Valleys and Vines 7 Day Self-Drive

Valley and Vines 7 Day Self-Drive

Balloons and Bubbles Breakfast, Mt Tamborine
Balloons and Bubbles Breakfast, Mt Tamborine

Day 1: Brisbane - Mount Tamborine

Fly into Brisbane or into the Gold Coast, both less than an hour's drive from the legendary Surfers Paradise.

Set off for the green behind the gold, less than half an hour away another world awaits. Walk through Queensland's oldest national park; sample some of south-eastern Queensland's finest wines, view waterfalls and glow worms. Or quicken the pace and jump off a cliff in a tandem hanglider or float away on the air currents with champagne in hand in a bright hot air balloon.

Lake Maroon, Boonah
Lake Maroon, Boonah

Day 2: Mount Tamborine to Boonah

Head down the mountain to charming Canungra and check out the historic hotel. Wander the vineyards, see Killowen homestead or inspect the remnants of the Lahey's Canungra Tramway Tunnel.

Get right into life in the great outdoors at Lake Moogerah and Lake Maroon with a spot of fishing, parasailing - there's an abundance of water sports to choose.

The Granite Belt Region, Stanthorpe
The Granite Belt Region, Stanthorpe

Day 3: Boonah to Stanthorpe

Back in the car today for next is Warwick - the Rose and Rodeo capital and the birth place of the legendary shearer Jackie Howe.

Follow the road passing vineyards and orchards yielding stone fruit, peaches, apricots, apples and berries, south to Stanthorpe, the heart of The Granite Belt region. Boasting more than 45 wineries it has earned the right to be acknowledged as Queensland's wine capital.

Rocks at Donnelly's Castle, Warwick
Rocks at Donnelly's Castle, Warwick

Day 4: Stanthorpe to Warwick

Today just spend the day exploring the local wineries and cellar doors enjoying the taste of award winning beverages and local produce. Visit a bushranger hideout - Donnelly's Castle - near Pozieres. Climb amongst the rock formations that made Captain Thunderbolt's imaginary castle during his colourful career across the New England Tableland.

Sunflower Field, Nobby
Sunflower Field, Nobby

Day 5: Warwick to Toowoomba

Pull over for morning tea in Allora, a delightful little town set on the banks of Dalrymple Creek and once the home for author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers.

History abounds in this region - this is where the Talgai Skull was unearthed - you can see a replica in the Allora Museum. Maybe visit Ghost Gate Road, where a farm gate mysteriously opens and closes without human help!

Journey through fields of giant sunflowers, golden wheat and other crops as you make your way into Nobby.

Then into Toowoomba.

Mt Mee
Mt Mee

Day 6: Toowoomba to Noosa

Toowoomba, with its four distinct seasons, is affectionately dubbed the Garden City. In spring the city is clothed in a kaleidoscope of colours as flowers bloom and the annual Carnival of Flowers gets under way.

When it's time to hit the road, point the car towards Noosa. Steer to Mt Mee summit for a spectacular view across burgeoning wineries to Caboolture and Moreton Bay. Take the back road through Maleny, Montville and Mapleton and include a few of the myriad of sightseeing attractions on offer.

Noosa Hill
Noosa Hill

Day 7: Noosa to Brisbane

Breakfast on Hastings Street under tall shady trees as shop keepers open up boutiques in ready for trading. Drive up to Laguna Lookout on Noosa Hill for an unspoiled view over rainforest, lakes, secluded bays and coves and the Noosa River before bidding Noosa farewell.

Head back to Brisbane in the afternoon, maybe for another day of exploring.

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