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6 Ways to discover an Awesome Autumn


Lake Annand, Toowoomba

Fancy yourself as an Autumn leaf angel? Our stunning Autumn trees are beginning to turn. Soon they’ll be a blaze of colour, in knee deep piles just waiting for you to dive in! How about invigorating Autumn air, tasty seasonal food, a crackling fire and a glass or 2 of red to sweeten the deal?

Interested? We thought so!

You’ll need these – our top 6 ways to slow down, breathe deeply and experience an Awesome Autumn right here in Southern Queensland Country.

1. Get along to an Autumn event

Hampton Festival

You can get your Autumn on at a spread of events from Opera in the Vineyard (6 May) to celebrating the season's produce at Grazing the Granite Belt (19-20 May), Killarney Picnic Day (22 April), Hampton Festival (20 May) or Southern Downs Harvest (12 May). Easter Vintage Festival (31 Mar - 2 Apr) at Highfields or a few days camping under the stars at Big Skies (28 Apr - 6 May) at Jimbour are top family picks. 

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Hampton Festival

2. Follow the Autumn leaf trail

Walking amongst the beauty of Autumn trees in full colour is one of the region's most outstanding drawcards. Bounding and crunching though yellows, oranges and golds, deep crimsons and purples isn't just kids' stuff…it's pure fun no matter who you are.

Queens Park, Toowoomba

Rug up for a leisurely stroll or lace up your hiking boots and hit a National Park trail to see the colours change in Girraween, The Bunyas, Main Range, Ravensbourne or Crows Nest National Parks.

Drop into the Warwick Visitor Information Centre for a walking map that sets out five walks featuring Autumn trees as well as historic sites and stately architecture; in Toowoomba, walk in Queens Park, Laurel Bank Park and picnic amid stunning liquidambars, maples and ginko bilobas at Ju Raku En Japanese Gardens; in Stanthorpe admire golden robinias along High Street or head for Rotary Park on Quart Pot Creek and frolic amid the leaf litter with or without the kids!

Japanese Gardens, Toowoomba

From Killarney take a scenic 10 minute drive to the village of Tannymorel to see the colour of the tree-lined Yangan-Killarney Road or set off on the Falls Drive stopping to walk at Queen Mary Falls before taking in the Autumn trees growing in paddocks along Spring Creek Road between Carr’s Lookout and The Head.

3. Truly taste Autumn

Hampton Festival

New season produce gets our chefs excited! 

Cooler weather means they can get creative with warming soups, stews pies and puddings. Book a long lunch or a memorable dinner at Emeraude Bistro at Hampton, Little Seed or Encores in Toowoomba, Blue Bird Kitchen & Bar in Warwick, McGregor Terrace Food Project or Varias in Stanthorpe, Spring Creek Café near Killarney, The Barrelroom at Ballandean, or Cassis at Booie near Kingaroy.

And don't forget to take your time to stop at roadside farm-gate produce stalls for apples, avocados, figs, passionfruit, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries, quince, carrots, celery, pumpkins, cauliflower, tomatoes, artichokes and rhubarb which are at their best in Autumn.

4. Design your own Autumn wine long-weekend

Diamondvale Cottages, Stanthorpe

For some sensational together time, head for Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt or Booie and Kingaroy to combine wine tasting with local food and a few days downtime at a cosy cottage or a comfy B&B. The days are pleasant enough to sample whites and get friendly with some apple cider, while the crisp nights call for a robust red or a warming mulled wine, followed by a fireside port.

Golden Grove Estate

5. Cycle through Autumn

Queens Park, Toowoomba

Bring your own bike or hire a bike from Jonny Sprokets in Toowoomba, to explore beautiful parks and gardens - Queens Park and 'Ju Raku En' Japanese Gardens at The University of Southern Queensland are resplendent in Autumn. 

If you’re taking a break on the Granite Belt, book a guided Autumn country roads tour with Granite Belt Bicycle Tours - wheel your way past vineyards, fruit groves and trees in full flush, to taste local wine and farmhouse cheeses and pick up some produce along the way.

6. Breathe fresh Autumn air…take me there!

Starry night sky, Dalby

Declare a wifi-free zone…Pack the tent, take in some fresh Autumn air and try your luck freshwater fishing in our Western Country rivers, creeks and dams. Campfires and happy kids! 

Check out these top spots to throw in a line. 

Fishing, St George