5 Reasons You Ought to Visit this Autumn

It’s easy to fall in love with the romantic hues of Autumn on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt. Warm days and crisp cool nights provide the perfect conditions for early hikes at a National Park followed by an afternoon spent wine tasting or discovering heritage sites. Here’s 5 excuses to hit the road and visit our backyard this colourful season:

1. Crunchy crimson leaves

Image by @peterajgreen via Instagram

You’ll fall in love with Autumn and its rich colours as our deciduous landscapes turn to hues of gold and crimson with plenty of crunchy leaves. Leaf-chasers can pack a picnic and head to one of our many parks to take it all in. For the most insta-worthy spot in the region, head to Rotary Park on Quart Pot Creek (just outside the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre) – a popular spot with plenty of space for the kids to stomp, throw and hide in the leaves! Check out some awesome leaf shots to get your creative juices flowing!

2. Spectacular Autumn Scenery

It’s not just the leaves that turn brilliant shades of orange and red in Autumn. The romantic colours on the ground mirror those in the sky with epic sunsets that sink to nights cool enough to light a fire. Warm days and crisp, cool nights provide the perfect conditions for hiking at one of our three National Parks. Autumn is Russell Jackson’s favourite time of the year to go bushwalking here – check out the video above to learn about his connection to the land, particularly in this season.

3. Autumn Events for Your Social Diary

Image: Southern Downs Harvest Lunch

No other Autumn event celebrates the season quite as much as the Allora Autumn Festival (28-29 April), a weekend celebrating ‘the best little town on the Downs’ and its changing colours this time of year. Culture vultures can attend Opera in the Vineyard in Ballandean (30 May), wine-lovers can head to a Sunset Vineyard Walk at Twisted Gum Wines (throughout April), while the Southern Downs Heritage Festival (19-29 April) celebrates the spectacular history of the region. Foodies should head to the Southern Downs Harvest Festival (12 May) in Killarney or Grazing the Granite Belt (19-20 May) to celebrate seasonal local produce in stunning settings. Check out the Events Calendar for heaps more events.

4. Vineyard Harvest Time

Autumn is harvest time on the Granite Belt, where you can celebrate as vineyards bring in the grapes and fruitpickers fill the orchards. Seasonal produce is readily available, whether its the jams, preserves and cheeses at our local providores, just-picked produce from our roadside green grocers and regular markets or the seasonal flavours on the plate in our restaurants, cafes and country pubs. Discover more about our local food and wine.

5. Endless Exploring

Our cooler seasons are an ideal time to head outside and explore untouched national parks, hiking trails and waterfalls. Nature’s playground is waiting for you with three National Parks in the region, offering a range of walks, cascading waterfalls, prolific birdlife and pristine bushland. Head to the popular Girraween National Park (pictured), for incredible boulders and walking trails, Main Range National Park for rainforest hikes and waterfalls or Sundown National Park for a remote wilderness escape. Camping is available at all three National Parks.

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