Twisted Gum Wines

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.

The cellar door is open weekends 10am to 4pm and also by appointment. You can experience their full flavoured crisp white wines, a hugely popular Pink Moscato and their signature deep inky-purple red wines – you are sure to find something to excite your palate.

Symphony Hill Wines

Symphony Hill Wines is a family-owned boutique winery located in the cool climate Ballandean highlands of Queensland’s Granite Belt. Rated 5 stars by James Halliday 2013 to 2015 and over 70 different wines have been rated 4.5 stars or more for last eight years. In the 2015 Wine Companion, James Halliday has rated six of their wines 5 stars with their flagship Reserve Shiraz scoring an amazing 96 points. This score is just one point behind Penfolds Grange.

Their flagship red is their 5 star Reserve Shiraz which has won top gold medals at both Sydney and Melbourne Royal Wine Shows, and has been nominated for two trophies at 2011 Royal Melbourne for Best Single Vineyard Wine and Best Shiraz trophies. The Jimmy Watson winner beat them for the Best Rhone Style Shiraz trophy with the narrowest of margins. The wine was selected to be served to the Royal couple when they visited Brisbane in early 2014.

Their flagship white is their 5 star Gewurztraminer which has been awarded Best Single White Variety Trophies at 2014 Royal Queensland and Melbourne Wine Shows.

Ballandean Estate Wines

Ballandean Estate Wines has proudly been producing wines that reflect the diversity and regionality of the Granite Belt for four generations. The diverse array of varieties produced are a true expression of the unique terroir of Ballandean and the passion of the Puglisi family.

Open seven days for wine tasting and with an award winning restaurant onsite, Ballandean Estate is a must for the wine and food visitor in the Granite Belt. The Cellar Door is friendly and large and features the Gourmet Food Gallery, highlighting many delicacies produced locally.

Pyramids Road Wines

Pyramids Road Wines is one of the smallest wineries on the Granite Belt. Nestled in the foothills of Girraween National Park, the vineyard and winery produce truly hand made wines. The decision to purchase their property was made whilst sitting on top of one of the Pyramids in the National Park overlooking the beautiful valley and their property below.

Experience this, hands on production process of picking, crushing and pressing during the vintage months from March to May. Book a tour anytime of the year and talk with the winemaker about the wine making process or view the winery from the viewing area in the cellar door.

Tantalise your taste buds with varieties like Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet and Muscat as well as our Strange Bird varieties of Mourvedre and Petit Verdot. Curl up in front of the fireplace during the winter months with a glass of Pyramids Road wine.

Golden Grove Estate

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.

Golden Grove Estate is home of the Costanzo family whose rich Italian Heritage is reflected in sumptuous, rich wines and a friendly approach to helping choose the perfect wine for you.

For fine dining, unwinding with friends or for those moments of solitude – Golden Grove Estate Wines provide good taste in all occasions.

Golden Grove Estate Wines are amongst Queensland, Australia’s finest, and they invite you to visit the Ballandean vineyard and winery.

Girraween National Park

Huge granite boulders tower above open forests in the spectacular and popular Girraween National Park, outside Stanthorpe in southern Queensland. Camp at Castle Rock or Bald Rock Creek camping areas or relax with a picnic in the shady Bald Rock Creek day-use area. Explore the park on almost 30 kilometres of walking tracks. Stroll the 280 metre Wyberba Walk alongside Bald Rock Creek; capture your own snap of the famed Granite Arch; climb The Pyramid for great views over the park; or spend the day walking to granite monoliths or waterholes along the creek. Learn from displays in the visitor information centre and at the day-use area.

Wildflowers in spring are a sign to behold! Gaze at changing reflections in the rock pools or go birdwatching for blue wrens, rare turquoise parrots and other forest birds. Spy bearded dragons and jacky lizards on the granite rocks, soaking up the sun. Go spotlighting at night to see ringtail possums high in the eucalypt trees. There is much to do in Girraween, and if you are lucky, you may see a wombat or hear superb lyrebirds imitating the calls of other birds.

Severn-dipity

Indulge in the Seven sins of Severn-dipity. Discovery, Tranquillity, Rejuvenation, Relaxation, Freedom, Serenity, Peace.

Severn-dipity cabin is a luxury two bedroom cabin nestled on the banks of the Severn River in an Aussie bush setting offering privacy and seclusion ideal for a romantic getaway for a couple and comfortable enough for two couples with two bathrooms. Enjoy winter by the fire or summer by the river. Be as active as you like, a glass of wine on the deck or scale the pyramid at Girraween National Park. Terata house opened 2013 offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Great for a group looking for space. Views from four outdoor areas are 360 degrees overlooking farmland and grazing cows. There is a fully equipped kitchen and fireplace.

Vineyard Cottages and Cafe

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. Situated in the small village of Ballandean just south of Stanthorpe. Views across the Ballandean valley to the Roberts Ranges they are perfectly positioned for visiting the Granite Belts premier wineries, of which there are now more than 50 and for enjoying Girraween and Sundown National Parks.

Relax in comfort in cosy, private cottages with a choice of room and facility options that are serviced daily. Quality beds, complimentary Lanovera toiletries, in-house dvd’s, games, books and wi-fi. The guest lounge has an open fire, comfortable chairs and bar.

Vineyard Cottages is one of the few Stanthorpe accommodation retreats to boast its own licensed restaurant. A Granite Belt institution it is housed in the old Presbyterian church building dating from 1906 and still featuring the original coloured glass windows. Enjoy the taste of freshly harvested, local produce prepared by their resident chef for their seasonal menus.

The Vineyard Cafe / Restaurant features produce and wines of the Stanthorpe / Granite Belt and other regions of Australia.

Girraween National Park camping

Girraween, meaning ‘place of flowers’, is a park of massive granite outcrops, large angular tors, and precariously balanced boulders. Spectacular wildflower displays splash colour among the granite in spring.

Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek camping areas are in a pleasant open forest setting close to the information centre and walking tracks. Both cater for tent camping and camper trailers. Castle Rock camping area is more suitable for caravans and motorhomes.

Bush camping in remote sections of Girraween National Park is also permitted (restrictions apply). As sites are not identified by signs or markers, campers need good navigation skills and to practise minimal impact behaviour when using these areas.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. Book your camp site and purchase your camping permit in advance. Bookings can be made on-line, over the counter or by phone.

James Farmhouse and Cottage

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; Four National Parks: Giraween is only a 10 minute drive. Sundown National Park is four wheel drive only. Also enjoy walks in the park, fishing. boating, golf course, gem fossicking plus fresh fruit and produce.

This sensational Farmhouse has been renovated and painted in French Provincial colours and sleeps 14 people. It features a cosy open brick fireplace in both the lounge and dining rooms.

At the end of the day, while enjoying a glass of one of the regions award winning wines, watch the sun go down from the front patio overlooking the local vineyards.

M.J Yurts Ballandean

They have two Yurts, Zuny and Namar Yurts. The Yurts have eight sides and are based on the Mongolian Design. Zuny is the Mongolian word for Summer, Namar is the Mongolian word for Autumn.

They are in Ballandean which is a two to three hour drive south from Brisbane. They both sleep up to four people.

Zuny Yurt has a King split size beds they can be changed to four single beds if required. Namer Yurt has one double bed and a sofa bed in the lounge room. They are fully self contained with a kitchenette, separate bedroom, log fire, air-conditioning, flat screen television in the lounge room and bedroom. All linen, towels and firewood is supplied.

They are close to about 15 local award winning wineries of which four are James Haliday five star wineries. All wine tours will pick up from the Yurts. Giraween National Park is a 10 minute drive away, Sundown National Park is a four wheel drive only park, Storm King Dam is for fishing and boating.
Ballandean is a 10 minute drive from Stanthorpe.

The other property on the same block is James Farmhouse and Rose Cottage.

Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory

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 4.5 metre fibre-glass observatory every night from 20:30 (weather permitting). The tour introduces visitors to star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, planets and the moon under dark rural skies with a large 46cm reflecting telescope. The tour takes only up to six people, allowing a plenty of viewing time for each person.

The Guesthouse has three guest rooms with its own entrance off the veranda. Each room has a reverse cycle air-conditioner, toilet and shower, microwave, toaster, television, DVD, fridge and a queen bed. Continental breakfast is included in the tariff and placed in each room on the day before. The optional dinner is available with 24-hour advance booking required.

Located on the New England Highway in Ballandean, 15 minutes drive from Stanthorpe and 40 minutes from Tenterfield, Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory is an ideal base for visits to Girraween and Bald Rock National Parks. A number of wineries and orchards are found within short distances.

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. Set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants.

Come get lost with them and take full advantage of the spectacular bush and unique rock formations. Only three hours drive from Brisbane, Girraween Lodge is the ideal retreat from…. everything.

Nestled amongst native Australian bush, relax and unwind in your private, self-contained, chalet. Complete with landline, wood heater, king bed, spa bath and private deck.  Perfect for that romantic getaway or want the kids off the computers and phones, unplug them for an internet free fantastic family holiday the way it used to be. GEL offers the uniqueness and tranquillity of the great Australian bush getaway without compromising on style or comfort.

Accommodation Creek Cottages

Imagine relaxing in a country cottage nestled just outside the Granite Belt village of Ballandean in the beautiful Sundown Valley! All the comforts to make your stay as memorable as possible await you at Accommodation Creek Cottages. Cuddle by the log fire in winter while sipping on a glass of Granite Belt wine. Relax on the verandah on cool summer evenings, enjoy sounds of the bush and the clearest nights for star gazing. See you soon at Accommodation Creek Cottages.

Cypress Ridge Cottages

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.

The Studio cottages are perfect for couples and our One Bedroom Cottages whilst ideal for couples, can sleep four – great also for the family getaway. Their Two Bedroom Cottage is the perfect cottage for a family sleeping up to six guests. The cottage styles reflect the history of Australia but with the luxuries you expect. All cottages have a log fire, kitchenette and barbecues. A guest laundry is available as well as DVD’s and Library.

Take a walk around the property with its rugged beauty of granite outcrops and natural bushland. Kangaroos, possums and birds abound. Sample the local wineries, explore the natural beauty of one of the three nearby National Parks, taste the local produce at one of their local cafes, restaurants or tavern or just relax on your veranda and watch the world go by. The choice is yours.

Girraween Country Inn

The Girraween Country Inn Ballandean is best described as a small friendly comfortable country style Boutique Hotel, consisting of a selection of tastefully designed king ensuited rooms for accommodation, including a fully cooked hearty breakfast for all inn house guests.

Set in 37 acres of natural bushland and large granite boulders a unique feature of the Granite Belt, Queensland, near Stanthorpe. The inn is close to the various National Parks: Girraween, Boonoo Boonoo and Bald Rock making the Inn a must destination for bushwalkers. Also close by are the many vineyards and wineries of the Granite Belt district.

Also on the property is a their Loft/Chalet Family and group style self catered accommodation. A spacious, robust and comfortable accommodation complex for families and small groups (sleeps up to eight people).

Soap Making Workshop

10 February 2018

This is an informative day that you will thoroughly enjoy, hosted by Washpool Farm Soaperie. We receive consistently positive feedback from participants in our soap making workshops.

Your day is fully catered for with coffee, morning tea and lunch (gluten-free). Class will run from 9am until 3pm and class size is limited to 8 participants.

Take home:

    • 2kg of soap – your own choice of scents (approx. 18 bars of soap – valued at $100)
    • Pure Soapmaking, book by Anne-Marie Faiola, valued at $35
    • notes
    • plenty of new knowledge about making cold-process soap

During the day you’ll see two batches of soap demonstrated – both regular and goat’s milk. You’ll see the person beside you make their batch and you’ll also make your own, so by the end of the day you will have watched four batches of soap come together.

We look forward to making soap with you!

Soap Making Workshop

19 May 2018 

This is an informative day that you will thoroughly enjoy, hosted by Washpool Farm Soaperie. We receive consistently positive feedback from participants in our soap making workshops.

Your day is fully catered for with coffee, morning tea and lunch (gluten-free). Class will run from 9am until 3pm and class size is limited to 8 participants.

Take home:

    • 2kg of soap – your own choice of scents (approx. 18 bars of soap – valued at $100)
    • Pure Soapmaking, book by Anne-Marie Faiola, valued at $35
    • notes
    • plenty of new knowledge about making cold-process soap

During the day you’ll see two batches of soap demonstrated – both regular and goat’s milk. You’ll see the person beside you make their batch and you’ll also make your own, so by the end of the day you will have watched four batches of soap come together.

We look forward to making soap with you!

Soap Making Workshop

28 July 2018

This is an informative day that you will thoroughly enjoy, hosted by Washpool Farm Soaperie. We receive consistently positive feedback from participants in our soap making workshops.

Your day is fully catered for with coffee, morning tea and lunch (gluten-free). Class will run from 9am until 3pm and class size is limited to 8 participants.

Take home:

    • 2kg of soap – your own choice of scents (approx. 18 bars of soap – valued at $100)
    • Pure Soapmaking, book by Anne-Marie Faiola, valued at $35
    • notes
    • plenty of new knowledge about making cold-process soap

During the day you’ll see two batches of soap demonstrated – both regular and goat’s milk. You’ll see the person beside you make their batch and you’ll also make your own, so by the end of the day you will have watched four batches of soap come together.

We look forward to making soap with you!

Soap Making Workshop

15 September 2018

This is an informative day that you will thoroughly enjoy, hosted by Washpool Farm Soaperie. We receive consistently positive feedback from participants in our soap making workshops.

Your day is fully catered for with coffee, morning tea and lunch (gluten-free). Class will run from 9am until 3pm and class size is limited to 8 participants.

Take home:

    • 2kg of soap – your own choice of scents (approx. 18 bars of soap – valued at $100)
    • Pure Soapmaking, book by Anne-Marie Faiola, valued at $35
    • notes
    • plenty of new knowledge about making cold-process soap

During the day you’ll see two batches of soap demonstrated – both regular and goat’s milk. You’ll see the person beside you make their batch and you’ll also make your own, so by the end of the day you will have watched four batches of soap come together.

We look forward to making soap with you!

Girraween National Park Camping Ground

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.

Bush-camping in remote sections of Girraween National Park is also permitted (restrictions apply). As sites are not identified by signs or markers, campers need good navigation skills and to practice minimal impact behaviour when using these areas.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Grazing the Granite Belt

19 & 20 May 2018

A weekend of lazy grazing throughout the premier wine region of the Granite Belt. Enjoy wine tastings matched perfectly with meals prepared by local food artisans. Hop on and off the shuttle bus and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with friends and family.

More event details will be released soon.

Opera in the Vineyard

Sunday 6 May 2018

Enjoy an afternoon of world class opera by Opera Queensland, overlooking the stunning Ballandean Estate Vineyards and hills of Sundown National Park while sipping on sparkling wine. Stay for a meal and dance the night away in the opera marquee to a live band, all the while in the knowledge that the funds raised will be distributed to Queensland Charities by Rotary. Opera in the Vineyard 2018 theme is Carnival of Venice – Masquerade so why not eat, stay and play.

The Magnificent Seven ‘Head for the Hills’ Gourmet Dinner

Saturday 18 November, 6.00pm

The Magnificent Seven Winemakers of the Granite Belt invite you to escape the summer heat and “Head for the Hills” to the Granite Belt. Join us for a gourmet four course dinner with seven matched wines.

And, after Peter and Therese’s retirement – we welcome new gang members – Mick and Ann from Jester Hill.

Enjoy a weekend of wine tasting at all seven cellar doors with special discounts on wine and accommodation. Restricted numbers so book early!

Price: Dinner and matched wines – $95 per person

Dress Code: Dress in your best cowboy or cowgirl outfit, wear a hat or come in smart casual dress

Discounts on Wine Purchases: Mention the Dinner and you will receive a 20% discount on 6 bottles or more purchased at any of the Magnificent Seven’s Cellar Doors over the Dinner weekend

Ten FM Music in the Vineyard

Sunday 5 November, 11am  | Golden Grove Estate

Join us for a fun filled relaxing day with fine wood, food and a variety of fabulous local artists to entertain.

Entry is $15 for prepaid or $20 on the day if seats are still available.

Food and wine is provided by Golden Grove Estate at an additional cost.

Don’t miss out on this special day of entertainment and fun! Pre-purchase your tickets from Maddie’s Gifts, 37 Maryland St, Stanthorpe, or call TEN FM on 02 6736 3444.

 

 

Table For Sixteen Degustation Dinner

A warming wood fire, a generous serving of local Granite Belt Venison and a glass of Twisted Gum Single Vineyard Dry Grown Granite Belt Shiraz – does life get any better than this?

Come join Tim and Michelle Coelli for a five course degustation dinner at the Long Table in their stylish cellar door – a classic 1920s Queenslander with wrap around verandas on three sides.

Savour their crisp dry whites with the selection of canapés, be enchanted by their deep inky reds with entrée and main course and then be amazed by their hedonistic Pink Moscato with dessert. This is what winter in the Granite Belt is all about! Only 16 places available at the Long Table, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Ballandean Billy Cart Bash

10 September 2017

The Ballandean Billy Cart Bash returns to the Granite Belt this year! Join in on the fun by bringing or building your own billy cart, or simply watch the action from the sidelines! The Bash happens right next to the famous Pyramid in Ballandean.

For more information and entry forms, visit the website.

Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard

Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard is situated in Queensland’s Granite Belt wine country. It is in the Ballandean area just 15 minutes south of the township of Stanthorpe. A wide variety of wines are available for tasting and sales at the cellar door from robust reds, delicate whites and luscious fortifieds. Enjoy a casual lunch at the cellar door cafe with views of the vineyard, lake and granite boulders.

Christmas in July Celebrations

Applegrove Farm

Applegrove Farm provides fully self contained accommodation in either the historic Schoolhouse (circa 1914) which sleeps a couple (one queen bed), or the Farmhouse which sleeps up to six close friends or family (two queens and one double) in its standard configuration. If required, single beds can be accommodated in two of the three Farmhouse bedrooms.

All linen and cooking utensils are provided along with LED television, DVD, complimentary tea and coffee, goose down doonas, combustion fireplace, firewood, barbecue and undercover parking.

The farm has approximately 50 metres of frontage to the Severn River on the southern boundary and is in close proximity to many Granite Belt wineries, Girraween National Park and other attractions.

Enjoy a relaxing daily ritual watching the sunset from the verandahs, in the company of their grazing local wildlife and neighbouring cattle.

The Schoolhouse and Farmhouse are separated by a rocky granite outcrop and are approximately 60 metres apart.

Applegrove is located about 15 minutes south of Stanthorpe, just off the New England Highway.

Balancing Rock Wines

Balancing Rock Wines is the Granite Belt’s newest Cellar Door – the excitement and love of wine is in exploring something new! Situated just beyond Ballandean and close to two other excellent Cellar Door experiences as well as the chocolate shop, it makes for a great half-day out. Plus, it is only minutes from Girraween National Park.

Be delighted by the wine; be inspired by the landscape, views and vineyard; and enjoy the Cellar Door experience from the owners, David & Lori Broadbent, and their brave story of love behind the label. Visitors are most-welcome to stroll through the vineyard to Balancing Rock – the label takes its name from this amazing natural granite structure which sits among the premium Shiraz vines. The rock assumes the role of the vineyard’s guardian – the ever-watchful protector.

The vineyard has been operating for more than 20 years, producing a range of individual, estate-grown, vegan wines, including a beautiful Campfire series, a Rock Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Verdelho, a lovely Sparkling and a very special Reserve Sagrantino.

Robinson’s Family Vineyards

Robinson’s was established in 1969 when John and Heather first planted grapevines on their Lyra Property. John Robinson made his first wine in 1974 and in 1975 received a Gold Medal for his first commercial release the 1975 Red Blend at the Royal Brisbane Wine Show.

Son Craig has now taken over after having worked in the USA, Europe, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and South America.

Come and try the limited high quality selection of wines while overlooking the picturesque Ballandean Valley and chat to the winemaker about his travels and the great region that is the Granite Belt.

Shiraz Cottage

Our Guesthouse is perfect for groups wishing to enjoy the food, wine and natural beauty the Granite Belt region has to offer. Being separated from the main residence gives privacy for any occasion such as wedding party, wine tour or families.

Complementary bottle of local wine and seasonal fruit basket provided. Facilities include:

  • King bed in main bedroom, Queen and 2 singles in other 2 bedrooms, all with electric blankets and premium linen
  • 2 bathrooms, including bath robes
  • Full kitchen complete with cooking utilities, medium size fridge and cutlery
  • Outdoor BBQ
  • Various hampers available
  • Cosy wood fireplace in lounge
  • 50 inch TV

The Barrelroom and Larder

At The Barrelroom, we believe in keeping food mileage low, utilising the abundant produce in the area and working with both local farmers and the seasons to showcase what the Granite Belt has to offer. We support free range and sustainable farming practices, organic where possible, and have given ourselves a strict three hour radius in which to source our produce. With the exception of some dry store basics including sugar and salt, if we cannot source a product within this radius, we simply do not use it. The three hours allows us to reach the coast for seafood, however most things are coming from much closer to home.

Everything possible is produced in house including bread, cultured cream, yoghurt, charcuterie and butter, and we like to feature wild harvested ingredients on our menu. Any beast smaller than a cow comes to us whole to be butchered in house, and our menu changes as we work our way through the animal. Most of our herbs and garnishes are coming from our kitchen garden, as well as a selection of different fruit and veg throughout the season. We work very closely with our ever expanding network of dedicated producers, often picking our own orders from their farms which we visit each week.

We offer a seven course degustation, bookings essential.

Twisted Gum Vineyard Cottage

Twisted Gum Vineyard Cottage is the perfect place to spend the weekend when you are visiting the Granite Belt. This friendly 1920’s farm cottage is located in the centre of our vineyard. It has a beautiful outlook, a toasty wood fire, three generous bedrooms and much more.

The cottage was fully renovated in 2010. We have a new kitchen, two new bathrooms, new paint and new floor coverings throughout. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of our premium quality, award-winning Twisted Gum wine on arrival.

Twisted Gum Vineyard Cottage features:

  • an impressive lounge room with a toasty wood fire and French doors looking out over the bush and the vineyard
  • three generous bedrooms
  • two newly renovated bathrooms
  • a fully appointed kitchen plus dining area
  • a setting unmatched in the Granite Belt

The cottage can comfortably accommodate six persons.

  • Bedroom 1 has a queen size bed and features French doors which open onto the sunny enclosed veranda.
  • Bedroom 2 has a queen size bed and has its own ensuite bathroom.
  • Bedroom 3 has two single beds.
  • All beds have high quality mattresses with plenty of warm blankets and all linen supplied.

Granite Ridge Wines

Granite Ridge Wines was founded in 1995, and makes a fabulous variety of wines on site. There are dry and sweet white and red wines, sparkling and fortified wines plus liqueurs for you to try in our rustic Cellar Door. There is also a large gift shop and handmade chocolates to tempt you.

Dennis, Juliane and their staff will make you very welcome. During vintage you might be lucky enough to see us crushing or pressing, or labelling and bottling at other times.

Carriage Stop Cottages

Carriage Stop Cottages features four house-size self contained accommodation sites, located on 24 hectares in close proximity to Stanthorpe, Tenterfield and the stunning Girraween National Park.

Fireplaces allow for a cosy winter stay in the region, with many wineries close to the accommodation. An outdoor BBQ is also available for us.

Twinstar Guesthouse Observatory

Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory is a unique motel-style B&B with an in-house astronomical observatory surrounded by beautiful gardens.

A free guided “Night Sky Tour” is offered from a private 4.5m fibre-glass observatory every night from 20:30 (weather permitting). The tour introduces visitors to star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, planets and the moon under dark rural skies with a large 46cm reflecting telescope.

The Guesthouse has 3 guest rooms with its own entrance off the veranda. Each room has a reverse cycle air-conditioner, toilet & shower, microwave, toaster, TV, DVD, fridge and a queen bed. Continental breakfast is included in the tariff and placed in each room on the day before. The optional dinner is available at only $15 pp (24-hour advance booking is required).

Located on the New England Highway in Ballandean, 15 minutes drive from Stanthorpe and 40 minutes from Tenterfield, Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory is an ideally base for visits to Girraween and Bald Rock National Parks. A number of wineries and orchards are found within short distances.

Just Red Wines

Just Red Wines is a family-run boutique winery specialising in red wine. All wines are made on the premises from grapes grown on our property on the Granite Belt. Grape varieties are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Viognier.

Winemaking is very much a family business at Just Red Wines. Tony and Julia along with son Michael have been making wines together since Michael was knee high to a grasshopper. Both Tony and Michael are qualified winemakers and both have graduate diplomas in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University in New Zealand. Their first vintage was back in New Zealand in 1993. After five vintages in New Zealand they “saw the light” and came to the wonderful Granite Belt to set up Just Red Wines. They have now been making “Just Red Wines” since 2003.

Chances are you will find one of the winemakers in the cellar door when you visit. Open Friday to Monday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm or by appointment.

Fergies Hill Cottage @ Granite Ridge Wines

Peace and tranquillity awaits you at Fergies Hill Cottage, which sits above the vineyard at Granite Ridge Wines, Ballandean. Sweeping views and fabulous sunsets are yours as you sit on the deck sipping a glass of wine. The cottage has two Queen bedrooms and two bathrooms (one with spa), wood burning stove and full cooking facilities.

Your continental breakfast basket includes homemade bread and jams, fruit, Yogurt, cereals etc.

Close to Girraween and Sundown National Parks, with restaurants nearby, it is a great place to stay to explore everything the Granite Belt has to offer.

Bald Rock National Park, NSW

A popular attraction for Granite Belt visitors, this National Park is located just on the NSW side of the border. Granite gardens scatter across picturesque walks, leading to awe-inspiring lookouts over boundless countryside.

Whether you’re planning a day trip from Stanthorpe, or a short vacation from Brisbane, it’s well worth visiting Bald Rock National Park.

From Bald Rock picnic area, follow the Border Link trail to the base of Bald Rock, where you’ll pass through eucalyptus, mountain gum and New England blackbutt. The trail leads to the NSW-Queensland border, and there are tremendous views of Girraween National Park, Queensland, along the way.

Bald Rock picnic area has gas barbecues and picnic tables where you can while away the hours. And as it’s the only established picnic area in Bald Rock National Park, with plenty of shaded spots to escape the heat, it’s a popular place to visit in summer.

Sicilian Vintage Lunch 2018

Saturday 17 February 2018

This will be Golden Grove Estate’s 18th year of celebrating the start of the vintage! Welcome in the harvest, stomp the grapes and a wonderful feast of Sicilian cuisine and music.

$105pp inside, outside $98 includes bus

Christmas in July Lunch at Golden Grove Estate

Saturday 15 July and Saturday 29 July, 12:00pm

Bon Natale! Christmas with a Sicilian twist at Golden Grove Estate! Join us for traditional Sicilian Christmas foods with music by Tre Amici.

Bring your friends and make a table. $70pp including the bus.

Winter Wine & Songs for the Soul Concert and Dinner

Saturday 17 June 2017, 5.00pm – 8.00pm

We invite you to a sunset winter concert warmed by the heart-breakingly beautiful vocals of Francesca de Valence and award-winning Pyramids Road Wines.

Francesca de Valence is a Brisbane-based award-winning singer-songwriter. Her music can be heard on ABC Radio around the country. She has been awarded a Los Angeles Music Award and an Australian Song Writing Award, and has supported international touring artists Belinda Carlisle and The Manhattan Transfer.

This annual concert series, now in its 7th year, is a popular local and tourist event and is often sold out. Book a table with your friends by the fireplace.

  • Concert only $20 (Kids under 10 yo free)
  • Dinner and Concert $45
  • Kids meals $15 (kids under 10)
  • Cheese platters $10
  • Wines available by the glass

To read more about Pyramids Road Wines and Francesca de Valence visit their websites:

www.fdvmusic.com

www.pyramidsroad.com.au