Start the day by heading for Oakey (27 km west). Like so much of the Darling Downs, Oakey was first settled in the early 1840s when pastoralists moved into the area and claimed large areas of land for grazing. At Oakey you can visit the Museum of Australian Army Flying.
Starts: Toowoomba. Finish: Toowoomba.
Play amongst a smorgasbord of cellar doors, distilleries and orchards within Queensland s premier food and wine region, known as the Granite Belt. Pick your own fruit, meet local producers whilst enjoying the scenery.
Many people visit the Burnett/Fraser coast region but fail to explore the hinterland. If you plan to drive to the Burnett/Fraser region, why not take the inland route and enjoy some different and interesting scenery. The journey from Toowoomba to Budaberg is 409 km in length and makes for an enjoyable 1-2 day trip.
Visit all the scenic lookouts of Toowoomba. This 175km drive includes Crows Nest, Mt Lofty, Prince Henry Drive, Picnic Point and Helidon via Flagstone Creek. Download a brochure with step-by-step directions.
Discover the true pioneering spirit of Queensland's famous outback as you follow in the path of Queensland's famed explorers on board The Westlander train. From Brisbane, travel across the Great Dividing Range, through the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs to Charleville, this scenic journey travels through some of the state's most picturesque outback regions. Experience this unforgettable journey into Queensland's western frontier on The Westlander. Brisbane to Charleville - 777 km, 17 hours. The Westlander travels from Brisbane to Charleville twice a week.
The way to see and enjoy some of Australia's most stunning World Heritage Listed rainforest. The Rainforest Way is a series of drives which lets visitors explore this spectacular area in the hinterland of Northern NSW and South-East Queensland.
Ambience on Tour offers a fantastic variety of day tours to choose from Wine Tours, Brewery Tours, Art Tours, Wine and Art Tours, Scenic Tours and the option to combine tours or create your own tour. All tours include lunch in beautiful surrounds, tasting fees, refreshments, luxury air conditioned vehicle, personal guide, entrance and venue tour fees.
The first mail route awarded to Cobb & Co in Queensland ran from Ipswich to Toowoomba in 1865. Not long afterwards, the railway line opened from Ipswich to Grandchester. Mail was transported by coach from Brisbane to Ipswich, then via rail from Ipswich to Grandchester, then back to coach again from Grandchester to Toowoomba. The Cobb & Co Tourist Drive follows the railway line and original road from Ipswich to Toowoomba, traversing the Lockyer Valley. You will see heritage-listed pubs & hotels constructed as resting points for travellers heading west.
The Lockyer Valley is home to so much more than farming and agriculture, it's home to a blend of town and country living with everything from top class restaurants and art galleries to bird watching, roadside produce stalls, horse riding, stunning national parks and bushwalking, all within easy reach.
Beyond the Southern Downs is The Outback, a the vast, remote, arid area of Australia. It is not a defined area, and people's interpretation of where the outback begins and ends varies greatly; the term generally refers to any lands outside the main urban areas.
The opening up of new highways and railways has made the Outback more accessible than ever before. It can still be a dangerous place if you travel beyond the limitations of your experience, but provided you don't stray too far off the beaten track, an outback journey can be a safe and fascinating travel experience into one of the world's last, largely uninhabited frontiers.