Rich, fertile plains framed by dramatic mountain ranges greet visitors to Southern Queensland Country—a region starting just 90 minutes drive west from Brisbane yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This part of the Great Sunshine Way is full of historic towns, award-winning wineries and beautiful landscapes, all wrapped in a truly country way of life.
Queensland’s vibrant pioneering history is on display in the variety of towns and communities found in the region. From the hand-hewn sandstone cottages of the Southern Downs to the beautifully manicured gardens of the Highlands—Southern Queensland Country has a timeless beauty that captures the spirit of the country. Soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a hearty meal at a classic Aussie pub, or be welcomed as one of the family at a Bed &Breakfast, country retreat or farmstay.
Cooler elements in the region have made Southern Queensland Country the state’s premier wine region, boasting award-winning wineries, vineyards and cellar doors. It’s the perfect place to settle in front of a roaring fire, wine in hand and good company at the ready. The lower temperatures during winter also produce a delicious range of fruits—be sure to pull up at a road-side stall and fill up with just-picked apples, stone fruit, grapes and berries.
Breathe in the fresh country air and take in the wide, open spaces. Wherever you go you’ll have the chance to get back to nature—whether it’s the stunning national parks, rolling green pastures, or the rocky cliffs and outcrops of the ranges. Be adventurous and explore the landscape with a bushwalk, or opt for the slower pace of an organised farm tour.