Eat and drink in Southern Queensland Country

Eat and Drink

Autumn means food and friends, and for those of you with your tastebuds front of mind, your appetite is the only thing you need to bring with you for a trip through our country this week.

Our eat and drink scene is the kind that’s caught international chef’s attention, with fine-dining, fresh produce and cellar doors dotted across our region. Dig into our food and wine scene at these hotspots:

Rotary Op-Shop Dinner | Friday 27 May | Heritage Estate Winery
Time to get thrifty and dress up in your best op-shop attire! Treat yourself to a gourmet three-course dinner and wine on arrival, with a competition for the best-dressed table and best-dressed man and woman (op-shop attire only). $80 per person. Starts at 6:00pm.


Big Fat Lamb Lunch | Saturday 28 May | Awassi Cheesery
If you’re looking for the ultimate Paddock to Plate experience, look no further! Enjoy six courses of fabulous and locally sourced farm produce. While you’re there, be guided on a special tour around the farm. Starts at 12:30pm.


Live Music

Southern Queensland Country is home to some of the best knee-slapping live music venues you’ve ever stepped foot into, with a packed calendar of live music for us on a weekly basis. Gather your squad and cheers to the weekend as we pump up the jam with awesome live music at one of these local gigs.


The Met Hotel | Katanak | Mercury Sun | from 8:00pm
North Toowoomba Bowls Club | Windy City Jazzmen | from 7:45pm
Bodega Bar | Russell Bishop | The Urban Sea | from 7:00pm
Phat Burgers | Blues Night | from 6:00pm
Tatts Hotel | Laura Frank | from 6:00pm
Porter’s Plainland Hotel | Merlin | from 7:30pm
Fitzy’s | Andrzej Fenner | Chris Ramsay & The Febs | from 5:00pm
Preston Manor | Dale Robbins Band | from 6:00pm


The Met Hotel | Jacques Van Lill | from 8:00pm
Wilsonton Hotel | Reckless | from 8:00pm | $5 at the door
Bodega Bar | Chris Timms | Trace | from 7:00pm
Tatts Hotel | Shane Finney | from 7:00pm
Irish Club Hotel | Goldie Horn | from 8:00pm
Fitzy’s | Second Gear | from 9:00pm


Porter’s Plainland Hotel | Hayley Chalmers | from 12:00pm
Bodega Bar | Rusty Pickups | Treehouse Letters | Dusty Miles | from 4:00pm
Irish Club Hotel | Bart Thrupp | from 2:00pm
Fitzy’s | Nathan Williams | from 2:00pm

Live music guide in Southern Queensland Country

Events in Southern Queensland Country


Southern Queensland Country is home to many of Queensland’s premiere events. Whether it’s flower festivals, chilli carnivals or true-blue country events like the Australian Camp Oven Festival; we’ve got you covered with a jam-packed calendar of events suited to the whole family all year round.

Inaugural Annual Dance Affair | Saturday 28 May | Warra Memorial Hall, Western Downs
Celebrate the Western Downs’ local history and dance culture, with live music, prizes, supper, and more. So, get ready to tap your toes and listen to heart-warming stories from local legends. Adult $10. Doors open 6:30pm. Event starts 7:30pm.


Winter Sun at Warraba Sunflowers | 28 May – 5 June | Warraba Sunflowers, Cambooya
There’s nothing like colourful sunflowers to brighten your day! Walk right through the field and become truly immersed in nature. Picnics, pets, and photos are all welcome. Open during daylight hours. Adult $10 and Child $5 (includes a sunflower to take home). Book online for more details.


Lockyer Valley Foothills Art Show | 28 – 29 May | Postman’s Ridge
Celebrate and support the much-loved artists, sculptors, photographers, and creators! Don’t miss the opening night (27th May), which will feature beautiful local artworks, drinks and canapes, and bopping live music. Spend the weekend browsing through market stalls, participating in workshops, and more.


Melinda Schneider: Love Songs | Friday 27 May | Armitage Centre
This intimate and emotional two-hour concert is guaranteed to impress. Witness Melinda perform a selection of her original love songs mixed with timeless romantic cuts. Celebrate and embrace love as you sit back and listen to sweet and soulful music. $59 per person. Starts at 7:30pm.


Twilight Racing | Saturday 28 May | Clifford Park Racecourse
Get ready for another night of twilight races! Treat yourself to something warm and tasty from the Bistro and a refreshing drink from the bar. Gather your friends and relax in the fresh Autumn air. Gates open at 3:00pm. Racing from 4:30pm.


If there was ever a time to shop local, it’s now, and our region has plenty of markets that feature local creators, producers, makers and bakers. These stall holders have everything to fill your home, fridge, pantry and belly with the freshest local produce you can buy.


Granite Belt Farmers Market, Railway Precinct, Stanthorpe. 7:30am – 1:00pm
Laidley Village Markets, Patrick St & Laidley Mall, Laidley. 7:00am – 1:00pm
Hatton Vale Twilight Markets, Zischke Road, Hatton Vale. 4:00pm – 8:00pm


Toowoomba Farmers Markets, Cobb + Co Museum Under the Windmills. 7:00am – 12:00pm
Yarraman Markets, Corner New England and D’Aguilar Highways. 7:00am – 1:00pm
Ferrari Park Markets, Ferrari Park, Laidley. 6:00am – 12:00pm


PCYC Toowoomba Markets, James Street, Toowoomba. 7:00am – 12:00pm
Cabarlah Country Markets, Cabarlah Showgrounds. 7:30am – 12:30pm
Lockyer Valley Art Show Markets, Postman’s Ridge Hall. 8:00am – 12:00pm


Pig and Calf Markets, Cnr of Fitzroy & Lyons St, Warwick. 9:00am – 12:00pm

Markets in Southern Queensland Country

Tours, trails, and rides in Southern Queensland Country


Want to explore Southern Queensland Country but not sure where to start? Why not book a tour with one of our friendly local tour guides? Cycle through the vineyards of the Granite Belt, take a steam train from town to town, or even hop on a bus tour exploring some of the wonderful local breweries.

Clifton Night Train | Saturday 28 May | Warwick Railway Station
Spend Saturday evening traversing the beautiful countryside. Explore the wonderful town of Clifton and enjoy an authentic country-style dinner at a hotel. This is the perfect way to experience the region’s diversity. Depart from the Warwick Railway Station at 4:30pm and return at 10:00pm.


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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.