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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Outback Aussie Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore Outback Queensland and beyond with Outback Aussie Tours, a multi-award winning touring company and Savannah Guides accredited operator. They will take you on a journey to discover the natural and cultural heritage to favoured Outback places like Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Corner Country, Gulf Savannah, Cape York and Torres Strait.

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.

The Granite Belt Maze

Glen Niven, Southern Downs Area
The Granite Belt Maze offers an amazing experience, where each customer has to solve their own unique riddle, while navigating their way through the maze. These riddles don't help you find your way, instead they make you search every part of the maze from start to finish, and actually get you lost.

National Parks and Artisan Stories

Multiple Locations
Drive the “Valley of the Lakes” scenic route, discover well preserved rainforests at Ravensbourne National Park, ancient bunya pines at Bunya Mountains National Park, and Aboriginal rock art at Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Gourmet Country Escape

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Travel through the pretty Scenic Rim town of Boonah and follow the Falls Scenic Drive to Queen Mary Falls. Stay overnight in a beautiful cottage with stunning views over the Condamine Gorge then follow the Strange Bird Wine trail to Stanthorpe in Queensland’s Granite Belt Food and Wine region.

Castle Glen Australia

Thulimbah, Southern Downs Area
Castle glen "Castle in a valley" was established in 1990 by Cedric Miller and is located on the Granite belt, with a truly amazing Cellar Door. The award winning castle glen is creating a reputation in the market place for world class, all natural, preservative free and chemical free products.
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