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.... more
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.... less
|Duration||6 Hours 7 Minutes||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||457 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Circuit
|Mode of Travel||Car||Level of Difficulty||Unrated|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Start from:||14 Donation Lane, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia|
|End at:||96-98 Bunya Highway, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 54 mins|
|Start from:||96-98 Bunya Highway, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia|
|End at:||Burnett Highway, Goomeri QLD 4601, Australia|
|Start from:||Burnett Highway, Goomeri QLD 4601, Australia|
|End at:||50-80 D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango QLD 4615, Australia|
|Start from:||50-80 D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango QLD 4615, Australia|
|End at:||195-197 James Street, South Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 40 mins|