When a cool breeze ripples down a quiet country lane, you can be sure winter is just around the corner. But there’s still plenty of colour to enjoy in Southern Queensland Country, with a holiday in the countryside one of the best ways to enjoy the autumnal amber hues.
Located just 90 minutes from the Queensland capital Brisbane, Southern Queensland Country incorporates the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region with Toowoomba and the South Burnett region. It’s a particularly picturesque part of the world, especially when the blood reds and flame oranges of the season begin to tinge the autumn leaves with colour.
Queensland Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey says getting out of the city to enjoy the seasonal changes is one of the benefits of Southern Queensland Country’s close proximity to Brisbane.
“Autumn is a superb time to travel when the leaves are changing colour, the days are growing cooler and mouth-watering fresh local produce is on hand to be enjoyed,” Stuckey says.
“Southern Queensland Country is renowned for its distinct seasons and regional flavours, where visitors can escape the city and enjoy the best of country life.”
It’s those mouth-watering flavours, epitomised by the paddock-to-plate food culture flourishing throughout the countryside, which tempt tourists from Brisbane and beyond to visit this burgeoning destination.
It’s not hard to see why, with Southern Queensland Country boasting several wineries, countless restaurants and even the odd brewery among its numerous food-and-drink-based attractions.
There’s more than just culinary delights to entice city-slickers to hit the highway and leave the skyscrapers behind, however, with sweeping vistas and dramatic sunsets the order of the day once the trees roll into view.
The region’s many national parks are as bountiful as they are beautiful, with the jagged mountain peaks of Main Range National Park looming spectacularly over the surrounding Warwick countryside.
A short drive down the New England Highway in Stanthorpe lands visitors in wine country, with the so-called Granite Belt Wine Country region boasting dozens of top-quality wineries scattered across its undulating hills.
The cool climate and rows of grapevines lend a European air to the impressive natural scenery, as winding country roads snake between the foothills and valleys along the route to Mount Norman.
It’s as far from from city life as it gets, so it’s little wonder many visitors make the trip to Southern Queensland Country territory with relaxation in mind.
The preponderance of boutique bed-and-breakfasts and cosy little cottages dotted in all directions make that an easy proposition, and about the only tough decision on hand is which town to pitch up in.
But whether you’re travelling as a couple or you’ve got the kids in tow, you’ll find plenty of places to stay and an abundance of things to do in this achingly beautiful part of the world.
From winery tours to cycling trips down rural country roads, back-country hiking and unforgettable sunsets – not to mention the ever-changing foliage – there's every reason to venture out under the autumn sun and experience the Southern Queensland Country region at this most colourful time of year.