Southern Queensland Country welcomes the new season with 15 Autumn Breathe Break experiences
Yes, people need to be reminded to breathe!
From stays in heritage B&Bs to cedar cottages, converted churches, mountain cabins and a luxury pet-friendly experience in the heart of Queensland’s wine country, 15 fabulous Breathe Breaks have been announced for Autumn 2016 - two in the Toowoomba area, six across the South Burnett, and seven in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.
It’s the perfect season to watch the leaves turn golden, lie in hammocks secreted away in Eucalypt forests, take wattle walks, food and wine trails and taste local produce from Southern Queensland Country’s extraordinary producers and winemakers or just lie by a cozy log fire, star gaze, adopt a grapevine or even pamper your pet – all in Southern Queensland Country just 90 minutes from Brisbane.
Quest Toowoomba’s Autumn Colours Breathe Break
Feel the change of season with Quest Toowoomba’s two-night Autumn Colours Breathe Break for just $518 per couple. The package includes two-nights in a one-bedroom balcony apartment overlooking the changing colours of the stunning Queens Park, a bottle of Symphony Hill wine from the Granite Belt and a plate of local delicacies – cheese, olives, cured meats and crusty bread on arrival, complimentary entry to Cobb & Co Museum and a guaranteed sleep-in with a luxuriously late checkout of 12 noon. Right in the city heart, Quest is a short walk to Queens Park, The Empire Theatre, restaurants and galleries and a short drive to Ju Raku En Japanese Garden to see Japanese Maples, Liquidambars and more in a riot of Autumn colours. To see a different side of Autumn colours, plan your travel during the First Coat Street Art Festival, May 20 to 29, to watch artists from around the world transform the city’s walls and alleyways into a vibrant outdoor art gallery. Valid for two-night stays from 1 March to 31 May, 2016 (including Easter), subject to availability. Call 07 4690 2222 and must mention Autumn Colours Breathe Break when booking.
Ravensbourne’s Romantic Breathe Break
For couples needing a Breathe Break laced with romance, Ravensbourne Forest Chalets at Palmtree has the perfect loved-up getaway which starts with a welcome bottle of Holland Wines from Crow’s Nest and chocolates, a hearty breakfast hamper, cosy log fires and private balcony overlooking a tranquil rainforest. A personalised Country Drive has been designed for Breathe Breakers, so sunglasses and scarves are de rigour (think Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday). Purchase a tasty picnic hamper from reception and explore nearby walking trails or take a leisurely country drive visiting local food and wine producers. The two-night package starts from $450* per couple. Terms and conditions apply. Surcharges apply for weekend stays. Not available over Easter. Subject to availability. Valid for bookings 01 Mar to 31 May 2015. View website for full terms and conditions. For bookings contact 07 4697 8185 or visit www.ravensbourneforestchalets.com.au
Deshon’s Autumn Ahhh! Breathe Break
Valued at $500, Deshon’s Autumn Ahhh! includes two nights per couple in a private boutique hideaway, an abundant breakfast basket of local produce, one heavenly one-hour in-room massage (additional massages available at $70 per hour), a special Tasting Plate of duck terrine, sour dough bread, olive oil and dukkah from neighbouring Cassis Restaurant, and all the fresh country air you can breathe! A world away from the traditional B&B, Deshons offers just two hip freestanding hideaways tucked into the Booie Range, in wine country just outside of Kingaroy. Enjoying sweeping valley views and brimming with hidden treasures, each hideaway is designed for indulgence and features a king size bed, oversized bath tub, luxury towels, a full range of delicious body products, a cosy wood burning fireplace, a kitchenette and barbecue, quality tea and plunger coffee, a Bose iPod dock and a selection movies, books and games. Valid for two-night stays from 1 March to 31 May, 2016 (excluding Easter), subject to availability. For bookings call 07 4163 6688 or visit www.deshons.com.au and mention Deshon’s Autumn Ahhh! Breathe Break.
Autumn Wine & Stars Breathe Break, Mulanah Gardens
Sample fine local wine and reach for the stars on an Autumn escape to the South Burnett Wine trail – this mid-week Breathe Break includes two nights in a cosy bed & breakfast cottage at the award-winning Mulanah Gardens, with a host of Autumn extras for just $420 per couple. Nestled in quiet bushland just a short drive from Kingaroy, Mulanah Gardens offers just two private self-contained cottages, each features a spa bath and toasty wood fire perfect for cool Autumn evenings. The package includes a hearty breakfast basket each morning, a personalised behind-the-scenes tour and wine tasting with Winemaker Simon Berry at Kingsley Grove Estate, concluding with a delicious wood-fired pizza and a glass of your favourite Kingsley Grove wine in the ambience of the working winery; and a complimentary Autumn Skies Star Gazing Tour with renown Astronomer James Barclay at Kingaroy Observatory. Valid 1 March to 31 May, 2016 for mid-week stays (Monday to Thursday nights; excluding Easter) – weekend rate extra $20 per couple. Subject to availability. To book contact Mulanah Gardens on 0427 643 142 and mention Autumn Wine & Stars Breathe Break.
Breathe Break in the Bunyas 2016
Imagine a place so refreshingly different to the norm. A place untouched by the outside world. A wilderness area dominated by ancient Bunya Pines, a place so spectacularly beautiful, it will take your breath away. Slow down…breathe deep…soak up the magic of the Bunya Mountains. Enjoy a romantic two night Breathe Break here from $345 - includes the ultimate Bliss package on arrival, tea and coffee and all essential toiletries supplied, also a scrumptious breakfast hamper and BBQ Pack for two plus a bottle of local South Burnett wine. Relax by your log fireplace, take in the mountain views, breathe in the clean crisp mountain air, relax and refuel your spirit.
*Terms and conditions apply, house prices start from $110 per night. The Breathe Break package is based on a minimum two-night stay for two people, subject to availability and not available during school holidays or Easter. Valid 01 Mar to 31 May 2016. For all Breathe Break inquiries and bookings please phone 07 4668 3126, email firstname.lastname@example.org (quote Breathe Break at time of bookings) or visit www.bunyamountains.com.au
The Breathe & Bark Break @ Alure Stanthorpe
A luxury Breathe Break with a very special difference – one which welcomes you, your partner, and your beloved pet! Set on a hilltop amongst stunning native bushland, Alure at Stanthorpe is already famed for its luxurious villas and ‘glamping tent’. To celebrate Autumn, Alure has announced the Breathe & Bark Break – a luxury getaway in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Country, where after a full day of exploring, you can stretch out by the fire, or end the day stargazing in your own private courtyard….. and that’s just for your hound! The Villa features deluxe king size beds & fine linen, a first class European kitchen, L'Occitane luxury toiletries, an outdoor heated spa under the stars, a cosy fireplace and much more. The Breathe & Bark Break includes accommodation in the dog-friendly luxury villa, a 'Tastes of the Granite Belt' continental breakfast basket, pet friendly package (including robes, plush bed, toiletries and gourmet treats bag) and a bottle of Granite Belt sparkling for the 'parents'. Prices start from $380 per night for midweek (save $115), with availability until 31 May. To book contact 07 4681 4476 or email email@example.com. More information at www.alurestanthorpe.com.au/luxury-accommodation-pamper.html
Breathe & Write Home About It at Diamondvale B&B Cottages & Lodge, Stanthorpe
Home of the Breathe Break Indulgence, Diamondvale B&B Cottages & Lodge is a country escape in total comfort. The Breathe Break features two nights in a one-bedroom cottage filled with little luxuries as well as a fully cooked breakfasts delivered to the cottage each morning; a local cheese platter and bottle of wine on arrival; a dinner voucher for two to dine at one of the local area’s fabulous eateries including transfers; a full day regional tour sampling local wines, craft beers and produce with homemade soups and fresh bread rolls on your return. Special touches include aromatherapy candles and relaxation music on arrival, an artist’s easel complete with paper, water colours and pencils, and a library of books. Breath Breakers are encouraged to pen a postcard from Diamondvale – just write your note and we will post! Reconnect at Southern Queensland Country.
The two-night Breathe Break Indulgence starts from $410* per person. *Terms and conditions apply, Surcharges apply for weekends. Not available during school holidays or Easter. Subject to availability. Valid 01 Mar to 31 May 2015. View website for full terms and conditions. For bookings contact 07 4681 3367 or visit www.diamondvalecottages.com.au *conditions apply.
Breathe Break @ Happy Valley Retreat, Stanthorpe
Hiding deep in the heart of Queensland’s premier food and wine country are 16 cedar timber cabin. With private verandahs, cosy log fires and an onsite micro-brewery which is home to seven craft beers as well as the signature Brewer’s Platter, this retreat celebrates local produce and wine country flavours. The two-night Breathe Break features a complimentary welcome drink and cheese platter in the rustic Brew Bar; the 4-course Brewers Platter matched with Granite Belt Brewery craft beers; continental breakfast hamper featuring local produce (*cooked breakfast on Sundays); full day Food & Wine tour including lunch at a local winery, and the option to explore any of four Breathe Break Walks which have been designed for guests to truly take time out, these include:
Walk 1: Breathe Deep and feed the ducks
Stroll across the bridge and around the pond, stop and hand feed the resident families of ducks, spread your picnic blanket, lie down and gaze at the blue sky, relax………breathe deep.
Walk 2: Breathe Deep in Happy Valley Bushland
Walk up a bush track not too far away, smell the sweet bushland and the clean air, see the granite boulders, and then a hammock, take advantage of it and savour the smell of Eucalypt and Wattle.
Walk 3: Breathe Deep in lush State Forest
A bush walk in the State Forest means you don’t feel quite so bad about eating dessert last night and trying those craft beers. Share the trail with birds and wallabies, then stop and spread your picnic blanket and take time for afternoon tea, relax and breathe deep.
Walk 4: Breathe Deep amongst the Vines
Meander through the Shiraz Vineyard, watch rabbits play and listen to the parrots. A table and chairs in the distance awaits, complete with a bottle of local wine and two glasses. Savour the flavours and sounds of the Granite Belt and breathe deeply.
The two-night Breathe Break starts from $299* per person twin share. *Terms and conditions apply, Surcharges apply for weekends. Not available during school holidays or Easter. Subject to availability. Valid 01 Mar to 31 May 2016. View website for full terms and conditions. For bookings contact 07 4681 1370 or visit www.happyvalleyretreat.com.au
If you’re not hearing the crunch of leaves underfoot, then you’re not experiencing a real autumn. Hear are some great deals to entice you to head to Southern Queensland Country.