Explore the Great Outback
Get the Feeling of the Real Australia
The Fabulous Country Side
Exploring Queensland great south east is a total experience that will last in ones memories for the rest of their lives.
Travelling west to places like Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Ipswich to name but a few and all in a please scenic drive from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Make a trip out of and stay for a while and enjoy the surrounds of these fantastic towns.
Sample the cuisines and many local restaurants, guest houses and beautiful welcoming B & B’s.
There is so much to see and do you will be never short of partaking in an exciting adventure or being inspired by the fabulous country side.
Toowoomba is a picturesque mountain city located in south east Queensland some 127Km west of Brisbane.
Clinging to the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment at an altitude of seven hundred meters above sea-level, the city affords breathtaking views of Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley region across the east.
Toowoomba is nationally renowned for the annual Carnival of Flowers. Many of the city’s major parks and gardens are especially prepared for the carnival, including an important home garden competition and parade of flower floats. Buses bring people from around the nation; a popular way to arrive at the carnival from Brisbane is on chartered antique steam and diesel train which captures the yester-year aspect of travel to Toowoomba with 19th-century wooden carriages.
Toowoomba is well served by a huge selection of restaurants, cafés and eateries throughout the city. Toowoomba also is home to the Weis Bar and possibly the Lamington.
Accommodation in Toowoomba offers the traveler an abundance of choice either for a night or an extended stay.
Warwick boasts a fantastic place to stay, eat and relax while enjoying the warm country hospitality of the area.
Legend has it that “The Warwick Green Belt”, on the banks of the Condamine River, features a sculpture of Tiddalik the mythical frog that drank all of the fresh water in a renowned Aboriginal Dreamtime story.
Warwick is a town located in southeast Queensland, lying 130 kilometers south-west of Brisbane. It is the administrative centre of the Southern Downs Region local government area. The surrounding Darling Downs have fostered a strong agricultural industry for which Warwick, together with the larger city of Toowoomba, serve as convenient service centres.
It is also home to the areas Agricultural Show, The Jumpers and Jazz Festival, The Rose Bowl Carnival and not to over look, The Warwick Cup and the Rodeo.
This is a fantastic place to stop and recharge your batteries and enjoy the country life style on offer.
Stanthorpe and the surrounding Granite Belt and Granite Highlands area of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales are the centre of a booming winery and national parks tourist destination. There are more than 50 wineries in the Granite Belt area, with a wide range of restaurants, Accommodation houses and tourist venues.
The Granite Belt national parks are Girraween, Bald Rock, Sundown, Boonoo Boonoo. Wine and tourism are a very important part of the town’s economy, with the region operating its own wine and tourism marketing body named Granite Belt Wine Country.
Backpacking is popular and there is large demand for fruit and vegetable pickers from November until May each year.
Storm King offers some good angling opportunities for Murray cod, yellowbelly and silver perch.
Parklands has been developed along both sides of Quart Pot Creek as it flows through Stanthorpe with a network of paths for walking and cycling with bridges and other crossings
Meandering rivers and streams bordered by beautiful native trees, shrubs and other flora make this angelic destination the place to settle for a few days.
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Situated on the Bremer River, it is approximately 40 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. A local government area, the City of Ipswich has a population of 190,000. The city is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Ipswich preserves and operates from many of its historical buildings, with more than 6000 heritage-listed sites and over 500 parks.
The town began as a limestone mining settlement and grew rapidly as a major inland port. Ipswich was initially named “The Limestone Hills” and later shortened to “Limestone” however; in 1843 it was renamed after the town of Ipswich in England.
It became a municipality in 1858. Ipswich was a prime candidate for becoming the capital of Queensland, but Brisbane was instead chosen in 1859. It was proclaimed a city in 1904.[
The city became a major coal-mining area in the early 19th Century, contributing to the development of railways in the region as a means of transport. The first recorded coal mines in the central Ipswich area started at Woodend in 1848.
A holiday stay in Ipswich will definitely satisfy the historian in you.