Warwick Tourist Drives
The Settlers Route: Tourist Route: 1 — 72 kilometres
The Settler’s Route will take you through stunning scenery with deep gullies, steep mountains and a myriad of river crossings.
Head north from Warwick and turn right onto Yangan Road. Yangan is a pretty town with historic buildings, lovely parks and great counter meals. Follow the road until you reach Killarney, the scenic gem of the Southern Downs.
Extend the drive by heading out of Killarney towards Dagg’s Falls, Brown’s Falls and Queen Mary Falls National Park and the breathtaking views of Carr’s Lookout.
The mountain road takes you through sub-tropical rainforest and 4WD’s can detour along the popular and spectacular Condamine Gorge, also known as the ‘14 River Crossing’ 4WD track.
Complete the drive along the Warwick-Killarney Road back to Warwick.
Sunflower Route: Tourist Route: 11 — 50 kilometres
Summer is the best time to take in the wonder and splendour of the Sunflower Route. Depending on the season's rainfall, from late January through to March you will likely see dazzling vistas of giant sunflowers. The 50 kilometre round trip will also take you through the patchwork countryside of ploughed black soil, green lucerne and grazing crops, and brick-red sorghum.
To drive through some of the region’s most picturesque country, leave Warwick via Victoria Street then turn right into Rosehill Road and follow the signs to Allora.
Spend some time in Allora visiting its quiet relaxing parks and gardens and charming heritage listed streetscape. Other attractions in the vicinity include heritage listed Glengallan Homestead.
The drive will bring you back into the heart of Warwick via the Cunningham Highway.
Sprint Route — Tourist Route: 12 — 118 kilometres
To begin the drive, head west on the Cunningham Highway towards Goondiwindi, then take the Pratten turnoff. This 118 kilometre round trip includes the home of vintage motor sprints — Leyburn. Leyburn’s Historic Motor Sprint Around the Houses attracts thousands of people each year on the third weekend of August. In fact, it’s not unusual to see vintage car rallies and bikies’ groups motor their way down the Sprint Route at any time of the year.
Leyburn is a picturesque village brimming with talent and friendliness. Spend some time walking around Leyburn’s historic buildings. These include Queensland’s oldest continually licensed hotel and a shingle-roofed church dating back to 1860.
Continue the route through the gold rush country of Thane and then onto the popular fishing and boating spot of Leslie Dam. Camp in the great outdoors, fish, swim or canoe.
Cedar Route — Tourist Route: 14 — 62 kilometres
The Cedar Route winds through the World Heritage area of the Goomburra Valley and shows nature in all its glory. Head north towards Toowoomba, past Glengallan Homestead and turn right at the Goomburra sign just before Allora.
Follow the route and put on your hiking boots to enjoy the many walking tracks in the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park. The Dalrymple Creek Bush Walk is disabled assisted and has a kids’ activity page on the EPA website (www.epa.qld.gov.au). Take time to visit the newly renovated Sylvester Lookout. Learn all about the endangered frogs and other native species that call this park home and see how many you can find when you take one of the many gentle bushwalks.
Continue your journey by following the signs and travelling through Freestone before you arrive back in Warwick. Ask a local about the ‘Ghost Gate’ and hear about the mysterious white owl.
From fun four-wheel-driving, perfect picnic spots and spectacular scenery, the Cedar Route appeals to all.
This is the newest of the tourist routes in the Warwick area and four waterfalls are featured on the spectacular drive on the southern Queensland border between Boonah and Killarney.
The route leaves the Boonah-Rathdowney Road south of Boonah and through Teviot Gap near Killarney takes in the four waterfalls on part of Spring Creek Road - Browns, Daggs, Queen Mary and Teviot Falls - and Carrs Lookout.
Spring Creek flows over Queen Mary Falls, which is in Main Range National Park.
The creek flows into the Condamine River nearby where it begins at The Head and flows on to the Murray-Darling, Australia's longest river system, which stretches to the ocean in South Australia.
This tourist route can form part of a wonderful circle drive taking in Cunninghams Gap, Warwick, Killarney and Boonah - a special part of southern Queensland.
Take a drive or walk along the Condamine River
Enter Queens Park from Alice Street and take a leisurely drive along the Condamine River exiting at Park Road. An established footpath will guide you along the river if you'd like to stretch your legs and there are plenty of peaceful spots to picnic or just have a quiet break. Picnic tables are available and a Skate Bowl is located near the Park Road exit.
Located 14km past Queen Mary Falls, Carrs Lookout provides spectacular views of the centre of the Great Divide and the source of the Condamine River - the longest river system in Australia.
The Spring Creek Mountain Café, situated next door to the Lookout, offers the same spectacular views from their balcony and grounds, while enjoying fine cuisine. This Café is a very popular spot so it is recommended that you book ahead of your visit – contact 4664 7107.
Stanthorpe Tourist Drives
Granite Belt Drive: 3 — 12 kilometres
Via Dalveen, Cottonvale, Thulimbah & The Summit. The route runs parallel with the New England Highway and access is gained from the Highway.
The little farming villages between Dalveen, to the north of Warwick and Applethorpe to the south of Stanthorpe, form what is known as the Granite Belt Drive (formerly known as The Fruit Run). Along this route you will find farmhouses scattered among the orchards, a couple of wineries, quite a few fruit stalls and a lot of fruit storage sheds.
In addition to the towns at either end of Granite Belt Drive, in between there’s Cottonvale, along with Thulimbah and The Summit.
Fruit stalls are set up with plenty of produce, and in most, but not all cases, locally grown product is also available where farm gate signs identify producers who sell direct to the travelling public.
Armistice Way Tourist Route: 5 — 34 kilometres
Via Thulimbah, Pozieres and Amiens. The Granite Belt was part of the soldier settlement schemes for the returning heroes of World War I and it was considered as the perfect place for small farms, capable of supporting one man and his family. The veterans named their farms, and the roads linking them, after battles in which they had fought. Armistice Way, one of Stanthorpe’s principal tourist routes, takes drivers along Amiens Road through Amiens, Messines, Bapaume, Passchendaele, Bullecourt, Pozieres and Fleurbaix, which are named after World War I battlefields. The route is a memorial drive established to link these World War I returned soldier settlements.
Highland Drive: 6 — 31 kilometres
via Storm King Dam, Eukey and Ballandean.
Oracles Way Tourist Route: 7 — 64 kilometres
via Amosfield Road and the Mt Lindsay Road to Tenterfield.
Shearer’s Way Tourist Route: 8 — 90 kilometres
via Texas Road, Glenlyon Dam Road and Mingoola Road to the Bruxner Highway.