duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Take a creek-side walk in Crows Nest National Park to pristine waterholes and lookouts with spectacular views. Be sure to see the spectacular Crows Nest Falls after a good rainfall.
Make sure you stop at the Gus Beutel lookout for panoramic views over the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.
Follow the popular Scenic Circuit Track to Festoon Falls, Pine Gorge lookout and the added bonus of being able to walk through the strangular fig.
View native wallabies from your beautiful Bunya Mountains chalet
Make a stop in the pretty township of Bell. There's also a lovely selection of arts and crafts shops here.
This spectacular gorge runs for 35km at the heart of the 302,000 hectare Carnarvon National Park. It reaches depths of 600m near its mouth.
Keen anglers won't be disappointed. The Balonne Shire has a reputation for the best inland fishing in Queensland, with no fewer than seven river systems traversing it.
Follow a selection of bushwalks in Girraween National Park with its intriguing balancing boulders, cascading waterfalls and cool rock pools. Don't miss a majestic sunset from Balance Rock.
While in the Granite Belt region, hire a bike from Granite Belt Bicycles and follow the self-guided Stanthorpe to Ballandean bike trail. This trail is on quiet country roads and is well sign-posted.
Try their award winning apple ciders, conserves and apple brandy. Enjoy delicious food, their famous apple pie and Merlo coffee in the Shed Café
Drive from Brisbane to Toowoomba via the Warrego Highway. Take a scenic drive from Toowoomba to Gus Beutel Lookout for stunning views over Ravensbourne National Park. Also in the area is Crows Nest National Park just 6km from Crows Nest township. After a good rainfall you'll see water cascading downstream through eucalypt forest to the 20 metre Crows Nest Falls. Continue from Crows Nest to Maidenwell Trading Post for some welcome refreshments. Drive beneath stunning rainforest canopies and ancient bunya pines to Bunya Mountains National Park, a spectacular wilderness range. Home to the world's largest forest of bunya pines, the area is home to wallabies, pademelons and 121 species of birds.View Accommodation & Activities in Bunya Mountains
Relax in the privacy of your Bunya Mountains Chalet with stunning views of the surrounding rainforest. Explore nine kinds of rainforests, ancient plant species and an abundance of native wildlife. The most popular track is the 4km Scenic Circuit Track featuring Festoon Falls, Pine Gorge lookout and the chance to walk through the strangular fig. Join in the daily wild bird feeding activities – 4 sessions daily and watch the Chocolate Wattled Bat emerge at dusk.
Travel west from Bunya Mountains passing through the pretty township of Bell en route to Chinchilla. Having once produced 25 per cent of the country’s watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons, Chinchilla is the undisputed melon capital. Fossickers from around the world come in search of much sought after "Chinchilla Red" petrified wood. Pass through Roma, home of the Big Rig, before arriving at Carnarvon Gorge National Park - an oasis in the semi-arid heart of Central Queensland. You'll see spectacular sandstone gorge vistas, ancient rainforests and well-preserved Aboriginal rock art on tracks that have been classified to match your bushwalking experience and fitness.View Accommodation & Activities in Carnarvon Gorge
This magnificent gorge has been sculpted by Carnarvon Creek. As you explore the park, you'll see a warren of towering chasms filled with remnant rainforest, pools, caves and ancient Indigenous art galleries. There are two main resorts in Carnarvon Gorge -Takaraka Bush Resort and Carnarvon Wilderness Resort. Both offer a great selection of activities including guided and self-guided bush walks, helicopter scenic flights and native animal spotting.
Travel south along the Carnarvon Highway to Injune, a thriving country town with some 450 residents. Continue south to St George, Queensland’s inland fishing capital, then visit Riversands Winery for a personalised wine tasting and meal at their onsite café. Call in to the Unique Egg to see a world-class collection of hand-crafted emu eggs, then join a sunset cruise on the Balonne River with its 230 species of birdlife.View Accommodation & Activities in St George
Leaving St George, follow the Carnarvon Highway to the historic Nindigully Pub, Queensland's oldest hotel. This authentic Aussie pub on the banks of the Moonie River has the reputation for serving up Australia's biggest burger. Visit Coolmunda Organic Olives near Inglewood, walk through the olive grove and taste organic olives. From here, follow the Stanthorpe Inglewood road towards the magnificent Girraween National Park in Queensland's Granite Belt Region.View Accommodation & Activities in the Granite Belt
Follow a selection of bushwalks from your private bush chalet surrounded by Girraween National Park with its intriguing balancing boulders, cascading waterfalls and cool rock pools. See quiet kangaroos grazing in open fields, brilliant turquoise parrots, yellow-tufted honeyeaters and red-necked wallabies as you explore over 17km of walking tracks to suit all levels of fitness. Visit nearby award-winning wineries, restaurants and local producers just a short drive from the National Park.
Travel north to Stanthorpe and explore Queensland’s premier food and wine region. Sample cider and apple pie at Suttons Apple Farm and visit Stanthorpe Cheese for hand-made farmhouse cheese. If you have a nose for truffles, then take a look at the Truffle Discovery Centre or if secretly would like every day to be Christmas then don't miss the Granite Belt Christmas Farm. Follow the Cunningham Highway through Main Range National Park back to Brisbane.