About Stanthorpe, Queensland
Queensland’s wine capital, Stanthorpe, is located on the New England Highway near the New South Wales border, just two and a half hours and 223 kilometers from Brisbane via Warwick. The Granite Belt is situated on the inner spine of the Great Dividing Range at an altitude of more than 800 metres (2625 feet), making it a table wine region and being located so high above sea level visitors enjoy cool weather every season of the year!
The Granite Belt is home to Queensland’s most awarded wine. We have the largest area under vine and the greatest number of cellar door operations. We are also home to the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. The range of producers is significant from large vineyards which produce wine sold nationally, to tiny operations where the science of making wine is treated with the reverence of an art form. Some operations are well set up for large groups and most require bookings for coaches.
Stanthorpe and district is renowned for its apples and stone fruits and includes apples, pears, apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and vegetables. Tourism is a growth industry and festivals like the Stanthorpe Wine Fiesta, Spring Wine
Festival, the Apple and Grape Festival and Brass Monkey Season attract tens of thousands of people to the area.
Things to do in Stanthorpe
Experience the Granite Belt’s diverse country haven, tranquil national parks, rugged country tracks, wineries, gourmet foods, lavender farms, skincare factory and more. You don’t want to miss visiting the two national parks close by- Girraween and Sundown. Go on bush walks or pitch a tent!
Girraween is close enough to the highway to allow travelers to make a short detour for a picnic beside Bald Rock Creek. Two well-developed camping grounds make this park ideal for camping in small or large groups. Secluded campsites, hot showers, picnic tables and barbecues make for an enjoyable stay.In contrast to Girraween’s rounded granite hilltops and open valleys, the Severn River has carved through Sundown’s high traprock country creating sharp ridges and steep-sided gorges into which access is difficult. Sundown is clothed in thick box-ironbark woodland in the south and Stringybark-gum woodland in the northern higher areas, while dry vine scrubs grow in side gorges.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to Honeysuckle Cottages to enjoy the crisp, clean mountain air, the country hospitality and the unique scenery of the Granite Belt, renowned for its fruit, wines and rocky National Parks.
Features of the Granite Belt area
Over 50 Wineries. 4 National Parks. Bush walking. Rock Pool Swimming. Boating. Fishing.Festivals. Fruit Harvest in Summer. Spring Blossoms. Wildflowers. Fossicking. Golf, Bowls.Museum. Art Gallery. Antique and Craft Shops. Autumn Colours. Freezing Winters. Queensland College of Wine Tourism. Luxury cottages.
Events in the area
Brass Monkey Season. Apple and Grape Festival. Wine Fiesta. Spring Wine Festival. Stanthorpe Cup. Australian Small Winemakers Show. Opera in the Vineyard. Jazz in the Vineyard. Christmas in July. Jumpers and Jazz in July. Rodeo. Stanthorpe Market in the Mountains. Border Market. Sirromet Long Lunch. Red November. Polocrosse Championships.