Located at the heart of the Granite Belt, Stanthorpe is the country escape you've been looking for. Sit back and relax as you sip on wine from the local wineries, taste the local produce and take in the panoramic views of the spectacular countryside. Visit the heritage buildings, frolic through the fields of sunflowers, explore the outdoors via the walking trails through the National Parks, and experience Stanthorpe's jam-packed events calendar year round.
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From Moreton Bay, Stanthorpe is approximately a 3.5 hour drive south-west through mostly scenic countryside. Choose to go through the city or take a tourist drive along the inland roads for a more relaxed journey.
If you choose to go through the city you will pass through towns such as Willowbank, Maryvale and Warwick. If you were to choose an inland road you will pass through Kilcoy, Esk, Gatton, Allora and Warwick before arriving in Stanthopre. The inland drive is a great option if you want to experience the long country roads and vast open scenery our western towns offer.
From paddock to plate is what you will get when you dine in the Southern Downs. The local produce is renowned in the region and you would be amiss if you didn't sample some of the Southern Downs famous apples. Stanthorpe is after all the top apple producer in Queensland.
The Granite Belt is known as wine country and for very good reason. Sitting at just under 1000 metres altitude, it is the highest wine region in Australia. This allows for longer growing seasons meaning you can enjoy premium wine and winery experiences more often than you could anywhere else. Visit a cellar door, tour the vineyards and sample some of the Granite Belt's finest wine the next time you're in the Southern Downs Region.
Visit some of our suggested wineries:
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Darling cottages, charming lodges, tranquil retreats and estate accommodation is what you'll find in Stanthorpe. Getaway from the big city hotels and stay at one of the private cottages or lodges in the area and escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. Experience peace and tranquility with a touch or heritage and enjoy the slower paced lifestyle when visiting Stanthorpe.
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Take a walk along the 2km Queen Mary Falls circuit in the Main Range National Park. Start at the Queen Mary Falls picnic area, and head out along the ridgeline to the rainforest gorge.
Once you reach the lookout, watch on from above as Spring Creek plunges 40 metres over the cliff face to the valley floor. Continue along the trail to the valley floor and feel the cool mist from the waterfall as it gently lays on your skin.
It will take you approximately 40 minutes to complete the circuit which gives you plenty of time to stop and take in the scenery.
Explore the walking trails at Cunningham's Gap ranging from 1.6km to 12.4km! Choose the short 1.6km Rainforest circuit for an easy walk with views of the surrounding valleys and volcanic peaks. For more experienced hikers, the 5-12km Goomburra circuits are ideal. With scenic lookouts, waterfalls and rainforest views, you won't be disappointed!
Boasting huge granite boulders that tower over the forest below and an array of wildflowers which bloom in the Spring, Giraween National Park is a sight to behold. The dramatic landscape is also home to unique wildlife including rare turquoise parrots and bearded dragons. At night watch as the stars dance across the night sky lighting up everything below.
Choose from one of the walking/hiking trails including the Wyberba Walk alongside Bald Rock Creek to snap a photo under the popular Granite Arch. Climb The Pyramid for great views over the park or spend the day walking to granite monoliths or watering holes along the creek.
There's something about sunflowers that just makes you feel good inside so imagine being surrounding by thousands at once! Get lost in the rows of sunflowers and let your worries be whisked away! You can find most fields roadside with the vibrant colours making them easy to spot.
Sunflowers only bloom around December to March, so it’s important you time your visit accordingly. Once a field has started to flower, it will only be in bloom for 3-4 weeks. If you're travelling to see them we suggest giving the local Visit Information Centre a call for a bloom update.
In the Southern Downs Granite Belt Region you can find sunflower fields in the below areas:
Please be mindful when visiting the fields that the sunflowers grow in the fields of hard working farmers. Remember to be respectful and do not trespass or damage property or the sunflowers trying to get the perfect picture.
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Stanthorpe has so many beautiful places to visit and unique sights to behold! Here are some of Stanthorpe's the must visits locations!
Stanthorpe is Queensland's premier apple grower and to celebrate this they have built a giant apple for all to see! Visit Thulimbah to catch a glimpse of The Big Apple. Snap a photo next to it and then go taste some of Stanthorpe's famous apples at a local cafe!
Visit the local markets and fill your wicker basket with some of the freshest local produce around! From fruit and vege to cheese and wine, you can find it all at the regional markets. Check out the Stanthorpe Seasonal Feast Markets for fruit and vege or Markets in the Mountains for some handmade goodies.
You can't go to wine country and have a couple of vino's! Explore the Granite Belt's finest wineries and tour the vineyards, sample the wine and enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds you.
Explore the heritage buildings that line the streets of Stanthorpe. Visit the Stanthorpe Heritage Museum and the Stanthopre Regional Art Gallery or simply take a stroll through the streets admiring the old world charm.
Looking for a fun and unique activity? Visit the Granite Belt Maze! Navigate your way through the maze with the help of a riddle as you get lost exploring every corner and turn!
Stanthorpe has some pretty unique events! Check out some of their major events and festivals below and choose which one you would like to see the most!
One of Queensland's longest running festivals, the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival celebrates the Granite Belt's lucrative wine and produce industry. The 10 day festival includes unforgettable street carnivals, a food and wine fiesta, and of course the grape crushing competition!
Visit Warwick in July and you'll be met with streets lined with colourfully wrapped trees and music playing on every corner. Queensland's quirkiest festival sees locals knitting tree warmers turning the town into an explosion of colour! Over 10 days you are immersed in a unique and colourful world with live jazz music, country cuisine and events such as the Killarney Bonfire Night, Picnic in the Park, Suitcase Rummage, Twilight Jazz in the Park, Celebration of Local Flavours, Jumpin' Jazz Laneway Party and the Gran Automobile Display!
Snowflakes in July is an iconic Queensland festival held every second year. Enjoy ice skating, throwing snowballs, winter activities and entertainment in Queensland's coolest town!
Rev heads out there, this one is for you! The Historic Leyburn Sprints returns each year with over 200 cars racing around the country town vying for 1st place on the podium! With cars ranging from the 1920's all the way to modern classics, there is something for everyone from every generation! Enjoy the live music, show 'n' shine, country markets and vintage caravan competition and make a day of it at the Historic Leyburn Spirits!
Hold onto those akubras and put on your cowboys boots because the Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft is here! Widely known as Australia's most famous rodeo, the Warwick Rodeo is held each year in the last full week of October. With over $55,000 worth prizes and the famous gold cup and saddle trophy, riders come from all over to take part in the championship campdraft! Hear the crowd roar and kick up some dust during the day and party on with the live bands at night!
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