Stanthorpe

At the heart of the Granite Belt, Stanthorpe gives easy access to big sky panoramas, spectacular countryside dotted with precariously balancing prehistoric granite boulders and a generally cooler, temperate climate (there’s even an occasional winter snow-fall!)

Settled by tin miners in the 1870s, nowadays, thanks to its unique microclimate and granitic soil, the region is nationally recognised for its winemaking and diversity of produce. Look out for apples, pears, berries, stone fruit, persimmons, figs, olives and a huge range of vegetables in season.

Wander through Stanthorpe and surrounding villages and you’ll also discover award-winning artisan bread and meat pies, gourmet outlets, locally cured meats, hand-made jams and preserves, farmhouse cheeses, vinegar, chocolates, olive oil and of course the outstanding wines!

Grapes have been grown in the Granite Belt since the 1870s and the region is steadily developing a national reputation as a leading wine producer. You can taste whites including verdelho, semillon, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc; and classic full flavoured reds including shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon varieties. Those with a more adventurous palate should follow the Strange Bird alternative wine trail, which covers some of the more unusual varieties including viognier, mourvedre and tempranillo.

If you’re more interested in the grain than the grape, there are microbreweries in Stanthorpe, where you can sample locally brewed beers on tap including Kolsch, Pilsner, Wheat Beer, India Pale Ale, Irish Red Ale, a Porter and a speciality beer each season. Cheers!

Fancy a bit of barefoot grape crushing or getting to know the locals in a friendly apple peeling competition? The biennial Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, held each even numbered year in early March, celebrates the harvest. It also includes a Food and Wine Fiesta and Markets in the Mountains. Alternate years, plan to rug up and build a snowman at the Snowflakes in Stanthorpe Festival. Several local tour companies run year-round tours of the winery trail and other attractions. Bookings can be made at the Visitor Information Centre. Tours are particularly popular during winter months, known as the “Brass Monkey Season”.

Stanthorpe
Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
Australia

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Saltwater Pamper Day Retreat

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$180 - 180
Weekly from 28 February 2018
The Saltwater Retreat Pamper Day is the perfect one-day luxury health boost. This day is just for you, come on your own or with friends and celebrate your senses with a blend of Massage, Facial, Art Class, SUP Boards, Kayaks and /or relax by the pool, or indulge in a Waterfront Hot Spa.

Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships

Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast Area
2 – 4 March 2018
The Queensland youth surf life saving championships is the blue-ribbon junior surf sports event in the state and showcases future champions in the making. The largest and most prestigious event for u11-u15 age categories, the Queensland youth surf life saving championships sees the finest talent from around the state go head to head.

Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$195 - 195
11 March 2018
Experience Mooloolaba Tri and Swim, Bike, Run, Party! Located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival remains been a standout event on the Australian Triathlon Calendar. The Olympic distance triathlon provides a course that is known and loved for it's ocean swim along with the electric buzz in the atmosphere as thousands of triathletes descend on this popular beach town.

Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Area
16 – 18 March 2018
The pinnacle event on Surf Life Saving Queensland’s sporting calendar, the Queensland surf life saving championships see more than 2000 competitors from all across Queensland line up each year to battle the surf, sand and each other in their quest for state glory.

Opera at the Castle - Sunshine Castle

Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$49 - 85
23 – 25 March 2018
Opera at the Castle - Presented by the Underground Opera Company. The Underground Opera Company returns to the Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli, (just a five minute drive from Maroochydore) for their next "Opera in the Castle" concerts.

Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink - Sunshine Coast

Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast Area
29 April 2018
Triathlon Pink is open and available to children aged seven to 14 and ladies of all ages. For those of you who want bring the whole family and have a spunky male who wants to get involved, they also have Fun Run Pink which is for everyone!

Sunshine Coast Relay For Life

Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$20 - 40
5 – 6 May 2018
The Sunshine Coast Relay For Life will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast Athletics Track at 2pm Saturday 5 May and 9am Sunday 6 May 2018. Relay For Life is a chance for the Sunshine Coast community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Sunshine Coast Anywhere Theatre Festival

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$0 - 20
10 – 11 May 2018
Discover the nooks and crannies of the Sunshine Coast in a way you never expected at the Sunshine Coast Anywhere Theatre Festival. Over 18 days experience comedy in alleys, drama in backyards, poetry in bowling clubs, music in basements and much more.

Island Charity Swim

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12 May 2018
The Island Charity Swim is a test of endurance for the participants and a major fundraiser for the amazing and inspirational children at the Nambour and Currimundi Special schools. It is a unique challenge, not only for a very worthy cause but its completion guarantees your inclusion in swimming folklore, an exclusive club reserved for those who meet the sponsorship requirements and complete the course.

Holden Scramble Championship Final

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18 May 2018
The Holden Scramble Championship Final is the pinnacle of the largest Pro-Amateur teams golf event in Australia. For the lucky winners of the Regional and State Finals, this season’s Championship Final not only offers participants a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in the highly sought after Championship Final, but also an escape from the winter weather to enjoy the Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast.
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