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Top must-do's Darling Downs

Balancing Rock

Balancing Rock is a ten-tonne, 7.5-metre-high, 6-metre-wide boulder balancing on a base of only 1 metre. The rock sits spectacularly atop a summit in Girraween National Park. Located in the Granite Belt wine region, visit one of the many food and drink hot spots within 30 minutes of the track.

Big Red Sand Dune

The famous Big Red Sand Dune provides a challenge for any four wheel drive enthusiast. The first of 1,140 parallel dunes in the Simpson Desert, the spectacular sunsets from the top of Big Red are an experience not to be missed. The Big Red Sand Dune is also home to the Big Red Bash, Australia's most remote music festival.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The BVRT is a fun activity for families, couples and friends alike to explore the rail trail between Nanango and Ipswich. There is free camping, pubs and the best cafes and bakeries along the way. The trail has historic sites highlighted and is a spectacular way to spend a day or a week.

Castle Rock

About 3.5 hours southwest of Brisbane, watch the sunset from the top of Castle Rock, one of the many scenic treks of Girraween National Park.

Darling Downs Zoo

Take a drive to the Darling Downs Zoo situated between Toowoomba and Warwick. The Zoo is privately owned and has only recently reopened. While you are there add to your experience by including an animal encounter.

Nindigully Pub

Nindigully Pub ‘The Gully’ is Queensland’s oldest hotel located in its original condition and positioned on the banks of the Moonie River. And as they say there, "Come as a stranger, leave as a friend."

See the Big Watermelon in Chinchilla

Given the tiny town of Chinchilla is home of the Big Watermelon, check out the bi-annual Melon Fest which includes alluring events such as the Melon Dash for Cash, Melon Skiing, Melon Pip Spitting, Melon Chariot Race, Melon Bungy, Melon Ironman/Woman, and of course, plenty of free watermelon.

Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt

Find five kilometres of walking and cycling tracks and along one end of town the tracks link Stanthorpe to the ‘Red’ Bridge.  It’s not red anymore, but this historic railway bridge is a sight to see and makes for a relaxing and scenic easy walk.

Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers

Visit Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers, the longest running floral event of its kind in Australia - a celebration of flowers, food, wine and culture.

Visit Killarney

Just over 2 hours from Brisbane, make the most of the rolling hills and lavender fields of Killarney.