Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Discover Southern Queensland - more flights!

It’s never been easier to discover one of Queensland’s hidden tourism gems – Toowoomba and Southern Country Queensland. Get Up & Go was invited to fly to Toowoomba to enjoy the town's amazing First Coat street art festival. And being able to board a flight that flies us directly from Sydney to Toowoomba (in a little over an hour) adds to the desirability of this southern Queensland destination.

QantasLink now has two extra weekly return services between Sydney and Toowoomba’s Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (WTB). The new services equate to an additional 296 seats a week with a total of 1924 QantasLink seats offered weekly.
Added to the extra flights is the discovery of the beautiful new airport that Toowoomba is puffing its chest out about - and so it should.
Sitting in the middle of what looks like a vast paddock, the gleaming, architecturally snappy building boasts modern, clean, contemporary lines that stand out in the landscape.
A large entrance with plenty of room to move, interesting photographic décor across some walls gives the history vibe total regional relevance to this building and what it functions as.
(And you can buy excellent coffee here. Trust me.)

QantasLink is the foundation customer for Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Australia’s newest Airport, which welcomed its first flights on 17 November last year. The airport is also serviced by Regional Express Airlines (REX) providing intrastate Queensland services.
With this new schedule, holiday-makers will be able to fly-in from Sydney on a Friday eveing and depart Sunday afternoon or first thing (6am flight) Monday.
A weekend away in Queensland could do the 'stress relief 'trick!

Southern Country Queensland is home to myriad food and wine trails, funky festivals, iconic events, roaring rodeos, natural wonders, artisan delights, luxurious escapes and fun family attractions – all delivered with authentic country hospitality.  
The weekend Get Up & Go was in Toowoomba (16-17 May), there was the fantastic First Coat street art festival (the largest outdoor gallery in the state); the tasty nearby Hampton event (food and wine); the 1000 paws walk and there were many cute canines taking their owners for walks through the many parks and leafy streets.


Throughout the year here, you can party at the picnic races, meet the wine maker, plunge into fruit picking and grape stomping, reconnect at a family farm stay, wonder at amazing waterfalls or curl up in front of a log fire.
From pasture to plate, the region is a foodies delight as Australia’s second biggest agricultural basin.
It’s also home to the Granite Belt wine country, almost 1000metres above sea level boasting a cool Alpine climate year round – perfect for a delicate verdhello and bold shiraz. Many wines in the region have received rave reviews from critics such as James Halliday.

The QantasLink flights added to the existing schedule are:

o   WTB-SYD, 7pm on Fridays

o   SYD-WTB, 6.35am on Saturdays

o   SYD-WTB, 1.05pm on Sundays

o   WTB-SYD, 3.10pm on Sundays

(Negotiations were also continuing with QantasLink for other routes, with Melbourne a high priority.)

Editor of Get Up & Go, Bev Malzard was a guest of Southern Queensland Country.







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  1. Never been to Toowoomba, but now even more reasons to get up go now

  2. It's a fab town, lots of good restaurants, parks, attractions and fine architecture