MacLagan, just 80kms west of Toowoomba, is at the foothills of the majestic Bunya Mountains. It has a network of beautiful bushwalking tracks in the Bunya Mountains National Park, and if you venture through the old Muntapa Rail Tunnel, you will probably see the odd echidna and colony of bats that call it home.
The region was a flourishing wine producing area at the turn of the last century but the industry declined. Now it is undergoing a spectacular rebirth with boutique wineries scattered throughout the Darling Downs and larger commercial ventures are being established.
Rangemore Estate is a bed and breakfast farmstay and vineyard high up in the Bunya's foothills. It has sweeping views of the mountains and hills and is home to grey kangaroos and pretty faced wallabies.
Choose between two one-bedroom cabins or a three-bedroom cottage. They are all self-contained with ensuite and kitchen and a veranda with sweeping views. Linen and bedding are supplied.
Meals are a choice of self-catering with Rangemore's own poultry, beef and goat or home-style cooking can be arranged.
The property has 4.5 hectares of vines which were planted in 1999. They are in sandy loam scrub soil over sandstone and struggle to grow with little or no irrigation. Those conditions produce smaller than average crops with intense flavour. They grow Cabernet, Merlot, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz grapes.
The owners' policy is to make wine in small quantities but with absolute attention to detail. Their wines have intense fruit characteristics, with a range of sweetness to suit all tastes.
They employ sustainable viticultural practices and minimise the use of chemical fertilisers. Grazing goats control weeds during winter and in summer they mulch with straw and animal manure.
Rangemore Estate's Cellar Door is in a historic building brought from the local town of Dalby where it was the fire brigade's quarters.
Its veranda faces north and wine-tasting and light meals are served with the mountains in the background.
MacLagan, 2½ hours from Brisbane.
Rangemore Estate one-bedroom cabin costs $105 a couple a night. Breakfast is included. BYO unpowered camping sites are $12 for two adults a night. Powered sites are $15 a night.
The cellar door is open from Friday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, or by prior arrangement. During school holidays it is open every day.
Virgin Blue has flights to Brisbane.
One-way fare from;
- Sydney, $95
- Adelaide, $129
- Melbourne, $139
- Perth, $275
- Darwin, $189
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are Internet-only and one-way. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at April 26, 2007 and are subject to change.
366 Malling/Boundary Rd
MacLagan Qld 4352
Ph/Fax: (07) 4692 1338
Ph: 13 6789