Southern Queensland Country
Quintessential country Queensland
Some of Queensland’s best-loved parks lie within a short distance of Brisbane. Explore cool mountain retreats with sweeping views and tumbling waterfalls. Discover the nostalgic charm of leisurely weekend drives down long country tracks, leading to wild places. Even the journeys through this region are incredible—the Great Bunya Drive between Toowoomba and Gympie takes you past dams, pastoral homesteads and rural towns dotted throughout the Darling Downs and South Burnett and over the Bunya Mountains. There are wineries, gourmet cafes, heritage museums and country markets waiting to be explored. Pack a picnic feast and take time out in a sensational national park. Make a full weekend of it with a rugged camping experience or indulge in a log fire at a luxurious retreat in the most wintery of Queensland’s destinations. If you’re the adventurous type, there are endless challenges to get your heart and adrenalin pumping. Take a challenging hike or spare your shoe leather and go by mountain bike or horseback. The scenery in this part of Queensland is matched by country hospitality second to none—knowledgeable guides, gracious guesthouse hosts and open-hearted locals will fill your every waking moment with warmth and friendliness.
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