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Southern Queensland Country
Southern Queensland Country is somewhere you and your family and friends can get lost in the moment.
Just 90 minutes’ drive from Brisbane, our region is the only Queensland destination to offer truly seasonal experiences. From the apples and grapes of Stanthorpe in the south to the rainforests of the Bunya Mountains and Kingaroy's peanut farms in the north, and from our main regional city Toowoomba as far west as St George heading into the outback, you can savour crisp country air, award-winning wines and fresh seasonal produce.
It's somewhere you can appreciate spectacular natural wonders, the stories behind historic sandstone buildings, that cheeky shiraz from the winery up the road or just spending time with loved ones.
Find out more about the greater region around Warwick in the south of our state at Southern Queensland Country
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Here in cool green subtropical rainforest 2.5 hours north of Warwick are magnificent stands of giant bunya pines.
Aboriginal people historically used the Bunya Mountains as a meeting place of tribes scattered throughout Queensland and New South Wales to feast on starchy bunya nuts collected from the bunya pine trees.
Nights are alive with the sounds of the nocturnal creatures and a myriad of stars, while mornings have a fresh, crisp and clean mountain quality.
A further 50 minutes north is the Kingaroy Observatory with nightly astronomical shows. The observatory is in an area especially suited to viewing stars without the influence of city lights.
Toowoomba, an hour north of Warwick, is one of the top five most beautiful places in Australia according to Expedia.
Known as the Garden City, its parks are beautiful year-round – don't miss Queen's Park, Laurel Bank Park and Ju Raku En Japanese Gardens. Its downtown laneways are a treasure hunt of street art and funky cafes. Perched on the top of a mountain range, the views from Picnic Point over Tabletop Mountain and the valley are outstanding.
Indulge in some retail therapy at Grand Central Shopping Centre and the welcoming downtown shops, join a hands-on artisan skills workshop in blacksmithing, lead lighting or millinery at Cobb + Co Museum or browse the collection at Toowoomba Art Gallery.
A drive north of Toowoomba takes in Ravensbourne National Park rainforest, Emeraude Bistro with its micro-regional produce in the big tree country of Hampton, the bush walk and swimming hole at Crows Nest Falls (unmissable), one of Queensland’s oldest authentic country pubs at Cabarlah (beside a German cuckoo clock centre!), and the Easter Vintage Festival at Highfields Pioneer Village.
Drop in to Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove north of Crows Nest for an olive tasting and ploughman's lunch under huge figs or spend some time at Paddock to Potager at Pechey, where farmer Fiona runs hands-on tours of the farm and serves old-fashioned homemade cakes and tea on weekends.
Take a riding lesson or get a feel for the mountains, rolling hills and wildlife in this country on a half-day or full day trail ride with Cowboy Up, 20-minutes north of Crows Nest at Emu Creek.