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9352 SQC Visitor Guide 2019-2020 HiRes

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2019/20 Southern Queensland Country Visitors' Guide 50 You'll find all the ingredients for a great country holiday in Kingaroy and surrounds. A good mix of places to stay and a warm welcome from the locals is just the start. There's an exciting wine trail to explore, red soil paddocks yielding fine local produce, easy access to the wildlife, waterfalls and walking trails of the Bunya Mountains, and night skies twinkling with stars. Escaping here means good family times, getting back to nature, fresh air and freedom. Kingaroy Surrounded by picturesque farmlands and low rolling hills, Kingaroy is the largest town in this diverse and beautiful region. Well serviced by numerous large retail chains, and many services that you would expect to find in larger towns, Kingaroy offers a variety of accommodation from modern motels, cabins and caravan parks to cosy B&Bs, self-contained retreats, vineyard cottages and farm stays. Hit the wine trail From here you can explore one of Australia's most exciting new boutique wine regions. With a low-humidity climate similar to the acclaimed Hunter Valley, the Kingaroy area is ideally suited for grape cultivation. The first vines were planted in 1995 and now you can visit and taste wine at four cellar doors nearby. You can taste and learn about a variety of wines direct from the wine makers at wineries ranging from some of the State's largest to small boutique vineyards. Verdelho is the region's signature varietal, along with all the usual favourites, and exciting alternative varieties, such as sangiovese and viognier. Try our local food Renowned for peanuts (you can't miss the towering silos in the town centre), the region's rich soils and lush pastures also yield produce ranging from dragon fruit, ginger, stone fruit and avocados to tasty capers, pumpkins, beef and Barkers Creek Pork. Whether you love them chocolate-coated, boiled, roasted or flavoured – try the local peanuts at the iconic Peanut Van. Kingaroy's rich soils also produce many other crops. Restaurants and cafés around town feature local produce on their menus – sample the tasty local beef pies at Magpies Café and homestyle meals, local jams, chutneys, honey and buttery pumpkin scones at Whipbird Café, set in an old church at Coolabunia, just 10 minutes from Kingaroy. Bunya Mountains Bunya Mountains, Kingaroy and surrounds MUST-DOS: • Tour the region's vineyards and cellar doors • Walk, cycle or horse ride the old Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Yarraman to Moore, crossing the Blackbutt Range • Walk, bird watch and breathe fresh air in the Bunya Mountains • Relax in country comfort at a B&B or cottage in Kingaroy, Booie or Blackbutt • Connect with nature at Coomba Falls' hidden waterhole near Maidenwell MUST-SEES: • The nest of the bower bird adorned with collected blue ornaments – Bunya Mountains • Browse local markets, interactive museums and artisan galleries

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