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Explore the wild side of the Southern Downs and Granite Belt with this specially curated local guide. From walking trails to four wheel driving, here’s the top seven wild adventures worth hitting the road for this summer:

1. Boating and Fishing

The Southern Downs is a popular destination for boating, fishing and other recreational water sports. Explore the mighty Condamine River and the region’s scenic waterways including Leslie Dam, Connolly Dam, Glenlyon Dam and Storm King Dam.

Aerial view of lake with green hill in background.

Connolly Dam, near Warwick, Southern Downs & Granite Belt

2. Mountain Biking

Follow winding trails through shady forests, cross monolithic granite platforms, roll through magnificent gorges, or cruise along the country roads past wineries. The crisp country air provides idyllic cycling conditions. There are many trails suited to families, as well as black diamond tracks for more experienced riders. Stanthorpe’s Mount Marlay MTB Trail network is close to the CBD and well worth the trip.

Birds eye view of mountain bikes on a forest trail.

Mount Marlay MTB Trail network, Stanthorpe, Southern Downs & Granite Belt

3. Four Wheel Driving and Motocross

You’ll find some of the region’s best four wheel driving in remote Sundown National Park south-west of Stanthorpe, plus there’s plenty of wild adventures to choose from at a number of well-maintained private properties and National Parks.

Four wheel drive car on dirt track with mountain range in distance.

Sundown National Park, Southern Downs & Granite Belt | Image by @trippin_defender

4. Walking Trails and Hikes

From serious granite-scaling hikes to leisurely family bushwalks in areas of outstanding natural beauty, there is a track to suit everyone. Some of the region’s most popular trails can be found at Girraween National Park and in sections of Main Range National Park, including Queen Mary Falls, Cunninghams Gap and Goomburra.

Person standing on extremely large and steep granite boulder, on mountain range.

Girraween National Park, Southern Downs & Granite Belt | Image by @spurwaya

5. Camping & Caravanning

How wild is your wild? Whether you prefer a tent, a cabin or a caravan you can take your pick when visiting the Southern Downs. Get off the grid, bring the dog and enjoy our wild open spaces, with plenty of popular bush camping sites, farmstyle camping for families and waterside spots too.

Car and tent in green isolated campground surrounded by trees.

Goomburra section, Main Range National Park, Southern Downs & Granite Belt

6. Farmstay Experiences

Have you ever marvelled at fireflies, hand-fed wild parrots or milked a cow? Country life brings with it stacks of opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the wilder Southern Downs residents. Bring the family for a weekend and weave a magical animal experience into your stay.

Horse riders on tour walking along forested trail across small stream.

Bestbrook Farmstay, Tregony, Southern Downs & Granite Belt

7. Iconic Nature Wildlife

Fill up your ultimate Australian fauna and flora bucket list as you explore the Southern Downs and come face-to-face with the rare and iconic wildlife that call Queensland’s wild country their home.

Close up of platypus head.

Ornithorhynchus anatinus (platypus)

Download QLD’s Wild Country Guide

For more information, including heaps of trails, campsites and more, download the QLD’s Wild Country Guide on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt website.

See you in QLD’s Wild Country this summer!


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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.