July 2024

Discover Hidden Gems in Queensland Country

Nestled in Queensland, beyond the Toowoomba Region, lies picturesque landscapes, thriving farmland and the welcoming charm of locals. Discover lush valleys and quaint villages, when you visit Queensland's high country-a region renowned for nature based experiences and agritourism.

Foodie Delights in the High Country

From Toowoomba, heading into the fertile valley of Lilydale, stop at Rosalie House, a family-owned and operated vineyard. Indulge in a hearty lunch featuring local produce and savour exquisite wines from the scenic vineyards. After a long lunch, take a leisurely walk around the property, adjacent to the vineyard, is the quaint bed and breakfast cottage, that offers a perfect retreat after a day of indulgence.

Authentic High Country Experiences

Driving deeper into the rolling hills, you’ll discover the traditional Meringandan Hotel. Famous for serving the biggest steaks around, this local pub provides a unique experience with occasional sightings of camels and goats, capturing the true essence of Queensland’s high country.

Tranquil Stays at Ravensbourne Escape

After exploring the region, rest at Ravensbourne Escape, a tranquil abode, perched above the expansive Ravensbourne National Park, with breathtaking views and luxurious accommodation. The friendly on-site managers provide guided tours of the property, highlighting the charming Quince Cottage and its sublime views across the valley.

An evening soak in the outdoor hot tub ensures a restful sleep, wake up to the sound of wildlife and the freshest country air. Head to the local village of Crows Nest for a freshly brewed coffee and delicious baked goods at My Little Blueberry.

Gourmet Dining and Local Spirits

Crows Nest is home to one of the state’s most acclaimed restaurants, Myrtille. Renowned restaurateur and chef Amanda Hinds has transformed a historical building into a culinary haven. Myrtille offers a regional dining experience with a provincial French twist, featuring local artisans and providores.

Take a short drive to Pechey Distillery, known as the “High Country moonshiners,” the father and son team at Pechey Distillery craft impressive spirits like the ‘Artists’ gin, which features labels decorated with local artwork and flavours infused with botanicals from the surrounding terroir.

Queensland Country is a thriving food bowl framed by expansive national parks, with friendly locals and top-notch farm produce, It’s a drive destination to add to your travel bucket list.

Author - Travelling Senorita

Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.