• Michelle Purse

Travel a Country Mile this Winter

Foodie hot spots and nostalgia to warm the heart; closer than you'd think! Plan ahead to maximise your day out as part of a High Country stay this winter. Bookings are essential for most venue viewings, tastings and dinner reservations but there are cafe's and pubs galore to stop at, wending your way through the countryside.

From Kiambram Country Cottages take the back roads to Crows Nest stopping off at Goombungee Antiques and Cafe Vintage Cow, with some of Sonia's own Wagyu Beef on the menu. Brekky is on by 8am set in a rustic building with unique wares in the colourful village of Goombungee.


The gorgeous wedding and event venues of Green Valley Barn and Bunnyconnellen are in the Plainby area enroute to Crows Nest via Douglas Plainby and Swain Roads.


If that's not on your agenda and you'd like to skip straight to unique high country refreshments take the Pechey-Maclagan Road to Pechey Distillery. The distillery doors open at 11am every Saturday except market days when you can sample their artisan creations later in the day. Private tastings for group bookings of our guests can be arranged if done so well in advance.


Either way you can arrive at Crows Nest, a thriving little town fast becoming a tourist mecca. If you haven't visited lately be sure to check out the newly renovated historic Nolan's Block. Now open for food and shopping with a focus on high country produce this is the home of the very popular Myrtille Bistro serving exquisite dishes with a European twist. From the same mouth watering cusine My Little Blueberry Patisserie and Cafe is also in the complex complementing Myrtille.


Iconic Crows Nest Softdrinks is open 9am to 2 pm Saturdays. Making traditional flavours since 1903, well worth a visit and taste if you haven't already bought one in a drinks fridge anywhere around Toowoomba.

Points of interest in town are Crows Nest Museum and Historical Village and Bullocky's Rest Park. Applegum Walk (a grade 3 bush walking track) connects Bullocky's Rest to the Waterbird Habitat and Hartmann Park. Depending on how much shopping and eating you have done you may have time to take in a dam or national park close by Crows Nest.


Head home down the picturesque New England Highway and stop off at the Black Forest Hill Clock Centre at Cabarlah for a fascinating look at European cuckoo clocks and whimsical gifts. A cuppa at D'beccas, a pub feed (or take away) at The Farmer's Arms sounds like a nice end to the day. The Farmer's Arms (Established in 1863) is the oldest continually licensed pub in Queensland. No more than 20 minutes from Kiambram this is well worth a visit if you can't get into our very local Meringandan Pub or Rosalie House Restaurant. Their trivia nights are heaps of fun if you are staying mid-week.


Home to a cosy, heated High Country cabin or cottage ready for tomorrow. Take the 20 minute drive into Toowoomba, Australia's second largest inland city and enjoy the best of both worlds. Big country town heart with city facilities, shopping, shows and even CBD ice skating during the winter school holidays. Walk the history and architecture or modern laneway murals. <~>

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