Inside Southern Downs and Granite Belt

Mother's Day Strawberry Picking

10 ways to win the Favourite Kid award this Mother’s Day

This list is for everyone who knows that the best way to give Mum the recognition and appreciation she deserves is to outshine your siblings on Mother’s Day! Flowers and gifts might be great while they last, but it is quality time with her kids that Mum really treasures.

5 great ways to celebrate the 2024 Labour Day long weekend

Our region is simply extraordinary in autumn. Warm days are followed by crisp cool nights, and the landscape is splashed with the clarets and golds of deciduous trees preparing for winter. As if that isn’t enough, here are more great reasons to spend time with us this long weekend.
Foodie Fare in QLD's Cold Country Truffled Cauliflower Gratin

Foodie Fare in QLD’s Cold Country

The Southern Downs is a mecca for serious gourmets at any time of year, but winter in our region offers some very special flourishes that other foodie destinations can only dream about. Truffles, cheese, red wine, and chocolates are all culinary delights that rate somewhere between a little bit naughty and daringly decadent on the luxury scale, depending on your point of view.
Snow in Stanthorpe by @shaneandersenphotography

QLD’s Cold Country

QLD's Cold Country is the perfect place for a winter celebration. Winter temperatures in some parts of the Southern Downs regularly fall below zero and Stanthorpe is the long term record holder for the lowest Queensland temperature ever seen on a thermometer. That was −10.6 °C on 23 June 1961. When the mercury is that low, you can lose yourself in the crackle and dance of lovely log fires, cuddles are snugglier, roast dinners and hot baths are pretty much compulsory, the coffee tastes better, and you might even get to build a snowman.
QLD's Wine Country Wisdom

Wine Wisdom for QLD’s Wine Country

There’s no doubt that the ability to enhance one’s witty repartee with words of wine wisdom enhances one’s credibility as a wine connoisseur immeasurably, so we have compiled a list of 20 quotable quotes to help you look good and sound knowledgeable while you are visiting the 50 cellar doors in QLD’s Wine Country where award-winning wine makers are waiting to guide you through unique tasting experiences.
QLD's Wine Country Tasting Tips - Savour

Tasting Tips for QLD’s Wine Country

QLD’s Wine Country is famous for a wide variety of wines, some well-known, others wonderfully rare. There’s a good chance your palate will be introduced to something new when you visit the Southern Downs region. It is, therefore, more important than ever to have a good understanding of the tasting process. We recommend that you follow the ‘S’s in this six step strategy.
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QLD’s Wine Country

From grapevine to glass, paddle to plate, and farm to fork, the Southern Downs is a mecca for lovers of fresh, seasonal, regional produce. It is also home to the Granite Belt - Queensland’s only cold climate wine region where multi-award winning hand-crafted wines continue to break new ground both nationally and internationally.
Talgai Weir Paddle Trail from above

Discover Talgai Weir Paddle Trail

Talgai Weir is the least well-known of all the great paddling destinations in the Southern Downs region of Queensland. However, it is unlikely to stay that way for long because, when it comes to shelter, ambiance, seclusion, and wildlife encounters, it is arguably the best.
Fantastic Family-friendly Fun In The Southern Downs

Fantastic family-friendly fun in the Southern Downs

With wineries, mountainous peaks, art galleries and romantic B&Bs, you could be forgiven for thinking Southern Downs and Granite Belt is an adult-only destination. But that's not the case! Here are 17 things you can do with kids of all ages.

How to do the Strange Bird Wine Trail

Looking for something beyond Chardonnay and Shiraz? Embark on the Strange Bird Wine Trail, where you can sip and swirl your way through the Granite Belt trying alternative varietals like tempranillo, verdhelo and mourvedre.

How to Do: Queen Mary Falls Circuit

Visiting Queen Mary Falls is a must do on your next trip. Embark on the easy Queen Mary Falls circuit, a 40-minute walk that takes you from the lookouts at the top of the falls to the creek below.
Granite Arch in Girraween National Park

5 must-do hikes near Brisbane

If it's a nature fix you're seeking, then these five trails in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt will keep you active for days. From walking past waterfalls to taking in epic views, these trails are serving all the outdoor vibes you need.
Photograph of mountain biker riding down a trail at Mount Marlay

Your Guide to Mountain Biking in the Southern Downs

See the Southern Downs from a different perspective when you follow winding trails through shady forests, cross monolithic granite platforms, roll through magnificent gorges, or cruise along the country roads. The crisp country air provides idyllic cycling conditions. There are many trails suited to families, as well as black diamond tracks for more experienced riders.

Art Trails in Spring

Whether you're a practicing artist or you enjoy other people's creative abilites, we have two weekends of art trails to give you the perfect excuse for a country getaway.

Keeping it fresh and Local

In these unusual and challenging times, it’s critical we support our local industries, many of whom can still deliver their products to you.

8 Reasons to Go Chasing Queen Mary Falls

The waterfall chasing in Killarney is next level, with the popular Queen Mary Falls, part of the world heritage listed Main Range National Park, providing plenty of great reasons to jump in the car…
Couple enjoying Granite Belt wine in front of a campfire at Diamondvale Cottages

6 Places to Fall in Love this Valentine’s Day

If you think romance is all about chocolates and rose petals, think again. Before you rush off to book another movie night or dinner date, let us play cupid with this guide to the 6 most romantic places to visit this Valentine’s Day.

The Ultimate 4 Day Family Country Road Trip

If it’s time for the kids to breathe in some fresh country air, reconnect with nature (and each other!) and go offline, then bundle them in the car and head south west to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.

A Local’s Guide to Sundown National Park

Want to go remote with zero distractions and the chance of not seeing anyone else? On the Queensland/New South Wales border lies Sundown National Park, a rugged wilderness of spectacular steep-sided gorges, sharp ridges and peaks rising more than 1000m.

24 Hours in Stanthorpe this Winter

Want to experience a true winter this year? Before you start planning a July jaunt to our southern states, simply head two hours south west to Stanthorpe, the coolest place in the State!

Top 7 Must Visit Waterholes

We might be the coldest place in the state, but come December 1, we’re just as ready as the rest of Queensland to head outside, relish the longer days
Quart Pot Creek in Autumn

When to Visit the Southern Downs

With four distinct seasons celebrated across the year, there’s never a bad time to visit the Southern Downs! Each season comes with its own charms, events and unique landscapes.