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Top 5 Winter Weekend Getaways in Queensland

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by Barry J (subscribe)
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Published July 11th 2022
Weasel out of winter and worm your way to a warm weekend
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15,000 feet and falling (courtesy Skydive Australia)

Brisbane doesn't suffer the cold, dark, bleak winters but you don't need an excuse to escape the city when these 5 answers are so glorious.

Enjoy!

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Views for miles on the Skywalk (courtesy Skywalk Tamborine)


Mount Tamborine
Only an hour's drive south of Brisbane and voted the Top Tourism Town for 2022, check in at a mountain cottage, then ascend 30 metres to the top of Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk for views stretching miles in every direction.

Sample award-winning spirits with Australian Botanical infusions at Tamborine Mountain Distillery, including Lemon Myrtle Vodka and Hibiscus Liqueur.

Tour the wineries, delving into the Cedar Creek Winery caves on a guided tour, surrounded by thousands of glow worms.

Stroll Long Road gallery walk to shop the local artisan creations, including chocolate, home brew, fudge, and crafts.

Take the kids to Thunderbird Park to dig for thunderegg mines. Bigger kids can zip down the dozens of flying fox challenges or catch the wind on a hang glider.

Return in October for the Halloween Scarecrow Festival.

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Milk a cow (courtesy Maleny Information Centre)


Blackall Range
Drive 100km north on the Bruce Hwy toward the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. The large region might seem overwhelming to explore on a weekend, but the 55km Blackall Range Tourist Drive is a good route to follow.

Of the rural communities to be your home base, Montville and Mapleton are good, but Maleny is top for 2022, voted one of the "Most Welcoming Towns in Australia". It's close to the national parks for some of Queensland's best rainforest hiking trails. Don't miss Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

In town, the Botanic Gardens are nice and a dairy tour is a wholesome treat.

Brave any winter chill for a refreshing swim at Gardners Falls.

On the southern edge of the ranges, visit the Irwin family's Australia Zoo.

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Picnic at Gardners Falls in Maleny (courtesy malenytrails.com.au)


Granite Belt
Almost 3 hours from Brisbane, enter the Great Dividing Range in the Darling Downs.

Setup in the heart of the Belt at Stanthorpe as they celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2022. The town is popular for wine tasting and pick your own fruit from family-owned orchards.

Make your own sweet drop on a wine-making course at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.

Sample apple pie and ciders on a tour of Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery.

Book a guided tour of the Mary Poppins House, the famous home of the author of the classic story about a flying nanny, in 61 Herbert St, Allora, just a short detour on the way to Stanthorpe.

Tour the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre at 4 Alice St, Warwick, also on the way to Stanthorpe, just off the New England Hwy.

Visit Darling Downs Zoo for the only African and White Lions in Queensland, giant tortoises, the endangered Sumatran Tiger, and a massive herd of zebras.

On August 20-21, 2022, the Historic Leyburn Sprints features vintage caravans, sprint races, and Show n' Shine.

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Balance a giant rock at Stanthorpe's Girraween National Park (courtesy Southern Queensland Country Tourism)


Noosa
It's famous for its beaches and watersport, but Noosa also has plenty of country trails into forests, over hills, and through farms to explore on foot, bicycle or horse. It's also a birdwatcher's paradise.

The Noosa Everglades are part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. There are only 2 everglade systems in the world. Discover why natural beauty on this scale is so rare as you kayak the River of Mirrors. It's popular for pure water, with perfect reflections of the diversity of plant and animal life in this special part of the world.

Survey the region from up high as you skydive from 15,000 feet. The ocean waves will drown out your exciting screaming as you fall and fall and fall until the parachute opens and you float peacefully back to earth.

Scuba dive at Mooloolaba, swimming through the Ex-HMAS Brisbane shipwreck and sharing the ocean with the fish along the artificial reef.


Glass House Mountains
Glamp (luxury camping) in a restored train carriage. The Victoria-era train carriage was one of only a handful to be built in the 1880s and carefully restored and refurbished for a unique accommodation experience.

Enter the land of nod in style in this private caboose with a fully equipped kitchen/living area, aircon, and a private deck overlooking the coffee orchard as you sip your own fresh brew.

The Ecolodge also hosts guests in a restored 125 year old timber country Queensland church and a lovingly restored 60 year old Queenslander train carriage.

Dine at nearby cafes and restaurants or in the train's dining car.

Hike around or up the 11 peaks, visiting quaint towns, manicured gardens, and vast nature reserves. Grab the guidebooks for the Bush Tucker Walk to spot the native bush foods and nuts available in the rainforest or sample the fruits and nuts on the Orchard Walk.

Where is your favourite winter getaway? Please leave a comment. We'd love to hear your ideas.

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Your Comment
All great options here Kevin. I think Giraween is calling me and that giant rock looks massive
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5088) 32 days ago
sorry Barry. I typed Kevin by mistake. Apologies
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5088) 32 days ago
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