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Southern Food Trail
1 Hour 56 Minutes / 147 Kilometres



Description

Stretching from Toowoomba to Stanthorpe, the Southern Food Trail offers unforgettable flavours from the fertile landscape of the Darlings Downs and the Granite Belt.

Journey down the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, feasting in farming towns and resting at the watering holes of literary greats. Pass fields of golden sunflowers and be welcomed with wholesome fare at each stop along the way.

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Discover the rich history of settlements like Warwick as you approach Wine Country. Here the air smells like roses and lavender and the climate is just right for growing a variety of delicious produce including olives, apples, berries, and of course grapes!

Sample award-winning wines and get to know the Strange Birds. If you appreciate seasonal produce you'll be keen to try the nude food too!

The Southern Food Trail is a quirky culinary escape, highlighted by nature's beauty and unique events.

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Southern Food Trail
Southern Food Trail


Journey Details

Duration1 Hour 56 MinutesItinerary TypeLand
Distance147 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelCar
Level of Difficulty Unrated

Activities

  • Cycling
    Cycling
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


Southern Food Trail Full Itinerary

Toowoomba to Allora

Your Southern Food Trail begins high on the edge of the Great Dividing Range in Toowoomba. Start at Picnic Point Café and take in the stunning views of the Lockyer Valley.

Work up an appetite exploring the Cobb & Co Museum or Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre, then head to the famous Weis Restaurant to indulge in the premium Australian seafood buffet.

Further south you can enjoy a picnic basket in the gardens of Preston Peak Winery before rolling by Cambooya's golden fields. Rest at the Bull and Barley Inn surrounded by old-world charm.

After passing Drayton, the birthplace of author Steele Rudd you'll reach Nobby, home to Rudd's Pub, built in 1893. Their playful menu pays homage to the literary icon.


Route Details

Duration: 1 Hr 16 Mins
Distance: 80 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Bus
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Darling Downs Zoo

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Allora to Warwick

Explore the Southern Downs beginning with 'the best little town on the Downs'. Allora charms with quaint streetscapes and fantastic heritage - as the childhood home of P.L Travers author of the Mary Poppins tales.

Heading southward step back in time at the Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre. Uncover the history of the region dating back to the 19th Century.

More fascinating history awaits alongside the willow-shaded Condamine River. Warwick, the 'Rose and Rodeo City' (with annual festivals dedicated to both) is known for its sandstone architecture and hospitable country flavour.


Route Details

Duration: 24 Mins
Distance: 28 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Goomburra State Forest

Experiences
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Warwick to Stanthorpe

South of Warwick you'll pass the flourishing orchards around Amiens. Grab a local cheese from the Granite Belt Dairy and hide out with a picnic basket at Donnelly's Castle - a fantastic rock formation - just like the bushrangers of yester year.

Enter Queensland's premier wine region, the Granite Belt wine Country, and choose from over 50 wineries, vineyards and cellar doors. The adventurous might try Strange Bird Alternatives - the quirky name given to the region's alternative grape varieties.

Alternatively, experience food as nature intended on the Nude Food Trail. Taste the season's best on this a self-drive tour, offering various delights from paddock to plate.

Highlights include Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery - across the road from the iconic Vincenzo's The Big Apple - an orchard with a boutique juice factory, cidery, distillery, and café serving the best apple pie in the world! The picturesque Bramble Patch is another nude favourite - high in the hills above Glen Aplin. Visit the café for berry delights.

Stanthorpe provides the ideal base from which to explore the many regional highlights, with its restaurants showcasing much of the region's finest.


Route Details

Duration: 1 Hr 10 Mins
Distance: 76 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Leslie Dam
- Girraween National Park
- Main Range National Park

Experiences
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Unrated




Driving Directions

1 - Toowoomba to Allora
Start from:202 Tourist Road, Rangeville QLD 4350, Australia
End at:New England Highway, Allora QLD 4362, Australia
Distance:63.3 km
Duration:51 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southwest on Tourist Rd toward Tobruk Memorial Drive
  2. Take the 2nd left onto Rowbotham St
  3. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Alderley St
    Go through 3 roundabouts
  4. Turn left onto New England Hwy/A3
  5. Keep left to continue on A3, follow signs for Warwick/New England Highway
  6. Turn right onto Allora Drive (signs for ALLORA)
  7. Continue onto Forde St
  8. Turn left onto South St
  9. Turn left onto New England Hwy/A3
    Destination will be on the left
2 - Allora to Warwick
Start from:New England Highway, Allora QLD 4362, Australia
End at:65-71 Fitzroy Street, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia
Distance:28.8 km
Duration:24 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on New England Hwy/A3 toward Forest Plain Rd
  2. Take the 1st left onto Allora Drive (signs for ALLORA)
  3. Continue onto Forde St
  4. Continue onto Warwick-Allora Rd
  5. Continue onto Rosehill Rd
  6. Turn left onto Victoria St
    Go through 1 roundabout
  7. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Palmerin St
  8. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Fitzroy St
    Destination will be on the left
3 - Warwick to Stanthorpe
Start from:65-71 Fitzroy Street, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia
End at:25-142 Victoria Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
Distance:60.8 km
Duration:44 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east on Fitzroy St toward National Highway A15
  2. Take the 1st right onto National Highway A15
  3. Turn right to stay on National Highway A15
  4. Turn left onto New England Hwy/A15
  5. Slight left onto High St (signs for Stanthorpe/Texas/Tourist Drive 7)
    Go through 1 roundabout
  6. Turn right onto Victoria St

Other Information


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