Stunning blooms and spring picnic spots are just the beginning. Discover our top picks of the season.
1. Spring Festival Fever
Discover a fun-filled calendar of events, headlined by 10 days of food and wine, music and flower-power at Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers. Tour award-winning private gardens, see stunning displays of colour in Queens and Laurel Bank parks, hear from the experts at orchid, bonsai and clivia shows, then catch some of Australia’s best floral artists in action. Take a Hidden Laneways or Talking Pubs Tour, join a Progressive Food and Wine tour, buy produce from local growers at Toowoomba Farmers Markets or have your socks scared off at ‘A Bloomin’ Scary Night at the Inn’ - a night tour of the National Trust-listed Royal Bull’s Head Inn.
Regional spring event highlights include Gourmet in Gundy, the Blackbutt Avocado Festival, and Warwick Rodeo…so much to do, so spring to it!
2. Hip Spring Sips
Bar hop your way around these top Toowoomba bars like a honey bee on clover:
Muller Bros rooftop bar
Zev’s Bistro bar
The Chelsea Bar
3. Spring Wine Trails
The vines of Southern Queensland Country’s wine trails burst into life at the first hint of spring.
You’ll find Queensland’s most awarded wineries on The Granite Belt. Taste classic red and white varieties (Golden Grove’s Rose and Ridgemill Estate’s Chardonnay are the perfect spring tipples) or sample the more unusual varieties of the Strange Bird alternative wine trail (try Boireann’s Shiraz Viognier or Ballandean Estate’s Messing About Saperavi).
Or head to the beautiful scenery of Kingaroy and the Booie Range to taste many delicious hand-crafted wines. Don’t go past Kingsley Grove’s Semillon and one of their wood-fired pizzas or relax with a gourmet platter and a glass of Hillside White on the Garden Terrace at Crane Wines.
4. Pick of the Picnic Spots
Pack a a bottle or two of our local wine and a basket-full of Southern Queensland Country goodies (great selections at Toowoomba Farmers’ Market, Stanthorpe Cheese, Suttons Farm, Jamworks and Taste South Burnett) and take your pick of our perfect picnic spots to relax and breathe the fragrant spring air.
5. Sensational Spring Caravan and Camping Spots
From a camp within cooee of Queen Mary Falls to parking your van a stone’s throw from excellent freshwater fishing spots in St George…try these top spring camping spots.
6. Top Tastes of the season
Your spring guide to markets, providores, wineries and where to eat (then stay and play) in Southern Queensland Country is right here in our latest e-book, A Taste of Southern Queensland Country!
7. Find the Spring in your Step
Discover the beauty of spring on foot. From short strolls through stunning parks and gardens to exploring rainforest trails - you can immerse yourself in the colour and energy of the new season.
Set off on an invigorating scenic spring walk to Queen Mary Falls Traverse trails of granite studded with wildflowers on the Bald Rock Creek Circuit at Girraween National Park.
Take the kids on an easy round trip picnic walk on the Rainforest Circuit at Ravensbourne National Park.
Walk amid the world’s largest stand of giant Bunya Pines in Bunya Mountains National Park.