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.