This three day itinerary includes visiting historic towns, sampling wines and visiting vineyards in Queensland's largest wine producing region - the Granite Belt and enjoying country scenery and natural attractions. Be sure to pack your camera. Highlights include heritage walking tours, rainforest walks, giant granite boulders, superb regional food and wine.
|Duration||3 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||519 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
|Mode of Travel||Car||Level of Difficulty|
Depart early from Brisbane, heading west towards Warwick. On the way, take a short detour through Ipswich.
Ipswich is the State's oldest provincial city. Discover the city's graceful colonial homes, superb old churches and historic sandstone buildings on a heritage walking tour, and check out the antique shops and craft cottages as you follow heritage trails through the surrounding country areas. Continuing on from Ipswich, stop in at Aratula on the Cunningham Highway, at the foot of Cunningham's Gap, the centre of the Main Range National Park and the site of a large stone cairn memorial to the early explorers. A good spot to stretch the legs before continuing over the range to Warwick. Stop on the way at the top of the range at Cunningham's Gap for a short rainforest walk. Head south to Stanthorpe nestled in the heart of The Granite Belt region which boasts more than 45 wineries. The high altitude and unique soil provide excellent growing conditions not only for grapes, but for stone fruit such as peaches, apricots and nectarines along with a variety of apples and berries. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the cellar doors and taste what this town has to offer.
Just south of Stanthorpe, Girraween National Park is one of Queensland's most popular parks with spectacular granite rock formations, and wildflower displays during Spring. Adjacent to Girraween, is Bald Rock National Park which has the largest granite rock formation in the Southern Hemisphere, providing excellent views over the surrounding terrain,
On the way to Toowoomba, you will pass another little country charm, the town of Allora. You may well think you are taking a trip into history when driving down the main street, described by one travel writer as one of the three best streetscapes in Australia. The classic streetscape of Clifton and its buildings' facades have been used in a number of Australian movies including The Thornbirds. Just a short drive north of Clifton is Nobby and the well known Rudd's Pub which is dedicated to writer Steele Rudd, who lived in the area.
Toowoomba's history has been preserved in its buildings and the magnificently restored art deco Empire Theatre attracts regular performances. Admire the city's fine architecture, including City Hall and the National Trust Royal Bull's Head Inn. A visit to the Cobb & Co Museum is a must as it houses Australia's finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
Toowoomba really is Queensland's 'Garden City', with more than 150 public parks and gardens, spend the morning taking in the floral delight of the town. In spring the gardens are an extravaganza of colour, and the city celebrates with its Carnival of Flowers, held each year in the last full week of September. From mid-January to mid-February the city is again ablaze with Summer floral colour. From March to May vibrant tints of red and gold mark the Autumn Showing.
On your way back to Brisbane, be sure to stop off at Gatton. Known for its scenic backdrop of steep hills and mountains of The Great Dividing Range, Gatton is one of the fastest growing and most beautiful regions, encompassing some of the richest farming land in Australia. To appreciate this beautiful region, take a scenic drive through the Laidley Valley via Mulgowie Road, or Laidley Creek Road and gaze across the colourful landscape of the valley from the Shire's two lookouts. Back on the highway again, continue to Brisbane, arriving late afternoon.
|Start from:||Grey Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia|
|End at:||37 Lock Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 30 mins|
|Start from:||37 Lock Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia|
|End at:||119-121 Neil Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 43 mins|
|Start from:||119-121 Neil Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia|
|End at:||Macrossan Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 37 mins|