The gorgeous Valley and Vines Tour is an extended loop beginning in Queensland's capital, Brisbane, before heading south and west via the Scenic Rim and Boonah to the Southern Downs region, and returning to Brisbane via Toowoomba and the South Burnett regions.
The journey heading west into the Southern Downs starts in Warwick and travels down through Granite Belt Wine Country, revealing vineyards, wineries and cellar doors, as well as spectacular scenery and National Parks. The trail then returns north through the rich agricultural regions of the Darling Downs, Toowoomba and the South Burnett, Queensland's Wine and Lakeland Country, where you'll discover more fertile landscape with an abundance of orchards, lavender farms, and artisan food producers.... more
Heading east and south, the trail leads you back to Brisbane through the rolling green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.... less
|Duration||11 Hours 11 Minutes||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||891 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Circuit
|Mode of Travel||Car||Level of Difficulty||Unrated|
Before departing Brisbane, don't miss the sensational views from Mt Cootha all the way to Moreton Bay.
Heading south-west to Warwick, take a break in Tamborine Mountain, before heading west over Cunningham's Gap, or in Boonah, 'the heart of the Scenic Rim' region.
Travelling toward the greater Southern Downs region, pass Moogerah Peaks National Park. As you approach Warwick step back in time at the Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre.
Welcome to the Southern Downs. Warwick sits on the willow-shaded Condamine River, bordering fertile farmlands and the rolling hills of the Great Dividing Range. Visitors to the 'Rose and Rodeo City' (with annual festivals dedicated to both) enjoy its sandstone architecture and country hospitality. The attractive wide main street is home to local shops, cafes, and a great park for kids.
As you begin westward via Albert River Wines, head for Beaudesert. Try a hot air balloon ride to view the surrounding fertile valleys.
South of Warwick you'll pass the orchards around Amiens. Stop for local cheeses at the Granite Belt Dairy, and hide out with a picnic basket at Donnelly's Castle - a fantastic rock formation.
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 from 'paddock to plate' on this self-drive food tour. Highlights on the way include Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery, an orchard with boutique juice factory, pick-your-own apples, cidery, distillery, café, and the world's best apple pie! Across the road you can't miss the region's iconic Vincenzo's The Big Apple offers delicious Italian treats, gelato, meals, and a well-stocked deli. Just south of Stanthorpe don't miss Glen Aplin and Ballandean, home to The Bramble Patch, Jam Works, Mt Stirling Olives, and a host of other local wineries and cellar doors.
In Stanthorpe, the heart of Granite Belt Wine Country, pick up further info at the Visitor Information Centre overlooking Quart Pot Creek.
Heading back north from Stanthorpe visit any wineries or orchards you might have missed on your way south. If you have children, don't miss the Granite Belt Maze.
This time upon arriving in Warwick, you might picnic at Lake Leslie and cast a fishing line before venturing into the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region. Allora or 'the best little town on the Downs' charms with quaint streetscapes.
Head to Nobby, home to the award winning Rudd's Pub, built in 1893. Roll by Cambooya's golden fields and rest at the Bull and Barley Inn surrounded by old-world charm. Enjoy a picnic basket in the gardens of Preston Peak Winery before passing Drayton, Rudd's birthplace, and the historic Royal Bull's Head Inn.
Perched on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, Toowoomba is "The Garden City". Head to Picnic Point for magnificent views of the Lockyer Valley and surrounding farmlands; then check out the Cobb & Co Museum to explore the region's history. Don't miss the gardens, including Queen's Park, Laurel Bank Park, and the Japanese Gardens. In September each year, visitors will also be treated to the Flower, Food and Wine Festival, the Carnival of Flowers.
From Toowoomba head north toward the South Burnett Region, Queensland's Wine and Lakeland Country. The Chocolate Cottage at Highfields is a delicious teahouse and restaurant where you can prepare for the journey ahead.
Upon reaching Hampton stock up on tasty relishes at Apthorpe Farm, known for its avocados and rhubarb, or pick your own delicious berries at Hampton Blue Blueberry Farm (Dec-Jan). On Sundays you can enjoy a tasting at Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard further north.
Pause at Yarraman's Heritage House before pressing on to one of Queensland's oldest towns, Nanango. Soak in the heritage at Ringsfield House, wet your palette at Arabesque Winery or tour the Nanango Dragon Fruit Farm, Red Fox Pitayas.
Enjoy Devonshire tea, lavender-infused scones and Shiraz fruitcake in the gardens of the Pottique Lavender Farm before reaching Kingaroy. Don't miss Taste South Burnett, a cellar door and gourmet larder that proudly showcases the region's diverse artisan produce.
Experience more of the South Burnett's best, departing from Kingaroy. Stock up at Kingaroy's iconic Peanut Van before heading to Crane Wines - the oldest winery in the region. Afterwards, soak in panoramic views over a delicious meal at nearby Booie Bello Vista.
Heading north, unwind on a farm stay at Wondai, or rest on the veranda of Dimities Cottage Restaurant & Tea Gardens. Move on to Goomeri, the antiques destination of South East Queensland and home to Australia's only Pumpkin Festival. Don't miss out on the homemade pies, homegrown olives, and cheeses.
Pass the Essdale Park Lavender Farm as you approach the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. View the black granite boulder field from the lookout at the northern end of Black Mountain National Park.
Return south to Brisbane via the Sunshine Coast hinterland, a patchwork of country villages, tranquil lakes, farms, forests and the striking volcanic formations of the Glass House Mountains.
|Start from:||Vulture Street & Pacific Motorway, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169, Australia|
|End at:||7 Britannia Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 33 mins|
|Start from:||7 Britannia Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia|
|End at:||Rosehill Road, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia|
|Start from:||Rosehill Road, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia|
|End at:||5 Donation Lane, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 2 mins|
|Start from:||5 Donation Lane, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia|
|End at:||33 Markwell Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 54 mins|
|Start from:||33 Markwell Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia|
|End at:||Pacific Motorway, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 37 mins|