For couples, getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is essential to keep the romance alive. What better way to do this than to go somewhere for a romantic long weekend? For those in South East Queensland, there is none better than the Granite Belt. And best of all it’s just a 2.5 hour drive from Brisbane.

Located in the middle of Queensland’s Granite Belt region, Stanthorpe is a fabulous spot to relax and unwind.  It is packed with stunning national parks, amazing local producers, as well as wineries, breweries and a whole lot more. It is known for its rustic charm and picturesque scenery, making it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway.

In this article, we list some of the best romantic spots in the Granite Belt where you can enjoy a much-needed break. Read on below to get started.

For the Foodies

For couples who bond over food, the Granite Belt is home to some amazing restaurants and local producers.  These include:

Varias Restaurant

If you’re looking for an award winning culinary experience, then Varias is the place for you. Located at the Queensland College of Wine TourismIt and utilising the best in local produce, the meals are prepared and served by hospitality students.  Varias offers a variety of menu offerings from European-inspired dishes to its famous wood oven pizza. There are also options for those with vegetarian or vegan needs, so you don’t have to look anywhere else.

Mt. Stirling Olives at Glen Aplin

If you are looking for a real taste of the Granite Belt, visiting Mt Stirling Olives at Glen Aplin is a must-see. The venue is home to award-winning olive groves. Their dishes are nothing short of phenomenal, so definitely worth visiting if you’re after a fine dining experience.

Heavenly Chocolates

Heavenly Chocolates is a place for—you guessed it—chocolates. This place is perfect for a romantic date or for anyone who loves chocolates.  They offer a wide range of flavours in a range of different sizes and types. They also have chocolates with fillings and decorations— making them the perfect gift idea.

For the Adventurous Couples

If you and your partner are the adventurous types, then Stanthorpe is sure to have something to keep you active.  Here are just some of the places we recommend you visit:

Girraween National Park

Located in the Granite Belt region, Girraween National Park is a local treasure, home to many rare animals and plants. There are a number of hiking and mountain biking trails, with trails to suit all levels.  Couples who want to enjoy nature will love the breathtaking views, spectacular rock formations and the tranquillity. For those who love sharing amazing pics with their friends and followers, you don’t want to miss visiting Girraween National Park. 

Bald Rock National Park

Bald Rock National Park is a must-see in Stanthorpe. It features spectacular scenery and beautiful flora and fauna. The park is perfect for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Couples can enjoy the scenery while taking a stroll or having a picnic. If you’re an adventurous soul who wants to explore the outdoors, this is the ideal spot for you.

Sommerville Valley Tourist Park

Located on the outskirts of Stanthorpe, Sommerville Valley Tourist Park is a great spot for those who prefer a romantic camping holiday. Set on the banks of the Storm King Dam, it offers great swimming, fishing, boating and canoeing.  Surrounded by mountains and national parks, it provides easy access to the Granite Belt and surrounding attractions.

For Staycationers

If you and your partner simply want to spend the long weekend quietly, there are loads of different accommodation options. These include:

Alure Boutique Villas

Alure Boutique Villas is a luxury accommodation located just down the highway in Warwick. The villas are located in a serene area, and they offer gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes. These villas come with spectacular amenities: a private swimming pool, a spa, and a garden with a fountain. Couples can reserve a villa here and spend their time at the estate, enjoying the private pool or relaxing in the spa.

The Vines Motel and Cottages

The Vines Motel and Cottages is a favourite for many couples because it offers spectacular views. The motel has sophisticated suites, a swimming pool, and a spa. Couples can choose from various rooms and cottages, depending on their budget and preferences.


Are you and your other half ready for a romantic getaway? If so, the Granite Belt is the ideal destination for you. There are many options for couples to enjoy fun and romance. Whether you want to hike, relax in the spa, or simply take a romantic picnic, you will find a perfect spot for you in the Granite Belt.

If you’re looking for romantic accommodations in Stanthorpe, look no further than Granite Belt Retreat! We offer a range of different options for those staying with us, including spa cabins, family cabins, suites and a large Hidden House—all of which are reasonably priced and near Stanthorpe’s best attractions. Set on 30 acres, our estate also offers a restaurant and onsite brewery. Contact us today to book a reservation!