7 Ways to DO Winter
Southern Queensland Country is one of the best places to experience a real winter.
So pack your woolies and your sense of adventure - our winter warmer guide will have you doing winter like a pro.
1. Cosy Fires
Whether you’re toasting marshmallows by your campfire or snuggling up with a glass of local red beside a wood fired heater in a B&B, boutique hotel or a rustic cabin, there’s nothing like warming up in the glow of a crackling fire in Southern Queensland Country!
Beat the brrrrr with our top 5 fireside spots. And be sure to have a bottle of local red handy, perhaps Balancing Rock’s 2014 Campfire Red or Twisted Gum’s 2013 Shiraz Cabernet that you’ve chosen yourself from the cellar door!
2. Devour Decadent Desserts
It’s the season to set off in search of warm gooey winter puddings and buttery pastries.
In Toowoomba, try The Baker’s Duck for flaky cinnamon scrolls with pastry cream; in Hampton settle in at Emeraude Bistro for Pain Perdu (a brioche bread and butter pudding with local rhubarb and lime curd ice cream).
Image credit: The Baker's Duck
Leave room for sticky date tarte tartin with butterscotch ice cream and walnut praline at Stanthorpe’s McGregor Terrace Food Project and don’t go home without a tasting The Barrel Room and Larder’s condensed jersey milk marshmallow, burnt persimmon custard, macadamia and thyme cookie, and mandarin sorbet.
3. Winter Festival Fun
Embrace the chill at Jumpers and Jazz in July, Warwick – 10 days of live jazz music, trees wrapped in knitted art, a bonfire night, mulled wine, winter markets and a rollicking good time!
Celebrate Christmas in July at the Granite Belt Christmas Farm Picnic. Get revved up at the Historic Leyburn Sprints, or plan your escape to Dalby’s Delightful and Delicious Festival. Catch Queensland Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba, follow the Crows Nest InStudio Art Trail, or head west for St George Yellowbelly Country Music and Poets Festival. Lastly, don’t forget about the Tartufo Truffle Fest in Stanthorpe.
4. Winter Walks
It seems counter intuitive to be outside in cold weather, right? Wrong! Cool air is invigoratingly good for you. In Toowoomba take a wander in pretty Queens Park or the tranquil Japanese Gardens or tackle the escarpment trails followed by lunch at Picnic Point café.
Take in some crisp winter air and a waterfall on the scenic Queen Mary Falls track; set off on the Bald Rock Creek Circuit at Girraween National Park; enjoy mountain views from a Bunya Mountains trail, or head to Ravensbourne National Park to walk the Rainforest Circuit in search of red-tailed black-cockatoos, paradise riflebirds and fairy wrens.
5. Deep Reds & Tawny Ports
Set out on the Granite Belt wine trail to sample full flavoured reds – award winning shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon or the more unusual varieties of the Strange Bird alternative wine trail.
6. Warm winter days in Western Country
Average maximum temperatures hover around 20 degrees all winter long in the western country – perfect weather for country drives, freshwater fishing in the Balonne, Moonie or Condamine Rivers or birdwatching, camping or vanning at Caliguel Lagoon or Chinchilla Weir. The clear crisp nights mean stunning stargazing around the campfire.
7. Get your country on
Enjoy billy tea and damper, see a working bullock team display and take a tour at Gleneden Family Farm at Maryvale. If you want to look as cool as the weather, drop into Kent Saddlery in Stanthorpe for hats, handmade leather belts and accessories.