The Road Ahead : 01-Aug-2011
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 22 THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2011 TRAVEL QUEENSLAND TRAVEL NEWS TOURISM PROTECTION natural tourist destinations will be better preserved for the future following the announcement of the Tourism in Protected Areas Initiative by the Queensland Government. The initiative aims to ensure the longevity of protected areas by better managing visitor capacity and site locations, as well as closer partnerships between tourism operators and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. www.derm.qld.gov.au all roads lead to the south burnett BLOOMIN' BEAUTIFUL BUDERIM ON SHOW Queensland's Sunshine Coast is the place to be for garden lovers this September. The town of Buderim will be in full bloom as it hosts the annual Spring Garden Festival and the Sculptured Garden Exhibition. Both in their 14th year, the events will see six private gardens open to the public, a flower exhibition, as well as around 200 original sculptures, all crafted by local artists. www.buderim.com. RACING GOES BUSH LEYBURN SPRINTS The sleepy country town of Leyburn in Queensland's Darling Downs will explode into life on August 27-28 for the 16th annual Leyburn Sprints. Classic cars will zip through the temporary one kilometre street course, competing in 14 different classes. The event regularly draws crowds of more than 15,000 to the town of only 150 residents. www.leyburnmotorsprints.com.au There's no need to travel south of the border to visit some of the country's premier wine regions. With similar climatic conditions to the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales, Queensland's South Burnett Valley is ideal for wine production and is home to some of the state's largest vineyards. Add to that a range of accommodation from caravan parks to boutique B&Bs, and South Burnett is an ideal weekend getaway for wine lovers. The Barambah Wine Trail showcases the fruits of region, comprising seven wineries including Moffatdale Ridge, Clovely Estate, Tipperary Estate, Bridgeman Downs, Dusty Hill, Roderick's Fine Wines and Barambah Wines. Followers of the Barambah Wine Trail can sample award- winning wines and indulge in locally-produced cuisine, all whilst enjoying views of the scenic Bjelke Petersen Dam and surrounding vineyards. Being located only 2.5 hours north-west of Brisbane, the South Burnett region would even suit day-trippers. www.bridgemandowns.com MAIN IMAGE: BRIDGEMAN DOWNS.