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New Guide Showcases South East Queensland Country PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tourism QLD   
Monday, 08 June 2009

A new-look South East Queensland Country (SEQC) Guide aims to entice more visitors to the region where even the trees rug up for the winter.

The free, glossy, 2009/10 guide returns for its 11th issue sporting a new layout, an expanded events calendar and a dedicated National Parks’ section highlighting experiences such as freshwater fishing, cycling, horse riding and camping.

The region is synonymous with stylish B&Bs and rural retreats, Queensland’s best wineries, fabulous restaurants and cafes, hospitable country pubs, scenic drives and great walking opportunities – all of which are featured in the guide.

Winter is popular with visitors as it gives them a chance to enjoy chilly weather in a traditionally warm State. In the Granite Belt and Southern Downs the drop in temperature gave rise to the region’s popular Brass Monkey Season - based on the old saying ‘cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey’ in reference to the brass racks which held the cannon balls on warships.

This annual celebration is jam-packed with events including Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July festival where trees in the main street don custom-knitted jumpers. Local vineyards host opera and jazz events, horse lovers gather for equestrian events and motoring enthusiasts cheer on the cars in the Historic Leyburn Sprints.

There are also Christmas in July events and a healthy selection of farmers markets including the Winter market in the gardens of historic Glengallan Homestead between Warwick and Allora on June 1.

The mountain-top city of Toowoomba is the gateway to the Darling Downs and is filled with stunning gardens, stylish cafes, antique shops and galleries. The surrounding countryside is home to a number of lovely old country pubs which hold pride of place in small townships and are perfect for a winter visit.

The Great Bunya Drive links Toowoomba with the South Burnett. On the way consider joining in the fun of a monthly Big Country Sunday Brunch at the Jondaryan Woolshed Historical Museum and Park or timing the trip to incorporate the Australian Heritage Festival, August 22 to 30 or the annual Opera at Jimbour event at historic Jimbour House near Dalby on July 25. Consider spending the night afterwards warming up by a log fire in a cosy cabin in the Bunya Mountains, one of Australia’s largest national parks and home to the world’s largest forest of Bunya Trees.

The South Burnett is one of Australia’s newest wine regions and is famous for its delicious local produce available at the wineries and in the local restaurants and cafes. This year, Nanango near the peanut capital of Kingaroy joins in the Winter festivities with the first Boots ‘n Bulldust Festival from June 6 to 7 featuring a championship rodeo, concert, country fair rural ironman and a ute muster.

To the south in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, it’s the views, food, wineries and stylish accommodation that give the area such appeal. The mountain top town of Pomona hosts its annual King of the Mountain Festival and Race (a gruelling 6.5km mountain race) on July 26 and the two week Festival of the Walks, based at Kondalilla Falls and featuring the Sunshine Coast Great Walk and celebrations in the towns of Maleny and Montville kicks off on August 29.

The beautiful Scenic Rim region of SEQC also takes in the regions around Boonah and Beaudesert where national parks, country pubs, cottages, cabins and farmstays stand under the watchful eye of the surrounding mountains. Horse lovers should check out The Beaudesert Country and Horse Festival from June 11 to 14.

For accommodation, wining and dining options and other cool (or warm) activities in South East Queensland Country obtain a copy of the new guide from Visitor Information Centres and RACQ outlets in South East Queensland and northern New South Wales or order online from www.southeastqueenslandcountry.com.au

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