Climate + Seasons
Granite Belt Wine Country lives and breathes the seasons.
A soaring altitude creates a region of four seasons and a climate a world away from Queensland counterparts.
The food we produce, the grapes we turn into award winning wine, the gardens we grow and the lifestyle we enjoy all depend on the turn of the seasons.
We celebrate this with a rich cultural heritage and rustic country hospitality. From large festivals and opera productions to quirky community celebrations and musical talent, there is an event on most weekends to keep you entertained.
For further information on events visit our events calendar.
December | January | February
14.6˚C - 28.8˚C
With temperatures an average 5 degrees lower than Brisbane summer is the perfect time to escape the humidity of Queensland's coastal regions.
Stunning summer days with a fresh breeze meld with beautiful sunsets to comfortable starry nights. Be comfortable while enjoying the natural landscape away from the crowds, take a swim in a local watering hole or jump on your bike to pedal to produce along the Granite Belt Bike Trail. Summer is a great time to explore the great outdoors, trekking through national parks or enjoying water sports on rivers or at Storm King Dam.
In Summer produce is in abundance and the perfect time for foodies to graze the Granite Belt. The paddocks are full of produce with stone fruit and berries a favourite. This is a great time to become a Granite Belt Foodie and learn age old secrets of preserving and cooking fresh produce.
Key Summer events include:
- Granite Belt Blues celebrating the new year at Lucas Estate,
- Stanthorpe Agricultural Show
- Golden Grove Sicilian Vintage Lunch in February.
March | April | May
8.8˚C - 21.9˚C
Fall in love with autumn and its ich colours, as the deciduous landscape turns to hues of gold and crimson.
The romantic colours on the ground mirror those of the sky as the sunsets sink into nights cool enough to light a fire. Autumn is harvest time, where you can pick your own apples and celebrate as vineyards bring in the grapes. Depending on the season, vintage starts from around February and our vineyards are abuzz until around April. The successful harvest of the grapes is crucial to achieving great wine – and a majority of ours are lovingly hand-picked.
Not to be missed in Autumn:
- Elevated Taste – Grazing the Granite Belt
- Ballandean Estate Opera in the Vineyard
- Art in the Mill
- the inaugural Apple Cider Festival at Sutton's
- the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival.
June | July | August
1.8˚C - 17.2˚C
Stanthorpe is the coolest (make that coldest) place in Queensland, and it's the winter chill on the Granite Belt that has earned the eason its nickname, colloquially known as Brass Monkey Season.
This is the time to snuggle by a roaring fire and wake to frosty mornings and hazy fogs that clear to reveal crisp clear days.
The Granite Belt offers the perfect winter getaway. Rug up for cool crisp days taking in the dramatic landscape of contrasts: from the bare tracery of winter trees trimmed with frost, bushland bordered by granite monoliths to lavender farms and vineyards. Enjoy country hospitality in the peace and quiet of your surrounds. Winter is an extremely popular time to visit the Granite Belt so book your accommodation early.
Don't miss Christmas in Winter dinners by log fires at a restaurant, brewery or winery. School holidays bring winter snow fun to adults and kids alike. Don't miss the Snowflakes in Stanthorpe on Sunday 29th June where Quart Pot Creek will be transformed into a winter wonderland with snow, snowmen making and market stalls. The previous night will provide adult fun at the Below Zero concert at Ballandean Estate.
September | October | November
7.8˚C - 22.3˚C
Primavera (Italian for Spring) is a beautiful time to visit as the area is in bloom with perfect sunny days and cool nights.
Join us as we celebrate renewal with a delectable menu of Spring events; savour our region's flavours and learn the stories of the winemakers, providores and artisans who bring the Primavera season to life. Primavera offers an array of cultural and gastronomic events with new wine vintage releases. It is also a visual feast of apple blossoms and wild flowers. In Spring the nights are cool, but the days warm up with bright and glorious sunshine.
Race through orchards of stonefruit trees in flower during September, have a picnic under the apple blossoms in October and enjoy a country drive through sunny Coreopsis lined lanes in November.
In our national parks the wildflowers put on a spectacular display, take the kids for a fun filled family day away from television and mobile phones.
Primavera is packed with great food and wine events including:
- Australian Small Winemakers Show
- Bungawarra's Shakespeare under the Stars
- Octoberfest at Granite Belt Brewery
- The Stanthorpe Cup
- Robert Channon Brass and Wine
- Stanthorpe Rocks
- Kefi at the Winery