Summit Estate Sunset Sessions

Every Friday and Saturday until 8pm

On Friday and Saturdays Summit Estate keeps the cellar door open for family, friends and couples to enjoy the Granite Belts spectacular sunsets.

We encourage you to bring a picnic, games to play, dogs on the lead are welcome. We have guest musicians and buskers. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly while you enjoy our beautifully crafted wine, boutique beers and local cider.

Summit Estate Winter Solstice

Saturday 23 June, 2018

We start at 4 pm and by 5pm we are watching the sun slip below the horizon serenaded by bagpipes. A bonfire is lit as we enjoy some Summit Estate good cheer on the shortest day of the year. As it gets cold we drift inside to the cellar door to enjoy antipasti and live music. We all hail the pig that has been on the spit since midday as it is paraded around for all to see.

After some food and dancing we rug up and step outside into the cold night under the Milky Way. The Wickerman looms large made of the previous vintage’s canes. The Wickerman makes a spectacular fiery exit up into the heavens and our new Vintage is safe.

Christmas Twilight Festival

Saturday 2 December, 5:30pm – 8:30pm  |  Granite Belt Christmas Farm

The Granite Belt Christmas Farm will host this spectacular family fun night! From 5.30pm – 8.30pm you will be entertained with famous Country Music Stars, Local Artists and school choirs!

We have the kids covered with a bundle of Free activities from face painting, sand wizard, and visit from Santa to a treasure hunt through our Christmas Trees (starts at 5.45pm). Santa’s animals can also be fed for just $2 a bucket of feed!

Capture the magic of Christmas of this beautiful summer night whilst browsing our Mistletoe Store or our mini market stalls! Our famous Belgian hot chocolate and Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri will also be available!

Local Bowmen Club will be running a BBQ, Baked By Liberty will have her delicious dessert cart and for the ultimate indulgent spoil yourself with our beautiful hand crafted chocolates made on site.

Christmas family photos will be available on the night, and don’t forget to pack your picnic rug! Pre purchase tickets only at Eventbrite.com.au or in person at our farm or contact Katrina on 0412 826 842.

 

Southern Downs Heritage Festival 2018

The Southern Downs Heritage Festival celebrates the history of the Southern Downs as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival Queensland. The theme this year is “My Culture, My Story”. Warwick was the first free settlement in Queensland and the whole area was opened up by Patrick Leslie and his two brothers George and Walter Leslie. The Assmanhausen Winery of the mid 1800s at Sandy Creek was a great exporter of German style wines to England and countries of Europe up until WW2.

There are 25 community groups from across the Southern Downs participating. Some activities are free while some have a small entry fee and there is usually something of interest for all members of the family. There are over 30 events held over the 10 days.

Highlights of the Festival include bullock team demonstrations, St Marks Anglican Church with its beautiful stained glass windows celebrates its 150th birthday, and The Rodeo Heritage Centre hosts a bull ride suitable for the whole family. Come and join us as there is so much to enjoy on the Southern Downs.

Stanthorpe’s Big Thermometer Community Celebration

Sunday 5 November 2017

Stanthorpe’s Big Thermometer Community Celebration and Launch

As you may be aware, the call for a “Big Thermometer” as a tourist attraction has been in the wind for many years.

Mick Spiller, Coordinator of the Big Thermometer Steering Committee, on behalf of the Stanthorpe & Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce, has finally been successful in making this structure a reality. The design, approval and grant funding has allowed this exciting project to progress and will commence within weeks.

Our priority is to involve the whole community in this long awaited venture. We wish to invite you to a community celebration to launch the Big Thermometer tourist attraction to be held at Rotary Park, below the Visitors Information Centre, on Sunday 5 November 2017 between 11.00am and 2.00pm where there will be fun activities and a sausage sizzle for all to enjoy.

At this launch, you will be provided with the opportunity to order a commemorative plaque that will be installed in the landscaping design in the form of a pathway leading to the Big Thermometer construction.

The plaques will depict the names of businesses or families that wish to be immortalised into the landscape design of this iconic structure. A prototype of the available plaques, as well as a display of how the plaques will be incorporated into the design will be available on the day.

Please join us for your chance to become a part of this historical community event. Further progress and fund-raising events will be released into the media shortly, but do not miss this opportunity to highlight your business or family name into the Big Thermometer landscape design.

We look forward to your participation and welcome you to be a part of this new structure representing the coldest town in Queensland.

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.

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

2017 Central Motors Holden Stanthorpe Cup

Saturday 21st October 2017 / Armstrong Park / Gates open 10.30am

Gather your friends, colleagues and clients for Stanthorpe’s biggest and best day out!

You’ll enjoy thrilling racing, entertainment and exciting spring fashion – plus over $800 in vouchers up for grabs in Fashions in the Field. Celebrate in style with an exclusive spot under the marquee, or really live it up with a reserved luncheon. With great live music and the chance to sample some of Queensland’s finest wines, this is a great day of country racing not to be missed.

Free Buses from Town Centre from 11am (return from 5pm).

Admission $20

Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult (parent/guardian).

Minors must remain under the direct supervision of the responsible adult at all times. 18 to 25s will be wrist banded, ID is required.

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.

 

 

Reflection Yoga Retreat

24 – 26 November 2017

For the past 7 years Maree Taylor & Tricia Armstrong have been facilitating a yoga retreat at Storm King Dam, Stanthorpe and they have recently opened registrations for this year’s “Reflection Yoga Retreat”, on November 24-26th. The retreat has grown into a creative jo­­­yous week-end, with a wonderful support crew (in local teachers and therapists) and offers yoga classes accessible to all levels; a variety of workshops -including yoga philosophy, and breath work; guest teachers; massage; dance; art journaling; fabulous vegetarian food, singing and silence.

Maree & Tricia teach yoga in Stanthorpe and  love providing a retreat space for local yoga teachers and practitioners, friends and family to immerse in a retreat experience , without the expense and inconvenience of travel.   This year’s theme of “Reflection” will focus on looking at ourselves and our practice through a different lens. There will be periods of silence, and the opportunity to sit, walk, take a breath and BE by the reflective waters of Storm King Dam.

If you would like to join us, you will need to pay $350 before October 15 to be eligible for early bird, or $400 thereafter. Please complete the registration form at www.yogatreestanthorpe.com or  email  stanthorperetreat@gmail.com.  Payment details are on the website.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Saturday 28 October 9am – 4pm | Mallow Cottage, Stanthorpe

Book noe for your place in this in this deeply relaxing and rejuvenating day in the beautiful, peaceful location of Mallow Organic Farm. You’ll be able to experience:

  • Group practice in the elements of mindfulness meditation
  • Gentle yoga session with skilled local yoga teacher
  • Walking meditation to the dam and Summerhouse
  • Option of silent retreat day

Lunch provided. $120 per person or $110 per person Early Bird rate if paid by 8 October. 10% discount and payment plan for health card holders.

Beginners or more experienced welcome. There is no need to sit cross legged – chairs, mats and cushions are provided.

Image by Hija del Caos via Flickr

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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