6 Winter Weekend Escapes

Now that the first chill of winter has arrived, the countryside west of Brisbane comes into its own, with starry winter skies, roaring fires, red wine, historic towns and cosy boutique accommodation luring city escapees on weekends away.

Here are 6 of the many great places within 2 hours from Brisbane that make for an excellent winter getaway:

Gypsy Cottage

A picture perfect white cottage with feature wood stove perched upon a hill just outside Ipswich & an idyllic spot to watch sun set over the Border ranges with a glass of red & wallabies grazing nearby...more

Anduramba Homestead B&B

This gracious Federation homestead with formal gardens oozes the charm of yesteryear, with fine bone china, claw foot bath, hearty country breakfast and wineries & antique shops to explore nearby...more

Crane Wines Boutique Winery B&B

This cosy B&B with stunning views over the Booie Valley has an onsite boutique winery and cellar door so no need to travel far for that bottle of wine, and sunny verandahs to catch some winter rays...more

Located 600m above sea level, these 'cottages', which enjoy breathtaking valley views, include 3 historic properties - a church, an old dairy and a cottage, all with fireplaces & all fully self-contained...more

R on the Downs

This luxury rural retreat offers good old-fashioned hospitality including home-baked scones and three accommodation options, with an in-house library and roaring fireplace for cold nights...more

Melawondi Spring Retreat

On a hillside overlooking the beautiful Mary Valley, this luxe couples' retreat makes for a great tranquil getaway, with state of the art accommodation including a free-standing double spa bath...more

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Cinderella is a heart-felt, funny, fairy tale for grown-ups playing at QPAC from April 26 to May 5
The perfect family day out at the races with Nickelodeon and Dreamworks characters for kids
Big Skies is a fantastic 9-day festival celebrating Queensland’s Western Downs region
Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rock ‘n’roll road trip playing at Bille Brown Theatre in May
This epic free -day live music festival is happening on Surfers Paradise beach
Protest in the air, a fresh voice on the airwaves at the first Indigenous radio station
Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local will see the world's best authors livestreamed direct from Sydney
Brisbane Street Art Festival will see Brisbane become an open art gallery
Opera in the Vineyard at Ballandean is a rare special event

Mother's Day Brunch Treasury Brisbane

Treat mum to a decadent Mother's Day Brunch in the historic courtyard of Treasury Brisbane
Mother's Day Brunch Treasury Brisbane