Better Homes & Gardens Epic Country Road Trip

Ridgemill Estate

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. In the fine linen of a queen-sized bed, find the serene, silent sleep of a country retreat. Sit out on your deck and take in a great expanse of a clear Southern sky.

Ridgemill studio cabins are nestled amongst the vines on a stunning 40 acre working property in the heart of the famous Granite Belt wine region. Ridgemill provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in true vineyard and winery life, an opportunity for authentic wine appreciation, spectacular views across the valley and nearby Girraween National Park ranges, and is perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway.

As one of only a select number of guests, awake to your own private view of the sun rising over the estate’s vineyard and after a day exploring the wide range of sights and experiences throughout the Granite Belt, cosy up by the wood fire with a bottle of complimentary Ridgemill estate wine!

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.

Australian Small Winemakers Show

21 – 28 October 2017

The Australian Small Winemakers Show (ASWS) is held in Stanthorpe, arguably Queensland’s most respected wine producing region.

The week long event was originally established in 1987 by the wine sub-committee of the Stanthorpe Agricultural Society and has grown to be the most prestigious wine show for small winemakers in Australia and New Zealand and one of the fastest growing shows on the annual wine circuit.

A public tasting event will be held on Saturday 28 October from 2pm-6pm. Improve your knowledge and try some of the newest wine styles plus have a few of your old favourites along the way.  What a great opportunity to taste award winning wines from the many regions of Australia and New Zealand ­– all without leaving sunny Queensland. Nowhere else can you get all this except at the Australian Small Winemakers Show. Make a weekend of it, bring your friends and while you’re in the district visit some of Queensland’s and NOW some of Australia’s top wineries on the Granite Belt.

Southern Downs Steam Railway: Warwick to Wallangarra

12 August 2017
09 September 2017
24 September 2017
28 October 2017

Warwick to Wallangarra and return on the Southern Downs Steam Railway! All aboard! Join us as we travel the line from Warwick to Wallangarra, retracing the path of the Sydney Mail, stepping back into a bygone era. Prices are for the train trip only or for the trip and lunch included in the one price.

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Warwick to Wallangarra and return

Depart Warwick Station at 08:00am for a leisurely day on the heritage train to Wallangarra, arriving at 12:10pm.

After easing into the uphill sections between Warwick (1,492ft), and Silverwood (1,913ft), we leave the roads and enjoy some hard work as we wind past sandstone ruins of Spring and Mineral Creek bridges before a short stop to check the locomotive before passing through the two tunnels on the line.

After this brief pause, its time to enjoy the hard work again as we climb the Silverwood range to Dalveen where, before we pass The Summit (3,035ft), the highest QR station. Since leaving Warwick, we have risen 1,543 feet in the space of 32 miles. After passing The Summit we coast down into Stanthorpe for a 30 minute stop.

We continue from here at 10:45am, descending into granite country as we make our way to the Queensland – New South Wales Border. After passing Lyra (2,305ft), we start to work again rising 577 feet into Wallangarra (2,882ft), where we will make our stop at 12:10pm for lunch.

Enjoy the scenery as the train crew work to prepare the train for our return journey.

Train departure from Wallangarra is at 3:35pm for a leisurely heritage train trip back to Stanthorpe, arriving at 3.50pm. We will depart here at 3.35pm to make our way back down the range with a setting sun before we arrive back in Warwick at 6.00pm.

Lunch

Let us pamper you, and enjoy the experience of stepping out of your train and straight to your 2 course lunch at the Railway Cafe, located in the old Wallangarra Refreshment Rooms Restraurant.

Enjoy the sights and sounds as your crew work to prepare your train for the return journey, whilst you wine and dine on your delicious lunch.

This option can only be pre-purchased with you train ticket.

For those who wish to go searching, lunch can also be obtained from one of the local establishments, or at the Railway Cafe.

 

Christmas in July Celebrations

The Virtuoso Piano – Roman Rudnytsky

Sunday 10 September, 2.00pm

Visit Robert Channon Wines for an afternoon of sublime piano with Roman Rudnytsky’s ‘The Virtuoso Piano’.

Tickets are $25 which includes a glass of wine at the interval. For bookings call 07 4683 3260.

Divine Octets – Corda Spiritus Chamber Players

Sunday 6 August, 2.00pm

Visit Robert Channon Wines for an afternoon of music with ‘Divine Octets’. The Corda Spiritus Chamber players perform sublime chamber music by Mendelssohn and Schubert.

Tickets are $25 which includes a glass of wine at the interval. For bookings call 07 4683 3260.

Acapella with Attitude – Battle of the Barbershops

Saturday 5 August, 2.30pm

Visit Robert Channon Wines for an afternoon of jazz with ‘Acapella with Attitude’ – Battle of the Barbershops featuring The Headliners female chorus and High Altitude.

Tickets are $25 which includes a glass of wine at the interval. For bookings call 07 4683 3260.

Jazz in the Swigmore Hall

Saturday 15 July, 2.30pm

Visit Robert Channon Wines for an afternoon of jazz with Jazz in the Swigmore Hall featuring the Caxton Street Jazz Band.

Tickets are $25 which includes a glass of wine at the interval. For bookings call 07 4683 3260.

Serenity Cottage

Serenity Cottage is set on 60 acres in beautiful Thulimbah, just outside of Stanthorpe. The cottage accommodates up to 6 people, has a fireplace for those cooler Granite Belt nights, fully equipped kitchen, electric blankets on all beds, TV, BBQ, walking distance to the local cheese factory and only a short drive to the famous Sutton’s Apple Pie. Serenity Cottage is 2.5 hour drive from Brisbane.

The Vineyard Cafe

The award winning Vineyard Café retains the special ambience of the old country church in which it is set, and offers a warm welcome with caring and generous hospitality. The Vineyard Cafe DINNER menu, LUNCH menu and BREAKFAST menu blend culinary tradition with the intelligent use of a wide range of fresh local produce with an increasing emphasis on locally grown and organic sources. Simplicity, quality and freshness are the cornerstones to the creation of our fine cuisine.

Vineyard Cottages

Boutique Accommodation with cottage servicing available daily. Relax in comfort in our cosy, very comfortable private cottages with a choice of room and facility options. Quality bedding, linen and furnishings with cottages serviced daily. Complimentary toiletries, In-house movies, games, books and wifi. Guests lounge has an open fire comfortable seating and bar. Dine in our restaurant for breakfast and dinner daily and lunch Wednesday – Thursday. Enjoy the taste of freshly harvested, local produce prepared by our resident chef for our seasonal menus.

Seven beautiful cottages nestle in established formal gardens that maintain their beauty and perfumes all year and host a variety of birdlife. Situated near the small village of Ballandean just south of Stanthorpe with views across the Ballandean valley to the Roberts Ranges we are perfectly positioned for visiting Queensland’s premier wineries, of which there are now more than 50 and for enjoying Girraween and Sundown National Parks.

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