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From Brisbane, head west towards Warwick. On the way, take a

detour through Ipswich, Queensland’s oldest provincial city. Allow

time for a heritage walking tour to see graceful colonial homes,

historic churches and sandstone buildings or browse antique shops

and craft cottages along the heritage trails in the surrounding area.

Quarry and Gray Streets and the Denmark Hill Conservation Park

are a good place to start (for maps see


Continue on from Ipswich to Aratula on the Cunningham

Highway and stop for the best home-made scones fresh from

the oven at the roadside café before continuing over the range to

Warwick. On the way allow for another stop at the top of the range

at Cunningham’s Gap for a short rainforest walk.

Arrive in Warwick in time to check in to the ‘Downton Abbey’

of South East Queensland, Abbey of the Roses (8 Locke Street,

Warwick), built as a convent in 1891 and lovingly restored by its

current owners as bed and breakfast accommodation in the style of

a stately manor house. Arrive early evening on a Friday or Saturday

(or by lunchtime Wednesday to Sunday) and try to get a table at

Bluebird Kitchen (130 Palmerin Street, Warwick) where Jim

Osborn runs the kitchen with a creative hand.


After breakfast at Abbey of the Roses head south to Stanthorpe

in the heart of the Granite Belt, Queensland’s premier wine

region, boasting more than 45 wineries. It’s also prime fruit





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A road trip that meanders through

Queensland’s southern country

combines history, great food and wine


outdoor adventure in one journey