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

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Christmas Cinema returns to South Bank this holiday season with a brand new location
Get into the spirit of Christmas at South Bank’s Carols by Twilight at River Quay
The summer night sky above South Bank will light up this festive season
Ring in the new year at Brisbane's most glamorous New Year's Eve party
The school-holiday mecca for fantastic, imaginative fun for kids and families
Welcome the New Year in style at Brisbane’s glamorous riverside botanical bar
Join the Queensland Pops Orchestra for a spectacular night of entertainment with two New Year's Eve Gala Concerts
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