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Embark on a captivating 10-day adventure through Southern Queensland Country, within easy reach from Brisbane, where the stories of its people and the places they call home take centre stage.

This carefully curated itinerary showcases the remarkable individuals who bring the region to life. From artisans and visionaries shaping the local art scene, to indigenous communities sharing their deep-rooted connections with the land, each stop unveils the rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and histories that make Southern Queensland Country truly special.

Indulge in the flavours of the land, savouring the culinary delights crafted by passionate farmers, artisans, and winemakers. Join us on this journey and become part of the captivating narrative that celebrates the interconnectedness of people, places, and experiences in Southern Queensland Country.


Day 1: Brisbane to Fernvale

Explore the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Fernvale
[Approx. 61km, 55 minute drive from Brisbane]

As our 10-day journey begins, we bid farewell to the bustling city of Brisbane and set our sights on the enchanting wonders of Southern Queensland Country. The approximately 61km drive from Brisbane to Fernvale takes us through the Somerset region's scenic landscapes, setting the stage for the interconnected adventures that await us.

Begin your adventure in Fernvale and set off on an expedition along the along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, a captivating experience that allows us to immerse ourselves in the abundant beauty and heritage of the area.

This 44km segment of the trail offers more than just picturesque landscapes; it reveals captivating points of interest that showcase the region's railway legacy. Whether you choose to walk a little, drive a little, or cycle the entire stretch, each stop along the way becomes a gateway to local stories and a celebration of the interconnected nature of people and place.


Day 2: Fernvale to Esk

Embrace Artistic Expressions in Esk
[Approx. 39km, 28 minute drive from Fernvale]

Our next stop brings us to Esk, a charming town nestled within the Somerset region, known for its abundant artistic inspiration. At Somerset's Regional Art Gallery, The Condensery, we invite you to immerse yourself in the imaginative creations of local artists. Feel the electric energy as their works connect with your soul, inviting you to explore new horizons and gain fresh perspectives. Here, art becomes a universal language that unites people, transcending boundaries and fostering a strong sense of community.

Before heading to your next destination, be sure to indulge in a delightful meal at the Esk Grand Hotel. Here, you'll find yourself surrounded by the shared appreciation for culture, creativity, and the joys of gastronomy.


Day 3: Esk to Bunya Mountains

Discover Natural Wonders in Bunya Mountains
[Approx. 140km, 2-hour drive from Esk]

Continuing our expedition, we bid farewell to Esk and set our course towards the Western Down's awe-inspiring Bunya Mountains, where the splendour of nature awaits.

Prepare to embark on the Bunya Mountains Cultural Heritage Trail, a captivating pathway that leads us on a journey through the region's rich Aboriginal history and profound cultural significance. As we tread upon the same ground as those who came before us, we uncover a profound understanding of the intricate connections between the land and its custodians. This immersive experience grants us a glimpse into the deep-rooted relationship that has shaped the identity of this remarkable place.

After immersing yourself in the cultural significance of the Bunya Mountains Cultural Heritage Trail, retreat to Australia's highest whisky bar – Shackleton's Whisky Bar to continue your journey of discovery. With over 116 varieties to choose from, engage in conversations with locals and fellow travellers, sharing stories and insights while savouring a carefully selected dram.


Day 4: Bunya Mountains to Jondaryan

Step into History at Jondaryan
[Approx. 70km, 1 hour drive from Bunya Mountains]

Our journey now leads us to the Toowomba region's Jondaryan, a place where time appears to have halted, inviting us to step back into history. Brace yourself for an extraordinary experience at the Jondaryan Woolshed, where the enthralling tales of early settlers come alive.

Indulge in the immersive narratives of their triumphs, tribulations, and the profound significance of wool production that has shaped the cultural heritage of this region. It serves as a poignant reminder of the indelible bonds between our past, present, and the promising future that lies ahead. Prepare to be captivated by the stories that echo through time, connecting us to the remarkable journey of those who paved the way.

Want to immerse yourself even further? At Jondaryan, you have the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops and demonstrations, where you can learn traditional crafts, shearing techniques, and even try your hand at whip cracking. Immerse yourself in the authentic experiences that showcase the skills and trades of the early settlers, deepening your connection to their stories and the legacy they left behind.


Day 5: Jondaryan to Toowoomba

Explore the Garden City of Toowoomba
[Approx. 45km, 40-minute drive from Jondaryan]

As our journey unfolds, we find ourselves in Toowoomba, affectionately known as the Garden City, where the harmony between nature and community flourishes.

Delve into the rich tapestry of transportation and communication history at the renowned Cobb & Co Museum. Unearth the interconnected threads that have intricately linked communities and propelled progress across the ages. It's a captivating exploration of the ties that bind us together, weaving a story of shared experiences and collective growth. Prepare to be inspired by the enduring connections that have shaped Toowoomba into the vibrant city it is today.

Unveiling more than just historical wonders, immerse yourself in the compelling walking tours offered by Toowoomba Trails. Embark on an extraordinary journey through the city's unique history, mesmerising architecture, enchanting laneways, and captivating street art, guided by local experts who reveal hidden gems and share intriguing stories. Choose from a range of themed tours that offer glimpses into grand homes and cottages, vibrant laneway art, and even the darker side of Toowoomba with its secret World War 2 history.


Day 6: Toowoomba to Gatton

Trace Pioneering History in Gatton
[Approx. 35km, 30-minute drive from Toowoomba]

As we travel from Toowoomba to Gatton in the Lockyer Valley, we delve deeper into the pioneering spirit that shaped Southern Queensland Country.

Immerse yourself in the captivating narratives of the Gatton Historical Village, where the stories of those who forged the path for this vibrant region come to life. Each tale serves as a poignant reminder that our roots anchor us, providing a solid foundation for growth, connection, and the boundless opportunities that lie ahead. Discover the resilience and ingenuity that have shaped Southern Queensland Country, leaving a lasting mark on its present and paving the way for an extraordinary future.

If time permits, make sure to visit the beautiful Lockyer National Park for a dose of nature, or indulge in local flavours by exploring the local farmers' markets, where you can sample fresh produce and homemade treats while engaging with friendly vendors.


Day 7: Gatton to Warwick

Immerse in Artistic Expression at Warwick
[Approx. 100km, 1 hour and 15-minute drive from Gatton]

Our journey next leads us to Warwick, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of Southern Downs, where the arts thrive and creativity abounds. Here, amidst the idyllic landscapes and charming streets, a vibrant artistic community flourishes, infusing the town with a palpable energy and a deep appreciation for the transformative power of the arts.

At the Warwick Art Gallery, we invite you to immerse yourself in the enthralling exhibitions that celebrate the local artists and their exceptional talents. From striking visual masterpieces to thought-provoking installations, each display tells a unique story and ignites the imagination. Prepare to be captivated, inspired, and moved as the artistic tapestry of Warwick unravels before your eyes, leaving a lasting impact on your journey through Southern Queensland Country.

To fully embrace the charm of Warwick, stay at the historic Abbey Boutique Hotel, dating back to 1891. And when exploring the town, leave your car behind and embark on foot, following the self-guided touring map that unveils the five enchanting walks of Warwick. With routes suitable for all fitness levels, you'll discover the hidden gems of Warwick while enjoying the scenic landscapes, whether it's the CBD Walk, Dairy Walk, Railway Walk, 'Weewondilla' Hill Walk, or River Walk.


Day 8: Warwick to Stanthorpe

Savour Local Delights in Stanthorpe
[Approx. 60km, 45-minutes drive from Warwick]

The aroma of tantalising local produce fills the air as we eagerly arrive in Stanthorpe, a gastronomic paradise nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Granite Belt. The approximately 70km drive from Warwick to Stanthorpe treats us to picturesque countryside vistas, a prelude to the culinary delights that await.

At the Stanthorpe Farmers Market, we have the opportunity to engage with passionate farmers, artisans, and growers who share their inspiring stories behind the bountiful produce. Each encounter reveals a deep connection between the land, the dedicated individuals who tend to it, and the flavours that bloom as a result. It's a heartfelt invitation to embrace the abundant offerings of Southern Queensland Country and savour the stories that make each bite truly meaningful.

While the Stanthorpe Farmers Market is a must-visit for those fortunate enough to be there on market day, fear not if your visit doesn't coincide. In this region where apples, strawberries, truffles, and an array of produce flourish in their respective seasons, the stories of the harvest are ever-present. Whether it's through engaging with passionate farmers, artisans, or growers, the tales behind the abundant produce come to life, revealing a profound connection between the land and those who nurture it.


Day 9: Stanthorpe to Granite Belt Wine Trail

Discovering Wine Country in Stanthorpe
[Approx. 15km, within Stanthorpe]

On day 9 of our journey through Southern Queensland Country, we find ourselves returning to our trail roots in the Granite Belt, bookending our adventure with the renowned Granite Belt Wine Trail.

Just a short distance from Stanthorpe, we enter a world of vineyards and cellar doors, where the art of winemaking unfolds before our eyes. Here, we have the opportunity to connect with local winemakers and immerse ourselves in the craft of winemaking.

With each sip, we gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and dedication that goes into producing each bottle. It's a moment of celebration, raising a glass to the land's bounty and toasting to the interconnectedness of the people and the natural beauty that surrounds us.


Day 10: Stanthorpe to Brisbane

Reflection and Departure from Stanthorpe to Brisbane
[Approx. 215km, 2-hour and 45-minute drive from the Somerset Region]

As our unforgettable adventure through Southern Queensland Country comes to an end, we turn our gaze back to where it all began - the vibrant city of Brisbane.

If time permits, take a detour to the charming town of Texas, perched on the banks of the Dumaresq River in the Goondiwindi region. Here, amidst its old-world charm, awaits the historic Stockman Hotel, where you can treat yourself to a tasty lunch.

The approximately 160km drive from the Southern Downs region to Brisbane provides us with an opportunity to reminisce about the remarkable interconnectedness of our journey. We reflect on the meaningful encounters with the locals, the captivating stories that unfolded, and the breathtaking places that left a lasting imprint on our hearts.

Ready to continue your exploration of Southern Queensland Country? Get inspired by these captivating itineraries that will take you on even more unforgettable journeys through this remarkable destination.

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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.