Top Country Towns To Visit Near BNE

Top Country Towns To Visit Near BNE

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By Adelaide Munro | 4th September 2020

With so much in our backyard well-worth exploring, we're adding a dash of adventure to your weekend routine. Coasting through the rolling hills of The Scenic Rim or navigating mountainous terrain of national parks, there's so much beauty in south-east Queensland ready to experience. So, we've put together the quaintest country towns near Brisbane for your next destination. Pack the car – your journey starts here.

Stanthorpe

When it comes to wineries in Queensland, no town does it better than Stanthorpe. Nestled in the heart of the Granite Belt, this picturesque town is filled with vineyards and fruit farms – a foodie’s ideal destination! It’s no New York, but Stanthorpe has one thing in common with the city – its own big apple! Being the apple capital of Queensland you can’t go to Stanthorpe without visiting Sutton’s Farm, a family-run apple orchard boasting just about anything you could turn an apple into! The apple pie is renowned so make sure to try that first! If you are looking to escape the heat, this is the ideal travel destination for you. Stanthorpe earns its title of ‘Queensland’s coldest town’, with temperatures often reaching zero degrees in winter. The occasional snowfall makes it the ideal place to sit by the fireplace and drink red wine. Just over a two-and-half hour drive from Brisbane, it is the perfect location for a weekend away with the girls!

 

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Canungra

Just a short one-hour drive from Brisbane, Canungra is a small rural town in the Scenic Rim Region. What Canungra lacks in size, it makes up for in activity. Built in the foothills of the Lamington National Park, the destination has lush rainforests, extensive walking tracks and spectacular views – making it the ideal location for bushwalking and bird watching. If you’re feeling like doing something a little out of the ordinary then you must check out Mountview Alpaca Farm,  where you can pat, feed, walk and even have a picnic with a whole herd of fluffy alpacas! The hardest decision you will have to make all day will be which alpaca you’d like to walk – all boasting unique names including Pancake, Ed Sheeran and Tim Tam.

 

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Maleny

Perched high above the Sunshine Coast hinterland, this postcard perfect rural community boasts a myriad of sightseeing opportunities, including panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains. To see these views you need to head to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse flora and fauna. With several walking tracks, viewing platforms and picnic tables, this reserve is a perfect place for a day trip with the kids or a nice romantic stroll. As one of the country’s most renowned dairy producers, a visit to Maleny Dairies is essential (ice cream lover or not)! Their farm tours are also perfect for those looking to occupy small kiddies, with tractor rides through beautiful paddocks and the opportunity to feed the calves and emus! A 90-minute drive from Brisbane, Maleny makes for a perfect weekend destination.

 

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Montville

It’s difficult to find a town on the Sunshine Coast more charming than Montville. Perched in the deep hinterland, just under a two-hour drive from Brisbane, this gem is filled with beautiful natural wonders. One of the most spectacular is Kondalilla National Park. With an incredible 90-metre waterfall, rockpools and bubbling creeks, the park is the perfect location for day trippers, whether you plan on swimming or just admiring the magnificent surroundings! Vibing a fancier eating experience? Spicers Clovelly Estate is the ideal spot, located five kilometres from the Kondalilla National Park and just five minutes from Montville Village. The estate’s highly awarded Long Apron Restaurant specialises in French inspired cuisine, oo la la! You can relax in the estate’s tranquil gardens with a glass of champagne in hand and a charcuterie platter. Ahhh the perfect place to relax.

 

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Tamborine Mountain

Despite being located on Brisbane’s doorstep (just an hour down the road), Tamborine Mountain will make you feel like you’re a world away. The beautiful destination in the Scenic Rim offers a variety of activities for the whole family. The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is one of the best ways to see the beauty of the location, with the opportunity to walk among the treetops, standing 30 metres above the valley. The walk takes approximately 45 minutes, including a pit stop at the Eco Gallery, perfect for those wanting to gain some knowledge about Mount Tamborine’s indigenous and local history. There are four waterfalls located on the mountain ready to explore. Follow the 1.1km track through the lush forest to Curtis Falls, or pack a picnic and follow the trail to Cedar Creek Falls to marvel at the 15-20 metre waterfall. And of course, in a location like this you can’t forget to pack your camera and wear cute activewear! After all, the Instagram opportunities are endless!

 

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 Dalby

Dalby, also known as the ‘hub of the Darling Downs’ is a lively little town with a rich history! Here you will receive a guided tour of the station’s historic buildings, machinery and equipment and learn about the region’s rich farming history! And for those wildlife lovers, Pilton’s Darling Downs Zoo, located 90-minutes from Dalby is the only zoo in Queensland where you can see African lions, white lions and a pygmy hippopotamus! It also hosts a variety of other animals from South America and South-East Asia. A two-and-a-half hour drive from Brisbane, your next family road trip is sorted!

 

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Maryborough

Have an interest in rich history, heritage buildings, and beautiful surroundings? Maryborough is the place to visit. Every Thursday, Maryborough’s city centre undergoes an amazing transformation into a colour outdoor heritage marketplace. Soak up the atmosphere with live entertainment and a myriad of stalls boasting a range of fresh produce and unique wares. Another must do activity while in Maryborough is to check out the lookout tower at the Bristol Hill Reserve. It offers an amazing view over Maryborough and the surrounding forests and countryside – perfect scenery pics for Instagram to break up all the selfies! Another destination in Maryborough that the whole family would enjoy is the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary! The little ones can feed the camels, kangaroos and wallabies and learn all about Australia’s native animals.

 

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Mount Nebo

Located just 45 minutes from Brisbane’s city centre, the charming township of Mount Nebo is the perfect day trip destination. While you’re here you must visit the Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre, home to various marsupials including wombats and platypuses as well as birds and reptiles. If you decide to bushwalk (which we definitely recommend), you’ll find amazing natural wonders including rocky waterholes and mountain streams, as well as beautiful views of course! Looking for a bite? Located close by is Walkabout Creek Restaurant. Nestled in the D’Aguilar National Park and overlooking the Enoggera Reservoir, it’s the perfect location to enjoy a Sunday lunch with the family!

 

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