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Northern Food Trail
6 Hours 7 Minutes / 457 Kilometres

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Your Northern Food Trail begins high on the edge of the Great Dividing Range in Toowoomba, launching pad to the gourmet delights and rich agricultural soils of the Darling Downs. A feast for all the sense, discover the natural beauty of the Bunya Mountains and experience the flavours of yester year with wholesome country fare and billy teas.

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Enter the South Burnett Region, the land of olive groves and vineyards. Exploring as far north as Goomeri you can expect artesian morsels and award winning varietals. Wander the vineyards and country gardens or throw in a line at one of the fishing destinations. Rest in country quiet at any number of farm stays.

Heading back to Toowoomba get up close and personal with the region's agricultural abundance and road stop stall. Stock up on home-style produce and rest on the verandas of charming cottage cafes. Each town offers its own proud heritage and distinct flavour.

This 500km touring loop offers a delicious touring experience you can enjoy all year round.

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Journey Routes


  • Toowoomba to Kingaroy via Bunya Mountains

    Your Northern Food Trail begins high on the edge of the Great Dividing Range in Toowoomba, launching pad to the gourmet delights of the Darling Downs. The view from Picnic Point, about 700 metres above sea level, spans the Lockyer Valley, city and surrounding farmlands, showcasing the fertile landscape that awaits you. September visitors will be treated to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, but great dining is available all year round - such as the legendary seafood buffet at Weis Restaurant, Veraison Restaurant, Angel Cafe and Kingfisher Gardens Cafe. Step back in time at the Jondaryan Woolshed. Cook in the rustic Shearers Quarters Cookhouse or head to the Billy Tea and Damper hut to be served real country fare. Roll on by the cotton fields of Dalby for a taste of rural life. The rich soils of the Darling Downs support the area's strong agricultural industry. Enter the Bunya Mountains, a stunning wilderness range featuring incredible views over the South Burnett region. After exploring the lush rainforest and grand bunya pines, take a picnic to Coomba Falls before resting up at Kingaroy's Taabinga Homestead, one of Queensland's oldest continually occupied homes.
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  • Kingaroy to Goomeri

    Enter the South Burnett Region, offering culinary adventures to lure every palette. Kingaroy's Taste South Burnett is a cellar door and gourmet larder showcasing the region's diverse artisan produce - a must do on your gourmet journey. Stock up at Kingaroy's iconic Peanut Van (serving road trippers and locals since 1969!) before enjoying a decadent platter at Crane Wines - the oldest winery in the region. Pause at nearby Booie Bello Vista to soak in panoramic views over a delicious meal. Want to linger longer? Try a farm stay such as Lee Farm Cottages then unwind on the veranda of Dimities Cottage Restaurant & Tea Gardens before pressing on to Goomeri.
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  • Goomeri to Nanango

    While Goomeri is the antiques destination of South East Queensland, it's the homemade pies and homegrown olives that attract the gastronomic enthusiast. Plus there's Goomeri Cheese World and for May visitors, the Pumpkin Festival. Wineries await you, including Queensland's largest - Clovely Estate. The Old Dairy Restaurant offers French cuisine on weekends so why not make an evening of it and stay at Clovely Cottage. Nearby Moffatdale Ridge Winery has been loved by the same family for over 100 years and offers a Tuscan inspired restaurant. Alternatively, take timeout from tasting at nearby Lake Barambah. Cast a line to lure Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Saratoga and Australian Bass, and lose your worries in the surrounding 2150 hectares of lake before pressing on to Nanango.
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  • Nanango to Toowoomba via Highfields

    Nanango is one of Queensland's oldest towns. Soak in the heritage at Ringsfield House before wetting your palette at the Whistle Stop Cellar Door or Arabesque Winery. Work up an appetite fossicking for gold in the Seven-Mile Diggings, strolling Yarraman's pine forests or explore a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. On Sundays you can stock up on succulent olives and enjoy a tasting at Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard. Pick your own delicious berries at Hampton Blue Blueberry Farm (Dec - Jan). The charming Chocolate Cottage is next, offering more than a sweet tooth's paradise - this teashop and restaurant ensures everybody's happy. Finish your journey with a mouth-watering dinner at Highfields' Infusions Restaurant, before resting at the Country Comfort Hotel.
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Journey Details

Duration6 Hours 7 MinutesItinerary TypeLand
Distance457 KilometresItinerary RouteCircuit
Mode of TravelCar
Level of Difficulty Unrated

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


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Northern Food Trail Full Itinerary


Toowoomba to Kingaroy via Bunya Mountains

Your Northern Food Trail begins high on the edge of the Great Dividing Range in Toowoomba, launching pad to the gourmet delights of the Darling Downs. The view from Picnic Point, about 700 metres above sea level, spans the Lockyer Valley, city and surrounding farmlands, showcasing the fertile landscape that awaits you.

September visitors will be treated to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, but great dining is available all year round - such as the legendary seafood buffet at Weis Restaurant, Veraison Restaurant, Angel Cafe and Kingfisher Gardens Cafe.

Step back in time at the Jondaryan Woolshed. Cook in the rustic Shearers Quarters Cookhouse or head to the Billy Tea and Damper hut to be served real country fare.

Roll on by the cotton fields of Dalby for a taste of rural life. The rich soils of the Darling Downs support the area's strong agricultural industry.

Enter the Bunya Mountains, a stunning wilderness range featuring incredible views over the South Burnett region. After exploring the lush rainforest and grand bunya pines, take a picnic to Coomba Falls before resting up at Kingaroy's Taabinga Homestead, one of Queensland's oldest continually occupied homes.



Route Details

Duration:
2 Hrs 49 Mins
Distance:
202 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Bunya Mountain National Park
- Russell Park

Experiences
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Kingaroy to Goomeri

Enter the South Burnett Region, offering culinary adventures to lure every palette.

Kingaroy's Taste South Burnett is a cellar door and gourmet larder showcasing the region's diverse artisan produce - a must do on your gourmet journey.

Stock up at Kingaroy's iconic Peanut Van (serving road trippers and locals since 1969!) before enjoying a decadent platter at Crane Wines - the oldest winery in the region. Pause at nearby Booie Bello Vista to soak in panoramic views over a delicious meal.

Want to linger longer? Try a farm stay such as Lee Farm Cottages then unwind on the veranda of Dimities Cottage Restaurant & Tea Gardens before pressing on to Goomeri.



Route Details

Duration:
50 Mins
Distance:
62 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Goomeri to Nanango

While Goomeri is the antiques destination of South East Queensland, it's the homemade pies and homegrown olives that attract the gastronomic enthusiast. Plus there's Goomeri Cheese World and for May visitors, the Pumpkin Festival.

Wineries await you, including Queensland's largest - Clovely Estate. The Old Dairy Restaurant offers French cuisine on weekends so why not make an evening of it and stay at Clovely Cottage.

Nearby Moffatdale Ridge Winery has been loved by the same family for over 100 years and offers a Tuscan inspired restaurant.

Alternatively, take timeout from tasting at nearby Lake Barambah. Cast a line to lure Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Saratoga and Australian Bass, and lose your worries in the surrounding 2150 hectares of lake before pressing on to Nanango.



Route Details

Duration:
1 Hr 17 Mins
Distance:
119 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Booubyjan Homestead

Experiences
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Nanango to Toowoomba via Highfields

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Nanango is one of Queensland's oldest towns. Soak in the heritage at Ringsfield House before wetting your palette at the Whistle Stop Cellar Door or Arabesque Winery.

Work up an appetite fossicking for gold in the Seven-Mile Diggings, strolling Yarraman's pine forests or explore a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. On Sundays you can stock up on succulent olives and enjoy a tasting at Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard.

Pick your own delicious berries at Hampton Blue Blueberry Farm (Dec - Jan). The charming Chocolate Cottage is next, offering more than a sweet tooth's paradise - this teashop and restaurant ensures everybody's happy.

Finish your journey with a mouth-watering dinner at Highfields' Infusions Restaurant, before resting at the Country Comfort Hotel.



Route Details

Duration:
1 Hr 51 Mins
Distance:
140 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Maidenwell

Experiences
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



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Driving Directions

1 - Toowoomba to Kingaroy via Bunya Mountains
Start from:14 Donation Lane, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
End at:96-98 Bunya Highway, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia
Distance:153 km
Duration:1 hour 54 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east on Donation Ln toward Silverwood Ln
  2. Turn left onto Neil St
  3. Turn right onto Herries St
  4. Take the 1st left onto Hume St/A3
  5. Turn left onto Chalk Drive/A3 (signs for Crows Nest)
  6. Turn right onto New England Hwy/A3
  7. Turn left onto Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd (signs for Bunya Mountains/Kingaroy)
  8. Turn left to stay on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd
  9. Turn left to stay on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd
  10. Turn right to stay on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd
  11. Continue onto D'Aguilar Hwy
  12. Slight left onto State Route 96
  13. Turn right onto D'Aguilar Hwy
  14. Turn left onto D'Aguilar Hwy/Haly St
  15. Turn left onto Bunya Hwy
    Destination will be on the left
2 - Kingaroy to Goomeri
Start from:96-98 Bunya Highway, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia
End at:Burnett Highway, Goomeri QLD 4601, Australia
Distance:62.1 km
Duration:46 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Bunya Hwy toward Alford St
  2. Make a U-turn at Alford St
  3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Bunya Hwy
  4. Continue onto Burnett Hwy/A3 (signs for Goomeri)
  5. Slight right (signs for Kilkivan/Gympie)
    Destination will be on the right
3 - Goomeri to Nanango
Start from:Burnett Highway, Goomeri QLD 4601, Australia
End at:50-80 D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango QLD 4615, Australia
Distance:59.9 km
Duration:38 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south toward Burnett Hwy/A3
  2. Continue straight onto Burnett Hwy/A3
  3. Turn left to stay on Burnett Hwy/A3 (signs for Nanango)
  4. Turn right onto D'Aguilar Hwy/Drayton St (signs for D'Aguilar Highway/Kingaroy/Route 96)
    Destination will be on the right
4 - Nanango to Toowoomba via Highfields
Start from:50-80 D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango QLD 4615, Australia
End at:195-197 James Street, South Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
Distance:140 km
Duration:1 hour 40 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east on D'Aguilar Hwy/Drayton St toward A3
  2. Take the 1st right onto D'Aguilar Hwy/A3
  3. Turn right onto New England Hwy/A3 (signs for Crows Nest/Toowoomba/New England Highway)
  4. Turn left onto Chalk Drive/A3 (signs for A2/Brisbane/Warwick/A39/Pittsworth/Goondiwindi)
  5. Turn right onto Hume St/A3
  6. Turn right onto National Highway A2 (signs for Millmerran/Goondiwindi)




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