5 Southern Downs trails for art and history buffs

Hello culture buffs! Ready to explore the region’s thriving arts and history scene? Here’s 5 Southern Downs trails for art and history buffs.

R on the Downs Rural Retreat

R on the Downs – Luxury Rural Retreat -Bed and Breakfast and Spa Cottages – Relax, Refresh or Romance.

Two hours from Brisbane; ideally located near Warwick, Killarney and Stanthorpe is an eco-friendly, award winning hosted, luxury Rural Retreat nestled in the picturesque Swanfels Valley, Yangan.

A home away from home, to escape, reconnect or re-ignite that something special. An ideal base to explore national parks, nature, fun events, history, arts and culture.

Rejuvenate in luxurious, spacious Grand Federation Homestead Bed and Breakfast (all suites en suited); Secluded Tree-House Hideaway; or Intimate Early Settler’s Cottage. Private double spas with superb views. Rustic fireplaces add extra charm and ambience, private activities abound, whilst romance is always in the air.

Raise a glass to the spectacular views. Savour country cooked meals – home grown, local produce or cook yourself, perhaps a barbecue. Rendezvous in the courtyard or gardens, enjoy the diversity of the native fauna and flora – 40 acre bush paradise and reinvigorate your senses.

Memorable experiences for singles, couples, groups, honeymooners- all catered for.

Yes, Book now and slow down, breathe deep, enjoy quality time – with a taste of real life in the country at R on the Downs.

Find your next adventure with the official Southern Downs Visitor App

Find your next adventure online using the NEW Southern Downs and Granite Belt Visitor App. This free interactive app is the ultimate resource to plan your next trip! Download today.

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!

  • Growers' Market Granite Belt 2008
    Stanthorpe Market
  • Stanthorpe Market
    Stanthorpe Market

Regional Markets

The Southern Downs and Granite Belt is home to some of the freshest produce in Queensland. It’s a foodie’s paradise, with seasonal produce available from the paddock to the pantry and the plate. Fill a basket at one of our many local markets happening every week around the region including:

Glengallan Seasonal Markets
1st Sunday of March, June, Sept, Dec
8:00am – 1:00pm
Glengallan Homestead, Warwick
P: 07 4667 3866

Killarney Country Markets
3rd Sunday of the month
8:00am – 1:00pm
Canning Park, Killarney
P: 0427 719 826

Market in the Mountains
2nd Sunday of the month and QLD long
8:00am – 12:00pm
Stanthorpe Showgrounds, Stanthorpe
P: 0417 760 529
W: marketinthemountains.org

Pig & Calf Markets
Every Wednesday
9:30am – 12:00pm
Cnr Fitzroy & Lyons St, Warwick
P: 07 4661 1411

Granite Belt Farmers Market
Every Friday
8:00am – 12:00pm
Railway Precinct, Stanthorpe (enter via Davadi St)
W: facebook.com/granitebeltfarmersmarket

Stanthorpe Showgrounds Markets
4th Sunday of the month & 3rd Sunday of the month in Dec/Jan
8:00am – 12:00pm
High St, Stanthorpe
P: 0416 169 032
W: stanthorpeshowgrounds.com.au

Stanthorpe Fruit and Vege Markets
Every Saturday
6:00am – 12:00pm
Entry via Folkestone St, Stanthorpe

Wallangarra Border Railway Markets
1st Sunday of the month
8:00am – 12:00pm
Wallangarra Railway Station, Wallangarra
P: Carol 07 4684 3429 or Helen 07 4684 3400

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.