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Southern Queensland Country, QLD

This is truly where you can escape the pressures of the city, the humidity of the coast and do as much or as little as you please. Sample delicious stone fruits straight from the grower. Tour wineries and taste award-winning wines. Explore the region’s history and heritage. Take a bushwalk in spectacular national parks or share the romance of an open log fire. Try your hand at freshwater fishing or fossicking, or go sailing on the region’s dams. In the Southern Downs you experience real country life and hospitality.

Southern Queensland Country

The region provides a natural alternative to the cities and beaches of the coastal area. The Southern Downs stretches from Cunningham’s Gap in the east, north to Clifton, south to the border town of Wallangarra, and to Inglewood in the west. The region prides itself on its old-fashioned hospitality. The principal towns are Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney, Allora, Inglewood, Texas and Clifton.

Queensland’s Southern Downs region has a diverse geography, from the rolling fertile hills of the Warwick Shire, the high altitude granite rock country of Stanthorpe Shire, to the wide open plains of the Inglewood and Clifton Shires.

Queensland’s Southern Downs region is steeped in history; the area boasts some of Queensland’s finest restored sandstone and timber buildings , including Abbey of the Roses, Talgai Homestead and Glengallan Homestead which is a Queensland Heritage Trails Network Project. A Heritage Trail booklet is available for a small fee from visitor information centres within the region, providing information on the historical buildings through out the area.

Queensland’s Southern Downs region has a number of art galleries, historical museums, pottery and craft, antiques and collectibles stores for visitors to enjoy. Markets are held most weekends within the region, and allow visitors to purchases fresh produce and locally made craft items.

Toowoomba And Golden West Region, QLD

Explore the Western Downs, Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

In the heart of South East Queensland Country is Toowoomba, situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range. An easy hour drive south of this area, and you are in Steele Rudd Country. Throughout the shires of Cambooya, Pittsworth and Millmerran explore the pioneer history and writings of Arthur Hoey Davis.

North into the Eastern Downs you will explore galleries, nurseries, host farms, bed and breakfasts and museums. Drive the designated Tourist Drives through Crows Nest, Rosalie, Jondaryan, Dalby and the Bunya Mountains.

West of Toowoomba you can broaden your horizons in the Western Downs region. This expansive area covers the shires of Chinchilla, Murilla, Taroom, Tara, Waggamba, Balonne, Bendemere, Bungil, Wambo, Waroo, Millmerran and the towns of Roma and Goondiwindi. Your experiences here will be wide and varied from nature based activities like bushwalking and birdwatching to warm, hearty country cuisine and hospitality.

Stay for a while

Visitors are delighted by the region’s stately 19th century farmhouses, their spacious timber verandahs overlooking gardens blooming with lavender, wisteria and flowering crab-apples, set against subtropical vistas of farms and bushland.

Toowoomba on Queensland’s Darling Downs is a haven for travellers wanting to unwind and indulge in life’s little pleasures. The streets are lined with spreading camphor laurels and cosy coffee houses, bookstores, antique galleries and restaurants. For fine examples of colonial architecture, stroll Mary and Campbell Streets; or discover in the Botanical Gardens and Queens Park a serenity seldom found in a city.

Southern Queensland Country

Perhaps stay in town at gracious Vacy Hall, a guesthouse evoking the leisurely spirit of the 1800s. Or opt for Argyle Homestead, a heritage-listed, bed-and-breakfast guesthouse in the country outside Toowoomba, built in 1884 on 19 hectares. Argyle is run by Ross and Julie Smith, who excel at making guests feel welcome. Just down the road, the quaint and homely Farmers’ Arms pub offers delicious country cooking, an impressive wine cellar and an welcoming open fire in winter.

Talgai Homestead, another lovely heritage-listed property, stands on 307.5 hectares of prime grazing land outside the town of Allora in the Southern Downs. Inside this sandstone-block residence, the piano imported from England by the original owners in 1870 is still used. Talgai isn’t far from Toowoomba and the wineries of Stanthorpe. It’s a two-hour drive from Brisbane.


  • Caravan and Camping
  • Farm/Station

Popular Activities

  • Off Road Driving
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail bike riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Golfing
  • Horse Riding
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Wine Tasting
  • National Park
  • Winery
  • Fruit Picking
  • Fossicking
  • Gold prospecting
  • Jet Boating

About Southern Queensland Country

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains