The Place - The Granite Belt
The Granite Belt is beautiful country; rugged and diverse, dotted with precariously balancing prehistoric granite boulders, fertile soil, big sky panoramas, meandering creeks, gourmet produce and award winning boutique wineries.
The Granite Belt is a premium food and wine destination surrounded by stunning national parks and prehistoric granite formations. Located on the Queensland and New South Wales border, it is only a 3 hour drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast or a 30-minute flight.
40 cellar doors
An internationally recognised Geographical Indication (GI), with more than 40 wineries and vineyards, the Granite Belt combines much-sought after granite terroir, cool climate and high altitude to create national and international award winning wines. It is also home to the famous Strange Bird Alternative Wine Trail.
A produce pantry
Steeped in European culture the Granite Belt will delight foodies. Since the 1860s, the region has been one of Australia's leading food producers. Stanthorpe apples make it to every table in Queensland. From a degustation lunch overlooking vines or a picnic by the creek, there's a culinary experience to suit everyone.
Burgeoning arts community
From Picasso to performances and public art. The region is an area rich in history and culture, with a predominant European influence, and is home to many artists and artisan craftspeople that draw their inspiration from the Granite Belt's diverse landscapes.
Elevated nature + adventure
Nature and adventure activities abound. Climb unique granite mountains and experience elevation, catch on elusive Murray Cod in our picturesque dams and rivers, play a game of golf with our resident kangaroos, go 4wdriving in rugged gorge country, and see fields of wildflowers in spring.
Small but diverse
Stretching just 60kms from north to south and roughly half as wide, the Granite Belt is small but diverse. Dotted along the New England Highway are our villages and hamlets, with Stanthorpe, the main central town. Through the region, country lanes wind through vineyards, orchards and the namesake granite boulders which dot the landscape like crazy marbles.
Life by the seasons
Sitting high on the Great Dividing Range, more than 1000m above sea level, creates a region of four seasons and a climate a world away from Queensland counterparts. It can even snow. The seasons guide life in the Granite Belt and the experiences it reaps.
If it's a tranquil escape from reality, a gourmand's indulgence or an adrenaline charged adventure you're in need of the Granite Belt has something to offer you. Experience elevated wine, food, culture and nature - contact the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre today!