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
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Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate

Ipswich Area
Located 20 minutes drive from the Ipswich City, the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate covers over 2,200 hectares. The conservation estate supports extensive forests and rugged volcanic peaks and slopes including Flinders Peak, Mt Blaine, Mt Catherine and Mt Goolman.

Purga Nature Reserve

Ipswich Area
Free Entry
For a unique nature walk just 15 minutes from Ipswich, Purga Nature Reserve is a peaceful getaway. It has the largest remnant of Swamp Tea Tree protected in Australia, and there are short, self-guided walks amid the ghostly, ashen trees that are truly spectacular.

Mount Barney

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this World Heritage-listed park an outstanding place to visit. Mount Barney is one of Queensland's highest and most impressive peaks, and is part of the Scenic Rim and Mount Barney National Park.

Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
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Nestled amongst the foothills of World Heritage-listed, Mt Barney National Park, Mt Barney Lodge is a unique country escape that offers a variety of accommodation and Eco Accredited adventure activities.

Moogerah Peaks National Park

Moogerah, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Just over an hour from Brisbane, four ancient volcanic peaks in the fertile Fassifern Valley form the Moogerah Peaks National Park. The mounts—French, Greville, Moon and Edwards—are recognised for their unique shapes but revered as a spectacular bushwalking destination.

Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park

The Falls, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
A landscape of rugged mountains, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, dappled forests and unique wildlife is waiting to be explored. Settle in for a morning cuppa or barbecue picnic lunch at this shady spot nestled in fragrant eucalypt forest.

White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate

Redbank Plains, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Located just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 35 minutes' from Brisbane Central Business District, White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate features the distinctive, sculptured, rocky outcrops of White Rock and Spring Mountain.

Lake Maroon

Maroon, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Just one hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, Lake Maroon is located in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Boonah. Lake Maroon is ideal for camping and one of Queensland's most popular places for sailing, fishing, water skiing, parasailing and paddle boating.

Moogerah

Moogerah, Scenic Rim Area
Moogerah is located one hour's drive south west of Brisbane via the Cunningham Highway. For a little more scenery, take the route from Ipswich or the Gold Coast through Boonah's countryside. Just outside Moogerah, you'll find the spectacular Moogerah Peaks and five minutes away to the north-east, lies beautiful Lake Moogerah.

Mount Barney National Park

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
The distinctive peaks of mounts Barney, Maroon, May, Lindesay, Ernest, Ballow and Clunie dominate the skyline in Mount Barney National Park. These rugged peaks are the remains of the ancient Focal Peak shield volcano that erupted 24 million years ago.
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