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Top 20 Autumn Reasons to Visit

Not that you need a reason to get away, but we’ve collected 20 to inspire you to put your busy life on hold and head for the quiet country towns and stunning landscapes of Southern Queensland Country in Autumn.

 Leaves are falling, great food’s cooking, fires are crackling and we’ve just opened a bottle of red. What are you waiting for?

   

1. Autumn leaves

Pack a picnic and take in the hues of magnificent autumn leaves in Toowoomba’s Queens Park or lakeside at Ju Raku En Japanese Gardens. Japanese Maples, liquidambars, ginko bilobas and plane trees are a riot of Autumn colours ranging from yellow, orange and gold through to crimson and burgundy. Who doesn’t love crunching though piles of leaf litter. 



2. Apples, apples, apples

Sample a range of award-winning artisan apple ciders at Suttons Farm at Thulimbah. You can taste apple brandy and apple juice; see how cider is made - from orchard to bottle; and don¹t leave without picking your own apples and a sneaky slice of their famous apple pie and cider ice cream.



3. Discover Toowoomba's Street Art, laneways and coffee culture

Did Toowoomba just get cool? Here's some inspiration to tour, eat and drink your way around our Range top town amid fluttering Autumn leaves. 

 

 

4. Fresh local produce

Head to the South Burnett and the Southern Downs to breathe the fresh air and savour fresh Autumn produce. Taste just picked fruit and vegetables - Autumn apples, figs, pears, strawberries, stone fruit and olives at roadside stalls, or take home zucchinis, tomatoes, peas, pumpkin, eggplants and capsicums to cook up a storm.

Be inspired by our free E-BOOK 'A Taste of Southern Queensland Country'



5. Fresh mountain air

Breathe in the clean air at the fern-studded Queen Mary Falls in Main Range National Park, where Spring Creek takes a spectacular 40m plunge over a sheer rock face.


 

6. Romantic short break

Take the perfect romantic short break in the Granite Belt – breathe the fresh air on a walk in Girraween National Park, sample local wines at many cellar doors, taste craft beer at Granite Belt Brewery and Jersey cow milk cheese from Stanthorpe Cheese at Thulimbah. Stay at a cosy cottage, light the fire and unwind.

Our perfect picnic guide will get you in the mood!

 

7. Take an Autumn road trip to Killarney

Great food, winding country roads, waterfall and welcoming locals are just the start!

 

8. Find your happy place

Tick off our top 5 nature spots for an awesome Autumn weekend away.

 

9. Granite boulders

Be amazed by the sheer size of the huge granite boulders towering above open forests in Girraween National Park.



10. Road trip to the South Burnett

Take a trip to the South Burnett to savour local, seasonal produce at its freshest. Hit the food and wine trail to chat with a winemaker and taste the freshest fruit, vegetables, peanuts and cheese direct from the source. Extend your stay at a country cottage or farm stay.

 

11. Freshwater fishing

Pack a tent, take in some fresh Autumn air and trying your luck freshwater fishing in our Western Country rivers, creeks and dams. Check out these top spots to throw a line. 



12. Take in a show

Head to Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre - the largest regional theatre in Australia – where there’s something for everyone this autumn, from comedy to ballet to jazz.


 

13. Live music

Listen to beautiful live music or thought-provoking conversations by talented international guests at the University of Southern Queensland’s Artsworx Twilight series.


14. Hampton Festival

Take a drive to the Hampton Festival, 20-21 May, where you can watch celebrity chefs work their magic on the best regional produce, shop and eat to your heart’s content, or simply sit and enjoy the atmosphere of this celebration of regional produce, gourmet industries and the arts and creative culture.



15. Scenic Rim Trail

Pull on your walking boots and tackle the Scenic Rim Trail - an unmissable four day walk that explores the untouched mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range.



16. Bunya Mountains National Park

Discover the world’s largest remaining stand of bunya pines in Bunya Mountains National Park - Queensland’s second oldest national park. Take in the fresh Autumn air on a walk - wander just 500m or take on a 10km trail through bunya pine forest, eucalypt forest and rainforest. Discover mountain scenery and grassy ‘balds’ and spot an incredible variety of birds. 



17. Stanthorpe to Ballandean bike trail

Hop on your bike for a gentle ride through the Granite Belt’s 34km Ballandean to Stanthorpe cycle trail, stopping at a café, winery or farm along the way.



18. Family time

Book into a farm-stay or farm cottage to experience life on a farm – learn how to milk cows, feed baby animals and collect fresh eggs. Simply breathe. 

Or pack up the family and make a weekend of it camping and fishing at Lake Boondooma or Lake Barambah.



19. Autumn Events

Get along to an Autumn event - foodies will love the Hampton Festival on 20-21 May; and culture vultures can get a good dose at Opera in the Vineyard, Ballandean on 30 April and in Toowoomba’s laneways and city streets at the First Coat Street Art & Culture Festival, 19-21 May.

 

20. Get creative

Create your own handcrafted masterpiece at Toowoomba’s Cobb + Co Museum workshops, where you can learn lead lighting, silversmithing, millinery, sandstone carving or build your own unique stick furniture.