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Drive the Sunflower Trail


Summer means sunflowers in Southern Queensland Country. So whether you’re a photographer or a flower-lover, a leisurely drive around the backroads of Clifton, Allora, Freestone and Yangan is a bit like following the yellow brick road!

You can combine sunflower hunting with a visit to the quintessential country town of Allora – have morning tea or lunch at The Frog and Swallow, where cook Jackie Robertson sources whatever is fresh, local and in season for her country-style menu. Allora was home to Mary Poppins creator PL Travers, who lived here as a child – and her family home still stands in the town along with a handsome ‘old world’ streetscape. If you’re in the area from Wednesday to Sunday you can tour Glengallan Homestead – a beautifully restored historic two-storey sandstone country house built in 1867. They also hold a Summer market the first Sunday in December.  

Sunflowers usually bloom from December to February, but can be early or late depending on the weather. Contact the Warwick Visitor Information Centre (07 4661 3122) to find out from a local what’s blooming and where!