It is without a doubt revitalizing getting away from the rat race of the city and heading out to the country. It instantly makes you exhale and leave your stress behind. Our South Queensland country getaway for two perfect nights was exactly that – the chance to breathe in some clean country air, take our foot off the accelerator, slow down and take in the pretty scenery that abounds in the region.
We had been invited to Tweeters Country Getaway, in the highlands of the Great Dividing Range, 162km west of Brisbane, 57km north of Toowoomba and 14km north of Crows Nest in South Queensland Country region. This distinctive corrugated iron clad homestead and property is spread across 72 acres of mostly natural bushland, and perched beside an 85m deep gorge.
We soon discovered that Tweeters was a country escape experience that ticked all the boxes – a peaceful and picturesque setting, with a large variety of farm animals and wildlife, walking trails along the gorge, superior accommodation and amenities, delicious meals and a fully licensed bar.
Having not experienced a country homestay previously, I wondered whether there would be enough to keep us entertained for two days. My fears were soon allayed because we found that our two days were brimming with heaps of things to do and see. Both on the farm and around the area of Crows Nest, and further afield to Cooyar, Maidenwell and the Bunya Mountains, there is an abundance of natural attractions.
After arriving at Tweeters mid afternoon and having a guided tour of the property, we settled into our comfortable room, enjoyed pre-dinner drinks on the deck of the outdoor bar and a delicious home cooked meal for dinner cooked by our hosts, Peter and Thuy.
The next morning we set off early to explore the many National Parks within a short driving distance from Tweeters. These included:
We picked up a walking trail map from the Information Centre at Dandabah and set off on a 1km walk from Fishers Lookout to Cunjevoi Falls. There are numerous walks in the Bunyas that take you through diverse vegetation that can include dense rainforest, to open grassland and babbling creeks and cascading waterfalls.
There are two lakes approximately 20kms east of Crows Nest that are the major water supply for the city of Toowoomba and surrounding towns.
Indulge in a drop of wine or locally grown produce at one of the local area’s cellar doors at:
Crows Nest township provided us with a taste of a bygone era at its folk museum and village. We also discovered you could spend hours fossicking through the antique shop if you are so inclined. Historical places of interest included:
So if this isn’t enough to keep you entertained then there is always horse trail riding at nearby Cowboy Up at Emu Creek not far from Tweeters. Here you can experience horseback riding with experienced guides and ride through the pretty countryside of the local area.
If you simply want to hang around the farm there is plenty to do and see. The farm animals are tame and don’t mind a pat, including Jessie the pony, Chilli and Pepper the cattle dogs, an inquisitive goat and the three little black and white miniature pigs.
Take an early morning walk through the bottom or along the top of the gorge where you will see remarkable rock formations, small caves, and plenty of flora and fauna.
Stroll around the property via the large vegetable garden and through the orchard to the dam and see if you can spot the resident koala high in the eucalyptus trees.
But the highlight of Tweeters for me was an afternoon glass of wine perched on a stool at the rustic-themed, outdoor bar that overlooks the gorge and natural bushland. With views to die for and a sun starting to dip in the horizon, what more could you want? Borrowing a line from a very famous Australian movie: “How’s the serenity”, summed up this country escape experience. There is nothing better than a bit of serenity!
Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!