Granite Belt

Play amongst a smorgasbord of cellar doors, distilleries and orchards within Queensland’s premier food and wine region, known as the Granite Belt.

Foodie heaven

  • Pick your own crisp autumn apples and berries straight from the vine, or swirl bold reds such as Mourvedre or Tempranillo along the Strange Bird alternative wine trail.
  • Meet local producers and stock your picnic basket with cheeses, olives, figs and cured meats and sip on sparkling apple cider and limoncello from Thulimbah.
  • Sit by the fire in a cosy cottage or go glamping and awaken to crisp mornings and fresh country air.

Get moving

  • Cycle country roads from Stanthorpe to Ballandean, stopping for decadent chocolates, homemade apple pie and wine tasting along the way.
  • Swim in the refreshing waterholes nestled amongst granite boulders and rich soil in Girraween National Park and be inspired by endless fields of wildflowers in spring.
  • Hike the impressive Granite escarpments in Girraween National Park.

Plan your holiday

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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.

Diamondvale Cottages

Diamondvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$180 - 790
Diamondvale Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, luxurious comfort and only three kilometres from town. They have four self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek.

Apple Blossom Cottage

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$140 - 220
Apple Blossom Cottage is situated in a quiet street in the town of Stanthorpe and is a short walk to the centre of town and to award winning restaurants. By arrangement, local winery tours will pick up at your front door.

M.J Yurts Ballandean

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$360 - 360
They have two Yurts, Zuny and Namar Yurts. The Yurts have eight sides and are based on the Mongolian Design. Zuny is the Mongolian word for Summer, Namar is the Mongolian word for Autumn. They are in Ballandean which is a two to three hour drive south from Brisbane.

Ridgemill Estate- Cabins

Severnlea, Southern Downs Area
From AU$180 - 285
Relax in one of their eight intimate contemporary self-contained studio cabins, enjoy spectacular vineyard views with interiors that exude luxury. Complement the pristine natural environment and provide a private place to rest, relax and refresh.

James Farmhouse and Rose Cottage

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$400 - 500
The James' Farmhouse and Cottage is set on six acres of land and provides a serene and comfortable base from which you can experience the beautiful and fascinating Granite Belt. The Granite Belt has 40 wineries;

Apple and Grape Motel

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$110 - 180
The Apple and Grape Motel in Maryland Street offers quiet, comfortable and affordable accommodation right in the heart of Stanthorpe. Their prime location in the Central Business District allows you to walk to parks, shops, quality restaurants, traditional country hotels, clubs and cafes.

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
From AU$90 - 145
Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory is a unique accommodation featuring an astronomical observatory near Girraween National Park. It is a great base for stargazers, astro-photographers and nature-lovers.

Foxbar Falls Campground

Amiens, Southern Downs Area
From AU$20 - 33
A 48-site campground settled amongst granite landscapes, native Australian bush and a working vegetable farm. The property offers a unique camping or caravanning experience for nature-lovers, adventure-seekers and families alike.
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