Southern Queensland Country 2021 Visitors Guide

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SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY T O O W O O M B A & S U R R O U N D S • S O U T H E R N D O W N S & G R A N I T E B E LT G O O N D I W I N D I & S U R R O U N D S • W E S T E R N D O W N S • LO C K Y E R VA L L E Y • S O U T H B U R N E T T

VISITOR’S GUIDE

EVENTS, ROAD TRIPS, ITIN ERARIES, FOOD AN D WIN E , ADVENTURE , N AT U R E , H I S T O R Y A N D H E R I TA G E , A R T G A L L E R I E S A N D T R A I L S , M U S E U M S .


W E LC O M E W E P AY O U R R E S P E C T S T O A L L T H E T R A D I T I O N A L C U S T O D I A N S O F T H E L A N D , E L D E R S , P A S T A N D P R E S E N T, AND THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS ELDERS O F O T H E R C O M M U N I T I E S W H O M AY L I V E H E R E . CARNARVON NP

NUGA NUGA NP

ISLA GORGE NP

LONESOME SECTION EXPEDITION NP EXPEDITION NP

PRECIPICE NP

Iman / Yiman WANDOAN

Wakka Wakka MILES

KINGAROY BUNYA MOUNTAINS NP

Barunggam DALBY TARA

Jarowair CROWS NEST NP

Giabal

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BRISBANE

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Jagera / Yuggera / Ugarapul Bigambul Githabul WARWICK

GOLD COAST

GOONDIWINDI

Kambuwal STANTHORPE SUNDOWN NP GIRRAWEEN NP

The Western Downs region acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Western Downs; the Barunggam people to the west of Dalby, the Iman (Yiman) people around the Wandoan area, and the Jarowair people around the Bunya Mountains area. The Lockyer Valley region acknowledges the Traditional Custodians, the Ugarapul and Yuggera people. The Southern Downs and Granite Belt region acknowledges the Githabul (& Geynyan) people and the Kambuwal people who also connect with country within the Southern Downs Regional Council area.

The South Burnett region respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, the Wakka Wakka people and pay respects to the Elders both past, present and emerging. The Toowoomba region acknowledges the Jagera people, who were of the foothills and escarpment, the Giabal people, who were of the Toowoomba area and the Jarowair people, who were of the northern areas towards and including the Bunya Mountains. The Goondiwindi region recognises the Bigambul people who are the Traditional Owner group.

DISCLAIMER: This map is based on information compiled from several different sources, which are listed below. Note that the borders between groups are not meant to be exact and this map is not suitable for native title or other land claims. AIATSIS. 2021. Map of Indigenous Australia. aiatsis.gov.au/explore/map-indigenous-australia National Native Title Tribunal. 2021 nntt.gov.au Natural Resource Management Regions Queensland nrmrq.org.au Kite, S. and Wurm, S., 2004. The Duunidjawu language of the southeast Queensland. p.7.


WELCOME TO

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 guide is based on activities so you can research the best places to go for fishing, camping, art, nature, food 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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Contents

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MAPS

06 EVENTS

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COUNTRY DRIVES

N AT I O N A L PA R K S

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ADVENTURE

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 (September 2021 © Southern Queensland Country Tourism). For photography credits of images used in this guide and on the SQC website please visit 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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GETTING HERE & AROUND Womblebank

BY ROAD:

Forest Vale

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.

Wandoan Guluguba

Jackson Drillham

E L E C T R I C C H A R G I N G S TAT I O N S

Toowoomba: • Tesla Destination Charger, Annand St • Chargefox Charge Station, Neil St • Chargefox Charge Station, Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre • 10810 Warrego Highway, Charlton • 254 South St, Toowoomba • Pacific Fuels Drayton

Miles

Columboola

Dulacca Chinchilla

Condamine Surat

Gatton: University of Queensland

Glenmorgan

Warwick: Grafton St carpark

Tara

Hannaford

Western Downs: • Chargefox Charging Station, Roche St, Dalby • Bell Park, Cunningham St, Dalby

Meandarra

The Gums

South Burnett: • Star Motel, Nanango • Homestead Caravan Park, Nanango • Rooms Motel, Kingaroy • Blackbutt Fuel and Tyres

Moonie

BY AIR

Easy access from Brisbane Airport, Sunshine Coast Airport and Gold Coast Airport. Most country towns have airstrips Boolba for private planes to land on.

Westmar

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

Weengallon Toobeah

Nindigully

• Crisps Coaches P 07 4661 8333 crisps.com.au • Greyhound Australia P 1300 473 946 greyhound.com.au

Talwood

GOONDIWINDI

Thallon

• 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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SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY

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Moree


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Murgon

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Goomeri

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Durong Burrandowan

Noosa Heads

KINGAROY Nanango

Maidenwell BUNYA MOUNTAINS NP

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Cooyar

DALBY

Crows Nest

Jondaryan Cecil Plains

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GOLD COAST

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Pittsworth

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CROWS NEST NP

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Leyburn 11 – 12 September BONY MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Warwick 16 – 19 September

September 2021 M19

MILES BACK TO THE BUSH FESTIVAL

Miles 9 – 12 September 6

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Warwick 25 – 31 October U18

October 2021 O11

AUST CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL

Millmerran 1 – 3 October

GRANITE BELT ART TRAIL

Stanthorpe 29 – 31 October

November 2021 R19

CONDAMINE ART AND CRAFT TRAIL

Warwick 6 – 7 November

Murphys Creek 26 September

TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS

Toowoomba September F9

M19 MURPHYS CREEK CHILLI FESTIVAL

WARWICK RODEO & GOLD CUP CAMPDRAFT

December 2021 M19

CHRI STMAS WONDERLAND

Toowoomba Botanic Gardens December


January 2022 F18

KINGS ROYAL KINGAROY SPEEDWAY

May 2022 C20

Kingaroy 21 – 23 January L19

HIGHFIELDS AUSTRALIA DAY

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February 2022

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Goondiwindi 5 – 6 February

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March 2022 COLOURS OF THE LOCKYER VALLEY

Laidley March

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Jandowae June

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ALLORA AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Allora May

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HAMPTON FESTIVAL S19

WARWICK PENTATHRUN

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BIG SKIES FESTIVAL

Jimbour April

June 2022 M22

WARWICK EASTER FAIR

Warwick 9 April GOOMERI PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

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Laidley June

GOONDIWINDI PICNIC RACES

Goondiwindi 9 April

CHROME & CLUTTER RETRO FESTIVAL

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KILLARNEY BONFIRE NIGHT

Killarney July FESTIVAL OF CULTURE AND CAMEL RACES

IN STUDIO ART TRAIL

Crows Nest August SOUTHERN DOWN S HORSEPOWER MONTH

Southern Downs August

Warwick 28 – 29 May P16

April 2022

Warwick July

August 2021 K20

Hampton 15 May

JUMPERS AND JAZZ IN JULY

Tara July

GRAZING THE GRANITE BELT

Burrandowan 7 May L20

JANDOWAE TIMBERTOWN FESTIVAL

July 2022

Toowoomba May

HELL OF THE WEST

Stanthorpe 25 February – 6 March

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Toowoomba February

LOCKYER VALLEY HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Laidley May

CHINCHILLA MELON FESTIVAL

Chinchilla February

CLYDESDALE AND HEAV Y HORSE FIELD DAYS

WONDAI COUNTRY RUNNING FESTIVAL

Wondai June

Goomeri May

Gatton May

Pioneer Village Highfields 26 January M22

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HI STORIC LEYBURN SPRINTS

Leyburn August KINGAROY BACONFEST

Kingaroy August

BRI SBANE VALLEY RAIL TRAIL FESTIVAL OF CYCLING

Yarraman June

JUMPERS AND JAZZ IN JULY, WARWICK

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COUNTRY DRIVE S SET OFF ON ONE OF THESE DI SCOVERY DRIVE ITINERARIES LINKING SOUTHERN QUEEN SLAND COUNTRY’S TOP EXPERIENCES.

R E FE R TO M A P O N PAG E 11 FO R A LL D R I V E R O U T E S VINEYARD, STANTHORPE

Farmers’ Country Drive 3/4 DAY TOUR

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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 Café 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

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KUMBIA, NORTH FROM THE BUNYAS

The Great Bunya Drive 390KM TOUR

The Great Bunya Drive is a scenic selfdrive route meandering through 390km 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.

Inglewood. Stop at Coolmunda Dam near Inglewood for some bird-watching 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.

journey back to Gatton on National Route 42. Save your appetite for a generous sized lunch at Gardens Galore in Warwick.

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 DAY TOUR

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’s 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. Start driving along State Route 48 and turn right onto National Route 42 towards 10

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DAY 2: Start the day with a river walk and then explore Bowen Lane art. Plan a Gundy Cotton Farm Tour before your

Take the National Highway 15 to reach what is known as the ‘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. Take the Gatton Clifton Rd/State Route 80 to head back to Gatton via Pilton.


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Cooyar

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Goombungee

Farmers’ Country Drive

Crows Nest NP

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Cambooya

Pittsworth

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Moreton Island

Gatton

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Millmerran Clifton Allora

Leyburn

Caboolture

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Maleny Landsborough

Blackbutt

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Coolum Beach

Nambour

NANANGO

Maidenwell

Jandowae

Noosa Heads

Eumundi

Macalister

The Gums

GYMPIE

Wondai

KINGAROY

MILES Columboola CHINCHILLA

Goomeri

Maryvale

BOONAH Beaudesert

Gatton to Goondiwindi

Main Range NP

WARWICK INGLEWOOD

Killarney

GOLD COAST

Southern Downs Warwick Weekender

GOONDIWINDI STANTHORPE TEXAS

Ballandean Sundown NP

Glen Alpin Girraween NP

Cobb & Co Drive 1/2 DAY TOUR

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.

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VIEW FROM THE BUNYA MOUNTAINS

6 Day, Self-Drive Tour DAY 1: Brisbane to Lockyer Valley, Glen Rock State Forest [approx. 143km / 2hrs 15mins]

DAY 2: Lockyer Valley to Toowoomba, Crows Nest National Park [approx. 126km / 1hr 55mins]

DAY 3: Toowoomba to South Burnett, Lake Boondooma [approx. 201km / 2hrs 30mins]

Once you are on Ipswich Road/A7, take the M2/Warrego Highway exit towards Esk/Toowoomba, and head to the Lockyer Valley [92.4km].

Head north towards E Haldon Road and continue on to Mount Sylvia Road for a worthwhile pitstop at the Picnic Point Lookout. [73km]. Explore the sweeping views of the surrounding valley and bushland from 700 metres above sea level, and tour the parklands and waterfall.

Start the drive on the New England Highway towards the South Burnett region [72km]. Enjoy a bite and a coldie at the historic Maidenwell Pub in the quaint village of Maidenwell. Travel another 3km to Coomba Falls for the natural waterhole surrounded by granite boulders.

Take the Warrego Highway/A2 on to Seventeen Mile Road to explore the surrounding high country and visit Ravensbourne National Park [48km].

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 [168km].

Take the Esk Hampton Road/State Route 85 and on to New England Highway/A3 to reach and explore Crows Nest National Park [34km].

Relax waterside by Lake Boondooma and try your luck at fishing from your camp onsite. Look out for kangaroos and wild horses that call this spot home.

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 [50km]. Hike the ‘Christies Loop’ walking trail [5km return] to see Glen Rock, the red volcanic outcrop.

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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.


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DAY 4: South Burnett to Condamine, Bunya Mountains National Park [approx. 132km / 1hr 52mins]

DAY 5: Condamine to Goondiwindi, Yelarbon Recreation Grounds [approx. 362km / 4hrs]

DAY 6: Goondiwindi to Southern Downs, Girraween National Park [approx. 203km / 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 [132km].

Steer through country fields on the Leichhardt Highway/A5 and towards Goondiwindi [192 km].

Take the Texas Yelarbon Road and on to Mingoola Road/State Route 89 to follow the dirt tracks through Sundown National Park and see Red Rock Gorge (for experienced 4WD travellers) [113km]. Tour a local vineyard or visit a cellar door to pick up your favourite vintage.

Travel through rainforest canopies and ancient bunya pines to reach Bunya Mountains National Park. 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. Take the Bunya Highway/State Route 49 through Western Downs and visit Lake Broadwater and Caliguel Lagoon [additional distance to cover – approx. 280km].

Grab a bite in Goondiwindi and explore the art and shops of the town, then just 400m from the main street, stroll along the river walk, where the 3km riverbank hugs the New South Wales border. From Goondiwindi take the Kildonan Road (which is a designated Tourist Drive) to travel to Yelarbon [approx. 55km] to see the silos, which have their own viewing area. Explore the onsite museum and machinery yard. Have dinner at the Oasis Hotel after stretching your legs at the Yelarbon Lagoon. [1.2km].

Start driving on the Bruxner Highway and on to New England Highway/A15 to the final destination, Girraween National Park [90km]. 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 – 253km]. southernqueenslandcountry.com.au

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Tin Can Can Bay Bay Tin Kilkivan

Cloyna Wandoan

Proston

Murgon

GYMPIE

Goomeri Wondai Durong

Noosa Heads Jackson

Miles Nanango

Maidenwell

Maroochydore

Jandowae

Chinchilla

Yarraman Jimbour

Condamine Macalister Glenmorgan

Bunya Mountains NP

Caloundra

Blackbutt Cooyar

Bell

Bribie Island Caboolture

DALBY Tara

The Gums

Meandarra

Crows Nest Crows Nest NP

Meringandan Jondaryan

Moreton Island

Esk

Hampton

Moonie

BRISBANE

TOOWOOMBA

IPSWICH

Yandilla

Millmerran Westmar

Clifton Leyburn Wyaga

Beaudesert

Maryvale

Allora

Boonah Main Range Yangan NP

Karara Toobeah

WARWICK Inglewood

GOLD COAST

Killarney

Goondiwindi STANTHORPE TEXAS

Ballandean Sundown NP

Girraween NP

Drive itineraries to explore our region from Brisbane or Toowoomba

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Brisbane to Goondiwindi

Toowoomba to Glenmorgan

Toowoomba to Murgon

3 DAY TOUR

3 DAY TOUR

4 DAY TOUR

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DALBY Crows Nest Crows Nest NP

Tara The Gums

Esk

Hampton

Jondaryan

White Mountain

Lockyer NP Helidon

TOOWOOMBA Moonie

Gatton

Cambooya

Laidley

Lilydale

Silver Ridge

IPSWICH

Yandilla Millmerran

Clifton

Leyburn

Wyaga

Maryvale

Allora

Boonah Karara

Yangan WARWICK

Main Range NP

Tannymorel

Inglewood

Killarney

Goondiwindi Dalveen Thulimbah STANTHORPE

TEXAS

Ballandean Sundown NP

Girraween NP Wallangarra

Toowoomba to Goondiwindi

Toowoomba to Lockyer Valley

Toowoomba to Wallangarra

3 DAY TOUR

2 DAY TOUR

4 DAY TOUR

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Jandowae

Yarraman

Jimbour

Condamine Macalister

Bunya Mountains Bell NP

Caloundra

Blackbutt

Bribie Island

Cooyar

Caboolture

DALBY The Gums

Moreton Island

Crows Nest

Tara Hampton

Esk

Crows Nest NP

White Mountain

Jondaryan

Lockyer NP Plainland

TOOWOOMBA

BRISBANE

Gatton

Moonie

Laidley

IPSWICH

Yandilla Clifton

Millmerran Leyburn

Allora

Maryvale Boonah

Wyaga Main Range Yangan NP

Karara WARWICK Inglewood Goondiwindi

Killarney Lake Coolmunda

Beaudesert

GOLD COAST

Queen Mary Falls

Dalveen STANTHORPE

TEXAS

Ballandean Sundown NP

Girraween NP

Wallangarra

Drive itineraries to explore our region from the Gold Coast

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Gold Coast to Goondiwindi

Gold Coast to Lockyer Valley

Gold Coast to Southern Downs

3 DAY TOUR

2 DAY TOUR

3 DAY TOUR

SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY


Tin Tin Can Can Bay Bay

Wandoan

Proston

Rainbow Beach

Kilkivan

Cloyna Murgon

Goomeri

GYMPIE

Wondai Durong Noosa Heads Jackson

Miles

Nambour

Nanango

Maidenwell Jandowae

Chinchilla

Yarraman Jimbour

Condamine

Bunya Mountains NP Kaimillenbun Wutul

Macalister Glenmorgan

Meandarra

Blackbutt

Caloundra Kilcoy

Maclagen

DALBY The Gums

SUNSHINE COAST

Bribie Island Caboolture

Crows Nest

Tara

Moreton Island

Esk

Highfields Jondaryan

Moonie

Ravensbourne NP

Gatton

TOOWOOMBA

BRISBANE IPSWICH

Yandilla

Millmerran Westmar

Clifton Leyburn Wyaga

Beaudesert

Maryvale

Allora

Boonah Karara

Toobeah

Yangan

WARWICK Inglewood

Main Range NP

GOLD COAST

Killarney

Goondiwindi STANTHORPE TEXAS

Ballandean Sundown NP

Girraween NP

Drive itineraries to explore our region from the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast to Bunya Mountains

Sunshine Coast to Toowoomba

Sunshine Coast to Western Downs

2 DAY TOUR

4 DAY TOUR

3 DAY TOUR

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GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK, GRANITE BELT

N AT I O N A L PA R K S Bald Rock National Park

Barakula State Forest

(Granite Belt)

(Western Downs)

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.

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: 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.

DON’T MISS: From Chinchilla, travel 45km on Auburn Road and follow signage. As this is a working forest, beware of trucks.

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 6km Bald Rock National Park access road – about 40km. A vehicle day pass is required and camping fees apply.

(South Burnett)

Go to environment.nsw.gov.au/ NationalParks or call (02) 6736 4298 for more information.

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Benarkin State Forest

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

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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 16km to camping areas is via winding gravel roads. The camping area is 20km 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 bird-watching 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 12km north of Murgon.


Bunya Mountains National Park (South Burnett)

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 12km 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 55km north-east of Dalby or 56km south-west of Kingaroy. The drive from Brisbane takes around 3hrs. 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 55km north of Toowoomba via the New England Highway or 55km west of Esk via the Esk-Hampton Road.

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Girraween National Park

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.

(Southern Downs and Granite Belt)

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 17km of walking tracks. Climb the First Pyramid to see Balancing Rock and for great views over the park. Watch for blue wrens, yellow-tufted honey eaters, bearded dragons and perhaps a common wombat. Superb lyrebirds live here but are rarely seen. GETTING THERE: Located 35km south of Stanthorpe via the New England Highway, Girraween is one of Queensland’s most loved national parks.

Glen Rock State Forest

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: Turn off the Moonie Highway 20km south-west of Dalby and drive a further 10km to the park.

(Lockyer Valley — 42km south of Gatton)

Lockyer National Park (Lockyer Valley) Glen Rock State Forest is situated at the head of Tenthill Valley and adjoins the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park.

This largely undeveloped park features remote sandstone gorges surrounded by remnant eucalypt forest.

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 Queensland for a

Discover a diverse range of plants and animals, including the near-threatened mountain guinea flower and vulnerable species such as the Helidon ironbark, brush-tailed rock-wallaby and blackbreasted button-quail.

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Experience a variety of popular recreational activities, including remote bushwalking, and 4WD and motorbike touring. GETTING THERE: Lockyer National Park is located north of Gatton. From Gatton, travel 11km north along Gatton–Esk Road then turn left onto Millers Road to enter the park. From Helidon, travel 14km north on Seventeen Mile Road, then turn right onto Wallers Road to enter the park. GOOD TO KNOW: In dry weather only, 4WD vehicles are permitted on Wallers Road from Seventeen Mile Road through to Forestry Road; from Millers Road through to Logans Road; and from Krugers Road through to Millers Road/ Redbank Creek Road. Conventional, twowheel-drive (2WD) vehicles can access Seventeen Mile Road only.

Main Range National Park – Cunninghams Gap (Southern Downs)

GETTING THERE: The park is located 97km from Toowoomba or 54km from Warwick. The last 6km is unsealed and may be closed after heavy rain.

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 2km 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 40km south-east of Warwick, 11km along the Killarney-Boonah Road.

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 Heritage-listed park.

Main Range National Park – Spicers Gap

DON’T MISS: Explore some of the easy walking tracks, ranging from 1.6km to 12.4km in length, which pass through rainforest, open eucalypt forest and heath, and offer spectacular views.

Discover evidence of pioneer travel routes over the Great Dividing Range and enjoy views of the Fassifern Valley at historic Spicers Gap.

GETTING THERE: The Cunningham Highway passes through Main Range National Park at Cunninghams Gap, about 116km south-west of Brisbane and 50km east of Warwick.

Main Range National Park – Goomburra (Southern Downs)

(Southern Downs)

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, 5km west of Aratula. The last 5km of Spicers Gap Road is unsealed and steep in places.

Mount Basalt Reserve (Toowoomba and the Darling Downs) At Goomburra, nestled in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range, take advantage of creek-side campsites, 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. MUST-DOS: Explore walking tracks ranging from short easy circuits to longer tracks (5-12km), showcasing woodland and rainforest, creeks and waterfalls, and scenic lookouts. Watch for echidnas and koalas, satin bowerbirds and yellow-tailed black cockatoos. 20

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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 18km south on the Kooroongarra Road to the reserve.

Ravensbourne National Park (Toowoomba and the Darling Downs)

See majestic Sydney blue gums, staghorns, elkhorns and twining rainforest vines. 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 14km east of Hampton or 33km 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 14km to the park entrance.

Sundown National Park (Granite Belt)

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 1,000m. 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 1km graded walk to Permanent Waterhole or, if you’re experienced, explore the Severn River. GETTING THERE: The Broadwater camping area is 76km south-west of Stanthorpe or 64km west of Wallangarra. Burrows Waterhole camping area is 36km west of Ballandean, the trip to the site includes 20km 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 1.5km north-west of Yarraman. The 1.4km access road to Rogers Park is unsealed. Beware of logging trucks.


Hervey Bay

Childers

Fraser Island

PRECIPICE NP

Mundubbera

MARYBOROUGH Gayndah

Taroom

Tin Can Bay

Rainbow Beach

Cloyna

Kilkivan Boat Mountain Conservation Park

Proston

WANDOAN

Murgon

Guluguba

Wondai

Durong

Noosa Heads

Barakula State Forest Jackson Drillham

MILES

Columboola

KINGAROY Bunya Mountains National Park

Dulacca

Maidenwell

Jandowae

CHINCHILLA

Macalister

Bell

Meandarra

The Gums

Moonie

Pittsworth

GATTON

IPSWICH

Main Range National Park

Maryvale

Nerang Boonah

Beaudesert

Surfers Paradise

GOLD COAST

WARWICK

Toobeah Talwood

BRISBANE

Laidley

Allora Leyburn

Moreton Island

Lockyer National Park

Milmerran

Westmar

Caboolture

Ravensbourne National Park

Oakey

TOOWOOMBA Mount Basalt Reserve

Bribie Island

Esk

Crows Nest Jondaryan Hampton

Lake Broadwater Conservation Park Cecil Plains

Caloundra

Glen Rock Crows Nest State Forest National Park

DALBY

TARA

Hannaford

SUNSHINE COAST

Cooyar

T Glenmorgan

Yarraman NANANGO State Forest

Yarraman Blackbutt

Jimbour

Condamine

GYMPIE

Goomeri

GOONDIWINDI

Killarney

Inglewood

STANTHORPE Texas Moree

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Permits 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.

Girraween National Park

Bald Rock National Park

Wallangarra

Byron Bay Casino

Sundown National Park

LEGEND Camping

Easy walks

Dogs allowed (on leash)

Caravan sites

Advanced walks

Horseriding

Picnic area

Trail bikes permitted*

4WD access

Picnic table with shelter

Cycling trails

Information

BBQ – Gas/Fuel

Showers

Park office onsite

BBQ – Wood

Swimming

Refreshments

BBQ – Electric

Fishing

*Registered bikes with licensed riders permitted on formed tracks and roads within the reserve.

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F I S H I N G A N D WAT E R S P O R T S W H E T H E R Y O U ’ R E I N I T, O N I T O R B E S I D E I T, T H E C A L M I N G , C O O L I N G Q U A L I T Y O F W AT E R I S S O M E T H I N G W E A L L C R A V E .

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.

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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 Queensland that require a permit to fish. H8

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 bird-watching, with campsites on the banks of the lagoon. Showers, toilets, picnic tables and woodfired BBQs available.

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CECIL PLAIN S WEIR

Anglers can fish for Yellowbelly, Jew Fish, Cod and Silver Perch and there is a camping area where self-contained campers/caravanners can set up. Maximum stay is three days. The facilities include toilets, picnic table and a picnic shelter/hut.

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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, with toilet facilities, picnic tables and BBQs. 22

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CONNOLLY DAM, 15KM SOUTH-EAST 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.

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GOONDIWINDI NATURAL HERITAGE & WATER PARK, JOHN STON RD, GOONDIWINDI

A premier water sports location, the water park is a nationally credited water ski site. Users of the space are encouraged to take advantage of the many facilities including the playground, toilets, hot showers and BBQ/picnic areas at the park. There are also numerous walking paths for the nature enthusiast.

COOLMUNDA DAM, INGLEWOOD

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.

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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 it stocks of Golden Perch and Murray Cod in abundance. V14 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 onsite, as are fishing permits.

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LAKE BARAMBAH, MOFFATDALE

Also known as Bjelke-Petersen Dam, 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 a permit is required. Camping is available at the privately owned campsite.

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LAKE BOONDOOMA , PROSTON

Lake Boondooma is a drawcard for anglers, campers, bird-watchers and water-sports 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.

Go Further FISHING HOT SPOTS WORTH CASTING A LINE: • Barwon River, Talwood

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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.

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LAKE CRESSBROOK, RAVEN SBOURNE

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.

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LAKE DYER, LAIDLEY

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L ESLIE DAM, 13KM WEST OF WARWICK

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.

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.

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S EVERN RIVER, 15KM SOUTH OF STANTHORPE

With 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.

• 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, Fenton • 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

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TORM KING DAM, S EAST OF STANTHORPE

Usually well-stocked with Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, 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 onsite.

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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. southernqueenslandcountry.com.au

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C A M P I N G A N D C A R AVA N N I N G THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE SIMPLICITY AND FREEDOM O F A F E W D AY S I N T H E G R E AT O U T D O O R S .

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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.

We have so many awesome campsites and caravan parks... too many to list here! Scan this code to see our full listings

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BESTBROOK MOUNTAIN RESORT MARY VALE

Camping Caravan (powered and unpowered sites) Pets allowed Onsite 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 licensed restaurant and bar. The kids (and big kids) can join in the animal feeding, farm activities, horse trail rides and riding lessons.

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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. The amenities are clean and spacious, with 24

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inclusions of a camp kitchen and laundry, free gas BBQs, wood fire BBQs, campfires where you can sit and chat, cook in the camp oven, or toast marshmallows. Camp right beside one of the dams, on powered or unpowered sites. There are powered concrete slab sites, unpowered sites, campsites and drive through sites. There is also cabin accommodation and a 9-hole bush golf course. Barambah Bush Caravan and Camping Park also has excellent TV and phone reception and free wifi. K16

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BOWENVILLE RESERVE

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.


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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. G11

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experience for families, groups and travellers to enjoy stunning granite, bush and water surrounds in an idyllic setting.

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A low-cost spacious caravan and camp ground, with a rural outlook and country style hospitality.

CHINCHILLA WEIR

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.

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CROWS NEST CARAVAN PARK

• Cabins and cottages • Powered sites • Camp cites • Park facilities • Restaurant Set on acres of rolling lawns and gardens, it’s quiet and clean with plenty of space for families, groups or clubs and great for a couples getaway. You’ll love how the park’s rural surroundings combine to create a truly relaxing stay. K20

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.

Nestled in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Goomburra is the perfect spot for creek-side camping, picnicking, bird-watching and walks. Walking tracks cater to a range of fitness levels and give access to woodlands, rainforest, creeks, waterfalls and scenic lookouts.

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GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK — LITTLE BALD ROCK

• 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.

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ILLARNEY VIEW CABIN S K 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 fire place. A few minutes’ drive from the heart of Killarney, and handy to Queen Mary Falls, Killarney View is a well-appointed park.

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GOOMBURRA SECTION, MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK EAST OF ALLORA

• Camping/caravan – unpowered sites • Amenities

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GOONDIWINDI SHOWGROUNDS

Powered and unpowered Pet friendly Amenities Dump point Onsite caretaker No booking required

LAKE BOONDOOMA CARAVAN & RECREATION PARK, PROSTON

• Camping/caravan – powered and unpowered sites • Pets allowed • Camp fires allowed

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Camping Caravan – unpowered sites Pets allowed on leads Amenities Small open fires

Located in Queensland’s cold country, the Granite Belt, a unique camping

Located 20km 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.

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LAKE DYER CARAVAN AND CAMPING GROUND, LAIDLEY

Camping, caravans Picnic table Toilets, showers Walking trails BBQs, 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.

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WATERLOO PLAIN S ENVIRONMENTAL PARK, WANDOAN

You won’t need an alarm clock at this camping site, best known for birdlife. Waterloo Plains is set amongst 11ha of parkland hugging the man-made water lily-clad lake. O16

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YARRAMALONG WEIR

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 selfcontained 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 MillmerranLeyburn Road also accessible via Fysch Road, Pampas). H19

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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 bird-watching and walking on forest trails or fishing in nearby dams.

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4X4 A DV E N T U R E S C H EC K OUT OU R PI C K O F TH E B E ST PL AC E S TO LOAD U P YOU R OFF-ROAD 4WD AND HIT THE DIRT!

The Southern Queensland Country region spans 10,651km2, 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. F O R L O C AT I O N S , R E F E R TO M A P O N PAG E 4

Goondiwindi Water Park If you’re towing a boat then The Goondiwindi Water Park, located on Johnston Road is a premier water sports location. Users of the space are encouraged to take advantage of the many facilities including the playground, toilets, hot showers and BBQ/picnic areas at the park. There are also numerous walking paths for the nature enthusiast. The water park is a nationally credited water ski site. Please check with Goondiwindi Regional Council about water levels during periods of drought.

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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 familyfriendly experiences.

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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.

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For those that love driving “soft 4WD” there are seven 4WD trails to choose from. The trails are on public roads, mostly gravel or formed earth. Some are in poor condition. A high clearance vehicle or 4WD is recommended. All the trails start from the Hampton Visitor Information Centre and each trail is about 2 hours in duration.

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SUNDOWN NATIONAL PARK Southwest 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.

MANAR PARK, PROSTON 2252 Manar Rd, 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 South East Queensland. It is a 15,000 acre working cattle station but is also Queenland’s Biggest 4WD & Motorbike Adventure Park!

CROWS NEST AREA High Country Hamplets

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THE SPRINGS 4X4 PARK, WARWICK 21153 New England Hwy, The Glen

With some of the most stunning 4x4 tracks in South East Queensland, 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.


M OTO R R AC I N G A N D G O L F I N G T H E R E ’ S N O S H O R TA G E O F S P O R T I N G AT T R A C T I O N S A N D E V E N T S T O L U R E Y O U T O S O U T H E R N Q U E E N S L A N D C O U N T R Y ­— F R O M M A S T E R S Q U A L I F Y I N G G O L F C O U R S E S , T O H I G H O C TA N E M O T O R R A C I N G .

SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY is a petrol head’s paradise with everything from classic car shows to action-packed speedways and off-road racing on its events calendar. If you’re looking to put the pedal to the metal, make your way to these iconic racing venues across our region. FOR VINTAGE MOTOR ENTHUSIASTS The Queensland Transport Museum in Gatton is home to ever-changing vehicle exhibits. The museum also pays homage to the History of Western Maranoa Transport and the men and women who worked for the company. The museum has an onsite café or bring your BBQ pack to take advantage of the Lake Apex parklands. For true car nuts out there, don’t leave the Lockyer Valley without pulling up the handbrake at Scotty’s Garage. Located at Flagstone Creek outside of Toowoomba, Scotty’s Garage and The Barn provides home-cooked meals from their Australiana café with its laid back country atmosphere. The Barn and Scotty’s Garage is also open to car and motorcycle clubs to gather for a day out, with ample parking for your convoy of cars.

• Kilkivan Golf Club • Kingaroy Golf Club

Did you know? AUGUST IS HORSEPOWER MONTH ON THE SOUTHERN DOWNS. BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE RANGE OF HIGHPOWERED EVENTS ACROSS VENUES ON THE SOUTHERN D O W N S A N D G R A N I T E B E LT.

• Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick — home to major events such as Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships and the Australian Superbikes event • Carnell Raceway, Stanthorpe — home to annual drag racing events • Proston Rally Club, South Burnett • Kingaroy Speedway • Toowoomba Motocross Club (Echo Valley Raceway)

• Murgon Golf Club • Nanango Golf Club • Proston District Golf Course • Wondai Golf Club WESTERN DOWN S

• Bell Golf Club • Chinchilla Golf Club • Condamine Golf Club • Dalby Golf Club

GOLF CLUBS Many of our country Golf Clubs and Courses are blessed to be in a location with good rainfall and undulating geography, making for green fairways and interesting course layouts. Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs particularly fall into this category, however the western country clubs also offer interesting play with friendly club houses and hearty meals available to visitors and locals alike. TOOWOOMBA

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• Kumbia & District Golf Course

• Borneo Barracks Golf Club • Cecil Plains Golf Club • City Golf Club Toowoomba • Clifton Golf Club • Crows Nest Golf Club • Eustondale Golf Course • Goombungee Golf Club

• Jandowae Golf Club • Miles Golf Club • The Gums Golf Course GOONDIWINDI

• Inglewood Golf Club • Goondiwindi Golf Club • Texas Golf Club LOCKYER VALLEY

• Gatton Jubilee Golf Club • Laidley Golf Club

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A Greg Norman Junior Masters Qualifying event, this is an 18 hole junior event, open to male and female golfers aged 17 years and under.

• Millmerran Golf Club • Oakey Golf Club

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• Pittsworth Golf Club • Toowooomba Golf Club Middle Ridge SOUTHERN DOWN S

• Toowoomba Speedway

• Allora Golf Club

• The Goondiwindi Motorsport Association hosts annual off-road racing meets

• Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

• Lockyer Valley Speedway — regular meets at Gatton Showgrounds

• Warwick Golf Club

• Toowoomba Motorcycle Club (Murphys Creek) — high energy enduro and trail rides

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QUEEN SLAND MEN ’S COUNTRY WEEK CHAMPION SHIP August, Toowoomba

Played over three days, the week is open to all male amateur golfers with a Golf Australia Men’s Handicap who are members of a club affiliated with Queensland Country District and Golf Queensland.

• Stanthorpe Golf Club • Wallangarra Army Area Golf Club

• Blackbutt Golf Club • Goomeri Golf Club

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GOONDIWINDI JUNIOR CLASSIC October

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G E T O N YO U R B I K E SOUTHERN QUEEN SLAND COUNTRY OFFERS A R AN G E O F C YC LI N G EXPE RI E N C E S .

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.

Toowoomba 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. 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 five dirt jump tracks which include tabletops, gap doubles, rollers and berms. MT MARLAY, STANTHORPE

Toowoomba cycling information:

KILKIVAN TO KINGAROY RAIL TRAIL

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Ride the 89km Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail taking in galleries, museums, wineries, cafés and country pubs along the way

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 BRI SBANE 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.

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 DOWN S 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

COMING IN 2022! BUNYA MOUNTAINS MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL

Offers five granite trails — two beginner runs — the 500m Rusty Trail and the 1.6km Green Granite Loop; the moderate grade 900m Grape Escape track and two difficult grade trails — the 1.4km Hammerhead and the 800m Tank Slapper to test the most experienced riders! Find out more on Southern Downs Mountain Biking Club’s Facebook page.

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700 Acres Banksia Cottage Cooby View Host Farmstay Farmers Arms Pub Hazelmont Cottage Homewood Cottages Oakridge Motel and Caravan Park Passchandale B&B Quinalow Caravan Park Tweeters Country Getaway Farmstay Vacy Hall

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Rosebank Homestead and Farmstay

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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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Art + Galleries

Key Events

ART GALLERIES • 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

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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.

• Lockyer Valley Art Gallery • Pittsworth Art Gallery • Rosalie Gallery, Goombungee

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• Wondai Regional Art Gallery

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.

MUSEUMS

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• Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery • Texas Regional Art Gallery • Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery • Warwick Art Gallery

• Allora Sports Museum • Allora Historical Museum • Australian Army Flying Museum, Crows Nest • Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre, Warwick • Chinchilla Historical Museum • Cobb+Co Museum Toowoomba

IN STUDIO 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.

• Crows Nest Museum • Dalby Pioneer Park Museum • DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum • Goondiwindi Customs House Museum • Killarney Historical Museum • Kingaroy Heritage Museum • Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum • Miles Historical Village Museum • Pioneer Village, Highfields • Queensland Dairy & Heritage Museum, Murgon • Queensland Transport Museum (Gatton) • Stanthorpe Museum • Texas & Inglewood Heritage and Tobacco Museums • Timber Industry Museum and Wondai Visitor Information Centre • Warwick Museum – Pringle Cottage • Wondai Heritage Museum • Yarraman Heritage Centre

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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 andlive jazz entertainment for a festival abundant with colour, creativity and excitement.

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‘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.

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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 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, Queensland’s largest mural silo artwork with an 1,800m2 painting across eight 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 cafés, classic architecture and one of Australia’s largest outdoor street art galleries.

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H I T T H E H E R I TA G E T R A I L Y O U ’ L L F I N D T H E P R E S E N T P AY S H O M A G E T O T H E P A S T I N E V E R Y T O W N .

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-yearold Railway Refreshment Rooms. During the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, catch a diesel-hauled train to the Spring Bluff (1867). COBB+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 DOWN S EXPLORER AND SOUTHERN DOWN S 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 HI STORICAL VILLAGE MUSEUM

Originally named “Dogwood Crossing” Miles was established on a track blazed by the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt in 1844. Life as it was back then has been


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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. Miles Historical Village Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Saturday 11 September 2021 as part of the Miles Back to the Bush Festival. QUEEN SLAND TRAN SPORT 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. VI SIT MARY POPPI N S AUTHOR’S HOME IN ALLORA

LUNCH AT AN HI STORIC COUNTRY PUB

OTHER PLACES OF HI STORIC SIGNIFICANCE TO VI SIT

Plan a day trip at one of the many 19th and 20th century pubs across the region such as:

• Crows Nest Museum

• Bull and Barley Inn – Cambooya

• Pioneer Village, Highfields

• Rudd’s Pub – Nobby (Famous for the history of Dad and Dave stories)

• Munro Tramway

• 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 MUSTVI SIT HI STORIC BUILDINGS

• Abbey Boutique Hotel – Warwick

Take a walk around the streets of Allora to see late 1800s and 1900s timber architecture including the house that Mary Poppins author, PL Travers, lived in as a child.

• Jimbour Homestead (Opera at Jimbour, June)

WALLANGARRA

• St John’s Anglican Church, Dalby (1866)

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.

• Glengallan Homestead – between Allora and Warwick • St Augustine’s Church, Leyburn (1871)

• St Luke’s Anglican Church, Toowoomba (1897) • Boondooma Homestead, Proston (1846)

• DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS CELEBRATING HI STORY

• Historic Leyburn Sprints, every August • Lost Trades Fair, Cobb+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

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N AT U R E , B I R D -WAT C H I N G , F LO W E R S A N D M O R E . . . Y O U ’ L L F I N D N AT U R E I S S T I L L I N TA C T H E R E – P E A C E F U L L A N D S C A P E S , R I V E R S A N D T R A N Q U I L W AT E R F A L L S , A N C I E N T G O R G E S A N D A N A B U N D A N C E O F W I L D L I F E I N T H E U N TA M E D B U S H .

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

GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK AND BALD ROCK

A flat-topped mesa occupying 210ha 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.

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.

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CHINCHILLA BOTANIC PARKLAND

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.

There is plenty of room to move here. Spanning 4.2ha 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.

CUNNINGHAM S 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 GARDEN S

A great walking, picnic and bird-watching spot next to the water’s edge, set amongst the local native flora of the 25ha Botanic Gardens. 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.

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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 the University of Queensland campus, Lake Dyer, 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 40m 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 DOWN S

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.

Toowoomba Garden Trail THE GUMBI GUMBI GARDEN S – 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 TOURI ST 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. PEACEHAVEN BOTANIC PARK – 56 KUHLS ROAD, HIGHFIELDS

Set in the leafy suburb of Highfields, 15 minutes’ drive north of the Toowoomba CBD. The Park is home to more than 400 different species of native plants and scores of birds and wildlife. QLD STATE ROSE GARDEN, NEWTOWN PARK – 147 TAYLOR ST

Boasting over 2000 roses including Heritage Roses in Australia, Frank Reithmuller and Alister Clark collections. QUEEN S PARK – 43-73 LINDSEY ST

One of Towooomba’s most recognised icons, with over 26 acres of lush green lawns, tree-lined pathways and botanic garden grandeur. Plenty to attract during every season. THE TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS is held throughout September,

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FOOD AND WINE F O R T H O S E O F Y O U W H O B O O K H O L I D AY S W I T H Y O U R TA S T E B U D S F R O N T O F M I N D , Y O U R A P P E T I T E I S Y O U R O N LY P A C K I N G E S S E N T I A L F O R Y O U R N E X T R O A D T R I P T H R O U G H S O U T H E R N Q U E E N S L A N D C O U N T R Y.

OUR FOOD AND WINE SCENE is the kind that’s caught international chefs’ 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 cafés in the region pride themselves on serving what’s local and in season. Country butchers are a great source for discovering the best of local produce, or stop at the many roadside stalls for just-picked goodies.

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Food Events

Wines

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The region is home to the State’s 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 1870s and today their wineries are the most awarded in Queensland. The more well known 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.

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• 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 • The Grape Escape Wine Festival — South Burnett — October


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ROSALIE HOUSE VINEYARD & CELLAR DOOR RESTAURANT Lavender’s Rd, Lilyvale via Meringandan

If you’re after a fresh salad, barista-made 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.

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 until evening, serving lunch, dinner, tapas and grazing boards, also offering a stunning setting for events.

Pick up locally made supplies – from Brigalow Sourdough to homemade biscuits – to enjoy with your Merlo Coffee.

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THE LARDER Marshall St, Goondiwindi

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ESSEN RESTAURANT 2 McGregor Tce, 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.

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THE PEAK RESTAURANT, Spicers Retreat – Maryvale

With three Chefs Hats in the Australian Good Food Guide (2021, 2020, 2019) and ranked in the Delicious Top 100 restaurants in Queensland, 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.

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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

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URBAN PADDOCK CAFÉ 138 Cunningham St, Dalby

Australian Good Food Guide Readers Choice 2021 Chefs Hat Consideration List. Set in historic Quambi House in Dalby, this family-friendly café 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 fire place and colourful artwork set the scene for lingering over breakfast, or lunch with a brew of choice. urbanpaddockcafé

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There are simply too many amazing food experiences in our region to list here, so scan the code to discover much, much more!

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SEASONAL CROPS T H E R E G I O N I S H O M E T O S O M E O F A U S T R A L I A’ S R I C H E S T FA R M L A N D S WHICH PRODUCE AN ABUNDANCE OF FRESH SEASONAL FOODS. ALSO H O M E T O T H E S TAT E ’ S O N LY T W O G E O G R A P H I C A L I N D I C AT I O N ( G I ) W I N E Z O N E S : T H E G R A N I T E B E LT A N D T H E S O U T H B U R N E T T A R E A .

Pick your own STRAWBERRIES

• Ashbern Farms Stanthorpe – October to May • Eastern Colour Applethorpe / Stanthorpe – May, June (strawberries and apples) APPLES

Nicoletti Orchards, Poziers (Stanthorpe) Tours and PYO – February to June ORANGES

Bonorang Orchards, Goondiwindi – July WILDFLOWERS

Spring – Wild Acres Flower Farm, Lockyer Valley

Grapes/Wineries Timing varies season to season, but generally grape harvest kicks off on the Granite Belt in mid February. By the end of February most wineries are harvesting white grape varieties. March is an ideal month to visit for all the grape harvest action, with lots of crushing and fermentation happening in the wineries. Plenty of harvesting continues through April too. Be a ‘Winemaker for a Weekend’ 20/21 February and 27/28 March at Qld College of Wine Tourism.

Seasonal stalls COL’S FIG SHOP

At Higgins Engineering Shed, 600 Gatton Clifton Road, Winwill WEGNER FARM S @ FORDSDALE

Cnr Gatton Clifton Road and Spinach Creek Road, Fordsdale NATALIER FARM S

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Farm gates and on farm experiences AWASSI CHEESERY, Lockyer Valley

Farm Gate Store open Thursday to Sunday 11am – 4.30pm 9DORF FARM S, Lilydale

Farm Gate 542 Flagstone Creek Road HOLMWOOD LAVENDER, Lockyer Valley

Open for visitors every day by appointment COOLMUNDA OLIVE GROVE TOURS, Inglewood

Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 2pm Weekends by appointment LEVEN K LAVENDER, Inglewood

Visit the farm and Lavender Shed Shop between November and February

Roadside produce stalls AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC FARMERS

88 Carpendale Road, Carpendale Open between 9am – 2.30pm every Tuesday to Friday AVOS ARE US

Esk Hampton Road, Ravensbourne FLAGSTONE FRESH

946 Flagstone Creek Road, Flagstone Creek FOREST HILL FARM SHED STALL

12 Forest Hill Fernvale Road, Forest Hill GHOST GULLY PRODUCE

2 Rangeview Drive, Gatton JUST GERANIUM S

39 Berlin Road, Mount Berryman Open 7 days MACBETH FARM

43 Barracks Road, Cabarlah THE VEGIE VAN

Pechey-Maclagan Road, Pechey

Insta-worthy crops SUNFLOWERS

December to March, Southern Downs around Warwick and Allora, Toowoomba region around Clifton and Nobby. Remember, sunflower crops are on private property so please respect the farmers and their land. COTTON

Planting in September and picking around March/April. Goondiwindi Cotton Tours Take a behind the scenes guided tour of the town and visit Goondiwindi Cotton’s working cotton farm – "Alcheringa". Discover the history of cotton production in Australia and the evolution from field to fabric. APPLE BLOSSOM S

September to mid October. Enjoy brunch in the blossoms – coming in Spring. Stanthorpe is where all of Queensland’s apple crop is grown and when spring arrives in the orchards, more than one million apple trees put on a brilliant showing that draws visitors down quiet country roads to see the blossoms.


H A N DY R E S O U R C E S T O P L A N Y O U R T R I P H E R E A R E S O M E H A N D Y C O N TA C T S TO H E L P YO U G E T T H R O U G H A VA R I E T Y O F U N E X P E C T E D S I T U AT I O N S W H I L S T O N T H E R O A D .

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 it’s 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. • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services: qfes.qld.gov.au • Rural Fire and Emergency Services: ruralfire.qld.gov.au QUEEN SLAND TRAFFIC

You won’t find gridlock here however our part of Queensland is known to experience all sorts of driving conditions. Often floods close country roads and access to certain

destinations. Sometimes roadworks and road conditions can alter your driving route, so it’s best to be prepared and check for updates before you drive. • 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). Channel 18 is used by caravans and campers (by courteous agreement). Channel 10 is for 4WDers which is becoming more popular and is recommended officially in national parks (by courteous agreement). 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, it’s best to always check the Bureau of Meteorology before you travel. • bom.gov.au/qld • weatherzone.com.au/qld

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C H AT T O A LO C A L A C C R E D I T E D I N F O R M AT I O N C E N T R E S C A N H E L P Y O U T R A V E L A R O U N D T H E R E G I O N S . K E E P A N E Y E O U T F O R T H E B L U E A N D Y E L L O W S I G N F O R F R I E N D LY A D V I C E O N W H E R E T O S TAY, W H AT T O D O O R T H E O P P O R T U N I T Y T O C H AT W I T H A L O C A L A B O U T T H E A R E A .

Goondiwindi G OONDIWINDI VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

45 Bowen Street, Goondiwindi P 07 4671 7474 E information@goondiwindi.qld.au INGLEWOOD VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

18 Elizabeth Street Inglewood P 07 4652 0270 E information@goondiwindi.qld.au TEXAS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

High Street, Texas P 07 4653 1384 E information@goondiwindi.qld.au

Lockyer Valley LOCKYER VALLEY VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton E Tourism@lvrc.qld.gov.au luvyalockyer.com.au

South Burnett KINGAROY VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

128 Haly Street Kingaroy P 07 4189 9172 E kingaroyvic@southburnett.qld.gov.au southburnett.qld.gov.au NANANGO VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

(South Burnett Energy Centre) 41 Henry St, Nanango QLD 4615 MURGON VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Centre of Lamb Street, Murgon P 07 4189 9387 WONDAI VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE AND TIMBER MUSEUM

80 Haly Street, Wondai P 07 4189 9251 YARRAMAN TOURI ST INFORMATION CENTRE

Yarraman Heritage House, 26 Millar Street, Yarraman P 07 4163 8111

Southern Downs & Granite Belt STANTHORPE VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

28 Leslie Parade, Stanthorpe P 07 4681 2057 E visitor@sdrc.qld.gov.au southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au WARWICK VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

72 Palmerin Street, Warwick P 07 4661 3122 E visitor@sdrc.qld.gov.au southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au

Toowoomba & Darling Downs TOOWOOMBA VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

82 – 86 James Street, Toowoomba P 07 4688 6590 | 1800 331 155 E infocentre@tr.qld.gov.au tr.qld.gov.au/vic HAMPTON VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

8623 New England Highway, Hampton P 1800 009 066 E hamptoninfo@tr.qld.gov.au tr.qld.gov.au/vic CROWS NEST VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Cnr New England Highway & Oxford Street, Crows Nest P 07 4698 1776 E cnhs2019@tpg.com.au crowsnestmuseum.org.au GOOMBUNGEE VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Rosalie Gallery 89 Mocatta Street, Goombungee P 07 4696 5600 E rosalie.gallery@tr.qld.gov.au tr.qld.gov.au/rosalie-gallery MILLMERRAN VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Cnr Mary & Edward Street, Millmerran P 07 4695 2560 E millmerraninfo@tr.qld.gov.au tr.qld.gov.au/vic OAKEY TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

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.

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The Historical Railway Station 176 Bridge Street, Oakey P 07 4619 6693 E oakey4401@outlook. Oakey-Information-Centre

PITTSWORTH INFORMATION CENTRE

50 Short Street,Pittsworth P 07 4693 2510 E pittsworthinfo@toowoombarc.qld.gov.au tr.qld.gov.au/vic

Western Downs CHINCHILLA VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Warrego Highway, Chinchilla P 07 4660 7291 E chinchilla.vic@wdrc.qld.gov.au DALBY VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Thomas Jack Park Cnr Condamine & Drayton Street, Dalby P 07 4679 4461 E dalby.vic@wdrc.qld.gov.au MILES VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Miles Historical Village Museum 141 Murilla Street, Miles P 07 4627 1492 E miles.vic@wdrc.qld.gov.au BELL VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Bell Bunya Community Centre, Lot 71 Maxwell Street, Bell P 07 4663 1087 E bellbunyacommunitycentre@gmail.com CALICO COTTAGE

Warrego Highway, Wallumbilla P 07 4623 4244 HEBEL GENERAL STORE & CARAVAN PARK

William Street, Hebel P 07 4625 0920 JANDOWAE COMMUNIT Y AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Cnr George & High Street, Jandowae P 07 4668 4480 E jandowae.ccc@wdrc.qld.gov.au MOONIE RURAL TRANSACTION CENTRE

Cnr Moonie & Leichhardt Hwys, Moonie P 07 4665 0189 E moonie.rtc@wdrc.qld.gov.au TARA CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTRE

19 Fry Street,Tara P 07 4678 7804 E info@wdrc.qld.gov.au WANDOAN VI SITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

O’Sullivan Park, Zupp Road, Wandoan P 07 4627 5227 E info@wdrc.qld.gov.au


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