GARDEN WONDERLAND: Sue Hoffman opened her   RiverRun Homestead to the public.
GARDEN WONDERLAND: Sue Hoffman opened her RiverRun Homestead to the public. Michael Nolan

Stunning garden set to become Southern Downs tourism hotspot

THE response to Sue Hoffman's RiverRun Homestead open days was so significant the Southern Downs businesswoman decided it was time to promote the grounds to a wider audience.

Mrs Hoffman hopes it will become a regular feature on the regional tourism to-do list.

"If we could get the support behind us we would like to take it to another level and offer a lot more,” she said.

"We'd like to do something through tourism, I'd like to bring a lot more outside visitors to our wonderful piece of the Darling Downs, we've got the most beautiful piece of the Downs you could wish for.”

The homestead was open to the public from November 15-18 and Mrs Hoffman said thousands of people popped in to say hello and view her sprawling garden wonderland.

"Some of the people I knew through our businesses in Warwick and then there are strangers that made themselves known,” she said.

"I've crossed paths with different people from all different backgrounds.

"It was absolutely fabulous, there's been some amazing people, amazing weather, and everybody had a great time. It was a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere.”

The homestead is located off Spring Creek Rd, on the way to Queen Mary Falls.

It crawls up the nearby mountain and Mrs Hoffman installed a walkway to help visitors reach the higher points of the property. The result is a view that drinks in Killarney and iconic rolling hill country.

There's talk of using the gardens as a wedding venue but, despite the inquiries, Mrs Hoffman is keeping her long-term plan private for now.

"We're going to extend the garden, it is still in the growing stage,” she said.

"I do have few ideas for displays I would like to do but I have to look at the positions before I go ahead with all that. There's far more to do and lots of adventures to have.”



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