Connections and friendships are built through shared enjoyments, and there are plenty of things for friend groups to do in beautiful Stanthorpe. 

Although renowned as Queensland’s premier wine growing region, there is so much more to the Granite Belt than wine. The region is home to a number of fun experiences that are ideal for couples, families and even groups. So if you are looking to try something a little different on your next trip to Stanthorpe, here are a few experiences to consider.

1. Attend Soap Making Workshops

As many people know, Stanthorpe is home to many wineries and vineyards, but it is also home to a number of unique activities and attractions.  One popular and fun activity is soap making.  If you and your friends are interested in attending soap-making workshops, there are plenty of them in Stanthorpe. Natural soaps are perfect take-home items, making the experience more memorable.

One of the best places to get soaps is Washpool Skin Wellness, which offers a wide variety of handmade soaps. From lavender to rosemary, camomile, to lemon and more, you can get soaps that are good for your skin and relaxing. They are open from 9 AM to 3 PM but are limited to eight people per class.

2. Strawberry Picking

If you are looking for an activity that is fun and also informative, then strawberry picking is for you. It is one of the most popular family activities in the area and an excellent way to learn about the different strawberries and how they are grown and harvested.

Ashbern Farms is a commercial farm tourists can visit to experience strawberry picking first-hand. Aside from producing high-quality and fresh strawberries, they also turn their fresh produce into various products like waffles, ice cream cones, and sundaes. 

Enjoy an afternoon on the farm and indulge in freshly-picked strawberries, particularly when the organic strawberries are in season from May to October. Their Stanthorpe farm is open in the summer from Fri-Sun, 8-3pm.

3. Join a Perfumery Class

The French have been perfecting the craft of perfume making for centuries, and today, you can learn how to make your own perfume in a perfumery class.  Rosetta Homestead offers a natural perfume workshop aiming to teach people how to create their own unique scents from scratch. During the class, students will learn about the history of perfume-making, the different types of scents, and how to make your unique fragrance.

4. Enjoy a Long lunch

After a morning of fun activities, there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a delicious long lunch with friends.  Thankfully Stanthorpe is home to some amazing restaurants offering a large variety of cuisines.  One popular restaurant is the Award Winning Varias Restaurant.  Varias’ offers seasonal menus with an emphasis on locally grown produce from the farmers and artisan producers of the Granite Belt. 


Stanthorpe is a charming town located in Queensland’s south west. It’s around a three-hour drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast and a 45-minute drive from Warwick. If you’re looking to escape the city, Stanthorpe is the ideal destination, with something for everyone. 

Visiting groups or families can book accommodation with Granite Belt Retreat, pet-friendly accommodation in Stanthorpe. We aim to provide excellent service and assistance to tourists exploring the small town found in Australia. We are the perfect place to unwind, relax, and rest after a long day exploring Stanthorpe and its hidden gems. Book a room today and fly to Stanthorpe right away.