Granite Belt Drive

12km via Dalveen, Cottonvale, Thulimbah and The Summit

The Granite Belt Drive is a 12 kilometre road, providing travellers with an alternative route on their journey to Stanthorpe from Toowoomba or Brisbane. The Granite Belt Drive runs from Dalveen to The Summit and takes in fruit orchards, wineries, tourist attractions and more. The Drive runs parallel with the New England Highway and passes through a number of villages and hamlets on the way to Stanthorpe. The Granite Belt Drive also runs past the Big Apple, providing ample opportunities for a classic photo with this Stanthorpe icon. Enjoy local eateries and wineries as you travel the route. You’ll also pass through The Summit, famous as one of the coldest places in Queensland and home to the highest railway station in Australia. Once you finish the Granite Belt Drive, you will enter back onto the New England Highway, with Stanthorpe just a further 13 minute drive.

Route Highlights

  • When you arrive at Dalveen, park your car at the Jim Mitchell Park before walking to the historic Dalveen Post Office and browsing around the village craft shop to pick up a bargain at the clothing factory right next door.
  • Picture time! In Thulimbah, also home to the Big Apple, a Royal Gala Apple sculpture made from steel and fibreglass stands 4m tall, with a 4.5m in diameter. It was crafted by local artisan Johnny Ross.
  • Pop over the railway crossing and highway to visit Sutton’s Juice Factory and Cidery with a shed cafe serving its famous apple pie made from 22 apples and sensational ciders and juice.
  • Taste wines at a number of wineries located in the northern Granite Belt.
  • You will pass through The Summit — famous as one of the coldest places in Queensland and home to the highest railway station in Australia.
  • Just off the Granite Belt Drive you’ll find two great attractions. Get lost at the Granite Belt Maze — this labyrinth is popular with all visitors, but especially families. You can also play a game of large chess or mini golf. South-west of The Summit is Law Dogs Australia. A unique attraction and one of the only places in Australia where you can see law dogs being trained.
  • For more ideas on what to explore near the Granite Belt Drive, check out this list of things to do in the northern Granite Belt.