Fancy a taste of Europe but not keen on the long-haul flight?
Forget the passport, fuel up the car and head to the South Burnett instead.
Bring your imagination and you’ll discover that the region’s biggest town and peanut capital of Australia, Kingaroy, doubles as the gateway to the south of France.
Sacre bleu, I hear you cry! Well, mes amies, the South Burnett is where you’ll find a fragrant lavender farm that could have been plucked straight from Provence.
Pottique Lavender Farm is a petite drive from Kingaroy and a little slice of hazy purple heaven. Do try the lavender scones which pair perfectly with lavender tea – mais oui, Cherie!
Time to say au revoir to France… and guten tag Deutschland!
Get ready to rev things up on the German Autobahn. Stay with us on this one – because South Burnett Karts is surely the next best thing to hitting the bitumen (next stop: Hamburg) at unlimited speed.
Plus, you get to go flat chat round the circuit in Ex Ralf Schumacher twin-seat karts. We defy you to not feel like a Formula 1 driver – but you might have to BYO chequered flag.
South Burnett Kart is in Nanango, south of Kingaroy.
Travelling further south from Nanango, you’ll reach the final stop on this faux European Grand Tour.
The town of Blackbutt is named after the native hardwood – but it’s certainly not hard to find a lofty place to stay, reminiscent of the Swiss Alps.
Sprinkled with gingerbread-house cuteness, Edelweiss Bed & Breakfast brings a little bit of chalet-coziness to western Queensland.
Your Swiss-born hostess can supply a hearty breakfast hamper as an optional extra. And the B & B is a wonderful base for exploring the Bunya Mountains or Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
Or stay put and practice your yodeling.