Southern Queensland Country is renowned for its four distinct seasons, and is a wonderful getaway to slow down and breathe the fresh, country air. Each season has its own style and charm.
Spring in Southern Queensland Country is a season to truly be savoured. The region comes alive with colour and vitality, as flowers burst into bloom, trees grow leafier, and baby animals can be spotted in paddocks. Gardens in Toowoomba suddenly explode, full to the brim with flowers of every shade and type imaginable for the annual Carnival of Flowers. Wildflowers blossom to lend vivid colours to the open spaces and bush of the Western Country. Lovers of food and wine can celebrate spring all season long in the Granite Belt at the Primavera festival.
Slow down, relax, and escape the heat and the crowds at the beach with a holiday in Southern Queensland Country. Refresh yourself in any one of the natural waterways, rivers and dams that cover the region, or enjoy a spot of fishing and lazing by the riverside. The region is home a wide variety of National Parks – escape to the green mountains of the Bunya Mountains National Park, wander among the boulders at Girraween National Park, or revel in the coolness of Ravensbourne National Park.
The season also brings new produce to delight in, with roadside stalls selling summer fruit popping up everywhere. But to really celebrate summer’s quintessential fruit, take a roadtrip to the Chinchilla Melon Festival and have a go at the wacky games that the locals have come up with – from melon skiing to melon bungee!
Autumn in Southern Queensland Country offers something not found anywhere else in Queensland – a proper picture-postcard autumn. Trees are adorned with leaves of all shades of red, orange and yellow as the weather starts to take on that lovely cool, crisp quality in the evenings, making you appreciate that cheeky evening glass of red all the more. This is wonderful weather to take a cool country escape with family or friends and savour a meal and fresh local produce out in one of the many restaurant gardens or wineries throughout the region.
Winter in Southern Queensland Country is the perfect time to visit with someone special, to cosy up with a glass of wine by the fireplace at a romantic retreat. The Southern Downs and Granite Belt is particularly famous for Brass Monkey Season – a rare opportunity to rug up in your cosiest winter woollies and enjoy a real winter. Stanthorpe is officially the coldest place in Queensland, often getting a dusting of snow. The kind locals in Warwick even ‘rug up’ the town’s trees in warm knitted jumpers for the stunning annual Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival! Winter is also the perfect time to travel through the Western Country, while the weather isn’t as warm.