About Stanthorpe

About Stanthorpe


Quart Pot Creek

History Of Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe” literally means ‘tin-town’, as Stannum is Latin for ‘tin’ and Thorpe is Middle English for ‘village’.

Until 1872, the area known as ‘Quart Pot Creek’ boasted some large pastoral runs and a few prospectors in bark huts. The private township of Stannum existed in an area along one side of the present main street of Stanthorpe. 1872, with the discovery of tin and the subsequent influx of miners from many countries, new businesses flourished compelling the town fathers to seek a ‘more suitable’ name. Thus, Stanthorpe became the name for this area that for a time, was the largest alluvial tin mining and mineral field in Queensland.

The Start of Wine Country

Father Jerome Davadi

Father Jerome Davadi

Grapes were first planted here in the 1860s with encouragement from the local Catholic parish priest Father Jerome Davadi to produce altar wine. His Italian descent made grape growing and wine production a familiar past time and the notion caught on in the area. There were plenty of Italian settlers. Initially, wine was made for home enjoyment and grew into an industry that became the biggest and the best wine country in Queensland.

 

The Cool Weather Advantage

WWI Chateau Wood Ypres 1917 The railway reached Stanthorpe in May 1881 allowing easy access to the region and its cool dry climate was valued as an aid to good health from the early nineteenth century, especially for those suffering from Tuberculosis or chest conditions. Following WWI, Stanthorpe became a major resettlement area for soldiers recovering from the effects of mustard gas exposure. Many of these Soldier Settlers took up land around Stanthorpe, resulting in many areas now bearing the names of WW1 battlefields. Also, the sub tropical climate was very suitable for growing cool climate fruits and vegetables and, as the price of tin fell, many miners turned to farming.

Stanthorpe, Cultural Melting Pot

Grapes on Vines
Stanthorpe was settled and developed by many different races and nationalities; still today its welcoming acceptance of newcomers makes it a popular place to reside for those eager for a new start in Australia.  Stanthorpe, with a population of 5500 is now the beating heart of the Granite Belt with a rich multicultural and agricultural heritage and its bustling, alive, adventurous
and creative atmosphere is evident at every turn.

 

The Ultimate Tourist Destination

Stanthorpe being the main town of Granite Belt region is the most convenient place to stay while exploring the area’s wineries, seasonal orchards and spectacular national parks.

Visit Stanthorpe Information Centre, operated by the regions own wine and tourism marketing body Granite Belt Wine Country, it overlooks Quart Pot Creek where you can simply sit, relax and enjoy coffee and cake or browse the displays of local information. The friendly consultants can assist you with special tour bookings or any other information you may require. The centre also has a great array of Stanthorpe’s delectable local produce and souvenirs to add to your memorabilia.

Stanthorpe museumExperience the region’s colourful history through innovative interactive exhibits and discover its heritage at the Stanthorpe Museum. There are 10 heritage buildings on site, with over 18,000 artifacts in the extensive collections. Family history; ask, you maybe able to find the lost trail of your very own family here!

Our proud Stanthorpe Art Gallery exhibits prominent Queensland artists’ works and a Picasso lithograph. There are also rotating exhibitions as well as a permanent display of local artists.

Downtown, there are many cafes, restaurants, pubs, a wide variety of retail outlets and of course supermarket shopping.  If you’re looking for something a little different, a little unexpected, visit

QCWT_main sign front

The Queensland College of Wine Tourism it not only provides specialist education and training facilities for the wine tourism industry but also incorporates the Award Winning Varias Restaurant, Conference & Function Centre, together with the Banca Ridge Vineyard & Cellar Door. Varias Restaurant provides daily lunch in front of the open fire in Winter or on the deck overlooking the dam and vineyard on warmer days. Taste the full range of Banca Ridge wines At the Cellar Door or browse through the Interpretive Gallery to learn the story of the Queensland wine industry. If you wish you can participate in ‘Winemaker for the Weekend’ courses to become a wine expert. The restaurant and Cellar Door open to the public from 10am to 3pm, 7 days a week.QCWT_varias restaurantQCWT_medley_of_main

 

 

 

 

There is nothing like unique handmade pottery when it comes to souvenirs and Stanthorpe has two fabulous potteries. 44 years old and still going strong The Stanthorpe Pottery Club is on the outskirts of town on Wallangara Road. It opens to the public every Sunday 10am-1pm and also offers workshops during the school holidays. Off Amosfield Road is Carmelo’s Pottery. Carmelo is a self taught wheel-thrown potter, which makes his pieces different from any other potter. He also displays a large collection of antiques such as 100 year old Movie Camera’s, 50 Projectors, 80 Beautiful Chinese Teapots and other local memorabilia.

Playing Ducks in Quart Pot Creek, StnthorpeThe scenic Quart Pot Creek offers 5km of walking and cycling tracks and great picnic bbq areas. Make time to enjoy a walk alongside the creek and admire the water worn boulders and surrounds of Stanthorpe. Take some bread to feed the ducks and water dragons, have a swim, or just take it easy under the shade of a willow tree.

Why don’t you pack a picnic of fabulous local gourmet produces and relax among the willows. If you have young children feed the local ducks and water dragons, or discover the Kidspace playground at Kilpa Street.

There is never a dull moment when you stroll down the main street of Stanthorpe. Delight in the bustling atmosphere with cute coffee shops, cafes, international cuisine restaurants and charming gift stores, who knows what little gems you might uncover. And, if you time your visit to Stanthorpe for the 2nd or 4th Sunday of the month, or a long weekend, you can sample the local art, craft and produce market “‘Make it, Bake it, Sew it, or Grow it’Stanthorpe’s Market in the Mountains” at the civic centre from 9am – 1pm.

What’s On and Planing In Advance

Being the centre of Queensland’s famous wineries and majestic national parks, the Granite Belt and Granite Highlands areas are some of most popular tourist destinations in the state.  There are more than 50 wineries and national parks such as Girraween National Park, Bald Rock National Park, Sundown National Park, Boonoo Boonoo national Park. The Granite Belt offers a wide range of restaurants, accommodation and tourist venues as well as many activities to accommodate all ages and groups of tourists.

Being one of the most popular tourism destinations, there are many events happening all year around. To make best out of your trip we suggest you plan ahead before taking to the road and Granite Belt Wine Country Website is the perfect place to start.

  • Granite Belt The Wine Country

    Summit Winery

    Summit Winery

    40 CELLAR DOORS: With more than 55 vineyards and 40 boutique cellar doors, wine is arguably the most popular tourist attraction of the Granite Belt. It is a versatile growing region due to varying elevations ranging from 700m to more than 1200m above sea level, creating some of the highest altitude vines in Australia. Main wine styles include Chardonnay, Verdelho, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
    Strange Bird, Alternative Wine Trail Logo

          • STRANGE BIRD ALTERNATIVE WINE TRAIL In recent years the region has proved a successful producer of more than 20 alternative varieties. Strange Bird is the quirky name given to the Granite Belt’s self drive alternative wine trail. Follow the Trail to discover a sense of adventure and education for your palate.
            • WINE EXPERIENCE + EDUCATION There are plenty of opportunities for the ultimate wine experience in the Granite Belt from private tasting rooms for groups, winery and vineyard tours, wine master-classes and more.
  • Food Where there’s fine wine there’s fine food. Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt offers some fabulous international cuisine. The region is also famous for fresh fruit and vegetable produce thanks to the combination of cool dry weather with rich granite soils.