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.

Christmas Lunch at The Peak

Take a break this Christmas and enjoy lunch by culinary master and Head Chef Dean Alsford at The Peak restaurant. Dine on delectable cuisine and have a relaxing day with your loved ones finishing it off with a drink poolside or a wander around the rolling hills of Spicers Peak Lodge.

Five course Christmas inspired menu
Glass of prosecco on arrival
Live music with pianist Joe Goodman.

To make your booking, please call or email them.

  • People eating food at Yangan Eat Street Markets

Yangan Eat Street Markets

Head to the quaint country town of Yangan on Saturday 19 October for a day of market fun in the sun! Enjoy food stalls, market stalls, live entertainment from Tania Kernaghan and more! Bring a chair and enjoy the day.

  • QRTS Round 2 at Warwick
    QRTS Round 2 at Warwick
  • QRTS Round 2 at Warwick
    QRTS Round 2 at Warwick

Queensland Road Team Series

The Queensland Road Team Series is a regional racing series that attracts male and female cycle teams to race for four weekends in regional areas. The 2019 program includes weekend racing in Moreton Bay; Warwick, Nundah and Tweed. Generally, the competition consists of 250 racers and their families and support personnel. There are many options to come down and watch the exciting racing!

Southern Downs Heritage Week 2019

Saturday 27 April – Monday 6 May

This Festival covers a series of activities ranging from Historic walking tours with guide, historic buildings to view ,8 Museums, open days, demonstrations of old crafts , exhibitions and high teas, steam train trips, discover soldier settlement site and visit Legacy Centre at Amiens. All in the 10 days . Enjoy a meal at historic pubs or one of the cafes some began in the 1920s and still operate as cafés today. Historic Southern Downs – so much to see and do.

Spend Brass Monkey Season in Queensland’s Coolest Towns

Yangan Heavy Horse Day

Sunday 15 October 2017

Welcome to Mick Bradford’s Heavy Horse Day, an event to showcase farming equipment from the 1800’s and 1900’s in the days when the horse power was really the power of the horse. See examples of farming equipment from the Sunshine Harvesters Works, Massey Harris, International Harvester Company,McCormick Deering and other manufacturers.

Also see other farming activities on show from the 1800’s and 1900’s. The Heavy Horse Day is held on the outskirts of Yangan, a small township east of Warwick, and approximately 2 hours from Brisbane, Queensland. Click Here for directions and a map to the location.

Christmas in July Celebrations

4 Cool Events for an Epic Winter Weekend

Queensland Road Team Series

6-7 October, 2018

The Queensland Road Teams Series (QRTS) returns to the Southern Downs this year, bringing the best of the State’s cycling teams racing through the region. With the spectacular backdrop of the region’s natural setting, the evens will include races in Warwick and Yangan. The QRTS is Queensland’s premier road racing series where teams of the leading riders in the state compete over four rounds to decide the winning riders and teams across a number of categories.

Be a part of the action and cheer on some of your favourite cyclists!

Please be aware there will be road closures across the weekend:


Christmas in Winter at R on the Downs Rural Retreat

Christmas in July is really Christmas in WINTER for R on the Downs. Groups (up to 12 adults) are catered for with their choice of special day (s) in WINTER. The homestead is decorated; the Christmas feast prepared along with many fun activities and surprises. Special accommodation/Christmas packages available upon enquiry.

R on the Downs is an eco-friendly, award winning hosted, luxury Rural Retreat and Bed and Breakfast, nestled in the picturesque Swanfels Valley. It is the ideal home away from home … to escape, rest and relax … or … re-ignite that something special.

  • 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:

Stanthorpe Seasonal Feast Markets

Every Friday
Farley Street Piazza
8:00am — 2:00pm

Border Railway Markets

1st Sunday of the month
Wallangarra Railway Station, Wallangarra
8:00am — 12:30pm
07 4684 3300

Glengallan Seasonal Markets

1st Sunday of the new season
Glengallan Homestead,
18515 New England Highway Warwick-Allora
8:00am — 1:00pm
P: 07 4667 3866

Markets in the Mountains

2nd Sunday of the month and QLD long weekends
8:00am — 12:00pm
Stanthorpe Showgrounds

Stanthorpe Showground Markets

4th Sunday of the month
8:00am – 1:00pm
Stanthorpe Showgrounds
P: 0416 169 032

Pig & Calf Markets

Every Wednesday
Cnr Fitzroy & Lyons St, Warwick
P: 07 4661 1411

Yangan Farmers Markets

Every Sunday
8:00am — 12:00pm
Yangan School of Arts – 7 King St, Yangan

Killarney Country Markets

Every 3rd Sunday from 8am – 12pm
Canning Park, Killarney

When to Visit the Southern Downs