Southern Downs and Granite Belt 2017/18 Visitor Guide
Allora • Ballandean • Killarney • Leyburn Stanthorpe • Wallangarra • Warwick A part of Southern Queensland Country
Welcome to Southern Downs and Granite Belt Swap the city hustle for a country escape and let us show you how to live the good life in our backyard. We have the perfect mix of breathtaking natural landscapes, immersive wine experiences, fresh local produce and exhilarating events celebrated across four distinct seasons. Stomp your own grapes in award-winning wineries, tackle mountain peaks in World Heritage National Parks or watch a cowboy ride a bucking bull in Australia's Rodeo capital. Based in the heartland of Southern Queensland Country, our laidback locals and warm country hospitality awaits you. Welcome to our backyard, where the only thing you need to do is slow down, breathe deep and experience the essence of country life.
Hero image: Sunflower fields, Allora Cover image: Golden Grove Estate, Ballandean
Our Towns and Villages
Heritage & History
Horsepower Capital of Australia
Granite Belt Wine Country
Driving the Southern Downs
Visitor Information Centres
Some images courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, Granite Belt Wine Country, Department of National Parks Sport and Racing, Cory Rossiter Photography, Stephen Waller Photography, Warwick Show and Rodeo Society, Dan Proud Photography and Izelle Barnard. Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this publication is true and correct at time of publication. Southern Downs Regional Council assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have occurred. All copy and artwork remains the property of Southern Downs Regional Council and may not be reproduced in part or whole, without the written permission of Southern Downs Regional Council. © Southern Downs Regional Council 2017.
Getting Here An easy escape from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast, the Southern Downs region stretches to the New South Wales border in the south. Open, sealed roads and a network of well-marked highways traverse the region, offering easy access to all major towns, tourist attractions and natural sights. Travelling distances (km) Brisbane to Warwick Brisbane to Stanthorpe Toowoomba to Warwick Toowoomba to Stanthorpe Gold Coast to Warwick Gold Coast to Stanthorpe Sunshine Coast to Warwick Sunshine Coast to Stanthorpe Sydney to Warwick Sydney to Stanthorpe
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Only 2 hours south-west from Brisbane and 2.5 hours from the Gold Coast, you’ll enter our region at the top of the beautiful Cunningham’s Gap. Visitors from New South Wales will cross the border at Wallangarra. The region is well connected via highways and road networks including the Cunningham, New England and Australia's Country Way. To plan your journey, check out Drive Queensland's site www.queensland.com/drive or RACQ's easy to use trip planner www.racq.com.au.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (Toowoomba)
By Coach At least daily bus services operate between Brisbane, Toowoomba, Warwick and Stanthorpe on Crisps Coaches. Brisbane Airport transfers can be organised through CON-X-ION Airport Transfers and Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport transfers through Peter's Coaches. See page 52 for full contact details.
Wellcamp serves as an excellent access point into the Southern Downs region. Located one hour north-west of Warwick, this gateway airport offers direct domestic flights.
Other Airports The Brisbane Airport is a two hour drive from Warwick, while the Gold Coast's Coolangatta Airport is just over two and a half hours away.
Top Tip Get off the beaten track! Discover the feel of the open road with our self-driving tips that offer freedom and flexibility. Flip to page 40 to explore the region’s Top 10 Tourist Drives.
Calendar of Events 2017/18 See the full events calendar at southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
Southern Downs Heritage Festival 21 — 30 April
Allora Autumn Festival Allora 29 — 30 April
Warwick Picnic Races
Opera in the Vineyard
Grazing the Granite Belt
Ballandean Estate Wines
13 — 14 May
Warwick Pentath Run 20 — 21 May
Southern Downs Steam Railway trips 30 April and throughout year
Allora Community Auction
Brisbane Camperland Queensland Road Team Series Warwick and Allora 1 — 2 July
Warwick Antiques and Collectables Fair
Summit Estate Winter Solstice
16 — 18 June
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe 30 June — 2 July
Killarney Bonfire Night 22 July
Jumpers and Jazz in July Warwick 20 — 30 July
Rose Bowl Polocrosse Carnival Morgan Park, Warwick
Historic Leyburn Sprints 19 — 20 August
18 — 20 August
Australian Small Winemakers Show
Heavy Horse Day
21 — 28 Oct
Warwick Rodeo & Gold Cup Campdraft 23 — 29 October
The Waddle and Saddle
Warwick Pentathlon Run
20 — 21 May
Wings over Warwick 9 September
The 41st National Chevrolet Festival Warwick 22 — 25 Sept
New Years Eve Rodeo Warwick 31 December
JAN 2018 Allora Heritage Weekend 27 — 28 January
Sicilian Vintage Lunch Golden Grove Estate, Ballandean 17 February
Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Stanthorpe 23 Feb — 4 March
Major Events & Festivals
Allora Autumn Festival 29 — 30 April Celebrate the changing of the seasons in the ‘Best Little Town on the Downs’, Allora. The Allora Autumn Festival brings the streets alive, with local produce market stalls, arts and craft market stalls, kids chalk drawing competitions, open gardens and more. Follow the penny farthing bikes and vintage cars as they cruise the streets, and don’t miss seeing the house the author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers, grew up in. www.allorafestival.net Brisbane Camperland Queensland Road Teams Series 1 — 2 July Round Two of the Brisbane Camperland Queensland Road Teams Series (QRTS) returns to the Southern Downs this year. With the spectacular backdrop of the region’s natural setting, the event will include a Warwick Road Race, an Allora Teams Time Trial and a Warwick Criterium. The Brisbane Camperland QRTS is Queensland’s premier road racing series where teams of the leading riders in the state compete over four rounds to decide the winning riders and teams across a number of categories. Be a part of the action and cheer on some of your favourite cyclists! www.qld.cycling.org/qrts
Jumpers and Jazz in July 20 — 30 July
The Snowflakes in Stanthorpe winter festival takes place over three winter themed magical days every second year. The whole family will be kept busy with snowfields, ice skating, snow globes, a climbing wall, petting zoo, an enchanted forest to explore and more! Indulge in local hearty food at the winter markets and stop by the winery marquee to warm up with a glass of red. Rug up before enjoying the night time bonfire and fireworks!
Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz in July is Queensland’s quirkiest yarmbombing and jazz winter festival, celebrating its 14th birthday in 2017! The locals yarnbomb Warwick’s deciduous trees, turning our streets into a remarkable exhibition. With live jazz, tastes of country cuisine and a huge program of events spanning 10 days, the festival is book ended by two big weekends of celebrations providing plenty of opportunity to make a weekend of it. Key events include the Killarney Fire Drums and Bonfire (22 July), The Grand Historic Auto Display (23 July), the Picnic in the Park with free live jazz and the Warwick Potters craft markets (30 July).
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe 30 June — 2 July
Historic Leyburn Sprints 19 — 20 August The 22nd Historic Leyburn Sprints returns to the streets of Leyburn, with over 200 cars racing around the idyllic country town, vying for trophies over 20 classes, as well as outright placings. Get amongst the drivers and their cars, ranging from the 1920s through to modern classics. The Historic Leyburn Sprints commemorates the running of the Australian Grand Prix, held at Leyburn on a disused wartime airstrip in 1949. Celebrity drivers, country markets, live music, Show n Shine and the Vintage Caravan comp all add to the entertainment provided by this unique event in a fantastic country setting! www.leyburnmotorsprints.com.au
Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft 23 — 29 October Every year for the last full week in October the nation’s top rodeo riders and the best broncs and bucking bulls gather for the Warwick Rodeo — known far and wide as “Australia’s Most Famous”. The Warwick Gold Cup is Australia's most prestigious campdraft and boasts huge prize money. Combine this level of competition, with adrenaline pumping Rodeo where you will see Australia's top cowboys versus Australia's best bucking livestock, and you understand why over 40,000 spectators travel to the event. You will hear the roar of the crowd, see the dust rising as the cowboy launches himself onto that beast and smell the victory! Keep the action going as you party on with live bands well into the night. www.warwickshowandrodeo.com.au
FEB 2018 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival 23 Feb — 4 March Stanthorpe’s Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is one of Queensland’s longest running festivals and a must do on the State’s event calendar! The biennial festival is a celebration of the Granite Belt’s produce and booming wine industry. With 10 days of festival fun, culminating in an unforgettable weekend of colourful street carnivals and the renowned wine fiesta, this iconic event is a must-do for your event calendar in 2018! www.appleandgrape.org southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
Our Towns and Villages Life's brisk pace naturally slows to a stroll on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt. Tucked around the next bend and over the next rise are some of the oldest towns and villages in Queensland. Each has a story of its own, history carved into restored buildings, churches, museums and attractions found in quaint towns. Discover local art galleries, antique shops, farmersâ€™ markets, roadside stalls, cosy cafes and the local pub, where youâ€™re sure to find a local keen to strike up a conversation.
St Mary's Catholic Church, Warwick
Warwick and Surrounds Warwick Famous as the Rose and Rodeo City, Warwick is a thriving regional hub with a relaxed and friendly country town vibe. Civic pride is evident in the clean streets and superb parks and gardens, with roses blooming throughout the CBD in the Spring and Summer months. The city even has its own ‘City of Warwick’ (Arofuto) rose. The best of both worlds collide here with country town charm and modern services including plenty of interesting craft, gift and fashion shops where you are sure to find that unique item. Discover historic Warwick through heritage walks, steam train travel, museums and historic buildings. The Condamine River, source of the longest continuous river system in Australia, meanders gently through Warwick.
Jumpers and Jazz in July, Warwick
Highlights • Giddy Up! Australia’s most famous rodeo, the Warwick Rodeo & Gold Cup Campdraft, takes place on the last weekend of October annually.
• For family holiday fun visit the Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre (WIRAC), a state-of-the-art complex with four heated pools and more.
• Rev your engine! Spend a day trackside at Morgan Park Raceway, one of the busiest rural raceways in Australia.
• Visit the Warwick Art Gallery, where new and exciting exhibitions are regularly held.
• Don’t miss Australia’s quirkiest festival, Jumpers and Jazz in July, where the town dresses up its trees in knitted jumpers!
• Explore Warwick’s historic houses and public buildings with the History & Heritage Trail Book. See page 21.
Allora Known by the locals as the ‘Best Little Town on the Downs’, Allora has an old-time streetscape, filled with history. The author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers, lived in Allora as a child when her father Travers Goff managed the Australian Joint Stock Bank, now known as the Mary Poppins House (c.1880).
Mary Poppins House, Allora
Allora features many timber buildings that showcase late 1800s and early 1900s architecture including the CBC Bank, the Railway Hotel, the old Shire Chambers, the Queensland National Bank and the Commercial Hotel. With a sleepy country town feel, Allora is a perfect rest stop.
Highlights • Add a little sunshine! Vast fields of sunflowers line the highways near Allora in December and January each year. Check with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre before visiting to confirm they're in bloom. See page 44 for the full Sunflower Route. • Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre is located between Warwick and Allora, off the New England Highway. Frozen in time and restored to reveal a rich past, the Homestead offers visitors a wonderful glimpse into the lives of its original residents. Beautiful gardens and a café complete the complex and
seasonal markets are held quarterly. • Don’t miss a variety of great events including Allora Heritage Weekend (January), Allora Autumn Festival (April) and the Allora Community Auction (June) where you can buy everything from false teeth to a wooden leg! • Try an historic pub for lunch or pick a spot for a tranquil break in the parks which line the Dalrymple Creek that meanders through the town. A golf course is also available.
Leyburn is the site of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix, now commemorated annually in August with the Historic Leyburn Sprints.
Unspoiled natural beauty abounds in the Goomburra Valley with rugged mountain ranges, spectacular views, trickling streams and rare wildlife all calling the World Heritage listed area home.
Leyburn will charm you with its old time feel with many of the buildings dating back to mid to late 1800s. This small village came about as a resting point for bullock teams crossing at what was initially named Leslie Crossing, on Patrick Leslie’s original trail. The name was later changed to Canal Creek and finally to Leyburn.
Highlights • Don’t miss the Historic Leyburn Sprints, held every August. • The Royal Hotel, noted for being the oldest continually licensed hotel (c.1863) in Queensland, is the perfect place to take a break and soak up the local atmosphere.
Goomburra Valley, Main Range National Park
Just 40 minutes’ drive north of Warwick, the Valley is a must do for nature lovers with the Main Range National Park offering campers and bushwalkers idyllic options to explore and unwind in this special place. There are open, grassy camping spots with plenty of space to let the kids run free, winding walking tracks through subtropical rainforest, and clear, cool waterholes to escape summer’s heat. Accommodation operators offer a mix of private campgrounds with creek frontages, along with rustic cabins through to 4-star eco-friendly cottages.
• Visit the ‘Z Special Unit’ memorial located at Liberator Park. The Leyburn aerodrome was originally constructed for the Z Force secret commandos during World War II.
• Nearby Pratten was once a bustling goldfield. Visitors can still try their luck at Thanes Creek fossicking reserve.
• If you're exploring Main Range National Park with kids, try the Dalrymple Circuit. Before you visit, download the activity sheet at www.npsr.qld.gov.au.
• Take in extraordinary views, high on the Great Dividing Range from Mount Castle Lookout and Sylvesters Lookout in Main Range National Park. See page 17.
Maryvale Nestled amongst lush farmland, Maryvale is an area of stunning natural beauty and it is the perfect backdrop for the health resorts and farm stays operating within the area. Visitors can choose an indulgent fine-dining experience overlooking the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park, where the freshest local fare features, or perhaps saddleup for a trail ride that will take in vantage points with breathtaking valley views.
Highlights • Visit Cicada Woman and Yirimbahm Gallery and be inspired with traditional Aboriginal art, craft and story-telling. • Meet the local characters at Maryvale’s historic pub, the Crown Hotel. • Head to Bestbrook Mountain Resort for a range of farm activities including horse riding, whip cracking and boomerang throwing. Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale
Killarney The town of Killarney, surrounded by glorious mountain views and plummeting waterfalls, is one of the most popular destinations in the region. Killarney, named by Irish settlers who were reminded of the Killarney lake area of their homeland, was originally an old timber and dairying town. Today it relies on its farming industry producing fabulous beef, potatoes, onions, grain and timber.
Highlights • Embark on the Falls Drive, where you can enjoy Browns Falls, Daggs Falls and the spectacular Queen Mary Falls, all part of the Main Range National Park. There are a number of walking tracks, picnic spots and lookouts. See page 17. • If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, dip down into Cambanoora Gorge for the 14 river crossings of the Condamine River. See page 25. • The Killarney Heritage Centre located in Willow Street showcases a collection of historical photos and artefacts.
Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park
Yangan A quaint rural village (population about 200) at the base of the glorious Swanfels Valley, Yangan offers unique examples of late 1800s timber architecture.
School of Arts, Yangan
Previously named Upper Swan Creek, the town became known as Yangan in 1887, an Aboriginal word thought to mean moving forward or upwards. The small settlement began to grow as a result of the first stage of railway development between Killarney and Warwick. The town is rich in rural history and was one of the original locations of free settlement in Queensland. Sandstone was quarried near Yangan and sent to neighbouring Warwick and used in the construction of its magnificent historical buildings including the Town Hall and Police Station.
Highlights • Yangan Masonic Hall (‘The Temple with the Long Stairs’) was previously the first School of Arts building (c.1898).
• Stop in at the Yangan Hotel for a drink and chat with the local farmers.
• Mick Bradford’s Heavy Horse Day is an annual event showcasing live farming techniques from the 1800s and 1900s. Dates vary — contact the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.
• Yangan hosts Farmers Markets every Sunday from 8am to noon at the School of Arts. Stop by for fresh local produce, pony rides and gifts.
Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt Stanthorpe At the heart of the Granite Belt, Stanthorpe gives easy access to big sky panoramas, spectacular countryside dotted with precariously balancing prehistoric granite boulders and a generally cooler, temperate climate (there’s even an occasional winter snowfall!). Previously known as Quart Pot Creek, a mining rush in 1872 gave Stanthorpe its name: stannum is Latin for tin and thorp is English for village. The town of Stanthorpe is now the beating heart of the Granite Belt with a rich multicultural and agricultural heritage, and a cosmopolitan mix of residents, backpackers and travellers. Flowing through the town is the beautiful Quart Pot Creek, with more than 5km of walking and cycling tracks and great picnic and BBQ facilities. In the main CBD, you will discover an amazing range of cafes, shops, gift stores and art galleries. Enjoy our European traditions; sit in the Stanthorpe Piazza, with coffee in hand, under the famous Roll Up Tree public art piece and watch the world go by.
Highlights • Attend the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, held every second year in February (23 February — 4 March 2018). • Taking place over three magical winter-themed days, Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is held every second year in Winter, with snowfields, ice-skating and more to enjoy (30 June — 2 July 2017). • Visit the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, which houses works from prominent Queensland artists and even a Picasso lithograph. • Every Friday, enjoy the Seasonal Feast Markets in the Stanthorpe Piazza. • Sample local produce at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. • Climb Mount Marley and enjoy the picturesque views over Stanthorpe from the lookout.
Railway Street, Stanthorpe
Dalveen & Thulimbah Located between Warwick and Stanthorpe, Dalveen heralds the start of the Granite Belt Drive, which takes you through Cottonvale to The Summit. Travel along the back roads through orchards, wineries and vegetable farms with plenty of photographic opportunities. In Thulimbah, don’t miss the opportunity to snap a pic with the Big Apple!
Highlights • Uncover treasures in artisan wares at local stores, such as Vintage at Dalveen. • Stop by Sutton’s Juice and Cider Factory in Thulimbah and make sure you grab a serving of their famous apple pie! • West of Thulimbah, the Passchendaele State Forest is ideal for orienteering, bouldering and bike trail riding. Feeling lucky? Within the forest is the Swipers Gully Fossicking Reserve. • Make sure you stop at Stanthorpe Cheese & Jersey Girl’s Café, near Thulimbah, where a single herd of Jersey cows are the source of delicious cheese. • Discover our famous granite boulders at Donnelly’s Castle, near Pozieres, west of Cottonvale. It’s only a 200m walk to the top with guaranteed breathtaking views.
Vintage at Dalveen
The Big Apple at Vincenzo's, Thulimbah
The Summit & Applethorpe Famous as one of the coldest places in Queensland, The Summit is home to the highest railway station in Australia. For generations, the northern Granite Belt has produced virtually 100% of all apples in Queensland. Today, over 5,000 backpackers from around the world descend on the region every year to help pick the produce and enjoy time on an Australian farm.
Lawdogs Australia, The Summit
Highlights • Buy your own local produce direct from the supplier, or on the side of the road. • Get lost at the Granite Belt Maze in The Summit — perfect for all ages!
• Lawdogs Australia is located in The Summit and is the only place in Australia where you can see law dogs being trained during one of their regular shows.
Liston Located just over the state border and technically in Tenterfield Shire, Liston forms an important part of Granite Belt life. Highlights of the area include Aloomba Lavender — the perfect place to pick up a beautiful gift and learn about the value of Lavender. Undercliffe Falls, located on the Bookookoorara Creek, descend 150m over a 30m wide rock face into a deep pool ideal for swimming in summer. Wallangarra Train Station
Wallangarra Founded in 1885, the village of Wallangarra is one of the most southern towns in Queensland lying on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. It’s also a town split in two, with the town of Jennings on the New South Wales side. Wallangarra is famous for being the changeover station for trains travelling between the two states. As the train line gauges differed, Wallangarra is home to a grand station where all interstate travellers changed trains before the coast line was completed in 1930. This station is now home to the Wallangarra Museum and Café.
Highlights • Visit the Wallangarra Museum and Café at the historic Railway Station and learn about its illustrious past. Don’t miss the Wallangarra Border Markets (first Sunday of the month). • Find the hideout of the famous Australian bushranger Thunderbolt. The path to the hideout is signed, and parking is available. Nearby are remnants of the Brisbane Line tank traps from WWII. In the course of the war there were up to 10,000 troops stationed in the area. Aloomba Lavendar, Liston
• Step back in time and take a trip on the Southern Downs Steam Railway.
Ballandean The Granite Belt’s largest number of award-winning winemakers can be found in Ballandean. Set along the railway line, it was home to some of the earliest Italian settlers. The villages of the Southern Granite Belt, Eukey, Severnlea, Glen Aplin, Wyberba, Ballandean and Wallangarra are the home to a number of vineyards, gourmet food producers, accommodation establishments and points of historic interest to visit.
Highlights • Visit Ballandean Estate — site of the first Cellar Door on the Granite Belt. • Don’t miss a little bit of Egypt — drive past the famous handmade Pyramid or climb the natural made Pyramid at Girraween National Park. • Go fishing along the Severn River, or four wheel driving in Sundown National Park. • Learn how to make exquisite natural soap at Washpool Farm Soaperie — a treat for the senses. • Many of the wineries host regular events, including one of the largest, Opera in the Vineyard (April/May). • Tantalise your taste buds with a huge range of wineries and restaurants nearby.
Want to learn firsthand what makes the Granite Belt a taste sensation? I know just the place. Sam — Golden Grove Estate, Ballandean
National Parks Parks in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt offer exhilarating experiences in nature, with something to suit everyone. Take short walks or extended hikes and gaze at sweeping views over World Heritage listed forests and valleys. Walk among impressive granite boulders and towering outcrops and relish the wildflowers that splash colour across the landscape in spring. Camp in a rugged wilderness or in wide open grassy campsites with all the amenities. Watch birds, spot wildlife, soak up the scenic beauty of the area and refresh your spirit.
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Main Range National Park — Cunningham’s Gap Be impressed by rugged peaks, towering forests and spectacular mountain scenery on even the briefest of visits to Cunningham’s Gap, the best-known section of this World Heritage-listed park. Don’t miss: Explore some of the easy walking tracks, ranging from 1.6km to 12.4km in length, which pass through rainforest, open eucalypt forest and heath, and offer spectacular views. Best short walk: Rainforest circuit, 1.6km return (suitable for visitors with some bushwalking experience). Walk clockwise around this track and marvel at spectacular views over distinctive volcanic peaks, the Fassifern Valley and Lake Moogerah from the Fassifern Valley lookout. Getting there: The Cunningham Highway passes through Main Range National Park at Cunningham’s Gap, about 116km south-west of Brisbane and 50km east of Warwick.
Main Range National Park — Goomburra Section
Getting there: The Park is located 97km from Toowoomba or 54km from Warwick. The last 6km is unsealed and may be closed after heavy rain.
Main Range National Park — Queen Mary Falls Enjoy the spectacle of Spring Creek plunging 40m over a sheer basalt rock face at Queen Mary Falls — a popular picnic destination. Stay in the privately run, Queen Mary Falls Caravan & camping grounds, located nearby. Explore a short walk leading to a lookout (400m from the picnic grounds) overlooking the breathtaking falls. From late October to November, look out for fireflies and glow worms at dusk — an absolute must-see. Best short walk: Queen Mary Falls circuit, a 2km well defined walking track is suitable for visitors with some bushwalking experience. Delight in the cool spray and refreshing scent of Spring Creek, which plunges 40m over Queen Mary Falls. Snap a photo of the falls from the bridge beneath or the lookout above, and spot the well-camouflaged eastern water dragons around the creek’s edge. Getting there: To access the park take the Falls Drive tourist route, a steep but sealed approach from Boonah along the Boonah-
Killarney Road. A more accessible route is via Killarney, about 40km south-east of Warwick, 11km along the Killarney-Boonah Road. Weather and water levels permitted, 4x4 Travellers can add a round trip route through Cambanoora Gorge, crossing the Condamine River 14 times (see page 25)
Main Range National Park — Spicers Gap Discover evidence of pioneer travel routes over the Great Dividing Range and enjoy views of the Fassifern Valley at historic Spicers Gap. Don’t miss: Follow the trail of old bullock days and look for signs of the paved road built in the mid-1800s. Picnic near the site of a longgone inn and pioneer graveyard and enjoy the view from Governor’s Chair Lookout. Best short walk: Moss’s Well track 120m return (suitable for families with young children). Spot birds in tall open forest and imagine yourself back in the days when this well was the only water for travellers and their teams making their way over the range. Getting there: Take the Spicers Gap turnoff from the Cunningham Highway, 5km west of Aratula. The last 5km of Spicers Gap Road is unsealed and steep in places.
At Goomburra, nestled in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range, take advantage of creek-side camp sites, picnic spots and walks. From the top of the range, enjoy views over the Fassifern Valley towards the Border Ranges in the south and across Mount Castle in the north. Don’t miss: Explore walking tracks, ranging from short easy circuits to longer tracks (5–12km), showcasing woodland and rainforest, creeks and waterfalls and scenic lookouts. Watch for echidnas and koalas, satin bowerbirds and yellow-tailed black cockatoos. Best short walk: Sylvesters Lookout, 940m return (suitable for visitors with some bushwalking experience). Immerse yourself in lush subtropical rainforest where fern and orchid clad trees tower over the track and enjoy rewarding views from the Main Range escarpment to the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim.
Main Range National Park
Girraween National Park
Girraween National Park The word Girraween is an Aboriginal name for ‘place of flowers’ and in spring and summer it really lives up to its name as delicate spring wildflowers emerge beneath the towering granite boulders. Don’t miss: From the Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek camping areas, explore some of the 17km of walking tracks. Climb the First Pyramid to see Balancing Rock and for great views over the park. Watch for blue wrens, yellow-tufted honey eaters, bearded dragons and perhaps a common wombat. Superb lyrebirds live here, but are rarely seen. Best short walk: Granite Arch 1.6km return (suitable for families with young children). Take delight in the details — an amazing rock sculpture, a delicate wildflower or a picture-
postcard scene. Stand under a magnificent natural stone archway and take a breather beside Bald Rock Creek’s tumbling cascades. Getting there: The 9km, winding bitumen road to the park is located 26km south of Stanthorpe via the New England Highway, or 11km north of Wallangarra at the turn-off to Wyberba.
Sundown National Park On the Qld/NSW border, experience the rugged wilderness of Sundown National Park, featuring spectacular steep-sided gorges, sharp ridges and peaks rising to more than 1000m. Don’t miss: Camp at defined camping areas or hike into a bush camp. From the Broadwater camping area at the park’s
southern end, stroll the 1km graded walk to Permanent Waterhole or, if you’re experienced, explore the Severn River. You will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access Red Rock Falls and camp sites along the river at the park’s northern end. Tackle the two-day circuit starting at the park’s eastern boundary and taking in Mount Lofty and Red Rock Falls. Best short walk: Red Rock Gorge lookout, 500m return (suitable for visitors with some bushwalking experience). Enjoy the wild isolation of rugged wilderness ranges from a cliff edge where pink, lichen-stained granite reflects changing hues of the shifting sun. Watch peregrine falcons dive onto unsuspecting prey and, in winter, hear mimicking lyrebirds call from deep within the gorge. Getting there: The Broadwater camping area is accessible off Stanthorpe Texas Rd, which leads onto Glenlyon Dam Rd. Burrows Waterhole camping area is accessible off Sundown Rd and the trip to the site includes 20km of rough 4WD track.
Further afield… Bald Rock National Park, NSW
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A popular attraction for Granite Belt visitors, this park is located just on the New South Wales side of the NSW/QLD border. Bald Rock is the largest of a series of granite domes in this 8,000ha national park where you can explore granite canyons, stone arches and echo points.
Don’t miss: Take a trail to Bald Rock or Little Bald Rock and be rewarded with views into Girraween National Park. Enjoy a shady picnic, spot wildlife and see many different species of birds. Getting there: From Stanthorpe take the sealed road east across the state border to Amosfield, run south on the Mount Lindsay Road towards Tenterfield and turn right into the 6km Bald Rock National Park access road — about 40km. A vehicle day pass is required and camping fees apply. Go to environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks or call (02) 6736 4298 for more information.
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Heritage & History Unravel the past of the Southern Downs, one of the first free settlements in Queensland. Travel in the footsteps of the traditional custodians of the land, discover an intriguing colonial past or follow the path taken by our European forebears. The heritage of the region is unmistakable in the majestic sandstone buildings that still dominate the major towns and speak of a thriving agricultural history.
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Historic Warwick As one of the first free settlements in Queensland and the site of the first state school outside of Brisbane, Warwick holds historical significance on the state landscape. Botanist Allan Cunningham ventured on to the Darling Downs in 1827 and was captivated by the trees and plants he found there. What made the headlines though was his discovery of a gap in the formidable Great Dividing Range, which more than halved travel to the Downs. The rich grazing land was like gold to the settlers, who were eager to make their fortune in a new land. In 1840 at the age of 25, Patrick Leslie, with no map and the aid of a tracker and one convict, rode more than 200 miles beyond the furthest limits of settlement in New South Wales, in search of the pastoral paradise verbally described to him by Cunningham, to settle on what is now known as the Southern Downs. The slab hut built by Patrick, Walter and George Leslie is still in use today on the Canning Downs Thoroughbred Stud.
Abbey of the Roses, Warwick
Highlights • Explore Warwick’s historic houses and public buildings with the History & Heritage Trail Book available at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre or online. • Drive the Settlers’ Route, a 72km round trip which incorporates a number of small historical villages. See page 42. • Immerse yourself in Warwick’s pioneering past at Warwick & District Historical Society’s museum and experience the unique Pringle Cottage (c.1871). • Visit the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre, filled with memorabilia from past rodeo legends. • Discover firsthand how graziers lived with a visit to the stunning Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre, located 15km north of Warwick.
• Appreciate the gothic elegance of the Abbey of the Roses, now operated as a B & B and function centre, as well as St Mary’s Church which also has a museum dedicated to the Catholic faith. • Be part of the excitement and romance of old time steam train travel with the Southern Downs Steam Railway and take a trip on its own C17 locomotive. • Visit the Warwick Railway Station. Built in the 1880s, it is noted in Australian history for the delivery of Prime Minister Billy Hughes’ controversial speech on compulsory conscription. The ‘egg throwing incident’ created such a stir that it led to the establishment of Australia’s Commonwealth Police. In 2017 the 100th anniversary of the Commonwealth Police will be commemorated.
What’s that sign? Look out for the Historic Warwick logo on information plaques around Warwick, telling the stories of those who came before.
Historic Stanthorpe & Granite Belt The Stanthorpe region was a heartland of the Kambu Wal people as their summer hunting grounds. By 1844 squatters had taken up four major holdings that covered a vast area of the Granite Belt. The Crown Land Act of 1868 led to an influx of selectors, as well as enabling shepherds and other farm labourers to acquire land of their own.
Top Tip Love exploring quaint shops that sell recycled, old and antique wares? Then follow 'Nothing New', a self drive trail through the Southern Downs and New England, that takes you past a collection of 16 recycle shops in the region. Visit nothingnewcountry.com for the trail.
Tin was first found here in 1854 but the ‘rush’ did not occur until 1872 when gold, silver, copper and other important minerals were also found. As the settlement grew in importance, Quart Pot Creek, as it was then known, was changed to Stannum (Latin for tin). Later the name was gazetted as Stanthorpe, literally meaning ‘tin town’. When the tin prices fell many miners turned to farming as the cool climate was suitable for growing fruits and vegetables. Grapes were first planted here in the 1860s with encouragement from the local Catholic parish priest Father Jerome Davadi, in order to produce altar wine. His Italian descent made grape growing and wine production a familiar pastime and the rest, as they say, is history.
Highlights • The Stanthorpe Post Office (c.1901) was the first in Australia to be built after Federation and bears the British Coat of Arms, however its magnificent English-made clock was installed in 1903. • Visit the Stanthorpe Museum, which has 9 buildings on site that will guide you on a journey through the past life of the region’s early settlers and right back to the present day. • Explore Stanthorpe’s famous Red Bridge railway crossing over Quart Pot Creek. Built between 1885 and 1888, it used horse-drawn drays and manpower to move the tonnes of rock needed for banking. • Visit Wallangarra Museum and Café at the historic Railway Station and learn about its illustrious past. Don’t miss the Wallangarra Border Markets (first Sunday of the month). • Drive the Armistice Way, which will take you through towns including Amiens, Passchendaele and Pozieres, which were part of the soldier settlement scheme for returning heroes of World War 1 and were named after the places major battles were fought.
Southern Downs Steam Railway, Wallangarra Train Station
What’s that sign? Look out for the Granite Belt Wine Country logo on information plaques around Stanthorpe, telling the stories of emigrant families whose history has left a rich heritage in the soil of Queensland’s premier cold climate wine region.
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Natureâ€™s Playground Our natural playground offers something for everyone from outdoor adventures, motorsports, water-based activities and more. 4WD through the 14 river crossings, throw a line in one of our many dams, guide yourself around the cycling circuits or try your luck at gold fossicking.
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Girraween National Park
14 River Crossings of the Condamine Begin your 4WD adventure by discovering the spectacular natural sites of the 14 river crossings in the Cambanoora Gorge, located 4.5km west of the Spring Creek Mountain Road and Condamine River Road intersection. Local landmarks including the Dolly on the Rock, Jack Brunton Falls and Paddy’s Knob can be sighted from the track. During normal conditions the crossings of the Condamine River are relatively shallow. However during wet weather the river will rise rapidly making it impassable. The journey should only be made during dry weather. For further information on the Trek conditions, please refer to river levels on the Bureau of Meteorology website or call the Warwick Visitor Information Centre on 07 4661 3122. To commence the track from Boonah, start opposite the Police Station, travel out from Boonah along Rathdowney Road and turn right at Carney's Creek Road. Travel out approximately 12km to cross Teviot Brook floodway and then turn right to The Head. The low road is Condamine Gorge. This track is only accessible when the weather is dry.
Top Tip Sundown National Park south west of Stanthorpe has some of the region’s best 4WD tracks. Sundown is high, remote and rough and entices self-sufficient campers, experienced bushwalkers and keen 4WDers. Driving in Sundown is rocky and can be challenging, but its undulating terrain comes with spectacular views of the park’s ranges and diverse colours. Both good clearance and low range are recommended.
Other Tracks Four-wheel drive adventures in the Southern Downs will leave every enthusiast coming back for more. There are a number of private properties and National Parks that offer well-maintained facilities: • The Springs 4x4 Adventure Park (Warwick) • Janowen Hills 4x4 Park (Goomburra) • Sundown National Park (Stanthorpe) • Talgai, Gambubal, Goomburra and Leyburn State Forests • Emu Creek Road in the Emu Vale Valley, east of Warwick, is appropriately named after the creek, which the trek crosses several times, before concluding at the base of Mount Superbus.
Top Tip for Mount Superbus: Only experienced bush walkers can undertake a half-day hike to the Lincoln Bomber plane wreck. Please note that it is a requirement to inform the Killarney Police Station of your intention to undertake the hike at least 24 hours in advance. Carrying a GPS, compasses and UHF radios is strongly recommended. A point-by-point route map is available from the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.
Hiking Bushwalking and hiking are favourite family pastimes with well-maintained lookout points, guided walks and river walks across the region. See the National Parks section in this guide as well as the Map section for ideas. Many of the routes are suitable for families, so pack the sunscreen and walking shoes and get exploring!!
Fishing Leslie Dam Located 13km west of Warwick on the Cunningham Highway. Leslie Dam's facilities include boat ramp, picnic area with toilets, boat hire and boat fuel, permits and bait available on site. Camping is available at the Washpool Reserve and Lake Leslie Tourist Park.
Connolly Dam Located 15km south-east of Warwick on the New England Highway. Connolly Dam's facilities include shore fishing and toilets. Electric motors are permitted, but power boating is prohibited. Both dams contain Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch, Jew and Spangled Perch. Camping is not available.
Leslie Dam, Warwick
Durikai State Forest
River fishing is a relaxing pastime and enthusiasts will enjoy the waterholes along the Condamine River. There are plenty of spots worth a try, particularly around the weir in Queens Park or near the old Parmalat Dairy. Fishing permits are available from local fishing and sports stores.
15km south of Stanthorpe with picnic and BBQ areas, the Severn River offers great spots to cast a line off the banks. Spinning lures are popular, however watch the scrub and bushes along the banks. Sundown National Park provides the best public access to the Severn.
Storm King Dam
Storm King Dam is a short drive south-east from the centre of Stanthorpe town. Usually this is well-stocked with Murray Cod, Yellow Belly, Silver Perch, Spangled Perch and Eeltailed catfish with fishing permits available locally from sporting stores and service stations. Storm King Dam is also a popular spot for water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and rowing. Permits for boating on Storm King Dam are available from the Southern Downs Regional Council. You can hire canoes from Sommerville Valley Tourist Park.
Glenlyon Dam 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 on site, as are fishing permits.
The Durikai State Forest is located 27km west of Warwick on the Cunningham Highway. Sections of the forest have been released as general permission areas for gold fossicking. Fossickers must ensure they comply with the special conditions of access. There are only three practical access routes, one to each site, all of them off the Cunningham Highway. Inside the forest, use of motor vehicles is restricted to formed roads and tracks. There are no facilities in Durikai State Forest and camping is not allowed.
Quart Pot Creek
Try your luck at striking gold! Thanes Creek fossicking area located approximately 40km west of Warwick, is known to contain alluvial gold, first discovered at Thane in 1868. Follow the Cunningham Highway approximately 37km west of Warwick, turn right into Thanes Creek Road, continue for 5km before turning right into Big Hill Road, 0.9km further along the fossicking area is located on the left. The nearby Glendon Camping Grounds also offers gold fossicking.
Try your luck in front of the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre or near the Granite Street Weir. Note, some areas of Quart Pot Creek are restricted.
Fossicking Thanes Creek
Swiperâ€™s Gully Topaz Swiperâ€™s Gully is located in the Passchendaele State Forest, near Amiens, 13 km north-west of Stanthorpe. Topaz and other gemstones and minerals may be found here.
Talgai State Forest The Talgai Fossicking area is located 35km north-west of Warwick on the Cunningham Highway. Sections of the Talgai State Forest have been released as general permission areas for gold fossicking. Once inside the general permission areas, use only formed roads and tracks to access creek areas where alluvial deposits are found. There are no facilities in Talgai State Forest and camping is not permitted.
Top Tip All fossicking in Queensland requires a license. Fossicker’s licenses can be purchased online from the Queensland Government's website. Visit www.qld.gov. au/recreation/activities/areas-facilities
Cycling The Southern Downs and Granite Belt is a great place for recreational cyclists of any level. Clean, crisp country air and a network of quiet scenic routes provide ideal cycling conditions. Cyclists can pass through the historical buildings of Warwick, explore the vineyards of the Granite Belt or ride the relatively flat roads to any of the delightful villages throughout the region. Comprehensive maps covering different routes for all levels are available on www.ridethegreatdivide.com.au. Touring cyclists have long enjoyed the safe, low-traffic country roads that run the length of the region. You will find accommodation, wineries, attractions, cafés and camping grounds available throughout your journey.
Granite Belt Bike Trail Combine your favourite pastime with the Granite Belt Bike Trail, a marked 34km trail along country roads that starts at the picturesque creekscape in Stanthorpe and meanders through quaint country back roads towards Ballandean, Queensland’s most rewarded wine region.
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Stop along the way with over 20 places to choose from, most no more than a kilometre off the cycle trail. Rest stops, signage, toilets and bike racks are provided en route to ensure your journey is comfortable, safe and memorable.
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The bike trail is shared use with motor vehicles so we do ask that you take care, be safe and be aware of your surroundings. Granite Belt Bicycle Tours offers tours and bicycle hire packages for adults and children. Call ahead to organise.
Legend BIKE TRAIL ROAD (not part of trail)
RAILWAY MAIN ROAD/HIGHWAY
• Cycle Warwick to Allora along the back roads
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• Enjoy the Warwick Greenbelt and River walk cycle route • Cycle along Stanthorpe’s Quart Pot Creek • ‘That Dam Ride’ event at Storm King Dam annually in February
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COFFEE SHOP Accommodation Creek
• Visit www.ridethegreatdivide.com.au for more routes.
Golf Golf courses on the Southern Downs are relaxed, and more often than not the kangaroos outnumber the golfers!
Allora Sports Club Located on Dalrymple Creek, the Allora course is a quaint semi-private course. Limited opportunities exist for non-members to play and the club can be contacted directly for more information.
Stanthorpe Golf & Country Club The Stanthorpe Golf & Country Club offers 10 holes, 18 tees with a Par 72. The course is in town in Stanthorpe and well-known
for its resident population of almost 100 Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Players can hire clubs, trolleys and golf carts and green fees are very modest. Open 7 days and use the honesty box for early starts. The clubhouse offers a licensed bar, while other facilities include two bowling greens and an active croquet club.
It is little used, so great for practise or for those not wanting to be “pushed along” by the more serious golfer. Visitors and children are welcome 7 days and equipment hire is available.
Warwick Golf Club
These two small country courses are about an hour west of Stanthorpe by road. Prior to travel we suggest you telephone to obtain more information.
Warwick's golf course has 18 holes with a Par 69. It has a clubhouse, with a popular restaurant, bar and function centre.
Wallangarra Golf Club About 30 minutes’ drive south of Stanthorpe this small golf course is located on the former Wallangarra army base.
Stanthorpe Golf & Country Club
Further afield…. Inglewood & Texas
Tenterfield Golf Club Just south of the Granite Belt, Tenterfield Golf Course is considered one of the finest country courses in Australia. It offers 360° views from the clubhouse and all parts of the 18 hole irrigated course plus undulating fairways and superb greens, which are surrounded by beautiful deciduous trees. The course is popular with enthusiasts and social players alike. Ride-on buggies and golf equipment are for hire. Play is restricted during special tournaments.
Motorbiking Gap Creek Moto This 650 acre property offers a family oriented camping, motorbike and bushwalking getaway only 10km west of Cunningham’s Gap.
Warwick Dirt Bike Club Warwick Dirt Bike Club provides safe motocross tracks for riders of all ages to test and improve their skills in a supervised controlled environment.
Life on the Southern Downs Life on the Southern Downs means affordable living in a stunning natural setting. With impressive education facilities, extensive community services and a diverse and stable economy, our locals love living here. The Southern Downs offers a variety of housing and lifestyle options, with low unemployment rates and enviable real estate prices. On weekends, youâ€™ll be spoilt for choice, with our natural playground ready for you to explore, clubs for you to
join and a calendar of exciting sporting and cultural events. You only have to flip through this guide to get a taste of what we have to offer! Come and celebrate the four seasons with us on the Southern Downs. Learn more at www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.
Horsepower Capital of Australia Known as the Horsepower Capital of Australia, Warwick is home to a number of top class race courses and the region boasts well known annual events such as the Warwick Rodeo & Gold Cup Campdraft, the Historic Leyburn Sprints and National Polocrosse Championships.
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Horsepower on hooves Australia’s most famous rodeo Celebrating the traditions of life on the land, the famous Warwick Rodeo & Gold Cup Campdraft takes place annually on the last full weekend of October. Competitors vie for the prestige and bragging rights of ’winning Warwick’, which boasts Australia’s richest campdrafting prizes. The Rose and Rodeo Festival with its colourful street carnival, craft market and street parade, supports the highflying action at the rodeo grounds.
Polocrosse Morgan Park in Warwick is the Queensland State Equestrian Centre for Polocrosse and eventing. The facility hosts a number of national events annually and will be home to the 2019 Polocrosse World Championships. The facility is also home to the Australian Polocrosse Museum.
A Day at the Races Watch out for race days at Allman Park in Warwick and Armstrong Park in Stanthorpe. Frock up, dust off the fascinator and enjoy a flutter in a stunning country setting.
Historic Leyburn Sprints
Saddle up and explore the region on horseback through one of the many trail riding opportunities. A number of local operators offer trail rides for visitors. If you have your own steed, go for a ride along the picturesque Bicentennial National Trail. In August, head out to the Cambanoora Gorge for the annual Waddle and Saddle, a mixed ride for horse riders, cyclists and walkers along the historic Condamine River Road near Killarney.
The Historic Leyburn Sprints is held annually during an action-packed weekend in August when the small rural community of Leyburn commemorates its hosting of Queensland’s first-ever Australian Grand Prix in 1949. Public streets are closed off in the little township and 10,000 people gather to watch more than 200 classic cars race against the clock. Don’t miss it!
Around the track Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick Morgan Park Raceway is a major motorsports venue in Australia with events attracting hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators. The well positioned grandstands and access to the pits make this a unique motorsport experience and drivers often welcome photo opportunities and take the time to have a yarn with visitors over their prized vehicles.
The Sandy Creek Raceway The Sandy Creek Raceway is the home of the Warwick Kart Club and is located on Sandy Creek Road, Allan, just 11.5km from Warwick. The venue has a minimum of one major event a month and hosts championships, carnivals, grade titles and professional touring events. Sandy Creek has the reputation as one of the fastest tracks in Queensland.
Carnell Raceway, Stanthorpe Located at the end of Rifle Range Road just 2.5km from the town centre, Carnell Raceway is fully fenced with a 990m bitumen sealed circuit track with a drag strip, control tower, spectator viewing areas, competitor paddock and toilet facilities. Events include drag races, motorbike races, drifting, sprints and short circuit races for sedans and open wheelers.
2017 Car Club Events 14-17 April Pontiac Nationals 5-7 May Volvo Club of Australia National Rally 7-13 May Alvis Car Club National Rally 22-25 August 41st National Chevrolet Festival
Historic Leyburn Sprints
Granite Belt Wine Country The Granite Belt is a premium wine destination, with more than 40 cellar doors and fabulous gourmet produce, surrounded by prehistoric granite formations. The Granite Belt is officially recognised as a wine producing region under its own Geographical Indicator (GI). A host of cellar doors offer a personal, unhurried and friendly wine experience. You can taste mainstream varieties or discover our StrangeBirds â€” luscious and unusual alternative varieties.
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At just under 1000 metres altitude, the Granite Belt is the highest wine region in Australia and almost 900m higher than Bordeaux in France or the Napa Valley in the USA. The unique terroir with its longer growing season and deep granitic gravels combines with the expertise and innovative approach of the region’s winemakers and vignerons to produce wines of elegance and complexity.
Wine Experiences and Education A number of wineries offer private tasting rooms for groups, vineyard tours and wine master-classes.
The Queensland College of Wine Tourism QCWT is an industry training establishment, dedicated to raising quality and service standards in the food and wine tourism sector. It offers visitors the opportunity to
experience and learn about fine Granite Belt wines and local produce at the awardwinning Varias Restaurant and Banca Ridge Vineyard & Cellar Door.
There are 34km of bike trails on the Granite Belt to explore with different tours for every fitness level.
Winery & Brewery Tours
Let someone else do the driving on an escorted cellar door or brewery tour. Professional tour operators offer a choice of luxury 4WD or mini-coach tours. There are tours to please everyone and our operators can create a personalised tour to meet your special requirements. Take a complete day or full weekend tour with lunch included, or just enjoy a morning or afternoon tour. Flip to page 52 to select your tour operator.
Beyond chardonnay and shiraz (although both do brilliantly on the Granite Belt), there are the region’s magnificent alternative varietal wines, known as our StrangeBirds. Pursue the StrangeBirds and discover wines you’ve never tasted that quench your desire for something new and exciting. To be called an alternative, a variety must represent not more than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia as defined by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation. For those who enjoy a great beer or cider, the Granite Belt also has two premium craft breweries and a specialist cidery producing some satisfying alternatives of their own.
On your Bike You don’t have to travel to Italy to enjoy a cycle along country roads where you can chat to a farmer, enjoy a pomidoro salad plucked straight from Nona’s garden and wash it down with a Vermentino. Visit the wineries and breweries by bicycle with Granite Belt Bicycle Tours and Hire.
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Granite Belt Brewery, Stanthorpe
Top Tip Pick up a copy of the StrangeBirds Alternative Wine Trail Map from one of the Visitor Information Centres, or online, to give you more information about our StrangeBirds and guide you to where you can taste them. StrangeBird wines are available for tasting at more than 24 cellar doors on the Granite Belt.
More than wine Want to discover unique wine varieties you’ve never tasted that have been hand-crafted at one of the Granite Belt’s five star wineries? I know just the place. Mike — Summit Estate Wines, Thulimbah
In a region increasingly known for its wines, our Granite Belt breweries make some exceptional craft beer and ciders. Try the excellent tasting paddles at Granite Belt Brewery in a warm and welcoming setting or taste the handmade beers at the Brass Monkey Brewhouse. And don’t miss the award-winning ciders at Sutton’s Apple & Juice Factory & Cidery on the highway north of Stanthorpe opposite Vincenzo’s at the Big Apple.
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Queensland’s Deli The Southern Downs and Granite Belt is home to some of the freshest produce in Queensland. It’s a foodie’s paradise, with seasonal produce available from the paddock to the pantry and the plate. Fill a wicker basket at a market, savour cheese tastings at roadside delis, dine in one of our country cafes or attend a unique food event.
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Long before the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region gained a reputation as Queensland’s premier wine region, a multimillion dollar horticultural and agricultural industry flourished. From the granitic soils of the south to the rich, alluvial soils in the north, there is not much that the Southern Downs region cannot produce. While we are famous for our grapes, apples and stone fruit, there is an abundance of fresh produce to savour every season.
Famous for Fruit Queensland’s apple industry is based solely in the Southern Downs region, particularly the Stanthorpe area, with apple orchards located around the northern Granite Belt villages of Cottonvale, Thulimbah, The Summit, Applethorpe and Pozieres. The fruits of the region extend far beyond apples, with sweet ‘n’ juicy stone fruit, pears, persimmons, figs and olive trees also grown on the Granite Belt due to the area’s higher altitude.
You haven’t experienced summer on the Southern Downs if you haven’t savoured a local strawberry! Embark on a pick-yourown berry adventure in Stanthorpe, and enjoy some of the best strawberries found in Queensland, thanks to our mild summer temperatures. The Granite Belt's high altitude makes the region ideal for growing and producing wine grape varieties. Reserve your spot on a winery tour, or drop by one of our cellar doors to learn more about the grape growing process from our local experts.
Delight in the Diversity With a flourishing food scene, the Southern Downs boasts some of Queensland’s tastiest and most tantalizing products — the diversity of the region’s environment is matched by the extensive range and variety of fresh delights our growers, farmers and producers deliver.
The change in season creates a change in flavours for many products here on the Southern Downs, but one flavour that never changes is that of the locally produced mushrooms. Mushrooms may be small but they’re big here, with the Southern Downs producing over 1500 tonnes with a turnover of $6 million. And with year-round production, you’ll always find fresh, firm mushies at local outlets. Diverse regional flavours are always available on the Southern Downs, whether its the jams, preserves and cheeses at our local providores, the recently picked produce from our roadside green grocers or the local meats and seasonal flavours on the plate in our restaurants, cafes and country pubs. Flip to page 54 for a full list of our food haunts and see where your tastebuds might take you!
Spicers Peak, Maryvale
Seasonal Markets* Across the region there are markets happening every week, with locals selling everything from bric-a-brac and old wares to fresh produce, arts and craft.
Warwick Uber Markets 2nd Saturday of the month Leslie Park, Warwick 10:00am — 2:30pm P: 0457 600 082
Stanthorpe Seasonal Feast Markets Every Friday Farley Street Piazza, Stanthorpe 8:00am — 3:00pm www.seasonalfeast.com.au
Border Railway Markets 1st Sunday of the month Wallangarra Railway Station, Wallangarra 8:00am — 12:30pm 07 4684 3300
Glengallan Seasonal Markets 1st Sunday of the new season Glengallan Homestead, Warwick-Allora 8:00am — 1:00pm P: 07 4667 3866 www.glengallan.com.au
Markets in the Mountains 2nd Sunday of the month and QLD long weekends 8:00am — 12:00pm Stanthorpe Showgrounds Marketinthemountains.org
Pig & Calf Markets Every Wednesday Cnr Fitzroy & Lyons St, Warwick P: 07 4661 1411
Warwick Seasonal Feast Markets 3rd Saturday of the month 8:00am — 12:00pm Warwick Art Gallery Courtyard www.seasonalfeast.com.au
Jumpers & Jazz Markets Leslie Park, Warwick 9:00am — 3:00pm, Sunday 30 July 2017 P: 0411 335 193
Rodeo Craft Markets Leslie Park, Warwick 9:00am — 3:00pm, Saturday 28 October 2017 P: 0411 335 193
Highlights • Held every two years, the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival returns from 23 February — 4 March 2018 for a celebration of the region’s produce and booming wine industry.
* Market details correct at time of publishing.
Last Sunday of the month Canning Park, Killarney 9:00am — 2:00pm P: 0408 250 530
With a growing number of iconic events including the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, Southern Downs Harvest Lunch and Grazing the Granite Belt, a host of degustation dinners, long lunches and food and wine matching — the Southern Downs is a mecca for lovers of seasonal, regional produce.
Leslie Park, Warwick 9:00am — 3:00pm, Easter Saturday P: 0411 335 193
Every Sunday 8:00am — 12:00pm Yangan School of Arts — 7 King St, Yangan yanganfarm.com.au
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month Warwick Town Hall Carpark P: 0404 993 507
Easter Fair Markets
Yangan Farmers Markets
Killarney Country Markets
Warwick Charity Markets
• Join with friends and book a table at one of the region’s annual foodie events, such as The Southern Downs Harvest Lunch held in Killarney, Grazing the Granite Belt held across the district or Golden Grove Estate’s Sicilian Vintage Lunch. Check their websites for dates. • If you’re a member, find out what the local chapter of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Granite Belt + Southern Downs is up to during your stay.
Four Distinct Seasons Spring/Primavera 7.8 °C — 22.3 °C
Summer 14.6 °C — 28.8 °C
Autumn/Harvest Time 8.8 °C — 21.9 °C
Winter/Brass Monkey Season 1 °C — 17 °C
Spring, or the Italian translation, Primavera, as the Granite Belt locals call it, is a beautiful time to visit the region as the area is in bloom with rare wildflowers, days are sunny and nights are perfectly cool. Apart from the visual feast of apple blossoms in the orchards, many new wine releases are celebrated with events across the region.
Berries, cherries and early stone fruit, baby leaf salad, beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, lavender, honey, leeks, lettuce, parsley, peas, mushrooms, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, squash, tomatoes and zucchini.
This is the perfect time to escape the humidity of the Queensland coastal region and spoil yourself with stunning summer days, with a fresh breeze that melts into beautiful sunsets. Enjoy berries and grapes, as well as spotting vast sunflower fields roadside.
Berries, apples, grapes, nashis, pears, rockmelon, stone fruits, beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, figs, herbs, honey, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley, peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, pumpkin, shallots, silver beet, spinach, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini.
Fall in love with autumn and its rich colours as the deciduous landscapes turn to hues of gold and crimson. The romantic colours on the ground mirror those in the sky as the sunsets sink to nights cool enough to light a fire. Autumn is harvest time where you can celebrate as vineyards bring in the grapes.
Apples, figs, nashis, pears, olives, persimmon, stone fruits, grapes, beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, 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 is the time to snuggle up in front of a roaring fire and wake up to frosty mornings and hazy fog that disappears to reveal crisp clear days. Experience a surprise snowfall (we had significant snowfall in July 2015) and a number of regular winter events that celebrate the cool climate.
Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, honey, leeks, parsley, peas, snow peas, sugar snaps and mushrooms.
Apple pie, Sutton's Juice and Cider Factory
Driving the Southern Downs Our easily accessible highways and meandering country backroads make driving in the Southern Downs one of the best parts of your visit. Australia's Country Way, one of the nation's classic road trips, winds right through our region, as do these top ten tourist drives.
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The Sprint Route 137km via Allan, Cunningham, Pratten, Leyburn, Karara and Thane Travelling west from Warwick along the Cunningham Highway, the Sprint Route begins at Sandy Creek Road, 8km on the right from Warwick CBD. This was once the main road to Goondiwindi and used by the bullock drivers. The route passes through the districts of Allan, Leslie and Cunningham (named after the explorers) and then through the once thriving gold rush townships of Pratten and Leyburn and finally onto Karara.
Route highlights • Sandy Creek (located 3km after turning right) is home to the Sandy Creek Raceway, the venue for a thriving go-karting community. • Next door is the historical Darling Downs Hotel, known to the locals as the Sandy Creek Pub (c.1913). The pub was licensed in 1865 before the hotel was built, to provide meals and refreshments to the bullock drivers. A courtesy bus can be organised to pick up small groups from Warwick. Phone 07 4661 3413 for more information. • Leslie Reserve at Leslie, provides a quiet fishing spot on the banks of Sandy Creek. This creek can flood without warning as it is downstream from the gates of Leslie Dam. Water from the dam is often released for irrigation purposes. No camping is permitted on this reserve.
• The only village in this region that was named to describe the area is Wheatvale, 5km on from Leslie. • Memorial Park in Cunningham has two cairns which honour the fallen soldiers of both World Wars and Patrick Leslie, one of the first settlers to the area. • The bottle tree on the right hand side, 4km on from Cunningham, has an interesting story. In 1878 a young boy was walking home to Pratten from Warwick. On the way he met a swaggie who asked him for money. The boy gave him a two shilling piece. In return the swaggie gave him five bottle tree seeds, which the boy planted near his home. Only the one tree remains and its girth measures over 8.5 metres. • The once-thriving township of Pratten is a further 10km on the Sandy Creek Road. Gold was first discovered in the Pratten area in 1863, followed by the Thanes Creek Goldfield in 1869. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines supports recreational mining and has a designated fossicking area at Thanes Creek. Fossicking licences are required and are available from www.qld.gov.au/recreation/ activities/areas-facilities. • Old Talgai Station is situated 10km on from Pratten. The Talgai Run was once 84,000 acres, later divided into three stations: Old Talgai, East Talgai and West Talgai Stations. All stations had magnificent homesteads however East Talgai is the only homestead left standing today. Both Old Talgai and West Talgai Stations were destroyed by fire.
• At Leyburn, 16km on from Pratten, Liberator Park on the left hand side commemorates the 21st and 22nd Liberator Bomber Squadrons that were stationed here during the Second World War. More information on this and other historical points of interest can be viewed at the Leyburn RSL, 9 Warwick Street. Phone 07 4695 0033. • In 1949 Leyburn hosted the first Australian Grand Prix. The Historic Leyburn Sprints is now one of the most significant motoring events in Queensland and one of the State’s biggest annual regional events. • Continuing on the Sprint Route for 26km the village of Karara ends this tourist route. • Turn left onto the Cunningham Highway for the 50km trip to Warwick. • Glendon Camping Grounds (12km from Karara) is a favourite stopover for fishing, gold panning, bush golf and four wheel driving. • The turn off to Leslie Dam is located a further 28km on the right.
Top Tip The Leyburn Sports Grounds provide free camping for 48 hours. Hot showers are available for a small fee by visiting the general store. The Royal Hotel in Leyburn is the oldest continually licensed premises in Queensland and offers a tasty country-style menu.
R on the Downs, Yangan
Settlers’ Route 72km round trip via Swan Creek, Yangan, Swanfels Valley, Tannymorel and Killarney Leaving the Warwick Visitor Information Centre, travelling north on the Cunningham Highway, take the first turn right after the bridge into Yangan Road. The Settlers’ Route takes you through stunning scenery within a back drop of the Main Range National Park mountains. The Settlers’ Route is an historic route incorporating a number of small villages listed below.
Route highlights • The route travels through beautiful farmland and historical villages in the foothills of the Main Range. This area was part of Canning Downs Station (est. 1840). The route criss-crosses the old Warwick to Killarney Railway, which was established from 1884 and decommissioned in 1964. • The Hermitage, located 6km after turning on to Yangan Road, was founded in 1897. It was established to assist inexperienced settlers who took up land subdivided from the large grazing runs. Besides the grain and livestock still produced around Warwick, the Hermitage State Farm tried a number of farming directions. These included stone fruit, grapes and olives. The Hermitage is now a research station for plant breeding. • The settlement of Swan Creek, located 6km from the Hermitage, was established in the 1870s. Swan Creek was named after the swans, which were plentiful during early settlement. The historic White Swan Inn, now a private residence, can 42
be viewed to the left when approaching Swan Creek. The old school house, former church and cemetery are all that remain of this village. • Yangan lies in the Swanfels Valley, 12km from the Hermitage. The Yangan area was first documented by explorer Allan Cunningham in 1827, who commented on the sandstone still quarried here today. The area opened its first school in 1874. The beautifully restored buildings reflect the glory of a bygone era, and its threetiered main street invites visitors to explore. • Before you leave Yangan village, turn left into Swanfels Road (signed Alternative Drive Settlers’ Route) to journey through the ploughed fields, a patchwork of lucerne, sorghum and even sunflowers in summer. Photographers will find the perfect shot at every angle on this detour, and even the unique with the ‘rock in the middle of the road’ just a little further down the track. This rock is commemorative of the centenary of settlement and marks the spot of explorer, Allan Cunningham’s, base camp while searching the valley for that elusive gap through to the ranges to Moreton Bay. Turn right at the rock into Top Swanfels Road before turning left onto the YanganKillarney Road to continue your journey on the Settlers Route. • Emu Vale, a further 6km, was the site of the ‘Old Sheep Station’, an outstation of Canning Downs. A sawmill was established at Emu Vale in the 1890s. The township included a store, blacksmith, hotel, hall, Post Office and churches. Emu Vale is the gateway to Mt Superbus for experienced bushwalkers. See page 25.
• Tannymorel township grew around a sawmill which milled cedar, hoop pine, silky oak, and mahogany in the early 1870s. The first school was erected in 1877. The Tannymorel Coal Mine was established at Mt Colliery in the 1890s and continued until 1967. Large Plane trees lining Tannymorel’s streets are particularly beautiful in autumn. • Picturesque Killarney, located 9km from Tannymorel, was originally the most southeasterly portion of Canning Downs. It is recorded that the township received its name because of the resemblance to the Killarney lakes area in Ireland. The villages served the needs of the settlers and the timber, dairying and agricultural industries. The first settlers selected land beyond the boundary of Canning Downs in 1862. Timber cutters and bullock teams worked in the mountains above Killarney, first pit sawing then milling the abundant valuable timber. A town site was pegged out around 1878. Extend the drive by taking the Falls Drive, or return to Warwick via the WarwickKillarney Road.
Top Tip Enjoy the sweeping views of the Swanfels Valley from R on the Downs Rural Retreat. The historic Killarney Hotel provides counter meals and the Killarney Co-op provides the essentials for a BBQ. The Willow Gallery in Killarney displays a number of local artists’ work and the Killarney District and Historical Society offers a wealth of local information and a unique regional tour, visiting Ralph Affleck’s vintage sawmill at Legume.
The Falls Drive 190km via Queen Mary Falls, Carr’s Lookout, The Head, Teviot Falls, Boonah and Aratula (returning to Warwick along the Cunningham Highway). An alternate circle route for 4x4 vehicles is via Cambanoora Gorge via the 14 River Crossings of the Condamine River (weather and water levels permitting). Leave Killarney along Border Road, travel 3.5km and turn left onto Spring Creek Road, following the signs to Queen Mary Falls. Take in the waterfalls along Spring Creek Road — Browns, Daggs, Queen Mary and Teviot Falls, as well as Carr’s Lookout. Spring Creek flows over Queen Mary Falls and into the nearby Condamine River where it begins at The Head and flows on to the Murray-Darling, Australia’s longest river system. This tourist route can form part of a wonderful circle drive taking in Cunningham’s Gap, Warwick, Killarney and Boonah. 4x4 vehicles may choose to return to Warwick via Cambanoora Gorge via the 14 River Crossings of the Condamine River (weather and water levels permitting).
Route highlights • Browns Falls is the first of a trio of waterfalls. The park has a play area, picnic tables, BBQs and amenities. Allow at least 20 minutes for the 600m adventure walk to the falls. Trek along the undeveloped track, scramble, rock-hop and cross the creek several times to reach the falls. • Daggs Falls offers easier access and is 1km further along Spring Creek Road. The lookout is close to the road and provides a dramatic view of the 39m falls. • Queen Mary Falls, located 10km from Killarney, is part of Main Range National Park. The picnic grounds have covered picnic tables, gas BBQ areas and amenities. Walk 400m along a well-defined track to the lookout to see the falls spill over the basalt cliff and plummet 40m. Return to the picnic grounds or continue on the 2km Queen Mary Falls circuit. Allow 45 minutes to complete the circuit from open forest to the rainforest-filled gorge at the waterfall’s base. • Carr’s Lookout is 8km from Queen Mary Falls. The views over the Head Valley to Mt Superbus, the Scenic Rim and Tambourine Mountain are breathtaking. Information identifies the mountains and tells the story of a plane crash in 1955 on Mt Superbus. This area is the headwaters
of the Condamine River and is part of the Murray- Darling system, the longest river in Australia. The famous Spring Creek Mountain Cafe is on the escarpment near here and boasts magnificent views of the Condamine Gorge. You can also enjoy a menu filled with local produce. • After this point the road becomes narrow and winding for 6km. Heavy vehicles are not permitted. The Moss Gardens are 2km on the right from Carr’s Lookout. The cool temperate rainforest trees are covered in moss and lichen. Walk only 25m along the 100 year old rabbit proof fence to view Hoop Pine, Kurrajong and Silky Oak trees and rocks dripping with lichen. Extend your walk 50m along the undeveloped track for a pleasant view of Wilson’s Peak and White Swamp. Travel on through The Head and Teviot areas to explore historic Boonah.
Top Tip Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park and Café, opposite the park, offers a selection of country style meals. King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas can be hand-fed in front of the cafe, where seed is available.
Sunflower fields, Allora
The Sunflower Route 66km via Massie, Allora and Glengallan (along the New England Highway) Leave the Warwick Visitor Information Centre, turning left onto Albion Street, followed by a second left turn at Victoria Street. After 1.4km turn right into Rosehill Road. The Sunflower Route is a 26km drive through some of the most fertile farming land on the Darling Downs and Southern Downs. Crops thrive in the black alluvial soil in this area and include oats, wheat, barley, sorghum and sunflowers. Summer is the best time to take in the wonder and splendour of the Sunflower Route. Depending on the season’s rainfall, late December through to March is the most likely period to view
blooming sunflowers. The Warwick Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on whether the sunflowers are blooming.
Route highlights • Following Rosehill Road for 2km, major meat exporting company John Dee, one of Warwick’s largest employers, is located on the left. As you cross under the railway line, the road veers left and becomes the Allora– Warwick Road. Lyndhurst Stud located on the left, was founded in 1857 and has played an integral role in development of the Queensland Racing Industry. Many great racehorses have been produced at Lyndhurst including winners of the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups. • North Toolburra Station, 4km on from Lyndhurst Stud is now a breeding operation specialising in Angus and
Charolais cattle. Settled in 1840, the ‘Toolburra Run’ made up the first pastoral settlement in Queensland. The North Toolburra Homestead was built in the late 1850s out of bricks made on the property. • Warwick’s aerodrome is located a further 800m on at Massie. The Warwick Gliding Club offers Air Experience Flights with 30 minutes of flying time for those who want to soar with the eagles. Bookings are essential. Phone 07 3077 6973 or visit www.warwickgliding.org.au. • Opposite the aerodrome, Massie Deuchar Hall is an example of the strong community ties between the districts of Massie and Deuchar. The district of Deuchar was named in 1878, in honour of John Deuchar, who was responsible for the building of the grand Glengallan Homestead.
Top Tip The historic Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre is open to the public, with a cafe and gift shop making this a great morning tea stop. • The sandstone reserves in this area are of a very high quality. A quarry located in Deuchar was used to source the sandstone to build Glengallan Homestead. Travel a further 5km, to the left lies the small village of Hendon, developed after the Southern and Western Railway was opened at Gowrie Station near Toowoomba.
• Entering the rural town of Allora at 24km, turn right onto Warwick Street. The corner building is the old Allora Shire Chambers, now a display area for the Allora and District Historical Society. To arrange an appointment to view the collection of memorabilia phone 07 4666 2090. • The population of Allora is 900 and the town is described as the best little town on the Downs. For further information on the beauties of Allora refer to page 7. Turning right onto the New England Highway, enjoy the 24km journey back to Warwick.
The Cedar Route 62km via Swan Creek, Freestone, Gladfield and Goomburra Section of Main Range National Park Leaving the Warwick Visitor Information Centre, travel 11km north-bound and follow the signs to Toowoomba. The name ‘Cedar Route’ comes from the timber which originally thrived in the area. The timbergetters felled the huge red cedar forests, using basic tools and bullocks.
Route highlights • Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre sits proudly on the right. The homestead is one of the few remaining examples of a substantial 19th century country house in Queensland. The impressive sandstone homestead was built in 1867 and gives an insight into the optimism of landholders at the time. • Proceeding along the New England Highway for a further 7km, turn right onto Goomburra Road to commence the Cedar Route. • Ghost Gate Road is located on the right, 8km along the Cedar Route. The unusual name was bestowed by early settlers when people travelling past the boundary fence of Glengallan reported eerie experiences. As they approached the gate it would mysteriously open and then close when they were through. Legend has it that an owl would fly off the post at opening and in 2004, a metal owl structure was positioned 3km along Ghost Gate Road. A visit should be attempted only in dry conditions. • The remains of Goomburra township are 2km beyond Ghost Gate Road. Goomburra received its name from an aboriginal word meaning ‘A shield made from the timber of the Kurrajong Tree’. The Aboriginal people called these trees Goomburra trees. Once a thriving rural community with a school, church, railway station and various small shops, the Goomburra Hall is the only building still in regular use.
Cedar Route, Main Range National Park
• The Goomburra Section of Main Range National Park is located 26km along Inveramsay Road. • Rejoining the Cedar Route at Goomburra, turn left onto the Goomburra Allora Road and proceed 11km to Gladfield (a driver reviver operates during public holidays at the Gladfield rest area).
• Mt Dumaresq is located on the left. It was from the top of this mountain that Allan Cunningham declared the Darling Downs ‘as far as the eye can see’.
• Five km along Freestone Road you pass through the township of Freestone, where you can still see the old railway store, now called South Georgia, which was moved to its current location in 1905. On the left, a large railway grain shed still stands — a reminder of the once thriving township. Music still rings out in the Freestone Hall for regular oldstyle country dances.
• A right turn onto the Cunningham Highway (travel 4km) followed by a left turn into Freestone Road offers a vista of some of the most fertile land in the district. The 17km journey back to Warwick will yield a patchwork of common crops such as oats, sorghum, wheat and sunflowers.
Granite Belt Drive
12km via Dalveen, Cottonvale, Thulimbah and The Summit
34km via Thulimbah, Pozieres and Amiens
31km via Storm King Dam, Eukey and Ballandean
This route runs parallel with the New England Highway and access is gained at Dalveen in the north. It takes in some of the Granite Belt’s fruit orchards through the villages and hamlets of Cottonvale, Thulimbah and The Summit. Thulimbah and The Summit are a Mecca for those tempted by palate pleasers. The railway line was the premise for the establishment of our many northern villages and hamlets. In 1881, the construction of the Southern Border Railway Line employed 900 people.
The Granite Belt was part of the soldier settlement scheme for returning heroes of World War I as it was considered the perfect place for small farms capable of supporting one man and his family, and the high country was considered good for health problems. The veterans named their farms, and the roads linking them, after battles in which they had fought. Armistice Way, one of Stanthorpe’s principal tourist routes, takes drivers along Amiens Road through the tiny hamlets and old railway sidings of Amiens, Bapaume, Passchendaele, Bullecourt, Pozieres and Fleurbaix. Amiens Road will also take you past some of our largest fruit and vegetable producers.
Take the scenic route from Stanthorpe to Ballandean, via Storm King Dam and the area of Eukey. Turn left into Eukey Road, just past the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre on the southern side of town. This drive is perfect for nature lovers and finishes with some great wineries.
Route highlights • When you arrive at Dalveen, park your car at the Jim Mitchell Park before walking to the historic Dalveen Post Office and browsing around the village craft shop to pick up a bargain at the clothing factory right next door. • Picture time! In Thulimbah, also home to the Big Apple, a Royal Gala Apple sculpture made from steel and fibreglass stands 4m tall, with a 4.5m in diameter. It was crafted by local artisan Johnny Ross. • Pop over the railway crossing and highway to visit Sutton’s Juice Factory and Cidery with a shed cafe serving its famous apple pie made from 22 apples and sensational ciders and juice. • Returning to the Granite Belt Drive you will pass some of our famous food producers before entering The Summit — famous as one of the coldest places in Queensland and home to the highest railway station in Australia. • Just off the Granite Belt Drive you’ll find two great attractions. Get lost at the Granite Belt Maze — this labyrinth is popular with all visitors, but especially families. You can also play a game of large chess or mini golf. South-west of The Summit is Lawdogs Australia. A unique attraction and one of the only places in Australia where you can see law dogs being trained.
Castle Glen, The Summit
Route highlights • At Castle Glen Australia be mesmerized by the enormous array of preservative free liqueurs, beers and wines available for tasting. • Just off Amiens Road discover our famous granite boulders and be elevated without hours of climbing at Donnelly’s Castle. It’s only a 200 metre walk to the top providing breathtaking views over the valley. Surrounded by caves, legend tells us this was a hide-out of the famous bushranger Thunderbolt! • Not far away is Boireann Winery — this 5 red star James Halliday rated boutique winery sells out within months so be quick to secure a delectable StrangeBird red. • If you’re after more outdoor adventure, explore the Passchendaele State Forest Lookout while fossickers can head to Swipers Gully to try their luck. • Next stop is Robert Channon Wines, the home of Verdelho. It is the perfect place to stop for lunch as you take in the superb views from its Singing Lake Café.
Route highlights • Storm King Dam is a short drive southeast from the centre of Stanthorpe town. The dam is well-stocked with Murray Cod, Yellow Belly, Silver Perch, Spangled Perch and Eel-tailed catfish with fishing permits available locally from sporting stores and service stations. It is also a popular spot for water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and rowing. Canoes are available for hire from Sommerville Valley Tourist Park and Storm King Cottage is a great little hideaway. • From Eukey you can enter the northern part of the renowned Girraween National Park. • Now we start entering winery country, with Twisted Gum that focuses on the creation of premium-quality, single vineyard wines using sustainable agricultural practices; and Just Red, that as the name suggests, specialises in red wine enroute. • The route ends in the village of Ballandean where an array of award winning wineries like Ballandean Estate Wines and Golden Grove Estate offer a true taste of the Granite Belt.
Top Tip Flip to page 33 to learn more about the Granite Belt’s alternative wine trail, where you can discover StrangeBird wines you’ve never tasted.
Shearer’s Way 90km via Texas Road, Glenlyon Dam and Texas to the Bruxner Highway This route will take you from Stanthorpe to Texas where the road meets the Bruxner Highway. From Stanthorpe, head west on Texas Road and travel through Broadwater to begin your journey.
Route highlights • Your first stop, 10 minutes from Stanthorpe, should be Casley Mt Hutton Winery, offering wine tasting and complimentary winery tours. • Heading towards Texas you will come across Mallow Organic Lamb (not open to the public) and Mallow Cottage, an ideal venue to practice yoga or meditation. The property also offers Mallow Wellbeing Workshops — perfect for a weekend escape. • Further afield, 90km from Stanthorpe, you will come across Glenlyon Dam Road, the turn off for Glenlyon Dam. The Dam is ideal for wildlife viewing and many water sports. • Sundown National Park is also reachable via Glenlyon Dam Road and is ideal for a rugged wilderness experience. See page 18.
• Finish the route just after Texas, as Mingoola Road joins you with the Bruxner Highway.
Oracle’s Way 64km to Tenterfield via Amosfield and Mount Lindsay Road This route will take you south-east to Tenterfield, crossing the border into New South Wales just before you reach Amosfield.
Route highlights • Be mesmerised by water at Undercliffe Falls, located on the Bookookoorara Creek 27kms east of Stanthorpe via Liston. The falls descend 150m, over a 30m wide rock face into a deep pool ideal for swimming in summer. • Divert off Oracle's Way, north of Liston and discover Aloomba Lavender Farm — the perfect place to pick up a beautiful gift and learn about the value of lavender. It is also a 4000 acre cattle farm. • Bald Rock, located in Bald Rock National Park (NSW) and adjoining Girraween National Park, rises to 1277m above sea level and towers about 200m above of the surrounding bushland.
Witness the awesome granite dome, 750m long and 500m wide. • 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. • Further along Mt Lindesay Road is another hideout of the notorious bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. There is a path to the hideout, about 300m from the parking area. Large granite boulders form two caves. This area is also home to a significant part of World War II history. A cement wall and upright posts are remnants of the Brisbane Line fortifications established as Australia’s second line of defence in case of an invasion from the north. They look simple but were effective tank traps. In the course of the war there were up to 10,000 troops stationed in the area.
Top Tip The Devonshire Tea at Aloomba Lavender Farm will be the perfect rest for you, not to mention the beautiful lavender oils and other products they have for sale in their quaint shop.
Aloomba Lavender, Liston
Travel Directory STANTHORPE AND SURROUNDS ACCOMMODATION
Cullendore High Country Campgrounds 248 Cullendore Creek Road, Cullendore NSW 2372 Ph: 0459 901 538 www.cullendore.com
Hotels and Motels
Girraween National Park Camping Pyramids Rd, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 5157 www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween
Apple & Grape Motel 63 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1288 www.appleandgrape.com.au Boulevard Motel 76 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1777 www.boulevardmotel.com.au High Street Motor Inn 1 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1533 www.highstreetmotorinn.com.au Murray Gardens Motel & Cottages 10 Pancor Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4121 www.murraygardens.com.au Stannum Lodge Motor Inn 12 Wallangarra Road, Wallangarra QLD 4383 Ph: 07 4681 2000 www.stannumlodge.com.au The Vines Motel & Cottages 2 Wallangarra Road, Wallangarra QLD 4383 Ph: 07 4681 3844 www.thevinesmotel.com.au Top of the Town Motel 10 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4888 www.topoftown.com.au Caravan / Camping Aloomba Lavender 5425 Mt Lindesay Road, Tenterfield NSW 2372 Ph: 07 4686 1191 www.aloombalavender.com.au Country Style Caravan Park 27156 New England Highway, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 07 4683 4358 www.countrystylecaravanpark.com.au
Glenlyon Dam Tourist Park Glenlyon Dam via Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 02 6737 5266 www.glenlyondamtouristpark.com.au Jim Mitchell Park McCosker Drive, Dalveen QLD 4374 Free camping for max 24 hours Sommerville Valley Tourist Park 63 Sommerville Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4200 www.sommervillevalley.com.au Sundown National Park Camping Sundown Rd, Ballandean QLD 4382 www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/sundown/ about.htm Top of the Town Tourist Park 10 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4888 www.topoftown.com.au
Cabins and Cottages 31 The Rocks 31 Brunckhorst Avenue, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2726 www.31therocks.com Accommodation Creek Cottages 123 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1144 www.accommodationcreekcottages.com.au Alpine Lodges Stanthorpe 104 Summit Road via Ridge Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 0428 887 999 www.alpinelodges.com.au Alure Stanthorpe 280 Mt Tully Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4476 www.alurestanthorpe.com.au Apple Blossom Cottage 14 O'Mara Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0251 www.appleblossom.com.au
Bed & Breakfasts
Applegrove Farm 139 Booth Lane, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0405 494 788 www.applegrove.com.au
Aloomba Lavender 5425 Mt Lindesay Road, Tenterfield NSW 2372 Ph: 07 4686 1191 www.aloombalavender.com.au
Azjure Studio Retreat 165 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0419 780 901 www.azjure.com.au
Glen Aplin Gardens B&B 311 Stabiles Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4380 Ph: 0408 951 071 www.glenaplingardens.com.au
Back Creek Mountain Cabins 464 Back Creek Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0413 218 653 www.stanthorpeonline.com
Grovely House Bed and Breakfast 1A Torrisi Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0484 www.grovelyhouse.com.au
Banjoâ€™s Retreat 240 Butler Road, Amiens QLD 4380 Ph: 0412 512 948 www.cobbncocabins.com.au
Logger's Rest B&B and Cottage 33 Sugarloaf Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2572 www.loggersrest.com.au
Bonaways Homestead 33 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4660 www.bonaways.com.au
Briar Rose Cottages 66 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0427 327 344 www.briarrosecottages.com.au Casita de Campo Cottages 435 Whiskey Gully Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0448 794 219 www.casitadecampo.net Cedar Lodge 108 Sugarloaf Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2253 www.cedarlodgestanthorpe.com.au Connor House 30 Connor Street, Stanthorpe, QLD 4380 Ph: 0418 754 526 www.connorhouse.com.au Curlew Retreat 399 Wylie Creek Road, Wylie Creek NSW 2372 Ph: 0408 061 622 www.curlewretreat.com.au Cypress Ridge Cottages 2357 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1184 www.cypressridgecottages.com.au Diamondvale Cottages 26 Diamondvale Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3367 www.diamondvalecottages.com.au Dillons Cottage 16 O'Mara Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0409 898 043 www.dillonscottage.com.au Eagle’s Nest Retreat Stanthorpe 26172 New England Highway, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3311 www.eaglesneststanthorpe.com.au Fairbanks Guesthouse 48 Fairbanks Lane, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0429 841 394 www.fairbanksguesthouse.com.au Girraween Country Inn 1793 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4683 7109 www.girraweencountryinn.com.au
Girraween Environmental Lodge Pyramids Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 5138 www.girraweenlodge.com.au
Loughmore House & Cottage 2 Armstrong Lane, Eukey QLD 4380 Ph: 0419 782 625 www.stayatloughmore.com.au
Grice Lane Cottages 89 Grice Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0401 019 062 www.gricelane.com.au
Lynrose Place 115 College Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4676 www.lynroseplace.com.au
Granite Garden Cottages and Lake Retreat 90 Nicholson Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5161 www.granitegardens.com.au Granite Ridge Wines @ Fergies Hill Cottage 157 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1263 www.graniteridgewines.com.au Granite Belt Brewery Retreat 146 Glenlyon Drive, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1370 www.granitebeltbrewery.com.au Harrington Glen Estate 88 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 4388 www.harringtonglenwines.com.au Heather’s Cottage New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1147 Heritage Cottage Granite Belt Drive, Cottonvale QLD 4375 Ph: 07 4685 2197 www.heritagewines.com.au Honeysuckle Cottages 15 Mayfair Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Phone: 07 4681 1510 www.honeysucklecottages.com.au James Farmhouse, Country Cottage & Yurt 2635 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0412 889 678 www.jamesfarmhouse.com.au Kurrajong Cottages 2625 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1239 www.kurrajongcottages.com.au
Mallow Cottage 1929 Stanthorpe – Texas Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0401 557 338 www.mallow.net.au Maric Park Cottages 144 Reilly Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0417 606 647 www.maricpark.com.au Molly Mac Cottages 895 Thorndale Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0431 778 912 www.mollymac.com.au Possum’s Hollow and Hooter’s Hut 216 Butler Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0408 877 457 www.facebook.com/ PossumsHollowAndHootersHutCabins Radiance on Lyra 9 Curtin Rd, Lyra QLD 4382 Ph: 0422 582 644 www.radianceonlyra.com.au Ridgemill Estate 218 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5211 www.ridgemillestate.com Roversrest Guest House & Studio Style Units 20 Fletcher Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4121 www.roversrest.com.au Sancerre Estate B&B and Cottage 60 Zambelli Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1139 www.sancerreestate.com.au Severn-Dipity 38 Mungall Lane, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1300 www.severn-dipity.com.au Sippers at Ballandean 2655 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4683 4121 www.ballandean.net.au
Travel Directory Stanthorpe Villa 8 Brunckhorst Avenue, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0402 323 456 www.stanthorpevilla.com.au Storm King Cottage 376 Nielsens Road, Storm King QLD 4380 Ph: 0409 629 876 www.stormkingcottage.com.au Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory 28146 New England Highway, Ballandean Qld 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1135 www.twinstarguesthouse.com Twisted Gum Cottage 2253 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1282 www.twistedgum.com.au Vineyard Cottages & Café 28126 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1270 www.vineyardcottages.com.au Windswept Country Retreat 1862 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1361 www.windswept.com.au Wisteria Cottage Country Cabins 2117 Pyramids Road, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 5121 www.wisteriacottage.com.au
WARWICK AND SURROUNDS ACCOMMODATION
Motels Alexander Motel & Peppercorn Restaurant 4 Wentworth Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3888 www.alexandermotel.com Buckaroo Motor Inn 86 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3755 www.buckaroomotorinn.com.au
Centre Point Mid-City Motor Inn 32 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3488 www.centrepointmidcity.com.au City View Motel Warwick 2 Yangan Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5000 www.cityviewmotelwarwick.com.au
Hotels 53 on Victoria 53 Victoria St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0447 613 488 www.53onvictoria.com.au Allora Railway Hotel 40 Herbet Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3402
Coachman’s Inn 91 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4660 2100 www.coachmans.com.au
Allora Commercial Hotel 59 Herbert Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3415
Comfort Inn Warwick 57 Victoria Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1699 www.comfortinnwarwick.com.au
Criterion Hotel 84 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1042 www.criterionwarwick.com.au
Country Rose Motel 2 Palmer Avenue, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7700 www.countryrosemotel.com
O’Mahony’s Heritage Hotel Cnr Grafton & Lyons Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1146 www.omahonys.com.au
Horse and Jockey Hotel Motel Cnr Victoria & Palmerin Streets, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 0600 Jackie Howe Motel 65 Victoria Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2111 www.jackiehowemotel.com.au Killarney Hotel-Motel 17 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1313 www.killarneyhotelmotel.com.au Leyburn Motel & Cabins Cnr Macintyre & Warwick Streets, Leyburn QLD 4365 Ph: 0475 670 474 www.leyburnmotel.com.au McNevins Warwick Motel 1 Glen Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5588 www.mcnevins.com.au Warwick Motor Inn 17-19 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4660 5600 www.warwickmotorinn.com Warwick Vines Motel 71-73 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1810 www.warwickvinesmotel.com
Sandy Creek Pub (Darling Downs Hotel) 345 Sandy Creek Road, Allan QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3413 www.darlingdownshotel.com.au Stockyard Hotel 23 Percy Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 1119 Yangan Hotel / Motel 13 King Street, Yangan QLD 4371 Ph: 07 4664 8190 Caravan / Camping Allora Show Society Allora Showgrounds New England Highway, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0427 100 210 www.allorashow.org.au Dalrymple Creek Park Allora Drive, Allora QLD 4362 Free camping for max 24 hours Gap Creek Farm Stay 9674 Cunningham Hwy, Tregony QLD 4370 Ph: 0427 666 224 www.gapcreekfarmstay.com.au
Glendon Camping Ground 222 Glendon Road, Karara QLD 4352 Ph: 07 4667 4756 www.glendoncamping.com.au Goomburra Valley Campground 2013 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 6006 www.goomburravalleycampground.com.au Gordon Country 2081 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 6179 www.gordoncountry.com.au Killarney Sundown Motel / Tourist Park 2 Pine Street, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1318 www.killarneysundownmotel.com.au Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park 55 O’Maras Road, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1522 www.killarneyview.com.au Kahler's Oasis Caravan Park 98 Wallace Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2874 www.kahlersoasis.com.au Lake Leslie Tourist Park 113 Saddledam Road, Leslie Dam QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9166 www.lakeleslietouristpark.com.au Leyburn Sports Grounds Tummaville Road, Leyburn QLD 4365 Free camping for max 72 hours Rose City Caravan Park New England/ Cunningham Highway, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1662 www.facebook.com/RosecityCP
Country Resorts / Farmstays Bestbrook Mountain Resort 9790 Cunningham Highway, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1282 www.bestbrook.com.au Cherrabah Resort 1 Keogh's Road, Elbow Valley Via Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 9177 www.cherrabah.com.au Gleneden Family Farm and Working Bullock Team 375 North Branch Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1273 www.glenedenfamilyfarm.com.au Kelvin Falls Family Farm 300 O’Deas Road, Elbow Valley QLD 4370 Ph: 0427 125 477 www.kelvinfalls.com Oaklea Farm Stay Cottages 1966 Condamine River Rd, The Head QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7161 www.oakleacottages.com.au B&Bs, Cottages and Retreats
Dalrymple Bed and Breakfast 46 Raff Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 2073 www.dalrymples.com.au Evelyn House Palmerin Street, Warwick Ph: 0411 878 730 email@example.com Glenrose B&B 138 Ogilvie Rd, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7476 www.glenrosepatchwork.com Grafton Rose Bed & Breakfast 134 Grafton Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 0151 www.graftonrose.com Hope Cottage 24 Serisier Road, Leslie via Warwick, QLD 4370 Ph: 0409 122 679 www.hopecottage.com.au Horsepower Hilton 299 Old Stanthorpe Road, Morgan Park QLD 4370 Ph: 0498 670 027 www.horsepowerhilton.com
Adjinbilly Rainforest Retreat Cabins Lot 10 Adjinbilly Road, The Falls, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1599 www.adjinbilly.com.au
Kurrajong Guesthouse Country Retreat 20 Kurrajong St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 0417 017 812 www.kurrajongguesthouse.com.au
Abbey of the Roses 8 Locke Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9777 www.abbeyoftheroses.com
Montrose Farm Bed and Breakfast 477 Forest Springs – Goomburra Road, Goomburra QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 6115 www.montrosefarm.com.au
Albion Cottage 104 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0408 618 960
Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park and Cabins Spring Creek Road, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7151 www.queenmaryfallscaravanpark.com.au
Arborlee Rainforest Retreat 67 Sunday Plains rd, Mt Colliery via Warwick Ph: 07 4664 4074 www.arborlee.com
Washpool Reserve, Leslie Dam Washpool Rd, Warwick QLD 4370 1300 697 372 www.sdrc.qld.gov.au
Birdhouse B&B 401 Lyndhurst Lane, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2148 www.birdhousecottage.com.au Celtis Grove Cottage 93 Wantley Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 8668
Oaklea Bed & Breakfast 1966 Condamine River Road, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7161 www.oakleacottages.com.au Pitstop Lodge Guesthouse and B&B 53 Canning Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9393 www.pitstoplodge.com.au R on the Downs B&B and Spa Cottages 295 Swanfels Road, Yangan QLD 4371 Ph: 07 4664 8587 www.r-onthedowns.com
Travel Directory Reppels Bed and Breakfast 21 Drayton Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0404 498 004 www.reppelsbedandbreakfast.com Roseneath Cottage 62 Warwick Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3662 www.roseneathcottage.com.au Spicers Peak Lodge Wilkinsons Road, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 1300 253 103 www.spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages 1503 Spring Creek Road, The Falls via Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7101 www.springcreekcottages.com.au Stacey’s At The Gap 9080 Cunningham Highway, Tregony QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1240 www.staceys.com.au Dormitory Style Slade Campus 70 Horseman Road, Warwick Ph: 0410 773 122 YMCA Leslie Dam Ph: 07 4661 9575 www.ymcacamping.com.au Storm King Dam – Scots College Eukey Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Phone: 07 4666 9811 www.scotspgc.com.au/community/ storm-king-dam
TOUR / TRANSPORT
CON-X-ION Airport Transfers Ph: 1300 903 226 www.con-x-ion.com Crisps Coaches 78 Grafton St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 8333 Filippo's Tours Ph: 0409 877 973 www.filippostours.com.au
Flight One 325 Aerodrome Road, Applethorpe QLD 4378 Ph: 07 4681 4705 www.outbackflyingadventures.com.au Granite Belt Bicycle Tours & Hire Leslie Parade, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0405 604 926 www.granitebeltbicycles.com.au Granite Highlands Maxi-Tours 19 Amosfield Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3969 www.maxitours.com.au Peter's Coaches (Wellcamp Airport Transfers) Ph: 1300 602 902 www.wellcamp.com.au Stanthorpe Tours Ph: 0437 707 765 www.stanthorpetours.com.au Wine Discovery Tours Leslie Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0412 579 341 www.winediscoverytours.com.au
WINERIES & BREWERIES
Balancing Rock Wines 221 Old Wallangarra Road, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 0407 127 903 www.balancingrockwines.com.au Ballandean Estate Wines 354 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1226 www.ballandeanestate.com Bent Road Wine 535 Bents Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0418 190 101 www.bentroadwine.com.au Between Two Rocks Cellar Door and Cafe 71 Herbert St, Allora QLD Ph: 0407 594 276 facebook.com/BetweenTwoRocksWine Boireann Wines 26 Donnelly’s Castle Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 07 4683 2194 www.boireannwinery.com.au
Brass Monkey Brewhouse 106 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0488 967 401 www.brassmonkeybrewhouseptyltd.com Bungawarra Wines 181 Bents Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1128 www.bungawarrawines.com.au Casley Mount Hutton Winery 94 Mount Hutton Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0427 099 981 www.casleywines.com Castle Glen Australia 3184 Amiens Road, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4683 2363 www.castleglenaustralia.com.au Girraween Estate 41 Hickling Lane, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 0448 866 890 www.girraweenestate.com.au Golden Grove Estate 337 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1291 www.goldengrove.com.au Granite Belt Brewery 146 Glenlyon Drive, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1370 www.granitebeltbrewery.com.au Granite Ridge Wines 157 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1263 www.graniteridgewines.com.au Harrington Glen Estate 88 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4388 www.harringtonglenwines.com.au Heritage Estate Wines 9 Watson Rd, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2947 www.heritagewines.com.au Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard 2271 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1383 www.hiddencreek.com.au Jester Hill Wines 292 Mt Stirling Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4380 www.jesterhillwines.com.au
Just Red Wines 2370 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1322 www.justred.com.au
Savina Lane Wines 61 Savina Lane, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5258 www.savinalanewines.com.au
Kominos Wines 27145 New England Highway, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4311 www.kominoswines.com
Severn Brae Estate 49 Black Creek Rd, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 5292
Moonrise Estate 47 Clark Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 6203 www.moonriseestate.com.au Mountview Wines Mt Stirling Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4317 www.mountviewwines.com Pyramids Road Wines 25 Wyberba Lane (off Pyramids Road), Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 5151 www.pyramidsroad.com.au Queensland College of Wine Tourism 22 Caves Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4685 5050 www.qcwt.com.au Ravens Croft Wines 274 Spring Creek Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 3252 www.ravenscroftwines.com.au Ridgemill Estate 218 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5211 www.ridgemillestate.com
Summit Estate Wines 291 Granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 2011 www.summitestate.com.au Symphony Hill Wines 2017 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1388 www.symphonyhill.com.au Tobin Wines 34 Ricca Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1235 www.tobinwines.com.au Twisted Gum Wines 2253 Eukey Rd, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1282 www.twistedgum.com.au
Ballandean General Store and Bakery New England Hwy, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1103 Ballandean Tavern Cnr Judes & Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4684 1044 www.ballandeantavern.com.au Blue Pot Pantry Claudia's Country Restaurant 679 Thorndale Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0424 491 829 www.bluepotpantry.com.au Boulevard Court Chinese Restaurant 68 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2828 Brinx Deli 149 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4370 07 4681 2247 Cafe 77 41 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4370 Ph: 0488 516 924
Whiskey Gully Wines 25 Turner Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5100 www.whiskeygullywines.com.au
Cellar Door Cafe 27850 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4684 1341 www.masonwines.com.au
Wickerman Trading Co 7 Townsend Rd, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0432 618 515
Country Club Hotel / Motel 26 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1033
RESTAURANT / FOOD PRODUCER
Robert Channon Wines 32 Bradley Lane, Amiens QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 3260 www.robertchannonwines.com
Stanthorpe and Surrounds
Robinsons Family Vineyard 151 Curtin Rd, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0448 877 874 www.robinsons-family-vineyards.myshopify.com
Anna’s Restaurant 1 O’Mara Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1265 www.annas.com.au
Rumbalara Estate Wines Fletcher Road, Fletcher QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4684 1206 www.rumbalarawines.com.au
Ashbern Farms 2 West Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0124 www.ashbernfarms.com.au
Sancerre Estate 60 Zambelli Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1139 www.sancerreestate.com.au
Aussie Beef Steakhouse 1 High St, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1533 www.aussiebeefsteakhouse.com.au
Eagle Boys Pizza 51 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4035 Feast & Farmin’ 19 Railway Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1015 Fork and Cork Cafe and Restaurant 18 Maryland St, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2890 Foxys Bakery 37a Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3259 Granite Belt Brewery 146 Glenlyon Drive, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1370 www.granitebeltbrewery.com.au
Travel Directory Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard 2271 Eukey Road, Ballandean, QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4684 1383 www.hiddencreek.com.au Jamworks Gourmet Foods 7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4171 www.jamworks.com.au JJ's The Rocks Restaurant at Honeysuckle Cottages 15 Mayfair Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3400 www.honeysucklecottages.com.au L'Aquila 130 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0356 Lee's Chinese Take Away 54a Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0014 Lyra Views Cafe 9 Curtin Road, Lyra QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1333 Mallow Lamb 1929 Stanthorpe — Texas Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0401 557 338 www.mallow.net.au McDonalds Stanthorpe Cnr Mayfair Lane & New England Highway, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0422 McGregor Terrace Food Project 2 McGregor Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3463 www.mcgregorterracefoodproject.com.au Pocket of Spice 11 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2660 Purcy's Fish & Chips 56 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0111
Sam’s Farm Fresh Fruit and Veg 44 Middleton Road, Cottonvale QLD 4375 Ph: 07 4685 2156
The Rustic Coffee Lounge 29 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3090
Southern Queensland Country Regional Food Network PO Box 1061, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0409 286 227 www.seasonalfeast.com.au
The Singing Lake Cafe at Robert Channon Wines 32 Bradley Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 3260 www.robertchannonwines.com.au
Stanthorpe Fish Bar & Take Away 9 Rogers Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2457 Stanthorpe Cheese and Jersey Girl's Café 4 Duncan Lane, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2277 www.stanthorpecheese.com.au Stanthorpe RSL Services Club 26 Corundum St, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0047 www.stanthorperslclub.com.au Sutton's Juice Factory, Cidery & Shed Café 10 Halloran Drive, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2464 www.suttonsfarm.com.au The Barrelroom and Larder 354 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1326 www.barrelroom.com.au The Bramble Patch 381 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin, QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4205 www.bramblepatch.com.au The Gallery Cafe 311 Stabiles Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0408 951 071 www.glenaplingardens.com.au The Little Bread & Cake Shop 23 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1204
Red Rooster Stanthorpe 123 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3355
The Pizza Place 16 Railway Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3388
Slap's Coffee House Cafe Shop 19 Stanthorpe Plaza, High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0109
The Regal Cafe 161 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1365
The Vineyard Café 28126 New England Highway Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1270 www.vineyardcafe.com.au Queensland College of Wine Tourism 22 Caves Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4685 5050 www.qcwt.com.au Wallangarra Railway Café 80 Rockwell Street, Wallangarra QLD 4383 Ph: 07 4684 3376 Wheel in Orchard 315 Granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4683 2343 Yim-Thai Restaurant 137a High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0155 Zest Pastries Pty Ltd 54 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4320
Warwick and Surrounds Amy’s Country Café 50 Herbert St, Allora QLD Ph: 07 4666 3828 Belle Vue Café 119 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9079 Bluebird Kitchen 130 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5795 www.bluebirdkitchen.com.au Bryson’s Place Café 90 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 4308 www.brysonsplace.com.au Café Jacqui’s 8 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9022
Char-Belas Cinema Café 81 Grafton Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 4661 9079 www.char-belas.com Chung Hing Chinese Restaurant 67 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5288 Classio Restaurant (Indian) 69 Dragon Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9330 Clippers Bar and Grill 65 Victoria Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1111 www.clippersbarandgrill.com.au Coffee Club 69A Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 1632 Condamine Sports Club 133 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1911 www.condaminesportsclub.com.au Delights of India 73 Fitzroy Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4643 2377 Frog and Swallow Cafe 72 Herbert Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3682 www.frogandswallow.com.au Hawker Road Function Centre – Golf Club 1 Hawker Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1720 www.warwickgolfclub.com.au Joie de Vivre Café 45/41 King Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0409 054 939 Just Because Gifts & Flowers 56 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1455 J Y Thai Restaurant 159 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 4244 Killarney Hotel-Motel 17 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1313 www.killarneyhotelmotel.com.au
McDonalds Warwick 75 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 4661 8888 Mussells Restaurant 103 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3599 Noodle Hut 105 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 1368 Red Rooster Warwick Cnr Wood St & Guy Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5834 Roses Chinese Restaurant 45 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3777 Royal Hotel Leyburn 71 MacIntyre Street, Leyburn QLD 4365 Ph: 07 4695 0129 www.leyburnhotel.com.au Rupert's Bar and Grill 91 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4660 2100 www.coachmans.com.au Soban House Restaurant (Japanese) 54A Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2652 Spring Creek Mountain Cafe & Cottages 1503 Spring Creek Road, The Falls via Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7101 www.springcreekcottages.com.au Steele's Bakery Cafe 55 Fitzroy Street, Warwick QLD 4370 07 4661 3455 The Cherry Tree Coffee & Dining Cnr Palmerin & Fitzroy Streets, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 1746 www.thecherrytree.coffee The Criterion Hotel 84 Palmerin St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1042 www.criterionwarwick.com.au The Malt House 42 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 1865
The Peak Spicers Peak Lodge Wilkinsons Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 1300 253 103 www.spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge The Ranch Bakehouse Cnr Albion and Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 0025 Veronica’s on Willow 15 Ailanthus St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1919 Warwick Gardens Galore 21 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 4466 Warwick Hotel 20 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7772 www.warwickhotel.com.au Warwick RSL Memorial Club Cnr King Street and Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 8547 www.warwickrsl.com.au Zarraffas 45a Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 4627 www.zarraffas.com
ATTRACTIONS Galleries, Museums and Collections Allora Regional Sports Museum 78 Herbert Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0407 034 320 Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre Alice St, Warwick QLD 4370 www.prorodeo.com.au/heritage Bush Rock Gallery 29 Hoey Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0419 216 131 www.graemeshreiber.com.au
Travel Directory Glen Aplin Gardens Art Gallery 311 Stabiles Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0408 951 071 www.glenaplingardens.com.au
Boer War Memorial and Park Warwick St, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 137 468 firstname.lastname@example.org
Killarney Heritage Centre 11 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 4289 email@example.com
Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre 18515 New England Highway, Warwick-Allora QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 3866 www.glengallan.com.au
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Cnr of Marsh and Lock Streets, Weeroona Park Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1874 www.srag.org.au Stanthorpe Heritage Museum 12 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1711 www.granitenet.com.au Warwick Art Gallery 49 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 0434 www.warwickartgallery.com Warwick Historical Society Museum 79 Dragon St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3234 firstname.lastname@example.org Warwick Railway Peter Prixey Museum Cnr Hamilton and Fitzroy Sts, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9788 www.southerndownssteamrailway.com.au Wallangarra Railway Museum and Café 80 Rockwell St, Wallangarra QLD 4383 Ph: 07 4684 3376 Willow Gallery Collective 26 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4661 9441
Landmarks and Buildings Abbey of the Roses 8 Locke Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9777 www.abbeyoftheroses.com
Mary Poppins House 61 Herbert Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0428 746 458
National Parks and Natural Attractions Aloomba Lavender 5425 Mt Lindesay Road, Tenterfield NSW 2372 Ph: 07 4686 1191 www.aloombalavender.com.au Bald Rock National Park Bald Rock Access Rd, Tenterfield NSW 2372 Ph: 02 6736 4298 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au Condamine River Park Rd, Warwick QLD 4370 Donnelly’s Castle Donnellys Castle Road, Pozieres QLD 4352 Girraween National Park Pyramids Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 137 468 www.npsr.qld.gov.au Main Range National Park Various locations Ph: 137 468 www.npsr.qld.gov.au Quart Pot Creek Leslie Parade, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Sundown National Park Via Glenlyon Dam Rd, Ballandean QLD 4380 Ph: 137 468 www.npsr.qld.gov.au
Fresh Food and Other Attractions Seasonal Markets — see page 38 Anna's Candles 7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0433 440 067 www.annascandles.com.au Ashbern Farms 2 West Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0124 www.ashbernfarms.com.au Bestbrook Mountain Resort 9790 Cunningham Highway, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1282 www.bestbrook.com.au Brass Monkey Brew House 106 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0488 967 401 www.brassmonkeybrewhouseptyltd.com Castle Glen Australia 3184 Amiens Road, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4683 2363 www.castleglenaustralia.com.au Cherrabah Resort 1 Keogh's Road, Elbow Valley Via Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 9177 www.cherrabah.com.au Cicada Woman and Yirimbahm Gallery 49 Mailmans Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1187 www.cicadawoman.weebly.com Glass Shokunin Studio 25355 New England Highway, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 0419 701 741 www.glassshokuninstudio.com.au Gleneden Family Farm and Working Bullock Team 375 North Branch Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1273 www.glenedenfamilyfarm.com.au
Heavenly Chocolate 2117 Pyramids Road, Wyberba QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4684 5121 www.wisteriacottage.com.au
The Granite Belt Maze 364 Old Warwick Road, Glen Niven QLD 4377 Ph: 07 4683 2181 www.thegranitebeltmaze.com.au
Jamworks Gourmet Foods 7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4171 www.jamworks.com.au
The Ugg Boot Lady 403 Kerridges Rd, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4177 www.theuggbootlady.com.au
Kent Saddlery 25798 New England Highway, Stanthorpe QLD 480 Ph: 07 4681 4220 www.kentsaddlery.com.au
Vincenzo's at The Big Apple 315 Granite Belt Drive, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 07 4683 2033
Lawdogs Australia 335 Church Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 0467 255 337 www.lawdogsaustralia.com.au Mt Stirling Olives Collins Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4270 www.mtstirlingolives.com.au Pure Heaven 34 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0586 www.pureheaven.com.au Rose City Shoppingworld 81 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 0142 www.rosecityshoppingworld.com.au Stanthorpe Cheese and Jersey Girl's Café 4 Duncan Lane, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2277 www.stanthorpecheese.com.au Sutton's Juice Factory, Cidery & Shed Café 10 Halloran Drive, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2464 www.suttonsfarm.com.au Southern Downs Steam Railway Cnr Hamilton and Fitzroy Sts, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9788 www.southerndownssteamrailway.com.au The Bramble Patch 381 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4205 www.bramblepatch.com.au
Stanthorpe Sports and Country Club 50 Amosfield Rd, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1276 Wallangarra Golf Club Army Avenue, Wallangarra QLD 4383 www.facebook.com/wallangarragolfclub Warwick Golf Club Hawker Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5905 www.warwickgolfclub.com.au
Washpool Farm Soaperie 16 Bents Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1080 www.washpoolfarm.com.au
Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre (WIRAC) 29 Palmerin St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7955 www.wirac.com.au
Sport Allora Sports Club Warwick St, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3380
Warwick Polocrosse Club Morgan Park Old Stanthorpe Rd, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0419 714 545 www.warwickpolox.com.au
Carnell Raceway Rifle Range Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4684 1158 www.carnellraceway.com.au
Warwick Turf Club 170 Victoria St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1023 www.warwickturfclub.org.au
Gap Creek Moto 9674 Cunningham Highway, Tregony QLD 4370 Ph: 0427 666 224 www.gapcreekfarmstay.com.au
Granite Belt Bicycle Tours and Hire Stanthorpe Ph: 0405 604 926 www.granitebeltbicycles.com.au Morgan Park Raceway Old Stanthorpe Road, QLD 4370 Ph: 0437 471 433 www.morganparkraceway.com.au Sandy Creek Raceway Sandy Creek Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0418 740 021 www.warwickkartclub.com.au Stanthorpe Jockey Club Armstrong Park 92 Jimmy Mann Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1833 www.wineracing.org
Stanthorpe Pet Sitters Ph: 0422 406 974 www.stanthorpets.com We Care Country Kennels Tennant Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Phone: 07 4683 2518 www.wecarecountrykennels.com.au Granite Belt Boarding Kennels Eukey Road, Eukey QLD 4380 Phone: 07 4683 7173 www.granitebeltboardingkennelsandcattery. com.au National Harvest Information Line Ph: 1800 062 332 https://www.employment.gov.au/ harvest-labour-services
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Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre
Ask a local Our two accredited Visitor Information Centres can help you travel around our region. Keep an eye out for the blue and yellow sign for friendly advice on where to stay, what to do or just chat with a local about the area.
Warwick Visitor Information Centre Town Hall, 72 Palmerin St, Warwick 07 4661 3122 Monday — Friday, 9am — 5pm Saturday — Sunday, 10am — 1pm Parking: Ample parking available on Palmerin St or in the Council carpark accessible off Fitzroy St. Caravan and bus parking available on Palmerin St in front of Leslie Park
Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre 28 Leslie Parade, Stanthorpe 07 4681 2057 Monday — Sunday, 9am — 4pm Parking: Ample parking available directly in front of Centre for all vehicle types
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Translating and Interpreting Service (24 hours, every day of the year) Ph: 131 450 (within Australia)
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