Stanthorpe

Population 4268

Stanthorpe is the main town in the Granite Belt and mountain ranges along the border between Queensland and New South Wales. The town came into being after the discovery of tin at Quartpot Creek in 1872, but the mineral boom did not last. The climate is cool, said to be the coldest in Queensland, but the numerous wineries in the vicinity offer a warm welcome. Visit in spring to see the fruit trees, wattles and wildflowers in bloom.

Visitor Information

28 Leslie Pde; (07) 4681 2057

www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au

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In Town

Heritage Museum: displays the region's past in historic buildings, such as a schoolroom, gaol and shepherd's hut; closed Mon–Tues; High St.

Regional Art Gallery: touring and local exhibitions; open Mon–Fri, Sat–Sun afternoons; Weeroona Park, Marsh St.

Nearby

Granite Belt wine region This is Queensland’s version of the Hunter Valley, producing semillon and shiraz. Read more

Mt Marlay: excellent views; 1 km E.

Storm King Dam: popular spot for picnics, canoeing, waterskiing, and fishing for Murray cod and silver perch; 26 km SE.

Boonoo Boonoo National Park (NSW): spectacular waterfall; 60 km SE.

Bald Rock National Park (NSW): incredible granite rock formation (2nd biggest monolith in the world); 65 km SE.

Sundown National Park: rugged national park of gorges and high peaks. Go birdwatching to see the herons and azure kingfishers along the river or take the short Red Rock Gorge Lookout Track for spectacular views; 80 km SW.

Heritage trail: a historical drive tour of surrounding towns; brochure from visitor centre.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Vineyard Cafe

Attached to the Vineyard Cottages retreat, this cafe is in an old country church building. Open daily for cottage guests, and Friday and Saturday for non-guests, it serves fresh regional food, cooked simply and well, and... Find out more


Campsites around town

Bald Rock Creek camping area 19 km

Bald Rock Creek camping area is the first turning on the left as you enter the national park from the New England Hwy, and can be reached by conventional vehicle. The area is semi-grassed, has no designated sites and... Find out more


Castle Rock camping area 19 km

Just 400 m from Bald Rock Creek, the forest setting at Castle Rock is suitable for walk-in or vehicle-based camping and there’s plenty of room for large groups. You need to come equipped with firewood. Boil or... Find out more


Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 23 km

Self-sufficient and experienced walkers can make use of the remote walk-in bush campsites throughout the park. Open fires are prohibited and camping permits are required. You’ll need to lodge a bush camping form in... Find out more


Bald Rock camping area 24 km

To get to Bald Rock, follow the Mt Lindesay Rd north about 30 km from Tenterfield, then take the park access road to the end. From the camping area you can take the short but strenuous Bungoona Walk (3 km, 2–3 hr)... Find out more


Cypress Pine camping area 29 km

The national park is 24 km north-east of Tenterfield via Mt Lindesay and Woodenbong rds. Cypress Pine camping area is on the main park access road. There are several walks to do in the region – if you’re... Find out more


Burrows Waterhole camping area 34 km

This site has a maximum capacity of 60 people, with a maximum group size of 6. It is reached from the park’s eastern boundary, 18 km from the park entrance gate and signposted along the Sundown National Park access... Find out more


Basket Swamp camping area 35 km

This is a basic site with toilets, tables and wood fireplaces. A track nearby leads to the Basket Swamp Falls, which are the main attraction for visitors to the forest. Nearby Basket Swamp National Park contains Woollool... Find out more


Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 36 km

Bush campsites throughout the park are for experienced and self-sufficient walkers only. Campers should discuss their planned itinerary with the park ranger and check conditions before setting out. Open fires are... Find out more


Rocklands Camping Reserve 43 km

This 8 ha campground is a little more secluded than nearby Washpool Camping Reserve, and is suitable for tents, camper trailers and small caravans. It is 18 km west of Washpool on Rocklands Rd, off Glen Rd. Campers are... Find out more


The Broadwater camping area 45 km

These grassy sites on the banks of the Severn River are on Permanents Rd, signposted from Glenlyon Dam Rd. Visitors with caravans longer than 4 m are recommended not to attempt entering the site due to narrow sections of... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Top of the Town Caravan Park 2 km

This good quality park is ideally located in town for a short stay or a longer period to explore the granite belt region. Facilities include a pool and barbecues. Bookings are recommended during the fruit-picking season... Find out more


Country Style Tourist Accommodation Park 9 km

Adjacent to the highway, this park is 9 km south of Stanthorpe. The spacious, wellcared- for establishment is an ideal base from which to explore the region’s vineyards and national parks. Bookings are recommended... Find out more


Girraween National Park 19 km

Girraween National Park has camping areas that provide space for caravans and motorhomes. The camping area is 10 km from the New England Highway along a sealed road. There is a minimal amount of unsealed road within the... Find out more


Washpool Camping Reserve 46 km

Lake Leslie, a popular fishing destination, lies 14 km from town at the end of a sealed road. The park has numerous powered and unpowered sites spread across a large acreage alongside the dam. Normally a quiet peaceful... Find out more


Kahler’s Oasis Caravan Park 48 km

Located on the south side of town, this is a spacious park with good amenities best suited to the touring caravans and motorhomes passing through the area.... Find out more


Rose City Caravan Park 53 km

Located on the northern outskirts of town, this is a smaller, good quality, dog-friendly park. It is ideally located for an overnight stay but would be very comfortable for a longer period.... Find out more


Glendon Caravan and Camping Grounds 58 km

This park is 38 km north-west of Warwick and 2 km south of the Cunningham Highway along a good unsealed road. Situated on a 1600-acre property, the well-shaded, quiet camping area boasts modern amenities, a shop, a golf... Find out more


Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 91 km

In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Moogerah, nestled among the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, the park is 9 km south of Aratula along a sealed road. The lake is a popular destination for waterskiers.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Beverley Bush Cottages

There are two architect-designed bush cottages on this 110-hectare spread that includes Whiskey Gulley Wines vineyard and cattle property. The one- and two-bedroom cottages are very private but still within easy walking... Find out more


Granite Gardens

Rose fanatics will not want to miss the 2000 varieties on display here, along with all the cottage garden favourites such as camellias, magnolias, geraniums and hundreds of bulbs. The 4-hectare property also has a... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Destiny Boonah 97 km

Set on 80 hectares of Land for Wildlife property, this self-contained three-bedroom cottage is solar- and wind-powered. You are encouraged to bring a mountain bike or go bushwalking on the property, which is located near... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Bluff Rock rest area 56 km

80km N of Glen Innes (R) or 12km S of Tenterfield (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Bellbird camping area 98 km

T/O 73km E of Glen Innes (L) or 87km W of Grafton (R)

Small campground 4km (unsealed) north of the highway in a secluded bush setting deep in the forest of Washpool National Park.


What's on around town

Market in the Mountains: Cnr Marsh and Lock sts;

2nd and 4th Sun each month.

Apple and Grape Harvest Festival: even-numbered years, 1st weekend in Mar.

Rodeo: Mar.

Brass Monkey Season: winter festival; June–Aug.

Primavera: Sept–Nov.

Australian Small Winemakers Show: Oct.

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