Wanting to head off on a road trip to explore the best of south QLD country? Our friends at Big Sky Country Drives have out together the perfect 8 day itinerary that will take you from through Toowoomba, out to St George, and back to Brisbane via Roma and Chinchilla.
Discover Australian stories, adventures and starry night constellations. This drive takes in part of the Adventure Way which stretches from Brisbane to Adelaide. You’ll drive through some of Queensland’s rich agricultural regions, see wonderful heritage sites and explore incredible outback landscapes.
Day 1: Brisbane to Toowoomba (via Warwick)
Head south on the Cunningham Highway to historic Warwick, soaked in early settlement history with sandstone buildings and castle-like churches. Drive through fertile farming land and beautiful countryside to Allora, the childhood home of P.L. Travers who wrote the Mary Poppins stories. Visit the heritage listed Glengallan Homestead, a 19th century country house and Rudd’s Pub named after author Steele Rudd en route to Toowoomba.
Drive Distance: approx. 249km
Day 2: Toowoomba to St George
Continue your drive west to the heritage-listed Woolshed at Jondaryan, the oldest and largest operating Woolshed in the world. Download the self-guided tour app for an interactive walk through restored colonial buildings and the original Woolshed building. Follow the Adventure Way drive route through Dalby to St George, the inland fishing capital of Queensland.
Drive Distance: approx. 386km
Day Three: St George to Cunnamulla
Enjoy a morning nature cruise along the Balonne River with Sandytown River Cruises. The river is a bird watchers’ paradise with over 230 species found within the region. Continue on the Adventure Way to Cunnamulla for a visit to the Cunnamulla Centre and a side trip to Eulo for an open-air mud bath accompanied by wine and nibbles.
Drive Distance: approx. 294km
Day Four: Cunnamulla to Charleville
Follow the Mitchell Highway to Charleville, heart of the ‘mulga country’ and immortalised in Slim Dusty’s song by the same name. Get up close and personal with the Bilby, one of Australia’s most endangered species at the Bilby Experience. Join experienced night sky guides at the Cosmos Centre to view distant stars, planets and star clusters through powerful telescopes.
Drive Distance: approx. 198km
Day Five: Charleville to Roma
Travel to Mitchell for a therapeutic soak in the Great Artesian Spa. Visit the original courthouse where local bushrangers the Kenniff Brothers were committed to stand trial. Drive east on the Warrego Highway to Roma where twice weekly you can join a free tour of the Roma Sale yards, the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy an amazing theatrical presentation, recreating the story of Australia’s Oil and Gas Industry at the Big Rig Night Show.
Drive Distance: approx. 266km
Day Six: Roma to Bunya Mountains
Continue along the Warrego Highway towards Dalby then drive through the rich black soil grain growing area of the Jimbour Plains to heritage listed Jimbour House. Stroll through the beautiful formal gardens of this French classic sandstone homestead built in 1875. Discover quaint arts and craft shops nestled in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains in the picturesque town of Bell then take the Kingaroy Road to Bunya Mountains National Park where its pristine rainforest and ancient bunya pines await.
Drive Distance: approx. 330km
Day Seven: Bunya Mountains
Discover cool mountains, rainforests and waterfalls on a selection of spectacular walking tracks within the Bunya Mountains National Park. Enjoy the privacy of your Bunya Mountains Chalet, hand feed King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas, tour the rainforest in a Clydesdale drawn wagon and enjoy the simple pleasure of billy tea and damper. Watch for the Chocolate Wattled Bat at dusk and try your luck at spotting nocturnal animals.
Day Eight: Bunya Mountains to Brisbane
Travel down the Bunya Highway to Kingaroy. Visit the Kingaroy Observatory to view the real surface of the Sun by day and the starry constellations by night. Indulge with a gourmet platter at Crane Wines, a rustic cellar door perched high on the Booie Range with breathtaking views east over the valley. Your final leg of the drive will travel through the timber town of Blackbutt and the country township of Woodford back to Brisbane.
Drive Distance: approx. 221km
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