Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Enjoy a Bounty of Produce

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Enjoy a Bounty of Produce

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WITH the golden glow of autumn comes the crisp air in the countryside of southern Queensland.

The parks and gardens are awash with magnificent vibrant red and burnt orange leaves underfoot. Roadside stalls are full with bounties of just-picked fruit and vegetables.

Open fireplaces are roaring. And winding country roads, wine trails and waterfalls are all waiting to be explored.

The precursor to winter makes autumn the perfect time for travellers to discover their own backyard, or better yet, venture further out to discover the splendour of regional Queensland.

Some of the best destinations to see the season in its full colour are the Darling Downs, Southern Downs, Granite Belt and surrounds where you can take a leaf from nature and enjoy life at a slower pace. Here's your guide to southern Queensland this autumn:

Apple and Grape Festival

Granite Belt

February 23 - March 4

The biennial Apple and Grape Festival is a celebration of the Granite Belt region's finest produce and booming wine industry. Averages of 60,000 people attend the festival each year. The 10-day event culminates in an unforgettable weekend of colourful street carnivals and the renowned wine fiesta.

Sunset Vineyard Walks

Granite Belt

April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Join Tim and Michelle Coelli on a leisurely stroll through their picturesque, hand-tended vineyard. Admire the rich autumn colours of the vines set among stunning granite boulders and impressive twisted gum trees. Discover how they grow, prune and harvest grape vines to produce the highest quality wines. Press Tim and Michelle for the secrets of their sustainable vineyard practices, involving the use of birdlife to replace pesticides and careful mulching instead of irrigation. Then return to their stylish cellar door (in a classic 1920s Queenslander with wrap around verandas on three sides) to enjoy a guided tasting matched with artisan cheeses on the veranda as the sun sets.

Big Skies 2018

Jimbour (Various)

April 28 - May 6

The annual Big Skies event celebrates the sights, tastes and unique experiences the Western Downs has to offer. …

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