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The Junction Track

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area

The Junction track is an easy walk downstream from the Bald Rock Creek day-use area along the northern bank of Bald Rock Creek to its junction with Ramsay Creek. In dry seasons, these creeks may not run. Enjoy colourful track-side wildflowers in spring - this track is a must for wildflower lovers. Flowering shrubs fringing the creek provide nectar for honeyeaters and parrots. Take the time to look in rock pools and to watch superb wrens, red-browed firetails and thornbills moving through creek bank thickets seeking insects.

This track can also be accessed from the Bald Rock Creek camping area. Return distance: 3.7 kilometres return. Time: 1.5-2 hours.

Journey Details

Duration
2 Hours
Itinerary Type
Return
Mode of Travel
Walk
Distance
5.2 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
Return
Level of Difficulty
Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience

Activities

  • Animal Viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking

Other Information

Children:

Children are welcome. Supervise children closely, especially near watercourses and on rocky pavements which can be slippery when wet.
Girraween National Park
Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
Australia

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Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$122.5 - 225
Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires. Sumptuous cooked breakfasts can be delivered to your cottage each morning of your stay. They are conveniently located close to restaurants, shops, wineries, but no main roads, ensuring peace and tranquillity. Take the Heritage Trail walk to town along the waterworn boulders of Quart Pot Creek. Enjoy the Pioneer hut with barbecue and open fire place, ideal for small group gatherings. Diamondvale - not just a place to sleep - a total experience. Walk to town along the "Heritage Trail" or stroll around the property, admiring the native flora, fauna and farm animals. Choose a romantic cottage for two, a family cottage with a loft, or share with friends in a cottage with two bedrooms, two ensuites, two verandas with large living, kitchen and dining areas. They now have a new "lodge" for four couples - absolute decadence four queen bedrooms and three bathrooms! Spoil yourself at Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast Cottages.

Mallow Cottage

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$192 - 359
Mallow Cottage opened in April 2011 as self contained accommodation on the Granite Belt in South East Queensland. It is located on a certified organic farm, just 19 kilometres from Stanthorpe. The cottage has been recently renovated using, where possible, sustainable or salvaged materials and furnishings. It is warm, welcoming, tastefully decorated and in keeping with their philosophy of creating a 'lighter footprint' on the environment. Mallow has many features for you to enjoy during your stay. The lake on Mallow is a short walk from the cottage and offers a canoe, fishing and bird watching. Within a 20 minute drive of Mallow Cottage are quality wineries, restaurants, cafes' and food producers - cheese, olives, berries, fruit, and more. The operators are also food producers - of award winning certified organic lamb. You can try their tasty tender lamb in their organic hamper breakfast or order a bulk pack of lamb to take home. They supply several local restaurants and outlets. Mallow Cottage is also an ideal venue to practice yoga or meditation. A wellbeing program is available on request during your stay, and focuses on learning relaxation techniques to better manage stress.

Happy Valley Retreat

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
From AU$120 - 300
Happy Valley Retreat nestles amongst the hills surrounding the Queensland border town of Stanthorpe. Tranquility is assured as the 20 private timber cabins and suites are scattered throughout 30 acres of beautiful Australian bushland. Yet they are only a five minute drive from Stanthorpe town centre. Kangaroos, wallabies, possums and an array of native Australian birds call Happy Valley home and can be seen throughout the property during your stay. To see even more native flora and fauna, enjoy a stroll along one of the walking tracks that lead from the property into the Broadwater State Forest. As the sun goes down, join them in the main homestead for a drink at the bar. The rustic ambience, open fireplace and piano ensure a relaxed atmosphere in which to unwind before moving to the dining room for a heart-warming meal showcasing the local produce.

Rovers Rest Guesthouse and Studio Units

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
From AU$150 - 420
A warm welcome awaits guests at Rovers Rest. Rovers Rest offers guests two styles of accommodation, the Guest House or the Studio Units. Half way between Glen Aplin and Ballandean, this colonial style farm house is situated on 80 acres. Rovers Rest Guest House has two luxury queen beds and two king size single beds and one sofa bed. This superb house has two bathrooms, separate dining room lounge with large combustion fire place and sweeping verandahs with great views of the surrounding country side. Walk to wineries only a few hundred metres down the road or drive to more than 15 wineries within ten minutes. Rovers Rest Guest House is situated in the middle of the Queensland Wine District. Each unit has its own bathroom, kitchen, television, stereo, fridge, microwave, jug, toaster, sink, table and chairs for four. There are two units with one queen bed and a sofa bed and two units with two king size single beds and a sofa bed. There is a communal room. It has a gas stove and barbecue, two couches, large eight seater dining table, television, stainless steel benches and wood fire place. There is also a 34 metre under cover verandah.

Windswept Country Retreat

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160 - 160
A few days at award winning Windswept Farmstay, and all your worries could be carried away by fresh country air, brisk mornings, ideal for a walk on their bush tracks, or to check out the local wildlife, or maybe just nestle up in front of their wood fires with a good book, a wine from one of the many local wineries, or cook that special meal using the bountiful local in season produce that Ballandean on the Granite Belt is renowned for. The Cottage accommodates up to four couples or eight guests comfortably and features three bathrooms, one with a double spa and children under five stay free. Feed the farm animals that eagerly wait to be hand feed or visit the many National Parks that are close to Windswept. The choice is yours - just relax in the comfortable Cottage surroundings and do nothing, or explore the many features of the Granite Belt.

Applegrove Farm

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160 - 320
Applegrove Farm provides fully self contained accommodation in either the historic Schoolhouse (circa 1914) which sleeps a couple, or the Farmhouse which sleeps up to six people. All linen and cooking utensils are provided along with television, DVD, complimentary tea and coffee, goose down doonas, combustion fireplace and undercover parking. The farm has approximately 50 metres of frontage to the Severn River on the southern boundary and is in close proximity to many Granite Belt wineries and other attractions. The Schoolhouse and Farmhouse are separated by a rocky granite outcrop and are approximately 60 metres apart. Applegrove is located 15 minutes from Stanthorpe, just off the New England Highway.

Severn-dipity

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160 - 380
Indulge in the Seven sins of Severn-dipity. Discovery, Tranquillity, Rejuvenation, Relaxation, Freedom, Serenity, Peace. Severn-dipity cabin offers luxury two bedroom cabin accommodation nestled on the banks of the Severn River in an Aussie bush setting offering privacy and seclusion ideal for a romantic getaway for a couple and comfortable enough for two couples with two bathrooms. Enjoy winter by the fire or summer by the river. Be as active as you like, a glass of wine on the deck or scale the pyramid at Girraween National Park. Terata house opened 2013 offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Great for a group looking for space. Views from 4 outdoor areas are 360 degrees overlooking farmland and grazing cows. There is a fully equipted kitchen and fireplace.

Alure Boutique Villas

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
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From AU$360 - 495
Alure Boutique Villas is exclusively for couples who want to indulge in a sublime, romantic retreat and experience the ultimate in sophisticated, self catering bed and breakfast accommodation. This first class luxury tent camping/glamping experience is complete with every convenience you could never imagine you'd find in a tent. Home of the world's most romantic and luxurious self contained tent accommodation, Alure also has two other private luxury split level villas. Escape for a romantic break at Alure's beautifully appointed villas. Set back for privacy on a 50 acre property; the villas are nestled amongst tranquil bushland. Take in the magnificent views from the comfort of the sumptuous lounge, unwind in front of a crackling fire, or end the day stargazing whilst soaking in your private heated outdoor spa. Alure Boutique Villas is located only minutes from the many cellar doors of the Granite Belt Wine region, spectacular National Parks and the treasures that Stanthorpe has to offer, including first class restaurants and cafes. Fall in love again at Alure Boutique Villas.

Alpine Lodges Pty Ltd

The Summit, Southern Downs Area
From AU$280 - 280
Alpine Lodges situated on 42 acres of bush and granite out crops is perfectly located for your ultimate escape to the Granite Belt Wine Region. Each lodge offers five acres of luxurious privacy and stunning views, creating an ideal space for couples to simply relax and rediscover the art of conversation. Imagine sipping a glass of wine, watching the sunset from the privacy of your own veranda

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 295
Experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. Set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants. Come get lost with us and take full advantage of the spectacular bush and unique rock formations. Only three hours drive from Brisbane, Girraween Lodge is the ideal retreat from.... everything. Nestled amongst native Australian bush, relax and unwind in your private, self-contained, chalet. Complete with landline, wood heater, king bed, spa bath and private deck.  Perfect for that romantic getaway or want the kids off the computers and phones, unplug them for an internet free fantastic family holiday the way it used to be. GEL offers the uniqueness and tranquility of the great Australian bush getaway without compromising on style or comfort.
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