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Sample olives and olive oil in the picturesque surrounds of this Crows Nest olive grove and sheep farming property. It’s the perfect half-day trip from Toowoomba – relax under the shady fig trees with a cheese and olive platter, find a country keep-sake in The Store at Bunnyconnellen or stay for the night in their beautifully appointed self-contained studio B&B.
Open: Appointment Only
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From November to February you can buy freshly picked blueberries, blueberry jam, raspberry jam, blueberry sauces and raspberry vinegar at this certified organic berry farm.
Open: Appointment Only
Buy just-picked in-season rhubarb, avocados, pumpkins and potatoes from Farmer Michael’s farm gate stall at Cabarlah.
Open: Monday - Saturday
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This artisan bakery supplies restaurants around town during the week and opens to the public as a bakery café on Saturday mornings selling sourdough bread, sausage rolls, croissants and pastries topped with local seasonal fruit. Even though it’s still largely a local secret, if you’re not there by 11.30am, baker Rose Newberry has sold out of most of her crumbly, buttery treats.
Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 7am - 1pm
5. The Florence, Toowoomba
Delight in tapas-style lunch and pub inspired classics for dinner at Toowoomba's newest restaurant, The Florence. Found in the heart of the CBD, the restaurant also comes complete with a laneway bar, The Chelsea (think underground Melbourne scene).
Open: Monday - Sunday, 11:30am - late
6. Walton Stores Precinct, Toowoomba
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This street art filled laneway is home to cafes and the Saturday morning Toowoomba Farmers’ Market. Head to Full of Life Organics for healthy bites, Hello Harry for a tasty burger, Junk for a mix of modern Asian food, happy hole-in-the-wall Harajuku Gyoza for Japanese dumplings and sake, and The Moose for artisan chocolate, Italian gelato and handcrafted cocktails.
Image credit: @2012katg at Emeraude, Hampton
This micro-region eatery twenty minutes’ drive out of Toowoomba, serves up the best of the region on a plate. Seasonally changing menus feature the likes of Half Moon Farm vegetables, 9Dorf Farm chickens, Suttons Farm apples and Hampton Blue berries.
Open: Wednesday - Sunday from from 7am
Around the Southern Downs & Granite Belt
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Apple growers Ros and David Sutton have expanded their orchard to produce apple cider, apple syrup and their famous apple pie – try it with a scoop of spiced cider ice cream in the apple packing shed which has been converted into a café or take a slice home with you.
Open: Daily from 9.30am - 4.30pm
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Pick your own plump sweet Granite Belt strawberries here from October to May each year! Or relax with pancakes and strawberries in their café.
Open: October to May
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Thulimbah Farmer Rosco milks his herd of Jersey Cows so that his wife Karen has the freshest milk to make her farmhouse cheeses. You can sample them at the cheesery or settle in for a creamy milkshake made from the milk at adjoining Jersey Girls Café. Morning tea and lunch is also served and a range of local olives, olive oils, preserves and Lirah vinegars are also for sale.
Open: Daily 10am - 4pm
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Once an old service station, Bluebird is now a hip café serving American-style smoked barbecue food with a twist. For breakfast try the local Killarney potato hash with BBQ beef brisket, avocado and poached egg and for dinner the local 6-hour smoked pork ribs with apple and sweet chilli slaw go down well!
Open: Wednesday - Sunday breakfast and lunch; Friday and Saturday dinner.
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This intimate dining experience run by husband and wife team, Chef Ben and Lou Lanyon, specialises in bistro-style food using locally sourced ingredients – a seasonally changing menu features the likes of local venison, lamb, apples, stonefruit, artichokes, herbs and honey from the Lanyons’ own hives.
Open: Wednesday - Saturday, 9am - 12pm & 6pm - 10pm
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Knowing that nothing on the menu comes from more than three hours’ drive of the restaurant guarantees that you’re eating fresh and local produce at this Granite Belt winery restaurant. You won’t find chocolate here...because cacao isn’t grown in the area, but you will find local lamb, vegetables, olives, herbs, red claw yabbies, fish, pork and kangaroo featured. Choose from the menu or settle in for the degustation in the restaurant or head outdoors for a picnic in the vineyard.
Open: Thursday - Monday lunch; Thursday - Sunday dinner.
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Chef Bev Ruskey cooks with as much local produce as she can get her hands on. Farmer Mal Smith’s potatoes grow 10 minutes down the road, local honey is delivered as soon as the hives are full and Killarney beef features in her famous beef and Guiness pies. And the mountain views, you’ve just got to go!
Open: Wednesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm; Saturday - Sunday, 8am - 5pm and dinner every evening by appointment.
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Stock up on delicious artisan jams, jellies, savoury sauces and chutneys made from local Stanthorpe berries and fruits. They also have a decadent dessertery to tempt you . Select a berry ice cream, sundae, sorbet or hot waffles from the Dessert Only menu. On weekends get in early to beat the locals to the blackberry and apple pies!
Open: Thursday - Monday, 10am - 4pm
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