Explore two art trail events this Spring

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

People’s Weekend: Your Long Weekend Plans Sorted

No plans yet for the People’s Weekend? We’ve put together the ultimate guide to enjoying a country escape. Put that ‘out of office’ on and hit the road to enjoy a long weekend here.

Celebrate Spring on the Southern Downs

Every Spring the Southern Downs and Granite Belt bursts to life with blooming flowers, colourful wildlife and exciting events celebrated across the season.

Your Guide to the Southern Downs Dunny Run

Head off on the Southern Downs Dunny Run, where painted murals have transformed toilet blocks from public loo to public art!

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.

Your Guide to the Ultimate Winter Weekend

Want to experience a true winter this year? You’re in luck! Simply head two hours south west to the coldest place in the state.

5 Winter Events to Add to Your Calendar Now

Want to experience a true winter on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt, but not sure when exactly to come?

Our region shines in a new travel Podcast

A new podcast series is set to highlight the Southern Downs and Granite Belt as the ultimate Queensland Adventure destination.

It’s time to when your appetite! Cool season means food on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt

Foodies rejoice! The Southern Downs and Granite Belt has two new food maps to showcase the freshest produce of the region.

Availability: Easter camping on the Southern Downs

With just one month until Easter, now’s the time to book that camping holiday for the family! We are spoilt for choice in our region for fantastic campsites for the whole family.

Your Guide to Mountain Biking on the Granite Belt

The Granite Belt is fast becoming a mountain biker’s paradise, with new trails, plenty of town facilities and a growing community dedicated to providing new trails.

Your Southern Downs Summer Sunflower Guide

Summer is sunflower season on the Southern Downs and every year they’re blooming beautiful! From late December onwards, a sea of yellow floods parts of the region.

5 unusual adventures in and around Stanthorpe

If “postcards from the edge” appeal to you more than just an insta worthy travel snap, then check out these 5 unique adventures.

Postcards from the edge. 5 unusual adventures in and around Warwick

For roadtrip warriors who like an element of surprise to their getaway, here’s five unusual activities that will intrigue and delight!

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.

Pet Friendly Holidays on the Southern Downs & Granite Belt

Looking for a holiday destination to bring your four legged friends?

We’ve put together a list of places where you can bring your pets this winter holiday! All of the destinations listed below have indicated that they are pet friendly, but their policies around having animals varies place to place, so it’s best to always phone ahead and ask what the rules are if you bring your fur baby on holiday.

Stanthorpe & Surrounding Region

 

Aloomba Lavender  (Dogs will share with resident cats)

5425 Mt Lindesay Road, Liston

 

Blue Topaz Caravan Park (Pet friendly only on the powered and unpowered sites (ie. not cabins))

26806 New England Highway, Severnlea

 

Country Style Caravan Park (Pets welcome but subject to Management approval.)

27156 New England Highway, Stanthorpe

 

Jim Mitchell Park Camping Area

McCosker Drive, Dalveen

 

Sommerville Valley Tourist Park (Well behaved pets are welcome. Information on conditions for pets is provided at time of booking.)

63 Sommerville Lane, Stanthorpe

 

Stonepine Ridge

Wilsons Downfall

 

Top of the Town Tourist Park

10 High Street, Stanthorpe

 

Warwick & Surrounding Region

 

Bestbrook Mountain Resort (Dog friendly as long as your dog is controlled and does not bother the guests or livestock.)

9790 Cunningham Highway, Tregony

 

Glendon Camping Grounds (Dogs are welcome on leads at all times in the camping area.)

222 Glendon Road, Thane

 

Goomburra Valley Campground (A bond is charges for all dogs, $30.00 for two dogs or less, $90.00 for three dogs or more per family. Pet policy applies.)

2013 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra

 

Gordon Country Camping Ground (Horses and dogs welcome with strict policy – please enquire by phone.)

2081 Inverramsey Road, Goomburra

 

Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park 

Corner O’Maras & Claydons Roads, Killarney

 

Freedom Lifestyle Park Warwick

98 Wallace Street (New England Highway), Warwick

 

Lake Leslie Tourist Park (Pets welcome with conditions. Enquiries welcome.)

113 Saddleham Road, Leslie Dam

 

Rose City Caravan Park

148-160 Glengallan Rd, Womina

 

Pet Friendly accommodation – hotels, motels and B&B’s

These days it’s entirely common to be able to take your pet on holiday with you.

There are a few things to keep in mind though to ensure you have a hassle and stress free experience.

  1. Please check with each accommodation provider regarding their policy around pets.
  2. Plan before you go – is your dog’s ID tag and chip up to date?
  3. Make a reservation for your dog. Some places only allow small dogs and certain breeds. You don’t want to be turned away at check-in.
  4. Choose the right room. Request the ground floor for a shorter trip outside when nature calls and away from busy hubs like elevators.

Check out these operators who happily accept pets.

Alure Stanthorpe

Briar Rose Cottages – The Cedar Cottage, Silky Oak Cottage, Mulberry Cottage

Casita de Campo

Cypress Ridge Cottages

Granite Belt Brewery

Mallow Cottage

Molly Mac Cottages

Murray Gardens

Warwick Motor Inn

 

7 holiday adventures you won’t find anywhere else in QLD

For a truly unique holiday you’ll want to escape the city rush and experience the best of Queenslands’ country hospitality.

Local Businesses Welcome Visitors Back

 

Car driving through the sunset

If you’re planning a day trip to our region, or thinking of spending a winter holiday here, you might be wondering what’s actually open and where can you visit?

The region has been keenly awaiting the time when we can welcome back visitors, so it is safe to say that most operators are OPEN! Although some have reduced their trading hours somewhat. We have created an easy reference list of the reopening hours of trade of business who offer food services, wineries, retail, accommodation and attractions. The list is not guaranteed to be exhaustive so please also refer to this websites pages to plan your holiday first and then phone businesses you would like to include in your itinerary, closer to your travel dates.

Due to restrictions, it is essential that all experiences/stays/dine-ins and even wine tastings are pre-booked with each establishment.

Download the PDF list HERE: Trading hours SDRC Businesses

Always check the QLD Government’s roadmap to restrictions easing before travel. We look forward to sharing our wonderful region with you!

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.

7 Events to add to your 2020 Calendar Now

Planning a trip to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt but don’t know when to visit? Tie in one of these awesome events to get the most out of your trip!

Top 6 Must do Moments in the Southern Downs & Granite Belt

From wineries to waterfalls there’s always something to explore in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.

Where to see fireflies in Spring

Every year in November, fire flies emerge at our beautiful town of Killarney, just over 2 hours from Brisbane.

Drought & Bushfires: FAQs for Travel

You love Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt, but you’re not sure you should visit right now because of the bushfires and drought?

Your guide to the ultimate winter weekend

Want to experience a true winter this year? You’re in luck! Before you start planning a July jaunt to our southern states, simply head two hours south west to the coldest place in the state!

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.

5 Southern Downs Events to Add to Your 2019 Calendar Now

Planning a trip to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt but don’t know when to visit? Tie in one of these awesome events to get the most out of your trip.

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…

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.

WIN the Ultimate Country Getaway

Win a long weekend getaway for you and a friend, winding your way through the Southern Downs and Granite Belt! Start with a rainforest retreat to the rolling hills of Killarney

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.

3 Must Do Spring Break Getaways near Brisbane

If you’re looking for a mini spring break from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, get ready to pack your bags, fuel your car and sort your playlist!

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.

Spend Brass Monkey Season in Queensland’s Coolest Towns

It’s the crisp winter chill in the Granite Belt, just two hours southwest of Brisbane, that’s earned it the nickname Brass Monkey Season (as in cold enough to freeze the you-know-what off a brass monkey).

3 national parks near Brisbane you need to visit

If it’s a nature fix you’re seeking, then these three national parks in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt will keep you satisfied for days.

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!

10 Blooming Beautiful Pics of Summer Sunflowers on the Southern Downs

Summer is sunflower season on the Southern Downs and every year they’re blooming beautiful!

16 Things to Do With Kids on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt

You’d be forgiven for thinking Southern Downs and Granite Belt is an adult-only destination. But that’s not the case! Here’s 16 things you can do with kids of all ages:

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

Better Homes & Gardens Epic Country Road Trip

Better Homes and Gardens recently headed our way to celebrate the Jumpers and Jazz in July and Killarney Bonfire Night, before heading off on a foodie road trip through the Granite Belt.

4 Reasons Why You Need to Visit this Spring

We might be the coldest place in the state, but that means when spring rolls around, we get the chance to truly defrost and rejuvenate!

Christmas in July Celebrations

Spread some yuletide cheer and enjoy the festive season twice this year with Christmas in July celebrations.

4 Cool Events for an Epic Winter Weekend

The Southern Downs and Granite Belt may have cooled down, but our July calendar is hot with a range of events giving you plenty of reasons to jump in the car and explore our backyard!

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.