Travel along the Cunningham Highway grabbing a coffee in Warwick on the way to Stanthorpe, the heart of the Granite Belt. Here the seasons are distinct, the landscape dramatic as you discover big sky panoramas and precariously balancing prehistoric granite boulders at Girraween National Park. The 11,800-hectare park is a paradise for bushwalkers with scenic walks through eucalypt forests blanketed in rich autumnal tones.

While you’re here, discover why the Granite Belt is receiving accolades as a producer of alternative variety wines with a visit to one of the 50+ cellar doors. Warm the heart by sampling handmade chocolates crafted with the finest local ingredients at Heavenly Chocolate. Join a cooking class or meet the maker tour at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.

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Itinerary Route: One way

Mode of Travel: Car

Travel along the New England Highway to a Stanthorpe landmark, Vincenzo’s at the Big Apple, for some gourmet deli produce then visit Suttons Juice Factory, Cider and Shed cafe for a slice of their famous apple pie to warm your belly.

In Warwick, discover some of the state’s finest sandstone buildings before lunch amongst the flowers at Warwick’s Gardens Galore. Follow the Sunflower Route to Allora, the childhood home of P.L. Travers who wrote the Mary Poppins stories. Visit the heritage listed Glengallan Homestead, a nineteenth century country house for scones and tea, before heading to the Rudd’s Pub named after author Steele Rudd of “Dad & Dave” fame enroute to Toowoomba.

In Toowoomba, take in the majestic views of the Toowoomba range from scenic Picnic Point Café, wander the exquisite gardens of Queens Park or explore Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese Garden. Visit the Cobb and Co Museum, home of the National Carriage Collection then join a Whistle Stop tour of the Empire Theatre (by appointment only) for a behind the scenes tour of this magnificent heritage listed building. Tonight, dine at one of Toowoomba’s trendy restaurants such as Encores at the Empire or Fitzy’s, offering fresh produce sourced from the region.

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Itinerary Route: One way

Mode of Travel: Car

Follow the New England Highway north to the micro region of the High Country Hamlets, home to the pretty highland villages of Hampton and Cabarlah and two national parks, Ravensbourne National Park and Crows Nest National Park – truly a nature lovers Paradise no matter what the season. Discover towering trees, palm groves, trickling streams and amazing birdlife in the best remaining example of the rainforest that originally covered this part of the Great Dividing Range. You will also find an abundance of seasonal food crops grown by small artisanal producers, which are creatively embraced by impassioned local chefs and restaurants. Drive through the old timber town of Crows Nest to Maidenwell at the base of the Bunya Mountains for a cool drink at the quaint country pub. Continue up the steep, winding road through stunning rainforest canopies and ancient bunya pines to Bunya Mountains National Park.

Check into your Bunya Mountains Chalet then head out for relaxation in this pristine National Park. Wander down to the Information and Interpretive Centre to learn the significance of the Bunya pine to countless generations of Aboriginal people. Follow a selection of walking tracks to explore nine different kinds of rainforests, ancient plant species, animals and colourful birdlife. Make friends with the birds as you relax with a hot coffee, meal or perhaps a sweet treat at Poppies on the Hill Café, or the Bunya Mountains Tavern before returning to cozy up by the hearth of a log fireplace back at your room.

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Itinerary Route: One way

Mode of Travel: Car

Return to Brisbane feeling renewed and nurtured.

Route Details:

Itinerary Route: One way

Mode of Travel: Car

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Location

Toowoomba QLD
4350

Journey distance

748kms

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Acknowledgement of Country

Southern Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.