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Gourmet Country and Outback

Location: Toowoomba, QLD | Type: Itineraries

Address:
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350


Website: www.bigskycountrydrives.com.au

Journey Distance 1564 Km

Journey Info

Local produce, stunning landscapes and 'meet the maker' experiences are included in scenic drives on this eight day country and outback journey. Experience the Granite Belt Food and Wine Trail, embark on a winery and dinner tour. Experience national parks where marble shaped boulders balance precariously on granite formations. Experience an outback cotton and vineyard tour, or an outback river cruise. Immerse in the outback experience with a farmstay at Bonus downs. Enjoy the picturesque Ju Raku En Australia's oldest traditionally designed Japanese Garden, and picnic in the picturesque Ravensbourne National Park.

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Website: www.bigskycountrydrives.com.au

Brisbane to Stanthorpe

Queen Mary Falls

Travel south via the Ipswich Boonah Road to Boonah, heart of the Scenic Rim with its stunning mountain and country scenery. Follow the Falls Scenic Drive to the beautiful Queen Mary Falls in Killarney. Enjoy lunch at Spring Creek Mountain Cafe with spectacular views over the Border Ranges and Condamine Gorge. Continue to Stanthorpe in the heart of the Granite Belt Wine Region.

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Level of Difficulty: Grade 1

Itinerary Route: One way

Mode of Travel: Four Wheel Drive

Activities: Mountain Biking, Cycling, Scenic Drives, Walks

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Stanthorpe

Suttons farm

Follow the Granite Belt Strange Bird Alternative Wine Trail to discover Queensland’s premier food and wine region. Sample cider and apple pie at Sutton’s Apple Farm and visit Stanthorpe Cheese which features a range of handmade farmhouse cheeses. Explore the spectacular Girraween National Park. Taste locally-made jams and conserves at Jamworks before enjoying lunch at The Barrelroom restaurant and choose from the fresh seasonal menu.

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Itinerary Route: Return over same path

Mode of Travel: 4x4

Activities: Rock Climbing, Cycling, Scenic Drives, Walks

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Stanthorpe to St George

Nindigully Pub

Travel west towards big skies and cotton country today. Follow the Stanthorpe-Inglewood Road to the quaint township of Inglewood. Visit nearby Coolmunda Olives, walk through the beautiful olive grove and sample some delicious organic olive products. Pass through the pretty wheat village of Bungunya then call into Queensland’s oldest hotel, the Nindigully Pub for a cold drink and old-fashioned pub food. Drive a short distance to St George, the inland fishing capital of Queensland.

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Mode of Travel: Four Wheel Drive

Activities: Fishing, Scenic Drives, Walks

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St George to Bonus Downs

Bonus Downs Farmstay

Spot local birdlife during a morning cruise on the Balonne River with Sandytown River Cruises or join a four hour guided bus tour hosted by cotton and vineyard farmers. Discover how cotton and grapes are grown, irrigated and harvested. Enjoy a wine tasting and delicious lunch at the Riversands garden. Travel through Mitchell to Bonus Downs Farm Stay, a privately owned property built in 1911 by one of this country’s most famous landholders.

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Mode of Travel: Four Wheel Drive

Activities: Scenic Drives, Walks

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Bonus Downs Farmstay

Bonus Downs Farmstay

Start the day with a Bonus Downs Jackaroo Breakfast and relax in your authentic station accommodation. The day is yours to wander the tranquil bush walks, whilst enjoying breath taking scenery of the 100 plus year old working property. Take in the day’s activities and enjoy the warm country hospitality of your hosts.

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Bonus Downs to Roma

Maranoa River Mitchell

Travel into Mitchell for a therapeutic soak in the Great Artesian Spa. Visit the original courthouse where local bushrangers the Kenniff Brothers were committed to stand trial. Drive east on the Warrego Way to Roma where twice weekly you can join a free tour of the Roma Saleyards, the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy an amazing theatrical presentation, recreating the story of Australia’s Oil and Gas Industry at the Big Rig Night Show.

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Mode of Travel: Four Wheel Drive

Activities: Scenic Drives, Walks

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Roma to Toowoomba

Chinchilla Melon Festival

Continue along the Warrego Way towards Toowoomba. Along the way visit Miles Historical Village, one of Australia’s leading regional museums. Take a break in Chinchilla the country’s melon capital en route to the Garden City of Toowoomba. Explore Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese garden or stroll the magnificent Queens Park. Tonight, dine at one of Toowoomba’s trendy restaurants offering fresh local produce menus.

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Itinerary Route: One way

Mode of Travel: Four Wheel Drive

Activities: Birdwatching, Cycling, Scenic Drives, Walks

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Toowoomba to Brisbane

Cuckoo Clock Centre Carbarlah

Take a scenic drive through the Toowoomba highlands to the picturesque villages of Highfields, Hampton and Cabarlah. Wander the enticing specialty, arts and crafts shops, purchase seasonal produce and share a meal in a cosy café. Breathe in the panoramic views and enjoy a picnic at Ravensbourne National Park. Follow the scenic country drive via Esk back to Brisbane.

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Level of Difficulty: Grade 1

Itinerary Route: One way

Mode of Travel: Four Wheel Drive

Activities: Scenic Drives, Walks

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