The Ultimate Tourist Destination
Being Queensland’s most famous wine country and set amidst the ancient granite landscapes in majestic national parks, the Granite Belt and Granite Highlands areas are among the most popular tourist destinations in South East Queensland.
The Granite Belt offers a wide range of restaurants, accommodation and tourist venues as well as many activities all year around to accommodate all ages and gender groups . To make the best out of your trip we suggest making a good plan before you hit the highway and Granite Belt Wine Country Website is the perfect place to start.
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. The region offers not only friendly wine tastings by wine experts at the cellar doors but also, plenty of other opportunities for fine wine experiences, such as private tasting rooms for groups, winery and vineyard tours and even wine master-classes for those who are simply seeking better knowledge of wine or those who “wanna-be” wine experts.
The Granite Belt creates some of the highest altitude vines in Australia. The main wine styles are Chardonnay, Verdelho, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, plus in recent years, the region has successfully produced more than 20 alternative varieties, which make up less than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia. Thus the quirky “Strange Bird”, the self-drive alternative wine trail of Granite Belt has been created.
“Strange Bird” gives you the chance to dip into a bottle of Viognier or Mourvedre; learn how to pronounce Gewurztraminer or discuss the perfect food match for a bottle of Tempranillo. Elevate your taste, discover a sense of adventure and educate your palate. Follow the trail, adopt a strange bird and take it home…
The master of wine, Michael Broadbent once said, “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” Food traditions have been passed down through generations of families from Great Britain, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands. Our adopted European heritage comes from Poland in the north down to Spain and across to the Baltic nations. Such diverse ethnicity has influenced what is grown in the region and consequently, locally sourced food served with local wines, is one of the proudest boasts of the region.
Leaf girl, Lana, will guide you through Stanthorpe’s seasonal produce and local products, a self-drive nude Food trail. Discover the details of who is on the trail and where to find them.
Igneous granite rock runs through the region, hence, named “Granite Belt”. Over millions of years, active underground volcanoes left a spectacular ancient landscape now filled with abundant wild life, beautiful flora and stunning creeks and rivers. Girraween National Park formed approx. 250 million years ago contains imposing features like The Pyramid, The Sphinx, Turtle Rock, Castle Rock, Dr Robert’s Waterhole and Mt Norman, etc. Sundown National Park is home to Red Rock Falls, Mt Lofty, and Red Rock Gorge and offers challenging 4WD tracks. The largest exposed granite rock formation in the southern hemisphere, Bald Rock National Park, and Boonoo Boonoo national Park protects one of the region’s few remaining natural river landscapes and is home to the inspiring Boonoo Boonoo Falls, the highest in the region at 210m.
There are plenty of things you can do as family, group or just by yourself. Explore millions of years of nature’s wonders by foot, on horse back, or enjoy cycling, fossicking, fishing and water sports, 4WD and golf, etc.
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