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Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe Queensland

A country town with spectacular countryside view and a unique climate, Stanthorpe is home to nationally recognised fresh local produce and delicious country dishes.


At a Glance

Stanthorpe started as a tin mining town but grew to be one of the leading wine producer in Australia. The unique climate and fertile soil in the region has allowed agriculture to thrive. The arrival of Italian immigrants to the area has brought the wine growing pastime and relevant technique to the area, allowing the area to become a popular wine producer. Today, visitors can go on a tour of the wine trails to taste the goodness of the land.

Wine are not the only thing famous in the area, there are many other local produces such as apples, figs, olives and other vegetables. Every two years, the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is held where visitors can experience the harvest season through observation and participation in deed.


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Where is Stanthorpe?

 

Stanthorpe is 218 kilometres southwest of Brisbane.

Stanthorpe is situated on the southeastern portion of Southern Queensland Country near the border between Queensland and New South Wales. The Quart Pot Creek runs past the centre of the small town. The best way to get to Stanthorpe is to catch a flight to Warwick from Brisbane and transfer to Stanthorpe via car.


 

Things to see in Stanthorpe

 

The Granite Belt

Go and visit the Granite Belt if you want a break from the hustle-bustle of busy south east Qld. Stanthorpe is only an hour or so from Brisbane but a world away in feel. No traffic lights, no traffic, no stress. Great places to visit, great places to stay and eat. There is a lot to do and view in the Granite Belt. Rock formations in the Girraween National Park, lots of boutique wineries and farm produce stores and a good range of accommodation for all budgets.

The Granite Belt

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Girraween National

Girraween National Park is wonderful. Girraween is a great national park less than 3 hours from Brisbane. It is a wonderful national park. Just before you get to Underground Creek, take the track to the left. It will take you up to a broad rock platform with some fantastic erosion. From there you can explore the many tracks that crisscross Bald Rock Creek. Also, the best of all, walk to Mount Norman from the Mt Norman Day use area. You'll need to drive in from Wallangarra for this. The walk is the jewel in Girraween's crown ... and you'll barely see another person. Give yourself at least a half day (or more) to fully explore this amazing place. You might even see an elusive lyrebird.

Girraween National

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Sundown National Park

The Sundown National Park tracks are not actually so rough, but they have lots of sharp rocks. So, you need really good tyres if you want to explore the park. The Park is a quiet and beautiful spot. You can see the Red Rock Gorge in the later afternoon, as the sun lights up the red cliff beautifully and you will get great photos. Lots of wallabies and kangaroos, with birds of all types too.

 

Stanthorpe Museum

The Stanthorpe Museum is well worth visiting. It is full of old-time memorabilia and gives a wonderful insight into the early settlers in the area and their lives. Spent a very leisurely hour and a half strolling through the various buildings. Easy access and extensive displays with good information on items. Don't miss it.

 

 
 

What's the weather like?

 

Situated on highlands, Stanthorpe has a rare subtropical highland climate, where there is mild summers, cooler winters and a dry weather. Where rainfall occurs all year round, it is most prominent during the summer months. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 27°C with an average minimum of 15°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 15°C with an average minimum of 2°C.

 

Get to know Stanthorpe's history

 

Stanthorpe was initially settled by pastoralists before 1872 who called the area ‘Quart Pot Creek’. When tin was discovered, there was an influx in tin miners from around the world in 1872, who ultimately founded the town. Its current name reflected its heritage as Stanthorpe literally means ‘tintown’, with ‘Stannum’ meaning tin in Latin and ‘thorpe’ meaning village in Middle English. When tin mining became less viable, the populace turned to agriculture as the land is very suitable for growing cool climate crops. As there was a significant number of Italian settlers here, grape growing became a popular pastime, contributing wine production growth. After the Great War, many soldiers suffering from mustard gas exposure were resettled here as the climate was optimal in aiding their recovery.