The Granite Belt
The Granite Belt
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Maureen V
Ipswich, Australia76 contributions
Oct 2022
Wonderful nature wonderland, if you like getting out and enjoying nature at her finest, then you will love Girraween National Park and all that granite belt has to offer.
With its own beauty and unique natural environment to explore, not like any that you may have seen before.
Lovely quaint restaurants and cafe's, typical of country towns.
Written 11 October 2022
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Tyler P
6 contributions
Sept 2022
Just another place that is overhyped by Tripadvisor reviews. It's much like the rest of the region, overpriced things to do and not well maintained.
Written 9 September 2022
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Metis gal
Chilliwack, Canada231 contributions
May 2022
What an amazing place to visit! I really didn't know what to expect. My daughter had been here and really wanted me to see it. We decided to make it an overnight stay and I'm glad we did. There are so many things to see in the Granite Belt you really need to allow yourself time to explore it all. Girroween National Park and Bald rock were worth the walk for the views.
Fair warning though, if you have mobility issues, be prepared for a long trek up to the top and leave early enough in the day that you don't have to trek back in the dark
Written 20 June 2022
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Boots In the B
Brisbane, Australia72 contributions
June 2022 • Couples
Visited the area Monday to Thursday. Not a good time. No vineyards have food on mid week. Was a disappointment. Places seemed to be completely closed when driving past.. anything that is open in towns you have to be quick because lunches finish at 1400hrs.. time your trips accordingly
Written 31 May 2022
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,819 contributions
Sept 2021
My wife and I enjoyed a very pleasant one week stay in September 2021 in the Granite Belt region of Queensland staying in the delightful Fergies Hill Spa Cottage, located in the Granite Ridge Winery at Ballandean.

Our plan for this one week stay was to relax in a vineyard cottage, enjoy the many tourist attractions in the area and of course it goes without saying “visit lots of wineries.”

Ballandean is 20 kilometres south, south west of Stanthorpe (the main town in the Granite Belt) and is 240 kilometres south –west of Brisbane, about a 3 hour’s drive away.

Our choice of accommodation for our one week holiday at the Fergies Hill Spa Cottage in the Granite Ridge Winery at Ballandean proved a masterstroke.

As well as enjoying everything about the Cottage we also spent time at the Winery tasting area itself. We enjoyed a tasting session of both their red and white varieties as well as a couple of their fortified ports. In fact we bought most of our wine needs for the week from Granite Ridge Winery, taking advantage of the discount offered on all wine purchased. The wines were excellent particularly their Crystals Sauvignon Blanc. The Winery has a very extensive array of gifts for sale, not wine related, including a lovely collection of interesting water features for home gardens and living areas.

As I indicated we visited many wineries. To get a feeling for the wineries in the area we first participated in a Filipinos Wine Tour on our second full day, visiting 5 wine cellar doors (Golden Grove Estate, Ridgmill, Estate, Symphony Hill Winery and Ballandean Estate with an excellent lunch at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism at Stanthorpe). We followed this up by visiting another 6 wineries ourselves during the week ( Rumbalara, Castle Glen, Pyramids Road; Balancing Heart Winery, Bungawarra Wines and Tobin Wines), with Tobin Wines the stand out visit. We tasted and purchased some pretty reasonable wines, white, red and sparkling at each. The wines in the Granite Belt region of Queensland have come of age all of a sudden with over 50 wineries in the region and have come along way in quality since those pioneer days in the 1970s when there were no more than 2 or 3 very basic wineries on offer.

There is more than wine on offer in the Granite Belt. We made a visit to the Sutton’s Juice Factory, Cidery and Café where we tasted and purchased their rather impressive apple cider. On another day we made a very enterprising visit to the Brass Monkey Brew House and I enjoyed a generous tasting of 3 craft beers in a tasting rack in very pleasant surroundings. We also made a visit to the Stanthorpe Cheese Factory at Thulimbah, north of Stanthorpe – purchasing Brass Monkey Blue; Snowflake Cream Cheese and Thulimbah Cheese – very tasty morsels to compliment the wines were drinking at the Spa Cottage. There are so many food and drink options to taste and purchase here in the Granite Belt.

However the Granite Belt offers more than good food and drinking. There are natural granite rock wonders to admire such as the Granite Arch in the Girraween National Park and the balancing rocks at Donnelly’s Castle. We enjoyed wonderful visits to both of these impressive attractions during our one week visit.

There is also lots of history to take in on a visit to the Granite Belt. A good variation I undertook on one of the days was the self guided walking tour of the historical buildings mostly located in Stanthorpe’s High Street. Impressive landmarks on my voyage of discovery were many and included the classic Post Office Building, the O’Mara Hotel, St Joseph’s Convent and the Hotel Stanthorpe. You can obtain a useful brochure detailing the walking tour from the local Tourist Information Centres. While in Stanthorpe it is worth taking a short drive to the Mount Marley Lookout affording excellent views of the township and offering short walks around the Mount Marley summit.

A very worthwhile inland history trail which we undertook on our visit was the Armistice Way, from Stanthorpe to Cottonvale via the townships of Amiens, Bapaume, Passchendaele, Bullecort, Pozieres and Fleurbaix – all named after World War II French battlefields. We made a pit stop at Amiens for a visit to take a look at the quaint St. Denys’ Church and stroll unguided through the tourist park that incorporates the excellent Amiens Legacy Centre. If we could have called in on a Sunday afternoon we could have taken in a fully guided tour. Nevertheless, there was still plenty to see at the Centre with various information posters providing much information about life in the Amiens district during World War II, the Soldier Settler Community and the Soldier Settler Homes and so much more. Other items of interest include the restored 1920’s Railway Carriage (open for inspection inside on Sunday afternoons), the Passchendaele Shed with an awesome mural to admire outside, the Soldier Settler Family Memorial Stone and an excellent example of a Bailey Bridge.

If you are looking for something very novel and different for lunch we would recommend the Blue Topaz Café Diner in the Blue Topaz Caravan Park at Severnlea where we had a great burger meal on one of our day’s out. It’s a throwback to the 195Os with classic American Retro Red & White Diner Booth Sets both inside and outside as well as classic American Retro Blue & White Diner Booth Sets inside. They have lots of 1950s memorabilia adorning all the walls as well as an inside counter adorned with vintage advertisement posters

Finally if you have the time you must visit the historic Wallangarra Railway Station at the border town of Wallangarra with one platform in Queensland and the other in New South Wales and sporting a differently designed awning on both platforms. And of course you must, like we did, enjoy morning tea or afternoon tea at their restored Railway Refreshment Room.

From this review you can easily see that a week in the Granite Belt offers so much. So just do it. Like us, you will not be disappointed.
Written 26 May 2022
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Vikki J
Gold Coast, Australia8 contributions
Apr 2022
Have just come back from a great trip out there. A must do especially Girraween National Park. Perfect for a short getaway. Lots of wine, lots of food and lots of fun.
Written 24 April 2022
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TUPPERWAVE
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Very nice view from the top and some cool little “caves” (more like cavities under big rocks) - nothing nearby to eat so be sure to bring your own food and drink.
Written 24 December 2021
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Brandy G
Warwick, Australia126 contributions
July 2021 • Couples
Midweek means not everything is open and don't bother venturing out until 10am! Some excellent wineries as well as fruit barns and cheese tasting. There is an excellent eco soap etc shop, the ugg lady and a Christmas shop.
Written 21 July 2021
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Ken T
Brisbane, Australia101 contributions
July 2021
visited Stanthorpe and the wineries etc with 24 fellow Probians. Toured with Granite Highlands Maxi Tours. Big shout out for them and our driver /host Allan.
great place to visit for a couple of days.
Written 17 July 2021
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pptuck
Brisbane, Australia419 contributions
June 2021
We had a great long weekend in the Granite Belt….we loved supporting local businesses during Covid. Cmon Aussies support local
Written 1 June 2021
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