Despite being a small town in the Land Down Under, Stanthorpe is an excellent destination for people who enjoy road trips with their friends and family. But before you jump in your car for the road trip, it’s imperative you have the essentials ready—food, water, and an excellent playlist to accompany the long drive. But which songs should be on your playlist? Here are some ideas.

1. Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra

Although it was a one-hit-wonder, Gotye and Kimbra’s Somebody That I Used to Know is a pop perfection everyone can sing along to. Despite its sad and melancholy lyrics, it is an earworm everyone will be singing for a while. Imagine rolling your windows down, enjoying Stanthorpe’s views, singing, “And you didn’t have to cut me off…” A truly cathartic experience for anyone taking the trip to forget, enjoy, and relax.

2. Chandelier – Sia

Sia, with her iconic face-covering wigs, is an Australian pop legend worth being part of every road trip playlist. Her 2014 hit Chandelier is a pop banger worth belting out on Stanthorpe roads. Pack your bags, buckle your seatbelt, and take a deep breath as the road trip takes you to the best destinations in Stanthorpe while Chandelier plays in the background.

3. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Torn is Natalie Imbruglia’s debut single. Launched in 1997, it is a cover of the band Ednaswap’s song of the same title. Despite being handed out to Imbruglia, Torn sold more than four million copies worldwide and received critical acclaim. In the UK, it has become the 85th biggest selling single. Meanwhile, it peaked in the Hot 100 Airplay for 11 consecutive weeks in the US. Imagine your family and friends singing to the lyrics, “I’m all out of faith, this is how I feel…” A trip down memory lane.

4. Highway to Hell – AC/DC

AC/DC is one of the most iconic Australian rock bands ever to grace the music industry. They are described as hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal and are famous for popularising rock hits during the 80s and 90s. One of their best tracks, Highway to Hell, sounds like inappropriate music to jam to on a road trip, but its cultural significance, particularly in Australia, remains unmatched until today. Put their record on, kick the volume to max, and wait for other people to sing along to Highway to Hell today.

5. Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue

Can’t Get You Out of My Head is a 2001 classic from pop superstar Kylie Minogue. Advanced for its time, it features electronic beats and harmonies never heard in music before. Becoming an instant banger, the song reached the top spot in over 40 countries worldwide. It even peaked in the seventh spot on Billboard in America. For those wanting a new spin on the song, Minogue re-released the single as a part of her The Abbey Road Sessions album, featuring an orchestral mix on the track.


Road trips are ideal ways to explore a new city or town. By simply jumping in your trusted vehicle or rental car, rolling down the windows, and allowing yourself to get lost in a new location is a relaxing way to spend a holiday. Therefore, make sure you consider a road trip to Stanthorpe and take in some of the fabulous sights and experiences that the area is renowned for.  From wineries and fruit orchards, to cheese makers, amazing restaurants, leather goods, historic sites and stunning national parks and waterways, Stanthorpe has something for everyone to enjoy.

Granite Belt Retreat is a pet-friendly accommodation in Stanthorpe people can stop by to rest and recharge after a long day of driving. Aside from their private timber cabins, suites or the larger Hidden House that guests can choose from, they can also visit our restaurant and bar to unwind and take in the natural beauty of the 30 acre estate. Aside from Stanthorpe wine tours, what else should tourists do in Stanthorpe? Check out trip ideas on our website today.