QuartPot Creek runs through the chilly town of Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt of Queensland.
(I once bought a horse named Quart Pot for my grandkids to ride).
The area around the creek has been landscaped and links one end of the town with The Red Bridge.
You can take a walk and in May catch an autumn leaf (it is a bit Englishy round here), you can feed the ducks, if you are here in the warmer weather you can swim but not in what they call the 'Brass Monkey' weather of winter or otherwise just relax under the shade of a tree.
Go to the Visitors Information centre and start the walk there...it is paved.
Australian Made Quart Pot
Quart pots are crafted in tin with soldered joins and large sized handles. The pot holds approximately 800mL and the cup approximately 400mL.....see photo
The road signs between Warwick, Stanthorpe and Wooloongarra are really worth watching out for. The only problem is to photograph them in safety. I managed to get the first one as David stopped up the highway and I walked back...but the trucks and cars rushing by at speed are a bit scary....There are more on road from Warwick to Killarney as well....
So on a little run in May I managed to photograph a few more....hence this update.. The highway is 'two way' and the signs are on both sides. I have not seen the like elsewhere.
Some even are in a set of three and rhyme but it was a bit dangerous to stop at the time for the whole set.....
I have yet to investigate who is responsible for these signs
At the Caravan Park we were staying in near Stanthorpe, we happened to see these beautiful Parrots. They were fairly easy to photograph here as somebody had put out seed for them. I did see them as we were driving along and in the National Parks.
I believe it is the Red Rumped Parrot.
If you are coming from Brisbane by car, you will know you are close to Stanthorpe when you see the Big Apple at Vincenzo’s.
The original Big Apple, a Granny Smith, lived at the petrol station at Applethorpe from 1978.
That Apple is no more, instead, there is a bright Red "Royal Gala"Apple, 4m tall and the apple is 4.5 in diameter stands infront of Vincenzo's shop.
At Vincenzo's, there is a Cafe, a Deli for buying some cheeses and many other not so common delicacies. Wines, Liqueurs, Port are availble for tasting and buying and a gift shop.
Plenty of off road free parking available
One thing around Stanthorpe that there is no shortage of, is Cellar doors. Come in season, and they will all be open, off season, hardly a one! Wine around here is Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot.
You can pick up information from the Stanthorpe information centre, or just follow the Brown Tourist sign listings of the 'wineries.
You will notice symbols after each name.
Bed is for accommodation....
Knife & Fork....Meals available
Cup & saucer...Cafe
And the tricky one is the Bird in the Blue square. It is named "stange bird" to denote Granite Belt winemakers who sell wines from alternative grape varieties. The little bird has its own self-drive trail which will lead you to 21cellar doors in the Granite Belt which have alternative grape varieties
We did this, and enjoyed a very pleasant drive. In May, nearly all were closed.
No worries if you haven't a car, just join one of the Winery Tours.
Fruitisforus AT Ballandean, NEAR Stanthorpe, is another one of those "big" attractions you find in Australia.
Of course, I had to stop and take a photo of it, and it is not a known Dinosaur!!
This Fruitisforus was originally made as a float for the 1998 Apple & Grape Festival when the local shopkeeper’s daughter was a queen entrant. The problem was, what to do with it after the festival, so much work had gone into making it, the towns-folk didn't want to toss it away.
And so a home was found for Fruitisforus, infront of the Ballandean railway station to stop passing traffic in a bid to sell fruit as a fundraiser for the local football club. As with all these "big" things, soon many, many cars were stopping, and it was decided to become a permanent feature. Some work was needed on the structure so it could survive the weather.
The big friendly FRAGILE green giant is 2.1m high and 6.7m long.
MUST NOT BE CLIMBED UPON!
As we were driving along the New England Highway, I happened to see a pyramid! Having travelled this road often, I knew it hadn't been there before, so a short detour was made to find out all about it.
It happens to be on private land owned by Henty Estate/Aussie Vineyards.
The pyramid came about because of a chance remark by local Peter Watters to the owner of the property, Stuart Moreland. Peter said "What are we going to do with all these rocks?" Stuart replied "Build a pyramid!" ....And so he had one built with the rocks, 30metres square at the base and 17.5metres high and contains 7500 tonnes of rock. It was built by using an excavator and dump truck, and took 8 months to build.
The pyramid is on private property but can be viewed from Jacobson Road, Ballandean.
St Joseph's School had its beginning with the arrival in Stanthorpe by four dedicated Sisters of Mercy on the 9th February 1875. Would you believe, the original School was formerly the Globe Hotel!
The four Sisters worked hard, and in 1931, the result was a foundation stone being laid for the Convent building. There have been many changes since then, but still the old Church, Presbytery and other buildings are worth having a look at.
There is no shortage of Hotels in Stanthorpe, five is what I counted, perhaps there are more.
The most historic, is the Commercial Hotel, built in triple brick in 1915, on the site of Stanthorpe's first licenced Hotel. This Boutique Hotel and Wine Bar has entertainment on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights. Had a big night, then stay in one of the eight renovated guest rooms.
Farley Piazza is a nice area located about half way along the main street. A good place to rest those legs, and sit and have a look at the artwork. Lucky for me, each piece of artwork is described, otherwise I don't think I could have worked out some!
The Tree in my photo is known as the "roll-up" Tree.
The story to this Tree is quite interesting.
"Way back in 1872, people "rolled-up" under a real tree in the town centre to exchange news, to collect their mail and to read advertisements which were posted on the tree. The original tree was a towering eucalypt that stood close to this site in Stanthorpe’s early tin mining days. At a meeting in 1875 an effigy of the local Member of Parliament was burned under the tree, and the fire also destroyed the tree."
Now, an ornamental tree is back in its place. Local youths were involved in the making of it, and now the leaves on the tree are inscribed with youth and family names of the time.
The tree is made of steel and anodized aluminum and was unveiled in 2002
I came across this interesting mosaic on my walk of Stanthorpe. It is made out of bits and pieces donated by members of the public.
When you look at the design carefully, you can see that it is a layered landscape.
What does it mean?
The lower levels represent the earth, enviroment, waterways and animals, this is the past.
The middle level is all about industry and domestic cultures, including farming, family, business and history.
The top level incorporates multi-cultural and contempary events, such as youth, music, sport and recreation.
The sky is representing night and day, the passing of time and the balance of life, while the sun is made of sons and daughters.....ours.
Quite an interesting piece of art.
On my walk up and down the main street of Stanthorpe, I came across many interesting Heritage signs.
These signs weren't about the heritage buildings in town, but they were telling the history of the area. I found out the first grape vines were planted in 1859, just for home use and about the mining and other pieces of history.
What a great idea by the council to do this!
The Stanthorpe Post Office, is an attractive building in the centre of the main street.
It was built in 1901 from locally manufactured bricks and local granite. It has the British coat of arms on its front and an illuminated clock, which came from England and was installed in 1903. It is a good example of Edwardian Classical design with arched windows and a very ornamental ceiling.
A lovely old building that is in use today.
The Stanthorpe Art Gallery has displays of International Art as well as Australian and local Art on display. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and fibre/textile artwork is on display.
Stanthorpe holds a biennial Art Festival, with the largest regional art prize begging to be won!
The next festival is in 2014.
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is open 6 days a week
10am - 4pm Tues - Fri - closed Mondays
10am - 1pm Sat - Sun
ADMISSION IS FREE
Stanthorpe is the coldest place in Queensland, hence the reason why it is known as Brass Monkey Season in the Granite Belt . Crisp cold clear mornings, frost and sometimes snow is what you can expect in Winter at Stanthorpe.
Located in the main street, is a sculpture of a Brass Monkey and a plaque beside explaining how the name came about.
In Australia we say ‘cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’ So where did the saying come from. According to the plaque, " a brass monkey was the name given to a metal rack used to store cannon balls on sailing ships. Water would collect in these racks, and in winter it would freeze and expand, dislodging the balls so they spilled out of the racks."
That is how you freeze the balls off a brass monkey!