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Southern Downs Region

This is truly where you can escape the pressures of the city, the humidity of the coast and do as much or as little as you please. Sample delicious stone fruits straight from the grower. Tour wineries and taste award-winning wines. Explore the region’s history and heritage. Take a bushwalk in spectacular national parks or share the romance of an open log fire. Try your hand at freshwater fishing or fossicking, or go sailing on the region’s dams. In the Southern Downs you experience real country life and hospitality.

The region provides a natural alternative to the cities and beaches of the coastal area. The Southern Downs stretches from Cunningham’s Gap in the east, north to Clifton, south to the border town of Wallangarra, and to Inglewood in the west. The region prides itself on its old-fashioned hospitality. The principal towns are Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney, Allora, Inglewood, Texas and Clifton.

Queensland’s Southern Downs region has a diverse geography, from the rolling fertile hills of the Warwick Shire, the high altitude granite rock country of Stanthorpe Shire, to the wide open plains of the Inglewood and Clifton Shires.

Queensland’s Southern Downs region is steeped in history; the area boasts some of Queensland’s finest restored sandstone and timber buildings , including Abbey of the Roses, Talgai Homestead and Glengallan Homestead which is a Queensland Heritage Trails Network Project. A Heritage Trail booklet is available for a small fee from visitor information centres within the region, providing information on the historical buildings through out the area.

Queensland’s Southern Downs region has a number of art galleries, historical museums, pottery and craft, antiques and collectibles stores for visitors to enjoy. Markets are held most weekends within the region, and allow visitors to purchases fresh produce and locally made craft items.

Activites and Experiences at Southern Downs Region

  • Off Road Driving
  • Barbecue
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail bike riding
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Farm/Station activity
  • Fossicking
  • Fruit Picking
  • Gambling
  • Game Playing
  • Gliding
  • Gold prospecting
  • Golfing Golf Clubs throughout the Southern Downs Region
  • Horseriding
  • Industrial
  • Jet Boating
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition
  • Motor racing Morgan Park Raceway Warwick, Carnell Raceway Stanthorpe
  • Art Painting
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Sports Participate
  • Sports Viewing
  • Spotlighting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Animal Viewing
  • Walking
  • Water-based
  • Wine Tasting
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Winery
  • Places of Worship
  • Pub Stay
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)

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