As the air gets colder and the days become shorter, it’s the perfect time of year to visit Queensland to savour the last of the warm weather. While the major cities are great, there’s nothing more relaxing than escaping to the country for a weekend away. Cosying up in a café somewhere, hot drink in hand, looking out at streets covered in orange leaves – it sounds like heaven.
There are endless towns to choose from, so to make it a bit easier, we’ve picked our top spots to visit this autumn that are all within driving distance of Brisbane.
Located a couple of hours outside of Brisbane, Warwick is as beautiful as it is quaint. Visit the Southern Downs Steam Railway and take a relaxing train trip around the Darling Downs region, or simply grab a hot beverage and wander the streets of this charming town.
Is there anything better than a glass of wine on a brisk autumn night? The town of Stanthorpe is in the middle of a fantastic wine region, making it an ideal place for a weekend getaway. Autumn is the most picturesque time to visit – the vines turn from a bright green to the most beautiful shades of red and orange. Join a winery tour and sample some of Queensland’s best wine and local produce.
There’s something a little mysterious about the town of Kilcoy, north of Brisbane. The town features an unusual statue of a yowie – a mythical Australian creature that has a long history in Kilcoy.
But even without a sighting of this mysterious creature, the town has plenty to offer. Kilcoy is a regional hub for all things artistic. Spend an afternoon at the Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery and see works from the best local artists.