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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Cypress Ridge Cottages

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.

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.

Vineyard Cottages and Cafe

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$179 - 375
Vineyard Cottages offers delightful boutique accommodation. Seven beautiful cottages nestle in established formal gardens that change seasonally yet maintain their beauty and perfumes all year and host a variety of birdlife.

Possum's Hollow and Hooter's Hut

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$150 - 245
Possum's Hollow and Hooter's Hut (possum and owl themed) are gorgeous two bedroom cabins hidden away amongst 60 acres of scenic natural bushland in Queensland's Granite Belt, offering spacious comfortable accommodation for up to six people each.

Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$90 - 120
Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory is a unique motel-style B&B with an in-house astronomical observatory. Guests are offered a free undercover parking and a one-hour free Wi-Fi internet access. A complimentary guided "Night Sky Tour" is conducted from a private 4.

Girraween National Park Camping Ground

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$11.90 - 11.90
Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek camping areas are in a pleasant open forest setting close to the QPWS information centre and walking tracks. Both cater for tent camping and camper trailers. Castle Rock camping area is more suitable for caravans and motorhomes.

Country Style Caravan Park

Glen Aplin, Southern Downs Area
From AU$25 - 130
Country Style Caravan Park offers self-contained Cabins, Camping and Caravan accommodation and is situated in the heart of the Granite Belt Wine Country, only three hours from Brisbane and five minutes south of Stanthorpe.

James Farmhouse and Cottage

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$400 - 475
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;

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.

Diamondvale Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$160 - 225
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.
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