Drive north-west from Brisbane on the D'Aguilar Highway and you'll climb into ranges clothed with hoop pine and eucallupt forest. Past the forestry towns of Benarkin, Blackbutt and Yarraman, where scenic drives and walking trails lead off through state forests and you enter the historic town of Nanango.
Then the country opens out to lush farmland around Kingaroy, the paddocks forming a chequerboard of green crops and deep red soil. This is peanut country and wine country.
With a detour into the low hills past Kingaroy teahouses welcome you with freshly baked dainties, townships entice you with craft shops.
In the south-west lies the brooding hills of the Bunyan Mountains.
Kingaroy has long been renowned as the peanut capital of Australia
These days, many of the hills around Kingaroy are decked with carefully tended vineyards. We can spend a day exploring these and having a Devonshire cream tea at Pottique near to our house.