Explore the Southern Downs and Granite Belt Region



Just 90 mins from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane city lies the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region. Think immersive natural landscapes, fresh local produce, world-class wine experiences & country hospitality second to none. Add in the quirkiest festival of all time, and what do you have? An immersive experience that won't be forgotten for a long time.


In this blog, we want to show you how to ultimately experience the Southern Downs & Granite Belt Region. Exploring the towns of Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney, Allora and a string of friendly villages, the region is the perfect setting to swap the city hustle for a good old-fashioned adventure.


Experience the hospitality of the genuine country folk. Explore the history and the heritage, tantalise your tastebuds


with the best handmade produce from this amazing food bowl, slow your step and step back in time with what this amazing region offers.


Food


The Southern Downs & Granite Belt Region boasts rich fertile soil accompanied by perfect climatic conditions. This combination results in perfect growing conditions for world class high quality produce. Tantalise your tastebuds with hand-crafted exquisite cuisine, straight from the source. Rich fertile soil accompanied by perfect growing conditions results in a highly valued 'food bowl'. From farm to fork the Southern Downs & Granite Belt food map showcases the freshest produce of the region. Also on this map are the cafes and restaurants that incorporate locally grown produce on their menus.


Wine


There are a few ingredients that are critical for a great drop. Soil, climate, and a winemaker. Welcome to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt Country. A landscape governed by unique National Parks and perfect altitude for growing produce has resulted in some of Australia's highest-altitude vineyards. Along with good rainfall thanks to the influence of Queensland sub-tropical monsoon and winter snowfalls occasionally, sets the scene for a happy vineyard!


The wineries of the Granite Belt offer a personal, unhurried wine experience. You will need more than a weekend to sample them all, but get started here.


Tours



Explore the region, the history, and the festival with one of the tours offered. Listen to the stories of champion Town Crier, Bob Townshend, immerse yourself in art with a Gallery and Tree tour, or discover the history of the region with one of the regional tours offered. Why not complete your visit with a classic road trip? Here's a list of the top 10 road trips in our region. Explore to your heart's content in your own time.


Historic & Gallery Tours


Being one of Queensland’s most historic areas, there is a wealth of heritage to be discovered. The region boasts a great diversity of heritage buildings, from the grand public buildings of sandstone to humble shepherds’ slab huts, and everything in between. For the history buffs at heart, follow the Queensland Southern Downs & Granite Belt Heritage and Historic Building Trails Guide. View the guide here.


Regional Tours


Small coach tours are offered to key regional locations across the Southern Downs & Granite Belt. Check the Jumpers & Jazz in July website for updates on what tours are offered each year.


Accommodation


With almost every type of accommodation under the sun to choose from, no matter what your taste or budget, the Southern Downs & Granite Belt Region has something to suit everyone. From luxury retreats to historical Bnb's the region has so much to choose from when it comes to your getaway in our region.


If you would like assistance in organising accommodation for large groups for conferences or weddings, please visit southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au/accommodation/


Plan your Festival Experience


Jumpers and Jazz in July brings together a program of over 100 events during the ten days of the festival. The program is bookended by two big weekends of celebrations providing plenty of opportunities to make a weekend of it. Or avoid the crowds and take advantage of the festival’s mid-week program.


See you soon!

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