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Valley and Vines Extended Tour
11 Hours 11 Minutes / 891 Kilometres

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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.

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Heading east and south, the trail leads you back to Brisbane through the rolling green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

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Journey Routes


  • Brisbane to Warwick

    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.
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  • Warwick to Stanthorpe

    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.
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  • Stanthorpe to Toowoomba

    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.
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  • Toowoomba to Kingaroy

    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.
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  • Kingaroy to Brisbane

    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.
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Journey Details

Duration11 Hours 11 MinutesItinerary TypeLand
Distance891 KilometresItinerary RouteCircuit
Mode of TravelCar
Level of Difficulty Unrated

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Fruit Picking
    Fruit Picking
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


Other Information


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Valley and Vines Extended Tour Full Itinerary


Brisbane to Warwick

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.



Route Details

Duration:
5 Hrs 46 Mins
Distance:
407 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Boonah

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 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.



Route Details

Duration:
1 Hr 40 Mins
Distance:
124 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Stanthorpe to Toowoomba

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.



Route Details

Duration:
2 Hrs 57 Mins
Distance:
231 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Goomburra State Forest

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Toowoomba to Kingaroy

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.



Route Details

Duration:
3 Hrs 9 Mins
Distance:
249 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Belvedere Farm Tours, Kumbia
- Seven-Mile Diggings

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Kingaroy to Brisbane

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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.



Route Details

Duration:
5 Hrs 12 Mins
Distance:
381 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Lake Barambah
- Kenilworth
- Woodford

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



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Driving Directions

1 - Brisbane to Warwick
Start from:8/284 Vulture Street, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169, Australia
End at:7 Britannia Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
Distance:216 km
Duration:2 hours 29 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east on Vulture St toward Leopard St
  2. Turn right onto Main St/State Route 15
    Continue to follow State Route 15
  3. Continue onto Ipswich Rd
  4. Continue onto M7 (signs for Ipswich/Toowoomba)
  5. Continue onto M2
  6. Keep right to continue on M15, follow signs for Warwick/National Highway 15
  7. Continue onto National Highway A15
  8. Slight left to stay on National Highway A15
  9. Turn right to stay on National Highway A15
  10. Turn left onto New England Hwy/A15
  11. Turn left onto Pancor Rd
  12. Turn right onto Connor St/Stanthorpe-Texas Rd
  13. Take the 1st left onto Britannia St
    Destination will be on the right
2 - Warwick to Stanthorpe
Start from:7 Britannia Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
End at:Rosehill Road, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia
Distance:59.5 km
Duration:41 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on Britannia St toward Connor St/Stanthorpe-Texas Rd
  2. Turn right onto Connor St/Stanthorpe-Texas Rd
  3. Take the 1st left onto Pancor Rd
  4. Turn right onto New England Hwy/A15
  5. Continue onto Rosehill Rd
    Destination will be on the left
3 - Stanthorpe to Toowoomba
Start from:Rosehill Road, Warwick QLD 4370, Australia
End at:5 Donation Lane, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
Distance:82.6 km
Duration:1 hour 0 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on Rosehill Rd toward Percy St
  2. Continue onto Warwick-Allora Rd
  3. Continue onto Forde St
  4. Continue onto Allora Drive
  5. Turn left onto New England Hwy/A3 (signs for Toowoomba)
  6. Turn right to stay on New England Hwy/A3
    Continue to follow New England Hwy
  7. Turn right onto Donation Ln
  8. Take the 1st left to stay on Donation Ln
4 - Toowoomba to Kingaroy
Start from:5 Donation Lane, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
End at:33 Markwell Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia
Distance:153 km
Duration:1 hour 54 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Donation Ln
  2. Turn left to stay on Donation Ln
  3. Turn left onto Neil St
  4. Turn right onto Herries St
  5. Take the 1st left onto Hume St/A3
  6. Turn left onto Chalk Drive/A3 (signs for Crows Nest)
  7. Turn right onto New England Hwy/A3
  8. Turn left onto Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd (signs for Bunya Mountains/Kingaroy)
  9. Turn left to stay on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd
  10. Turn left to stay on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd
  11. Turn right to stay on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd
  12. Continue onto D'Aguilar Hwy
  13. Slight left onto State Route 96
  14. Turn right onto D'Aguilar Hwy
  15. Turn left onto Markwell St
    Go through 1 roundabout
    Destination will be on the left
5 - Kingaroy to Brisbane
Start from:33 Markwell Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia
End at:Pacific Motorway, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
Distance:214 km
Duration:2 hours 37 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Markwell St toward Bunya Hwy
  2. Take the 1st left onto Bunya Hwy
  3. Take the 1st left onto Avoca St
  4. Turn right onto D'Aguilar Hwy
  5. Slight left onto State Route 96
  6. Turn right onto D'Aguilar Hwy
  7. Turn right onto D'Aguilar Hwy/A3
    Continue to follow D'Aguilar Hwy
  8. Continue onto National Route 17
  9. Continue onto D'Aguilar Hwy
  10. Turn left to stay on D'Aguilar Hwy
  11. Turn right onto D'Aguilar Hwy/William St
    Continue to follow D'Aguilar Hwy
  12. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for M1/Brisbane and merge onto M1
  13. Continue onto Gympie Arterial Rd/M3 (signs for Brisbane)
    Continue to follow M3
  14. Continue onto Gympie Rd
  15. Take the ramp on the right to M7
    Toll road
  16. Keep left at the fork to continue toward M7
    Toll road
  17. Keep right at the fork and merge onto M7
    Toll road
  18. Take the exit onto M3
  19. Turn left to stay on M3
  20. Keep right to continue on Pacific Motorway




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