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WELCOME TO QUEENSLAND’S SOUTHERN DOWNS & GRANITE BELT 

 

Located only two hours drive from Brisbane, Queensland’s Southern Downs & Granite Belt is waiting to be discovered.  Enjoy an outdoor adventure or romantic getaway, explore the region’s remarkable national parks, or delight your senses with local award winning wineries, fresh produce or simply relax and take in the crisp mountain air.   The region encompasses a diverse range of vegetation, contrasting scenery, history, places of interest and promises an escape from the everyday.  

 

The site of Queensland’s first free settlement, the Southern Downs is one of the state’s most historic areas.  The area boasts a wealth of diverse heritage buildings from grand churches, sandstone public buildings to humble shepherds slab huts.  Year round enjoy the seasonal experiences of the Southern Downs.   Queensland’s Southern Downs contain three National Parks, a state forest and two National Parks bordering the region.  The parks provide camping facilities, waterfalls, spectacular fresh water swimming, wildlife, fishing, kayaking, hiking for the experienced and inexperienced, rock climbing, mountain biking, 4WD and horse riding.

 

 

Stanthorpe

 

Spectacular granite formations and wineries, orchards and festivals make Stanthorpe the ultimate getaway destination.  The popularity of Stanthorpe wines attracts discriminating palates to the area year round.  With more than 40 wineries in the region the Queensland’s Southern Downs is Queensland’s Wine Capital and the growth of gourmet restaurants and luxurious cottage accommodation makes the vineyards an ideal lovers retreat.

 

 

 

Warwick

 

The town of Warwick is known for its roses, particulary the red ‘City of Warwick’ (Arofuto) rose, which bloom abundantly, making a stroll around Leslie Park an experience for the senses.  The Warwick Rodeo, Australia’s Most Famous Rodeo, was the first ever event held in Australia and attracts riders from all around the country to compete every October in their share of $150,000 in prize money.  The rodeo can trace its roots back to 1857 – records of the first professional buckjumping contest.  Warwick itself contains a collection of the states most preserved and magnificent sandstone buildings which set it aside from any other town in Queensland.  Warwick is also known for its award winning cheeses.

 

Clifton

 

A town with a quaint streetscape it has been the setting for many famous movies.  Film makers have come to town to use the picturesque streets as backdrops for the movies ‘Dear Claudia’, ‘The Love of Lionel’s Life’ and ‘Finding Hope’.  Clifton was one of the three stations stocked in the first year of the Downs Settlement in 1840, it is currently one of the prime grain growing areas of the Darling Downs, with a large variety of crop grown. 

 

Inglewood

 

Inglewood is fast becoming Australia’s Olive Capital, currently transforming a once tobacco and old timber town into an olive growing community.  The inaugural Olive Festival was held in March 2000, and is held annually at the local showgrounds.  This event provides an opportunity to learn about olive growing and taste different varieties of olives amongst the orchards.

 

If you have a taste for the outback, this is great terrain to experience, where amazing scenery and outdoor activities abound.  Throw a line in at Coolmunda Dam, partake in canoeing, hunting, bush walking, four-wheel driving, camping, or just relax and enjoy nature.  Soak up country hospitality at a farm stay, or focus on photographic opportunities amongst the bird life, wildflowers and spectacular sunsets.

 

The Inglewood shire, which includes Inglewood and Texas is proud of its ability to have an abundance of diverse and varied nature as its playground.

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