Food & Travel
Weekend winter escapes on Brisbane's doorstep
A weekend getaway can be the perfect antidote to the daily grind. So, leave the city behind for a warm fire and some rugged adventure with a cosy winter escape. These getaways are all within a short hop from Brisbane.
This 170-acre working cattle property in Goomburra, two hours west of Brisbane, is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.The Sheepwash Cottage has been fully renovated in farmhouse style, with two bedrooms and a fireplace in the living room. On the deck you can relax in the spa and enjoy the rural views or spend the evening around the fire pit. Kids can collect their own eggs for breakfast from the chicken pen and pick herbs from the garden. Breakfast supplies are also included in the nightly rate.
On the Boonah-Killarney Scenic Drive, 120-kilometres south-west of Brisbane, this park is a quiet winter haven. Set on grassland amid farm country, the cabins and campsites are all in close proximity to fire pits and there are wood-fired barbeques to use as well. If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s a cafe that’s open for breakfast and lunch.
Located just outside of Stanthorpe, two hours south-west of Brisbane, Fox Bar Falls campground is spread out on 20-acres of farmland. Each of its 48 sites – whether they be powered or unpowered – come with their own firepit and communal firewood. There are plenty of winter activities on offer, including bike tracks, kayaking, and birdwatching, not to mention it’s only a 20-minute drive to wineries, bakeries and tourist attractions along the famous Granite Belt. Four-legged friends are welcome, too.
This campsite, located two hours from Brisbane, is a bush camping paradise. It has powered and non-powered sites dotted around its bushland setting, with most powered sites having their own fire pit. The campground is 5 kilometres from the World Heritage Listed Main Range National Park which has numerous bushwalking options and waterfall lookouts. The Darling Downs Zoo and Glengallen Homestead are also a short drive away. A little further afield is the Granite Belt Maze & Mini Golf attraction.
Set on 250-acres of natural bushland in Stanthorpe – which is proudly known as Queensland’s coldest town – these four cosy, fully self-contained cabins each come with a wood-burner heater and can accommodate families of various sizes. Each has its own verandah with a barbecue and fire pit area for toasting marshmallows.
Stanthorpe’s Granite Belt Retreat is a pretty special weekend destination and perfect for a winter escape. Located on 30 acres of bushland, the 20 cedar cabins are the epitome of cosy and will make the kids feel like they’re a forest-dwelling storybook character. The family cabins have bunk beds and come with their own wood fire. The drawcard for adults is the property’s onsite brewery which produces cider as well as beer. If you’re bringing a four-legged friend, opt for the pet-friendly cabin option.
By Josephine Agostino