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!).
Previously known as Quart Pot Creek, a mining rush in 1872 gave Stanthorpe its name: stannum is Latin for tin and thorp is English for village. The town of Stanthorpe (pop. 5500) is now the beating heart of the Granite Belt with a rich multicultural and agricultural heritage, and a cosmopolitan mix of residents, backpackers and travellers.
Flowing through the town is the beautiful Quart Pot Creek, with more than 5km of walking and cycling tracks and great picnic and BBQ facilities. In the main CBD, you will discover an amazing range of cafés, shops, gift stores and an art gallery. Enjoy our European traditions; sit in the Stanthorpe Piazza, with coffee in hand, under the famous Roll Up Tree public art piece and watch the world go by.
Use Stanthorpe as your base for a day of wine tasting and touring in nearby towns.
Attend the Apple and Grape Festival, held every second year in February (23 February — 4 March 2018).
Taking place over three magical winter-themed days, Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is held every second year in Winter, with snowfields, ice-skating and more to enjoy (30 June — 2 July 2017).
Visit the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, which houses works from prominent Queensland artists and even a Picasso lithograph.
Every Friday, enjoy the Seasonal Feast Markets in the Stanthorpe Piazza.
Sample local produce at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.
Climb Mount Marlay and enjoy the picturesque views over Stanthorpe from the lookout.