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Darling Downs

Dine on farm-fresh produce and try subtropical highland wines while overlooking the rolling foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland’s pastoral heart.

Grassy plains and rippling crop fields stretch out for miles in the rural region of the Darling Downs. Extending west from the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the Darling Downs has a subtropical highland climate and the region is prominent for its fertile farmland, high-quality produce, fine wines and cheeses. Get to know the hinterland way of life and explore wide open spaces and cosy country towns as you discover the scenic roads and pioneering heritage of this region.

Toowoomba is Queensland’s largest inland city and a major hub in the Darling Downs, cresting the foothills of the mountain range and Lockyer Valley. You can have the region’s finest produce served up to you in Toowoomba’s local restaurants. Visit during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers to see the city burst into colour for 10 days in September. Be sure to try local cheeses and ice creams made using Darling Downs’ renowned dairy milk. Sample some of the Darling Downs’ excellent local wines in the city’s bars or go straight to the source on a tour of the region’s boutique wineries, cellar doors and vineyards.

Head west to begin exploring the Darling Downs’ charming townships and pastoral estates. Check out the rolling hills of Killarney and Stanthorpe, framed by the Bunya Mountains named for the ancient native pines that dot the landscape. The Condamine River meanders through the river-plain towns of Warwick, Dalby and Chinchilla. Learn about the region’s pioneering heritage at the Cobb & Co. Museum in Toowoomba or the Jondaryan Woolshed.

Experience some of the region’s wilderness with a trip to the Main Range National Park. Hike along breathtaking mountain ridges and check out the plunging cascade of Queen Mary Falls. You can also enjoy highland scenery from the natural mountain passes of Cunningham’s Gap and Spicers Gap. Go camping in the Goomburra Forest or the Bunya Mountains National Park.

The Darling Downs encompass a large area of southwest Queensland. Reach Toowoomba within a 90-minute drive from Brisbane and its international airport. Enjoy exciting festivities in spring or try fragrant red wines in the region’s cooler wintertime. It is easiest to explore this region by car and take your time exploring the region’s pretty townships and hidden gems.


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Burke and Wills Hotel AU$119
Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2019
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Burke and Wills Hotel

Burke and Wills Hotel

554 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, QLD
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Enjoyed my stay. Facility clean, staff were excellent. My only recommendation was the bed sagged alittle in the middle

    Potters Toowoomba Boutique Hotel AU$155
    Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2019
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    Potters Toowoomba Boutique Hotel

    Potters Toowoomba Boutique Hotel

    258 Margaret Street, Toowoomba, QLD
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Our room was nice, spacious and clean. Potters is in a very central position and close to Grand Central shopping centre.

      Downs Motel AU$106
      Reviewed on 27 Sep. 2019
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      Downs Motel

      Downs Motel

      669 Ruthven Street, South Toowoomba, QLD
         
        4.2 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        It was a great place to stay - the staff were very welcoming and friendly- thank you

        Riviera on Ruthven Motel AU$100
        Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2019
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        Riviera on Ruthven Motel

        Riviera on Ruthven Motel

        730 Ruthven Street, South Toowoomba, QLD
           
          4.1 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great location for a overnight stay. Free breakfast was a great extra bonus!

          Platinum International AU$143
          Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2019
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          Platinum International

          Platinum International

          326 James Street, Harristown, QLD
             
            4.6 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            From the moment I walked in I felt so welcomed. The staff go the extra mile. Loved the rooms. So large and comfortable. The restaurant was a pleasant surprise. The food was so delicious. Can't fault anything. Will definitely return.

            Toowoomba Central Plaza Apartment Hotel AU$168
            Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2019
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            Toowoomba Central Plaza Apartment Hotel

            Toowoomba Central Plaza Apartment Hotel

            532-544 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, QLD
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              just a very good hotel and good staff ,good part of town close to shops

              City Golf Club Motel AU$169
              Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2019
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              City Golf Club Motel

              City Golf Club Motel

              775 Ruthven Street, South Toowoomba, QLD
                 
                4.7 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very central position great to be able to use golf club restaurant as a member.

                Stonewood Villas AU$116
                Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2019
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                Stonewood Villas

                Stonewood Villas

                91 Oak Street, Chinchilla, QLD
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great spacious room to stay in, especially love the very friendly accommodating owner she is amazing! Thanks again we will be back!

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