Why visit the Stanthorpe Region and the Granite Belt Region

Even though you can easily do a day trip from Brisbane/Gold/Coast/Toowoomba, it is worth spending a few days exploring the Stanthorpe region. This unique Queensland area is perfect for producing some of the best food and wine in the state to indulge in over the weekend or midweek break.

3 Reasons and Things to do in Stanthorpe Region

Wine

One of Australia’s most exciting wine regions. It’s known particularly for cool-climate wines, not usually found elsewhere in the country. From Chardonnay to Shiraz the highlight is the emerging, alternative varieties like Roussane, Alvarinho, Malbec and Sagrantino.

 

Most of the wineries and vineyards in the area are owned and managed by individuals and families, who are passionate about innovative winemaking, making the experience a more intimate and memorable wine tasting adventure.

 

There are over 50 independent cellar doors to choose from. If you are unsure which one to choose, book a ½ or full-day tour with Rosetta Homestead.

 

The region is also home to several craft breweries and distilleries with many more to open over the next year or two including Conrad Distillery where you can experience behind the barrel weekend of learning the art of Distilling.

A man having a wine in front of the fire plage
A man having a wine in front of the fire plage

Food

Match these beautiful wines with the area’s gourmet food and award-winning restaurants. This region is filled with so many wonderful artisan produce and locally grown goodies for a unique foodie experience.

 

Stanthorpe Cheese where you can taste some of the wonderful cheese samples and have a cup of tea/coffee at their Jersey Girls cafe, Jamworks Known for their wide range of relishes, sauces, pickles and jams. Truffle Discovery Centre where you taste the rare truffle, known as French Black Périgord Truffle. Then there is the most famous apple pie which people come from all over Queensland to try at Sutton’s. There are strawberry farms, apple, stone fruit orchards (spring and summer must-visits).

 

The area is filled with excellent cafes, restaurants, and delis to meet a variety of taste buds. From 5 star award-winning restaurants St Judes, Essen and Varias to awesome wood-fired pizza at Balancing Heart Vineyard, American Style burgers at Blue Topaz Diner. Plus for the sweet tooth, Heavenly Chocolate and Zest Bakery should not be missed.

Outdoors

Stanthorpe is surrounded by stunning scenery and is home to the impressive Girraween National Park on the border with New South Wales. Walking and pushbike trails are scattered throughout the region including Donnelly’s Castle just up from the Stanthorpe Cheese which was used by iconic bushrangers in the lawless days. There are boulders to scramble, trails to explore and spectacular views to be had throughout this region whether you are on foot, bike or vehicle.

 

So come and stay and explore our wonderful region. Book Now.

A man having a wine in front of the fire plage

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