Stanthorpe has suffered horrendously from the 2018 and 2019 bush fires and the town need our support. Be sure to support the local businesses by buying their produce and spreading the word about this amazing little gem!
For those having followed me for a while, you would know that Stanthorpe and The Granite Belt is one of my absolute favorite places in Australia. What isn’t it to love about fresh air, more wineries than you can count (I can’t count very far after a few wine tastings), miles of walking tracks and a diverse wildlife?
Located just 2,5 hours outside of Brisbane it makes for a perfect weekend trip. I would recommend staying a minimum of 2 nights to get into the relaxed atmosphere of the town, but you can also get away with 1 night if you are pushed on time.
For a small town it surely has a lot to offer. Keep reading for my top 10 experiences. Anything missing from the list? Be sure to leave a comment below!
The old shed doesn’t betray much from the outside, but as you get closer to the door the smell of freshly baked goods gives you a good picture of what you can find on the inside. Freshly squeezed juice, homemade apple cider and the best apple pie in (dare I say?) all of Queensland. Welcome to Sutton’s. This is a mandatory first stop for anyone driving from Brisbane to Stanthorpe. Be sure to sample all of their jams, spreads and apple juices.
The small town of Stanthorpe is well worth a stop for it picturesque walk along the river. Stop by the tourist information center to get the latest information on what’s going on.
Wine and cheese picnic in a wine yard? Yes please.
The below video speaks for itself. Their wine is also very tasteful and affordable. I
5. Brass Monkey Brew House
When you need a break from all the wine drinking head over to Brass Monkey Brew House. This is a small family owned brewery that uses locally hops to create a wide variety of beers.
6. Girraween National Park
Such a wide variety of available tracks. From flat eucalyptus forest to steep mountains. The one thing in common for them all is the impressive granite formations throughout. Would absolutely recommend doing the Pyramid, just be aware that it gets very windy up there!
7. Watch the Sunrise
Stanthorpe has one of the prettiest sunrise I have ever experienced
8. Watch for wildlife
It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve spent in Australia, I still find kangaroos very fascinating. Spotted in massive groups around sunrise and sunset but they can be seen at any time throughout the day.
9. Go chasing waterfalls
Granite Belt have some impressive waterfalls! Unfortunately it’s very dry at the moment but some of the hikes are still worth doing purely because of the amazing views.
10. Heavenly Chocolate
do yourself a favor and stop by for a hot chocolate after a cold hike or a refreshing milkshake on a hot summer day. They also do coffee and everyone knows that coffee + chocolate = perfection.