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Stanthorpe

Two and a half hours drive south-east of Brisbane, discover Queensland's premier wine region in the Granite Belt - where they've been making boutique wine since the 1870s in the cooler microclimate temperatures.

Centered on the town of Stanthorpe, which sits 700 to 1200 metres above sea level, holds the status of some of the highest altitude wines in Australia. It's known to even snow occasionally in winter.

Meet the families who've lived here for generations and sample their hand-picked white varieties of verdelho, semillon, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Red lovers may choose instead to swirl classic full flavoured varieties like shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. If you don't feel like driving you could cycle, hire a chauffeur or join a tour for the day.

Lush seasonal fruit and vegetables thrive in the granite soil, making the region also renowned for its gourmet produce. Purchase stone fruit, apples, figs, olives and berries from roadside carts and create the perfect decadent cheese platter of locally cured meats and warm artisan bread washed down with an apple cider.

Pair your food and wine on the Strange Bird alternative wine trail with different blends like viognier, mourvedre, gewürztraminer and tempranillo. Foodies can also join a cooking school or stone preservation class and impress your friends at your next dinner party.

Stanthorpe
Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
Australia

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Storm King Dam

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
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Storm King Dam rests in a picturesque rural setting with many water birds (including pelicans) and is an ideal spot for picnics, water sport and fishing. Fish species include golden perch, murray cod, silver perch, jew and river black fish.

Ballandean

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Ballandean is renowned for its picturesque setting and is home to the Granite Belt's largest number of award winning wine makers. It is in this area, just to the south of Stanthorpe, that Queensland's first commercially grown table grapes were harvested.

The Summit

The Summit, Southern Downs Area
The Granite Belt village of The Summit, located off the New England Highway between Dalveen and Applethorpe (to the north of Stanthorpe) is so called due to its elevated position at more than 900 metres above sea level.

Glenlyon Dam

Texas, Goondiwindi Area
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Glenlyon Dam is ideal for wildlife viewing and many water sports including skiing, sailing and fishing. Fish species in the dam include Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch, Jew and Spangled Perch. Camping sites, cabins and caravans are available at the Glenlyon Dam Tourist Park located at the waters edge.

Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Two and a half hours drive south-west of Brisbane, discover Queensland's premier wine region in the Granite Belt - where they've been making boutique wine since the 1870s in the cooler microclimate temperatures.

Girraween National Park

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
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Huge granite boulders tower above open forests in the spectacular and popular Girraween National Park outside Stanthorpe. Camp at either Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek camping areas or picnic in the shady Bald Rock Creek day-use area.

Eukey

Eukey, Southern Downs Area
Originally a tin mining area in the late 1800s, Eukey is today a pleasant rural locality on the Southern Downs near Stanthorpe. From Eukey you can visit many award winning wineries to taste boutique vintages direct from the cellar door.

Donnellys Castle, near Pozieres

Pozieres, Southern Downs Area
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Visit a bushranger hideout! 'Thunderbolt' who roamed the New England Tableland, had one of his hideouts near Pozieres. Donnelly's Castle, as it is now called, is a rock formation that you can walk between, around and over.

Thulimbah

Thulimbah, Southern Downs Area
Straddling the New England Highway at Thulimbah, a range of providores offer specialty items, local produce and meals. Here you're in the thick of 'apple country' - the only place in Queensland with just the right climate and growing conditions for premium apple orchards.

Glen Aplin

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
The Granite Belt town of Glen Aplin, south of Stanthorpe on the New England Highway, is famous for its fruit orchards and wineries. If you are in the area in the right season you will be able to savour the taste of fresh stone-fruits (November to March) and berries (November to early March).
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