This beautiful part of the world is surrounded by wineries. The temperature and location provide perfect conditions for growing the best grapes and producing the perfect drop. Spend your day wandering vineyards and taste testing beautiful wines of your choice. Check out some of these –
Girraween National Park – Granite Belt
On visiting the Girraween National Park expect to be greeted by glorious granite outcrops, incredible boulders balancing in place, clear running streams and spectacular wildflowers, especially in spring. Keep your eyes peeled for an abundance of flora and fauna that we are so lucky to have in this area! Red-necked wallabies, possums, echidnas, lizards, parrots and more! Girraween has 17km of walking tracks, ranging from a 280m stroll beside Bald Rock Creek to an 11km return walk to Mount Norman. Most walks start near the visitor information centre and day-use area—except where indicated. Main tracks are well defined but expect rocky sections and steep upper slopes.
Head to – https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween/about for more information !
Granite Belt Brewery
Enjoy a cold brew at the Granite Belt Brewery. Open from 10am everyday with a restaurant and bar, experience a working brewery from the comfort of the viewing lounge or join a guided tour around the brewery! Enjoy their extensive range of locally made preservative free beers.
Brass Monkey Brew House
Check out this fantastic family owned and operated Brewery! All beer brewed and bottled on site! Enjoy a cold brew in house and even grab some as takeaway! The perfect place to pop in, relax, meet some locals and cool the taste buds. Be sure to try one of their epic pizzas and don’t forget to treat yourself and take home a six pack to share!
Market in the Mountains, Stanthorpe
Check out these markets in Stanthorpe held every second Sunday of every month! Rain, Hail or shine! If it’s made, baked, sewn or grown, you’ll find it here! Normally around 35 stall holders fill the space with beautiful handcrafted items including clothing, bags, jewellery, soaps, plants, candles, knitted items and MORE! Treat yourself to the delicious food stalls filled with biscuits, spices, jams, preserves and honey. Join them at the Exhibition Pavilion, Stanthorpe Showgrounds, High Street, Stanthorpe and meet the people behind the products.
Washpool Farm Soaperie
Take a trip to Washpool Farm and check out their beautiful handmade soaps, essential oils and MUCH MORE! Spoil yourself with their ethically made products! You’ll be able to recognise their ingredients – most of which are edible and food grade. Their ingredients include cold pressed edible oils, butters and milks, extracts, infusions, activated and whole botanicals along with clays, honey, fruit and vegetables. They are a family run business with a heart for wellness! Relax and spend your morning browsing their products! You’ll find some of their amazing products in our cabins.
Located close by you’ll find Annas Candles where you can design your own scents and colour blends for your perfect Candle!! Perfect for gifts or for a fun creation you can pop in your own home made from the highest quality products! They also stock diffusers as well as an extensive range of hand and body wash products! As soon as you walk into our cabins you will be met with the stunning essence of their diffuser blends.
Jam Works Gourmet Foods
Jam Works source beautiful fresh quality ingredients making delicious and tasty jams, chutneys, pickles, marmalades, pastes, butters and relishes! With over 160 preserves available and made from 98% Australian ingredients, everyone in the family is bound to find their perfect treat! Pick a time of day and head to Jam Works for morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea!
Law Dogs Australia
A MUST SEE! Get over to Law Dogs Australia and check out their amazing facility! It’s Australias first privately owned specialist dog training kennel open to the public to see puppies and adult dogs going through their law enforcement training. Get up close and personal while seated behind a safety fence and see the dogs in action! This is a privately run company and they do not receive funding from any source other than visitor entry and dog sales. We highly recommend stopping by and supporting this great cause!
Another one of our favourite family run businesses, is Suttons Farm in Stanthorpe. A family run, fully functional apple orchard located 13 kilometres north of Stanthorpe, diagonally opposite the Big Apple. Their business has grown from a traditional apple orchard to a multi–faceted boutique business incorporating a juice factory, cidery, distillery and Shed Café. All products including their varietal apple juice, apple cider and apple brandy are handmade by David Sutton on the premises using what he grows in the orchard as well as fresh local produce. Sample their tasty apple juice, refreshing ciders and even grab yourself some lunch while you’re there! BUT DO NOT MISS OUT on trying their FAMOUS apple pie! It’ is fantastic!
You’ve got to check out the castle at Castle Glen! There you will find their Castle Glen Wines, Fortified Wines, Liqueurs, and beers that are all 100% Natural, Chemical free and Preservative free! In 1994, Cedric designed and built “The Castle” – an iconic building sitting in the heart of the Granite Belt. Having conquered the art of making Table Wine, Fortified Wine and Sparkling Wine (Technique Traditionelle), Cedric started making fruit wines using fruit from the local growers in the district. We think you’ll love the atmosphere and history this awesome place presents!
Aloomba Lavender Farm
Ahhhhh…the sweet and relaxing smell of Lavender! Now this place is pretty awesome! If you’ve never been to a Lavender farm you must stop in and visit this one. Afterall, we are all about relaxing, resting and rejuvenating so what better way to do that then with the smell of lavender floating around! Pick yourself up a gift from this beautiful family run business. Aloomba Lavender farm is part of a 4000 acre cattle property east of Stanthorpe run by the Bonner family. The lavender farm covers 6 acres in total with roughly 12000 plants! It’s pretty spectacular! We can also vouch for their delicious Lemonade Scones made fresh in the cafe daily!
Is there anything better than fresh honey? Local fresh honey for that matter? During your stay, be sure to keep an eye out for their honey in local stockists (you may be able to find stockists on their facebook page, link below)! Experience the array of flavours available and take some home as gifts for loved ones! You’ll find Stanthorpe Honey in our breakfast packages! Yum!!!!
While you’re sitting back on the deck of one of our cabins taking in the sunset views with a refreshing drink, what better way to compliment your afternoon than with some locally made cheese! Stanthorpe cheese is situated at Thulimbah, in the border highlands, 10 minutes north of Stanthorpe. 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. YUM!
Granite Belt Christmas Farm
Ever wanted to check out a real life Christmas Tree Farm?? Well, now you can! Nestled in the
heart of the Granite Belt wine region, is family owned and operated Granite Belt Christmas Farm. Renowned for bringing the ‘Christmas Spirit’ alive all year round, there are a bundle of MUST DO’s on the farm for the whole family. Granite Belt Christmas Farm’s specialty is creating a family fun atmosphere where memories can be made and traditions created. Let the kids explore Santa’s animals, wander through the fields of real Christmas trees and savour the fresh smell of pine or visit the farm In harvest season and let the kids pick the perfect tree for your family festivities. Capture the magic of Christmas through the doors of the Mistletoe Store and browse the spectacular range of Christmas decorations and gifts. Taste, indulge and enjoy Mrs. Claus’ festive hand crafted sweet treats and gourmet products. This is one for the WHOLE family!