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Unveiling Nature's Hidden Oasis: Girraween's Secret Swimming Holes

Nature enthusiasts, listen closely; Girraween National Park has a secret to share. Just a short distance from Stanthorpe, in the Granite Belt region, and renowned for its towering granite landscapes and rock formations, Girraween National Park is home to more than just awe-inspiring views.

Detouring from the well-worn paths and venturing along the park's lesser-known trails, you’ll discover some of the region's most secluded natural swimming holes. Perfect for a refreshing dip following a hike, these rock pools can be found near Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek following times of high rainfall.

While you make a splash, keep an eye out for turtles popping up to say hello!

Discover the Panoramic Views and Starlit Camps of Goomburra Valley

If you're in search of an enchanting escape, the breathtaking Goomburra Valley awaits, a hidden gem bursting with untouched natural beauty just a short drive from Warwick.

Follow Lookout Road to a secret lookout point where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see. For an unforgettable experience, spend the night camping under a starlit sky, immersing yourself in the untouched wilderness.

Lake Cressbrook, a Serene Retreat in the Great Dividing Range

Immerse yourself in the serenity of Lake Cressbrook, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Great Dividing Range. Located just a short 5-minute scenic drive from Crows Nest, and not far from Toowoomba, the lake is cradled between lush forests and rolling hills, making it the perfect place to escape and unwind. Grab a kayak and glide across the calm surface, exploring the lake's secluded coves and abundant wildlife.

Beneath the surface, you'll find an array of fish including Australian Bass, Golden Perch, and Mary River Cod, making it a perfect spot to drop a line in

Conquer Sundown National Park's Off-Roading Wonderland

Unleash your adventurous spirit at Sundown National Park, a haven for intrepid explorers seeking an off-roading thrill like no other. Traverse rugged gorges, conquer towering cliffs, and chase cascading waterfalls in this 4WD paradise just 3 hours drive from Brisbane along the Granite Belt.

Immerse yourself in a world of endless activities as you fish, kayak, swim, or embark on exhilarating mountain bike rides. When night falls, choose from a multitude of bush camping options, allowing you to truly connect with the wild beauty of the park.

Hidden Gems and Warm Hospitality: Somerset's Esk

Slow down and soak in the authentic charm of Esk, a little over an hour from Brisbane. This hidden treasure in the heart of the Somerset region, is a place where warm community spirit and old fashion hospitality awaits. Strolling along the main street take the time to explore the array of unique gift and antique stores as well as country style cafes and restaurants. For history buffs, enjoy the many historical sights on offer, including the Esk Railway Station built in 1886 and the Bellevue Homestead.

Caravan surrounded by green grass and bushland in the background.

Esk Caravan Park, Somerset Region

Main Range National Park: Nature's Diverse Wonderland

Venture into Main Range National Park, just 90 minutes from Brisbane City this true gem offers a diverse range of landscapes, from lush rainforests to rugged peaks. Embark on a hike along lesser-known trails, where you can uncover ancient rock formations, encounter native wildlife, and immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the park

View through trees to mountain range.

Main Range National Park, Southern Downs & Granite Belt

Stanthorpe's Secret Vineyards: Savouring the Flavours of the Countryside

For wine enthusiasts, Stanthorpe's secret vineyards offer a unique and intimate wine tasting experience, away from the bustling crowds. Discover lesser-known varietals like Fiano, Montepulciano, Saperavi, or Mourvedre, and engage in enlightening conversations with passionate winemakers and sommeliers amidst the serene backdrop of boutique vineyards.

Indulge in the region's culinary delights, as many vineyards offer delectable food pairings and gourmet experiences. From vineyard picnics overlooking panoramic vistas to cellar door tastings that tantalise your taste buds, Stanthorpe's hidden vineyards offer an escape into a world of country flavours.

Craving more?

From charming country towns to breathtaking national parks, there's always another hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Keep exploring, keep embracing the unknown, and don't forget to share your remarkable adventures using #sqcountry.

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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.