Our Region

Our Region –

Stanthorpe is the heart of the Granite Belt wine country. It is the highest elevated wine district in Australia, sitting over 900 metres above sea level. A mining rush in 1872 gave Stanthorpe its name: stannum is Latin for tin and thorp is English for village. 

Grapes have been grown in the Granite Belt since the 1870s and the region is steadily developing a national reputation as a leading wine producer. The Granite Belt produces delicious, cool climate wines; meaning high midday heat that ripens the grapes and low pre-dawn heat, or cool nights, in the growing season which ensures the grapes hold onto their natural acidity. You may be familiar with wines from other cool climates like Tasmania and the Mornington Peninsula.

Stanthorpe is a place where you can experience the Four Seasons. It is affectionately known as the “coldest town in Queensland”. Which means, fire places in winter and cooler, refreshing mountain air in summer. It’s know to snow occasionally in Winter.

You’ll experience Authentic Country Life; an area blossoming with life: fruit and vegetables fill the fields, the vineyards hang full of grapes and the town has a friendly, country feel. Natural beauty is everywhere – stunning national parks, prehistoric granite formations, Dams, views, vineyards.

Our Neighbours

GIRRAWEEN ESTATE
41 Hickling Lane, Wyberba
Visit Steve & Lisa at their picturesque vineyard in a stunning valley surrounded by granite hills. The Cellar door is cosy and allows visitors to talk to them about the vineyard and taste beautiful sparkling wines and award-winning still wines.

Pyramids Road Wines
25 Wyberba Lane, Ballandean
Warren & Sue will welcome you at the Cellar Door for wine tastings and sales. Their focus is the production of high quality, low volume, hand made wines. All wines are hand crafted on the premises.

Heavenly Chocolate
Pyramid Road, Wyberba
A delectable range of chocolates and gourmet goodies at the only exclusive chocolate shop on the Granite Belt.  Whilst visiting, be sinful and enjoy a seriously rick European hot chocolate – choose from many delicious flavours – or enjoy a coffee or cold drink in the garden setting.

Places to visit

Ballandean Tavern Motel
Cnr St Judes & Eukey Road, Ballandean
Ballandean Tavern Motel is the perfect location for that much-needed break, ideally situated 20kms from  Stanthorpe and in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Region and is only a short drive from some of the regions most popular attractions. Tuck into a scrumptious meal in the restaurant or unwind and share a few laughs and a drink on the verandah, overlooking the beautiful Ballandean Valley.

Anna’s Candles
7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin 
All candles are made from high quality 100% Soy Bean Wax and Fragrant Oils – all hand poured on the premises.

Jamworks
7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin 
Jamworks is a family run and owned business started in 2001 in the 1915 Thorndale school building relocated to the Jamworks site on the New England Highway, Glen Aplin.  Pride is taken in selecting only the freshest and best quality ingredients for their preserves.  Try a selection from the online store and satisfy your tastebuds with one or more of our 100 plus gourmet products.  All of the jams and preserves are gluten and preservative free, and are made using Granite Belt produce where possible.

Girraween National Park
Pyramids Rd, Wyberba
Girraween National Park boasts massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders, clear running streams and spectacular wildflowers in spring.  Golden wattles, yellow, red and purple pea flowers, dainty orchids and flannel flowers grow amid forests of red-gum, stringybark and blackbutt. Frogs, lizards and snakes rustle among the leaf litter. Brilliant turquoise parrots, yellow-tufted honeyeaters and superb fairy-wrens splash the granite-strewn countryside with colour, while red-necked wallabies, brush-tailed possums and spiny echidnas weave their way through the wonders of the woodland.

Stanthorpe Cheese
4 Duncan Lane, Thulimbah
Rosco and Karen have been farming beef and dairy cattle collectively for over 60 years. They are passionate about producing food of the highest quality.  Their artisan cheeses are made from a single herd of pure bred Jersey cows from one farm. This makes their cheeses totally unique and seasonally different and interesting. If it’s raining and the grass is rich and luscious, the cheese reflects this with its bright yellow colour and earthy aroma.

Ugg Boot Lady
403, Kerrigan Road, Glen Aplin 
At The Ugg Boot Lady, there is more than just boots. They also stock leather goods, sheepskin products, gifts and a selection of clothing. They only sell quality goods, so you can rest assured your purchase will last.  Their footwear products are made from 100% genuine doublefaced sheepskin to keep your feet warm and cosy. Double face sheepskin is the original way ugg boots were made, allowing your feet to breath and feel comfortable.  They also have a range of quality double faced sheepskin boots suitable for camping.

Law Dogs
335 Church Road, The Summit
Not just for dog lovers, Lawdogs Australia is Australia’s first privately-owned specialist dog training kennel that is open to the public to see puppies and adult dogs going through their law enforcement training and doing demonstrations of protection, detection and agility in a live sit-down show.