Tobin Wines

At Tobin Wines, they talk about growing their wine, rather than making the wine.

Tobin Wines winemaking philosophy is undeniably old world, all respect is paid to the vineyard, the vine, and the pursuit of perfection in grape quality, with little, if any, reverence paid to the winemaker or winemaking process. Each grape variety is given the spotlight to reveal its own unique flavour truly.

No winemaker is gifted enough to make those wonderful flavours and aromas, all of the work happens out there, in the vineyard — Adrian Tobin

The production of their wine is limited to between 100 to 160 cases of each varietal every year. Tobin Wines Limited Edition wines express their origins in the rugged and majestic landscape of the Granite Belt making them truly unique.

Symphony Hill Wines

Symphony Hill Wines embodies the cutting edge, neo-vino wine movement that dares to take Australian wines in fresh and exciting directions. Owner, Ewen Macpherson, defied old school wine snobs and dared to believe he could make world class wines in a wine region of unfulfilled potential – the Granite Belt, Queensland.

They are rated 5 stars by James Halliday and Qantas has selected three of their wines to be served on business class flights.

Their winemaker, Abraham De Klerk, has made wine in some of the best wineries in the world. From making super Tuscan wines at Sassicaia in Italy to a vintage at Chateau Clos du Clocher in Pomerol, working with 3 generations of French vignerons, in close proximity to famous Chateau Petrus and Le Pin.

Their flagship red is their 5 star Reserve Shiraz which has won top gold medals at both Sydney and Melbourne Royal Wine Shows and nominated for two trophies. The wine was served to the Royal couple when they visited Brisbane in early 2014.

Their flagship white is their 5 star Gewurztraminer which has been awarded Trophies at National Wine Show of Australia, Royal Queensland and Royal Melbourne Wine Shows.

Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard

Experience some of the best winery hospitality in Queensland at Hidden Creek cellar door featuring silky oak and ornate leadlights. Taste emerging varieties such as Viognier and Tempranillo. Engage in a variety of experiences with the Winemaker, including wine flights and Winery Tours, including tastings of barrel and tank samples. During harvest visitors can also experience the wine making process and explore the vineyard. Bookings are essential.

Lunch alfresco under leafy trees, with a glass of your favourite wine, a picnic basket, and even your well-behaved pup in tow. When you want to enjoy the view but escape the weather, head to the cafe, where floor-to-ceiling glass takes in the vineyard and lake, and a menu of locally sourced, organic, homegrown and homemade cuisine awaits. Reservations are essential.

Extend your visit to the Granite Belt region with a couple of nights stay in the cosy Hidden Creek Winemakers Cottage – enjoy bushland views and peace and quiet with breakfast provisions supplied and a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival. Suitable for couples only, the cottage is equipped with a full kitchen, barbecue on the verandah, a fireplace and air conditioning. More information and photos can be found on their website.

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.

View Wine by Sancerre Estate

View Wine is produced by Sancerre Estate Vineyard, in the heart of the Granite Belt, Ballandean Queensland.
Our wine is a combination of quality grapes and unique terroir. For the wine to become premium quality we use only the best grapes harvested by hand only picking the best.

The Barrelroom Cafe at Ballandean Estate Winery

The Barrelroom Cafe at Ballandean Estate Winery is located at 354 Sundown Road. It is rated 4.1 by 24 Zomato users. Serves International.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$30 approximately.

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Vineyard Cafe

Vineyard Cafe is located at 28126 New England Hwy, Ballandean, Ballandean. It is rated 3.3 by 9 Zomato users. Serves Modern Australian.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$30 approximately.

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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.

Cellar Door Cafe

Cellar Door Cafe is located at 27850 New England Highway. It is rated 3.4 by 9 Zomato users. Serves Coffee and Tea, Modern Australian.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$20 approximately.

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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.

Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory

Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory is a unique accommodation featuring an astronomical observatory near Girraween National Park. It is a great base for stargazers, astro-photographers and nature-lovers.

A free guided “Night Sky Tour” is conducted from a private 4.5 metre observatory every night from 8.30pm (weather permitting). The tour introduces guests to star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, planets and the moon under dark rural skies with a large 46 centimetre reflecting telescope. The tour takes only maximum six people, allowing a plenty of viewing time for each person.

The Guesthouse has three en suite guest rooms with its own entrance off the veranda. Each room has an air-conditioning, a queen bed and a free Wi-fi. Continental breakfast is available and placed in room on the day before. Optional home-cooked dinner is delivered to room at 7pm. A 24-hour advance booking is required for breakfast and dinner.

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 place to stay on the Granite Belt; a famous wine producing region in Queensland. A number of local wineries and orchards are found within short distances.

Sancerre Estate

Sancerre Estate is a small family run Bed and Breakfast (three rooms) in the heart of Queensland’s Premier Wine Region the Granite Belt. Each room has an ensuite bathroom, private entrance off the deck and use of the shared lounge room with a wood fireplace. A cooked breakfast is included in the room rate.

The estate also has a three-bedroom, two-bathroom self-contained cottage which can sleep up to six people. The cottage also has a large deck with a barbecue and a full-size kitchen with everything you need to let your inner chef shine! There is also a wood fire (also reverse cycle air-con) to keep you warm on those cold winter night.s

Both of the accommodation styles overlook the Estate Vineyard from which they produce the View Wine.

Private wine tastings are available to all guests and are a perfect way to begin your Granite Belt experience.

Windswept Country Retreat

A few days at award winning Windswept Farmstay and all your worries could be carried away by fresh country air, brisk mornings, ideal for a walk on their bush tracks, or to check out the local wildlife, or maybe just nestle up in front of their wood fires with a good book, a wine from one of the many local wineries, or cook that special meal using the bountiful local in season produce that Ballandean on the Granite Belt is renowned for.

The Cottage accommodates up to four couples or eight guests comfortably and features three bathrooms, one with a double spa and children under five stay free.

Feed the farm animals that eagerly wait to be hand feed or visit the many National Parks that are close to Windswept.

The choice is yours – just relax in the comfortable Cottage surroundings and do nothing, or explore the many features of the Granite Belt.

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.

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 campsite. Book your campsite and purchase your camping permit in advance. Bookings can be made on-line, over the counter or by phone.

Just Red Wines Vineyard Cabins

Just Red Wines Vineyard Cabins on the Granite Belt offer a peaceful stay in Granite Belt Wine Country on a genuine vineyard and winery in one of our modern self-contained, two-bedroom cabins. Situated in a tranquil setting, overlooking the vineyard and adjacent to native bush and giant granite boulders.
Cabins are especially suited to couples or families up to four. Each cabin has a master bedroom with a king-size bed. Second bedroom has an over and under bunk – double on the bottom and single on top. Self-contained kitchen with stove, microwave, full sized fridge and dishwasher.
Log fires with firewood provided May to September. Air-conditioned master bedroom for your summer comfort. Shared BBQ facilities available. Special rates during the week and for stays of three nights or more.

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.

Kurrajong Barn and Cottages

The beautiful, charmingly rustic country style of accommodation in Ballandean. Situated on 50 acres within walking distance to the village and the Ballandean tavern, this property is unique. The Barn accommodates 10 guests, in five bedrooms. Blue Wren cottage accommodates four guests in two double bedrooms. Both have open fireplaces and free Wifi. Small wedding enquiries welcome. We are in the heart of Granite Belt wine country.

A Stanthorpe Getaway

Stanthorpe Getaway, is situated on 6 acres of rustic charm, rural and peaceful surroundings. It is perfect for large or small families and groups, couples looking for a getaway holiday or a quiet place to get some work done for the business side of things.
A jewel in Southern Queensland’s crown, we have a vast selection of quality and highly recommended wineries and breweries within a short drive and restaurants that invite you to partake in the regions succulent beef and well-known farming produce.

We are surrounded by amazing scenery and a quick drive to other wonderful landmarks and holiday entertainment.

15 minutes’ drive south, and you are at the breathtaking Girraween National Park where you can get in touch with nature in its purest form.

For the more adventurous traveller head west for less than an hour and you can experience the Sundown 4WD National Park. A fantastic opportunity to experience the rugged and scenic terrain completely accessible to you.

If you are looking for a more relaxing avenue a bit closer to your accommodation, a short 5-minute drive north down Eukey Road will have you at Storm King Dam.

An ideal place to enjoy leisurely boating and fishing.

Accommodation Creek Cottages and Sundown View Suites

Imagine relaxing in a country cottage and luxury King Suite 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 and Sundown View Suites.

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 and Sundown View Suites.

Celebrate Spring on the Southern Downs

Every Spring the Southern Downs and Granite Belt bursts to life with blooming flowers, colourful wildlife and exciting events celebrated across the season.

Grapes of Mirth – Comedy and Wine in Granite Belt

Six Comedians – one DJ – five Wine Producers – six Hours of Entertainment!

Featuring some of Australia’s best comedians – Luke Mcgregor, Harley Breen, Nikki Britton, Damien Power, Mel Buttle, and Merrick Watts.

Five of Australia’s best comedians and your host Merrick Watts will make their way to Ballandean Estate for six hours of comedy, music, wine, gourmet grub and the most amazing festival vibes. Grapes of Mirth provides the ultimate festival day with five headline comedy sets, a host with the most, and some sweet DJ tunes (brought to you by the one and only, DJ Pedro Moshman!) to keep you entertained before, between, and after the comedy has ended.

Your ticket will not only include entry to the event but a take-home Grapes of Mirth glass to keep. You can pre-book antipasto platters, food hampers and bus transfers.

If you like wine or comedy, or more specifically the outstanding combination of the two, then we look forward to hanging out with you soon.

Autumn Race Day at Ballandean

Races on the Big Screen with a three-course lunch catered by the famous Barrelroom Restaurant overlooking the beautiful vineyards of Ballandean Estate. Enjoy a fabulous afternoon of food, wine and entertainment all the while raising valuable funds for the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe to distribute to worth charities across Queensland.

The Brad and Stacey Family Trust

They are a Small Family run Bed and Breakfast (three rooms) in the heart of Queensland’s Premier Wine Region the Granite Belt. They also have a three bedroom, two bathroom self-contained cottage which can sleep up to six people.

Both of their accommodation styles overlook their Estate Vineyard from which they produce their View Wine. Private wine tastings are available to all of their guests, and are a perfect way to begin your Granite Belt experience.

Twisted Gum Wines – Winery CLOSED September – May 20/21

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.

Twisted Gum Wines CLOSED Sept – May 20/21

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.

Autumn Race Day

Autumn Race Day will combine the action, thrill and glamour of racing. Enjoy a thrilling festive atmosphere featuring a long lunch, raffles, fashions on the field, live music, lucky door prizes, alternative races and fine wine at Ballandean Estate.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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.
Recently we have added two Sundown View King Suites featuring a king bed, a loveseat lounge and patio that offers a trendy outdoor kitchenette.

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James Farmhouse, MJ’s Yurt and Rose Cottage

The James’ Farmhouse 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: Girraween 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.

The property can sleep 24 people. Farmhouse 14 people; Rose Cottage 2 people; Namar Yurt 4 people; and Zuny Yurt 4 people.

Granite Ridge Wines

Granite Ridge Wines first vintage was in 1995. Since then they have been awarded trophies for Queensland’s best White and best Red wines.

Their products including dry whites, dry reds, sweet and fortified are made on sight and are available at their cellar door or by mail order or via their website. Queensland’s first Verjus was made by Granite Ridge. Used in cooking, this is a great product for sauces, dressings, sweet and savoury dishes.

Granite Ridge’s Fergies Hill Cottage is the perfect place to stay when you visit the Granite Belt. Close to restaurants and national parks, this delightful luxury cottage is set amongst the vines, near the winery, to entice wine lovers to help out. Fully self-contained with two queen size bedrooms and two bathrooms plus sofa bed to sleep up to six. It also has a spa, log fire, and a great view from the large deck which is perfect for enjoying the spectacular sunsets and starry nights.

Dinner Under the Stars

A food and wine experience not to be missed. Indulge in their hand crafted single vineyard wines, all sourced from their sustainably managed dry grown vineyard, matched with a range of exciting dishes created by acclaimed local chef Jason Costanzo. Celebrate with them the joy of Spring in the Granite Belt, with a sumptuous dinner featuring ingredients from a variety of local small scale producers.

A truly unique dining experience with guests seated at long tables in the grounds of their stylish 1920s Queenslander cellar door building, all framed by the spectacular Granite Belt night sky!

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Vintage Shiraz Dinner

Join them in a celebration of Granite Belt Shiraz! A unique opportunity to experience a guided tasting of six different vintages of their signature Single Vineyard Dry Grown Granite Belt Shiraz, along with a sumptuous three-course dinner presented by acclaimed local Chef Jason Costanzo. This special event is held just once per year and is an opportunity not to be missed!

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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.

Vineyard Cottages

Relax in comfort in their cosy, very comfortable private cottages with a choice of room and facility options. Quality bedding, linen and furnishings. Complimentary breakfast basket, toiletries, in-house movies, games, books and wi-fi.

Guests lounge has an open fire comfortable seating and bar.
Accommodation packages are available and they can adapt to your individual needs. Wine Tours are easily organised with collection and pick-up all part of the service.

There are 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, they 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.

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.

Jamworks Cafe Larder

Jamworks Cafe & Larder is located at 7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin. This restaurant is yet to be rated by Zomato users. Serves Cafe.

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It’s a Case of Art in the Mill (2019)

Set in the iconic Ballandean Case and Timber Mill It’s a Case of Art in the Mill features the works of a range of artists from the Granite Belt region. Stunning silks, brilliant batik, wondrous Things of Glass and Wood, practical pottery, sculptures, probing pieces in paint, pencil or pastel, gorgeous glass, hand made paper, cards and books.

All this treasure is located in the Aladdin’s cave of rustic memorabilia and historic echoes, that is, Pedro Curr’s case and timber mill. If you are really lucky you might even have an opportunity to give the whistle a toot on the Mill’s old steam engine.

Everyone is welcome to opening night, Friday 7pm, the 3rd of May. Join us for mulled wine, music, nibbles and a warming fire.
Open Saturday and Sunday – 9 am until late. Monday 9-4.
Curr Road, Ballandean. ‘Catch us on the way to the opera’
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We look forward to seeing you there,
2019 Art in the Mill Team

Opera in the Vineyard

Opera In the Vineyard is a charity event held on the first weekend in May each year in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate Wines. The event is one of South East Queensland’s premier cultural events, and the jewel of the Granite Belt’s social calendar. Opera in the Vineyard attracts up to 1800 people each year providing an intoxicating mix of music, wine, food and an unforgettable time.

Opera’s leading stars are set to sizzle onstage at Opera in the Vineyard 2019, held in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate on the Granite Belt Sunday 5 May. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic will be thrilling the audience with her husband, powerful international tenor Rosario La Spina.

Event founder and Ballandean Estate patriarch Angelo Puglisi is looking forward to the 27th iteration of the gala event which has raised over AUD1 million for charity in partnership with Rotary Stanthorpe. Funds raised will be distributed to Rotary charities Ending Trachoma, Hummingbird House in Brisbane and several more.

“It’s a great way to be introduced to opera with be a celebration of Granite Belt food and wine. This year the theme is Diamonds Are Forever, so bedazzle in black tie!” says Angelo.

Sunset Vineyard Walk

Join Tim and Michelle Coelli on a leisurely stroll through their picturesque, hand tended vineyard. Admire the rich autumn colours of the vines set among stunning granite boulders and impressive twisted gum trees. Discuss how to grow, prune and harvest grape vines so that they produce the highest quality wines possible. Press Tim and Michelle for the secrets to the success of their sustainable vineyard practices, involving the use of birdlife to replace pesticides and careful mulching instead of irrigation.

Then return to their stylish cellar door (in a classic 1920s Queenslander with wrap around verandas on three sides) to enjoy a guided tasting of single vineyard, dry grown Twisted Gum Wines matched with artisan cheeses on the veranda as the sunsets. Pure bliss!

There is a strict limit of 20 persons per walk, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Your guide to the ultimate winter weekend

Want to experience a true winter this year? You’re in luck! Before you start planning a July jaunt to our southern states, simply head two hours south west to the coldest place in the state!

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    Wall art at GBART - Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail

GBART – Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail Open Studio Event

30 October – 1 November 2020

10am – 4pm

Welcome to Creativity! This October, Southern Downs artisans come together to celebrate the wealth of creatives in its midst with a trail of art trails that will surpass the idea of well known but static silo art trails.

Visitors and locals can meet the maker, try something new, get behind the scenes and “do art” .
Stay, Play, and enjoy your time in the region as you head south to the Granite Belt Art and Craft Open Studio Event – it opens at 10am and closes at 4pm each day from 30 October to 1 November 2020. We can’t wait to share our beautiful region with you.

“MEET THE MAKER”, WORKSHOPS, TALKS, COMMUNITY EVENT, EXHIBITION AND SHOWS.

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Southern Downs Heritage Week 2019

Saturday 27 April – Monday 6 May

This Festival covers a series of activities ranging from Historic walking tours with guide, historic buildings to view ,8 Museums, open days, demonstrations of old crafts , exhibitions and high teas, steam train trips, discover soldier settlement site and visit Legacy Centre at Amiens. All in the 10 days . Enjoy a meal at historic pubs or one of the cafes some began in the 1920s and still operate as cafés today. Historic Southern Downs – so much to see and do.

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Girraween Country Inn

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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).

Bon Natale, Christmas in July

Celebrate “Bon Natale” in July with a Sicilian twist. Join them for a lunch away from the traditional ham and turkey, chef Jason will entice your taste buds with foods his Sicilian family traditionally have for Christmas. A truly cultural event involving food, wine and music!

A full buffet of mains and desserts awaits you.

Free bus included in your ticket, so you can enjoy the day safely.

Local entertainment to keep in the party mood!

A Local’s Guide to Sundown National Park

Want to go remote with zero distractions and the chance of not seeing anyone else? On the Queensland/New South Wales border lies Sundown National Park, a rugged wilderness of spectacular steep-sided gorges, sharp ridges and peaks rising more than 1000m.