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Here in Southern Queensland Country, we believe adventure is the spice of life, the fuel that feeds our wanderlust and fills our “cup”, right up to the brim.

And, Summer school holidays are the perfect time to grab the kids, get out and about to discover our naturally gifted and abundant region, spend time together as a family and create moments that matter.

From train rides rivalling the magic of Polar Express, the best camping locations, adrenaline pumping action including mountain biking trails, water skiing and tubing, to picnics in lavender fields and pick your own strawberries straight from the stork, these are the activities that your kids will rave about all year long.

So, pack your bags, make your road trip playlist, set your GPS and take a country drive to Southern Queensland Country, beginning just an hour from Brisbane for the ultimate School Holiday adventure that the whole family will love.

What’s on these holidays - family friendly dates for the diary

Here are our top picks on the greatest holiday activities, workshops and experiences across Southern Queensland Country worth driving for:

  • Downs Explorer Steam Train Trip, Warwick – Enjoy an authentic steam train ride through the Countryside. Take a return trip, departing from Warwick to Clifton with a 2 course lunch, and experience some holiday magic before the Jolly man himself visits, with special rides across the festive season. December 24, 2022 - Cost including lunch: Adults - $95, children ages 5 -14 - $50. To book and for all other scheduled trips check out
  • Operation Ouch, The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba – This one is for those more analytically inclined with the opportunity to dive into the incredible world of medicine and biology. This sell-out show is jam packed with crazy experiments, mind blowing illusions and amazing facts that is bound to have you laughing and grossed out at the same time, but most assuredly – will keep the kids entertained for hours. January 19, 2023 – tickets from $54.90. For more information or to book tickets – visit:
  • Miles Historical Village Tour, Miles – Family day out? Take the family to experience Queensland during the colonial period and discover what life was like before pen and paper as you explore the country village with 34 authentic buildings along the village streetscape. Open 7 days (excluding Christmas Day). Family pass (parents plus any school aged children) - $45. Children under 5 free. Special holidays offer: 10% off all admissions and guided tours - valid to 24 Jan 2023. Check out this link for more information-
  • Queensland Transport Museum, Lockyer Valley – “Kids, were going on a treasure hunt!” A sentence sure to excite even the most picky of adventurers. Throughout December, the kids can enjoy a treasure hunt throughout the Queensland Transport Museum and stretch their thinking powers with clues relating to the historic vehicles and machines on display. Once they have mastered the brainteaser, pop across the road to Lake Apex for a picnic beside the water. Entry to the museum, adults - $8, children (5 – 15) - $3. Under 5 are free. Check out this link for more information -

For more to do in Southern Queensland Country, here's our guide to hitting the heritage trail.

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For the Adventure Seekers at Heart

Pack the over night bag and camping gear to really make the most of these activities.

  • Foxbar Falls, Stanthorpe - Sleep under the stars, roast marshmallows by the campfire and escape the summer heat at the ‘coolest’ place in Queensland with dips in granite waterholes and waterfalls at Foxbar Falls. Did we mention the fur children are welcome as well…? Open all year round, however early bookings are essential – hit this link for all the details:
  • Goondiwindi Natural Heritage and Water Park & Lake Coolmunda, Inglewood – Make the most of water levels being at their best at these two crowd-free locations. If summer water sports are an activity the whole family loves, then bring the boat and stay cool while having a bucket load of fun water skiing and tubing. Stay for longer with the options of a caravan park and cabin accommodation at Lake Coolmunda and plenty of other accommodation in the town of Goondiwindi.
  • Lockyer Valley Speedway, Gatton Showgrounds – Rev heads can get their fix at the Lockyer Valley Speedway, one of the best dirt speed tracks in the region, with a fun family day out including fireworks, derby, sprints and so much more exhilarating action. Add this one to your list of must-do experiences for the ultimate family day out. Be there December 10 at 10am for all the action. Adults - $25, Students - $15. Kids under 12 – Free. Tickets at the gate.

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Wholesome Family Fun

Check out our list of wholesome family fun activities that are guaranteed to make some moments to remember.

  • Windy Acres Farm, Toowoomba – This is the definition of wholesome! Enjoy a picnic amongst the lavender and check out the bee keeping workshops at the Windy Acres Farm “In bloom Picnic and Market Day”. While you’re there explore the range of local food vendors and artisan market stalls. Plus there’s facepainting and a painted rock find and swap.
  • Ashbern Farms and Eastern Colour, Stanthorpe - A delightful way to spend a day with the kids – we guarantee they will be smiling from ear to ear with this fun activity. Pick your own strawberries fresh from the patch or buy them freshly packed from the farm shop. You can also buy a small range of yummy take away treats, including homemade ice cream and coffees. Strawberry jam and strawberry gifts are also available. Ashbern farms is open 8am to 3pm Friday to Sunday (closed public holidays, while Eastern Colour hold their own PYO event days.
  • Sunflower Fields, Allora and Cambooya - Summer is sunflower season in Southern Queensland Country and every year they’re blooming beautiful! From late December onwards, a sea of yellow floods parts of the region as spectacular sunflower fields line major highways and country roads around Warwick and Allora. Perfect for a family road trip, or for an extended stay and play adventure. Most sunflower farms are on private property and can only be viewed from the roadside. For more information, check https:// southern-downs-summer-sunflower-guide/
  • Bunya Mountains, Western Downs – You’ll feel like you can almost touch the stars in this 30-million-year-old national park. Kids won’t be able to wipe the smile off their faces as they come face to face with the rare Chocolate Wattle Bats emerging on dusk and the spectacular stargazing by night. By day, enjoy a horse drawn wagon tour where you can follow the old logging tracks through private rainforest and enjoy billy tea, fresh damper and roasted bunya nuts around a campfire.

There is so much for the whole family to discover in Southern Queensland Country. Seek wholesome adventures and make unforgettable moments like this.

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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.