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Regions of Queensland Country

Queensland Country is the ideal destination for a country getaway, offering a perfect blend of stunning natural landscapes, four distinct seasons, a thriving wine scene, and a wide range of farm-to-table regional food experiences. Beginning just a short 55-minute drive from Brisbane (and just 6 traffic lights), this region encompasses the vibrant regions of Central Queensland Highlands, Goondiwindi, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Southern Downs & Granite Belt, Toowoomba, Western Downs, North Burnett, South Burnett, Woorabinda, and Cherbourg.

Whether you are seeking breathtaking scenery, exploring vineyards, enjoying fresh local produce, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Queensland Country has something for everyone. With its close proximity to Brisbane and the variety of regions to explore, it offers a perfect escape from the city and a chance to experience the beauty of rural Queensland.

Lockyer Valley Region

Welcome to "Australia's Salad Bowl”. The flourishing crop country of the Lockyer Valley is one of the most fertile farming areas in the world and grows over 95% of all winter crops in Australia. Upon arrival in this picturesque countryside, you will be greeted with an abundance of colourful fields and delightful foodie experiences, all made with the freshest and highest quality local ingredients.

Beyond its thriving agricultural industry, the Lockyer Valley is filled with charming towns, historic buildings, heritage sights, breathtaking mountain views, and immersive farm experiences.

55 minutes from Brisbane.

Toowoomba Region

Home to Australia’s second-largest inland city, the Toowoomba Region offers the perfect blend of metropolitan living and country charm. This region stretches from Yarraman in the north to Millmerran in the south-west. Perched 700 meters above sea level on the western slope of the Great Dividing Range, the Toowoomba Region boasts a diverse landscape with rolling plains, lively country towns, and picturesque sunflower farms. In addition to its natural beauty, the region is also known for its thriving urban coffee culture, artisanal produce, and hidden laneways. While embracing modernity, the Toowoomba Region proudly showcases its historical connection to the pioneering era, giving visitors a glimpse into its rich heritage.

90 minutes from Brisbane.

Western Downs Region

Stretching from Dalby to Meandarra, this expansive region is unparalleled in size and scale and covers a land area that is so vast, some parts of the world would require passports to cross it. The Western Downs greets you with fields of lush produce, wildlife that embodies the spirit of the bush, and landscapes that burst to life with vibrant colours. While the region is renowned for its thriving agricultural scene, it would be a disservice to overlook its rich history, expansive skies, and unforgettable sunsets. What truly sets the Western Downs apart is its people. With a deep appreciation for the land, the locals make this region come alive with their warmth and welcoming spirit. Prepare yourself for a whole new adventure as you immerse yourself in the Western Downs and discover the true essence of country community in Australia.

3 hours from Brisbane.

Southern Downs & Granite Belt

A perfect blend of natural beauty, immersive wine experiences, fresh local produce, and exciting events. There are countless opportunities to explore and indulge in wine tastings and vineyard tours. Its vineyards, some of which are located at an impressive altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level are leading the way in producing Strange Bird varietals with over 50 cellar doors. But the Southern Downs & Granite Belt has much more to offer than just wine. The region boasts stunning natural landscapes, with vast sky panoramas and prehistoric granite boulders that seem to defy gravity. Its rich multicultural and agricultural heritage adds another layer of charm and history to the area. The cooler climate, which can bring snow in winter, makes it a truly unique destination in Australia.

90 minutes from Brisbane.

Goondiwindi Region

Sitting on the banks of the Macintyre River, this is regional Australia at its best, where you’ll find a thriving country culture, rich in early Australian history and heritage. Fall in love with the flourishing vibrant street art scene, larger-than-life sculptures, and one of the biggest silo artworks in the country. Venture beyond the town streets to discover an abundance of rivers, dams, and waterways, renowned for a variety of water sports and inland fishing, crisscrossing their way through the region. Additionally, it is the agricultural heart of the region, with cotton farms, local olives, and numerous primary producers who call this part of the world home.

4 hours from Brisbane.

Somerset Region

Discover 5,382 km2 of countryside boasting an abundance of lakes and landscapes encapsulating mountain forests and tranquil valleys just waiting to be explored. Travel a short one hour from Brisbane’s CBD to the heart of the South-East, punching above its weight in outdoor adventures featuring some of Queensland’s most loved water-sporting locations - Lake Wivenhoe and Lake Somerset. Take a country drive along winding valley roads through towns who believe in authentic country hospitality, value high quality produce and experiences. Whether it’s history, adventure or romance, each town has its own story to tell and a certain charm and a character of its own. Look closely to uncover stories hidden all over the region; on the walls of art galleries; in the footprints along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail; or over the counter at the local pub. Adventure awaits in Somerset.

1 hour from Brisbane.

Central Queensland Highlands

Experience the best of both worlds in the Central Queensland Highlands, where the quintessential Queensland countryside meets lush rainforest-clad peaks. This region offers a perfect fusion of action-packed adventure and awe-inspiring scenery. Explore Carnarvon Gorge, known for its towering sandstone cliffs, prehistoric cycads, and more than 2,000 examples of Aboriginal rock art. Visit the Gemfields, where you can try your luck at fossicking for your very own sapphire. Discover Blackdown Tableland National Park with deep gorges, spectacular lookouts, scenic waterfalls, and Ghungalu cultural sites. The Central Queensland Highlands has all of this and more, just waiting for you to discover.

9 hours drive or 1.5 hour flight from Brisbane.

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