Small town with heaps of wineries, restaurants and nature on offer
Freezing in Winter (although many people think this is a good thing!)
Wine, food, rocks and cold winters!
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...more
Queensland, AustraliaThe 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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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 This Fruitisforus was originally made as a float for the 1998 Apple & Grape Festival when the local shopkeeper’s daughter was a queen entrant.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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
Queensland, AustraliaNow you won't drive past this place....The Big Apple will grab your attention but for goodness sake do not have breakfast at your motel...dull and boring IMO....wait till you are on your way out of town...just north of Stanthorpe....and stop at Vincenzos.There is everything here....wonderful food....home made jam drops...good...more
In Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia there is a little bit of Italy which happens to be one of the best restaurants for a smorgasbord that I have ever visited. (They tell me a la carte is good too but the smorgasbord is what they all come for Friday and Saturday nights) The cook is over 70years (2013) and runs the restaurant with her son. The...more
This restaurant is in Warwick which is about an hour from Stanthorpe heading to Brisbane. Used to be known as the Dome Deli and also the Bramble Patch Cafe (of which there is the Bramble Patch farm in the Stanthorpe area.) Very confusing.Anyway now known as Cafe Jacquis but still has great food and a relaxing atmosphere. Also they have some great...more
Major supermarket inside stanthorpe plaza
What to buy: Best chicken at the woolworths deli. Before closing this was selling at about $5 and made the perfect dinner and lunch the next day. Very juicy and excellent stuffing
In the Stanthorpe area, it is Vineyards and Orchards you will see a lot of. The problem around here, is Stanthorpe often receives very bad storms with large, destructive hail. The nets are often damaged by the hail, but do help stop the force of it hitting the fruit.The nets also stop the Fruit bats from coming in, protects the fruit from sun &...more
Once every two years (even years) on the first or second weekend in March is the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival. It attracts around 40 000 people to the festival which includes day and night activities lots of multicultural food and of course the local drops.There is a parade at 2pm on the Saturday. My picture is a pretty ordinary one but further...more
1 Reviews and Opinions
Its a good 15 - 20 minute drive out on a dirt road in the country and is not designed for tourists. the so called coffee shop is someone's kitchen and barely attended.
Fun Alternatives: Try the cystral ridge lavendar farm which is closer to town. or just visit the strawberry farm
Stanthorpe is known for being the coolest place in Queensland. Our Winters can stretch from March to November. That said we can have hot days in July! So no matter what the weather report says bring warm stuff (scarf and gloves and coats) as well as some short sleeves. We believe in layers, layers, layers. A cool, frosty, winter's morning can warm up into t shirt weather but lunch but cool off again by 3pm.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get most general stuff at our two chemists or our three grocery shops. However opening hours can be limited. None of the above open 24 hours.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera as the scenery is great to photograph. We have one photo place with reasonable supplies but it shuts at lunch on a Saturday and doesn't open Sunday.
The New England Highway is 914 kilometers long and runs from Toowoomba to Newcastle, it was perfect for my drive from Brisbane to Sydney taking an inland route, a little boring in places but plenty to see and a worthwhile drive especially when I saw the signs for Granite Belt Brewery craft beers. The highway seems designed to go round Stanthorpe so...more
All around this area are spots where you can do a bit of relaxed fishing. I think that the view and scenery is probably the best part but then again I am not a keen fisherperson!If you are wanting to bring a boat the Stanthorpe Dam (Storm King Dam) is your best option or dams in nearby areas like Glen Lyon which is around an hours drive south...more
Most people visit some (or all) of our various wineries but there are other attractions that suit tea totallers as well. Mt Sterling Olives is on the back road between Severnlea and Glen Aplin (two little villages on the South side of Stanthorpe.) It is pretty well sign posted from the highway. Lots of great Olive products. I don't even like olives...more
The Stanthorpe Gold & Country Club, located right in Stanthorpe, is a 10 holes, 18 tees Par 72 course.
Players can hire clubs, trolleys and golf carts and green fees are reasonable. The clubhouse has a licensed bar, lunch and snacks.
The club is well-known for its resident population of almost 100 Eastern Grey Kangaroos, you see them here all the time.
This is not the only golf course where you can enjoy a round of Golf with Kangaroo's in Australia.
It's Open 7 days..........
And, if you are an early riser longing for that early game of golf, then just pop your money in the honesty box.
In the park where the Art Gallery is located, is where we found the FREE TOILETS.
They were located at the back of the public swimming pool. Stanthorpe is even coolish in Summer, so I wasn't surprised to learn that the Pool is heated by solar power. The Pool has 8lanes and a childrens wading pool and kiosk.
If you are a Backpacker working in the fields, then this may be the place to come in Summer.
OPEN.....from October to March each year.
Opening times vary, so check the website.
ADMISSION IN 2012.....
ADULTS $3 CHILDREN $1.60