There’s no better feeling than escaping the city on a Friday afternoon for a weekend away discovering the cellar doors, restaurants and cool natural places of Southern Queensland Country’s wine trails. Here is a weekend intinary taking in the South Burnett Wine Trail.
Take an early mark and hit the highway out of town. En route stop in at Blackbutt’s famous Wood-fired Bakery for some crusty bread and a sweet treat and Taste South Burnett in Kingaroy to stock up on local goodies – olives, olive oil, caperberries and their hand-made fudge.
Check in at Crane Wines B&B overlooking the cool Booie Range. Do a cellar door tasting with winemaker Bernie and select a bottle to enjoy with dinner.
Settle in and cook your own barbecue (Crane’s BBQ packs include beef, chicken or Barkers Creek Pork, salad, potato bake and dessert).
Retire to your verandah to enjoy the twilight views over the vines. Star gazers may like to book a night sky tour with Kingaroy Observatory.
Head into Kingaroy for a hearty country breakfast at local favourite Utopia Café.
After breakfast, pop into Kingaroy Art Gallery to catch an exhibition by local artists and don’t miss their gallery shop, a hub for artisan jewellery, ceramics, textiles and woodwork.
En route to lunch, drop into local icon The Peanut Van for a range of delicious locally grown flavoured peanuts.
Lunch is 10 minutes out of town at Kingsley Grove Estate, which offers cellar door wine tastings with winemaker Simon, delicious house-made wood-fired pizzas and delectable wine ice cream handmade by Pat – the perfect finish!
For the afternoon head back to Cranes to relax on your verandah with a good book or put on your walking shoes and head for the trails of Yarraman State Forest.
For dinner take a lead from the locals who rave about the views and food at Cassis at Booie, just a few minutes’ drive or 10 minutes walk from your cottage (take a torch if you plan to walk!)
Relax on your verandah overlooking the vineyards while you cook your own breakfast; Crane’s breakfast pack includes country cured bacon, local sausages, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms.
On the way home:
- Nature lovers may like to visit Wooroolin Wetland – a brilliant walking and birdwatching spot. Photographers will love the eerie stands of trees in the tea tree-stained water.
- Ask Cranes Winery to pack you their famous Lazy Lunch Picnic Basket brimming with local gourmet goodies and a bottle of house bubbles, then make for Lake Barambah which offers peaceful waterside picnic spots and great freshwater fishing.
- Other lunch options include a top counter meal at The Wondai Hotel, lunch overlooking the vines at Dusty Hill’s Pendergast’s Tavern.
Take your time and savour the South Burnett.
WORDS: Jane Hodges