With 5-star wineries, art galleries and glamping, you might think Southern Queensland Country is only for adults. But here are the reasons why it’s also a paradise for kids.
From waterfalls and nature walks to the history and culture of the area, you’re sure to find plenty of things to do with kids in Southern Queensland.
Here are the not-to-be-missed adventures from the wanderlust warriors at Queensland Tourism.
Visit Queen Mary Falls
For some healthy exercise, head to the Queen Mary Falls outside Killarney. An easy 20-minute stroll takes you to the lookout point showing Spring Creek plunging 40 metres to a pool below. And don’t worry, the clearly marked trail is easy enough for even a toddler to navigate.
Continue along the track to reach the rainforest at the bottom for a total walk of two hours. Make sure you pack bird feed to entice the gorgeous rosellas and lorikeets even closer. A BBQ area set amongst the eucalypt forest offers the ideal resting spot after your walk.
Giddy up for some Cowboy Up horse riding
Explore the Toowoomba area the cowboy way with a relaxing horseback ride through a working cattle property. From your comfortable saddle, give a friendly ‘neigh’ to the wallabies, wild deer and native birdlife surrounding you.
There’s a variety of rides to choose from to suit your ability but all include magnificent views. Say howdy to a country ride!
Go wild at the Darling Downs Zoo
A visit to the Darling Downs Zoo is almost like a visit to Pride Rock as it’s home to the only pride of Africa Lions in Queensland. Throw in some baboons, the largest herd of zebras and some monkeys and you’re there! You’ll be singing Hakuna Matata as you meet the gorgeous Sumatran tigers and run rings around the giant tortoises.
Not only is this zoo filled with beautiful animals but it’s also extremely interactive with lion feeding, python posing, and a snake and reptile show that will send shivers down your spine.
Be part of a functioning farm at a farm stay
Sing Old MacDonald to your kids at a farm stay in Southern Queensland Country with farm animals of all shapes and sizes on show. There are dozens to choose from with a wide variety of activities like live shearing demonstrations, horseback riding, picking freshly laid eggs and of course getting up close and personal with the animals.
Get an idea of how kids react to life in the country by taking a peek at this video of my family’s time at the Taabinga Homestead, near Killarney.
Eat some apple pie at Stanthorpe’s Sutton’s Farm
If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that apple pie makes everything better. With crispy, golden pastry and warm apple and cinnamon filling, Sutton Farm’s specialty dessert is a cut above the rest.
Include the apple cider ice-cream and this is a must-have treat for anyone passing through Stanthorpe! The deliciousness doesn’t stop there with a unique range of gourmet apple juices and ciders available for sale.
Tempt your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Cottage Café
Just a short drive north of Toowoomba is Highfields, a quaint country town with many attractions but none as enticing as the Chocolate Cottage Cafe. Acting as a haven from the outside world, the café is a perfect spot for morning tea.
It sits on beautiful grassy acreage overlooking unsurpassed views of the Toowoomba Range. While the kids play tag on the grass, indulge in handmade chocolates, sumptuous desserts and revitalising coffee.
Fossick for gold at Thanes Creek
If you’re raising little entrepreneurs who want to strike it rich, be sure to take them fossicking for gold at Thanes Creek near Warwick (secure your licence at the Warwick Visitor Info Centre).If they actually get their hands on a gold nugget, they’ll be set for life!
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