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THE OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012

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CONTENTS

GRANITE BELT A QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHT LONELY PLANET

Must Dos 4 Wineries, Breweries + Distilleries Strange Bird Alternative Wine Trail Tips by Master of Wine, Andrew Corrigan

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Restaurant, Produce + Food Attractions

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Art Craft + Culture

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History + Heritage 29 Animal Attractions 31 Events + Festivals

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Region Map (Pull Out)

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Health + Rejuvenation 34 Nature + Adventure 36 Girraween + Sundown National Parks 36 Family Friendly Fun 41 Accommodation 42 Weddings + Groups 53 Tours, Transport + Trails 56 Getting Here 58 Climate 59 Granite Belt Directory 60 Before You Get Here + When You Arrive

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The Granite Belt is a premium food and wine destination surrounded by stunning national parks and prehistoric granite formations. Located on the Queensland and New South Wales border, it’s only a 3 hour drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast or a 30-minute flight. LIFE BY THE SEASONS Sitting high on the Great Dividing Range, more than 1000m above sea level, creates a region of four seasons and a climate a world away from Queensland counterparts. It can even snow. The seasons guide life in the Granite Belt and the produce it reaps. SMALL BUT DIVERSE Stretching just 60kms from north to south and roughly half as wide, the Granite Belt is small but diverse. Dotted along the New England Highway are our villages and hamlets, with Stanthorpe, the main central town. Through the region, country lanes wind through vineyards, orchards and the namesake granite boulders which dot the landscape like crazy marbles. If it’s a tranquil escape from reality, a gourmand’s indulgence or an adrenaline charged adventure you’re in need of the Granite Belt has something to offer you. Stay for the weekend or longer and experience elevated taste, culture and nature.

MUST DOS! 1. Just breathe - mountain air and breathtaking views. 2. Visit more than 40 cellar doors and find a Strange Bird on the alternative wine trail. 3. Grab a wicker basket and source local produce bursting with flavour. Every second Sunday be spoilt for choice at the Markets in the Mountains. 4. Expand your mind– discover your creative prowess with an art class or learn how to make wine. 5. Pack your bike and cycle through forest and winding country lanes. 4

6. Be elevated literally climbing Girraween National Park.


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It is beautiful country; rugged and diverse, dotted with precariously balancing prehistoric granite boulders, fertile soil, big sky panoramas, meandering creeks, gourmet produce and award winning boutique wineries.

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7. Attend one of our many events and be entranced by sultry jazz or the strings of the cello while overlooking the vines. 8. Go on a yoga and wellbeing retreat and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Or spoil yourself with a massage or a beauty indulgence. You’ll emerge a different person! 9. Need more therapy – what about the retail kind? Source out a unique giftor buy a hand-made textile to cuddle up with. 10. Foodies, savour slow cooked regional produce from decadent wild mushroom and truffle soup, melt in your mouth tantalising pork, or discover the call of the wild with succulent game-meat, and finish it off with a homemade hot chocolate.

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ST JUDES SIRROMET

The Granite Belt, an internationally recognised Geographical Indication (GI), combines much-sought after granite terroir, cool climate and high altitude to create national and international award winning wines.

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Many people start at our wineries, with more than 55 vineyards and 40 boutique cellar doors - meet the local winemakers that are carving out an impressive reputation for the region. The Granite Belt is a versatile growing region due to varying elevation ranging from 700m to more than 1200m above sea level - creating some of the highest altitude vines in Australia. Main wine styles include Chardonnay, Verdelho, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. STRANGE BIRD ALTERNATIVE WINE TRAIL Strange Bird is the quirky name given to the Granite Belt’s self drive alternative wine trail. In recent years the region has proved a successful producer of more than 20 alternative varieties. Follow the Trail to discover a sense of adventure and educate your palate. Dip into a bottle of Viognier or Mourvedre; learn how to pronounce Gewurztraminer or discuss the perfect food match for a bottle of Tempranillo. Tagged the ‘next generation of wine’, alternative varieties have been loved in Europe for generations, and are rapidly emerging in popularity in Australia because of their ability to match perfectly with food. Download the map online or pick up a copy from the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre. WINE EXPERIENCES + EDUCATION Some wineries offer private tasting rooms for groups, winery and vineyard tours, and wine masterclasses see our website. Want to get really serious do a wine weekend at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism (QCWT). QCWT is the region’s dedication to continuous improvement. 6


TOP GONGS Australia’s most respected and widely read wine critic, James Halliday highly rates a number of Granite Belt wineries, including awarding Boireann Wines five red stars (the highest possible rating) in his latest 2012 Wine Companion. Boireann Wines Summit Estate Golden Grove Symphony Hill Ballandean Estate

5 red stars 5 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars 4 stars

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VERY SMALL CAN BE BEAUTIFUL - THE GRANITE BELT. JAMES HALLIDAY WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

Granite Ridge Wines 4 stars Lucas Estate 4 stars Mason Wines 4 stars Ravens Croft Wines 4 stars Tobin Wines 4 stars

Which wines should you look out for? These are James’ favourite rated outstanding (94 points and above). Boireann The Lurnea 2009 94 Boireann Granite Belt Mourvedre Shiraz 2009 94 Golden Grove Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010 94 Summit Estate QC Queensland Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec 2009 94 Summit Estate Alto Spanish Collection Monastrell Garacha Syra Tempranillo Cabernet 2009 94 Summit Estate Alto Spanish Collection Tempranillo 2009 94 Symphony Hill Wines Shiraz Viognier 2009 94 James Halliday Special Value Wines Ballandean Estate Late Harvest Sylvanner 2006 Granite Ridge Wines First Oak Chardonnay 2009 Mason Wines Granite Belt Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Mason Wines Granite Belt Shiraz 2008 Ridgemill Estate Cabernet Malbec Merlot 2009 Golden Grove Estate Semillon Sauvigon Blanc 2010

STRANGE BIRD ALTERNATIVE WINE TRAIL A LITTLE BREW Between wine tasting why not visit a brewery or distillery. From serious European influenced ales, to chocolate favoured beer and liquor ports there is something to tantalise everyones taste buds. 7


WINE EDUCATION + ATTRACTIONS

QUEENSLAND CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN WINE TOURISM INCORPORATING BANCA RIDGE WINERY & CELLAR DOOR VARIAS RESTAURANT & FUNCTION CENTRE USQ STUDENT SUPPORT CENTRE Secondary, TAFE and University education in viticulture, wine-making, wine science, tourism, hospitality and business contextualised in a real industry setting. Varias Restaurant & Function Centre - Open Lunch Tues - Sun. Banca Ridge Cellar - Wine tasting and sales. Open daily. T: +61 7 4685 5050 F: +61 7 4685 5099 22 Caves Rd, (PO Box 318) Stanthorpe Q 4380

www.qcwt.com.au

top wine tips

MW ANDREW CORRIGAN

Even if you are a beginner don’t underestimate your ability to judge a wine! A good wine will have a bright colour, a readily detectable pleasant aroma, and a pleasant taste. 1. The better the wine the longer the taste will linger on after you swallow it. 2. Whites should be pale straw in colour - not dark brown unless fortified. Reds shouldbe crimson. 3. Whilst there are high quality sweet wines, most quality wines are dry, especially reds. 4. When selecting a wine to match with food remember that lighter flavoured wines match lighter flavoured food.

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5. Reds are best served at about 18 degrees. Avoid over-chilling whites - 30 minutes in an ice bucket will suffice. When serving use decent glasses which are tulip shape and clear. They are not necessarily expensive, a standard judging glass is about $3. And, remember to only half fill the glass to allow the aroma space!

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Open Daily 10.00am to 4.30pm

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Home of “La Cave” and “Sala de Barricas” tasting and funcion rooms

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BOOK ONE OF OUR TASTING ROOMS FOR YOUR WINE EXPERIENCE! 291 Granite Belt Drive Thulimbah Qld. 4376

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Contemporary cellar door with gorgeous gift shop

2017 Eukey Rd Ballandean 7 Days 10am - 4pm

4½ Star Winery Rating: James Halliday 2009 to 2012 with 41 wines rated 4 stars or more. Our Reserve Shiraz has won top gold at Royal Melbourne and Royal Sydney wine shows.

P> 07 4684 1388 www.symphonyhill.com.au

"Arguably Australia's foremost producer of Verdelho" James Halliday

Very fine Verdelho, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé & Sparkling

Winery and Singing Lake Café open daily Monthly concerts in the Swigmore Hall. 10 minutes from Stanthorpe

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G I R R AWE E N E STAT E CELL AR DOOR OPEN WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 10AM-5PM OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT 41 HICKLING LANE, WYBERBA (OFF OLD WALLANGARRA RD) P 07 4684 3186 WWW.GIRRA WEENESTATE.COM.A U 13


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wine by design ridgemill estate’s branding is wine by design – indicative of the consistent trophy and gold medal winning varietals we produce and the pleasure we take in creating our own style of wine. Our cellar door offers tasting of an extensive range of wines and fortifieds, and a unique selection of gift ideas and wine accessories – we look forward to your visit. ridgemill escape Experience self-contained indulgence! Individual, luxurious studio-style cabins with wood fire for that romantic ambience and a beautiful view across the vineyard and valley. 218 Donges Rd, Severnlea. T: +61 7 4683 5211 Open Fri – Mon 10am – 5pm (except Sun til 3pm)

www.ridgemillestate.com

Beyond Ballandean…

on the road to Girraween National Park

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• Ralph the winery dog will greet you. • Meet Warren & Sue who craft the wine. • Crisp white wines for your summer picnic. • Bold succulent reds to keep you warm on winter nights.

Open daily 10:00am to 4:30pm

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BANCA RIDGE WINERY & CELLAR DOOR Queensland College of Wine Tourism 22 Caves Rd, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4685 5050 E: qcwt@usq.edu.au www.bancaridge.com.au Enjoy tastings of a variety of award-winning wines (including ‘Strange Birds’) at our cellar door. Open daily 10am–3pm. Modern bistro open Tues–Sun for delightful lunches.

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A complete award-winning boutique winery. The vineyard is over 100 years old & still supplies all our grapes. All crushing, winemaking & bottling are done on the premises. Open daily 10am–4pm.

BOIREANN WINERY 26 Donnellys Castle Rd, The Summit T: +61 (0)7 4683 2194 E: boireannwinery@bigpond.com www.boireannwinery.com.au  James Halliday Wine Companion. We specialise in

limited production dry red wines using traditional methods, particularly Italian varieties. Don’t miss out - join our wine club The Boireann Bunch. Open Fri-Mon 10am-4pm from Easter until sold out. Other times by appointment.

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CASTLE GLEN AUSTRALIA 3184 Amiens Rd, The Summit T: +61 (0)7 4683 2363 E: info@castleglenaustralia.com www.castleglenaustralia.com.au Over 500 Handmade, Preservative & Chemical Free Products. Table, Sparkling & Fortified Wine, World Class Liqueurs, Whiskey, Brandy & Beer. Open 10.00am – 4.00pm Sun to Fri & 10.00am – 5.00pm Sat

CELLAR DOOR CAFE @ MASON WINES 27850 New England Hwy, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1341 E: thecafe@masonwines.com.au www.masonwines.com.au Pull-up a bar stool for a free tasting journey of boutique Mason Wines, sure to tantalise the widest range of palates. Children welcomed, colouring provided. Groups catered for, bookings recommended. 10am-4pm, lunch served 11.30am -2.30pm. Tues-Sun High Season, Wed-Sun Low Season.

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FELSBERG WINERY 116 Townsend Rd, Glen Aplin T: +61 (0)7 4683 4332 F: +61 (0)7 4683 4377 E: winery@felsberg.com.au www.felsberg.com.au Felsberg Winery is an impressive Bavarian-style building of granite & red cedar with commanding views of the Glen Aplin area. Taste our wines while taking in the view & enjoy lunch in the ‘Bell Tower’ Cafe.

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WINERIES, BREWERIES + DISTILLERIES GIRRAWEEN ESTATE Hickling Lane, Wyberba (off Old Wallangarra Rd) T: +61 (0)7 4684 3186 www.girraweenestate.com.au The Sparkling Wine Tasting Experience! Sample delicious & crisp sparkling wines, & our award winning range of still wines. Visit one of the most picturesque vineyards in the Granite Belt for an unforgettable tasting experience. Open Weekends & Pub Hols 10am–5pm. By appointment at other times.

GOLDEN GROVE ESTATE 337 Sundown Rd, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1291 F: +61 (0)7 4684 1247 E: sales@goldengrovee.com.au www.goldengroveestate.com.au Family owned & operated vineyard/winery/cellar door, one of Granite Belt’s oldest. Tastings of White, Reds & Fortified, specialising in alternative varieties. Estate grown & produced. Member of Strange Bird Trail. Bus groups welcome. Open daily.

GRANITE RIDGE WINES 157 Sundown Rd, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1263 F: +61 (0)7 4684 1250 E: info@graniteridgewines.com.au www.graniteridgewines.com.au Medal & trophy winner, judged Qld’s best Cabernet 3 times & Qld’s best White Wine. Winery tours, art & gift shop, fudge, handmade chocolates, spa cottage. Open daily 9am–5pm.

HARRINGTON GLEN ESTATE 88 Townsend Rd, Glen Aplin T/F: +61 (0)7 4683 4388 E: harrglen@halenet.com.au www.harringtonglenwines.com.au Modern cellar door & gallery with sweeping views, offering award-winning Red & White wines plus 2007 & 2008 Aust Small Winemakers Show trophies for Qld’s Best Red. Luxury train house accommodation also available. Open daily 10am–4pm, Sat & hols 10am–5pm.

HIDDEN CREEK ESTATE Eukey Rd, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1383 F: +61 (0)7 4684 1355 E: info@hiddencreek.com.au www.hiddencreek.com.au Enjoy fine wine & fine food in a beautiful location. Alfresco or garden terrace dining by the lake & vineyard. Café & Cellar Door. Groups & coaches welcome. Open Mon & Fri 11am–3pm Weekends & public holidays 10am–4pm.

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292 Mt Stirling Rd, Glen Aplin T: +61 (0)7 4683 4380 E: info@jesterhillwines.com.au www.jesterhillwines.com.au Sample stunning estate-grown wines in our stylish cellar door. Relax on the terrace or by the fire, enjoying award-winning wine, great coffee & homemade cakes. Local jams & olives. Art Gallery. Open 7 days. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm

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JUST RED WINES 2370 Eukey Rd, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1322 E: cellar@justred.com.au www.justred.com.au A family-run winery specialising in red wine. Try us for good quality wine competitively priced for everyday consumption & premium wine for special occasions. Open weekends & public holidays 10am–5pm or by appointment.

PYRAMIDS ROAD WINES 25 Wyberba Lane, Wyberba via Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 5151 E: info@pyramidsroad.com www.pyramidsroad.com.au Our estate grown fruit produces small quantities of quality handmade wine. All operations are carried out on site from crushing & winemaking to bottling. Meet the winemaker in the refurbished historic tasting room. Open daily 10am-4.30pm

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ROBERT CHANNON WINES 32 Bradley Rd (off Amiens Rd), Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4833260 www.robertchannonwines.com

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Verdelho, a Portuguese grape variety, grows magnificently on theGranite Belt.This wine has a bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. It is a mouthful of flavours with crisp acidity and a lingering finish. Drink it young and fresh with your favorite seafood.

Trophies for Queensland’s Best Wines every year from 2001-2010 with Verdelho, Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon. “Australia’s foremost producer of Verdelho”, James Halliday. Linger over lunch daily in the Singing Lake Cafe. Open weekdays 11am-4pm, weekends 10am-5pm. 8.0 13.5% alc/ vol

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RUMBALARA ESTATE WINES 137 Fletcher Rd, Fletcher T: +61 (0)7 4684 1206 F: +61 (0)7 4684 1299 E: rumbalara@halenet.com.au www.rumbalarawines.com.au Handcrafted wines since 1974. Award-winning Red & White table wines, Port & Cream Liqueur. Informative cellar door wine tastings, gourmet products, South African giftware & chocolate truffles. Groups welcome. Open daily 10am–5pm.

SUMMIT ESTATE 291 Granite Belt Dr, Thulimbah T: +61 (0)7 4683 2011 F: +61 (0)7 4683 2600 E: info@summitestate.com.au www.summitestate.com.au Basket pressed award-winning wines using traditional European methods. Spanish Collection, Rhone, Bordeaux & Burgundy varieties. Unique cellar “La Cave” & “Red Room” for tasting classes. Groups welcome. Open daily 10am–4.30pm. 70mm

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SYMPHONY HILL WINES 2017 Eukey60mm Rd, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684hill 1388 F: +61 (0)7 4684 1399 symphony wines E: info@symphonyhill.com.au "One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste" www.symphonyhill.com.au John Milton (1608-1684) English Poet

sweet coconut oak and anise characters all encased with silky spider web like tannins.

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Symphony Hill is owned and operated by the Macpherson family. Our vineyard, with an elevation of about 1000m, is one of Australia’s highest, producing ultra premium wines of unique style and flavours. Winemaker: Mike Hayes

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WINERIES, BREWERIES + DISTILLERIES TWISTED GUM WINES 2271 Eukey Rd, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 46841282 E: info@twistedgum.com.au www.twistedgum.com.au Taste the intensity of flavour in our single vineyard, awardwinning wines. All vines are dry grown, hand-pruned & hand-harvested. No cellar door, but our full range of wines are available for purchase online and also at the Bramble Patch, Glen Aplin (open daily, 10am-4pm).

WILD SOUL Horans Gorge Rd, Glen Aplin T: +61 (0)7 4683 4201 F: +61 (0)7 4683 4201 E: wildsoulwines@lycos.com www.wildsoul.netfirms.com Organic dry red wines made on-site using only our own dry grown organic/biodynamic grapes. Open Sat–Sun & public holidays 10am–5pm.

RIDGEMILL ESTATE Our ‘wine by design’ brand indicates the award winning

varietals produce in our own style. Our cellar door offers many wines for tasting & unique gifts. Contemporary studio style accommodation available. Open Fri- Mon 10am-5pm except Sun til 3pm. 218 Donges Rd, Severnlea. T: +61 7 4683 5211 www.ridgemillestate.com

LUCAS ESTATE Winner of the Trophy for Best Queensland Shiraz and Award for

Excellence in Queensland Winemaking. Café offers organic espresso, gluten and dairy free gourmet food all made on site. Live music on Sundays plus Blues events. Open daily 10.30am. 329 Donges Rd, Severnlea, T: +61 7 4683 6365 www.lucasestate.com.au

SUTTONS CIDERY & DISTILLERY

Our award winning ciders are hand crafted based on traditional English and French cider techniques plus we offer real fruit liqueurs, brandies and grappa developed onsite. Open daily. 10 Halloran Dv, Thulimbah. T: +61 7 4685 2464 www.suttonfarm.com.au

WHISKEY GULLY WINES

Award-winning winery and Towri sheep cheese tastings, cafe/restaurant and lots of music in a colonial homestead. Cottage accommodation. Open daily. 25 Turner Rd, Severnlea T: +61 7 4683 5100 www.whiskeygullywines.com.au

GOLDEN GROVE, BUNGAWARRA, WINE TASTING IN THE VINES, BANCA RIDGE BISTRO, QUART POT CREEK

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RESTAURANTS + PRODUCE

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VOTED A TOP GOURMET QUEENSLAND GETAWAY. COURIER MAIL

MARKETS Stanthorpe Markets in the Mountain every second Sunday or Border Railway Markets in Wallangarra every third Sunday. GREAT BREW For a fabulous English tea experience take high tea at Bella Rosa’s. Like something a little sweeter visit Heavenly Chocolate.

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GRAZE THE GRANITE BELT Steeped in European culture the Granite Belt will delight foodies. Since the 1860s, the region has been one of Australia’s leading food producers. From a degustation lunch overlooking vines or a picnic by the creek, there’s a culinary experience to suit everyone.

ALL YOU CAN EAT Anna’s famous Italian buffet Friday/Saturday evenings or try the mouth-watering Aussie Beef Steakhouse. GREAT VIEWS Many of our wineries offer cafés and restaurants overlooking vines and spectacular views but for the best view over the entire valley visit Felsberg Winery. TOP PICNIC SPOTS Grab a basket of sensational produce and picnic near Quart Pot Creek or Donnelly’s Castle. CHEAP EATS Support the local community and get yourself a budgetfriendly meal at the Stanthorpe CWA or RSL.

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A PRODUCE PANTRY The rich granite soils provide excellent growing conditions not only for apples, but also pears, table grapes, berries, stone fruit, olives, persimmons, figs and an array of vegetables. You can stock up at roadside stores or at times of the year from the farm gate. Stanthorpe apples find their way into almost every home in Queensland! Produce is used by the region’s talented chefs, bakers and makers to create tantalising gourmet delights from chocolate, ice-cream, olive oil, jam to cider, chutney, sour dough, vinegar, cheese and more. The region also has a reputation for quality wild gamemeat, lamb and beef. The Granite Belt celebrates Nude Food. It’s not rude – Nude Food is showing food as nature intended, in region and season. CAFES + RESTAURANTS The Granite Belt offers all cuisines from Thai, Chinese to Italian, French and German, and of course, the best in modern Australian. Make sure you book as some venues aren’t open every day! Lunch at a winery is one of our most popular experiences. During our Brass Monkey Season (winter) many of our restaurants and cafés offer Christmas in Winter - turkey and pudding or experience Granite Belt game-meat and succulent duck. PUBS+BARS Like all good country regions, Stanthorpe is dotted with pubs and bars, most located in historic buildings along the main street. After more than beer? Check out the boutique wine bar and mellow over a locally produced merlot by an open fire. TOP GONGS The Vineyard Cafe has regularly made Australian Gourmet Travellers’ Top 500 Restaurants. Rachael Bermingham and Kim McCosker, the talented duo behind the famous 4 Ingredients cook books, were born and raised in Stanthorpe. SUTTON’S APPLE PIE, SHIRAZ RESTAURANT, PICK YOUR OWN APPLES, ITALIAN DELIGHTS

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Sam’s Fruit and Vege Shop

BEST PRODUCE You won’t have to look far journey along Granite Belt Drive and make sure you stop at Sam’s at The Summit, and, in season, the Wheel in Orchard Farm Gate. BEGIN THE DAY Start your day with brunch at the Cellar Door Café. On Sunday enjoy breakfast in the vines at the Singing Lake Café. FAMILY DINING With menus to delight even the choosiest of children, there are many great family eateries in the Granite Belt. Plus there is always the family favourite - McDonalds. But parents, don’t feel like you have to miss out on a special dining experience; most top restaurants and cafes offer a children’s menu - try the Vineyard Café, Cellar Door Café or Shiraz Bistro + Wine Bar. TAPAS + TASTES Can’t make up your mind? Visit the Varias (QCWT) for a medley of mains and the Singing Lake Café offers a tapas menu. Alternatively, try a cheese platter @ Hidden Creek, Ravens Croft Wines or Summit Estate. COOK LIKE A PRO The Barrel Room Café, Vivienne’s Cottage, Varias (QCWT) and Bella Rosa’s all offer fantastic cooking classes - get a group together for a weekend of fun and learning.

SEASONAL PRODUCE CHART While growing conditions vary from year to year, this is the general harvesting seasons. Autumn Apples, figs, nashis, pears, olives, persimmon, stone fruits, grapes, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, parsley, peas, snow peas, sugar snaps, mushrooms, pumpkin, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, squash, tomatoes and zucchini. Winter Berries, apples, grapes, nashis, pears, rockmelon, stone fruits, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicums, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, figs, herbs, honey, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley, peas, snow peas, sugar snaps, mushrooms, pumpkin, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini. Spring Berries, cherries and early stone fruit, baby leaf salad, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, celery, lavender, honey, leeks, lettuce, parsley, peas, mushrooms, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, squash, tomatoes and zucchini. Summer Berries, apples, grapes, nashis, pears, rockmelon, stone fruits, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicums, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, figs, herbs, honey, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley, peas, snow peas, sugar snaps, mushrooms, pumpkin, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini.

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2 West Road Stanthorpe Open 7 days 8am - 5pm Ph: 07 4681 0124 Website: www.strawberryfields.com.au 22


PRODUCE + FOOD ATTRACTIONS GRANITE BELT DA IRY

www. granitebeltdairy .com.au

OPEN 7 DAYS 10am till 4pm Granite Belt’s only Dairy Farm

Come up and sample our

superb handmade cheeses Enjoy a cheese platter and a glass of local wine or coffee and homemade cheesecake in our licenced garden cafe.

Heavenly Chocolate

The home of heavenly hand-made chocolates Delectable handcrafted chocolates plus a tempting range of gourmet goodies at the only exclusive chocolate shop in the Granite Belt. We welcome you Friday to Monday between 10am-4pm, and all public and school holidays.

Cnr Amiens Rd & Duncan La, Thulimbah

Ph: (07) 4684 5121 2117 Pyramids Road, Wyberba Qld 4382

P: 07 4685 2277

www.wisteriacottage.com.au

• Award winning gourmet products all made on the premises & available for tasting in our new show room • Enjoy one of our luscious berry desserts including ice-creams, hot waffles & sundaes • Fresh berries available November to April

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Open 7 Days 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Townsend Rd, Glen Aplin (15km south of Stanthorpe)

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PRODUCE + FOOD ATTRACTIONS JAMWORKS OF GLEN APLIN

7 Townsend Rd, Glen Aplin T: +61 (0)7 4683 4171 E: jamworks@halenet.com.au www.jamworks.com.au Satisfy your tastebuds with our quality jams & preserves made from local produce where possible. Try our delicious gluten-free products, ice-creams & Devonshire teas. Open Sat, Sun & public holidays 9.30am–4.30pm (midweek by appointment).

MALLOW LAMB

Certified organic lamb (Nom. Delicious Awards). Half or full boxes direct from the farmer T: +61 7 4683 6371 E: organiclamb@mallow.net.au www.mallow.net.au

RESTAURANTS + CAFES CELLAR DOOR CAFE @ MASON WINES 27850 New England Hwy, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1341 E: thecafe@masonwines.com.au www.masonwines.com.au The perfect venue to enjoy a lazy locally inspired lunch by the fire, taste wine, stroll through the rolling vineyards or just stop in for a great coffee and cake. Children welcome. Function menus. 10am-4pm, lunch served 11.30am -2.30pm. Tues-Sun High Season, Wed-Sun Low Season.

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SINGING LAKE CAFE @ ROBERT CHANNON WINES 32 Bradley Rd (off Amiens Rd), Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4833260 www.robertchannonwines.com Enjoy our Café’s tranquil lakeside setting for delicious lunches, coffees and cakes, indoors or outdoors. Children welcome. Open daily 11.00 to 4.00.

THE VINEYARD CAFE New England Hwy, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1270 www.vineyardcottages.com.au Licensed fine dining restaurant highlighting local wines and produce. Set in an old country church with lounge bar and open fire. Air conditioned. Dinner: Wed-Sun (Bookings Essential). Lunch: Sat & Sun (11.30am-2.30pm).

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VARIAS RESTAURANT at Queensland College of Wine Tourism 22 Caves Rd, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4685 5050 F: +61 (0)7 4685 5099 E: info@varias.com.au www.varias.com.au Offering excellence in food, wine and hospitality. Enjoy outstanding modern Australian cuisine using fresh local produce. Open for delightful à la carte lunches Tues-Sun 10am-3pm, evening meals & functions by appointment.

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Jester Hill Wines Est 1993

not ’jester’ notha winery

JESTER CAFE

Thursday to Monday tastings/coffee and cake 10am ~ 5pm Friday to Monday lunch 11am ~ 3pm Tuesday/Wednesday tastings/meals by appointment Join us for breakfast on Sundays from 9am. Family Friendly Exceptional Food Stunning Wines Weddings Functions Evening dining on request. info@jesterhillwines.com.au www.jesterhillwines.com.au (07) 4683 4380 292 Mt Stirling Rd, Glen Aplin QLD 4381

AUSSIE BEEF STEAKHOUSE

Licensed restaurant providing an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the warmth of an open fire in the chilly evenings. Sunday Big Breakkie Buffet. Functions welcome. Open Tues-Sat 6pm-late. 7.30am-9am Sun. 1 High St, Stanthorpe. T: +61 7 4681 1533 www.aussiebeefsteakhouse.com.au

HIDDEN CREEK WINERY CAFE

Enjoy fine wine & food in a beautiful location. Alfresco or garden terrace dining by the lake & vineyard. Café & Cellar Door. Groups & coaches welcome. Open Fri-Mon 10am – 4pm. Lunch 11.30-2pm. Eukey Rd, Ballandean. T: +61 7 4684 1383 www.hiddencreek.com.au

LUCAS ESTATE CAFE

Organic espresso, gluten and dairy free gourmet food. Live music Sun. days Open daily 10.30am. 329 Donges Rd, Severnlea, T: +61 7 4683 6365

SHIRAZ BISTRO & WINE BAR

Specialising in local wines, great steaks and fresh Queensland seafood. À la carte dining, light lunches, fully licensed and air-conditioned. Open lunch and dinner Wed-Sun. New England Hwy, Ballandean. T: +61 7 4684 1000 E: shirazfinefoods@gmail.com

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GIRL SLEEPING

STANTHORPE POTTERY

The Granite Belt supports a burgeoning arts community, with regular exhibitions and performances by local artists. The region is rich in history and culture, with a predominant European influence. Many draw their inspiration from the Granite Belt’s diverse landscapes. Talented musicians also call the Granite Belt home - including renowned Australian artist James Blundell. From sultry jazz, the cool sounds of blues to country ballads; music vibrates through the mountains. A GALLERY WITH MORE THAN 900 PIECES The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (SRAG) offers international, Australian and local art exhibitions. It is home to a permanent collection of almost 900 pieces and hosts exhibitions of paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and fibre/textile artworks. This strong collection of noted artists’ work is sourced from acquisitions made during the biennial Stanthorpe Art Festival, the largest regional art prize in Australia. A program of exhibitions from the wider local arts community plays an integral part of the gallery’s professional development program and exposure of the regional creative endeavours to the visiting public. TALENTED LOCAL ARTISTS Local art works are also on display at our fabulous private galleries and wineries, or at events including the annual Art in the Mill and Art on Amiens. Some artists have galleries at their residences. ELEVATED LEARNING Expand your creative prowess and take an art or craft class or go on an artist’s retreat. 26


ART CRFAT + CULTURE

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FROM PICASSO TO PERFORMANCES AND PUBLIC ART

A CRAFTY AFFAIR Markets in the Mountain, held every second Sunday in Stanthorpe’s Civic Centre, celebrate locals who make it, bake it, grow it or sew it, and offer a diverse range of handmade products. Local art and craft can also be sourced at the Border Railway Markets, Wallangarra on the third Sunday of the month. Find something special to buy to remind you of your time here in the Granite Belt. PUBLIC ART The Roll Up Tree in Stanthorpe’s Piazza, a three metre high Wine Barrel Totem Pole overlooking Quart Pot Creek, and the Brass Monkey by sculptor Chris Humphries are just a few of the outstanding public art pieces that dot the Granite Belt. PERFORMING ARTS Catch locally produced theatre at the Little Theatre. Regular performances take place each month. A number of our wineries also host fabulous performances in the vines and under the stars. TOP GONGS The Granite Belt is home to famous country musician James Blundell and was the childhood home of TV presenters Ben Dark and Kerry O’Brien. The SRAG’s collection includes works by William Robinson, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, David Aspden, Shona Wilson, Avital Scheffer, Karla Marchesi, Charles Blackman, Margaret Olley, Jon Molvig, Sam Fullbrook, Joe Furlonger, James Fardoulys plus a Pablo Picasso 1966 Lithograph titled “Bethasbee”. For more information on local art exhibitions, performances, festivals and events visit www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au

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ART CRAFT + CULTURE

The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is the central hub for visual culture in Stanthorpe. talks, arts cinema, artist documentaries and special exhibitions. For details on all upcoming exhibitions, public programs, workshops and events, and other public holiday hours please see our website www.srag.org.au or phone (07) 4681 1874.

Ph 07 4681 1874 email admin@srag.org.au www.srag.org.au

Open weekdays 10am–4pm Saturday & Sunday 11am–4pm

Weerona Park Cnr Lock and Marsh Streets Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is open 7 days a week Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day & Easter Monday A D M I S S I O N I S F R E E

WASHPOOL FARM SOAP STUDIO 16 Bents Rd, Ballandean T: +61 (0)427 233 753 E: melissa@washpoolfarm.com.au www.washpoolfarm.com.au Based in the heart of Ballandean, artisan soapmakers Warren and Melissa Thomas work together to produce natural bath & body products to meet the diverse needs of their loyal clientele. Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, weekends, school & public holiday by appointment.

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BUSH ROCK GALLERY

Original paintings by resident artist Graeme Schreiber. Gallery is situated in native plant garden. Open most weekends. 29 Hoey Lane, Stanthorpe. T: +61 7 4683 5306. E:schreib@halenet.com.au www.bushrockgallery.com

COMMUNICATION ART Cecilia Adams dip A g dsn.

Professional graphic design and illustration. Corporate identity to all print needs. By appointment. 48 Hale Haven Dr, Stanthorpe T: +61 7 4681 0188 or +61 407 655 478 E: cecilia@communicationart.com.au www.communicationart.com.au

NEST GALLERY The Granite Belt’s first contemporary art space, showcasing the

works of local artists, in a not-so-traditional setting... a well-loved packing shed! Visitors can also enjoy a coffee in the garden. Open weekends. 1257 Amiens Road, Amiens T: +61 7 4683 3197 E: emma@nestgallery.com.au www.nestgallery.com.au

STANTHORPE POTTERS GALLERY The name says it all – and just a stone’s throw from town. Open 10am – 1pm Sat. Stanthorpe T: +61 7 4681 0000

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STEEPED IN EUROPEAN HERITAGE

HISTORY + HERTIAGE

elevated discovery

STANTHORPE POST OFFICE

HERITAGE TRAIL The history of the Granite Belt can be experienced by following the Heritage Trail and visiting the Stanthorpe Museum. Historical landmarks of interest include the Wallangarra Railway Station, the panoramic views of Soldiers’ Memorial that was built to mark the end of the Boer War, and the beauty of Red Bridge. The region also has some impressive historic buildings including El Arish (Place of Rest) built as a summer house for Major Chauvel, the Federation Post Office, to the Masel Residence - one of Queensland’s first examples of International Modern architecture.

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HISTORY + HERITAGE A SACRED HUNTING GROUND Stories tell us that the Kambu Wal Aboriginal tribe used the Granite Belt as their sacred summer hunting ground for thousands of years. FIRST SETTLERS CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN + DISCOVER TIN In 1827, Cunningham ventured through the pass to discover our land. Pastoralists arrived in the 1840s. Known as Quart Pot Creek, the Crown Land Act led to an influx of settlers. A mining rush - the largest alluvial tin and mineral field in Queensland - in the 1870s gave Stanthorpe its name: stannum is Latin for tin and thorp is English for village. It brought people from many countries. MINERS TURN TO FRUIT + A PLACE TO GROW HEALTHY The fruit and vegetable industry for which the region is famous was born after tin prices fell. Grapes were also planted with encouragement from Italian Catholic priest Father Davadi. The railway (1881) and acclaimed mountain health benefits brought increased prosperity. WAR INFLUENCE Following WWI, soldier settlements were named after French battlefields sprang up such as Pozieres and Amiens. After World War II, Italian POWs/migrants arrived and developed vineyards.

Stanthorpe Museum The Stanthorpe & District Historical Society and buildings, photographs, clothing, pictures, paintings, machinery and more that tell the story of the Stanthorpe district. The Museum is acknowledged the state that has a display depicting the imagination and creativity of the early settlers. Guided tours by arrangement.

Ph 07 4681 1711

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OPENING HOURS 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Friday 1pm – 4pm Saturday 9am – 1pm Sunday


FROM WILDLIFE TO FARM LIFE

ANIMAL ATTRACTIONS

elevated interaction

A WILD ENCOUNTER Spot kangaroos and wallabies at sunset (ask the Visitor Information Centre for the best spots), and discover other iconic Australian animals including platypus, echidnas, koalas and even wombats in our national parks. Or undertake some serious bird watching in our forests. FARMER FRIENDS From large working cattle and sheep properties to the intimate farm animal attraction, the Granite Belt offers you the perfect opportunity to encounter and experience farming life. Have your own four-legged friend? Many of our accommodation properties are dog friendly.

LAW DOGS AUSTRALIA 335 Church Rd, The Summit T: +61 (0)7 4683 2246 E: info@lawdogsaustralia.com.au www.lawdogsaustralia.com.au A service dog kennel that opens its doors to the public with puppies and adult dogs doing law enforcement training in an hour long entertaining and informative live show format.

CRYSTAL RIDGE LAVENDERS FARM

LAW DOGS AUSTRALIA

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STANTHORPE CUP

AUTUMN VINTAGE Fall in love with autumn and its rich colours, as the deciduous landscape turns golden. Autumn is harvest time - pick your own apples and celebrate as vineyards bring in the grapes. - Golden Grove Sicilian Vintage Lunch - Ballandean Estate Opera in the Vineyard - Art in the Mill - Stanthorpe Rodeo WINTER BRASS MONKEY Winter is colloquially our Brass Monkey Season; frosty mornings, crisp clear days and cold nights by roaring open fires. - Christmas in Winter @ local restaurant and accommodation venues - Art in the Woolshed ART IN THE MILL

SPRING PRIMAVERA Primavera (Italian for spring) is three months of gastronomic, cultural and nature-based events, and new wine vintage releases. It is also a visual feast of apple blossoms and wild flowers. - Stanthorpe Cup - Australian Small Winemakers Show - Stanthorpe Garden Fest - Bungawarra Shakespeare under the Stars - Art on Amiens - Robert Channon Brass and Wine SUMMER + FAB FEB In summer, the paddocks are full of produce; stone fruit and berries the favourite. Summer is also the time to explore the great outdoors, trekking though our national parks or watersports on rivers and Storm King Dam. - Lucas Estate New Year Granite Belt Blues - Stanthorpe Agriculture Show

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EVENT + FESTIVALS

elevated entertainment

AN EVENT EVERY WEEKEND

Granite Belt Wine Country lives and celebrates the seasons. Enjoy our rich cultural heritage and rustic country hospitality. From large festivals and opera productions to quirky community celebrations and musical entertainment, there is an event on most weekends to keep you entertained. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. For further information on events visit our calendar at: www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au

GOLDEN GROVE ESTATE SICILIAN VINTAGE LUNCH Traditional start of vintage celebrations. Annually, first Saturday in February. Always a sell-out. Book early. 337 Sundown Rd, Ballandean T: +61 7 4684 1291 E: sales@goldengrove.com.au www.goldengrovee.com.au

GRANITE BELT BLUES @ LUCAS ESTATE Celebrate New Years Day. 329 Donges Rd, Severnlea, T: +61 7 4683 6365 www.lucasestate.com.au

ROBERT CHANNON

Traditional start of vintage celebrations. Annually, first Saturday in February. Always a sell-out. Book early. 337 Sundown Rd, Ballandean T: +61 7 4684 1291 E: sales@goldengrove.com.au www.goldengrovee.com.au

APPLE AND GRAPE FESTIVAL MARCH 2012 Voted an Iconic Queensland event, the Apple + Grape Harvest Festival is one of Queensland’s longest running and most successful festivals. Held biennially, for three days and nights Stanthorpe hosts this nonstop fun. Highlights include the Gala Ball, street parade and mardi gras, wine and food fiesta plus a range of sporting and family activities. Book your accommodation at www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au

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It is a long-held practice for city dwellers to ‘head for the hills’ to relax and rejuvenate. The Granite Belt offers the ultimate destination to revive inside and out. A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE Go on a yoga and wellbeing retreat and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Enjoy a relaxing, engaging, informative day and be gently guided through techniques and tips to incorporate relaxation and wellbeing into your daily life. In peaceful and natural surrounds of the Granite Belt try meditation, pranayama, chanting, relaxation workshops to assist in awakening and re-energising the spirit. Classes are designed with options for all levels of practice – from beginner to the more advanced practitioner. Be soothed and strengthened. THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF LAVENDER The Granite Belt boasts high-quality lavender production with some lavender farms open to the public. Harvesting occurs midNovember and is used to produce oils, soaps and creams. ORGANIC PRODUCE Nourish your body with organic soul food. Many of our food producers are organic, free-range or bio-dynamic.

MALLOW WELLBEING Professional program in health, wellbeing &

relaxation therapy T: +61 7 4683 6371 E: wellbeing@mallow.net.au www.mallow.net.au

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TREAT YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL

HEALTH + REJUVENATION

elevated rejuvenation

ALURE

BE INDULGENT A number of our accommodation properties have onsite spa and sauna facilities with aromatherapy oils, candles and more. Spoil yourself with a massage or a beauty indulgence. You’ll emerge a different person! Don’t feel like going anywhere - get them to come to you. Specialist providers will visit you in your place of stay and provide a private massage or beautician services. It’s the ultimate way to relax after a day of touring.

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GET BACK TO NATURE WITH FRESH MOUTAIN AIR AND BIG SKY PANAROMAS. OUR LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMS WITH THE FOUR SEASONS. GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK

The Granite Belt owes its name to a very literal belt of igneous granite rock that runs through the region. Once the site of active underground volcanos, millions of years and the elements have left a remarkable ancient landscape of hardened molten magma granite outcrops that protrude from the hillside like massive globules or look like crazy marbles dropped from a high. They stand guard over the bush with its abundant wildlife, beautiful flora, twisting creeks and rivers. It defies description but demands exploration. The Granite Belt region is blessed with two national parks - Girraween and Sundown, and another four are within an hour’s drive; Bald Rock, Boonoo Boonoo, Basket Swamp, and Main Range (Queen Mary Falls). PRECARIOUSLY BALANCING BOULDERS + 360o VIEWS Scale the prehistoric granites, formed about 250 million years ago from magma at Girraween National Park. The granite creates spectacular precariously balancing boulders, clear streams and tumbling cascades. Nearly 20kms of defined walking tracks, ranging from 20 minutes to six hour hikes, that wind their way throughout the park and lead to impressive features including The Pyramid, The Sphinx, Turtle Rock, Castle Rock, Dr Robert’s Waterhole and Mt Norman. The area is also home to iconic Australian animals including platypus, echidnas, kangaroos, koalas and even wombats, and 700 or so plant species. BRILLIANT RED GORGES + 4WDRIVING ADVENTURES The great untamed Sundown National Park offers excellent 4wdriving from sedate tracks to those that will test even the most experienced driver. On foot you can explore the impressive Red Rock Falls, Mt Lofty, and Red Rock Gorge.The Severn River and its tributaries, and remains of pastoral and mining heritage can be discovered via maintained walking tracks, challenging remote walks or the 4wdriving track. More than 150 species of birds have been recorded in the park, making it the perfect location for bird-watching enthusiasts. 36


NATURE + + ADVENTURE ADVENUTRE NATURE LARGEST EXPOSED GRANITE ROCK IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE Seen Uluru and Mount Augustus, now discover the largest exposed granite rock formation in the southern hemisphere, and the fourth largest monolith in Australia. Bald Rock, located in Bald Rock National Park (New South Wales) and adjoining Girraween National Park, rises to 1277m above sea level and towers about 200m above of the surrounding bushland. The awesome granite dome, 750m long and 500m wide, is water streaked, creating a striking view on any day. From the top you are rewarded sweeping views all the way north to Mt Lindesay. CASCADING FALLS Only 8km east of Bald Rock, Boonoo Boonoo National Park protects one of the region’s few remaining natural river landscapes and is home to the inspiring Boonoo Boonoo Falls, the highest in the region at 210m. A very impressive fall can also be found at the southern end of the Main Range National Park, a Gondwana Rainforest of Australia World Heritage Area. The beautiful Queen Mary Falls display a sheer 40m drop of spring water flowing all year round. On the way visit Browns Falls and Daggs Falls.

FOR A PEACEFUL ESCAPE AMONG THE WILDLIFE, WHILE GIVING THE 4X4 A SOLID WORK - SUNDOWN NATIONAL PARK. JOHN MCCANN, 4 X4 AUSTRALIA MAGAZINE QUEEN MARY FALLS

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NATURE + ADVENTURE WATER, WATER, WATER Prefer water; check out Storm King and Glenlyon dams and their supporting river systems. Located 10kms south east of Stanthorpe, Storm King Dam rests in a picturesque rural setting with many water birds (including pelicans) and is an ideal spot for picnics, swimming, sailing, water skiing and fishing. Fish species include Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch, Jew and River Black fish. Storm King Dam offers excellent facilities including toilets, picnic tables, wood barbecues, jetty, boat ramp, swimming area and playground. Please note that camping is not permitted however there is a recreational/youth camp available for large group bookings or a tourist park that offers accommodation, camping and small boat hire. No boating restrictions apply, but a permit is required for powerboats (no cost - see Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre). Further afield, 90kms from Stanthorpe towards Texas, is Glenlyon Dam, Glenlyon. It is ideal for wildlife viewing and many water sports including skiing, sailing and fishing. Fish species in the dam include Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch, Jew and Spangled Perch. Camping sites, cabins and caravans are available at the Glenlyon Dam Tourist Park located at the water’s edge. Facilities include a kiosk that sells bait, a boat ramp, a picnic area with tables and wood barbecues (wood available), drinking water, public phone, tennis court, playground toilets, showers and boat hire. Fishing permits are available on site. Glenlyon Dam is situated approximately 40kms south east of Texas and 90kms west of Stanthorpe along the road to Texas.

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HIKING TRAILS Discover more than 20kms of hiking tracks in Girraween National Park. CYCLING TRAILS Stanthorpe to Ballandean Estate and return via Mt Tully Road – 71kms. An undulating ride with some hard climbing through timbered grazing country along the edge of Storm King Dam to Ballandean Estate. Stanthorpe, Bapaume, Glen Aplin and return – 84kms. An undulating ride through fruit and vegetable growing areas, and state forest. Can be shortened to 58kms. THE GRANITE ARCH

ON PAR Fancy a game of golf. Be prepared to share it with resident kangaroos, especially if playing late in the day. The Stanthorpe Golf Club offers a nine hole, par 72 semi private course set in picturesque surroundings and is open to the public.

GREAT VIEWS Climb (or drive) up Mt Marley for commanding views of the town. At Donnelly’s Castle (a hideout of bushranger Thunderbolt), near Pozieres, you only have to walk a few hundred metres to experience amazing granite rock formations and stunning views. 39


NATURE + ADVENTURE ON YOUR BIKE Touring cyclists have long enjoyed the safe, low-traffic country roads that run the length of the region and two cycling trails have been developed along these roads. You will find accommodation, wineries, attractions, cafés and camping grounds available throughout your journey. Set your own pace and take the time to experience the sights, tastes, smells and stories of this stunning region. Your memories will be unforgettable. For a shorter, more relaxed approach walk or cycle along Stanthorpe’s Quart Pot Creek that unwinds amid deciduous gardens and picnic areas. A FIELD OF FLOWERS As a region of four seasons, our granite soil delivers magnificent cool climate gardens and parks. In autumn experience stunning shades of auburn and orange as our deciduous trees turn golden. In spring the Granite Belt comes alive with wildflower. Discover our wildflower trails with the Stanthorpe Rare Wildflower Consortium. November is poppy month, where we remember those who sacrificed their lives in battle with beautiful fields of red poppies (see Visitor Information Centre for locations) or take the Armistice Way Tourist Drive through the hamlets of Amiens, Paschendaele and Pozieres, which are named after WWI battlefields and were initially solider settlement for returning war heroes. LAVENDER The Granite Belt is home to several successful lavender farms which offer a visual feast of colour between November and April. These lavender farms are open to the public offering various visitor services as well as producing lavender of some renown.

CRYSTAL RIDGE LAVENDERS 10 Daniells Lane (Amosfield Rd), Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4681 1256 E: lavender@halenet.com.au www.crystalridgelavenders.com.au Stroll past lavender & rosemary, over the bridge, find the treasure trove of beautiful gifts in our lavender shop, then visit our friendly farm animals. Open 6 days 9am–5pm, closed Wednesdays.

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I STILL REMEMBER THE SMELL OF PINE TREES...AND THE FRESH, CLEAN TASTE OF APPLES FROM THE ORCHARD. KERRY O’BRIEN, JOURNALIST FOUR CORNERS REMINISCES ON HIS CHILDHOOD IN STANTHORPE.

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN

elevated memories

TOP FAMILY THINGS TO DO 1. Pack bikes and ride around Quart Pot Creek stopping at playgrounds along the way 2. Let them discover the joy of fresh produce and picking their own fruit. 3. Discover granite boulders and caves of notorious bushranger Captain Thunderbolt at Donnelly’s Castle. 4. Throw a line in one of our many creeks for your first catch. 5. Be aMazed. Get lost in the Granite Belt maze and while you’re there play a game of jumbo chess or mini golf.

Looking for family fun, like you had as a child? It is the memory of the simple things you do growing-up that will stay with you forever. The unhurried pace of the region gives you the time to reconnect and your children the chance to experience open space and fresh country air.

6. Tasting for kids - swirl and sip apple cider. 7. Meet the Legends of the Granite Belt including the Big Apple, Fruitisforus (our friendly fruit eating dinosaur), the Pyramid (you don’t have to go to Egypt), and Brass Monkey. 8. Milk a cow and learn how to make cheese. 9. Feeling adventurous, climb Girraween’s Castle Rock for spectacular 360 deg. views

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10. Step back in time at the Stanthorpe Museum’s Gaol or climb the red fire truck and save 41 the world!


elevated relaxation

NO MATTER WHERE LIFE TAKES US, TIME IN THE COUNTRY WILL STAY WITH YOU FOREVER. IT GETS INTO YOUR SOUL!

All our accommodation venues offer something special - here are just a few unique attributes. For more visit our website. UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY Stay in an old train carriage @ Harrington Glen, experience an old schoolhouse at Apple Grove Farm or glamp it up in one of Australia’s most luxurious tents at Alure. Want to wake up surrounded by vines? Try Ridgemill, Azjure, Twisted Gum, Fergies Hill Cottage, Smith’s Vineyard, Whiskey Gully, Harrington Glen and Casita de Campo. CAMPING SPOTS Girraween and Sundown national parks offer good camping facitilies for those wanting to get away from it all. After a few more comforts, check out our tourist parks which offer camping kitches, ensuites, entertainment rooms and more. Need to pull-up for a short stop - Motorist Rest Area, Dalveen. BUDGET GROUP/SCHOOL YMCA operate the Fred Rogers Recreational Camp @ Storm King Dam offering accommodation for up to 60 people, plus a range of recreational equipment and facilities. Group camping and caravan facilities are also for hire at the Stanthorpe Show Grounds.

AZJURE

DIAMONDVALE

HARRINGTON GLEN

TOP GONGS Azjure has entered the Queensland Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after winning the Deluxe accommodation category three years consecutively. ALPINE LODGE

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ACCOMMODATION From cozy b&b cottages, lovingly restored heritage properties, luxury glamping, budget camping, architectually designed deluxe studios to modest and conveniently located motel accommodation, the Granite Belt is your accommodation destination. Most are located close to nature and wineries. After a day in the great outdoors, come back to a cosy retreat with many offering wood fires. Our accommodation venues are unique and boutique. This is not the place for mass hotel chains, but we can promise you personal attention and country hospitality. LOOK FOR THE SYMBOL To help you find the accommodation you need look for the symbols on our accommodation listings - from pet friendly to gay friendly the Granite Belt has an option for you. BOOK ONLINE The best place to book your accommodation is online with Granite Belt Wine Country. Make sure you book early, especially if you are visiting us on a weekend as it is not unusual for us to be booked out. TIP - Be sure to ask your provider about dinner and lunch reservations during peak seasons and festivals.

BOOK NOW - www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION

Peace and quiet plus all this...

G IRRAWEEN E N V IRON ME N TA L

LODGE

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Pyramids Road, Ballandean Qld 4382 www.girraweenlodge.com.au Telephone (07) 4684 5138


Sippers

Granitebelt’s newest upmarket Accommodation

Sippers is a 5 star sustainable house with 4 reverse cycle air conditioned king size bedrooms each with their own ensuite. This Eco house sleeps a max of 8 and very comfortably. You can book the house for the family Holiday or a party of friends. The bedrooms are on the lower area opening onto covered sunny patios. Upstairs is open plan living, overlooking the St Judes Vineyard. This area is for living / entertaining, with so much on offer. There is a TV area with Austar, Italian leather lounge area with log fire, a card table and ladies lounge. Fully equipped Meile kitchen to make all your lovely meals or book the local chef to come and cook for you.

To book your family or group of friends call Graham King on

07 4683 4121 or 0409 788 772 our website has all you need to know at www.ballandean.net.au

Sundown Rd (PO Box 42) Ballandean Q 4382 Tel: (07) 4684 1144 Fax: (07) 4684 1011

Nestled in 100 acres of bushland overlooking a large dam & only minutes from leading Qld wineries and national parks, these cosy 1 & 2 bedroom country cottages offer every luxury & a tranquil romantic escape. • Log fires • Crockery, linen, BBQ • Fluffy bathrobes, toiletries • Complimentary port & chocolates • Close to restaurants • Laundry facilities in 2 cottages • One cottage, wheelchair access • Standard rates from $130, with midweek rates available • Sorry, we are unable to accept pets

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Studio, one bedroom and two bedroom villas each with unique aspect and privacy. Stylish, modern design with comfort in mind, wood fire, reverse cycle air conditioner, TV/DVD/Stereo, queen bed, electric blanket. Breakfast basket included for a hearty start to the day, at your leisure. Packages available. Allow us to ensure your stay is memorable. Private 10 acre property with valley views and rock outcrops. 31 Brunckhorst Avenue, Stanthorpe p: 07 4681 2726 e: stay@31therocks.com

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Come down and join us soon

Special rates for full house bookings

1A Torrisi Terrace Stanthorpe Q 4380 Postal Address: PO Box 314 Stanthorpe Q 4380 Phone: (07) 4681 0484 | Email: info@grovelyhouse.com.au www.grovelyhouse.com.au

Ph: (07) 4684 5121 www.wisteriacottage.com.au 2117 Pyramids Road, Wyberba Qld 4382 Nestled at the base of a forested hillside with sweeping views of the pretty Wyberba Valley, our 3 fully self contained timber cottages echo country comfort and charm. The tariff includes a generous country breakfast basket plus fresh home baked bread delivered each morning. Enquire about our through the year mid week specials. 47


ACCOMMODATION

ROVERS REST

Half way between Glen Aplin and Ballandean, near Stanthorpe, Rovers Rest is a Colonial style renovated Farm House. The guest house is situated on 80 acres in the heart of the Granite Belt wine district. The accommodation has 2 luxurious size beds and 2 King size single beds, as well as one sofa bed. This superb house has 2 bathrooms, separate dining room (with a setting for 8 people), a lounge with a combustion fire place and sweeping verandahs with great views of the surrounding countryside. If you like, you can walk to wineries, or drive to more than 15 wineries within 10 minutes. The studio units can cater for four per unit (mum and dad and 2 small children) and there are 4 units. Two units have a Queen bed and a sofa bed and two units have 2 King Single beds and a sofa bed. All units have their own bathroom and kitchen with a fridge, Jug, toaster, microwave and sink with a setting for 4 and a table and chairs for 4.

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The recently refurbished motel boasts 26 spacious rooms and two 3 bedroom cottages. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and only a short stroll to the gorgeous Quart Pot Creek and Anna’s Italian Restaurant Ask us about our Specials & Packages

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Phone: 07 4681 3844 info@thevinesmotel.com.au 2 Wallangarra Rd Stanthorpe

www.thevinesmotel.com.au

 12 km from Stanthorpe, quiet  12 kmsetting from Stanthorpe, quiet bush bush setting  Access to dam from campsite  Access to dam from campsite  Spacious powered and  Spacious powered unpowered sites and unpowered sites  Small cabins  Small cabins  Luxury self-contained units  Luxury self-contained units  Campfires and pets OK  Campfires and pets OK  Great fishing, swimming and fishing, swimming and  Great canoeing canoeing

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ACCOMMODATION ALPINE LODGES 104 Summit Road, The Summit T: +61 (0)428 887 999 E: margaret@alpinelodges.com.au www.alpinelodges.com.au Self contained luxurious Alpine Lodges provide couples with secluded 4 star AAA rated lodging, ideally situated for their ultimate mountain escape to the Granite Belt Wine Country.

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APPLE BLOSSOM COTTAGE 14 O’Mara Tce, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4681 0251 F: +61 (0)7 4681 0785 E: enquiries@appleblossom.com.au www.appleblossom.com.au • Three bedroom cottage • Two ensuite bathrooms • Fully self-contained • Sleeps six • Cosy wood fire • Furnished deck overlooking centre of town • Short walk to creek parklands & CBD.

AZJURE 165 Sundown Road, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1232 E: escape@azjure.com.au www.azjure.com.au Luxuriate in exquisite, modern studios at azjure, Queensland’s premier couples retreat. Winner Queensland Tourism Award Hall of Fame & 2011 for best Deluxe Accommodation.

BOULEVARD MOTEL 76 Maryland St, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4681 1777 E: info@boulevardmotel.com.au www.boulevardmotel.com.au 15 quiet, comfortable ground floor units all with ensuite, R/C Air-con and HD TV. Ideally situated with picturesque Quart Pot Creek and parkland views, close to restaurants, pubs and CBD.

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DIAMONDVALE B&B COTTAGES 26 Diamondvale Rd, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4681 3367 or +61 (0)408 488 006 E: stay@diamondvalecottages.com.au www.diamondvalecottages.com.au Stanthorpe’s best location • Tranquil 30 acres 2km to town • Water views, bushwalks • Luxurious s/c cottages suit groups or couples • Hot breakfasts delivered • Midweek from $90pp twin share.

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GRICE LANE COTTAGES 89 Grice Lane, Broadwater via Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)401 019 062 E: gricelane@bigpond.com www.gricelane.com.au 3 bedroom rural retreat on 40+ acres only 10 mins from Stanthorpe CBD. Stylishly refurbished, it’s all here... just pack your clothes! Enjoy a bushwalk or relax by the fire. From $350 per couple for weekend.

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LOGGER’S COTTAGE 33 Sugarloaf Rd, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4681 2572 E: admin@loggersrest.com.au www.loggersrest.com.au Home away from home, 4 bedroom cottage. Fully selfcontained with it’s our BBQ, wood fire and air con, electric blankets, doonas and all linen supplied. Great for Groups or Family accommodation. $250 per night, 2 night min.

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LOGGER’S REST B&B 33 Sugarloaf Rd, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4681 2572 E: admin@loggersrest.com.au www.loggersrest.com.au Old world charm with modern comforts. Games room with spa & sauna. Air con, spacious, ensuite bedrooms opening onto verandah. Includes full breakfast. $150-$180 per room. Groups or Couples.

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MALLOW COTTAGE 1929 Texas Rd, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4683 6371 E: cottage@mallow.net.au www.mallow.net.au Peaceful, idyllic rural retreat just 15mins from Stanthorpe. Tastefully furbished 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms ideal for families, groups or wellbeing retreat. Experience walks, fishing, birdlife, canoe or wellbeing program.

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MARIC PARK B&B COTTAGES 144 Reilly Rd, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)417 606 647 E: maricpark@hotmail.com.au www.maricpark.com.au 2 x 1 bedrooom cottages in a rural setting on 40 acres only 5 km from Stanthorpe. Luxurious cottages with quality fixtures & fittings. Everything you need for a relaxed visit, just pack your clothes. Property bushwalk & wood heater in winter. $175 pn. incl basket breakfast.

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SEVERNDIPITY Mungall Lane, Ballandean T: +61 (0)7 4684 1300 E: sdip@halenet.com.au www.severn-dipity.com.au Privacy & seclusion surrounded by bushland on the Severn River. Two bedroom / two bathroom cabin with sauna. Self contained. Experience the Severn Sins. $200 per couple per night on weekends – Midweek & Summer Specials available.

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TOP OF THE TOWN TOURIST PARK 10 High St, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4681 4888 F: +61 (0)7 4681 4222 E: info@topofthetown.com.au www.topofthetown.com.au 210 caravan & camping sites, ensuite sites, in 20 acres of natural bushland, walking distance to town, ATM, Pool, internet, tourist information. Cabins, Motel, Bungalows, 2 bedroom Cottage.

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ACCOMMODATION ACACIA COTTAGES $250 per SC cottage per weekend or 3 days, +$50 if public holiday. 6 beds per SC cottage. BYO linen, food, wine. Near Stanthorpe, Granite Belt wineries, Girraween & Bald Rock National Parks. Acacia St, Liston. T: +61 (0)409 15 39 39 E: acacia.cottages@gmail.com

CYPRESS RIDGE COTTAGES

Secluded luxury studio, 1 & 2 bedroom cottages with log fires in a natural bush setting. 2357 Eukey Rd, Ballandean. T: +61 (0)7 4684 1184. www.cypressridgecottages.com.au

HARRINGTON GLEN TRAINHOUSE Unique train-cum-house. 88 Townsend Rd, Glen Aplin T: +61 (0)7 4683 4388 www.harringtonglenwines.com.au

HIGH STREET MOTOR INN

Rediscover the Granite Belt with friends, wine and great tucker. 20 comfortable units, including disabled, double, triple and family units. QS beds. Undercover parking. Conference & function fac. 1 High Street, Stanthorpe. T: +61 (0)7 4681 1533 www.highstreetmotorinn.com.au

RIDGEMILL ESTATE STUDIOS

Escape to luxurious studio style cabins overlooking winery. All have log fire, A/C, TV, DVD, CD and kitchenette. Linen supplied. Stay incl. bottle of wine & canapes on arrival, breakfast basket each morning. 218 Donges Rd, Severnlea. T: +61 (0)7 4683 5211. www.ridgemillestate.com

STORM KING COTTAGE

Unique panoramic views of Storm King Dam, prolific birdlife & country walks. 2 elegant bedrooms, log fire, fully s/c kitchen, close to wineries & national parks. 376 Nielsens Rd, Stanthorpe. T: +61 (0)7 4683 7182 or +61 (0)409 629 876 E: info@stormkingcottage.com.au. www.stormkingcottage.com.au

WHISKEY GULLY COTTAGES

Beautiful 1 & 2 bedroom B&B self-contained cottages, on a 270 acre vineyard & heritage cattle property. Restaurant & cellar door on site. Wonderful gardens and mountain views. 25 Turner Rd, Severnlea. T: +61 (0)7 4683 5100 www.whiskeygullywines.com.au

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WEDDINGS + GROUPS

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WAKING UP AMONGST THE UNIQUE GRANITE BELT BUSHLAND WAS A BEAUTIFUL START TO MARRIED LIFE - MATTHEW + NICOLE

WEDDINGS IN THE GRANITE BELT - CORY ROSSITER

MAKING YOUR EVENT A SUCCESS Visitor consultants are available at the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre to help you with venue and services options, accommodation including group and honeymoon ideas, pre/post touring or team building options for your guests, unique gifts, plus general visitor information and maps. Conference and event organisers will also find their tasks are made a lot easier with the free Southern Downs Granite Belt Regional Conference and Event Planner available from our website. 53


ULTIMATE CONFERENCE, EVENT + GROUP DESTINATION Our stunning backdrop and fresh mountain air will inspire you and your attendees. Imagine an event in a vineyard; a national park or maybe a fruit shed! Before or during your conference play a game of team golf, take a rejuvenating yoga session, learn the art of wine blending, expand your creative prowess with an art class, pick your own fruit, climb Girraween National Park, get a VIP tent at one of our many events, or enjoy an amazing gourmet picnic amongst vines. Experiences like this make memorable moments! ROMANCE AMID THE VINES Who could say no to romance amid the vines or a proposal flying high above the mountains? But the proposal that every girl dreams of is just the first step in the Granite Belt wedding artistry. Get married away from the maddening crowds. This is not a region of large, mass venues - the Granite Belt offers unique, visually captivating and intimate options perfect for your special day. Our gardens are simply perfect for spring and summer weddings, with roses and lavender in bloom, or what about a more natural setting in one of our many forests or national parks. Perhaps you’d love to wed beside a sparkling lake, a tumbling waterfall, overlooking a vineyard, in a rustic country shed or amongst the barrels at a winery. But for traditionalists, we have more than a number of QCWT churches and chapels dotted across the region. Our food will be superb as local chefs work their magic with fresh seasonal produce, creating sensational lunch, cocktail or dinner menus matched to our celebrated regional wines. The Granite Belt also presents enchanting and quirky photo opportunties with dozens of superb locations to capture your special day.

WEDDINGS + GROUPS MURRAY GARDENS 10 Pancor Rd, Stanthorpe T: +61 (0)7 4681 4121 E: info@murraygardens.com.au www.murraygardens.com.au Bushland setting on over 17 acres – Only 1.7km to Stanthorpe Centre. Fully licensed bar and restaurant comfortably catering for up to 46 people. Accommodation for up to 112 guests. Free wifi, gym, pool, volleyball court, u/c parking, & meals to rooms available.

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AIR TOURS THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA’S OUTBACK TAILORED TO YOUR PERSONAL INTERESTS

Flying tours around the Granite Belt Wine Country Charter, Joy Flights and Aerial Spotting Specialising in an exciting 6 day spectacular action-packed Lake Eyre Flying adventure. Don't miss this once in a life time experience! BOOK NOW Cheryl T: 07 46814705 or 0419704185 E: cherylkdf@live.com.au

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Exploring the Granite Belt’s stunning natural scenery, winding country lanes, boutique wineries, fabulous food providores and unique attractions is often best done in the company of local experts who know all the secrets of this beautiful region.

TOURS, TRANSPORT + TRAILS

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WIND THROUGH VINEYARD AND FRUIT TREE LINED COUNTRY LANES AND STUNNING GRANITE BOULDERS

TOURS Tours can be tailor-made based on your wine passion or food tastes. Granite Highlands Maxi Tours and Fillipos Tours offer a range of tour options, and Crisp Coaches specialise in group charters of all sizes and for all interests. For the ultimate tour take to the air with Flight One. Or, twice a year, join the Winelander for a train trip of wine and food indulgence. TOURIST DRIVES, TRAILS + ITINERARIES Alternatively enjoy the freedom of doing your own thing. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start! To make it easy and to get the most out of your stay we have developed suggested itineraries, trails and tourist drives. Follow the famous Strange Bird Alternative Wine Trail, the Food Trail that celebrates Nude Food, or our four historic tourist drives. If you are after a more personalised itinerary speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre. Need more inspiration – see our Must Dos.

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Don’t drink and drive. Many of our events offer complimentary shuttle buses. Ask about these services when you book your tickets. Alternatively, organise a taxi - for Stanthorpe Cabs call 13 22 27. What about your own personal driver? The best way to experience our wine region is to take a tour – and make someone else the designated driver. For more information or bookings see the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre.

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TOURS, TRANSPORT + TRAILS GETTING HERE The Granite Belt and its central town, Stanthorpe, are easily accessible and only a short 2.5-3 hour drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Similarly accessible for travellers from northern New South Wales Stanthorpe is approximately 3 hours drive north of Armidale on the New England Highway. At the southern end of the Granite Belt region rests the town of Wallangarra, located on the Queensland/New South Wales border. SELF DRIVE If you want to plan your drive to the Granite Belt, you can use a number of online travel planning services, or visit RACQ. If you have time take the scenic routes to the Granite Belt - see www,granitebeltwinecountry.com.au for details. If you are travelling from the southern states take ‘Australia’s Country Way’, the New England Highway (A3). BY AIR Fly from interstate or international via Brisbane or Coolangatta (Gold Coast) airports, and the transfer by coach or car. Alternatively air charter services are available - Flight One offers 30 minute flights from Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport and Stanthorpe Aerodrome just 6km north of the town centre. You’ll be met by a tour operator on arrival. Stanthorpe Aerodrome has no landing charges. BY BUS/COACH Experience the ease of travelling by coach. Several of our tour operators pick up and deliver from Brisbane. Crisps Coaches operate regular daily services from and to Brisbane’s Roma Street Transit Station or you can organise a charter service for groups as small as four. Greyhound Australia connects Stanthorpe to the rest of Australia.

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CLIMATE

Soaring altitude creates a region of four seasons and a climate a world away from Queensland counterparts. Warm in summer, but rarely exceed 30 degrees; and breathtakingly chilly in winter. Yes, it can even snow. Layer dressing is the key, as even in winter, from below zero overnight our sunny days can warm up to almost 20 degrees. And always bring a jacket for the evenings. SPRING - PRIMAVERA 7.8 - 22.3 Celsius Spring is a beautiful time to visit as th area is in bloom, perfect sunny days and cool nights. SUMMER 14.6 - 28.8 Celsius Escape the humidity of the Queensland’s coastal regions for stunning summer days. AUTUMN - VINTAGE 8.8 - 21.9 Celsius Fall in love with autumn and its rich colours, as the deciduous landscape turns golden. Most of our rainfall occurs in late spring and early autumn. WINTER - BRASS MONKEY 1.8 - 17.2 Celsius Winter is colloquially our Brass Monkey Season; frosty mornings, crisp clear days.

 

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H13 31 the rocks 61 (0)7 4681 2726 www.31therocks.com Y13 Acacia Cottages 61 (0)409 153 939 www.cottages.cjb.net R19 Accom.Ck Cottages 61 (0)7 4684 1144 www.accommodationcreekcottages.com.au Y13 Aloomba Lavender B&B 61 (0)7 4686 1191 www.aloombalavender.com.au V9 Alpine Lodges 61 (0)428 887 999 www.alpinelodges.com.au V15 Alure Boutique Villas 61 (0)7 4681 4476 www.alurestanthorpe.com.au S16 Ambar Cottage 61 (0)407 143 749 www.ambarhill.com.au MI Apple & Grape Motel 61 (0)7 4681 1288 www.appleandgrape.com.au G9 Apple Blossom Cottage 61 (0)7 4681 0251 www.appleblossom.com.au R18 Applegrove Farm 61 (0)405 494 788 www.applegrove.com.au Q20 Azjure 61 (0)7 4684 1232 www.azjure.com.au U8 Bella Rosas Cottage 61 (0)7 4685 2367 www.bellarosas.com.au G10 Bonaways Homestead 61 (0)7 4681 4660 www.bonaways.com.au MI Boulevard Motel 61 (0)7 4681 1777 www.boulevardmotel.com.au U15 Casita De Campo 61 (0)7 32790385 www.casitadecampo.net F10 Cedar Lodge 61 (0)7 4681 2253 www.cedarlodgestanthorpe.com.au Craigieburn Cottages 61 (0)7 6732 1283 www.craigieburntouristpark.com.au T19 Cypress Ridge Cottages 61 (0)7 4684 1184 www.cypressridgecottages.com.au G8 Creek Breeze 61 (0)409 644 850 www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au B10 Diamondvale B&B 61 (0)7 4681 3367 www.diamondvalecottages.com.au Q20 Fergie’s Hill Cottage 61 (0)7 4684 1263 www.graniteridgewines.com.au T22 Girraween Env. Lodge 61 (0)7 4684 5138 www.girraweenlodge.com.au Glenlyon Dam T. Park 61 (0)2 6737 5266 Glenrose Cottages 61 (0)7 4661 7476 www.glenrosecottages.com S13 Grice Lane Cottage 61 (0)401 019 062 www.gricelane.com.au J10 Grovely House 61 (0)7 4681 0484 www.grovelyhouse.com.au S17 Harrington Glen 61 (0)7 4683 4388 www.harringtonglenwines.com.au Heather’s Cottage 61 (0)7 4684 1147 wattvine@halenet.com.au S15 Highland Croft Cottage 61 (0)7 4683 5313 www.highland-croft.com.au C3 High Street Motor Inn 61 (0)7 4681 1533 www.highstreetmotorinn.com.au S19 James Farmhouse 61 (0)7 3715 6310 www.jamesfarmhouse.com.au D12 Logger’s Rest + Cottage 61 (0)7 4681 2572 www.loggersrest.com.au P13 Mallow Cottage 61 (0)7 4683 6371 www.mallow.net.au A8 Maric Park 61 (0)417 606 647 www.maricpark.com.au S16 MollyMac Cottages 61 (0)7 3286 2338 www.mollymac.com.au V16 Mt Tully Cottage 1800 777 041 www.wildermuth.com.au I5 Murray Gardens 61 (0)7 4681 4121 www.murraygardens.com.au F9 Pint Size Studio 61 (0)7 4861 3311 maria@comninoscheney.com.au T14 Ridgemill Escape 61 (0)7 4683 5211 www.ridgemillestate.com S18 Roversrest 61 (0)7 4683 4121 www.roversrest.com.au R18 Severn-Dipity 61 (0)7 4684 1300 www.severn-dipity.com.au R19 Sippers 61 (0)7 4683 4121 www.ballandean.net.au W15 Sommerville Valley 61 (0)7 4681 4200 www.sommervillevalley.com.au Q19 Smiths Vineyard 61 (0)7 4684 1139 www.smithsvineyard.com W16 Storm King Cottage 61 (0)7 4683 7182 www.stormkingcottage.com.au Sylvan Park 61 (0)439 362 630 www.sylvanpark.com.au G9 The Vines Motel 61 (0)7 4681 3844 www.thevinesmotel.com.au C4 Top of the Town 61 (0)7 4681 4888 www.topoftown.com.au S20 Twisted Gum Cottage 61 (0)7 4684 1282 www.twistedgum.com.au R19 Vineyard Cottages 61 (0)7 4684 1270 www.vineyardcottages.com.au U15 Whiskey Gully Cottages 61 (0)7 4683 5100 www.whiskeygullywines.com.au U21 W isteria Cottage 61 (0)7 4684 5121 www.wisteriacottage.com.au


ART CRAFT + CULTURE S15 Bush Rock Gallery B6 Carmelo’s Pottery E13 Communication Art Eyzer Designs Q11 Nest Gallery H11 Stanthorpe Pottery MI Stan. Reg. Art Gallery Washpool Farm Soap MI Weeroona Art & Craft

61 (0)7 4683 5306 www.bushrockgallery.com 61 (0)7 4681 1707 61 (0)7 4681 0188 www.communicationart.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 3308 www.eyzerdesigns.com 61 (0)7 4683 3197 www.nestgallery.com.au 61 (0)7 4681 0182 stormking@activ8.net.au 61 (0)7 4681 1874 www.srag.org.au 61 (0)427 233 753 www.washpoolfarm.com.au 61 (0)7 4681 4262 mossvale@halenet.com.au

ATTRACTIONS, TOURS + TRANSPORT Aloomba Lavender 61 (0)7 4686 1191 www.aloombalavender.com.au E8 Crisps Coaches/Bus 61 (0)7 4681 2299 www.crispscoaches.com.au V13 Crystal Ridge Lavenders 61 (0)7 4681 1256 www.crystalridgelavenders.com.au V14 Filippo’s Tours 61 (0)7 4681 3130 www.filippostours.com.au Flight One 61 (0)7 46814705 www.flightone.net.au V10 Granite Belt Maze 61 (0)7 4683 2181 www.thegranitebeltmaze.com.au B6 G.H Maxi Tours 61 (0)7 4681 3969 www.maxitours.com.au U9 Lawdogs Australia 61 (0)7 4683 2246 www.lawdogsaustralia.com.au Leven K Lavender 61 (0)7 4652 1925 www.levenklavender.com.au P13 Mallow Wellbeing 61 (0)7 4683 6371 www.mallow.net.au

PRODUCE + FOOD ATTRACTIONS T16 Bramble Patch 61 (0)7 4683 4205 www.bramblepatch.com.au T8 G.B Farmhouse Cheese 61 (0)7 4685 2277 www.granitebeltdairy.com.au U21 Heavenly Chocolate 61 (0)7 4684 5121 www.wisteriacottage.com.au S17 Jamworks of Glen Aplin 61 (0)7 4683 4171 www.jamworks.com.au S19 LiraH 61 (0)7 4684 1241 www.lirah.com.au P13 Mallow Organic Lamb 61 (0)7 4683 6371 www.mallow.net.au MI Mkt. in the Mountains 61 (0)417 760 529 www.marketinthemountains.org Q16 Natures Glen 61 (0)7 4683 4226 www.qldsaffron.com.au T18 New England Larder 61 (0)7 4683 4183 www.newenglandlarder.com.au U9 Sam’s Fruit Shop 61 (0)7 4683 2078 K9 Strawberry Fields 61 (0)7 4681 0124 www.strawberryfields.com.au V8 Suttons Juice/Cidery 61 (0)7 4685 2464 www.suttonsfarm.com.au U9 Symara Organic Farm 61 (0)7 4683 2332 raypalm@halenet.com.au Traprock Wool Assoc. 61 (0)7 4685 7100 margie@wool-overs. V14 Vivienne’s Cottage 61 (0)403 351 968 www.viviennescottage.com U9 Wheel-In Orchard 61 (0)7 4683 2343 giacosa@aanet.com.au

RESTAURANTS + CAFES G9 Anna’s Restaurant 61 (0)7 4681 1265 www.annas.com.au C3 Aussie Beef Steakhouse 61 (0)7 4681 1533 www.aussiebeefsteakhouse.com.au Q20 Barrel Room Café 61 (0)7 4684 1326 www.ballandeanestate.com U8 Bella Rosas 61 (0)7 4685 2367 www.bellarosas.com.au R18 Cellar Door Café 61 (0)7 4684 1341 www.masonwines.com.au S17 Felsberg Winery 61 (0)7 4683 4332 www.felsberg.com.au S19 Hidden Creek Café 61 (0)7 4684 1383 www.hiddencreek.com.au R16 Jester Hill Café 61 (0)7 4683 4380 www.jesterhillwines.com.au T14 Lucas Estate Café 61 (0)7 4683 6365 www.lucasestate.com.au U12 McDonalds Stanthorpe 61 (0)7 4681 0422 www.mcdonalds.com.au R19 Shiraz Bistro Wine Bar 61 (0)7 4684 1000 shirazfinefoods@gmail.com R11 Singing Lake Café 61 (0)7 4683 3260 www.robertchannonwines.com F6 Stanthorpe RSL Club 61 (0)7 4681 2324 rsl@sctelco.net.au B5 Stan.Sports/Ctry Club 61 (0)7 4681 1276 stansports@halenet.com.au V8 Suttons Juice/Cidery 61 (0)7 4685 2464 www.suttonsfarm.com.au S15 Thunderbolt Farm 61 (0)7 4683 5117 www.thunderboltfarm.com.au F3 Varias (QCWT) 61 (0)7 4685 5050 www.varias.com.au R19 Vineyard Café 61 (0)7 4684 1270 www.vineyardcottages.com.au U15 Whiskey Gully Rest. 61 (0)7 4683 5100 www.whiskeygullywines.com.au

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A Betterway to Print 61 (0)7 4681 0400 www.betterwaytoprint.com Action Graphics 61 (0)7 4685 2266 www.action-graphics.com.au Apple/Grape Harv. Fest 61 (0)7 4681 4111 www.appleandgrape.org Cory Rossiter 61 (0)447 731 704 www.corephoto.com.au David Schnitzerling 61 (0)7 4681 2530 www.davidschnitzerling.com.au DMS Creative 61 (0)7 4639 1622 www.dmscreative.com.au G.B Cleaning/Hosp. 61 (0)7 4681 2738 sales@granitebeltchs.com Logan Steele 61 (0)7 4681 3311 www.stanthorperealestate.com.au SDGBRT 61 (0)7 4661 7811 www.sdgb.com.au MI Stan. Agric. Soc. 61 (0)7 4681 2107 stanag@halenet.com.au MI Stan. Cham.of Com. 61 (0)7 4683 3206 stanthorpecoc@granitenet.com.au T12 Stan. Jockey Club 61 (0)7 4681 1833 www.wineracing.org MI Stan. Print ‘N’ Copy 61 (0)7 4681 0011 www.printncopy.com.au F6 Stan. RSL Club 61 (0)7 4681 2324 rsl@sctelco.net.au B5 Stan. Sports Club 61 (0)7 4681 1276 stansports@halenet.com.au G4 Stan. SHS 61 (0)74681 5800 www.stanthorshs.eq.edu.au MI Stan. YMCA 61 (0)7 4681 2411 www.stanthorpe.ymca.org.au Traprock Wool 61 (0)7 4685 7100 margie@wool-overs.

WINERIES, VINEYARDS, BREWERIES + DISTILLERIES R16 Ambar Hill Wines R17 Andelas Estate Q20 Ballandean Estate F3 Banca Ridge (QCWT) T9 Boireann Winery Q19 Bungawarra Wines Q14 Casley Mt. Hutton U8 Castle Glen Australia R18 Cellar Door Café T17 Felsberg Winery T22 Girraween Estate Q20 Golden Grove Estate Q20 Granite Ridge Wines S17 Harrington Glen S20 Hidden Creek R16 Jester Hill Wines S19 Just Red Wines T14 Lucas Estate R16 Mountview S21 Pyramids Road R12 Ravens Croft Wines T14 Ridgemill Estate R11 Robert Channon R18 Rumbalara Estate Sirromet Wines Q19 Smiths Vineyard U9 Summit Estate V8 Suttons Juice/Cidery T19 Symphony Hill Q20 Tobin Wines S20 Twisted Gum U15 Whiskey Gully S18 Wild Soul

61 (0)409 631 292 www.ambarhill.com.au 61 (0)7 3824 2627 andelas5@bigpond.com 61 (0)7 4684 1226 www.ballandeanestate.com 61 (0)7 4685 5050 www.bancaridge.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 2194 www.boireannwinery.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 1128 www.bungawarrawines.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 6316 www.casleywines.com 61 (0)7 4683 2363 www.castleglenaustralia.com 61 (0)7 4684 1341 www.masonwines.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 4332 www.felsberg.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 3186 www.girraweenestate.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 1291 www.goldengroveestate.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 1263 www.graniteridgewines.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 4388 www.harringtonglenwines.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 1383 www.hiddencreek.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 4380 www.jesterhillwines.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 1322 www.justred.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 6365 www.lucasestate.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 4316 www.mountviewwines.com 61 (0)7 4684 5151 www.pyramidsroad.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 3252 www.ravenscroftwines.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 5211 www.ridgemillestate.com 61 (0)7 4683 3260 www.robertchannonwines.com 61 (0)7 4684 1206 www.rumbalarawines.com.au 61 (0)7 3206 2999 www.sirromet.com 61 (0)7 4684 1139 www.smithsvineyard.com 61 (0)7 4683 2011 www.summitestate.com.au 61 (0)7 4685 2464 www.suttonsfarm.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 1388 www.symphonyhill.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 1235 www.tobinwines.com.au 61 (0)7 4684 1282 www.twistedgum.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 5100 www.whiskeygullywines.com.au 61 (0)7 4683 4201 www.wildsoul.netfirms.com

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When you arrive Stop at the accredited Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre for practical advice to make your visit a great travel experience. It’s free. Our friendly visitor consultants can assist you with accommodation and tour bookings, as well as further information on the Granite Belt. You can also browse the Granite Belt Pantry for delectable local produce.

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