Aramac

Aramac is one of the oldest towns in the central west and steeped in history. Originally known as Marathon, their town was later renamed after Robert Ramsay Mackenzie - the first explorer to the area who carved his name (R R Mac) on a tree. The tree was found by the explorer William Landsborough and the name Aramac was born.

The district was one of the biggest wool producers in Australia but it's the history of their local cattle industry that has made Aramac famous.

The infamous Harry Redford (Captain Starlight) was a drover and cattle duffer who stole cattle from the Aramac area and drove them to South Australia. Among the cattle he stole was a white bull from Bowen Downs which nearly proved to be his undoing.

Harry faced court in Roma, Queensland on cattle stealing charges after the white bull was recognised by staff from Bowen Downs. The story of his daring escapades has been retold in many forms but in Aramac they have their own way of celebrating this historical event. There is a statue of the white bull in Gordon Street and each year visitors can join the droving trip to celebrate Aramac’s connection to Harry. The Harry Redford Interpretive Centre contains information about the fascinating story of Harry and his cattle duffing exploits and photographs from the Harry Redford Cattle Drives.

The Aramac area is a great region to explore and get off the beaten track. Aramac’s wonderful natural attractions include Lake Dunn, Gray Rock and Horsetailer's Gorge. Make a stop at the Gray Rock Reserve and Horsetailers Gorge where Cobb and Co. stopped and spelled their horses, or join in the Artesian Country Tours to see Gracevale Caves and Mailman’s Gorge with the region’s most recognised historian, Tom Lockie. Learn the story about etched images of strange six-toed human footprints and the Central West’s own Rainbow Serpent imprinted on the sandstone walls.

While in Aramac visit the Aramac Tramway Museum which contains memorabilia from the early years of settlement, the most famous piece is the resorted ‘Aunt Emma’ RN28 Rail motor.

Aramac
Aramac, Barcaldine Area
Queensland
Australia

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Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$175 - 250
Diamondvale 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.

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.

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Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$170.00 - 260.00
A cosy fire in winter, a shady veranda in summer, savouring the local wines and gourmet foods, your cottage set amongst the tranquil bush setting; this is what awaits you at Cypress Ridge Cottages. Just three hours from Brisbane, they are situated in Ballandean, the heart of Queensland's Granite Belt wine country.

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Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$155.00 - 290.00
Grovely House Bed and Breakfast is a contemporary Bed and Breakfast nestled on the southern edge of Stanthorpe township, on the Granite Belt Queensland. Sit on the deck with a glass of local wine and take in the views of the Severn Ranges to the south west.

Girraween Country Inn

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$155 - 275
The Girraween Country Inn Ballandean is best described as a small friendly comfortable country style Boutique Hotel, consisting of a selection of tastefully designed king ensuited rooms for accommodation, including a fully cooked hearty breakfast for all inn house guests.

Briar Rose Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$140 - 250
Briar Rose Cottage Accommodation consists of two quaint cottages on the edge of the Stanthorpe township in the Granite Belt Region. The Mulberry is a two bedroom cottage and The Silky Oak, is a one bedroom cottage.

Sundown National Park Camping

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$6.35 - 25.40
Journey along back roads to the spectacular wilderness of Sundown National Park on the Queensland–New South Wales border. With its dramatic landscape of sheer-sided gorges, tree-lined ridges and peaks rising over 1000 metres above the Severn River, discover for yourself the park’s wild isolation.

Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
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Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory is a unique Bed and Breakfast featuring an astronomical observatory near Girraween National Park. It is a great base for stargazers, astro-photographers and nature-lovers.

Possum's Hollow and Hooter's Hut

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
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Granite Belt Brewery Retreat

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
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