So you’re getting away for a couple of days, having a break at Stockton Rise Country Retreat or Glencoe Cottage and can’t check in until after 2.00pm!

Here’s some ideas to enjoy your holiday right from early morning of your departure day. Your holiday does not need to wait until 2.00pm to start.

Itinerary 1.

For olive connoisseurs on the road from Brisbane, Ipswich or the Gold Coast, travel along the Warrego Highway towards Toowoomba. Turn off the highway at Minden to visit Coolana Olives http://www.coolanaolives.com.au/. Here you can pick up some delicious supplies to start your weekend produce hamper. Continue driving along the Warrego Highway and turn off towards Forest Hill at the “Meaning to Stop” Unique Emporium at the Crossroads of the highway. Explore this shop for some quirky little finds or gifts and enjoy a coffee as well. Along the highway at Plainland, call in to Schulte’s Deli for some delicious treats for your stay.

Continue driving towards Forest Hill. Stop here at the Forest Hill Farm Stall to collect some more fresh produce – lots of delicious farm grown vegies here. Just next door (or up the road a bit towards Forest Hill) is another honesty box stall/fridge where you can buy strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and anything else in season that is grown in the igloos here on the property.

Once again in your car, continue the short drive into Forest Hill where you can also stop to visit the local cafes and gift shops. If you didn’t have a coffee earlier, this is your chance. You may even need a bite to eat. Lots of choices here. The Lockyer Hotel is also a great spot for a delicious meal. Not far now to your accommodation.

Itinerary 2.

Coming from Toowoomba, take the scenic drive turning off the highway at Helidon. Follow the highway through Grantham where there is a great little café “The Floating Café”. Enjoy driving through picturesque farmland before arriving at Gatton and turn right into the Lockyer Cultural Centre where the Visitor Information Centre is located. Here you can enjoy a delicious meal made with local Lockyer produce and enjoy a look through the Transport Museum. Local produce can be purchased here – Emmo’s cheeses, Gecko Grove foods, Seatonfire Chili Chocolate as well as local lavender products. Stock up for the start of your holiday.

Continue your drive through Gatton and turn right at the lights in town to drive towards Forest Hill. Once out of town, take the first right hand turn which will take you on the road to the back of the University of Queensland. Here you will notice the University’s solar farm. Continue driving towards Forest Hill and make a stop at the Forest Hill Farm Stall to collect some more farmfresh produce for your stay. Just next door (or up the road a bit towards Forest Hill) is another honesty box stall/fridge where you can buy strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and anything else in season that is grown in the igloos here on the property.

Once again in your car, continue the short drive into Forest Hill where you can also stop to visit the local cafes and gift shops. If you didn’t have a coffee earlier, this is your chance. You may even need a bite to eat. Lots of choices here. The Lockyer Hotel is also a great spot for a delicious meal. Not far now to your accommodation.

Itinerary 3

Alternative to a drive from Toowoomba, you might like to take a more scenic drive and miss the highway completely. If you are a little more adventurous, take the Flagstone Creek Road out of Toowoomba which can be found at the lower end of Rowbotham Street. This road leads you into the back end of the Lockyer Valley with very scenic but some windy roads (all sealed).

You can stop a little way down the range at Scotty’s Garage/The Barn for a bite to eat. Once in the car again, continue this very picturesque drive heading towards Ma Ma Creek. You may find some road side stalls on your way; make sure you check out what is in season. Another great place to stop is the ‘fig fridge’ on the Ma Ma Creek turnoff towards Tent Hill. After your stop here, continue towards Tent Hill, driving past the Tent Hill Baptist church. Enjoy the beautiful farm paddocks on your way.

Turn left at the next intersection (which will bring you out to Gatton) but you can turn right at the next road to continue your adventurous drive towards Stockton Rise. Turn left at the next intersection which will bring you past Brook’s Quarry (Manteufel Road). Turn right at the next intersection – you are now on Woodlands Road. Keep going, you’re almost there! Keep following through the hills and turns (glorious views) until you get to the next intersection which brings you out to the Blenheim/Pitt road intersection. Turn left, then the next turn right is Glen Cairn Road. Stockton Rise is the first house on the right (about 850m from the turn). A very welcome sight indeed!

 

 
 
 
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