[APPROX. 255 KM / 3 HRS 7 MINS]
Start your drive from the Sunshine Coast – take State Route 6 and onto State Route 85 to head west to Kilcoy and then onto A17 to reach Yarraman. Take the A3 to Wutul then across to Maclagan, then up to Kaimkillenbun. Make sure you stop for a bite and a yarn with the friendly locals at these quaint country towns. Continue your leisurely country drive to Dalby for a lunch stop at Dalby’s Urban Paddock Café. Take the State Route 49 for birdwatching at Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, 31 km from Dalby. In the warmer months pitch a tent, or return to Dalby for an overnight stay at any one of the country motels offering a comfy bed and hearty breakfast.
[APPROX. 204 KM / 2 HRS 17 MINS]
Depart Dalby and drive 89km on State Route 87 to Tara to explore the internationally renowned botanic gardens. Start on Leichhardt Hwy for a quick stop at the town of Condamine on your way to Miles. Stop in Miles for the afternoon to explore the Miles Historical Village and then drive 47 km to Chinchilla on the A2. Spend the night in Chinchilla.
[APPROX. 415 KM / 5 HRS 20 MINS]
Work up an appetite by wandering the 4.2 hectares of Australia’s Park of the Year for 2020 – the Chinchilla Botanic Parkland. Take a selfie at The Big Melon, and then drive to Jimbour. Spend an afternoon touring Jimbour Homestead (make sure you book) before you head home via Dalby and Toowoomba through to Brisbane.
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