The Darling Downs region of Queensland is known for the great outdoors. Located along the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, there is blue skies, national parks and country scenes for as far as the eye can see.
While the Darling Downs may be considered a smaller region, it’s home to Toowoomba, reportedly Australia’s second most populous inland city. Known as the ‘Garden City’, there are more than 150 parks to wander through. Don’t even get us started on the floral delight that is the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, which is the longest event of its kind in the country.
If you’re visiting Toowoomba, you need to make a trip of it and visit the Lockyer Valley. Roughly a 60-minute drive from the Brisbane CBD, the Lockyer Valley captures the true meaning of country living. Driving along, you’ll see roadside stalls with fresh fruits, vegetables and homemade treats. Then there’s the Spring Bluff Railway Station, which was built in 1864 but was only decommissioned in 1992. Better yet, bring the 4WD and go off-road in the Lockyer National Park.
Ah, and there’s Wine Country. Sorry, we mean the Granite Belt. 1,000 metres about sea level, you receive four distinct seasons, which can be a rarity for a lot of areas in Queensland where they see hot or warm and nothing in between. The vineyards in the region are known for producing some of the most alternative varieties of wines in the country.
East or west of the region, it’s worth a drive to check out this amazing part of Queensland.