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.
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.
Every Spring the Southern Downs and Granite Belt bursts to life with blooming flowers, colourful wildlife and exciting events celebrated across the season.
Head off on the Southern Downs Dunny Run, where painted murals have transformed toilet blocks from public loo to public art!
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.
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.
Want to experience a true winter on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt, but not sure when exactly to come?
A new podcast series is set to highlight the Southern Downs and Granite Belt as the ultimate Queensland Adventure destination.
Foodies rejoice! The Southern Downs and Granite Belt has two new food maps to showcase the freshest produce of the region.
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.
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.
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.
If “postcards from the edge” appeal to you more than just an insta worthy travel snap, then check out these 5 unique adventures.
For roadtrip warriors who like an element of surprise to their getaway, here’s five unusual activities that will intrigue and delight!
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.
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
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
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
Corner O’Maras & Claydons Roads, Killarney
98 Wallace Street (New England Highway), Warwick
Lake Leslie Tourist Park (Pets welcome with conditions. Enquiries welcome.)
113 Saddleham Road, Leslie Dam
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.
- Please check with each accommodation provider regarding their policy around pets.
- Plan before you go – is your dog’s ID tag and chip up to date?
- 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.
- 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.
For a truly unique holiday you’ll want to escape the city rush and experience the best of Queenslands’ country hospitality.
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!
In these unusual and challenging times, it’s critical we support our local industries, many of whom can still deliver their products to you.
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!
From wineries to waterfalls there’s always something to explore in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.
Every year in November, fire flies emerge at our beautiful town of Killarney, just over 2 hours from Brisbane.
You love Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt, but you’re not sure you should visit right now because of the bushfires and drought?
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!
It’s easy to fall in love with the romantic hues of Autumn on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.
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.
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…
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 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
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
Summer is sunflower season on the Southern Downs and every year they’re blooming beautiful!
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:
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 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.
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!
Spread some yuletide cheer and enjoy the festive season twice this year with Christmas in July celebrations.
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!
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.