7 Ways to Warmly Embrace Winter
Winter in the country is all about cosying up around a crackling fire with a bottle of local red, rugging up for cool walks in nature, breathing in crisp air, trying delicious winter menus at welcoming restaurants and celebrating the season at vibrant events.
Here’s our top 7 ways to give winter in Southern Queensland Country a big warm hug:
1. Find a cosy fire
It’s not that hard…they’re everywhere!
Book into a B&B, cottage, holiday house or farm stay and chances are you’ll be cracking open a local drop and staring into the mesmerising flames in no time.
Or get your crew together for Killarney Bonfire Night to see how the locals celebrate the cold weather.
2. Raise a glass to Queensland's most western winery
Hit the road to St George via Nindigully Pub and the famous Thallon Silos to reach Riversands Winery. Sample the 2016 Western Rivers Run Shiraz over lunch in the garden and you can’t leave without a bottle or two of their F**n Good Port – sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s night!
3. Cuddle a camel
At Tara's Festival of Culture and Camel races...actually camels are unpredictable characters so you’re better off just enjoying the races, multi-cultural entertainment, food, camping and friendly hospitality on offer!
4. Make a snowman
Grab your beanies, scarves and mittens and join the locals for Snowflakes in Stanthorpe, a celebration of the coldest place in Queensland – it’s the top ticket for families with a lantern parade, ice skating, snowball fights, street stalls and entertainment happening over three days.
5. Camp without the crowds
Think camping is just for summer? Think again - as long as you’ve got the right gear and layer up, winter camping is super cool!
There’s nothing better than stories around the campfire, toasting marshmallows, early to bed and early to rise to explore walking trails, fishing in rivers and dams and enjoying the peace and serenity of the bush.
Pitch your tent or pull up your van at Bestbrook Mountain Resort, Gleneden Family Farm, Foxbar Falls, Lake Broadwater, Chinchilla Weir or in our stunning National Parks.
6. Do a winter climb in Girraween
It’s perfect weather to tackle the challenging pyramid walk or simply rock hop over easier trails in the beautiful granite-scape of Girraween National Park.
7. Dance in the streets to Jazz
You’re sure to warm up at Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July – with an 11-day program of exhibitions and events including roving musicians, yarnbombing the city streets, the Jumpin’ Jazz Laneway Party, art shows and craft workshops, there’s simply no time to be cold!
To catch all of the action stay in town at McNevins Warwick Motel, Pitstop Lodge or Albion Cottage.
For more inspiration on where to explore across Southern Queensland Country, check out our handy guide or head to our blog.