Explore & Discover
Located an easy 3 hour drive southwest of Brisbane, Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt is still part of Queensland and yet…..it may as well be a different country.
Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt is Queensland’s premier wine region and is home to fifty-plus wineries and cellar doors. It has enjoyed significant success with some of the wineries able to boast prestigious wine making awards and medals.
When we think of Stanthorpe we think of apples and this region produces virtually all of Queensland’s apple crop with over one million trees grown by over 50 orchardists.
And that’s not all…..Stanthorpe is also the home of outstanding cheeses, micro-breweries, a cidery, a distillery, numerous other fresh fruits and vegetables, olives, lavender, gourmet jams, preserves, vinegars, fine dining and so much more.
If wine and food is not your preference, then we also have something for you. We have several National Parks with spectacular features and views where there is sure to be a walk to suit everyone’s capabilities and all within a short drive. And if fishing is your passion then Storm King Dam offers Murray Cod, Yellowbelly and Silver Perch.
We are happy to provide recommendations and suggestions to help enhance your experience and for more detailed information please contact the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre.
31 The Rocks
31 The Rocks views
The spectacular sweeping views of the Broadwater Valley and surrounds below will relax and revive your senses.
Have a leisurely picnic at the top of the escarpment or perhaps stand in the shade of the pines, nestled in a cleft in the massive granite boulder. This is the perfect spot to watch the amazing sunsets as the days on the Granite Belt come to an end.
31 The Rocks Walking Tracks
31 The Rocks is 10 acres of natural bushland, granite rock outcrops and features.
There are two walking tracks on the property. Track 1 meanders through the bush climbing to the top of the granite escarpment where you are rewarded with spectacular views. An excellent vantage point to experience our stunning sunsets. Track 2 is a short 10 minute stroll through the bush passing beautiful granite rock formations.
These short walks introduce you to the delights of the natural bush with grass trees, native lavender and wild flowers. Sit a while and be delighted by the bird life, grey kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos – and sometimes koalas.
The Guest Lounge provides a cosy, comfortable place to gather with family and friends.
Stanthorpe & The Granite Belt
Wine, Beer & Cheese
Spoilt for choice with over 50 wineries and cellar doors to choose from, there is sure to be a wine to suit all tastes … Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Verdelho and Chardonnay to mention a few. This area is also famous for its alternative grape varieties which can be experienced as part of the Strangebird Granite Belt Alternative Wine Trail.
31 The Rocks has secured some bottles of one of the rarest Strangebirds of all, the tasty Gruner Veltliner from Banca Ridge Winery for our new Strangebirds of Summer package. This pale yellow wine displays lime zest and white flowers with subtle white pepper notes. Balanced, full bodied wine with stone fruit, citrus flavours, and nice acidity leads to a long dry finish. Cold meats, salads, or even Thai and Vietnamese dishes pair nicely….Back to Package
Want to try a refreshing beer? Stanthorpe has two micro-breweries, both producing excellent craft beers. There is a broad variety of handcrafted boutique beers for all taste buds, providing a very pleasant alternative to wine tasting.
With all fine wines, there should be great cheese. The cheese makers of Stanthorpe have risen to the occasion, producing a variety of farmhouse artisan cheeses.
Interested in a tour? please contact us.
Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt host some of the most beautiful National Parks in Queensland.
- Girraween National Park – enjoy the natural beauty of spectacular rock formations, and beautiful flora and fauna, at one of the most famous of all Queensland National Parks, Girraween is only a short drive away and has a variety of walks to suit all abilities
- Bald Rock National Park – Rising 260m above the surrounding plateau of lush forest, this National Park is home to the largest granite dome in the southern hemisphere. Bald Rock is about 750m long, 50m wide and about 1277m above sea level. There ae many other granite domes and outcrops of geographical interest and visual appeal. A number of walks make the most of the parks granite landscape – including the track to the summit which passes through canyons, stone arches and provides panoramic views.
- Sundown National Park – is a rugged wilderness area of sharp ridges and steep-sided gorges. It is accessible by 4WD, has several maintained walking tracks and is a haven for bird watchers.
- Boonoo Boonoo Falls (pronounced Bunna – Bunoo)– boasts majestic waterfalls all year round, secluded swimming holes and hiking tracks displaying stunning native flowers every Spring.
Southern Downs Steam Railway
“Southern Downs Steam Railway (SDSR) aims to provide a unique heritage railway experience on the Darling Downs and Granite belt through the operation of a tourist railway.”
Jamworks Gourmet Foods
Premium Quality Jams and preserves made using locally grown produce.
Tastings of award winning preserves or take a seat and enjoy the Jamworks gourmet foods café and larder experience.
Suttons Farm, Juice Factory, Cidery & Distillery
Pick your own tree ripened apples from the trees (seasonal).
Sample a wide range of varietal apple juices, fruit liqueurs, apple ciders, brandies and grappa.
Enjoy Suttons famous apple pie and a drink in the Shed Café.
The Granite Belt provides the ideal climate for growing lavender which provides a visual feast of colour between November and April. Aloomba Lavender Farm is open to the public offering a range of lavender products and other visitor services.