Easter holidays around the Southern Downs

Out and about for the easter holidays. Picture: UNSLASH

As the Easter holidays approach, residents and visitors to the Southern Downs region are spoiled for choice with a plethora of events, live music, markets, and family-friendly activities. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff, or simply looking for a relaxing weekend away, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Events Galore:

Harvest Festival at Summit Estate: Celebrate the culmination of Vintage 2024 with local food, wines, and live music at Summit Estate on March 30th and 31st. Enjoy the cooler weather and cozy up by the campfire while exploring the beauty of the Granite Belt. Book now to secure your spot.

Australian Van Nationals in Stanthorpe: Witness the vibrant spectacle of vans and panel vans at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds from March 29th to April 1st. Marvel at the colourful murals and modifications while enjoying the festivities. Entry is just a $2 gold coin donation.

Wildflowering by Design Official Opening in Warwick: Head to the Warwick Art Gallery on March 30th for the official opening of this insightful exhibition, exploring the connection between nature, landscapes, and wildflowers.

Poets Progressive Dinner at Heritage Estate Winery: Indulge in a three-course menu paired with exquisite wines and breathtaking sunsets every Friday. Book online for an immersive dining experience.

Explore History at Warwick Museum: Delve into the region’s rich history at the Warwick Museum Complex, open throughout the week on Dragon St, Warwick.

Winery Experiences at Balancing Heart Vineyard and Ridgemill Estate: Sample delicious meals, local wines, and live music sessions at Balancing Heart Vineyard. Alternatively, explore a range of winery experiences at Ridgemill Estate, perfect for any occasion.

Live Music Lineup:

Thursday, March 28th: Lloyd Saunders at Sandy Creek Pub from 7:00 pm.

Saturday, March 30th: Tate Cole at Criterion Hotel Warwick from 8:00 pm, and Collins Class at Sandy Creek Pub from 7:00 pm.

Sunday, March 31st: Whiskey Mountain Boys at Sandy Creek Pub from 1:00 pm.

Market Delights:

Wednesday: Pig and Calf Markets, Cnr Fitzroy & Lyons St, Warwick. 9:00am – 12:00pm

Saturday: Warwick Farmers Market, Queens Park, Alice St Entrance, Warwick. 7:30am – 12:00pm
Granite Belt Farmers Market, Railway Precinct, Stanthorpe. 7:30am – 12:00pm
Market in the Mountains, Stanthorpe Showgrounds. 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Warwick Easter Fair Craft Markets, Leslie Park. 8:30am – 2:00pm

Sunday: Market in the Mountains, Stanthorpe Showgrounds. 8:00am – 12:00pm

Toowoomba Excursions:

If you’re up for a short trip, Toowoomba has Easter festivities lined up as well.

The Toowoomba Easter Feast at the Toowoomba Showgrounds on Saturday 30 March will have delicious food, market stalls, live music, and more. 4:00pm – late. $2 entry.

Super Easter Saturday at Downs Steam Tourist Railway & Museum on Saturday 30 March will have guided tours, live music, heritage bus rides, family-friendly activities, and more. 9:00am – 3:00pm. $5 donation entry.

Easter Egg Hunt In the Lavender on Saturday 30 March at Windy Acres Farm is a family-friendly event with food and drinks available and hunt for eggs and painted rocks. Starts 9:30am.

With such a diverse range of activities on offer, spending your Easter holidays on the Southern Downs promises to be a memorable experience for all. So, gather your family and friends and make the most of this festive season in this beautiful region.