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Published September 22nd 2015
Festive Country Shopping Delights
1 The Village Green
Jaybelle Home Décor & Gifts/Lighting is far and away the top outlet for the most exquisite homewares in the Toowoomba/Highfields area. They also offer bejewelled stationery and Swarovski Chrystal jewellery. Become a regular and you may even be offered surprise discounts.
The Chocolate Cottage offers chocolates made on the premises, homewares and a fabulous menu. Dig into a sumptuous chicken burger with caramelised onions, chips and salad. Seating outside on the spacious grassed area is perfect for bringing the little ones for a romp after lunch.
The view from the Village Green adds an ambience which is the envy of the neighbourhood.
2 Spring Bluff
On Murphy's Creek Road, Spring Bluff railway station and gardens are in splendour every Spring for the Carnival of Flowers. Spot a goanna sneaking a snack under a table or enjoy the Big Band during the carnival from 11:30am - 3pm.
High quality rustic furniture or an old manual plough and other items in Gottabee Country cuddle up beside Apthorp Farm Market local art and craft. Meander around the charming village path by Lilly Scents around to the Campfire Café where you'll receive a warm welcome and delicious food from country beauties.
Abbie Lane, a charming place to shop, dine and relax.
Open for two years, Abbie Lane village is decked out in flowers including tubs of pansies and hanging baskets of red blooms.
Fairy Dell participated in the Carnival of Flowers parade 2015.
The Fairy Dell's artist Terese Eglington will be on site painting and telling children's stories. Give her a call on mobile 0448 796 794 to ensure your children have a good seat in the little caravan. You may even end up buying a toadstool if the mood strikes you.
4 Jacaranda Manor
A shopping village providing gifts and homewares plus dining. From quirky farmyard décor items to chic boutiques and specialty restaurants, it's a delight. Fudge-lovers beware of giving in to a major sugar hit.
5 Danish Flower Art
Gifts, gourds, beads and craft supplies will get your creative juices flowing and entice you into new hobbies. Put your feet up beside the chickens at the Gourmet Café. Find Danish Flower Art at 10347 New England Highway.
Highfields boasts an abundance of shops and cafes loaded with country personality, or you may grab a simpler meal from the Bakery Café or Subway.
Turn off onto Murphy's Creek Road and you may enjoy viewing one of the Carnival of Flowers' exhibition gardens. Drooping branches heavily laden with crimson blossoms overhang varieties of azaleas.
If travelling from Toowoomba, be sure to avail yourself of a shady stop to select from a wide range of local produce at the roadside.
Relax by the garden at the Campfire Cafe, Abbie Lane.