Top 6 Must Do Moments in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt

From wineries to waterfalls there’s always something to explore in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt. Here we celebrate good food and wine, fresh air, time together and the restorative power of nature. Sound good? Check out these 6 must do moments for your next visit:

1. Granite Belt Winery Tours

Girls in a vineyard on a Granite Belt wine tour

Image by @channny via Instagram

The Granite Belt is Queensland’s premier wine region, giving you plenty of excuses to hit the wine trail to meet the winemakers at over 40 cellar doors. Let someone else do the driving on an escorted winery tour or join a bicycle tour. Not a wine fan? No worries. Our Granite Belt breweries and cideries make some exceptional drops too.

2. Girraween National Park

Girraween National Park on the Granite Belt

Image by Christopher Visentin

Girraween National Park is dramatically speckled with natural rock formations and spectacular boulders balancing precariously on mountaintops, making this park incredibly unique (and totally Instagrammable!). In spring, spectacular wildflower displays splash colour among the granite. The 17kms of trails offers walks for everyone.

3. Events in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt

Two girls competing at the Apple and Grape Festival in Stanthorpe

The famous grape crush event at the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival 

The Southern Downs and Granite Belt is well known for its annual events. Don’t know when to visit? Tie in your trip with one of our major events like the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July, Historic Leyburn Sprints or the Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft. Are you a rev head? National and state motor racing events are held most weekends at Morgan Park Raceway. Check out our full calendar of events >

4. Hit the heritage trail

Couple biking near Abbey of the Roses in Warwick

Abbey of the Roses, Warwick

The heritage of the region is unmistakable in the majestic sandstone buildings that still dominate Warwick and Stanthorpe and speak of a thriving history. Discover the history yourself by embarking on the Heritage Building Trails. Before you head off, pick up a copy of the trails at one of the Visitor Information Centres or download it here. 

5. Follow the seasons

Girl in front of Sunflower field in Allora

Sunflower field near Allora, image by @georgiakelleher

The Southern Downs and Granite Belt celebrates four distinct seasons year round. During summer, fields of sunflowers line our highways. In autumn, our trees turn to bright hues of gold and crimson. As Queensland’s coldest region, come winter we snuggle up in front of the fire and welcome frosts and the chance of snow! Read more to decide when to visit >

6. Queen Mary Falls

Girl in front of Queen MAry Falls at Killarney

Queen Mary Falls, near Killarney | Image by @emiliebrooke

Visiting Queen Mary Falls near Killarney is a must do on any trip. Choose between a short walk to the top of the lookout or embark on the full circuit. Head across the road to hand feed crimson rosellas and king parrots and from late October to November, look out for fireflies and glow worms at dusk. Chase more waterfalls by heading off on the Falls Drive. 

While You’re Here

Make a weekend of it by checking out these other things to do in the area:

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