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Fancy yourself as an Autumn leaf angel? Our stunning Autumn trees are beginning to turn. Soon they’ll be a blaze of colour, in knee deep piles just waiting for you to dive in! How about invigorating Autumn air, tasty seasonal food, a crackling fire and a glass or two of red to sweeten the deal?

Interested? We thought so!

Tick off our top 6 this Autumn:

1. Get along to an Autumn event

Get amongst it…meet the locals at a range of events from opera and rock concerts to alfresco long lunches and cosy camp oven dinners. 

So grab your diary and plan the road-trip for one (or more!) of our Autumn events.


Big Skies Festival - Day on the Plain, 4 May


Southern Downs Harvest Lunch, 25 May

2. Follow the Autumn leaf trail

Wandering amid the beauty of autumn trees in full colour is something you just have to experience! Bounding and crunching though yellows, oranges and golds, deep crimsons and purples isn't just kids' stuff…it's pure fun no matter who you are. 

Colour your world on our self-guided Autumn leaf tour!

Queens Park, Toowoomba

Japanese Gardens, Toowoomba

3. Crunch time!

From tiny crab apples and pretty Pink Ladies to robust Red Delicious and crisp, green Granny Smiths, autumn is apple time in the Southern Downs.

You’ll notice trees heavy with fruit as you pass apple farms like Nicoletti Orchards – if you’d like a personalised walk through the orchard with the farmer, book a tour with Granite Belt Bicycles – the ride takes in granite countryside, winery cellar doors and foodie stops too!

Sample apple cider, apple juice and THE best apple pie and spiced cider ice cream at the famous Suttons Farm Shed Café.

4. Wake up in wine country

There’s no better feeling than escaping the city on a Friday afternoon for a weekend away discovering the cellar doors, restaurants and cool natural places of Southern Queensland Country’s wine trails. 

Check out our perfect weekend guide.

5. Taste autumn from A-Z

From apples to zucchinis, some mighty fine fresh Autumn produce is grown and harvested in the fertile soils of Southern Queensland Country.

Drop into Toowoomba Farmer’s Markets or Stanthorpe’s Market in the Mountains (2nd Sat each month) to buy fresh local produce. Stop at roadside stalls or Sam’s Farm Fresh Fruit and Veg at Cottonvale to stock up on a range of fresh vegies and to fill your fruit bowl with plump strawberries, juicy nectarines, peaches and plums, crunchy apples and pears and sweet grapes. 

Or sink your teeth into Autumn at top restaurants and cafes around the region. In Toowoomba, book a table at Encores at the Empire Theatre, or Zev’s Bistro, or head out of town to try the seasonal menu at Emeraude micro-region eatery at Hampton; in Stanthorpe order the signature medley of mains paired with Banca Ridge wines at Varias, or settle in at Granite Belt Brewery for a Brewers’ Platter – local seasonal produce matched with craft beers made on-site. Cheers!

6. Head to the Bunyas

Exploring the majestic Bunya Mountains should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The journey is beautiful in itself – an easy 2-hour drive from Brisbane taking in golden fields, pretty country towns, natural bushland and rolling green hills. Yet it’s the ascent into the mountains that will truly take your breath away.

Once inside the National Park, it’s one spectacular scene after another, thanks to iconic bunya pines, lush rainforest, eucalypt forests and woodlands.

Here are 5 reasons to start planning your Bunya Mountains adventure today!