[APPROX. 84 KM /1 HR 7 MINS]
Beginning in the beautiful Garden City currently transitioning from summer to autumn, take the A3 to reach and explore the historic town of Allora. Embodying the history of the historic region since the late 19th century, visit the Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre and relive the story from squattocracy to farmer settlement. Continuing south to Warwick, grab yourself a copy of the 5 walks of Warwick map which you can find at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre to explore this quaint country town. Warm up your belly at Bluebird Kitchen and Smokehouse to enjoy locally smoked meats, slow roasted on the industrial smoker or for something a little more formal choose Rupert’s Bar and Grill, before returning to one of the many cozy accommodation venues. If camping is more your style, set up camp at Goomburra Valley campsite and spend the night by the firepit – perfect for those winter nights.
[APPROX. 60 KM / 43 MINS]
Continue on National Highway 15 for Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt region and witness the landscape fade further into a winter paradise. On the way, stop at Suttons Juice Factory, Cider and Shed Cafe for some soul warming apple pie and tea, The Big Apple, or the Stanthorpe Cheese and Jersey Girls café. Stretch your legs and walk it all off in the Granite Belt Maze – the only maze in Queensland with the possibility of snow! When in the Granite Belt, embrace the cooler climates as the temperature dips, and experience the highest wine region in Australia. The Granite Belt has a unique terroir, longer growing season and deep granitic gravels producing wines of elegance and complexity. Drop by Ridgemill Estate and grab a bottle (or two) of decadent red for the road and check into one of the many cute country cottages and B&Bs around Stanthorpe for the night many boasting a woodfire hearth to curl up by. Grovely House Bed and Breakfast, Briar Rose Cottage, and Diamondvale Cottages are just some of the stunning accommodation options that you can choose from.
[APPROX. 163 KM / 1HR 58 MINS]
Heading further south on National Highway 15, continue to Wallangarra, stopping for morning tea at the Railway Café – a railway refreshment room maintaining its ambience, elegance and charm with fascinating history and memorabilia. Take a commemorative selfie at the Queensland sign on the border before heading back to Girraween National Park to experience all its golden glory and explore for a half day. Finish your day driving to Killarney to check into an old-fashioned pub offering deliciously hearty meals and a bed for the night.
[APPROX. 121 KM / 1HR 34 MINS]
Before returning to the Garden City, take the Falls Drive to visit Queen Mary Falls, Daggs Falls and Browns Falls, journeying through bushland and rainforest, passing great spots to enjoy a picnic and take in the beauty of the expansive valley below. On the drive back to Toowoomba, take the back roads covered in the seasonal fallen leaves through Tannymorel and Yangan stopping to pick up something locally grown and drop some coins in a farmer’s honesty box on this picturesque country drive.
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