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Top 10 Summer Secrets

Beach schmeach! Chill out in our backyard this Summer – cool mountain escapes, new bars mixing summer sips, sunflowers swaying in the breeze, fresh seasonal food and refreshing waterholes are just some of our top summer secrets.

1. Strawberry Sundays

Where do you find the freshest, plumpest, juiciest strawberries this Summer – picking your own at Stanthorpe’s Ashbern Farms of course! A hit with the kids or a romantic rendezvous for two – followed by something as Summer as cricket – decadent strawberries and ice cream in the café.

2. Waterfall Wonderland

For one of Queensland’s most scenic (and coolest) drives follow The Falls Drive, east of Killarney into Main Range National Park which takes in Browns Falls, Daggs Falls and the spectacular Queen Mary Falls, where you can sit at the bottom amid the ferns and feel the spray of Spring Creek as it tumbles dramatically over a 40-metre drop.

3. Cool Swimming Spots

Image credit Queensland Blog

Ditch the public pool and crowded beaches in favour of a dip in a cool natural pool: • Surrounded by birdsong and bush you can splash about at Coomba Falls, near Maidenwell. • Float about in the Cascades Pool, Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool in Crows Nest National Park. • Take an invigorating dip in Dalrymple Creek in the pretty Goomburra section of Main Range National Park.

4. Battle Of The Spas

Serenity House at Ravensbourne Escape

After a bush walk you’ll want to lay back in a cool spa bath on the verandah at Ravensbourne Escape overlooking the tranquillity of Ravensbourne National Park (yes please!) or perhaps some Summer star gazing from your own outdoor spa secluded amongst the granite at Alure Stanthorpe is your idea of bliss?

Luxury Villa at Alure Stanthorpe

5. Here Fishy Fishy

Try your luck in peaceful Storm King Dam near Stanthorpe - good picnicking, swimming and kayaking here too!

Set up camp under the trees and catch the gentle breezes for a few days fishing at Lake Broadwater, near Dalby.

Wade into the calm cool waters and cast a line in Chinchilla Weir. You can camp or park your van at the water’s edge or book into Chinchilla Down Town Motor Inn or The Palms Motel for some home comforts.

6. T-Bar Hopping

Image credit: George Banks

Refreshing Summer sips are just a skip away…a hop actually, between Toowoomba’s Top Country Pubs, the chilly cocktails you’ll find at the likes of hidden laneway bar The Chelsea, the neighbourhood vibe of Bar Wunder and the cool in every way new kid, George Banks, who hangs out on the rooftop on the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Streets.

Thirsty work but someone’s got to do it!

7. Secret Sunflower Society

This Summer golden fields of blooms will pop up all over Southern Queensland Country … where will they be? Nobody knows! Our farmers plant different fields each year, so the fun is in the hunt! Take our insider tip and call the Toowoomba and Warwick Visitor Information Centres for the latest on where they’re blooming.

And remember to follow Secret Sunflower Society etiquette on your treasure quest - Respect the farmers, stay to the edge of the fields and take nothing but photos!

8. Summer Road-Trip

Image credit: @_thelittleadventurer Girraween National Park

Roll down the windows and feel the cool air in your hair on the way to explore our spectacular National Parks trail. Shady mountain trail walks, creeks, waterfalls and cool rainforest will refresh you and reset your batteries for the year ahead!

9. Cool Mountain High

Escape to the coolness of the Bunya Mountains, where you can walk beneath ancient Bunya Pines, through rainforest to waterfalls and gently trickling streams. For the perfect Summer short break camp at Dandabah or hire a holiday house from Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre.

10. Summer Cycle

Create your own breeze coasting along country roads past granite outcrops, vineyards and orchards laden with apples, pears, cherries, nectarines peaches and plums. Stop off to sample farmhouse cheese and taste local wine with the winemakers. BYO bikes or hire some from Granite Belt Bicycles, who can also guide your ride.