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Breathe in fresh clean country air.
Countryside like this begins around 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane.

 

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Here’s your guide to planning your escape to Southern Queensland Country

This guide is all you need to plan your country drive and be inspired on where to stay, what to do as well as where to eat and drink along the way. Take your time to wander its pages, discover the best places to go for fishing, camping, art, nature, food, wine and so much more. Plan your trip around an event .. from cultural to quirky we have it here in Southern Queensland Country. Choose from one of our prepared itineraries or create your own. We look forward to welcoming you in the country soon.

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Western Downs Region Goondiwindi Region Southern Downs & Granite Belt Region Lockyer Valley Toowoomba Region South Burnett Tallwood Glenmorgan Tara Moonie Dalby Chinchilla Kingaroy Murgon Miles Wandoan Goondiwindi Inglewood Texas Wallangara Stanthorpe Brisbane Gold Coast Killarney Millmerran Pittsworth Oakey Toowoomba Gatton Crows Nest Leyburn Allora Warwick Laidley

Explore Southern Queensland Country

The region is spread over a large swathe of countryside and is blessed with mountain ranges, western plains, lakes and rivers, national parks and more than 120 towns and villages. Click on the map to the right to explore more of each key region.

 

 

Western Downs Region

The Western Downs region respectfully acknowledges the Barunggam People to the west of Dalby, the Iman (Yiman) People around the Wandoan area, and the Jarowair People around the Bunya mountains area.

Experience a true taste of country living with a visit to the wide-open spaces and big sky country of the Western Downs.

Spanning some 38,039km2, explore the region to discover the history and heritage of each small community as well as their country pubs and quirky events, all surrounded by vast crop-country.

Western Downs Region

Goondiwindi Region

The Goondiwindi region respectfully acknowledges the Bigambul People who are the traditional owner group.

In the south-west corner of Southern Queensland Country, experience regional Australia at its best in the Goondiwindi Region.

Sitting on the banks of the Macintyre River and surrounded by farmlands rich with cotton, olives and primary production, this region provides a peaceful backdrop to slow down and bask in the quiet surroundings.

Goondiwindi Region

Toowoomba Region

The Toowoomba region respectfully acknowledges the Jagera People, who were of the foothills and escarpment, the Giabal People who were of the Toowoomba area and the Jarowair People who were of the northern areas towards and including the Bunya Mountains.

As the central hub of Southern Queensland Country, the Toowoomba region combines big-smoke amenities while retaining its country charm and farming traditions.

Prepare to have a blooming good time no matter when you visit with the region home to over 150 parks and gardens to explore and one of the largest floral celebrations each Spring.

Toowoomba Region

South Burnett

The South Burnett region respectfully acknowledges the Wakka Wakka People as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land.

The South Burnett has all the ingredients for a foodie road trip through the northern end of Southern Queensland Country.

Eat and drink your way across a region known for producing wine, peanuts and stone fruits before stepping it out on the walking trails of Queensland’s second largest national park.

South Burnett Region

Lockyer Valley

The South Burnett region respectfully acknowledges the Ugarapul and Yuggera people as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land

The closest region within driving distance of Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley is home to rich farmlands producing much of the country’s fruit and vegetables.

Discover why this region is known as Australia’s Salad Bowl, as you taste the fresh local produce from the region served up in charming cafes and along country roadside stalls.

Lockyer Valley Region

Southern Downs & Granite Belt:

The South Burnett region respectfully acknowledges the Githabul (& Geynyan) People and the Kambuwal People who also connect with country within the Southern Downs Regional Council area.

To the south in Southern Queensland Country, you’ll discover Southern Downs and Granite Belt, renowned for its countryside dotted with prehistoric granite boulders.

When you aren’t stepping it out through one of three national parks here, let your tastebuds lead the way through local vineyards, apple orchards or quaint cafes serving up gourmet local produce.

Southern Downs & Granite Belt

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Acknowledgement of Country

Southern Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.