Christmas in July at Granite Belt Brewery

What better Queensland location to celebrate Christmas in July than the Granite Belt region. Stanthorpe has the reputation as being Queensland’s coolest town, with some altitudes around the shire reaching 1000 metres above sea level. Frosty mornings and the odd snowfall during winter are not uncommon.

Picture yourself sitting down to a traditional three-course Christmas feast in the cosy cedar-walled restaurant (complete with log fire) at Granite Belt Brewery. You’ll be greeted by one of the friendly GBB team with a complimentary welcome drink and will be treated to live entertainment throughout the dinner. There’s even a visit from Santa!

Join in the Christmas masquerade theme and wear your most creative mask to be in the running for our Best Mask competition. This event is open to all the family, so capture the Christmas spirit in July at Granite Belt Brewery.

Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival

The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival has been ‘crushing it’ since 1966! The biennial festival is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry.

Highlights include the grape crushing, grand parade, food & wine fiesta and the Banquetto Italiano (lunch). There’s also busking, a steam train, live music, an apple pie competition, apple peeling competition, markets, fireworks and much more.

An average of over 70,000 people attend the festival… it’s one of Queensland’s most successful festivals! Voted Queensland in the top 10 favourite Iconic Event/Festival during the Queensland Q150 Celebrations, the Festival is a “must-do” on the Queensland events calendar.

It’s in Stanthorpe, the heart of the Granite Belt Wine Region, on the New England Highway just north of the New South Wales border. Stanthorpe is less than three hours drive from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron, Armidale, Dalby and Goondiwindi, a bit more from the Sunshine Coast, two hours from Lismore and the Northern Rivers, and a comfortable one and a half hours from Toowoomba.

‘Something for everyone’! With the districts successful wine, tourism, produce, and horticulture industries, the potential crowd attraction of this Festival is significant and growing.

The Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail – Open Studios Event

Join them at the Granite Belt’s premier free art event! Discover a variety of local artists at GBART 2020. The Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail program encourages visitors to gallery hop their way around the Granite Belt. You can enrol in a class; you can watch a demonstration and you can get in and have a go

Gallery and workshop spaces range from artisans in residence at their private studios to artisan collectives in some of the region’s best wineries and award winning cafes.

It is a great opportunity to get behind the scenes of creativity and be engaged in art yourself. Inspired by the Small Halls Festival, they’ve also invited their beautiful small local community halls to join in the fun.

Busking in Stanthorpe – South East Qld Finals of the Australian National Busking Championships

The CBD streets of Stanthorpe come alive with dozens of buskers at this free event every year, when buskers gather to perform and compete in the South East Qld National Busking Championships. See you in Stanthorpe Saturday 26 February 2022 for busking in the streets all day from 9 am and 3 pm.

Then when the action is the streets is done, head to the Stanthorpe Civic Centre for winners’ concert indoors (entry by gold coin donation).

Come along for some fantastic entertainment, and if you’re fortunate enough to be blessed with talent, be sure to register in advance and perform on the day.

Spectators can purchase “Busking Tokens” for $1 each and give them to the Buskers they like the most. The busker with the most Busking Tokens wins the People’s Choice Award.

Winners of the Secondary and Open categories will automatically qualify to compete in the National Finals in Cooma NSW.

They’ve got a great track record! In our seven years of participating in ANBC, the Stanthorpe regional finals have produced 4 national winners, Mat Brooker, Felicity Kircher, Haystack Mountain Hermits and the Inadequates – now that’s a good achievement and a good reason to be at Busking at Stanthorpe!

2021 Snowflakes in Stanthorpe

Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is a winter festival in the coldest town in Queensland. This festival will give visitors a snow-based experience and include a snowfield, ice skating rink, snow globes and igloo making. It is three full days of crafts, activities, markets and entertainment.

A Taste of Ireland 2021 – Stanthorpe

‘A Taste of Ireland―The Irish Music & Dance Sensation’ delivers a performance that is ‘Celtic―for this generation’. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands.

Hot off its premiere New York City run in 2020 and with 130 shows in 2019 across Australia and New Zealand, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ features acclaimed Irish dancers, dazzling folk musicians and contemporary vocalists. Experience the raw, rhythmic passion that is the original story of the Celtic motherland.

With revamped classics like ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Tell Me Ma’, the show’s live, energetic blend of well-known tunes, jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, melodic folk music mash-ups and craic galore transports you through the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history, complimented by stunning production and lighting.

Experience one of the best Irish Dance shows in the world today. With all new sets, costumes, tunes and effects, we promise you haven’t seen anything like this year’s show!

Grazing the Granite Belt

One ticket = a weekend of food and wine and a hop-on-hop-off bus through Granite Belt Wine Country! Ticket holders meander their way across the ten venues, ‘lazy grazing’ their way from one to the next.

The ‘lazy grazing’ experience is built around the unique concept that ticket holders access ten award-winning Granite Belt wineries via hop-on, hop-off buses running on a loop. Ten locations: cellar doors and a craft brewery, spanning Stanthorpe to Ballandean release special artisan menus for the weekend, featuring Granite Belt local produce as the heroes and each available with a perfectly matched wine (or beer).

Each winery venue along with the route craft special menus for ‘grazers’ and the hardest choice is which menu and winery to stop in at next! Access to the whole grazing experience, including unlimited hop-on, hop off-bus transfers Saturday, four meal tickets and four drink tickets to redeem at wineries along with the way and a Sunday morning casual ‘Breakfast with the Winemakers’ beside Quart Pot Creek in Stanthorpe. Barrelroom will cater breakfast at Ballandean chefs Matt and Bobbi Wells.

The Mt Marley Grind Fest

The gravity enduro is a next-level mountain biking experience. It’s an adrenaline – charged multi-stage race format designed around a series of uphills and exhilarating timed downhill sections. Cruise to the top of the hill, then bomb down as fast as you can.

There will be 5 timed stages and you can do them as many times as you like and your fastest time will count on each stage. This event will be at Mt Marley from 1pm.

The Broadwater Grunt Fest

Explore some of the most magnificent trail running terrain through the Broadwater State Forest. Forget the latest gear – all you need is a come-and-try attitude and a sense of humour to get around the course. You don’t need to be an elite athlete to enter – the long and short distance events are open to seasonal runners and first timers alike. Distances are 20.2km, 13.7km, 5.5km and a 2km. The Trail run will start at 8am on the 30th May at the Granite Belt Brewery.

Are You Lonesome Tonight in Stanthorpe

Opera Queensland presents Are You Lonesome Tonight, their most extensive regional tour in their 40-year history.
Visiting nearly 30 communities and travelling almost 7,000 kilometres, the tour takes over regional Queensland with a celebration of Opera and Country music throughout May and June.

With a cast of young Australian singers including Irena Lysiuk, Marcus Corowa and Jonathan Hickey, Are You Lonesome Tonight features arias and songs by composers such as Puccini, Verdi, Slim Dusty and Dolly Parton, to name just a few.

Come in your jeans and boots or your tuxedos and ballgowns – this is opera that is diverse, accessible and exciting.

Creative Team
Director Laura Hansford
Designer Penny Challen
Creative Concept Patrick Nolan
Co-Music Director (Opera) Dane Lam
Co-Music Director (Country) Sara Storer

Cast
Irena Lysiuk, Marcus Corowa, Jonathan Hickey
Music Director Stephen Russell

Are You Lonesome Tonight is proudly supported by Beef Australia.

Exhibition: Beyond the Mask | Borderline Regional Arts Association

Everyone is now familiar with COVID masks and the subsequent challenges of the global virus which affected the art world. Borderline Artists’ Group invite you to celebrate this exhibition of artwork emerging from deep within each of these artists, a wide variety of individual expression from Beyond the Mask.

Opera in Stanthorpe

Opera in Stanthorpe!

Opera Queensland presents “Are You Lonesome Tonight”

A celebration of Opera and Country music, with a cast of young Australian singers including Irena Lysiuk, Marcus Corowa and Jonathan Hickey, Are You Lonesome Tonight features arias and songs by composers such as Puccini, Verdi, Slim Dusty and Dolly Parton, to name just a few.

Come in your jeans and boots or your tuxedos and ballgowns – this is opera that is diverse, accessible and exciting.

Creative Team
Director Laura Hansford
Designer Penny Challen
Creative Concept Patrick Nolan
Co-Music Director (Opera) Dane Lam
Co-Music Director (Country) Sara Storer

Cast
Irena Lysiuk, Marcus Corowa, Jonathan Hickey
Music Director Stephen Russell

Are You Lonesome Tonight is proudly supported by Beef Australia.

Granite Belt Bicycle Tours

Granite Belt Bicycle Tours are the only bicycle tour company in Queensland’s premier wine region. They provide you with top quality bicycles and all the accessories you need to ensure an enjoyable, relaxing day of cycling. Their aim is to offer you great, value-for-money leisure cycling through the beautiful Granite Belt region of Queensland. They can guide you around while you discover boutique wines, gourmet local produce, fruit orchards and ever-changing scenery with four distinct seasons. Their guided tour is a half day experience that is suitable for most active people.

For the more independent traveler you can choose one of their self-guided packages that include maps and a pick up service at the end of your day for yourself and all of your local purchases.

By bicycle is the only way to appreciate this beautiful region. Its the only place in Queensland where you can cycle from cellar door to cellar door on quiet country roads and taste local produce. It is a hidden gem for cyclists, wine connoisseurs and foodies. Queensland’s very own Mediterranean experience without the long hall flight.

Experience the coolest bike tours in Queensland.

Wine Discovery Tours

Welcome to the Granite Belt and Stanthorpe’s luxury wine tour.

Wine Discovery Tours provides a personalised tour of the unique Granite Belt wine region for couples and small groups, with a focus on customer service, luxury and comfort.

Enjoy tasting the distinctive wines of the Granite Belt, while taking in the beautiful landscape and learning a little about what makes this region unique. Relax, unwind and leave the driving to them, with pick-up and drop-off to your accommodation and a delicious lunch (with wine) included.

Filippos Tours

Since 1985 Filippos Tours Stanthorpe has been operating high-quality wine and food tours of the granite belt. They have four airconditioned, and heated vehicles, including a 20 seat bus, a 12 seat and a 10 seat van, and a car for private tours. Filippos Tours are family owned and passionate about wine. At 1000 metres elevation, Stanthorpe has the perfect conditions for wine production. Discover a landscape of dramatic beauty and diversity with four distinct seasons – log fires, with snow sometimes in winter and cool summer nights where you can escape the swelter of the coast. Explore the National Parks like Giraween, mountain bike Mt Marlay, fish Storm King dam or do it all. Our tours include boutique wineries, romantic restaurants and anything else you wish

Granite Highlands Maxi Tours

Granite Highlands Maxi Tours specialise in winery tours on the Granite Belt.

They invite you to join them on their tours throughout the Granite Belt – sampling from a variety of award winning wines and learning more about their great region!

They take pride in offering you friendly, country hospitality, as they visit wineries from a choice of over 45 cellar doors.

Your enjoyment of their tours is most important to them and they look forward to ensuring your experience of the Granite Belt wineries is a happy one. Air conditioned, comfortable and modern tour buses ensure you a smooth trip all the way.

A range of tour options are available from half day winery tours to overnight package tours.

Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery

Home of the famous Suttons Apple Pie. Visit the cafe, juice factory and cider on the apple farm, just 10 minutes north of Stanthorpe.

Sutton’s Juice Factory and Cidery is located on a family owned and operated, real working apple orchard. Sutton’s produce a unique range of gourmet apple juices, with varieties such as Royal Gala, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Sundowner and Pink Lady. Always in demand are the apple juice mixes such as Apple and Ginger, Apple and Orange and Apple, Lemon and Beetroot Juice. Sparkling apple cider is also available in dry or semi dry. Sutton’s pure apple syrup has an intense flavour suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes.

Sutton’s apple cider vinegar is naturally fermented and aged on the farm itself and their distillery is the only one on the Granite Belt. They manufacture apple brandy as good as any you will find in the world. The range of Farmhouse Preserves changes seasonally and are based on the best produce grown on the Granite Belt. The Shed Cafe focuses on apple products as well as fresh and regional produce. The apple pie served with apple cider ice cream has become a must have for visitors to this unique establishment and good home style food cooked on site pleases the most discerning palates.

Jester Hill Wines

When Michael and Ann Bourke set off for the Granite Belt on their motorcycles in March 2010, little did they realise that nine months later they would be the proud owners of Jester Hill Wines.

Established in 1993 with the first plantings, Jester Hill Wines strives to ensure the unique Continental climate of the Granite Belt region is represented in every bottle.

Jester Hill Wines is a family owned and operated winery. Michael and Ann believe there is a wine for everybody and their wide range of styles and varieties is sure to find favour with even the most discerning palate.

The modern cellar door and beautiful grounds lend themselves to celebration. Sunday lunch for 12, birthday dinner for 20 or an intimate wedding for 60 – utilise their cellar door, terrace and landscaped gardens to create your perfect day – high tea on the lawn, canapes in the winery between barrels, supper at a long table amongst the vines…

The beautiful extensions to the cellar door were opened on April 1 2007. With a dedicated large-group tasting area in the cellar door, bus and coach tours can be catered for without impacting on the special attention paid to individuals.

Robert Channon Wines

Robert Channon Wines produces estate grown and made wines in the high, cool climate, Granite Belt. Their cellar door is open for wine tasting and sales, the Singing Lake Café serves lunches and the Swigmore Hall hosts the winery’s series of mainly classical and jazz concerts.

The winery is known nationally for its verdelho:
“…takes Verdelho to another level” Huon Hooke 2020
“… has long been a master of the dark arts of Verdelho” James Halliday 2016
“… arguably Australia’s foremost producer of Verdelho” James Halliday 2009

When you visit, you will be greeted by JS Bark, their canine receptionist, unless she is asleep. Yes, they are dog friendly.

There is plenty of outdoor space for children to run around and to say hello to their miniature horses.

As well as their Verdelho, we grow and make, fine Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Their Verdelho has been served at formal banquets for the Queen and in State and Federal parliament. Their 2009 Verdelho was selected as the Queensland Parliament’s 150th Anniversary White Wine.

It is the taste of the Granite Belt.
Their wines have won many medals and trophies and their chardonnay and sparkling have both been national trophy winners.
They are proud of their wines and look forward to showing them to all of their visitors.

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. Meet with the winemaker in the cellar door to talk 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 their 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.

Granite Belt Dairy

Granite Belt Dairy is located at 4 Duncan Lane Thulimba. It is rated 3.4 by 6 Zomato users. Serves Tapas.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$7 approximately.

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Ridgemill Estate

Their Cellar Door is open for tastings and wine purchases Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm . Their Cellar Door Manager, Tara, will introduce you to the range of Ridgemill Estate wines with tasting notes on each from their dry whites and reds to their alternative varieties, sparkling and fortified wines.

The vineyard is amongst the highest altitude wineries in Australia at some 840 metres above sea level. Situated on a gentle sloping, south facing field, the rows of vines are oriented north to south giving them bright morning sunlight but the chance to cool and sweeten in the late afternoon. The granitic sandy soils together with warm summers and cool evenings provide the ideal conditions for growing premium fruit with these alternative varieties that thrive in similar conditions as the Rhone Valley wines of France and the Rioja region in Spain.

White Wines and Rose… Chardonnay, Viognier, Verdelho, Semillon, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Rose (Cabernet Sauvignon).

Red Wines… Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Mourvedre, Saperavi, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo/ Monsastrell/ Grenache.

Sparkling… ‘Eloise’ Brut Chardonnay Pinot Noir.

Fortified… Sly Dog (white sherry), Howling Dog (tawny).

Jersey Girls Cafe

Jersey Girls Cafe is located at 4 Duncan Lane . It is rated 3.4 by 13 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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McDonald’s

McDonald’s is located at Corner Mayfair Lane and New England Highway, Stanthorpe. This restaurant is yet to be rated by Zomato users. Serves Fast Food, Burger.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$25 approximately.

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Stanthorpe RSL Club

Stanthorpe RSL Club is located at 46 Marsh St. This restaurant is yet to be rated by Zomato users. Serves Others.

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The Little Cake and Coffee Shop

The Little Cake and Coffee Shop is located at 23 Maryland St, Stanthorpe. It is rated 3.5 by 8 Zomato users. Serves Breakfast, Coffee and Tea, Modern Australian.

The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$7 approximately.

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Orso Thai

Orso Thai is located at 137 High street, Stanthorpe. It is rated 3.6 by 17 Zomato users. Serves Thai.

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

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Varias Restaurant and Function Centre at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism

The Queensland College of Wine Tourism is a learning centre focussed on all things food, wine, tourism and hospitality.

It’s award winning Varias Restaurant is renown for showcasing local food and wines. The Banca Ridge winery and Tastes of the Granite Belt cellar door provide a wonderful introduction to the region’s wine.

Food and Wine Experiences at the College range from daily tours and cooking demonstrations to the ever popular Winemaker for a Weekend program.

As a joint venture between the University of Southern Queensland and the Queensland Government the college strives to provide quality training and learning experiences based in a true commercial operation.

Ashbern Farms

Ashbern Farms is open to the public three days a week during the strawberry season which is from October to May each year. The aim is to ensure all enjoy the best strawberry eating experience possible. To achieve this, Ashbern Farms focuses on the best eating varieties and grows them in a way that guarantees quality and sweetness. Using many natural products to produce the strawberries, Ashbern Farms has a reputation locally for having the sweetest and best looking strawberries available.

Ashbern Farms offer visitors the opportunity to pick your own strawberries with trays supplied, or if you like they can provide you with a range of ready packed strawberries for your convenience. There is also a shop that serves strawberry ice-creams and other refreshments. There is a range of gifts and other merchandise for visitors to purchase.

The farm has picnic tables and children’s swings for visitors to use at their leisure whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings and daily activities of farming life. Ashbern Farms also caters for school groups by appointment.

Entry is free. Customers pay for strawberries picked by weight. No need to book.

Sundown National Park

Journey along back roads to the spectacular wilderness of Sundown National Park on the Queensland–New South Wales border. With its dramatic landscape of sheer-sided gorges, tree-lined ridges and peaks rising over 1000 metres above the Severn River, discover for yourself the park’s wild isolation.

Camp on a river flat and throw in a line to see if you can catch a yellow-belly or eel-tailed catfish. Wander to Permanent Waterhole for a refreshing dip, or climb the Western circuit and gaze out across the horizon.

Witness rust-red granite cliffs at Red Rock Gorge lookout track, with peregrine falcons flying overhead. Walk among box, ironbark and cypress trees in beautiful eucalypt woodland, and picturesque river red gums and river oaks growing along the water.

Challenge yourself with a half-day adventure, following the creek from Burrows Waterhole to Rats Castle or into Ooline Creek. Keep watch for brush-tailed rock-wallabies hiding among rocks near Nundubbermere Falls. Investigate centuries-old pastoral relics and abandoned mines where tin, copper and arsenic were unearthed from the 1870s.

Image credits:
Red Rock and person at lookout—Maxime Coquard © TEQ; Falls—Brett Roberts © Queensland Government; Fire—© MJL Photography.

Banca Ridge Cellar Door and Vineyard

The Banca Ridge Winery and Cellar Door is part of Queensland’s first Wine Tourism Training College. Located at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, in the centre of Queensland’s Granite Belt Wine Region, the Cellar Door is open to the public from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week.

The Cellar Door provides a commercial education and training context for students of the college and features the award winning Banca Ridge wines made by the students in the teaching winery.

Visitors can browse through the interpretive gallery which tells the story of the Queensland wine industry. Let their tourism students lead you through tastings of the full range of Banca Ridge wines. Their cellar door also showcases award winning Queensland wines.

Anna’s

Anna’s is located at Cnr Of Wallangarra Rd And O’Mara Tce. It is rated 3.8 by 28 Zomato users. Serves Italian.

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

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Casley Mount Hutton Winery

Less than a ten minute drive 12 kms west on the Texas Road from Stanthorpe Qld, you will find the Casley Mount Hutton Winery – one of the districts modern establishments.

The grapes were planted in 1996 and the cellar door was opened in August 2001 although the winery is now in its eleventh vintage. Here you will find a modern, fully insulated and cooled winery building built in 1999. Employing “state of the art” wine making equipment and a fully serviced laboratory ensures that the wines produced here are of the highest quality and consistency.

Aussie Beef Steakhouse

Aussie Beef Steakhouse is all about fresh flavours, combined with local produce and damn fine steak.

The Steakhouse serves only the best available tender, tasty steaks. Complementing its menu of beef cuts, is a selection of sauces and a wide variety of sides. For those who prefer something other than steak, the Steakhouse offers delicious alternatives such as lamb, chicken, seafood and handmade pasta dishes.

Perfectly matched to the fine food is an elegant selection of local wines, beers and an equally impressive cocktail menu. Setting off the relaxed atmosphere, the fully stocked bar is the perfect place to meet up with friends before dinner.

Knowledgeable and attentive staff create an ambience of comfort and warmth, in casual surroundings of rustic colours, exposed beams and subtle lighting.

See for yourself what everyone is talking about. Don’t forget to reserve your table now, otherwise you may miss out!

Storm King Dam

Storm King Dam rests in a picturesque rural setting with many water birds (including pelicans) and is an ideal spot for picnics, water sport and fishing. Fish species include golden perch, murray cod, silver perch, jew and river black fish. Anglers over 18 years of age require a fishing permit, available from any Australia Post outlet.

Facilities include: toilets, picnic tables, wood barbecues, drinking water, jetty, boat ramp, swimming area and playground. Please note that camping is not permitted however there is a private tourist park offer camping and caravan sites, and a recreational/youth camp available for large group bookings. No boating restrictions apply, however a permit is required for powerboats (at no cost).

Storm King Dam is situated 10 kilometres southeast of Stanthorpe on the road to Eukey.

Granite Belt Brewery

At Granite Belt Brewery you can experience fresh beer on tap, straight from the brewery.
See how the brewery works from the viewing lounge. Feel and smell the ingredients and have the brewing process explained by friendly staff or by the brewer.

In our Brew Bar, try a tasting paddle or simply work your way through the six beers on offer. Great food is available in our restaurant for lunch and dinner. Match your meals with our locally crafted beers and extensive local wine offering.

There’s no need for you to eat, drink and leave either. Choose to stay in one of our private cedar timber cabins, relax and enjoy our beautiful Australian bushland setting.

Amiens Legacy Centre

About 14 km south-west of Stanthorpe is the village of Amiens where over 100 years ago, returning soldiers from the Great War toiled to bring the Pikedale Soldier Settlement into being. The Amiens Legacy Centre can be found at 17 Goldfields Rd, Amiens. The Amiens History Assn has worked tirelessly to provide this home for all the artefacts, history and residents’ stories about this unique soldier settlement. Unique, you ask? Yes, unique because this is the only one where all the villages along the connecting rail line are named after WW1 battles in which the Diggers played a pivotal role. Fleurbaix (Fromelles), Pozieres, Bullecourt, Passchendaele, Bapaume, Messines and the administrative centre at Amiens. The village names were approved by the soldiers because of the peaceful surroundings.

Visit the refurbished 1909 carriage, be amazed by the Family Memorial Stone, walk over the Bailey Bridge honouring all the engineers in all conflicts, see short video clips in the Passchendaele Shed, learn about HRH Edward, Prince of Wales’s visit in 1920, picnic at the topiary train, admire the Remembrance quilt, learn about the site from the information boards, marvel at Franco’s mural “Forging a Future after the Trenches”, see the remaining original buildings in Amiens or visit on Sundays between 10 am and 1 pm when we have guided tours and the carriage is opened.

Kent Saddlery Australia

Saddlery with gallery style retail store, animal park and picnic area. Celebrating old world craft in an exciting modern show room. Custom made saddles and horse equipment, swags, bags, hand bags, belts and more. Akubra Hats and Ariat boots. Gift items handmade diary covers and bags, corporate gifts. They can personalise your leather goods purchases with their state of the art laser printer. All Kent Saddlery branded gear produced on site by their team of skilled craftsmen and women.

Workshop tours available upon request. Come in and say G’day to Cruncher and Muncher the goats and Annabelle the pony and their latest star the “Donkey”. Get in the hen house with their bantam chook’s.

Located on the New England Highway on the beautiful Granite belt Southern Queensland High Country.

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery

The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery displays quality exhibitions of both national and local importance, as well as fostering a strong program of regional artist exhibitions and displays that are relevant to the history and character of the Granite Belt region.

The exhibition program also includes those specially curated from the Gallery’s wide-ranging permanent collection of traditional and contemporary paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture and fibre artworks.

Quality national touring exhibitions encompass displays varying from contemporary jewellery, ceramics, noted Australian artists’ displays, to talented works by young upcoming artists.

The art gallery also encourages the presentation of established artist exhibitions from outside the region or state.

Donnellys Castle

The original bushranger hideout for ‘Thunderbolt’ who roamed the New England Tableland.

Donnelly’s Castle is a granite rock formation that you can walk between, around and over! The massive boulders are just as spectacular as some of the rock formations in Girraween National Park, and is far more accessible for young adventurers.

This rock formation, which you will find a short drive out of Stanthorpe near Pozieres, was named after Ned Donnelly, an early settler of the area. Now a crown recreation reserve, the area is maintained with picnic tables and barbecues. The site offers boulders to scramble over and hidden passageways to explore, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding area from the 200 metre walk to the top.

Stanthorpe Soldiers Memorial

A white cottage-like pavilion, nestled in a rocky park, provides visitors with a chance to take in the panorama of Stanthorpe and remember the legacy left by men from this area in WWI.

Soldier hero Major General Sir William Glasgow officially opened this soldiers’ memorial on 6 February 1926.

Slatted bench seating inside provides a place to ponder the impact a war on the other side of the world had on this farming community. Five WWI honour boards record the names in alphabetical order, without rank or honour, all are revered equally. Another is reserved for those who died, raised letters stating: ‘To the memory of our gallant boys who fell in the world’s war 1914-1919′. Further honour boards have been added, remembering later conflicts.

Warwick architects Dornbusch and Connolly designed the rest house which was built by local contractors NJ Thompson and Sons.

Many returned servicemen settled in this area under a soldiers’ resettlement program. Towns around Stanthorpe echo the names of French conflicts: Amiens, Pozieres, Bullecourt and Fleurbaix. A neighbouring house, once owned by war heroes Sir Harry Chauvel and Major Alan Chauvel, uncles of film maker Charles Chauvel, also carries a name reflecting WWI, ‘El Arish’.

Market in the Mountains, Stanthorpe

If it’s Made, Baked, Sewn, or Grown – it’s Handcraft Heaven – normally more than 35 stallholders sell a range of unique handcrafted items. Photographs of the area, Botanic and wildlife art, prints and cards. Handmade clothing, knitted items, plants, candles, soap, bags, quilts, and a great selection of jewellery. There’s a wonderful range of honey, biscuits, spices, jams, preserves and much more. Also check out the seasonal fruit and vegetables. A market where artist, farmers, crafters and hobbyists come together to showcase the region.

Held on the second Sunday of the month and on most long weekends – no matter what the weather. Come and enjoy the indoor markets. Take your time and enjoy the food and drinks served at the Cafe de Market. Plenty of parking. Coaches are welcome. Open 8am til noon.

Join them at the Exhibition Centre, Stanthorpe Showgrounds, High Street, Stanthorpe and meet the people behind the products.

A few changes have been made to ensure social distancing and other Queensland Government guidelines can be maintained. Your favourite stallholders may be in a different spot. Please consider their stallholders and other visitors whilst you are browsing, so everyone stays safe.

Quart Pot Creek, Stanthorpe

The pretty Quart Pot Creek meanders through granite country and natural bushland, passes through the town of Stanthorpe, and continues out through the south-west, where it meets Spring Creek to form the Severn River. Granite outcrops are evident along the water course – and make good spots to sit or picnic. The creek banks have been attractively landscaped by the local Council to include five kilometres of walking and cycling tracks, linking one end of town to the Red Bridge. You’ll find tranquil picnic and barbecue areas along the way. Take time to walk alongside this beautiful creek, past water-worn granite boulders; take some bread to feed the ducks, watch for native birds, paddle at the water’s edge or just relax under the shade of a tree.

Near the visitor information centre on the creek bank is Kidspace – a brass monkey-themed playground for families and a good spot to take a break.

Granite Belt Christmas Farm

Nestled in the heart of the Granite Belt wine region, South East Queensland is family owned and operated Granite Belt Christmas Farm. Renowned for bringing the ‘Christmas Spirit’ alive all year round, there are a bundle of Must Do’s on the farm for the whole family.

Granite Belt Christmas Farm’s speciality is creating a family fun atmosphere where memories can be made and traditions created. Let the kids explore Santa’s animals, wander through the fields of real Christmas trees and savour the fresh smell of pine or visit the farm In harvest season and let the kids pick the perfect tree for your family festivities.

Capture the magic of Christmas through the doors of the Mistletoe Store and browse the spectacular range of Christmas decorations and gifts. Taste, indulge and enjoy Mrs. Claus’ festive hand crafted sweet treats and gourmet products.

Granite Belt Motel

Granite Belt Motel is a 19 room property situated on the southern approach to Stanthorpe. The motel is approximately 500 metres to the Main Street, Creek Park-lands, Visitor Center and the Big Thermometer, with ample free parking. Michael, a third-generation local and his wife Lucille have set out to transform the property to a clean, comfortable modern and relaxing place to be in.

The property has undergone an extensive refurbishment over the last 18 months, with the gardens and grounds a delight to spend time in. Deluxe rooms have had a complete makeover from top to bottom. The motel was originally built in the ’70s, It recently featured on the Channel 7 production “Wanted”, starring Rebecca Gibney. Their aim is to exceed guest expectations and provide an enjoyable experience for all.

R and R On The Ravine

The location boasts freedom, romance and relaxation, nestled amongst the areas wineries, breweries and many other attractions directly linked to the famous Granite Belt.

Relax with a local wine amongst the trees, friendly kangaroos and enjoy the fresh country air, peace and serenity of the bush. Take a walk to the highest point and watch the glorious sunsets over the mountain- or just sit on your balcony and watch the sun go down.

Snuggle up for a cosy evening next to the fireplace and enjoy the ambience these cottages provide.

High Street Motel and Steakhouse

Take a break away from it all! Wake up in your deluxe motel room to the sound of birds, breath fresh country air and enjoy touring local wineries, nearby national parks or playing a game of golf while kangaroos hop past!

High Street Motor Inn is ideally located at the entrance to Central Stanthorpe, opposite the showgrounds and adjacent to the Golf Course. The motel has 20 deluxe units including double, queen, twin and family units and onsite is the Aussie Beef Steakhouse. All rooms have undercover parking, free WIFI, reverse cycle air-conditioning and electric blankets.

Let them arrange private personalised tours or complete conference packages for you.

Loughmore House and Cottage

Comfortable and cosy house and cottage accommodation in the heart of south east Queensland’s Granite Belt wine region. Relax with family or friends in their fully renovated three bedroom Queenslander, or take a quiet break in their fully self-contained one bedroom cottage.

Enjoy the quiet country setting while sampling award-winning local food and wine. Granite Belt vineyards on your doorstep, Girraween over your back fence. Loughmore is 110 acres of largely native bushland, studded with outcrops of granite boulders.

Loughmore is minutes from Symphony Hill Wines, Hidden Creek Winery and Café, Twisted Gum Wines, Just Red and Aventine Wines, all passed on the 10 minute drive to Ballandean. Girraween, Bald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo National Parks are a short drive away and Storm King Dam is five minutes to the North. Crimson rosellas, king parrots, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, rose robins, echidnas and numerous wallabies and wallaroos are frequent visitors.

Sabo’s On Severn

Sabo’s on Severn offers eight rooms with four in house guest rooms and four self-contained units, set on 33 acres backing onto the Severn River with an abundance of birds, wildlife and places to explore.

Cooked from Scratch cooking school is also a feature at Sabo’s with seasonal classes available for guests to enjoy and culminate in a shared table with a glass of local wine.

Queen size beds fitted with electric blankets are featured throughout. The four in-house rooms are cottage style with the main dining room, library and television room, and tea and coffee facilities for guest’s pleasure. Home-baked goods and gourmet breakfast compliment guests at Sabo’s with the menu changing to match local produce and seasons. In house, dinners are also available for guests to enjoy and match the seasons on the Granite Belt.

The four self-contained units have their own fireplace, kitchenette, ensuite, and a queen-size bed with a double bunk bed. The veranda at the front of the units overlooks the garden and a lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine and cheese platter while watching the birdlife.

Sabo’s are pet friendly in the unit accommodation. Sabo’s On Severn is a two and a half-hour drive from Brisbane.

Granite Gardens Cottages and Lake Retreat

Granite Gardens Cottages comprises four well-appointed, self-contained guest accommodation. The cottages and Lake Retreat are nestled amongst five acres of gardens and manicured lawns. The property encompasses 37 acres, some of which is natural bushland and is situated just 15 minutes from Stanthorpe, making it an ideal base from which to explore the Granite Belt region. Their superb property is a short distance from the wonderful cellar doors and restaurants of this unique, high altitude wine region.

Their cottages and retreat are generously stocked with locally sourced breakfast provisions, a complimentary cheese board and homemade sweets. Each have their own private deck for guests to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding gardens and lake. The cottages come complete with a corner spa to remove the aches and pains of a day in Girraween National Park. From May to October, the fireplaces in the cottages provide a cosy atmosphere and warmth to your stay.

The retreat is a comfortable, contemporary studio with a full-sized lounge upon which to relax after a day of exploration. It is air-conditioned and has a European style fireplace for warmth. The retreat has excellent accessibility for all guests due to the absence of stairs.