SOUTHERN DOWNS & G R A N I T E B E LT 2020/21 Visitor Guide
Allora • Ballandean • Goomburra • Killarney • Leyburn Maryvale • Stanthorpe • Wallangarra • Warwick • Yangan A part of Southern Queensland Country
Southern Downs & Granite Belt
Our Towns and Villages
Food and Wine
Heritage and the Arts
Explore our Outdoors
Driving the Southern Downs
When to come
Some images courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, Granite Belt Wine Country, Department of National Parks Sport and Racing, Cory Rossiter Photography, Warwick Show and Rodeo Society, Dan Proud Photography, Glenda Riley, Trapnell Creations, Jane Hodges 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 2020
Cover Image of Sunflower Field taken by Chris McFerran
Welcome to Southern Downs and Granite Belt Swap the city hustle for a taste of our laid-back life in the country. Good food and wine, fresh air, time together and the restorative power of nature – sound good? Here you’ll find the perfect mix of breathtaking natural landscapes, immersive wine experiences, fresh local produce, a sense of living history and exhilarating events celebrated across four distinct seasons. Chat to the locals in a country pub, meet the winemaker at one of our cellar doors, tackle mountain peaks in World Heritage national parks or watch a cowboy ride a bucking bull in Australia's rodeo capital. Come and join us in the heart of Southern Queensland Country, where a warm country welcome and a refreshing escape await you – simply slow down, breathe deeply and savour the essence of country life.
Getting Here An easy escape from Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast, the Southern Downs region stretches from the little town of Allora through Warwick and Stanthorpe 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) Warwick to Stanthorpe 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 Goondiwindi to Warwick Tenterfield to Stanthorpe
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Daily bus services operate between Brisbane, Toowoomba, Warwick and Stanthorpe through Crisps Coaches. Transfers from both Brisbane Airport and Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport can be booked through CON-X-ION Airport Transfers. See page 51 for details.
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 tourist drives and suggested itineraries.
Talk to a local There’s nothing like local advice. Drop in to our accredited Visitor Information Centres in Warwick and Stanthorpe to talk to a local who can give you friendly advice on getting around, where to stay, and what to see and do. Keep an eye out for the blue and yellow i signs!
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
Warwick Visitor Information Centre Town Hall, 72 Palmerin St, Warwick 07 4661 3122 Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm Saturday, 9am – 4pm & Sunday, 9am – 2pm 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
This symbol recognises Accredited Visitor Information Centres. These centres have achieved accreditation by meeting specified industry standards and are recognised as genuine, quality information providers. 04 southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
Granite Belt local produce
Markets Across the region there are markets happening every week, with locals selling everything from fresh produce to bric-a-brac, arts and craft. Glengallan Seasonal Markets 1st Sunday of March, June, Sept, Dec 8:00am – 1:00pm Glengallan Homestead, Warwick-Allora P: 07 4667 3866 KAPA Killarney Markets 3rd Sunday of the month 8:00am – 1:00pm Canning Park, Killarney P: 0468 400 286 Market in the Mountains 2nd Sunday of the month and QLD long weekends 8:00am – 12:00pm Stanthorpe Showgrounds M: 0417 760 529 W: marketinthemountains.org
Pig & Calf Markets Every Wednesday 9:30am – 12:00pm Cnr Fitzroy & Lyons St, Warwick P: 07 4661 1411 Stanthorpe Seasonal Feast Markets Every Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm Farley St Piazza, Stanthorpe W: facebook.com/seasonalfeast
Annual Markets Warwick Easter Fair Market Easter Saturday 11 April 2020 9:00am – 2:00pm Leslie Park, Warwick M: 0411 335 193 Jazz @ the Gallery Artisans Market Saturday 18 July 2020
Stanthorpe Showgrounds Markets 4th Sunday of the month excluding Dec 3 and Jan 3 8:00am – 1:00pm High St, Stanthorpe P: 0416 169 032 W: stanthorpeshowgrounds.com.au
9:30am – 2:30pm
Wallangarra Border Railway Markets 1st Sunday of the month 8:00am – 12:00pm Wallangarra Railway Station, Wallangarra P: Carol Hurtz 07 4684 3429 or Helen Butler 07 4684 3400
Sunday 26 July 2020
Warwick Art Gallery 49 Albion St, Warwick P: 07 4661 0434 W: warwickartgallery.com.au Jumpers and Jazz Potters Craft Market 9:00am – 3:00pm Leslie Park, Warwick M: 0411 335 193 Warwick Rodeo Country Craft Market Saturday 24 October 2020 8:30am – 1pm Leslie Park, Warwick M: 0411 335 193 southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au 05
Calendar of Events 2020/21 See the full events calendar at southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
FEB MAR Killarney Picnic Basket Day
That Dam Ride
Allora Autumn Festival
Autumn Race Day
Warwick Picnic Races
Grazing the Granite Belt
24 Hours of Lemons
Stanthorpe Art Prize Exhibition
Stanthorpe 28 February – 8 March
Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival
Warwick 8-10 May
Allora Community Auction Allora
5 June – 29 July
JUL Killarney Bonfire Night Killarney 18 July
Granite Belt Christmas Farm Christmas in July
Jumpers and Jazz in July
Australian Superbike Championship – Round 5
Barastoc Interstate Polocrosse Series & Shell Cup Carnival
Summit Estate Harvest Dinner
IOR Rosebowl Polocrosse
Historic Leyburn Sprints
Kefi at the Winery 2020 Glen Aplin 3 October
Granite Belt Art & Craft Trail Stanthorpe & surrounds 24-25 Oct & 31 Oct – 1 Nov
Warwick 1000 Warwick 28-30 August
Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Waddle, Saddle & Pedal Killarney 30 August
Queensland Road Team Series Warwick & Yangan
Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft Warwick 19-25 October
Australian Small Winemakers Show – Public Tasting Stanthorpe 26 October
Granite Belt Christmas Farm Tree Harvest Weekend Applethorpe
Boxing Day Races Warwick 26 December
New Year’s Eve Rodeo Warwick 31 December
Allora Heritage Weekend Allora 23-24 January 2021
Major Events & Festivals See the full events calendar at southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival 28 February – 8 March 2020
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 festivities, culminating in an unforgettable weekend of colourful street carnivals, a food and wine fiesta and the messy fun of the grape crushing championships! 10 days of festival fun including grape crushing and apple peeling competitions. The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is a must-do for your event calendar (and plan ahead for the 2022 event!) appleandgrape.org
Jumpers and Jazz in July 16–26 July 2020 Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July is Queensland’s quirkiest yarnbombing and jazz winter festival! 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 bookended by two big weekends of celebrations providing plenty of opportunity to make a weekend of it. Key events include Jumpin' Jazz Laneway Party, Killarney Bonfire Night, Grand Automobile Display (first weekend), Celebration of Local Flavours, Suitcase Rummage, Twilight Jazz in the Park, Picnic in the Park Jazz arena and the Warwick Potters craft markets (second weekend). jumpersandjazz.com.au
22–23 August 2020
2–4 July 2021
The 25th Historic Leyburn Sprints returns to the streets of Leyburn, with over 200 cars racing around the idyllic country town, vying for trophies in over 20 classes, as well as outright and historic placings. Get amongst the drivers and their cars, ranging from the 1920s through to modern classics. The Historic Leyburn Sprints is commemorating the 71st anniversary of the running of the Australian Grand Prix, held at Leyburn on a disused wartime airstrip in 1949. Celebrity drivers at the 2019 event included Colin Bond, Fred Gibson, Dick Johnson and Kevin Bartlett – who knows who you’ll spot at this event! Come along for the country markets, live music, Shannons show ‘n’ shine and the Vintage Caravan comp – all adding to the entertainment provided by this unique event in a fantastic country setting!
Queensland's premiere winter festival held every second year. Grab your beanies, scarves and mittens and join the fun at Snowflakes in Stanthorpe 2021. The coolest town in Queensland is gearing up to host thousands of visitors on a winter family holiday with a guaranteed chance of throwing snowballs. With a massive snowfield, ice skating and tonnes of winter activities & entertainment, the whole family will have a ball.
Historic Leyburn Sprints
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe
Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft 19–25 October 2020 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’. Known by many as the ‘Melbourne Cup’ of campdrafting, the Warwick Gold Cup attracts more riders and offers more prize money than any other campdraft in Australia. Worth over $55,000 plus a gold cup and a trophy saddle, it is, and has been for many years, regarded as the Australian Championship Campdraft. 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. warwickshowandrodeo.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 its own story, and restored buildings, churches, museums and attractions reveal a rich history. You’ll discover local art galleries, antique shops, farmers’ markets, roadside stalls, cosy cafés and the local pub, where you’re sure to find a local keen for a chat.
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, boutique wineries and a generally cooler, temperate climate (and even the 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 locals, backpackers and travellers. Beautiful Quart Pot Creek flows through town and offers more than 5km of walking and cycling tracks, picnic tables and barbecue areas. In the centre of town there’s a good mix of cafés, 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.
Fromes Lane, Stanthorpe
Things to do • Attend the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, held every second year in March (28 February – 8 March 2020). • Join our magical three-day winter-themed celebration, Snowflakes in Stanthorpe, held every second year in winter, with snowfields, ice-skating and more to enjoy (2–4 July 2021). • Visit the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery to see works from prominent local and Australian artists and even a precious Picasso lithograph.
• Take a walk or picnic along Quart Pot Creek, particularly stunning in Autumn. • Climb or mountain bike Mount Marlay and enjoy the soaring views over Stanthorpe from the lookout. • Taste a paddle of locally made beers at Granite Belt Brewery or Brass Monkey Brewhouse.
• Tour the winery at Queensland College of Wine Tourism and sit down to lunch featuring local produce paired with their wines. • Browse the stalls at Market in the Mountains or the Showgrounds Markets, both held monthly. • Snap a pic with the Big Thermometer, just near the Visitor Information Centre. It's a must do in winter to prove just how freezing it really is!
• Climb Bald Rock, the biggest monolith in the Southern Hemisphere that you can climb.
• Every Friday enjoy the Seasonal Feast Markets in the Stanthorpe Piazza.
LO C A L T I P S Dee Davenport from Granite Belt Brewery reveals her top Stanthorpe tips EXPERIENCE
Take a dip at Undercliffe Falls just over the border near Liston – tranquil and off the tourist map.
Pick your own sweet strawberries at Ashbern Farms from October to May.
Happy Valley Hippy Shop is such a happy, quirky shop in Stanthorpe.
Mountain bike Donnelly's Castle riding or a quiet has great views walk through and Thunderbolt's Broadwater State caves to explore. Forest.
Granite Belt Villages A string of Granite Belt villages nestle along the New England Highway either side of Stanthorpe – from Dalveen, Thulimbah and The Summit in the north, through to Severnlea and Glen Aplin, and further south to Eukey and Ballandean and the border town of Wallangarra on the edge of Girraween National Park. The perfect gourmet escape, lauded for its vineyards and award-winning small production wineries, the area also features apple and stone fruit orchards, mixed farms, artisan food producers and restaurant menus championing local produce. Stays range from well-appointed B&Bs to rustic cabins amid the granite, and upmarket villas and cottages with country and vineyard views. You’re sure to enjoy exploring Queensland’s most-awarded wine region!
Granite Belt Christmas Farm – Photo by Glenda Riley
Things to do • Snap a selfie with Thulimbah’s Big Apple! • Go orienteering, bouldering or mountain biking in Passchendaele State Forest, or fossicking the forest’s Swiper's Gully Fossicking Reserve. • Sample hand-made artisan cheeses, jams, ice-creams, chutneys, apple pies, olives and more at a number of gourmet providores including Stanthorpe Cheese & Jersey Girl’s Café, Jamworks Gourmet Foods, Mt Stirling Olives and Sutton's Juice and Cider Factory. • Let the kids go wild exploring the granite boulders at Donnelly’s Castle, near Pozieres. The 200m walk to the top promises breathtaking views.
• Buy local produce direct from local suppliers like Sam’s Farm Fresh Fruit & Veg at Cottonvale or from roadside farm stalls. • Take the family to the Granite Belt Christmas Farm, where the festive spirit is alive all year round and reindeer available to hand-feed. • Get lost at the Granite Belt Maze at The Summit – perfect for all ages. • Catch a Lawdogs Australia show at The Summit – the only place in Australia where you can see law dogs being trained. Foodies should pop next door to the Truffle Discovery Centre. • Taste wines at over 40 cellar doors, dotted throughout the Granite Belt.
Ballandean Things to do • Taste wines with the winemakers at the many award-winning cellar doors in the area. • Climb the famous Pyramid rock formation in Girraween National Park. • Don’t miss a little bit of Egypt — take a selfie with our quirky handmade pyramid. • Fish in the Severn River or tackle Sundown National Park’s rugged four-wheel-drive tracks. • Learn how to make exquisite natural soap at Washpool Skin Wellness and Soaperie – a treat for the senses. • Indulge in hand-made artisan chocolates at Heavenly Chocolates at Wyberba. • Many of the wineries host annual events each year. Book ahead – they regularly sell out.
Ballandean, Leeanne and Robyn
Wallangarra Things to do • Visit Wallangarra Museum and Café at the historic Wallangarra Railway Station and learn about its illustrious past. Don’t miss the Wallangarra Border Markets held there on the first Sunday of the month. • Find famous Australian bushranger Thunderbolt’s hideout. The path to the hideout is signed, and parking is available. Nearby are remnants of the WWII Brisbane Line tank traps – 10,000 troops were stationed in the area in wartime. • Step back in time with a trip on the Southern Downs Steam Railway. • Tackle Girraween’s challenging Mt Norman Track, accessed from Wallangarra. • Stop at the Queenslander sign and take a selfie!
Wallangarra Railway Station
LO C A L T I P S Tim Coelli from Twisted Gum Wines reveals his top Granite Belt Villages tips EXPERIENCE
Girraween National Park – follow the Junction Walk for views of spectacular granite boulders.
Just Red Wines – I can’t say no to a glass of their highly regarded Tannat.
Wallangarra Railway Café – fresh food and friendly service in an impressive old railway station building.
Mt Stirling Olives’ black olive tapenade is something special.
Art lovers converge on Art in the Mill in Ballandean on the first weekend in May each year.
Warwick and Surrounds Warwick You’ll find the balance is just right in Warwick – beautifully preserved sandstone buildings, the meandering Condamine River, pretty parks and gardens bursting with blooms in spring and summer, and lashings of country town charm with all the trappings of a thriving and creative regional city. Things to do • Giddy up! Get along to the famous Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft 19 – 25 October 2020. • Need for speed? Spend a day trackside at Morgan Park Raceway, one of Australia’s busiest rural raceways. • Yarn bombing, trees in jumpers, live jazz in the streets – don’t miss the colour and quirk of Jumpers and Jazz in 16-26 July, where the whole town celebrates winter!
Visit Warwick's Horsepower Place on the Condamine River. John Simpson’s Horsepower legacy pays homage to the rich and varied facets of the region's equestrian history and was more than ten years in the making. The 15 metre high sculpture sits at the southern end of Queens Park, on Alice St, where you can enjoy a casual stroll along the Condamine River.
• Catch the best of local and touring exhibitions at Warwick Art Gallery. • Ride the Southern Downs Steam Railway. • Explore Warwick’s historic houses and public buildings with the History & Heritage Trail Book. See page 27. • Pack a picnic and try your luck fishing for Murray cod and golden perch at Leslie Dam. • Take in the non-stop exhilarating action of a polocrosse match.
Warwick’s Horsepower Place Image: Warwick Chamber of Commerce
LO C A L T I P S Teilah McKelvey from Warwick Show & Rodeo Society reveals her top Warwick tips EXPERIENCE
A proper oldStart your day school country right with a hotel – the Sandy delicious breakfast Creek Pub – good and the best food, icy cold coffee in town at beer and a warm the Belle Vue. welcome.
Emporium Lane for a good selection of country fashion.
Warwick Art Gallery has ever-changing exhibitions and interactive kids’ activities.
Gardens Galore for great food and homewares and a well-stocked plant nursery.
Killarney The rolling green hills, glorious mountain views and plummeting waterfalls of Killarney offer one of the region’s most relaxing getaways. You'll love the village atmosphere and small town charm of the main street, dotted with galleries, cafes, parks and a museum. Don’t leave without a taste of the fabulous local beef, potatoes, pumpkins and onions. Camping, caravan parks, farm stays and mountain cottages suit a range of travellers. Things to do • Embark on the picturesque Falls Drive, taking in Browns Falls, Daggs Falls and the spectacular Queen Mary Falls, all part of the Main Range National Park; and a number of walking tracks, picnic spots and stunning views, including from Carr's Lookout. See page 42. • Explore the Cambanoora Gorge and the 14 river crossings of the Condamine River – perfect for four wheel drivers, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers. See page 36. • Find the work of local artists at Willow Gallery and check out the Killarney Heritage Centre for a collection of historical photos and artefacts – both in Willow Street. • Take a detour to the nearby village of Tannymorel – brilliant autumn trees! • Don't miss the annual Killarney Bonfire Night (July), Waddle, Saddle and Pedal (August) or Killarney Picnic Basket Day (April).
Queen Mary Falls, Killarney
LO C A L T I P S Bev Ruskey from Spring Creek Mountain Café & Cottages reveals her top Killarney tips EXPERIENCE
The stunning vistas, peace and cool air of the Spring Creek Mountain Trail guided walk.
Drop into Killarney Butchery for Steve Carey’s outstanding local beef and prizewinning kabana and cabanossi.
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HIDDEN GEM Look out for the elusive Albert Lyrebirds who make the rainforest around Killarney home.
Things to do Warwick. Beautiful gardens and a café complete the complex and seasonal markets are held quarterly.
• Settle in for an historic pub lunch or lay out a picnic on the banks of Dalrymple Creek.
Known as the ‘Best Little Town on the Downs’, Allora’s old-time streetscape oozes history. Take a walk around the streets to see late 1800s and 1900s timber architecture including CBC Bank, the Railway Hotel, the old Shire Chambers, the Queensland National Bank and the Commercial Hotel. Mary Poppins author PL Travers, lived in Allora as a child. Don’t miss Mary Poppins House (c.1880), once the Australian Joint Stock Bank, managed by her father Travers Goff.
• Don’t miss Allora Heritage Weekend in January, Allora Autumn Festival in May and the Allora Community Auction in June, where you can buy everything from antique furniture and tools to a wooden leg!
• Keep your eyes peeled for the stunning roadside sunflower fields blooming around Allora from December to January. Check with Warwick Visitor Information Centre for locations of blooming crops and please respect farmers’ land.
• Play a round at Allora Golf Club. • Glimpse the region’s rich pioneering past at Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre between Allora and
Allora Main Street
LO C A L T I P S Aaron Vietheer from Allora Butchery reveals his top Allora tips EXPERIENCE The history of Glengallan Homestead – my wife and I were married there and it's a good morning tea spot.
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Goomburra & Maryvale One of our best kept secrets, the beautiful Goomburra Valley is home to rugged mountain ranges, spectacular views, trickling streams, lush subtropical rainforest and some of the region’s most beautiful swimming spots. Just 40 minutes’ drive north of Warwick, the Valley is a must do for campers, walkers and birdwatchers, giving access to the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park. Pitch your tent on an open, grassy site, set off on a winding walking track through the rainforest, take a dip in a clear, cool waterhole and keep your eyes peeled for the rare eastern bristlebird, Coxen’s fig parrot and the giant barred frog. Nestled amid lush farmland at the foothills of the national park, Maryvale is an area of stunning natural beauty. Getaways range from creek-side bush camping and rustic farm stay cabins to a five-star resort offering first-class dining featuring local produce.
Things to do • Bushwalk and take in extraordinary views, high on the Great Dividing Range from Mount Castle Lookout in Main Range National Park. See page 32. • Explore the national park’s Dalrymple Circuit with the kids – download the activity sheet at npsr.qld.gov.au. • Visit Cicada Woman and Yirimbahm Gallery and be inspired with traditional Aboriginal art, craft and storytelling. • Get a taste of country life at a working farm – horse riding, whip cracking, butter-making, organic farming and traditional bullock team driving. • Camp at one of the many creekside campgrounds, some also offering 4WD tracks.
Spicers Peak, Main Range National Park
LO C A L T I P S Rohan Morris from Gleneden Family Farm reveals his top Goomburra & Maryvale tips EXPERIENCE
Dramatic storms and stunningly beautiful sunsets over the western sky – fantastic for photographers.
Fresh local produce straight from the farm gate – you’ll find meat, eggs fruit and vegies around Maryvale and Goomburra.
Set out your Goomburra section The Crown Hotel blanket and relax of Main Range at Maryvale with lunch on National Park – serves delicious the grass next beautiful rainforest, homemade pies to the water at an interesting old and has a library Millar Vale Creek logging winch and with comfy Park – a lovely great mountain chairs and lots spot in Maryvale. views from of good books. Sylvesters Lookout.
Leyburn Perched serenely on the banks of Canal Creek, the little village of Leyburn is the perfect country drive. It will charm you with its old-time feel. There’s a strong sense of history with many of the town’s buildings dating back to the mid to late 1800s. Of note is the heritage-listed St Augustine’s Anglican Church, designed by one of Queensland's most notable architects, Richard George Suter and built in 1871; it is a rare example of a timber gothic-style church.
Things to do • Don’t miss the Historic Leyburn Sprints, held every August, to commemorate the Australian Grand Prix hosted here in 1949 (22-23 August 2020). • Head off on the Leyburn Historical Plaques trail, with 24 stops in town and 11 more in the surrounding areas. • Settle in and soak up the atmosphere with a hearty counter lunch at The Royal Hotel, noted as the oldest continually licensed hotel (c.1863) in Queensland. • 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.
Historic Leyburn Sprints
Yangan The little village of Yangan sits on Swan Creek at the head of the picturesque Swanfels Valley. The town developed around the early industries of the Valley, with a police station, school and church existing prior to 1884. The sandstone used in many of Warwick’s magnificent buildings including the police station and town hall, was quarried in this area. It’s a pretty drive or a two-hour return cycle on the Settlers Route from Warwick, past ploughed fields, a patchwork of lucerne and sorghum, and even sunflowers in summer. You’ll see beautifully restored buildings reflecting the glory of a bygone era.
Things to do • The Yangan Masonic Hall was originally built as the School of Arts (circa 1898). • Get along to the annual Heavy Horse Day on Mick Bradford’s property for a look at horse-powered farming early settler-style. Dates vary. • Keep an eye out for roadside fresh produce stalls. R on the Downs Rural Retreat, Yangan
• Stop in for lunch and a drink at the Yangan Hotel Motel.
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 investsoutherndowns.com.au.
Food and Wine The Southern Downs and Granite Belt is a mecca for lovers of fresh seasonal, regional produce and award-winning hand-crafted wines. Fill a wicker basket at a market, savour cheese tastings, dine in one of our country cafĂŠs, meet the winemaker at a cellar door or attend a unique foodie event.
Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale
From paddock to plate
Don’t miss • Shop for locally grown fruit and vegies, eggs, meat and honey at country markets, roadside stalls and local grocers.
From the granitic soils of the south to the rich, alluvial soils in the north, there is not much that the 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.
• Dine overlooking the vineyards at a number of winery restaurants and cafés.
• Paddock to plate dining at restaurants, cafés and country pubs around the region.
• Shop for local gourmet products at Jamworks, Mt Stirling Olives, Stanthorpe Cheese and a range of others.
• The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (every two years – next in Feb/March 2022) – for a celebration of the region’s produce and booming wine industry.
• Apple cider tasting and apple pie at Sutton's Farm Shed Café.
Throw in chefs passionate about food and wine matching, interesting produce like truffles, hand-made artisan cheeses, locally brewed craft beer, cider made from local apples and country butchers who know where their meat comes from, and you have what the foodies call, a gourmet escape! Join us in celebrating the good life at annual foodie events, degustation dinners and long lunches.
• Enjoy the region's best produce during Grazing the Granite Belt held across the district each Autumn.
Wines' Concert Series and more.
• Learn about the region’s truffles at The Truffle Discovery Centre at The Summit. Flip to page 53 for a full list of our food haunts and see where your tastebuds might take you!
• A range of annual winery events including Twisted Gum Wines’ Shiraz Vintage Dinner, Summit Estate’s Winter Solstice, Robert Channon
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Famous for fruit Queensland’s apple industry is based solely in the Southern Downs, with orchards located around the northern Granite Belt villages of Cottonvale, Thulimbah, The Summit, Applethorpe and Pozieres. Sweet and juicy grapes, stone fruit, persimmons, figs and olives also flourish here due to the area’s higher altitude. You haven’t experienced summer on the Southern Downs until you’ve savoured a local strawberry! Embark on a pick-your-own berry adventure in Stanthorpe, to enjoy some of the sweetest strawberries you’ve ever tasted. Ashbern Farms, Stanthorpe
Seasonal Produce This seasonal calendar is your ‘at a glance guide’ to produce in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt. For more information on the other types of produce in the region, such as livestock or other crops, please contact the Stanthorpe and Warwick Visitor Information Centres.
IN SEASON CALENDAR
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Hi Early/Red Delicious Royal Gala Jonathan Granny Smith Fuji Braeburn Sundowner Pink Lady Black Muscat Strawberry Raspberry Blueberry Boysenberry Apricot Cherry Nectarine Peach Plum Persimmon Figs Olives fresh
Vegetables Asian Vegetables Beans Broccoli Brussel Sprouts Cabbage Capsicum Carrots Cauliflower Celery Chinese Cabbage Cucumber Eggplant Leeks Lettuce Onions Parsley Peas (Green) Peas (Snow) Peas (Sugar Snap) Potatoes Mushroom Pumpkin Rhubarb Rockmelon Shallots Silverbeet Spinach Squash Sweet Corn Tomatoes Zucchini
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Wine Country The Granite Belt's high altitude makes the region ideal for growing and producing wine grape varieties. This premium wine destination offers more than 40 cellar doors and is officially recognised as a wine producing region under its own Geographical Indicator (GI). You’ll find cellar doors offer a personal, unhurried and friendly wine experience. You can taste mainstream varieties or discover our Strange Birds – luscious and unusual alternative varieties. At just under 1000 metres altitude, it’s the highest wine region in Australia and almost 900m higher than Bordeaux in France and the Napa Valley in the USA.
The unique terroir, with its longer growing season and deep granitic gravels, combines with the expertise of innovative winemakers and vignerons to produce wines of elegance and complexity.
Don’t miss • Drop by one of our cellar doors to taste wines, meet the winemaker and learn more about the grape growing process from our local experts. A number of wineries offer private tasting rooms for groups, vineyard tours and wine masterclasses. • The Queensland College of Wine Tourism – where you can experience
and learn about fine Granite Belt wines and local produce and even attend a Winemaker for the Weekend course. • Escorted winery and brewery tours – sit back and let someone else do the driving on a personalised half-day, full-day or weekend tour by luxury 4WD or mini-coach. Flip to page 51 to select your tour operator. • Cycle around the vineyards – visit wineries, breweries, orchards and artisan producers by bicycle with Granite Belt Bicycle Tours and Hire. • Sample beer and cider at two premium craft breweries and a specialist cidery.
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The view, atmosphere and great hospitality at Spring Creek Mountain Cafe.
Head to Brinx Deli in Stanthorpe for a beautiful breakfast.
Brass Monkey Brewhouse – great for Sunday afternoon drinks.
Stopping at Jamworks Gourmet Foods is a must – it's delicious!
Located just off the highway, stop at Sam’s Fruit Shop at Cottonvale.
More than Wine 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, taste the handmade beers at the Brass Monkey Brewhouse or try the award-winning ciders at Sutton’s Apple & Juice Factory & Cidery. Stop by Castle Glen Australia to try a huge range of wine, beer, cider, spirits and liqueurs.
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Strange Birds Beyond chardonnay and shiraz (although both do brilliantly on the Granite Belt), be sure to try the region’s magnificent alternative varietal wines, known as our Strange Birds. You’ll discover new and exciting wines you’ve never tasted. Alternative varietals must represent not more than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia as defined by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.
Strange Bird Wine Trail Sirromet Wines Mt Cotton
A - Z CELLAR DOORS Balancing Rock Wines 221 Old Wallangarra Road, Wyberba (0407 127 902) -Petit Verdot, Sagrantino, Verdelho, Viognier -Open Fri-Mon 10-4pm, 7 days school & pub hols. www.balancingrockwines.com.au Ballandean Estate Wines, 354 Sundown Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1226 - Durif, Fiano, Nebbiolo, Saperavi,Shiraz, Sylvaner, Viognier -Open 7 days 9-5pm www.ballandeanestate.com
Boireann Winery 26 Donnellys Castle Rd, The Summit (07) 4683 2194
- Barbara,Cabernet Merlot,Nebbiolo, Sangiovese,Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier,Tannat - Open Fri-Mon 10-4pm www.boireannwinery.com.au
Bungawarra Wines 181 Bents Rd, Ballandean (07) 46841128
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer, Malbec, Muscat, Semillon, Shiraz - Open 7 days 10-4pm www.bungawarrawines.com.au
Casley Mount Hutton Winery 94 Mt Hutton Rd, Stanthorpe (07) 4683 6316
- Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Verdelho, Viognier - Open Fri-Mon 9.30-4.30pm & pub hols www.casleywines.com Girraween Estate 41 Hickling Lane, Wyberba (07) 4684 3186 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz - Open Sat-Sun & public holidays 10-5pm www.girraweenestate.com.au Golden Grove Estate 337 Sundown Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1291 - Barbara, Durif, Malbec, Mourvedre, Nero d'Avola, Tempranillo, Vermentino - Open Sat 9-5pm Sun-Friday 9-4pm www.goldengroveestate.com.au Granite Ridge Wines 157 Sundown Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1263 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Verdelho - Open 7 days 9-5pm www.graniteridgewines.com.au Heritage Wines of Stanthorpe Granite Belt Drv, cnr School Rd, Cottonvale (07 4685 2197) -Chardonnay, Fiano, Marsanne, Pinot Gris, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Verdelho - Open Mon-Fri 10-4pm Sat-Sun 9-5pm www.heritagewines.com.au Hidden Creek Winery & Café 2271 Eukey Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1383 -Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, Shiraz Viiognier, Verdelho - Open Mon & Fri 11-3pm, Sat-Sun 10-4pm www.hiddencreek.com.au
Jester Hill Wines 292 Mount Stirling Rd, Glen Aplin (07) 4683 4380 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Verdelho Open 7 days 10-5pm www.jesterhillwines.com.au Just Red Wines 2370 Eukey Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1322 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier, Tannat - Open 7 days 10-5pm Closed September www.justred.com.au Masons Cellar Door Café Deli 27850 New England Hwy, Ballandean (07) 4684 1341 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Verdelho - Open Fri-Mon 10-5pm www.masonwines.com.au Pyramids Road Wines 25 Wyberba Lane, Wyberba (07) 4684 5151 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Verdelho - Open 7 days 10-4.30pm www.pyramidsroad.com.au Qld College of Wine Tourism 22 Caves Rd, Stanthorpe (07) 4685 5050 - Chardonnay, Marsanne, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Viognier - Open 7 days 9-4pm (closed public holidays) www.qcwt.com.au Ravens Croft Wines 274 Spring Creek Rd, Stanthorpe (07) 4683 3252 - Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Pinotage, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Verdelho - Open Fri-Sun & long weekends 10.30-4.30pm www.ravenscroftwines.com.au Ridgemill Estate 218 Donges Rd, Stanthorpe (07) 4683 5211 - Chardonnay, Riesling, Saperavi, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Viognier - Open Mon-Sat 10-5pm Sun 10-3pm www.ridgemillestate.com Robert Channon Wines Bradley lane off Amiens Rd, Amiens (07) 4683 3260 - Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay, Malbec, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Verdelho - Open Mon, Tues, Fri 11-4pm Sat-Sun 10-5pm www.robertchannonwines.com Rumbalara Estate Wines 137 Fletcher Rd, Glen Aplin (07) 4684 1206 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, Verdelho, Viiognier - Open 7 days 10-5pm www.rumbalarawines.com.au Savina Lane Wines 61 Savina Lane, Severnlea (07) 4683 5258 - Fiano, Graciano, Montepulciano, Petit Manseng, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Viognier - Open Sat-Sun 10-4pm - www.savinalanewines.com.au Summit Estate 291 Granite Belt Drv, Thulimbah (07) 4683 2011 - Chardonnay, Malbec, Marsanne, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Verdelho - Open Frid-Sat 10-8pm check website for other times www.summitestate.com.au
Symphony Hill Wines 2017 Eukey Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1388 - Alvarinho, Fiano, Gewurtztraminer, Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola, Pinor Noir, Saperavi - Open 7 days 10-4pm www.symphonyhill.com.au Tobin Wines Ricca Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1235 - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Tempranillo, Verdelho - Open 7 days 10-5pm www.tobinwines.com.au Twisted Gum Wines 2253 Eukey Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1282 - Black Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz, Verdelho - Open Sat-Sun 10-4pm www.twistedgum.com.au View Wines 60 Zambelli Rd, Ballandean (07) 4684 1139 - Alvarinho, Merlot, Petit Manseng, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, SSB - Please phone for further details www.sancerreestate.com.au Whiskey Gully Wines 25 Turner Rd, Severnlea (07) 4683 5100 - Black Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Colombard, Malbec, Shiraz - Open 10-5pm Fri-Tues or by appointment www.whiskeygullywines.com.au
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Heritage & the Arts Heritage and the arts are a big part of life in the region. Discover the stories of our past, admire our stately buildings, share in our creative pursuits at galleries and join us at heritage and cultural festivals. The Southern Downs was one of the first free settlements in Queensland, so it’s not surprising that the present pays homage to the past in our towns. You’ll see it in the majestic sandstone buildings and the traditional timber Queenslander architecture that still dominate our streetscapes and reminds us of our thriving agricultural history; you’ll read about it on our heritage trails; experience it in museums and share in it at our heritage festivals and events.
Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre, Warwick-Allora
Historic Warwick & Surrounds Sitting on the banks of the Condamine River, historic Warwick was settled over 150 years ago and has an interesting story to tell.
History trail highlights
Botanist Allan Cunningham ventured on to the Darling Downs in 1827 and discovered a gap in the formidable Great Dividing Range. 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 the aid of a tracker but no map, rode more than 200 miles beyond the furthest limits of settlement in New South Wales, in search of the pastoral paradise 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, a few kilometres from the centre of Warwick. The town was gazetted in 1847 and land sales began in 1850.
• Delve deeper at Warwick & District Historical Society’s museum and experience the unique Pringle Cottage (c.1871).
• Explore Warwick’s historic houses and public buildings with the History & Heritage Trail Book available at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre or online.
• See rodeo memorabilia at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre. • Take high tea in the gothic elegance of the Abbey of the Roses, now operated as a boutique hotel and function centre. • Visit St Mary’s Church and museum. • Visit Warwick Railway Station (circa 1880) where Prime Minister Billy Hughes delivered his controversial compulsory conscription speech which prompted the infamous ‘egg throwing incident’ which led to the establishment of Australia’s Commonwealth Police in 1917.
• Take a drive to visit the Allora & District Historical Society Museums and the Mary Poppins House, where author PL Travers grew up. • Head to the Killarney Heritage Centre, which specialises in family history. • Take a trip on the Southern Downs Steam Railway’s C17 locomotive. • Discover firsthand how graziers lived with a visit to the stunning sandstone Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre, 15km north of Warwick. • Drive the Settlers Route, a 72km round trip which incorporates a number of small historical villages. See page 42. • Take a drive to nearby Yangan – rich in rural history, it was one of the first early settlements. Sandstone was quarried in the area and sent to Warwick for the construction of magnificent buildings including the town hall and post office.
Abbey of the Roses, Warwick
Historic Stanthorpe & Granite Belt The Stanthorpe region was a heartland of the Kambuwal 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. 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’.
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.
When the tin prices fell many miners turned to farming as the cool climate was suitable for growing fruits and vegetables. Grapes were first
• The Stanthorpe Post Office (c.1901) was the first in Australia to be built after Federation and bears the British Coat of
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History trail highlights
Arms, however its magnificent Englishmade clock was installed in 1903. • Visit the Stanthorpe Museum for a journey through the region’s history. • Explore Stanthorpe’s famous Red Bridge railway crossing over Quart Pot Creek. Built between 1885 and 1887, it used horsedrawn drays and manpower to move the tonnes of rock needed for banking. • Visit Wallangarra Museum and Café at the historic Railway Station. • Drive the Armistice Way, taking in the villages of Amiens, Passchendaele and Pozieres, which were part of the resettlement scheme for returning WWl soldiers, and named after the places major battles were fought. See page 43.
The Arts Perhaps it’s the beauty of the region that attracts and inspires so many artists and craftspeople to live and create here.. You can see their work exhibited and pick up creative keepsakes of your visit at many gift shops and galleries. We invite you to take your time exploring the collections of Warwick Art Gallery and Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and join us at arts-inspired cultural events.
Arts highlights • Visit the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery to see works from prominent artists including Margaret Ollie, William Robinson, Charles Blackman and even a precious Picasso lithograph. • Catch the best of local and touring exhibitions at Warwick Art Gallery and Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. • Enjoy quality jazz, join an art workshop and see the work of local knitters, weavers and spinners showcased at the annual Jumpers & Jazz in July (16-26 July 2020 ). • Savour the Granite Belt’s thriving art and craft community at the Granite Belt Art Trail – Open Studios Event over two weekends (24-25 Oct and 31 Oct – 1 Nov 2020). • See amazing art from all over Australia at the biennial Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020 exhibition, which has $50,000 prize money (5 June – 29 July 2020). • Killarney’s Willow Gallery features the work of local painters, woodturners, potters and jewellers. • Buy saddles and leather goods handmade by master saddlers at Kent Saddlery in Stanthorpe. • Visit other galleries in Stanthorpe including the Bush Rock Gallery and Glen Aplin Gardens Gallery. • Don’t miss Art in the Mill, held annually in Ballandean. • Embark on a self-guided walk of the art murals dotted around the Stanthorpe CBD. Visit srag.org.au for the map. • In Warwick, head to the Potters Place Gallery, attend a workshop or one of their craft markets. Jumpers and Jazz in July, Warwick
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Warwick’s Jumpers & Jazz in July for art exhibitions and workshops, trees dressed in handmade jumpers, top live jazz, and Christmas in July to name a few – it’s a real buzz!
Buy a lovely piece by a local artist from the Warwick Artists Group in Willi Street – a fantastic memento of your visit and really well-priced too!
Local history in Stanthorpe Museum’s incredible collection and see some great old buildings in its compound.
The beautiful old Queenslander-style Killarney Hotel built in 1910 is the perfect spot for a steak sandwich made with local beef..
Explore Our Outdoors Whether youâ€™re a wanderer or a warrior, get out under our big skies and take in some fresh country air exploring our beautiful outdoors. Get totally off grid fishing, fossicking, four-wheel-driving, hiking and camping; relax with a round of golf, cycle country roads or cool off in a creek; or thrill to the excitement of horse and motorsports.
Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park
National Parks, Bushwalking & Hiking From serious granite-scaling hikes to leisurely family bushwalks, you’ll find something to suit every fitness and ability level in our region. Set off on a self-guided waterfall, forest or river trail or head to one of our National Parks.
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 is a 1.6km return trail 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.
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Main Range National Park – Goomburra Section
Main Range National Park – Queen Mary Falls
Main Range National Park – Spicers Gap
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.
Enjoy the spectacle of Spring Creek plunging 40m over a sheer basalt rock face at Queen Mary Falls – a popular picnic destination. Explore a short 400m walk leading to a lookout overlooking the breathtaking falls. From late October to November, look out for fireflies and glow worms at dusk – an absolute must-see.
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: 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, koalas, satin bowerbirds and yellow-tailed black cockatoos. Best short walk: Sylvesters Lookout is a 940m return trail 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. 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.
Mount Cordeaux, Main Range National Park
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 BoonahKillarney 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 36).
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 long-gone inn and pioneer graveyard and enjoy the view from Governor’s Chair Lookout. Best short walk: Moss’s Well is a short 120m return track, 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.
Sundown 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: The Granite Arch 1.6km return trail is 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.
Book and pay for your camp sites online at qld.gov.au/camping. Visit npsr.qld.gov.au/parks for detailed park information Like us at facebook.com/ qldnationalparks Follow us on Instagram @ QldParks and tag #QldParks to share with us
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-wheeldrive 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 is a 500m return trail and is suitable for visitors with some bushwalking experience. Enjoy the wild isolation of rugged wilderness ranges from a cliff edge where pink, lichenstained 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.
Bald Rock National Park, NSW Located just on the New South Wales side of the border, the 8000ha Bald Rock National Park is the largest of a series of granite domes, 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 bird species. Getting there: From Stanthorpe take the sealed road east across the state border to Amosfield, run south on the Mount Lindesay Road towards Tenterfield and turn right into the 6km Bald Rock National Park access road – about 40km.
Basket Swamp National Park, NSW Located 15 kilometres north east of Tenterfield, the 2820ha park is an important wetland of heaths and sedges, named after Basket Swamp, a waterlogged area in the western area of the park.
Don’t miss: Saddle up and explore 21km of horse-riding trails or bushwalk to Timbarra Lookout, Basket Swamp Falls and the Woollool Woolloolni Aboriginal Place for magnificent views of granite tors. As the park has no toilets or barbecues and patchy mobile phone reception, walkers and riders must be self-reliant. Getting there: From Stanthorpe take the sealed road east across the state border to Amosfield, run south on the Mount Lindesay Road towards Tenterfield and turn left into Lindrook Rd and follow signs to the park (partly unpaved) – about 57km. In the park most roads are suitable for 2WD vehicles. A 4WD vehicle is required in wet weather. southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au 33
Boonoo Boonoo National Park, NSW
27km from Tenterfield, Boonoo Boonoo National Park has a stunning waterfall, secluded swimming holes, hiking tracks, camping areas, accommodation and picnic spots.
Don’t miss: Head to the lookout for views of Boonoo Boonoo River cascading over the granite cliff edge to become a spectacular waterfall that plunges 210m into the gorge below. Take a walk and a dip in secluded rock pools along the river, watch out for wildflowers in spring. Getting there: From Stanthorpe take the sealed road east across the state border to Amosfield, run south on the Mount Lindesay Road towards Tenterfield and turn left into Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road and follow signs to the park (partly unpaved) – about 58km.
All NSW parks require vehicle day passes and fees for camping. Go to environment.nsw.gov.au/ NationalParks or call (02) 6736 4298 for more information.
Mount Superbus Hike Mount Superbus, near Killarney, is the highest peak in south-east Queensland and features epic inclines, panoramic views and thick rainforest. Only experienced bush walkers can tackle the self-guided half-day hike to the Lincoln Bomber plane wreck. Note: you must 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.
Donnelly's Castle Donnelly’s Castle is a granite rock formation that you can walk between, around and over! The massive boulders are just as spectacular as some of the rock formations in Girraween National Park, but are far more accessible for young adventurers. The original bushranger hideout for ‘Thunderbolt’, the site offers hidden passageways to explore as well as spectacular views from the 200 metre walk to the top.
Mount Marlay For a panoramic view over Stanthorpe, Mt Marlay lookout and picnic area is the spot to drive to. Located within Stanthorpe itself, the lookout is only a short drive from the CBD. Don’t miss the easy walk around the summit. The mountain also features four mountain biking tracks.
Guided Walks Spring Creek Mountain Trail Keen walkers can join the guided 35km Spring Creek Mountain Trail which follows the old Rabbit Board Fence from near Killarney to the foothills of Wilson’s Peak; spectacular walking over a manageable three days with a night of camping and a night in a cottage. Spicers Scenic Rim Trail Join a guided 2-day or 5-day walk through the forests and subtropical rainforests of Mount Mitchell in the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park. The trail includes unique and exclusive accommodation, great food and wine and expert guides.
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Bald Rock National Park
Leslie Dam, Warwick
Fishing, Boating & Canoeing Go for a paddle, carve it up on your water skis or try your luck in our waterways for Murray cod, yellow belly and silver and spangled perch. Leslie Dam* Location: 13km west of Warwick on the Cunningham Highway Facilities: boat ramp, picnic area with toilets, boat hire and boat fuel, camping at Washpool Reserve and Lake Leslie Tourist Park
Connolly Dam* Location: 15km south-east of Warwick Facilities: camping, shore fishing and toilets; electric motors permitted, power boating prohibited
Condamine River Location: launch your canoe and fish waterholes along the Condamine River across the region Try your luck: around the weir in Queens Park or near the old Parmalat Dairy in Warwick; permit only required when fishing from the Talgai Weir
Storm King Dam* Location: 11.5km south-east of Stanthorpe Facilities: designated swimming area, boat ramp, picnic area, toilets, showers, barbeques, playground, kiosk, disabled facilities; camping, van sites, cabins and canoe hire at Sommerville Valley Tourist Park; some boating restrictions apply
Top 7 Must Visit Waterholes 1.
Girraween National Park: swim in rock pools near Bald Rock Creek and Castle Rock.
Main Range National Park Goomburra: swim in rocky pools and cascades on the Cascades Circuit walk and at Araucaria Falls surrounded by lush rainforest.
Queen Mary Falls: waterfall tumbles 40m to the pool below – no swimming, but plenty of peace and cool spray.
Leslie Dam: swim, fish, camp and bring your canoe.
Sundown National Park: Access ‘Permanent Waterhole’ from Broadwater camping area.
Location: 96km south-west of Stanthorpe
Facilities: cabins, camping, caravan sites, toilets, showers, picnic tables, barbeques, playground, kiosk, boat hire at Glenlyon Dam Tourist Park
Condamine River: fish from the bank or swim from the Federation Park pontoon, Warwick.
Storm King Dam: swim, fish, paddle and picnic.
Quart Pot Creek Location: runs through the heart of Stanthorpe Try your luck: in front of Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre or near Granite Street Weir. Note: some areas of Quart Pot Creek are restricted for fishing
Severn River Location: 15km south of Stanthorpe, with Sundown National Park providing the best public access Facilities: picnic and barbecue areas Try your luck: off the banks with spinning lures
* Any angler of 18+ years of age requires a fishing permit to fish in dams and weirs in Queensland – obtain one from local Australia Post outlets or online. southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au 35
Four Wheel Driving Sundown National Park You’ll find some of the region’s best four-wheel-driving in Sundown National Park, south west of Stanthorpe. Sundown is high, remote and rough and entices selfsufficient campers, experienced bushwalkers and keen 4WDers. Terrain is rocky and can be challenging, but spectacular views of the park’s ranges are the prize. Good clearance and low range are recommended.
Other 4WD Tracks • The Springs 4x4 Adventure Park, Warwick • Janowen Hills 4x4 Park, Goomburra • Gordon Country, Goomburra • 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 track crosses several times, before concluding at the base of Mount Superbus.
The Condamine River Road in Killarney’s Cambanoora Gorge is perfect for respectful four wheel drivers, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers. Once you cross the first cattle grid, adjust to ‘country mode’ – slow down, breathe the fresh air, look for wildlife and stop for a swim at one of the crossings. Please note, the Gorge is not a 4WD track or adventure park. It is a public road bordered by private property, so please be respectful of the natural environment and abide by the speed limits. The crossings are impassable after rain – for track conditions phone the Warwick Visitor Information Centre on 07 4661 3122.
Bike Trail Severnlea
Legend BIKE TRAIL ROAD (not part of trail)
Durikai State Forest 27km west of Warwick, accessed off the Cunningham Highway, offers sections of the forest for gold fossicking. There are no facilities or camping permitted.
Fossickers in Queensland require a licence – visit qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/areas-facilities or buy one from the Warwick or Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centres.
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Thanes Creek fossicking area about 40km west of Warwick, is a popular spot for alluvial gold prospecting, with the first nuggets discovered here in 1868. The nearby Glendon Camping Grounds also offers gold fossicking.
Swiper’s Gully in Passchendaele State Forest, near Amiens, 13 km north-west of Stanthorpe draws prospectors looking for Topaz and other gemstones and minerals.
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Try your luck striking it rich!
Talgai State Forest 35km north-west of Warwick, offers sections of forest for gold fossicking. There are no facilities or camping permitted.
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14 River Crossings of the Condamine
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Cycling For road cyclists, mountain bikers or leisure riders, the Southern Downs and Granite Belt is a great place to cycle. Clean, crisp country air and a network of quiet scenic routes provide ideal cycling conditions. Discover the delights of the region on a ride around the historic buildings of Warwick, the vineyards of the Granite Belt or the relatively flat roads around our country villages.
Mountain Biking Head to Stanthorpe’s newly opened Mt Marlay MTB Trail network, which features a variety of trails suitable for all riders. The mix of granite rock and numerous different soil types give these trails a unique riding experience. Also in the Stanthorpe area are two popular trails at Passchendaele State Forest and Broadwater State Forest. In Killarney, tackle the 14 River Crossings of the Condamine River on your mountain bike (not passable during wet weather).
Granite Belt Bike Trail Set off along country roads on this marked 34km trail that starts at Stanthorpe’s picturesque creek-scape and meanders through country back roads towards Ballandean, Queensland’s most rewarded wine region. Cycle past farms and vineyards, stopping off at cellar doors and to sample local produce along the way.
Rest stops, signage, toilets and bike racks are provided en route to ensure your journey is comfortable, safe and memorable. The bike trail is shared use with motor vehicles, so take care, be safe and be aware of your surroundings. Granite Belt Bicycle Tours offers guided tours and bike hire packages for adults and children, with bikes delivered to your accommodation and a support vehicle available.
Other Cycling Routes • Cycle Warwick to Allora along the back roads • Enjoy Warwick's Condamine River walk and cycle path • Cycle along Stanthorpe’s Quart Pot Creek • ‘That Dam Ride’ event at Storm King Dam annually in February • Comprehensive route maps for a variety of rides are available from www.ridethegreatdivide.com.au southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au 37
Golf Join the locals for a relaxed game – on our country courses more often than not the kangaroos outnumber the golfers! Allora Sports Club on Dalrymple Creek is a quaint semi-private 9-hole course. Nonmembers should contact the club to enquire about opportunities to play. Killarney Golf Club, close to town, is a relaxed country course offering 9 holes – the perfect morning’s golf before a walk and a picnic at Queen Mary Falls. Stanthorpe Golf & Country Club is a beautiful course offering 10 holes, 18 tees, a Par 72 and a resident population of around 100 eastern grey kangaroos. Players can hire equipment and golf carts and green fees are very modest. Facilities include a licenced bar, two bowling greens and a croquet club. Warwick Golf Club is a parkland-style golf course, offering 18 holes with a Par 69. Weekly 9 and 18-hole competitions are open to visiting golfers. The clubhouse offers a bar, coffee, lunch and dinner, and a pro-shop motorised cart and club hire.
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Wallangarra Golf Club, 30 minutes’ drive south of Stanthorpe, is a small course on the former Wallangarra army base. As it’s little used, it’s a great practise course, perfect for those not wanting to be “pushed along” by serious golfers. Equipment hire is available.
A Day at the Races
Known as the horsepower capital of Australia, Warwick is home to a top class race course and hosts leading annual events, the Warwick Rodeo & Gold Cup Campdraft and the National Polocrosse Championships.
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.
Warwick’s Morgan Park is the Queensland State Equestrian Centre for Polocrosse and eventing, hosting a number of national events annually. Catch a match or visit the Australian Polocrosse Museum onsite.
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 laidback country setting.
Saddle up and explore the region on horseback. Join Bestbrook Mountain Resort or Cherrabah Resort on a trail ride or take your horse exploring along the picturesque Bicentennial National Trail or just over the border to the trails of Boonoo Boonoo National Park. In August, head out to Cambanoora Gorge, near Killarney for the annual Waddle, Saddle & Pedal – an event for horse riders, cyclists and walkers to enjoy the historic Condamine River Road without the presence of cars.
Australian Motor Racing Series, Morgan Park Raceway; Image by Trapnell Creations
Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick is one of Australia’s leading motorsport venues with events attracting hundreds of competitors and spectators almost every weekend. Well positioned grandstands and access to the pits make it a unique spectator experience. Drivers often welcome photo opportunities and chat with fans. The Warwick Dragway is also in the Morgan Park precinct and hosts regular events. Carnell Raceway, Stanthorpe offers a 990m sealed circuit track with a drag strip, control tower, spectator viewing areas and competitor paddock. Events include drag and motorbike races, drifting, sprints and short circuit races for sedans and open wheelers.
The Sandy Creek Raceway, Allan is just 11.5km from Warwick, and known to be one of the fastest tracks in Queensland. It’s the home of the Warwick Kart Club and hosts at least one major event a month including championships, carnivals, grade titles and professional touring events. The Historic Leyburn Sprints are hosted by the country town of Leyburn over an action-packed weekend each August to commemorate Queensland’s first-ever Australian Grand Prix held here in 1949. The town’s streets are closed and 10,000 people gather to watch more than 200 classic cars race against the clock. Don’t miss it!
Gap Creek Moto, 10km west of Cunningham’s Gap, is a 650-acre property offering a family-oriented camping, motorbike and bushwalking getaway. Glendon Motor X located at the Glendon Camping Ground in Thane, offers 2500 acres of trail riding, with an all-terrain track, a flat track and five learner tracks. Warwick & District Dirt Bike Club provides safe motorcross tracks for riders of all ages to test and improve their skills at Morgan Park. Don't miss the annual Killarney Border Ranges Trail Ride in March each year.
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Great camping and Killer views Unwind at Leslie Storm King Dam on bushwalking in the from the top Dam – pitch your a warm summer’s Goomburra Valley of the Pyramid tent waterside, day followed by – a very pretty spot in Girraween throw in a line a cool dip in the and magic when National Park. It’s a for Murray cod fresh water. Dalrymple Creek tough walk – steep and cook it up on is flowing! slopes and open your campfire. granite rock faces, you’re rewarded at the top.
EXPLORE The back roads from Stanthorpe south to Wallangarra on a challenging 2.5-hour cycle that takes in the national park. Pack a picnic!
Driving the Southern Downs Our easily accessible highways and meandering country backroads make driving in the Southern Downs a breeze. Australia's Country Way, one of the nation's classic road trips, winds right through our region, as do these 8 tourist drives.
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Legend Warwick Tourist Drives 1
Settlers Route 68km – via Swan Creek, Yangan (with option to visit Swanfels), Emu Vale, Tannymorel and Killarney.
print Route 150km – via Allan, Cunningham, S Pratten, Leyburn, Karara and Thane.
Stanthorpe Tourist Drives 5
Armistice Way 34km – via Thulimbah, Pozieres and Amiens.
H ighland Drive 31km – via Storm King Dam, Eukey and Ballandean.
Shearers Way 90km – via Texas Road, Glenlyon Dam Road and Mingoola Road to the Bruxner Highway.
Oracles Way 64km – via Amosfield Road & Mount Lindesay Road to Tenterfield.
14 Cedar Route 62km
– via Swan Creek, Freestone, Gladﬁeld, Goomburra (Main Range National Park, Goomburra Section), New England Highway.
Visitor Amenities Information Centre Railway line
21 The Falls Drive 184km
– via Queen Mary Falls, Carrs Lookout, The Head, Teviot Falls, Boonah, and Aratula (returning along the Cunningham Highway). southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au 41
Falls Drive 80km Travelling south-east from Killarney head along the winding Spring Creek Road to discover four waterfalls, pretty picnic areas, beautiful rainforest and soaring views of the Cambanoora Gorge. Travel on through The Head and Teviot to explore historic Boonah; this route can form part of a wonderful circle drive taking in Cunningham’s Gap, Warwick, Killarney and Boonah. 4WD 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 – kids play area, picnic tables, BBQs and amenities; an undeveloped track, rock-hopping and creek crossing required to reach the falls. • Easy access to Daggs Falls – a lookout close to the road provides good views. • 45-minute circuit walk to the base of Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park – lookout, covered picnic tables, gas BBQs and amenities.
72km round trip
Travelling west from Warwick along the Cunningham Highway, 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 and Thane.
Travelling north from Warwick on the Cunningham Highway, this historic route takes you through a number of small villages via stunning scenery and the mountainous backdrop of Main Range National Park.
• Beautiful farmland and historical villages in the foothills of Main Range, once part of Canning Downs Station (est. 1840).
• Sandy Creek Raceway and top counter meals at the Sandy Creek Pub (c.1913). • Fishing at Leslie Reserve on the banks of Sandy Creek. • 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 Moss Gardens – cool temperate rainforest trees covered in moss and lichen. Walk only 25m along the 100-yearold rabbit proof fence to view Hoop Pine, Kurrajong and Silky Oak trees.
• Views of the Swanfels Valley, ploughed fields, a patchwork of lucerne, sorghum and sunflowers in summer.
• Leyburn – hosted the 1949 Australian Grand Prix. Leyburn Sprints held each August commemorate this; visit Liberator Park which commemorates the 21st and 22nd Liberator Bomber Squadrons stationed here during WWII; tasty counter meals at The Royal Hotel; free camping at Leyburn Sports Grounds.
• The timber town of Tannymorel dates from the 1870s. Large Plane trees lining the streets are particularly beautiful in autumn.
• Lunch featuring local produce and magnificent Condamine Gorge views at Spring Creek Mountain Café.
• Chat to the locals over a counter lunch at the Yangan Hotel Motel.
• Emu Vale is the gateway to Mt Superbus (experienced bushwalkers only) See page 34.
• Camping, fishing, swimming and boating at Leslie Dam.
• Carr’s Lookout – breathtaking views over the Head Valley to Mt Superbus and the Scenic Rim.
• Yangan’s beautifully restored buildings reflect the glory of a bygone era.
• Fossicking for gold at Thanes Creek – licences available from qld.gov.au/ recreation/ activities/areas-facilities.
• Fishing, gold panning, bush golf and fourwheel driving at Glendon Camping Grounds.
• Hand feed king parrots and crimson rosellas at Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park and Café, opposite the park.
• Picturesque Killarney – stop for a drink at the historic pub, drop into Willow Gallery to see local art and learn about the town’s past at the Killarney District and Historical Society. • See more on the Falls Drive taking in Browns, Daggs and Queen Mary Falls.
Carrs Lookout, Killarney
Travel north from Warwick along the Cunningham Highway and take Goomburra Road east to commence the Cedar Route which takes in Goomburra and Freestone. The route was named after the red cedar trees felled by the area’s pioneering timbergetters using basic tools and bullocks.
The Granite Belt was part of the resettlement scheme for returning soldiers of World War I. The veterans named their farms, and the roads linking them, after battles in which they had fought. North-west of Stanthorpe, Armistice Way travels along Amiens Road past fruit and vegetable farms through the tiny hamlets and old railway sidings of Amiens, Bapaume, Passchendaele, Bullecourt, Pozieres and Fleurbaix.
Travel south-west from Stanthorpe to Texas and the Bruxner Highway.
Route highlights • Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre – built of sandstone in 1867, it’s one of the state’s few remaining substantial 19th century country houses. • The Goomburra Section of Main Range National Park – walks, waterfalls, swimming, birdwatching and picnicking. • Mt Dumaresq – it was from the top of this mountain that Allan Cunningham declared the Darling Downs ‘as far as the eye can see’. • Between Freestone and Warwick you’ll see a patchwork of oats, sorghum, wheat and sunflowers growing on some of the most fertile land in the district. • In Freestone, music still rings out in the Freestone Hall at regular old-style country dances.
Route highlights • Try preservative-free liqueurs beers and wines at Castle Glen. • Walk 200m to the top of Donnelly’s Castle for breathtaking valley views. Legend has it Thunderbolt the bushranger hid out in these granite boulders and caves. • Sip Strange Birds at Boireann Winery; enjoy lunch and taste the renowned Verdelho at Robert Channon Wines. • Take in soaring views from Passchendaele State Forest lookout and fossick for gold at Swiper's Gully.
Route highlights • Casley Mt Hutton Winery – wine tasting and complimentary winery tours. • Mallow Organic Lamb – available direct from the farm and Mallow Cottage – perfect for a weekend escape. • Glenlyon Dam – fishing, water sports, boat hire and weekender cabins. • Detour to Sundown National Park via Glenlyon Dam Road; ideal for a fourwheel-driving wilderness experience.
Highland Drive 31km Travel the scenic route south from Stanthorpe to the wineries of Ballandean, via Storm King Dam and Eukey.
Route highlights • Storm King Dam – water ski, hire a canoe or fish for Murray Cod, yellow belly, silver and spangled perch and eel-tailed catfish. • Girraween National Park – explore the northern section accessible from Eukey. • Taste wine at a number of awardwinning wineries along Eukey Road. • Tour the cellar doors of Ballandean wineries – notably the award-winning Ballandean Estate Wines and Golden Grove Estate. • Flip to page 25 for more on the Strange Bird alternative wine trail.
Oracles Way 64km Travelling south-east from Stanthorpe, the route crosses the border into New South Wales, and continues south to Tenterfield via Amosfield.
Route highlights • Undercliffe Falls, via Liston, descend 150m over a 30-metre-wide rock face into a deep pool. • Detour to Aloomba Lavender Farm for Devonshire Tea. • Bald Rock, in Bald Rock National Park (and adjoining Girraween National Park) rises to 1277m above sea level and towers about 200m above of the surrounding bushland. The awesome granite dome is 750m long and 500m wide. Ballandean
• Walk, picnic and paddle at Boonoo Boonoo Falls in Boonoo Boonoo National Park. southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au 43
Diamondvale Lodge, Stanthorpe
Abbey of the Roses, Warwick
Granite Belt Getaway
Destinations: Brisbane > Warwick > Stanthorpe > Killarney > Brisbane
Destinations: Brisbane > Warwick > Killarney > Brisbane
Day one Depart Brisbane for Warwick via the Cunningham Highway. Stretch your legs, stopping half way at Cunningham’s Gap for a walk in the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park. Continue to Warwick for lunch, with dining options lining the main streets and in the shopping centre, or enjoy a packed picnic by the Condamine River. Continue on to Stanthorpe, stopping in at Suttons Farm or Stanthorpe Cheese on the way. Settle into your accommodation. Overnight Stanthorpe.
Day one Finish work early and hit the road to Warwick via the Cunningham Highway. Settle into your accommodation before exploring the historic town via one of the 5 Walks of Warwick. Enjoy a spectacular country sunset and dinner at one of the local pubs. Overnight Warwick.
Day two Rise early and head 30 minutes south to Girraween National Park to explore the walking tracks, granite boulders and spectacular views. The Granite Arch trail is suitable for all ages or choose the popular Pyramid climb for a challenge. Head back to Stanthorpe, sampling wineries and local food providores along the way. Wine lovers should embark on an escorted vineyard tour while culture buffs should head to the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and Stanthorpe Museum. For dinner choose one of the many restaurants celebrating the Granite Belt’s local produce. Overnight Stanthorpe. Day three Depart Stanthorpe for Killarney. Embark on the Falls Drive, taking in Browns Falls and Daggs Falls before stopping at Queen Mary Falls. Hand feed crimson rosellas at Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park and head off on the 2km return Queen Mary Falls Circuit, a 40 minute walk that takes you from the lookouts at the top to the base of the waterfall and back. Continue on the Falls Drive, stopping at Spring Creek Mountain Café for lunch. Check out Carr’s Lookout before heading home to Brisbane via Boonah.
Day two Explore the town’s history and heritage buildings. Don’t miss Abbey of the Roses, Pringle Cottage, Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre, the Town Hall and other historical sites. Step further back in time with a trip on the Southern Downs Steam Railway, which offers rides a few times a month. Art lovers should head to the Warwick Art Gallery. Enjoy dinner at Bluebird Kitchen, the Malt House or one of the many country pubs. Overnight Warwick. Day three Head off on the historic Settlers Route, taking you through a number of small villages via stunning scenery, before arriving in Killarney. Explore the art galleries, museum and cafés in the main street then head off on the Falls Drive to take in Browns Falls, Daggs Falls, Queen Mary Falls and Carr’s Lookout. Head home to Brisbane via Boonah. Brisbane
Maryvale Warwick Killarney
Boonah Warwick Killarney Stanthorpe
Queen Mary Falls, Killarney
4 Day Family Country Road trip Destinations: Brisbane > Maryvale > Allora > Warwick > Stanthorpe > Killarney > Brisbane Day one Depart Brisbane for Warwick via the Cunningham Highway. Stretch your legs at the top of Cunningham’s Gap where you can embark on one of the many walks in the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park. Enjoy a picnic at the park. After lunch, start your descent down the mountain and head to Bestbrook Mountain Resort for an authentic farm stay including horseback riding, cow milking, animal feeding and more. Overnight Maryvale. Day two Say goodbye to farm life and head 30 minutes to historic Warwick. Explore the historical buildings on the main streets and visit the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre or Pringle Cottage. Enjoy lunch in Warwick before heading 20 minutes north to Allora to check out the Mary Poppins House, where author PL Travers grew up as a kid. In summer sunflower fields line the highways from Warwick to Allora. Overnight Warwick. Day three Hit the road early, driving 50 minutes south to Stanthorpe. Enjoy family activities including Law Dogs Australia, Granite Belt Maze, Granite Belt Christmas Farm, or pick your own strawberries at Ashbern Farm (October – May). Get active at Girraween National Park. Try the Granite Arch Walk – a fairly short walk for all ages. Overnight Stanthorpe.
Day four Depart Stanthorpe for Killarney. Embark on the Falls Drive, taking in Browns Falls and Daggs Falls before stopping at Queen Mary Falls where you can choose between a 20 minute or 40 minute walk. Hand feed crimson rosellas at Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park. Continue on the Falls Drive to head home to Brisbane via Boonah. Brisbane
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Condamine River, Warwick
Travel Directory STANTHORPE AND SURROUNDS ACCOMMODATION Hotels and Motels Apple & Grape Motel 63 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1288 appleandgrape.com.au Ballandean Tavern 1 St Judes Lane, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1044 ballandeantavern.com.au Boulevard Motel 76 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1777 boulevardmotel.com.au Central Hotel 140 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2044 Central Hotel Stanthorpe Country Club Hotel Motel 26 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4681 1033 Country Club Hotel Motel Granite Belt Motel 34 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1811 granitebeltmotel.com.au High Street Motor Inn 1 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1533 highstreetmotorinn.com.au Hotel Stanthorpe 43 Lock Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4681 3520 hotel-stanthorpe-pub.business.site Murray Gardens Motel & Cottages 10 Pancor Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4121 murraygardens.com.au O'Mara's Hotel 45 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1044 omarashotel.com.au Stannum Lodge Motor Inn 12 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2000 stannumlodge.com.au
The Vines Motel & Cottages 2 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3844 thevinesmotel.com.au Top of the Town Tourist Park 10 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4888 topoftown.com.au
Caravan / Camping & Farmstays
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 sommervillevalley.com.au Sundown National Park Camping
Aloomba Lavender 5425 Mt Lindesay Road, Liston via Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4686 1191
Sundown Rd, Ballandean QLD 4382 parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween
10 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4888 topoftown.com.au
Blue Topaz Caravan Park 26806 New England Highway, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5279 bluetopazcaravanpark.com Country Style Caravan Park
27156 New England Highway, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 07 4683 4358 countrystylecaravanpark.com.au Foxbar Falls Campground
375 Goldfields Road, Amiens QLD 4380 Ph: 0477369227 foxbarfalls.com.au Girraween National Park Camping
Pyramids Rd, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 5157 parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween Glenlyon Dam Tourist Park
Glenlyon Dam via Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 02 6737 5266 glenlyondamtouristpark.com.au Happy Apple Caravan Park
11 Munson Lane, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2880 happyapple.com.au Happy Pig Farm Stay
32 Cameron Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0411 988 415 happypigfarm.com.au
Top of the Town Tourist Park
B&Bs, Cottages & Retreats 31 The Rocks 31 Brunckhorst Avenue, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2726
31therocks.com Accommodation Creek Cottages 123 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1144
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aloombalavender.com.au Alpine Lodges Stanthorpe 104 Summit Road via Ridge Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 0428 887 999
alpinelodges.com.au Alure Stanthorpe 280 Mount Tully Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4476
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Travel Directory Applegrove Farm 139 Booth Lane, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0405 494 788
Diamondvale Cottages 26 Diamondvale Road, Diamondvale, QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3367
Grovely House Bed and Breakfast 1A Torrisi Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0484
Dillons Cottage 16 O'Mara Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0409 898 043
Harrington Glen Estate 88 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4388
Banjo’s Retreat 240 Butler Road, Amiens QLD 4380 Ph: 0412 512 948
Eagle’s Nest Retreat Stanthorpe 26172 New England Highway, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3311
Heather’s Cottage 28208 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4382
applegrove.com.au Azjure Studio Retreat 165 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0419 780 901
cobbncocabins.com.au Bonaways Homestead 33 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4660
bonaways.com.au Briar Rose Cottages 66 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0427 327 344
briarrosecottages.com.au Carriage Stop Cottages 33 Curtin Road, Ballandean QLD 4382
Ph: 0434 122 069 Casita de Campo Cottages 435 Whiskey Gully Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0448 794 219
casitadecampo.net Cedar Lodge 108 Sugarloaf Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2253
cedarlodgestanthorpe.com.au Cherry Blossom Cottage 13 Rich Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0413 435 556 Connor House 30 Connor Street, Stanthorpe, QLD 4380 Ph: 0418 754 526
connorhouse.com.au Curlew Retreat 399 Wylie Creek Road, Maryland NSW 2372 Ph: 0408 061 622
eaglesneststanthorpe.com.au Fairbanks Guesthouse 48 Fairbanks Lane, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0429 841 394
fairbanksguesthouse.com.au Fergie's Hill Cottage @ Granite Ridge Wines 157 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1263
graniteridgewines.com.au Girraween Country Inn 1793 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4683 7109
girraweencountryinn.com.au Girraween Environmental Lodge Wrens Lane, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 5138
girraweenlodge.com.au Glen Aplin Gardens B&B 311 Stabiles Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0408 951 071
Heritage Cottage 747 Granite Belt Drive, Cottonvale QLD 4375 Ph: 07 4685 2197
heritagewines.com.au Honeysuckle Cottages 15 Mayfair Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Phone: 07 4681 1510
honeysucklecottages.com.au James Farmhouse, Country Cottage & Yurt 2635 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0412 889 678
jamesfarmhouse.com.au Just Red Wines Vineyard Stay Cabins 2370 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1322
justred.com.au Kurrajong Cottages 2625 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1239
Logger's Rest B&B and Cottage 33 Sugarloaf Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2572
Granite Belt Adventure Lodge 883 Pyramids Rd, Eukey QLD 4380
Loughmore House & Cottage 2 Armstrong Lane, Eukey QLD 4380 Ph: 0419 782 625
Granite Belt Brewery Retreat 146 Glenlyon Drive, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1370
Cypress Ridge Cottages 2357 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1184
Granite Garden Cottages and Lake Retreat 90 Nicholson Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5161
Ph: 07 4684 1147
stayatloughmore.com.au Lynrose Place 115 College Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4676
Mallow Cottage 1929 Texas Road, Greenlands QLD 4380 Ph: 0401 557 338
Sancerre Estate B&B and Cottage 60 Zambelli Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1139
Maric Park Cottages 144 Reilly Road, Diamondvale QLD 4380 Ph: 0417 606 647
Serenity on Stanthorpe 66 Duncan Lane, Thulimbah QLD 4376
Windswept Country Retreat 1862 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1361
windswept.com.au Wisteria Cottage Country Cabins 2117 Pyramids Road, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 5121
Ph: 0400 086 802 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Mac Cottages 895 Thorndale Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0431 778 912
Severn-Dipity 38 Mungall Lane, Somme QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1300
WARWICK AND SURROUNDS ACCOMMODATION
Sippers at Ballandean 2655 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0409 788 772
53 on Victoria 53 Victoria St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0447 613 488 53onvictoria.com.au
262 Butler Road, Amiens QLD 4380 Ph: 0412 339 104 cobbncocabins.com.au
Hooter's Hut and Possum's Hollow 240 Butler Rd, Amiens QLD 4380 Ph: 0438 213 216
Stanthorpe Villa 8 Brunckhorst Avenue, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Email: email@example.com
Quaffers on Storm King Dam 601 Eukey Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 7043
The Forgotten Grove 11 Kerridges Road, Glen Aplin, 4381 Ph: 07 4644 7322
Radiance on Lyra 9 Curtin Rd, Lyra QLD 4382 Ph: 0422 582 644
Thornbury Lodge 5314 Mt Lindesay Rd Liston NSW 2372 Ph: 0418 700 576
Ridgemill Estate 218 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5211
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory 28146 New England Highway, Ballandean Qld 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1135
ridgemillestate.com R and R on the Ravine 464 Back Creek Road, Severnlea QLD 4352 Ph: 0429 122 233 randrontheravine.com.au Roversrest Guest House & Studio Style Units 20 Fletcher Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4121
roversrest.com.au Sabo's on Severn 113 Mount Stirling Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0403 727 899 sabosonsevern.com.au
twinstarguesthouse.com Twisted Gum Cottage 2253 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1282
twistedgum.com.au Vineyard Cottages & Café 28126 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1270
Alexander Motel & Peppercorn Restaurant 4 Wentworth Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3888 alexandermotelwarwick.com.au Amble Inn 6 Palmerin St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0418 868 918 firstname.lastname@example.org Buckaroo Motor Inn 86 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3755 buckaroomotorinn.com.au Centre Point Mid-City Motor Inn 32 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3488 centrepointmidcity.com.au City View Motel Warwick 2 Yangan Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5000 cityviewmotelwarwick.com.au Coachman’s Inn 91 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4660 2100 coachmans.com.au
Comfort Inn Warwick 57 Victoria Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1699 comfortinnwarwick.com.au
Whiskey Gully Wines – Bush Cottages 25 Turner Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5100 whiskeygullywines.com.au
Country Rose Motel 2 Palmer Avenue, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7700 email@example.com
Travel Directory Horse and Jockey Hotel Motel Cnr Victoria & Palmerin Streets, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 0600 horseandjockey.com.au Jackie Howe Motel 65 Victoria Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2111 jackiehowemotel.com.au
O’Mahony’s Heritage Hotel Cnr Grafton & Lyons Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1146 omahonyshotel.com.au
Glendon Camping Ground 222 Glendon Road, Karara QLD 4352 Ph: 07 4667 4756 glendoncamping.com.au
Sandy Creek Pub (Darling Downs Hotel) 345 Sandy Creek Road, Allan QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3413 The Darling Downs Hotel
Goomburra Valley Campground 2013 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 6006 goomburravalleycampground.com.au
Killarney Hotel-Motel 17 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1313 killarneyhotelmotel.com.au
Stockyard Tavern Cnr Percy & Lyons Streets, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 7266 Stockyard Tavern
Killarney Sundown Motel 2 Pine Street, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1318 killarneysundownmotel.com.au
Yangan Hotel / Motel 13 King Street, Yangan QLD 4371 Ph: 07 4664 8190 Yangan Hotel Motel
Leyburn Motel & Cabins Cnr Macintyre & Warwick Streets, Leyburn QLD 4365 Ph: 0475 670 474 leyburnmotel.com.au McNevins Warwick Motel 1 Glen Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5588 mcnevins.com.au Warwick Motor Inn 17-19 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4660 5600 warwickmotorinn.com Warwick Vines Motel 71-73 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1810 warwickvinesmotel.com
Hotels Allora Railway Hotel 40 Herbet Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3402 railwayhotelallora.com.au Allora Commercial Hotel 59 Herbert Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3415 Criterion Hotel 84 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1042 Criterion Hotel Warwick Maryvale Crown Hotel 47 Taylor St, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1148 maryvalecrownhotel.com.au
Caravan / Camping Allora Show Society Allora Showgrounds New England Highway, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0427 100 210 allorashow.org.au Connolly Dam Camping Ground 1010 Connolly Dam Rd, Silverwood QLD 4370 Ph: 0490 859 135 southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au Cullendore High Country Campgrounds 248 Cullendore Creek Road, Cullendore NSW 2372 Ph: 0459 901 538 cullendore.com Dalrymple Creek Park Allora Drive, Allora QLD 4362 Free camping for max 24 hours sdrc.qld.gov.au/our-region/sport-andrecreation/camping
Gordon Country 2081 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 6179 gordoncountry.com.au Killarney Sundown Motel Caravan Park 2 Pine Street, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1318 killarneysundownmotel.com.au Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park 55 O’Maras Road, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1522 killarneyview.com.au Lake Leslie Tourist Park 113 Saddledam Road, Leslie Dam QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9166 lakeleslietouristpark.com.au Leyburn Sports Grounds Tummaville Road, Leyburn QLD 4365 Free camping for max 72 hours sdrc.qld.gov.au/our-region/sport-andrecreation/camping Main Range National Park Camping Goomburra and Spicer's Gap parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween Rose City Caravan Park 148-160 Glengallan Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1662 Rose City CP
DJ’s Caravan Park 175 Wallace St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0427 690 811 firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park and Cabins Spring Creek Road, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7151 queenmaryfallscaravanpark.com.au
Freedom Lifestyle Park 98 Wallace Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2874 freedomlifestyleparks.com.au/warwick
Washpool Reserve, Leslie Dam Washpool Rd, Warwick QLD 4370 1300 697 372 southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
Gap Creek Farm Stay 9674 Cunningham Hwy, Tregony QLD 4370 Ph: 0427 666 224 gapcreekmoto.com
Country Resorts / Farmstays Bestbrook Mountain Resort 9790 Cunningham Highway, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1282 bestbrook.com.au Cherrabah Resort 1 Keogh's Road, Elbow Valley Via Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 9177 cherrabah.com.au Gleneden Family Farm and Working Bullock Team 375 North Branch Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1273 glenedenfamilyfarm.com.au Kelvin Falls Family Farm 300 O’Deas Road, Elbow Valley QLD 4370 Ph: 0427 125 477 kelvinfalls.com Oaklea Farm Stay Cottages 1966 Condamine River Rd, The Head QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7161 oakleacottages.com.au
B&Bs, Cottages and Retreats Adjinbilly Rainforest Retreat Cabins Lot 10 Adjinbilly Road, The Falls, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1599 adjinbilly.com.au Abbey of the Roses Boutique Hotel 8 Locke Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9777 abbeyoftheroses.com Albion Cottage 104 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0408 618 960 thealbioncottage.com Arborlee Rainforest Retreat 67 Sunday Plains Rd, Mt Colliery via Warwick Ph: 07 4664 4074 arborlee.com Area 51 Warwick 51 Canning Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0417 620 648 area51warwick.com Birdhouse Cottage and B&B 401 Lyndhurst Lane, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0427 297 576 birdhousecottage.com.au
Celtis Grove Cottage 93 Wantley Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 8668 Dalrymple Bed and Breakfast 46 Raff Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0418 728 341 dalrymplelodge.com.au Evelyn House Palmerin Street, Warwick Ph: 0411 878 730 email@example.com Glenrose B&B Cottages 138 Ogilvie Rd, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7476 glenrosecottages.com.au Grafton Rose Bed & Breakfast 134 Grafton Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 0151 graftonrose.com Horsepower Hilton 299 Old Stanthorpe Road, Morgan Park QLD 4370 Ph: 0498 670 027 horsepowerhilton.com Kerong Cottage Heritage B&B 98 Fitzroy St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5727 Lorac Bed & Breakfast 45 Freestone Rd, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0407 701 202 May Bush Cottage 64 Pratten St, Warwick, QLD 4370 Ph: 0409581901 firstname.lastname@example.org southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au/ accommodation/cottages/may-bush-cottage Oaklea Bed & Breakfast 1966 Condamine River Road, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7161 oakleacottages.com.au Pitstop Lodge Guesthouse and B&B 53 Canning Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0417 620 648 pitstoplodge.com.au R on the Downs B&B and Spa Cottages 295 Swanfels Road, Yangan QLD 4371 Ph: 07 4664 8587 r-onthedowns.com
Reppels Bed and Breakfast 21 Drayton Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0404 498 004 Reppels Roseneath Cottage 62 Warwick Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3662 roseneathcottage.com.au Spicers Peak Lodge Wilkinsons Road, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 1300 253 103 spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge Spring Creek Mountain Café & Cottages 1503 Spring Creek Road, The Falls via Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7101 springcreekcottages.com.au Stacey’s At The Gap 9080 Cunningham Highway, Tregony QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1240 staceys.com.au The Grain Shed Retreat 841 Inverramsay Rd Goomburra Valley Ph: 0414 896 284 darlingdownswellnesstherapies.org Victoria's Cottage 53 Lyons St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0438 419 370 victoriascottagewarwick.com
Dormitory Style Slade Campus 70 Horseman Road, Warwick Ph: 0410 773 122 YMCA Leslie Dam 578 Leslie Dam, Queensland Ph: 07 4661 9575 ymcacamping.com.au
TOUR / TRANSPORT CON-X-ION Airport Transfers Ph: 1300 934 853 con-x-ion.com Crisps Coaches 78 Grafton St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 8333 crisps.com.au Filippo's Tours Ph: 0409 877 973 filippostours.com.au southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au 51
Travel Directory Outback Flying Adventures 325 Aerodrome Road, Applethorpe QLD 4378 Ph: 07 4681 4705 outbackflyingadventures.com.au Granite Belt Bicycle Tours & Hire Leslie Parade, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0405 604 926 granitebeltbicycles.com.au Granite Highlands Maxi-Tours 19 Amosfield Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3969 maxitours.com.au Killarney Tour Co Ph: 0407 140 949 Killarney Tour Co Southern Downs Steam Railway Cnr Hamilton and Fitzroy Sts, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9788 sdsr.org.au Wine Discovery Tours 56 Greenup Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0497 418 958 winediscoverytours.com.au Warwick City Bus Service Operated by Haidley's Panoramic Coaches 7 Lyons Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2816
WINERIES & BREWERIES Aventine Wines 86 Watters Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0409 270 389 aventinewines.com.au Balancing Rock Wines 221 Old Wallangarra Road, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 0407 127 903 balancingrockwines.com.au Ballandean Estate Wines 354 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1226 ballandeanestate.com Bent Road Wine 535 Bents Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 0418 190 104 bentroadwine.com.au Bent Road Winery Between Two Rocks Cellar Door and Cafe Gibraltar Park, Leyburn 4365 Ph: 0407 594 276 Between Two Rocks Wine 52 southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
Boireann Winery 26 Donnelly’s Castle Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 07 4683 2194 boireannwinery.com.au Brass Monkey Brewhouse 106 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0488 967 401 brassmonkeybrewhouseptyltd.com Bungawarra Wines 181 Bents Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1128 bungawarrawines.com.au Casley Mount Hutton Winery 94 Mount Hutton Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0427 099 981 casleywines.com Castle Glen Australia 3184 Amiens Road, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4683 2363 castleglenaustralia.com.au Girraween Estate 41 Hickling Lane, Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 0448 866 890 07 4684 3186 Golden Grove Estate 337 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1291 goldengroveestate.com.au Granite Belt Brewery 146 Glenlyon Drive, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1370 granitebeltbrewery.com.au Granite Ridge Wines 157 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1263 graniteridgewines.com.au Harrington Glen Estate 88 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4388 harringtonglenwines.com.au Heritage Estate Wines 9 Watson Rd, Thulimbah QLD 4376 07 4685 2197 heritageestate.wine Heritage Estate Wines 747 Granite Belt Drive, Cottonvale QLD 4375 Ph: 07 4685 2197 heritageestate.wine
Hidden Creek Winery & Cafe 2271 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1383 hiddencreek.com.au Jester Hill Wines 292 Mt Stirling Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4380 jesterhillwines.com.au Just Red Wines 2370 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1322 justred.com.au Kominos Wines 27145 New England Highway, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4311 kominoswines.com Mason Wines 27850 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4381 Ph: 0439 530 535 masonwines.com.au Moonrise Estate 47 Clark Lane, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 6203 moonriseestate.com.au Mountview Wines Mt Stirling Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4316 mountviewwines.com Pyramids Road Wines 25 Wyberba Lane (off Pyramids Road), Wyberba QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 5151 pyramidsroad.com.au Queensland College of Wine Tourism 22 Caves Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4685 5050 qcwt.com.au Ravens Croft Wines 274 Spring Creek Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 3252 ravenscroftwines.com.au Ridgemill Estate 218 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5211 ridgemillestate.com Robert Channon Wines 32 Bradley Lane, Amiens QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 3260 robertchannonwines.com
Rumbalara Estate Wines Fletcher Road, Fletcher QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4684 1206 rumbalarawines.com.au
Wickerman Wines 7 Townsend Rd, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0432 618 515
Sancerre Estate 60 Zambelli Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1139 sancerreestate.com.au
RESTAURANT / FOOD PRODUCER
Savina Lane Wines 61 Savina Lane, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0419 723 755 savinalanewines.com.au Severn Brae Estate 49 Back Creek Rd, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 5292 Severn Brae Estate Squished Berry 21 Lynams Rd, Ballandean QLD 4382 By appointment only Ph: 0407 326 443 squishedberry.com.au St Jude's Cellar Door and Bistro Sirromet Wines Cellar Door 28200 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1000 Summit Estate Wines 291 Granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 2011 summitestate.com.au Symphony Hill Wines 2017 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1388 symphonyhill.com.au Tobin Wines 34 Ricca Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1235 tobinwines.com.au Twisted Gum Wines 2253 Eukey Rd, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1282 twistedgum.com.au View Wines by Sancerre Estate 60 Zambelli Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1139 viewwine.com.au Whiskey Gully Wines 25 Turner Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 5100 whiskeygullywines.com.au
Stanthorpe and Surrounds Anna’s Restaurant 1 O’Mara Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1265 annas.com.au Ashbern Farms 2 West Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0124 ashbernfarms.com.au
Cellar Door Cafe @ Mason Wines 27850 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4380 Ph: 0439 530 535 masonwines.com.au Central Hotel 140 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2044 Country Club Hotel / Motel 26 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1033 Country Club Hotel Motel Eagle Boys Pizza 51 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4035
Aussie Beef Steakhouse 1 High St, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1533 aussiebeefsteakhouse.com.au
Essen Restaurant 2 McGregor Terrace, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4254 essenstanthorpe.com.au
Ballandean General Store and Bakery New England Hwy, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1103 Ballandean General Store and Bakery
Foxys Bakery 37 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3259 Foxy's Bakery
Ballandean Tavern Cnr St Judes St & Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4684 1044 ballandeantavern.com.au
Granite Belt Brewery 146 Glenlyon Drive, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1370 granitebeltbrewery.com.au
Blue Pot Pantry at Claudia's Country Restaurant 679 Thorndale Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0424 491 829 bluepotpantry.com.au Boulevard Court Chinese Restaurant 68 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2828 Brass Monkey Brewhouse 106 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0488 967 401 brassmonkeybrewhouseptyltd.com Brinx Deli 18 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4370 07 4681 3321 Brinx Deli Cafe 77 41 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4370 Ph: 0488 516 924 Cafe 77 Stanthorpe
Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard 2271 Eukey Road, Ballandean, QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4684 1383 hiddencreek.com.au Holly's Cafe and Restaurant 35 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4893 Holly's Cafe Stanthorpe Jamworks Gourmet Foods 7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4171 jamworks.com.au Lily's Cafe 130 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0356 Lily's Cafe Lee's Chinese Take Away 54a Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0014 Lee's Chinese Takeaway
Travel Directory Mallow Organic Lamb 1929 Stanthorpe — Texas Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0401 557 338 mallow.net.au McDonald's Stanthorpe Cnr Mayfair Lane & New England Highway, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0422 O'Mara's Hotel Stanthorpe 45 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4681 1044 omarashotel.com.au One Kitchen 13 Davadi St, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2457 Orso Thai 137 High St, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0155 Orso Thai Restaurant Queensland College of Wine Tourism 22 Caves Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4685 5050 qcwt.com.au Red Rooster Stanthorpe 123 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3355 Slap's Coffee House Café 124 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0109 Slaps Coffee House Cafe Sam’s Farm Fresh Fruit and Veg 44 Middleton Road, Cottonvale QLD 4375 Ph: 07 4685 2156 Southern Queensland Country Regional Food Network PO Box 1061, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0409 286 227 seasonalfeast.com.au St Jude's Cellar Door and Bistro 28200 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1000 Stanthorpe Fish Bar & Take Away Cnr Davadi and Lock Sts, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2457 Stanthorpe Cheese and Jersey Girl's Café 4 Duncan Lane, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2277 stanthorpecheese.com.au 54 southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au
Stanthorpe RSL Services Club 46 Marsh Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4681 2324 stanthorperslclub.com.au
Warwick and Surrounds
Sutton's Juice Factory, Cidery & Shed Café 10 Halloran Drive, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2464 suttonsfarm.com.au
Belle Vue Café 119 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1110
The Barrelroom 354 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1326 barrelroomrestaurant.com The Gallery Café 311 Stabiles Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0408 951 071 glenaplingardens.com.au The Pizza Place 16 Railway Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 3388 The Singing Lake Café at Robert Channon Wines 32 Bradley Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4683 3260 robertchannonwines.com.au The Vineyard Café 28126 New England Highway, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1270 vineyardcafe.com.au Uncle Bob Takeaway & Fusion Restaurant Stanthorpe 56 Maryland St, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1787 Uncle Bob Stanthorpe Varias Restaurant 22 Caves Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4685 5050 qcwt.com.au Wallangarra Railway Café 80 Rockwell Street, Wallangarra QLD 4383 Ph: 07 4684 3376 Wallangarra Railway Cafe Wheel in Orchard Farm Gate 315 Granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4683 2343 Zest Pastries Pty Ltd 54 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 4320 Zest Pastries
Amy’s Country Café 50 Herbert St, Allora QLD Ph: 07 4666 3828
Bluebird Kitchen & Bar 130 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5795 bluebirdkitchen.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 char-belas.com Charchy's on Westside 148 Wood St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3630 charchys-on-westside.business.site Chung Hing Chinese Restaurant 67 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5288 chunghing.mystrikingly.com 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 condaminesportsclub.com.au Delights of India 73 Fitzroy Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4643 2377 Hawker Road Function Centre – Golf Club 1 Hawker Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1720 warwickgolfclub.com.au Horse and Jockey Hotel Cnr Victoria & Palmerin Streets, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 0600 horseandjockey.com.au Hungry Jacks 16D/20 Wood St &, Albion St, Warwick QLD Ph: 07 4661 3895 hungryjacks.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 justbecausegiftsflowers.com.au J Y Thai Restaurant 159 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 4244 JY Thai Killarney Hotel-Motel 17 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1313 killarneyhotelmotel.com.au Little Gallery Cafe 90 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 07 4667 1162 Little Gallery Cafe Maryvale Crown Hotel 47 Taylor St, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1148 maryvalecrownhotel.com.au McDonalds Warwick 75 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 4661 8888 Mussels Restaurant 103 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3599 Mussels Restaurant Queensland Country Women's Association 76 Grafton St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2966 qcwa.org.au Railway Hotel Allora 40 Herbert St, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3402 railwayhotelallora.com.au Red Rooster Warwick Cnr Wood St & Guy Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5834 Roddies Fish & Chips 40 Albion St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 1118 Roses Chinese Restaurant 45 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3777 Roses Licensed Chinese Restaurant
Royal Hotel Leyburn 71 MacIntyre Street, Leyburn QLD 4365 Ph: 07 4695 0129 leyburnhotel.com.au Rupert's Bar and Grill 91 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4660 2199 coachmans.com.au
Veronica’s on Willow Cnr Willow & Ailanthus Sts, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 1919 Veron 1956 Warwick Gardens Galore 21 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 4466
R & K Fork & Take Away 113 McEvoy St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9310 RKs Fork Takeaway
Warwick Hotel 20 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7772 warwickhotel.com.au
Soban House Restaurant 54A Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 2652 Soban House
Warwick RSL Memorial Club Cnr King Street and Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1229 warwickrsl.com.au
Spicers Peak Lodge Wilkinsons Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 1300 253 103 spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge Spring Creek Mountain Café & Cottages 1503 Spring Creek Road, The Falls via Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7101 springcreekcottages.com.au Steele's Bakery Café 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 The Cherry Tree Warwick The Criterion Hotel 84 Palmerin St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1042 Criterion Hotel Warwick The Falls Cafe Spring Creek Rd, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 7151 queenmaryfallscaravanpark.com.au The Malt House 42 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 1865 malthousewarwick.com.au The Ranch Bakehouse Cnr Albion and Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 0025 Ranch Bakehouse
Zarraffas 45a Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 4627 zarraffas.com Westside Hot Bread Shop 3/148 Wood Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 4062
ATTRACTIONS Galleries, Museums and Collections Allora Regional Sports Museum 78 Herbert Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0407 034 320 Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre 4 Alice St, Warwick QLD 4370 prorodeo.com.au/heritage Ph: 07 4661 8183 Bush Rock Gallery 29 Hoey Lane, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0419 216 131 graemeschreiber.com.au Glass Shokunin Studio 25355 New England Highway, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 0419 701 741 Glass Shokunin Studio Glen Aplin Gardens Art Gallery 311 Stabiles Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0408 951 071 glenaplingardens.com.au Killarney Art Gallery 7 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 0458 991 921 artkillarney southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au 55
Travel Directory Killarney Heritage Centre 11 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4664 4289 email@example.com Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Cnr of Marsh and Lock Streets, Weeroona Park Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1874 srag.org.au Stanthorpe Heritage Museum 12 High Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1711 stanthorpehistoricalsociety.org.au Warwick Art Gallery 49 Albion Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 0434 warwickartgallery.com Warwick Historical Society Museum 79 Dragon St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 3234 firstname.lastname@example.org Warwick Potters' Place Gallery 63 Horsman Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0411 335 193 potters.org.au Warwick Railway Peter Prixey Museum Cnr Hamilton and Fitzroy Sts, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9788 southerndownssteamrailway.com.au Wallangarra Railway Museum and Café 80 Rockwell St, Wallangarra QLD 4383 Ph: 07 4684 3376
Mary Poppins House 61 Herbert Street, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 0428 746 458
National Parks and Natural Attractions Aloomba Lavender 5425 Mt Lindesay Road, Liston NSW 2372 Ph: 07 4686 1191 aloombalavender.com.au Bald Rock National Park Bald Rock Access Rd, Tenterfield NSW 2372 Ph: 02 6736 4298 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 npsr.qld.gov.au Main Range National Park Various locations Ph: 137 468 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 npsr.qld.gov.au
Heavenly Chocolate 2117 Pyramids Road, Wyberba QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4684 5121 wisteriacottage.com.au Jamworks Gourmet Foods 7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4171 jamworks.com.au Mt Stirling Olives 200 Collins Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4270 mtstirlingolives.com Stanthorpe Cheese and Jersey Girl's Café 4 Duncan Lane, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2277 stanthorpecheese.com.au Sutton's Juice Factory, Cidery & Shed Café 10 Halloran Drive, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4685 2464 suttonsfarm.com.au Truffle Discovery Centre Stanthorpe 335 Church Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 0467 255 337 trufflediscoverycentre.com.au
Other Attractions Anna's Candles 7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 0433 440 067 annascandles.com.au Bestbrook Mountain Resort 9790 Cunningham Highway, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1282 bestbrook.com.au
Willow Gallery Collective 26 Willow St, Killarney QLD 4373 Ph: 07 4661 9441
Landmarks and Buildings
Ashbern Farms 2 West Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0124 ashbernfarms.com.au
Cherrabah Resort 1 Keogh's Road, Elbow Valley Via Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 9177 cherrabah.com.au
Brass Monkey Brew House 106 Donges Road, Severnlea QLD 4380 Ph: 0488 967 401 brassmonkeybrewhouseptyltd.com
Cicada Woman and Yirimbahm Gallery 49 Mailmans Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1187 cicadawoman.weebly.com
Castle Glen Australia 3184 Amiens Road, Thulimbah QLD 4376 Ph: 07 4683 2363 castleglenaustralia.com.au
Gleneden Family Farm and Working Bullock Team 375 North Branch Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4666 1273 glenedenfamilyfarm.com.au
Abbey of the Roses 8 Locke Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9777 abbeyoftheroses.com Boer War Memorial and Park Warwick St, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 137 468 email@example.com Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre 18515 New England Highway, Warwick-Allora QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 3866 Glengallan Homesteadand Heritage Centre
Seasonal Markets — see page 5
Granite Belt Christmas Farm 321 Aerodrome Rd, Applethorpe QLD 4378 Ph: 0412 826 482 granitebeltchristmasfarm.com.au
Gap Creek Moto 9674 Cunningham Highway, Tregony QLD 4370 Ph: 0427 666 224 gapcreekfarmstay.com.au
Kent Saddlery 25798 New England Highway, Stanthorpe QLD 480 Ph: 07 4681 4220 kentsaddlery.com.au
Granite Belt Bicycle Tours and Hire Stanthorpe Ph: 0405 604 926 granitebeltbicycles.com.au
Lawdogs Australia 335 Church Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Ph: 0467 255 337 lawdogsaustralia.com.au Pure Heaven 33 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 0586 pureheaven.com.au Rose City Shoppingworld 81 Palmerin Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4667 0142 rosecityshoppingworld.com.au Southern Downs Steam Railway Cnr Hamilton and Fitzroy Sts, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 9788 sdrc.org.au The Granite Belt Maze 364 Old Warwick Road, Glen Niven QLD 4377 Ph: 0467 824 520 thegranitebeltmaze.com.au The Ugg Boot Lady 403 Kerridges Rd, Glen Aplin QLD 4381 Ph: 07 4683 4177 theuggbootlady.com.au Washpool Skin Wellness & Soaperie 16 Bents Road, Ballandean QLD 4382 Ph: 07 4684 1080 washpool.com.au
Sport Allora Sports Club Warwick St, Allora QLD 4362 Ph: 07 4666 3380 Allora Sports Club Carnell Raceway Rifle Range Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 2923 carnellraceway.com.au
Morgan Park Raceway Old Stanthorpe Road, QLD 4370 Ph: 0437 471 433 morganparkraceway.com.au Sandy Creek Raceway Sandy Creek Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0402 984 274 warwickkartclub.com.au Stanthorpe Fitness Centre 23 Talc St, Stanthorpe Ph: 07 4681 2411 Stanthorpe Fitness Centre Stanthorpe Jockey Club Armstrong Park 92 Jimmy Mann Road, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 0400 361 186 wineracing.org Stanthorpe Sports and Country Club 50 Amosfield Rd, Stanthorpe QLD 4380 Ph: 07 4681 1276 Warwick Golf Club Hawker Road, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 5905 warwickgolfclub.com.au
SERVICES Cold Country Child Care Ph: 0420572915 Cold Country Child Care Stanthorpe Pet Sitters Ph: 0422 406 974 stanthorpets.com Warwick Cosy Cats Hotel Wantley Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7534 Warwick Vet Clinic Boarding 4 Albert Street, Warwick QLD 4370 warwickvet.com.au Ph: 07 4661 1105 We Care Country Kennels Tennant Road, The Summit QLD 4377 Phone: 07 4683 2518 wecarecountrykennels.com.au Granite Belt Boarding Kennels 18 Parrish Lane, Eukey QLD 4380 Phone: 07 4683 7173 granitebeltboardingkennelsandcattery.com.au National Harvest Information Line Ph: 1800 062 332 employment.gov.au/ harvest-labour-services Translating and Interpreting Service (24 hours, every day of the year) Ph: 131 450 (within Australia)
Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre (WIRAC) 29 Palmerin St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 7955 wirac.com.au Warwick Polocrosse Club Morgan Park Old Stanthorpe Rd, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 0419 714 545 warwickpolox.com.au Warwick Turf Club 170 Victoria St, Warwick QLD 4370 Ph: 07 4661 1023 warwickturfclub.org.au
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When to come The short answer is any time is a great time to visit us! We’re blessed with the delights of four distinct seasons, so there’s always something different to experience, seasonal produce to sample and events to catch.
Sunny days give way to perfectly cool nights. Orchards are heaving with apple blossoms, pretty wildflowers dot the granite trails in Girraween National Park, it’s berry and cherry season and many new wine releases are celebrated with events across the region.
Escape the coast’s humidity – go chasing waterfalls near Killarney, explore the cooler mountain trails of the Goomburra Valley, take a dip in a meandering creek, sink your teeth into juicy stone fruit and admire our stunning sunflower fields.
Experience the cool relief and rich colours Autumn brings to our countryside as the deciduous landscapes turn to hues of crimson and gold. Celebrate the grape harvest with us, stop at roadside stalls for fresh figs, sweet strawberries and crisp apples and sit by a campfire and gaze at clear starry skies.
Brrrh! Brass Monkey Season as we like to call it, means you’re going to have to snuggle up in front of a roaring fire with a glass of local red. Frosty mornings morph into crisp clear days perfect for exploring. Join us at events likes Snowflakes in Stanthorpe and Jumpers & Jazz in July to celebrate the cool climate. You might even experience a surprise snowfall – like we had in July 2015!
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