As we step into another challenging bushfire season, with significant impacts already felt across Carnarvon Gorge, Southern Downs & Granite Belt, and Western Downs our thoughts are first and foremost with the safety of our community. While our region is resilient, the reality is that such events and the accompanying media coverage can have a short-term impact on our businesses. As your Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO), we are vigorously advocating for support on multiple fronts – financial, in-kind, and marketing. In collaboration with Tourism & Events Queensland (TEQ) and state bodies, we're dedicated to navigating these times together.
To this end, we are compiling an audit of business impacts to strengthen our case for support. If you've suffered losses and we haven't yet spoken with you directly, please reach out to me or our project officer, Steph Parker, at your earliest convenience.
We also recognise the importance of clear communication during such times. Hence, we update our website and social media channels regularly. Our aim is to provide real-time information that helps ensure visitor safety without compromising the appeal of Southern Queensland Country. Please note the new disclaimers and Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES) updates guiding travellers safely through our region.
Lastly, amidst these pressing times, opportunities for growth still arise. I urge those of you who can, to consider the 'Access Starter' and 'Access Project' grants available through the Department of Tourism Innovation and Sport (DTIS). These grants offer unmatched funding to fast-track accessibility projects, potentially bringing long-term plans to fruition much sooner.
We stand with you in these trying times and are committed to supporting your endeavours for a swift and strong recovery.
With the summer season unfolding and bushfire risks escalating, it's crucial to fortify your business against potential disasters. The small business disaster hub offers robust support for a variety of crises, including the prevalent threat of bushfires.
Stay vigilant and prepared by downloading the small business disaster hub app from the App Store
or Google Play
. It's specially designed to provide disaster information offline, a vital feature during bushfire incidents where connectivity can be compromised.
For additional resources, including training modules to help get prepared and to explore current warnings and alerts, follow the link below.
Attention Queensland tourism operators! The Best of Queensland Experiences (BOQE) Program is your chance to shine and gain unparalleled insights into your business.
Ensure your Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) listings are current to be part of this annual assessment. Those who meet the criteria will not only enhance their visibility but also receive a detailed report valued at over $1,000, offering consumer insights crucial for growth. Excelling in the program secures priority in TEQ's marketing initiatives, directing more visitors your way.
Don't miss this opportunity to be recognised as a top-tier experience in Queensland. Update your ATDW listing today and set the stage for success in the upcoming assessment.
Get ready to showcase Southern Queensland Country to the world! Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) 2024 registrations are now live. We're thrilled to be participating, and invite you to join us in promoting our region’s unique charm. ATE 2024 is the perfect stage for tourism operators to connect with global buyers and media. If you're trade ready, this is your call to shine on an international platform.
Ready to register or need more info? Contact us—we're here to help you make the most of ATE 2024.
Wednesday 22nd November
Dive into the future of tourism at Destination IQ on November 22 at the Cairns Convention Centre, now in the North for the very first time. A prime chance to network and explore industry frontiers awaits.
For First Nations individuals in the tourism sector, a number of bursaries to facilitate your participation at Destination IQ are on offer. Applying is easy and a quota of seats have been specifically set aside for this initiative. Join us to enrich discussions with your perspectives at this premier event.
For more information and to apply, please visit our subsidy program page in the link below. Don’t let this opportunity slip by—apply for a bursary today.
Saturday 18th November 2023
Bask in the sweetness of summer at the Stanthorpe Berry Festival, returning with a burst of flavour on November 18, 2023! Dive into a world where strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries reign supreme, and savor handmade strawberry ice cream, among other berry delights. Revel in a "strawesome" day filled with unique attractions like a berry pie competition, celebrity pie throwing, and scone catching.
Learn from the best at masterclass sessions, enjoy BBQ demonstrations, partake in a paint and sip workshop, and groove to live music. Unleash your inner foodie in the heart of the Granite Belt and celebrate the bounty of berries like never before.
Tickets are ripe for the picking—don't miss out on this berrylicious adventure!
Saturday 25- Sunday 26 November
Discover the flavours of the Granite Belt with a delectable weekend at 'Graze the Granite Belt'. This November 25-26, 2023, indulge in a culinary adventure where a single ticket grants you unlimited access to a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, connecting you to the region's finest cellar doors, breweries, and cafes. Your palate will be treated to four exquisite wine, beer, or cider pours and four entree-sized signature dishes from the best grazing menus. Cap off the experience with a sumptuous brunch at select venues on Sunday morning.
At $155 per person, you're not just booking a meal, but an immersive journey through the heart of Queensland's wine country. Sip, savor, and celebrate at venues like Ballandean Estate, Twisted Gum Wines, Vincenzo’s Café, Bar & Deli, Ridgemill Estate, Casley Mount Hutton Winery, Heritage Estate Wines, Stanthorpe cheese, Jamworks Gourmet Foods Café and Larder, Granite Belt Brewery, Girraween Country Inn & Smokehouse Restaurant.
Secure your tickets today and let's graze together!
Escape to the serenity of Glen Lough Cabins, where luxury meets the wilderness in the heart of Queensland's Granite Belt. Nestled just 15 minutes from Stanthorpe, these spacious, newly constructed cabins offer a unique blend of comfort and adventure.
Whether you're a wine enthusiast eager to explore local vineyards, a nature lover drawn to the diverse birdlife and star-studded skies, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat with your furry friend, Glen Lough is your idyllic getaway.
Embrace the tranquility and book your stay today to experience the true essence of country living.