Southern Queensland Country | Things to do

Be charmed by the gentle pace of Southern Queensland Country. Explore the lush hinterland and national parks in the region, then recharge with world-class food and five-star wines from passionate local producers.

Food and wine

Southern Queensland Country is one of the state’s great gourmet destinations. Follow a food and wine trail through the region, taste cool-climate wines at cellar doors in the Granite Belt, pick your own fresh cherries, apples or strawberries from local growers, and learn from the experts at a cooking school.

Country life

Get a taste of authentic country life. Kids will love feeding the chickens or milking the cows when you spend the night at a family-friendly farm stay and see how working sheep and cattle stations operate. Surround yourself in natural wonders with a visit to the Bunya Mountains and Girraween National Park.

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Seasonal delights

Discover the beauty of Southern Queensland Country’s four distinct seasons. Drive through fields of flowers along the Sunflower Route or eat your fill of watermelons at the Chinchilla Melon Festival in summer. Join in the pumpkin rolling during the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival in autumn and rug up for Jumpers and Jazz during winter. In spring, see Toowoomba in bloom during the annual Carnival of Flowers.

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Imagined Boundaries | Rob Allen and Adrian Ashman

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
22 October – 6 December 2020
Humans characteristically set boundaries around their physical, social, and conceptual environments. In this exhibition, they question the need for those artificial divisions. They chose an area of 50 kilometres around Stanthorpe as their playground.

Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32
13 November 2020 – 18 April 2021
Journey back in time to Ancient Rome with this family-friendly interactive exhibition showcasing incredible art, machines, and technology. Bringing to life one of the most technologically significant times in the history of mankind, the exhibition covers an epic period of history, from the triumphant victory of Julius Caesar over the Gaul in 52 BC to the transformation of Rome from a Republic into the mighty Roman Empire.

Yarraman Markets

Yarraman, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 November 2020
Yarraman Markets are situated on the corner of the New England and D'Aguilar Highways, on the second Saturday of each month from 7am to 12pm. The Yarraman Progress Association do an all morning barbecue breakfast.

5Senses Degustation Dinner at Heritage Estate Winery

Cottonvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$170 - 170
21 November 2020
- Tastes of five star Wines, gourmet, chef-prepared dishes - Smells exclusive 54 scent “Nez du Vin” - Sights silent movies - Sounds String Quartet - Touch of class! - Diamonds in the Rough Hors d’oeuvres – Caviar, salmon, finger lime blinis and smoked trout and horseradish cream pain grille.

Bush Christmas Exhibition

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
25 November – 4 December 2020
​The Bush Christmas Exhibition is an annual celebration of outback creative talent which presents a magnificent collection of handmade gifts and gourmet delights each year. Exhibitors are principally from the rural and remote areas of Queensland and New South Wales and are supported by a few selected city artisans, most of whom have rural backgrounds.

Nindigully Pig Races

Thallon, Balonne Area
28 November 2020
Nindigully Pub’s world famous Pig Races are held annually and attract a larger crowd every year. The day consists of live music, raffles, auctions food, drink, fireworks, camping and of course pig races.

Blacksmithing Basics

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$410 - 410
Monthly from 28 – 29 November 2020
Learn the basics of blacksmithing and create your own set of blacksmithing tools with Terry Drennan. You will make a set of blacksmithing tools including a cold chisel, hot cutter, round punch, oval punch, centre punch and tongs.

Bunya Mountains Community Markets

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 29 November 2020
The Bunya Mountains Community Markets are held on the last Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm. Enjoy over 20 plus market stalls with locally grown produce, homemade products, art and craft. Located within the iconic Bunya Mountains National Park, the markets make for a fantastic day out for the entire family.

Heritage Estate Jazz/Blues/Rock with Fine Vintage Brisbane Band

Cottonvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$25 - 25
29 November 2020
Touch of trad jazz to a happy afternoon of wine, food, and song with the fabulous Brisbane Band “Fine Vintage” featuring Mick Power who has been performing in Queensland for the past 40 years. He has supported the Bee Gees, the Hollies, and Ray Charles, among others.

Allora Bush Christmas & Markets 2020

Allora, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
4 December 2020
Join us for the Allora Bush Christmas & Markets. Allora's main street (Herbert St) will host an exciting evening of entertainment including live music, rides, food stall and Christmas cheer! Set in the historical town of Allora we welcome one-and-all to browse the 50+ markets and local businesses, ride on the trackless train, Spinning Tea-Cips, Super Slide + inflatables or sit back and relax to the live music and Christmas carols on the main stage.
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