[APPROX. 265 KM / 3 HRS 15 MINS]
Take the M6 to start your journey from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba along the M2. Once you get to the top of the range, stop at Picnic Point for stunning views and lunch. Drive 84km south on the New England Highway to Warwick, stopping at Allora along the way to visit the heritage listed home of Mary Poppins’ author. Spend a night in Warwick after exploring the historic town. Call into the Warwick Visitor Information Centre and pick up a “5 walks of Warwick” map to fully discover the town.
[APPROX.200 KM / 2 HRS 15 MINS]
Stock up on picnic supplies in Warwick before you drive 113km on National Route 42 to Inglewood. Visit Lake Coolmunda for a picnic lunch and then head to Coolmunda Olive Grove for a tour (book ahead). Round off the days’ exploring at Leven K Lavender property before continuing on National Route 42 to Goondiwindi. Check into the Royal Hotel or the Victoria Hotel for the night to experience a true country pub with hearty meals.
[APPROX.220 KM / 2 HRS 35 MINS]
Start your day with the riverside walk and check out the impressive laneway art around the town. Book into a Cotton Tour – daily tours provide a behind the scenes guided tour of the town’s cotton history and a visit to Goondiwindi Cotton’s working cotton farm – “Alcheringa”. Then, drive to Toowoomba on State Route 85, arriving late afternoon to explore some more laneway art and cafés. Stay the night before returning to the coast the next day.
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