya pine forest in Queensland’s second oldest national park. Caravans are welcome however caution is advised as access to camping areas is steep, narrow and winding. Q20 G11
• Camping • Caravan – powered sites • Pets allowed • Open fire places • Amenities On the tranquil Condamine River is a pleasant and popular bush setting for fishing and bird watching, just 10 minutes from Chinchilla. Be quick to book if you need a powered site, as these are limited. For those who don’t need power, camp close to the shoreline and enjoy uninterrupted views of the wildlife and activity on the water.
CROWS NEST NATIONAL PARK
• Camping/caravan – unpowered sites • Amenities • BBQs Discover spectacular creek scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest remnants on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. Bring wood for the barbecues, your binoculars for birdwatching and be sure to book your site early at this popular spot
V19 FOXBAR FALLS, STANTHORPE
• Camping/caravan – powered and unpowered sites • Pets allowed • Camp fires allowed Located in Queensland’s cold country, the Granite Belt, a unique camping experience for families, groups, and travellers to enjoy stunning granite, bush and water surrounds in an idyllic setting.
• Powered and unpowered • Pet Friendly • Amenities • Dump Point • On Site Caretaker • No booking required A low-cost spacious caravan and camp ground, with a rural outlook and country style hospitality. Rainforest, creeks, waterfalls and scenic lookouts.
GOOMBURRA SECTION, MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK EAST OF ALLORA
• Camping/caravan – unpowered sites • Amenities Nestled in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Goomburra is the perfect spot for creek-side camping, picnicking, birdwatching and walks. Walking tracks cater to a range of fitness levels and give access to woodlands, rainforest, creeks and waterfalls and scenic lookouts.
GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH OF STANTHORPE
• Camping • Caravan – unpowered sites • Amenities Base yourself at the Bald Rock campground to explore granite canyons, stone arches and echo points, and take a trail to Bald Rock or Little Bald rock to enjoy spectacular views back into the National Park. Bookings essential
LAKE DYER CARAVAN AND CAMPING GROUND, LAIDLEY
• Camping, caravans • Picnic table • Toilets, showers • Walking trails • BBQ's, playground • Fishing, boating, direct access to Lake Lake Dyer is situated in the beautiful Lockyer Valley between the villages of Laidley and Forest Hill, just a short detour off the Warrego Highway. A great spot for a short getaway for the whole family with a picturesque water outlook and shaded facilities. Day trippers and campers are welcome at Lake Dyer. Check water conditions before booking as water levels can vary.
WATERLOO PLAINS ENVIRONMENTAL PARK, WANDOAN C8
You won't need an alarm clock at this camping site, best known for birdlife. Waterloo Plains is set amongst 11 hectares of parkland hugging the manmade water lily-clad lake.
KILLARNEY VIEWS CABINS AND CARAVAN PARK
• Camping • Caravan – powered sites • Pets allowed • Open fire places • Camp kitchen Enjoy a night under the stars around an open fire or in the camp kitchen mingling with fellow travellers around the fireplace. A few minutes’ drive from the heart of Killarney, and handy to Queen Mary Falls, Killarney Views is a well-appointed park.
LAKE BOONDOOMA CARAVAN & RECREATION PARK, PROSTON
• Camping • Caravan – unpowered sites • Pets allowed on leads • Amenities • Small open fires Located 20 kilometres north of Proston. If you are looking for a relaxing weekend or even longer, Lake Boondooma is just the stress relief you have been looking for. Bring the caravan, tent or treat yourself to a comfortable cabin, launch your boat on stable maintained boat ramps and prepare for fishing excellence.
• Picnic tables • Toilets • Boat ramp on eastern side of the weir • Open fire places Located on the banks of the Condamine River this facility is a great place for self-contained campers who love to relax, get out on their boat, swim and fish. The weir is situated 30km east of Millmerran on Yarramalong Road (off the Millmerran-Leyburn Road also accessible via Fysch Road, Pampas).
YARRAMAN CARAVAN PARK
• Camping • Caravan – powered sites • Open fire places • Camp kitchen Close to the State Forest and just a short walk into town for the perfect weekend getaway. Take your bikes to cycle the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, go birdwatching and walking on forest trails or fishing in nearby dams. southernqueenslandcountry.com.au
4x4 Adventures CHECK OUT OUR PICK OF THE BEST PLACES TO LOAD UP YOUR OFF-ROAD 4WD AND HIT THE DIRT!
The Southern Queensland Country regions spans 10,651km sq, stretching from Stanthorpe and Wallangarra in the south to the Bunya Mountains and Murgon in the North, from the Lockyer Valley in the East to Goondiwindi and Miles in the West. And almost right in the centre is the bustling metropolitan town of Toowoomba. FOR LOCATIONS, REFER TO MAP ON PAGE 6
GORDON COUNTRY, GOOMBURRA Inverramsay Rd, Goomburra
Gordon Country has a wide range of tracks from scenic lookout loops along the Great Dividing Range to the practice playpen. The tracks can cater for all levels of experience but are predominantly geared for family friendly experiences.
JANOWEN HILLS 4WD PARK, GOOMBURRA 1541 Inverramsay Rd, Goomburra
Offering 4WD tracks for both 4x4 beginners and experts. Set up your tent in the beautiful camping grounds, then set off early along one of their 4x4 trails through hilly terrain and rocky gullies.
MANAR PARK, PROSTON 2252 Manar Road, Boondooma
A 4WD, quad, motorbike and buggy adventure park with pet-friendly campsites. Manar Park is situated on the border of the South Burnett and North Burnett Regions in SE Queensland. It
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is a 15,000 acre working cattle station but is also Queenland’s Biggest 4WD & Motorbike Adventure Park! SPRING BLUFF Murphys Creek Drive, Lockyer Valley In the Lockyer Valley, you can recreate the journey of pioneers building the tracks up to Toowoomba on the steep range. You can then travel through to N20
CONDAMINE RIVER ROAD 14 RIVERS CROSSING, KILLARNEY T21
Perfect for respectful drivers, this road caters to horse-riders, hikers and mountain bikers as well as leisurely off-road driving. The Gorge is not a 4WD track, but a public road bordered by private property. Stop and enjoy a swim in one of the waterholes and look for wildlife. Note, there are no facilities along this road so all rubbish must be taken with you.
Spring Bluff Railway Station, a heritagelisted site that has landscaped gardens overlooking the Lockyer Valley. After you’ve enjoyed lunch here, circle back down to Toowoomba down the New England Highway, fuel up if you need it, before heading home.
SUNDOWN NATIONAL PARK South West of Stanthorpe
Some of the region’s best four wheel driving is in this high, remote and rough wilderness. Good clearance and low range is essential in this rocky terrain which entices self-sufficient campers and experienced 4WD’ers.
THE SPRINGS 4X4 PARK, WARWICK 21153 New England Hwy, The Glen
With some of the most stunning 4x4 tracks in South East QLD, every trail rewards you with different views – from creeks and waterfalls (in the rainy season) to endless views on top of Love Hill and Bald Hill.
Get on your bike SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY OFFERS A RANGE OF CYCLING EXPERIENCES
From gentle runs along quiet country roads in the heart of wine country and peaceful rides along rail trails flanked by bush to the thrill of purpose-built mountain bike trails, you’ll find trails suitable for beginners through to expert riders.
include tabletops, gap doubles, rollers and berms.
More than 70km of cycle pathways make exploring Toowoomba a breeze for recreational cyclists, while mountain bikers can challenge themselves on escarpment or cross-country mountain bike trails.
Toowoomba cycling information: tr.qld. gov.au/facilities-recreation
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS: FEDERATION PARK, Vale View Offers a 1km multi-use trail shared between walkers and mountain bike riders. GLEN LOMOND PARK, Middle Ridge Offers more than 5km of multi-use trails shared between walkers, horse riders and mountain bike riders. Recommended: Bridle Trail, Hell Hole Track and Falls Walk Trail. MOUNT PEEL BUSHLAND PARK, Drayton Offers two easy green circle single track mountain bike trails of more than 7km. PICNIC POINT PARKLANDS, Rangeville Offers riders the 1.5km multi-use Picnic Point Bridle Trail shared with walkers and horse riders. REDWOOD PARK, Prince Henry Heights Offers riders 5.5km of trails along the Bridle Trail, Grasstree Trail or Eagles Nest Trail – all shared with walkers and horse riders. STENNER STREET SKILLS PARK, Middle Ridge Caters to riders from beginner to expert level and offers 5 dirt jump tracks which MT MARLEY, STANTHORPE
Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club: tmbc.org.au RIDE THE RANGE: Held annually in March, South East Queensland’s toughest and longest charity ride open to serious endurance riders only! ridetherange.org.au MOUNTAIN BIKE MECCA TRAILS: Get back to nature and explore the local sights on two wheels on the Mountain Bike Mecca trails of the High Country Hamlets. Located just a short drive from Toowoomba, Mountain Bike Mecca are a series of trail rides through Crows Nest with paths suitable for beginners through to more experienced riders. There are seven trails to choose from (with more in the works) taking in the sights and sounds of the region such as the 22.2km Dahl Road Crows Nest National Park Loop for beginner to intermediate level riders.
South Burnett BRISBANE VALLEY RAIL TRAIL Explore the countryside, farmlands and towns of the South Burnett at a leisurely pace along the 161km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail which follows the disused Brisbane Valley railway line from Blackbutt to just west of Ipswich. COMING IN 2022! BUNYA MOUNTAINS MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
KILKIVAN TO KINGAROY RAIL TRAIL Ride the 89km Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail taking in galleries, museums, wineries, cafés and country pubs along the way
Southern Downs & Granite Belt Explore the peaceful towns of the Southern Downs or the Granite Belt wine country at a leisurely pace, coasting along quiet country roads or hit the challenging granite mountain bike trails of Mt Marlay, just north-east of Stanthorpe. SOUTHERN DOWNS ROAD RIDES Take in quiet backroads and rural landscapes between Warwick, Allora, Leyburn, Killarney, Swanfels and Yangan. Suggested routes: ridethegreatdivide.com. au THE GRANITE BELT BIKE TRAIL Stretches along 34km of quiet country roads from Stanthorpe south to Ballandean. It’s perfect for cycle touring, taking riders past vineyards, apple and stonefruit orchards, granite boulders and many cellar doors and local food providores. Take your own bike, or contact Granite Belt Bicycle Tours to hire one, or to book a guided tour, complete with support vehicle to carry your gourmet purchases: granitebeltbicycles.com. au See all Stanthorpe road rides: ridethegreatdivide.com.au MT MARLAY MTB TRAILS Offer five granite trails — two beginner runs — the 500 metre Rusty Trail and the 1.6km Green Granite Loop; the moderate grade .9km Grape Escape track and two difficult grade trails, the 1.4km Hammerhead and the .8km Tank Slapper to test the most experienced riders! Find out more on Southern Downs Mountain Biking Club’s Facebook page.
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Art, sculpture and museums WITH AT LEAST TWO DOZEN ESTABLISHED ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS IN SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY, ESCAPING THE CITY NEVER MEANS ESCAPING ART AND CULTURE
It’s not just indoor art you’ll find either – everything is a canvas in the country and we have numerous arts festivals to experience all over the region!
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• Blackbutt Gallery • Dogwood Crossing, Miles • Gallery 107 @ Dalby and Bluebells Art Gallery • Goondiwindi Regional Civic Centre Art Space • Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery • Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla • Lockyer Valley Art Gallery
HAMPTON FESTIVAL – May each year This food, art and cultural extravaganza just north from Toowoomba has an extensive events and entertainment program giving you a unique, authentic High Country experience highlighting the natural beauty of the Hampton region in autumn. M20
• Pittsworth Art Gallery • Rosalie Gallery, Goombungee • Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery • Texas Regional Art Gallery • Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery • Warwick Art Gallery • Wondai Regional Art Gallery
STANTHORPE ART PRIZE June each second year The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery runs the Stanthorpe Art Prize every two years. There are $50,000 in prizes across 11 categories. Entries for the art prize are open to Australian artists. The next event will run in 2023. V19
MUSEUMS • Australian Army Flying Museum, • Chinchilla Historical Museum • Cobb n Co Museum Toowoomba • Dalby Pioneer Park Museum • DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum • Goondiwindi Customs House Museum • Kingaroy Heritage Museum • Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum • Miles Historical Village Museum • Pioneer Village, Highfields • Queensland Dairy & Heritage Museum • Queensland Transport Museum (Gatton) • Texas & Inglewood Heritage and Tobacco Museums • Timber Industry Museum and Wondai Visitor information centre • Wondai Heritage Museum • Yarraman Heritage Centre
INSTUDIO ART TRAIL Crows Nest The InStudio art trail celebrates its 10th year in 2021, with four weekends of open studios, exhibitions and workshops. This is a fabulous opportunity to visit over 40 artists in their studio or exhibition spaces, to participate in a workshop or just to meet these creative people, view their work, learn their stories and understand their techniques. L20
JUMPERS AND JAZZ IN JULY FESTIVAL, WARWICK – July each year Queensland’s quirkiest winter festival, a platform for the arts and a celebration of all that is wonderful about winter. Visitors embrace the chill and are inspired by vibrant music and art beneath over 120 trees wrapped by textile artists from all over Australia. Add to the mix an eclectic program of workshops, exhibitions, street festivals, a giant bonfire night, dining events, swing dance, live jazz entertainment and for a festival abundant with colour, creativity and excitement. S20
'LANESCAPE' AT GOONDIWINDI - October each year Every year local artists add to the colourful street art in Goondiwindi’s vibrant Bowen Lane. Join the street party to watch them at work. Celebrations include street performers, interactive art workshops and plenty of food and drink.
community spaces. Inspired by the Small Halls Festival, the beautiful small local community halls are invited to join in the fun. Workshops, food, wine and fun.
Take it Outdoors
Our region is packed with artwork to explore outdoors – from the side of buildings in our town’s main streets to water tanks and disused silos and water towers standing over 30-metres-tall. SILO MURALS With two painted silo artworks, three painted water tanks, and nearly 100 murals to discover, follow this guide to explore our region’s best outdoor artwork. A must-see is the silo mural at Yelarbon, Queenslands largest mural silo artwork with an 1800 sqm painting across 8 silos.
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Laneway Art Trails If you’re a lover of art, take a step outside the galleries and experience Toowoomba‘s emergence into street art. February 2014 saw local and world-class artists put paint to walls at sixteen locations over three days in the First Coat Street Art Festival, the art of which can still be seen today. Spend a few hours wandering around Toowoomba’s streets and lanes exploring cafes, classic architecture and one of Australia’s largest outdoor street art galleries.
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V19 GRANITE BELT ART TRAIL – STANTHORPE October each year You’ll discover a variety of local artisans at GBART as they exhibit at studios and galleries as well as taking up residence in
OTHER LANEWAY TRAILS IN THESE TOWNS ARE WELL WORTH A VISIT: • Lockyer Valley – in Gatton on Railway and Spencer Streets • Stanthorpe– CBD, with sculpture trail at Weerona Park • Warwick – CBD near Town Hall and various locations • Goondiwindi – Bowen Lane • Kingaroy Art Trail – around the CBD
Hit the Heritage Trail YOU’LL FIND THE PRESENT PAYS HOMAGE TO THE PAST IN EVERY TOWN.
OUR MODERN STREETSCAPES tell a story of a bygone era. With many of the historic buildings – churches, pubs, banks and grand old homes among them – restored to their original grace and many still in use today. From interactive museums to working farms in action, you’ll experience a living history that shapes our region.
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Historic Experiences TOOWOOMBA RAILWAY STATION Experience history at high tea, lunch, dinner or a drink at the bar at quaint, Inbound Brasserie, located on the platform in the original 120 year old Railway Refreshment Rooms. During the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, catch a diesel-hauled train to the Spring Bluff (1867). COBB AND CO MUSEUM Immerse yourself in Toowoomba’s natural and cultural history and revisit an Australian transport era. Part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage
Collection, discover a variety of interactive displays, exhibits and heritage trade workshops at Cobb + Co. THE DOWNS EXPLORER AND SOUTHERN DOWNS STEAM RAILWAY: Experience a range of unique heritage rail experiences on a steam train through some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia. Regular tours from Warwick to Stanthorpe and Wallangarra, Clifton, Wheatvale, Hendon, Toowoomba, plus special long weekends to Goondiwindi and Tenterfield, NSW. MILES HISTORICAL VILLAGE MUSEUM Originally named “Dogwood Crossing” Miles was established on a track blazed
by the explorer Ludwig Leichardt in 1844. Life as it was back then has been realistically preserved where you can step back in time to explore more than 30 exact replica turn of the century buildings in a streetscape setting.
LUNCH AT AN HISTORIC COUNTRY PUB Plan a day trip at one of the many 19th and 20th century pubs across the region such as:
Miles Historical Village Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Saturday 11 September as part of the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.
• Rudds Pub – Nobby (Famous for the history of Dad and Dave stories)
QUEENSLAND TRANSPORT MUSEUM, GATTON The Queensland Transport Museum features a magnificent display of different modes of transport through the ages and displays over 200 models that explore the creation, founders and operation of the Transport Industry. VISIT MARY POPPINS AUTHOR'S HOME IN ALLORA Take a walk around the streets of Allora to see late 1800’s and 1900’s timber architecture including the house that Mary Poppins author, PL Travers, lived in as a child. WALLANGARRA Visit Wallangarra Museum and Café at the historic Railway station. Find famous Australian Bushranger Thunderbolt’s hideout with the path clearly marked. Nearby locate remnants of the WWII Brisbane Line Tank traps where 10,000 troops were stationed in wartime.
• Bull and Barley Inn – Cambooya
• The Farmers Arms at Cabarlah • The Royal Hotel in Leyburn (the oldest continually licensed hotel in Queensland c1863) • Victoria Hotel in Goondiwindi • Lockyer Hotel, Forest Hill STEP BACK IN TIME AT THESE MUSTVISIT HISTORIC BUILDINGS • Abbey Boutique Hotel – Warwick • Jimbour Homestead (Opera at Jimbour, June) • Glengallan Homestead – between Allora and Warwick • St Augustines Church, Leyburn (1871)
OTHER PLACES OF HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE TO VISIT • Crows Nest Museum • Downsteam Tourist Railway and Museum • Pioneer Village, Highfields • Munro Tramway FESTIVALS AND EVENTS CELEBRATING HISTORY • Historic Leyburn Sprints, every August • Lost Trades Fair, Cobb and Co Museum Toowoomba, every May • Easter Heritage Festival, Pioneer Village Highfields • Allora Heritage Weekend, every January • Lockyer Valley Heritage Festival, every May • Heritage walking trails • Regular steam train rides at the Downs Explorer, departing Warwick
• St John’s Anglican Church, Dalby (1866) • St Lukes Anglican Church, Toowoomba (1897) • Boondooma Homestead, Proston (1846)
MOST TOWNS IN OUR REGION HAVE A SELF-GUIDED HISTORIC TRAIL TO EXPLORE. DROP INTO THE LOCAL VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES FOR MAPS AND TRAILS. southernqueenslandcountry.com.au
Nature, Bird watching, flowers and more... YOU’LL FIND NATURE IS STILL INTACT HERE – PEACEFUL LANDSCAPES, RIVERS AND TRANQUIL WATERFALLS, ANCIENT GORGES AND AN ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE IN THE UNTAMED BUSH.
There are many ways you can lose yourself in the natural world. Walk and birdwatch on bush trails, set up camp on a grassy river flat, scale huge granite boulders at Girraween National Park, hike in the largest stand of Bunya Pines in the world, marvel at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in spring or simply enjoy the fresh air and views on a country drive.
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ALLORA MOUNTAIN FLORA AND FAUNA RESERVE A flat-topped mesa occupying 210 hectares one kilometre to the east of the township of Allora on the Southern Downs. Access is from the New England Highway via Burges Road. A wooden post- and- rail entrance with appropriate signage leads up to a picnic area. Well-defined paths lead from there to the top of the mountain.
BUNYA MOUNTAINS A spectacular wilderness range forming an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range situated about 150km from the coast and lying almost centrally between Kingaroy and Dalby. The immense subtropical range of cool, green rainforest, eucalypt forests and woodlands is home to the world’s largest forest of bunya pines. Dome shaped bunya pines graciously raise their majestic heads above the forest canopy crowning a magnificent green splendour. High altitude grasslands include rare grasses of international interest.
CUNNINGHAMS GAP, MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK A landscape of rugged mountains, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, dappled forests and unique wildlife is waiting to be explored. Discover walks through lush tropical rainforest, fragrant eucalypts and colourful montane heath. Rock-hop across pristine mountain
streams and pause at cascading waterfalls. Visit sites and relics that hark back to harsh pioneering days. Take in the views of ancient peaks, dramatic escarpments and forest-cloaked slopes and valleys.
GOONDIWINDI BOTANIC GARDENS A great walking, picnic and birdwatching spot next to the water’s edge, set amongst the local native flora of the 25-hectare Botanic Garden. The gardens have two hectares landscaped specifically for public recreation, with BBQ and playground facilities, shelter sheds, toilet amenities, all weather gravel roads and ample car parking.
GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK AND BALD ROCK From Bald Rock picnic area, follow the Border Link trail to the base of Bald Rock, where you’ll pass through eucalyptus, mountain gum and New England blackbutt. The trail leads to the NSW-Queensland border, and there are tremendous views of Girraween National Park, along the way.
CHINCHILLA BOTANIC PARKLAND There is plenty of room to move here. Spanning 4.2 hectares Chinchilla Botanic Parkland has earned the top gong of QLD Parks and Leisure Australia 2020.Showcasing beautiful native trees, scrubs and a plethora of birdlife, brings this park to life. Pack a picnic and enjoy.
LOCKYER VALLEY BIRDLIFE Of the 850 bird species in Australia, more than 300 species have been recorded in the Lockyer Valley’s diverse and easily accessible habitats which encompass wetlands, agricultural land, national parks and state forests. Many species found in the Lockyer Valley are migratory, so the birds you may see are continually changing. Some of Lockyer Valley’s most popular spots to find bird life include: Lake Clarendon, Lake Galletly and Lake Lenore at UQ, Lake Dye , Glen Rock State Forest, Lake Apex and Lake Freeman.
LOCKYER VALLEY NATIONAL PARK Home to the vulnerable and nearthreatened species Helidon ironbark, mountain guinea flower, brush-tailed rock wallaby and black breasted button quail. Don’t miss exploring Gormans Gap- and Mount Campbell, Flagstone Environmental Park, White Mountain State Forest and the spring wildflower laden Helidon Hills.
QUEEN MARY FALLS, MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK A landscape of rugged mountains,
fragrant Eucalyptus Forest, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, and unique wildlife surrounds these waterfalls where Spring Creek tumbles 40 metres to the valley below. This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).
SUNFLOWERS ON THE DOWNS Bright yellow flowers can be seen across the agricultural farms of the Darling Downs and Southern Downs during summer. This crop with its large head of black seeds and surrounding yellow petals is normally blooming from December to March, dependent on rain. The crops are on private farming land, so it’s best to check with each regional council for exact locations before you visit.
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THE GUMBI GUMBI GARDENS – USQ, WEST ST DARLING HEIGHTS Cultural site featuring extensive plantings of flora used by local Aboriginal communities for food, medicinal and other purposes. JAPANESE GARDEN – 20 REGENT ST Also knowns as “Ju Raku En” (Japanese for “enjoying peace and longevity in a public place”) this is the perfect spot to finish the tour. PICNIC POINT – 162 TOURIST RD The most eastern point of Toowoomba on the pinnacle of the Great Dividing Range, with towering pines in the picturesque parklands. LAUREL BANK PARK – 50 HILL ST A park boasting many curated sections plus a water feature, with a special section dedicated to the blind, bursting with an array of sweetly scented blooms to ignite the senses. QLD STATE ROSE GARDEN, NEWTOWN PARK – 147 TAYLOR ST Boasting over 2000 roses including Heritage Roses in Australia, Frank Reithmuller and Alister Clark collections. QUEENS PARK – 43-73 LINDSEY ST One of Towooomba’s most recognized icons, with over 26 acres of lush green lawns, tree-lined pathways and botanic garden grandeur. With plenty to attract during every season. THE TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS is held throughout September, annually. tcof.com.au
Food and Wine FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO BOOK HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR TASTEBUDS FRONT OF MIND, YOUR APPETITE IS YOUR ONLY PACKING ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP THROUGH SOUTHERN QLD COUNTRY.
OUR FOOD AND WINE SCENE is the kind that’s caught international chef’s attention, with fine-dining, fresh produce and cellar doors dotted across our region. Home to some of Australia’s richest farmlands which produce an abundance of fresh seasonal foods, almost every type of fruit, vegetable and grains, the region also has some of the best cattle, pigs, poultry and lamb in the country. The cooler climate Granite Belt is famed for its apples, grapes and stonefruit while the South Burnett also grows grapes as well as peanuts, olives and many types of vegetables. Many restaurants and cafes in the region pride themselves on serving what’s local and in season. Country butchers are a great source of produce for discovering the best of local produce, or stop at the many roadside stalls for just-picked goodies.
Wines The region is home to the states only two GI (Geographical Indication) wine zones; the Granite Belt and the South Burnett area. Grapes have been grown in the Granite Belt area since the 1870’s and today their wineries are the most awarded in Qld. The more well knowns grape varietals such as Chardonnay, Verdehlo and Semillon (white) and Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (Red) are proven in the Granite Belt, however it’s the more adventurous style of wine that is getting attention. The Strange Bird Wine Trail allows for sampling of unique varieties such as viognier, mourvedre and tempranillo.
TO PENCIL IN THE DIARY! • Chinchilla Melon Festival – February • Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, Stanthorpe – March every two years (2022) • Goomeri Pumpkin Festival – May • Grazing the Granite Belt – May • Hampton Art, Food and Wine Festival – May • Kingaroy BaconFest - August • Gourmet in Gundy – Goondiwindi – September • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – Food and Wine Festival – September • Blackbutt Avocado Festival September • Murphys Creek Chilli Festival September • Australian Camp Oven Festival, Millmerran – October
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• The Grape Escape Wine Festival – South Burnett – October
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6 unique food experiences to get you started ROSALIE HOUSE VINEYARD & CELLAR DOOR RESTAURANT Lavender's Rd, Lilyvale via Meringandan
Rosalie House Vineyard is a small boutique winery nestled in the beautiful Lilyvale Valley at Meringandan, with amazing sunset views across the Lilyvale Valley from the verandah. Open Friday to Sunday, morning untill evening, serving lunch, dinner, tapas and grazing boards, also offering a stunning setting for events. rosaliehouse.com.au
THE LARDER Marshall St, Goondiwindi
If you’re after a fresh salad, baristamade coffee and local produce to take home with you, put The Larder into your GPS. Located on Marshall Street Goondiwindi, this local café not only serves delicious meals to your table, they also package them up as takeaway for those who need to eat on the run. Pick up locally made supplies – from Brigalow Sourdough to homemade biscuits – to enjoy with your Merlo Coffee. thelardergoondiwindi
ESSEN RESTAURANT 2 McGregor Terrace, Stanthorpe
Australian Good Food Guide Readers Choice 2021 Chefs Hat Consideration List. Home-style cooking prepared with love is on the menu at Essen Restaurant on McGregor Terrace in Stanthorpe. With a name meaning "to eat" in German, this quaint and rustic venue with cosy table settings and potted greenery set the scene to share honest food with good friends and family. Enjoy a weekly changing menu showcasing produce from the garden and Granite Belt region
THE PEAK RESTAURANT, Spicers Retreat – Maryvale
With two Chefs Hats in the Australian Good Food Guide (2021, 2020, 2019) and ranked in the Delicious Top 100 restaurants in Qld, this is a special food experience worth saving up for. With such a uniquely Australian setting it’s only fitting that The Peak is an exceptional dining experience using the best of Australian produce, sourced as locally as possible. thepeakrestaurant.com.au
AWASSI CHEESERY 776 Sandy Creek Rd, Grantham
The Awassi breed sheep milk has exceptional qualities for making the finest cheese in the world. The Farmstead Cheesery is located in the beautiful Grantham Hills of the Lockyer Valley. All cheese is handmade on the farm from 100 % Sheep Milk. Cheese tastings and farm gate open Thursday to Sunday. awassiqueensland.com
URBAN PADDOCK CAFÉ 138 Cunningham Street, Dalby
Australian Good Food Guide Readers Choice 2021 Chefs Hat Consideration List. Set in historic Quambi House in Dalby, this family friends cafe abounds with rustic charm in a tranquil setting. Take a seat on the verandah, or child-friendly backyard to soak up Queensland rays; while indoors period furniture, an open fireplace and colourful artwork set the scene for lingering over breakfast, or lunch with a brew of choice. urbanpaddockcafe
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Handy Resources TO PLAN YOUR TRIP HERE ARE SOME HANDY CONTACTS TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH A VARIETY OF UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS WHILST ON THE ROAD.
EMERGENCY SERVICES Travelling through Queensland country makes for a fantastic holiday however sometimes you will come across mother nature and her fury. Bushfires, floods, heatwaves and unexpected accidents can hinder a holiday so its best to be prepared with numbers to call in an emergency. • 000 – emergency help line Australia Wide, accessible even when out of phone or internet range. Call for emergency help from police, fire or ambulance services.
• qld.gov.au/transport/conditions • tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport/ Road-and-traffic-info • roadconditions.racq.com.au/ UHF RADIO Channel 40 is used by highway vehicles and trucks. (firmly established by tradition)
• qfes.qld.gov.au/ (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)
Channel 18 is used by caravans and campers. (by courteous agreement)
• ruralfire.qld.gov.au/ (Rural Fire and Emergency Services)
Channel 10 is for 4WDrivers which is becoming more popular and is recommended officially in national parks. (by courteous agreement)
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Channel 5 is for emergency repeaters (allocated in law) (For locations please ask for a repeater list).
For other regions, scanning all channels is a far more effective way of locating other UHF users in an emergency. General use channels are therefore 9 12 17 19 to 21 24 to 30 and 39. Channels 5 and 35 are reserved for emergency use only. Strict Penalties for misuse apply. WEATHER UPDATES Our region spans a huge geographical area, so the weather patterns are diverse depending on where you are. Expect the unexpected – from occasional snow in the south on the Granite Belt, to extreme heat in the west, and cool wet climates on the Great Dividing Range, its best to always check the Bureau of Meterology before you travel. • bom.gov.au/qld • weatherzone.com.au/qld
Chat to a local ACCREDITED INFORMATION CENTRES CAN HELP YOU TRAVEL AROUND THE REGIONS. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE BLUE AND YELLOW SIGN FOR FRIENDLY ADVICE ON WHERE TO STAY, WHAT TO DO OR THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHAT WITH A LOCAL ABOUT THE AREA.
Goondiwindi GOONDIWINDI VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 45 Bowen Street, Goondiwindi P 07 4671 7474 E email@example.com INGLEWOOD VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 18 Elizabeth St, Inglewood P 07 4652 0270 E firstname.lastname@example.org TEXAS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTR High Street, Texas P 07 4653 1384 E email@example.com
Lockyer Valley LOCKYER VALLEY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 34 Lake Apex Dr, Gatton E Tourism@lvrc.qld.gov.au luvyalockyer.com.au
South Burnett KINGAROY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 128 Haly St, Kingaroy P 07 4189 9172 E firstname.lastname@example.org southburnett.qld.gov.au NANANGO VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE (South Burnett Energy Centre) 41 Henry St, Nanango QLD 4615 MURGON VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Centre of Lamb St Murgon P 07 4189 9387 WONDAI VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE AND TIMBER MUSEUM 80 Haly St, Wondai QLD 4611 P 07 4189 9251 YARRAMAN TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Yarraman Heritage House, 26 Millar Street, Yarraman P 07 4163 8111 This symbol recognises Accredited Visitor Information Centres. These centres have achieved accreditation by meeting specified industry standards and are recognised as genuine, quality information providers.
Southern Downs and Granite Belt STANTHORPE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 28 Leslie Pde, Stanthorpe P 07 4681 2057 E email@example.com southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au WARWICK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 72 Palmerin St, Warwick P 07 4661 3122 E firstname.lastname@example.org southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
Toowoomba & Darling Downs TOOWOOMBA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 82 – 86 James St, Toowoomba P 07 4688 6590 | 1800 331 155 E email@example.com tr.qld.gov.au/vic HAMPTON VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 8623 New England Hwy, Hampton P 1800 009 066 E firstname.lastname@example.org tr.qld.gov.au/vic CROWS NEST VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cnr New England Hwy & Oxford St, Crows Nest P 07 4698 1776 E email@example.com crowsnestmuseum.org.au GOOMBUNGEE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Rosalie Gallery, 89 Mocatta St, Goombungee P 07 4696 5600 E firstname.lastname@example.org tr.qld.gov.au/rosalie-gallery MILLMERRAN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cnr Mary & Edward St, Millmerran P 07 4695 2560 E email@example.com tr.qld.gov.au/vic OAKEY TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE The Historical Railway Station 176 Bridge St, Oakey P 07 4619 6693 E oakey4401@outlook. Oakey-Information-Centre
PITTSWORTH INFORMATION CENTRE 50 Short St, Pittsworth P 07 4693 2510 E firstname.lastname@example.org tr.qld.gov.au/vic
Western Downs CHINCHILLA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Warrego Hwy, Chinchilla P 07 4660 7291 E email@example.com DALBY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Thomas Jack Park, Cnr Condamine & Drayton St, Dalby P 07 4679 4461 E firstname.lastname@example.org MILES VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Miles Historical Village Museum 141 Murilla St, Miles P 07 4627 1492 E email@example.com BELL VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Bell Bunya Community Centre, Lot 71 Maxwell St, Bell P 07 4663 1087 E firstname.lastname@example.org CALICO COTTAGE Warrego Hwy, Wallumbilla P 07 4623 4244 HEBEL GENERAL STORE & CARAVAN PARK William St, Hebel P 07 4625 0920 JANDOWAE COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL CENTRE Cnr George & High St, Jandowae P 07 4668 4480 E email@example.com MOONIE RURAL TRANSACTION CENTRE Cnr Moonie & Leichhardt Hwys, Moonie P 07 4665 0189 E firstname.lastname@example.org TARA CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTRE 19 Fry St, Tara P 07 4678 7804 E email@example.com WANDOAN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE O’Sullivan Park, Zupp Rd, Wandoan P 07 4627 5227 E firstname.lastname@example.org southernqueenslandcountry.com.au
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