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Country Roads and Cellar Doors Drive Itinerary
3 Days  / 519 Kilometres

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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.


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Journey Routes


  • Brisbane to Stanthorpe

    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.
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  • Stanthorpe to Toowoomba

    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.
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  • Toowoomba to Brisbane

    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.
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Journey Details

Duration3 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance519 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelCar
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 2

Activities

  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


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Brisbane to Stanthorpe

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.



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Driving near Ipswick
Driving near Ipswick
Cunningham's Gap Main Range National Park
Cunningham's Gap Main Range National Park
Warwick Town Hall
Warwick Town Hall


Route Details

Distance:
220 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Market
    Market
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Stanthorpe to Toowoomba

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.



Photos

Castle Rock Girraween National Park
Castle Rock Girraween National Park


Route Details

Distance:
157 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Toowoomba to Brisbane

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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.



Photos

Brisbane City View
Brisbane City View


Route Details

Distance:
142 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



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Driving Directions

1 - Brisbane to Stanthorpe
Start from:Grey Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
End at:119-121 Neil Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
Distance:124 km
Duration:1 hour 31 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on Grey St toward Skew St
  2. Continue straight onto Skew St
  3. Slight left onto Upper Roma St
  4. Slight left onto Milton Rd
  5. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Mount Coot-Tha Rd/Metroad 5 heading to M5/Western Freeway/Ipswich/Toowoomba/Mount Coot-tha
  6. Slight left onto Metroad 5
  7. Continue onto M5
  8. Take exit Ipswich Motorway on the right to merge onto M7 toward Ipswich/Toowoomba
  9. Continue onto M2
  10. Keep left to continue on Warrego Hwy/M2, follow signs for Warrego Highway/Esk/Toowoomba
  11. Continue onto Warrego Hwy/National Highway A2
  12. Turn left onto Neil St
    Destination will be on the left
2 - Stanthorpe to Toowoomba
Start from:119-121 Neil Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
End at:37 Lock Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
Distance:141 km
Duration:1 hour 40 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on Neil St toward National Highway A2
  2. Take the 1st left onto National Highway A2
  3. Take the 1st left onto New England Hwy/A3
  4. Keep left to continue on A3, follow signs for Warwick/New England Highway
  5. Turn right onto Allora Drive (signs for ALLORA)
  6. Continue onto Forde St
  7. Continue onto Warwick-Allora Rd
  8. Continue onto Rosehill Rd
  9. Continue onto New England Hwy/A15
  10. Slight left onto High St (signs for Stanthorpe/Texas/Tourist Drive 7)
  11. Turn left onto Davadi St
  12. Take the 1st left onto Lock St
    Destination will be on the right
3 - Toowoomba to Brisbane
Start from:37 Lock Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
End at:Macrossan Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
Distance:218 km
Duration:2 hours 34 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Lock St toward Davadi St
  2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto High St
  3. Turn right onto New England Hwy/A15
  4. Turn right onto National Highway A15
  5. Turn left to stay on National Highway A15
  6. Continue onto M15 (signs for Brisbane)
  7. Continue onto M2
  8. Continue onto Ipswich Motorway/M7 (signs for Brisbane)
  9. Continue onto Ipswich Rd
  10. Continue onto Main St/State Route 15
    Continue to follow State Route 15
  11. Slight left onto Kemp Pl
  12. Turn left onto Ivory St
  13. Continue straight onto Boundary St
  14. Turn left onto Adelaide St
  15. Take the 1st left onto Macrossan St




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