Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

Airlie Beach is known as one of the World's premier sailing destinations and home to one of the largest yacht racing regattas staged off the Australian Coast - Airlie Beach Race Week and its onshore Festival of Sailing. Now in it's 27th year, Airlie Beach Race Week is a seven day event that attracts entrants from all over Australia and overseas.

Offshore the Regatta offers classes from IRC competitive racing through to cruising divisions attracting around 1,800 competitors, officials and volunteers. Onshore the Festival of Sailing, the Whitsunday Coasts' most significant public event, presents seven days and nights of high profile, social activities with attendances of over 5,000 in 2015.

In 2016 the onshore Social Program will be expanded to include three nights of big-name-act entertainers, wine tastings, a long late lunch on the lawn, a trailer sailer boat show, a dragon boat regatta and a festival fun run.

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Twisted Gum Wines

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Twisted Gum Wines craft small quantities of premium quality single vineyard wines from their hand-tended dry grown Granite Belt vineyard. You will receive a warm welcome when you visit their stylish cellar door, located in a classic 1920s Queenslander with wrap-around verandas on three sides, with views to the vineyards and hills beyond.

Granite Belt Brewery

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
At Granite Belt Brewery you can experience fresh beer on tap, straight from the brewery. See how the brewery works from the viewing lounge. Feel and smell the ingredients and have the brewing process explained by friendly staff or by the brewer.

Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery

Thulimbah, Southern Downs Area
Sutton's Juice Factory and Cidery, located on a real working apple orchard, is all about apples. Sutton's produce a unique range of gourmet apple juices, with varieties such as Royal Gala, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Sundowner and Pink Lady.

Ridgemill Estate

Severnlea, Southern Downs Area
Their Cellar Door is open for tastings and wine purchases Friday to Monday or at other times by prior arrangement. Their Cellar Door Manager, Tara, will introduce you to the range of Ridgemill Estate wines with tasting notes on each from their dry whites and reds to their alternative varieties, sparkling and fortified wines.

Glenlyon Dam

Texas, Goondiwindi Area
Free Entry
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.

The Bramble Patch

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
Located in the picturesque hills above Glen Aplin The Bramble Patch is a food lovers paradise. Visitors are offered a range of over 50, multi-award winning, gourmet preserves including jams, coulis, sauces, chutneys, vinegars, fruit pastes and fortified berry wines.

Sundown National Park

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
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.

Market in the Mountains, Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Come to the Market in the Mountains - where they Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It. More than 45 stallholders sell a range of unique handcrafted items. Leather belts and bags, clothing, knitted items, plants, candles, soap, and a great selection of jewellery handcrafted pieces.

Ashbern Farms

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Ashbern Farms is open to the public five days a week during the strawberry season which is from October to May each year. The aim is to ensure all enjoy the best strawberry eating experience possible. To achieve this, Ashbern Farms focuses on the best eating varieties and grows them in a way that guarantees quality and sweetness.

Golden Grove Estate

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Golden Grove Estate is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery. The grapes are 100 per cent Estate grown and produced and they specialise in alternative varieties, which are marketed under the Strangebird promotion.
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