Stanthorpe is an attractive rural community located in the middle of a rich farming area, known for its wineries, fruit orchards and farming.
Recognised as one of Queensland’s coolest regions; it often experiences near freezing temperatures at night, making it the perfect spot if you want a romantic getaway in a cosy log fire cabin. Today the area is famous for its apples, vineyards, and stone fruit as well as its sheep and cattle grazing.
Here are some of the best places to visit if you happen to be in the Stanthorpe area.
1) Stanthorpe and District Historical Society Museum
The Stanthorpe and District Historical Society Museum is at the heart of 12 High Street, home to a number of historical buildings such as a shearer’s hut from Ballandean Station (1876), Ardmore House (1920s), the North Maryland’s School Residence (1894), the Stanthorpe Shire Council Chambers (1914) and a small gaol from Willsons Downfall (1876).
In the museum, you’ll find historical railway artefacts to commemorate the Amiens branch line for the soldier settlement area. It houses an entire collection filled with local memorabilia.
2) Vineyards & Wineries
There are over 40 wineries in the Granite Belt area, with a large number of these offering wine tastings. It is the perfect spot to try some of the region’s award-winning wines, chat with the winemakers or even arrange a vineyard tour or guided tasting. Whatever style of wine you prefer, the Granite Belt is sure to have something for you to enjoy. Keep an eye out for the Strange Bird alternative wine trail. This self drive tour allows you to visit wineries that offer some of the regions lesser known wine varietals such as Roussane, Alvarinho and Petit Manseng as well as reds Sagrantino, Malbec and Montepulciano,
3) Gem Fossicking
If you’re looking for gem fossicking opportunities, head to the Stanthorpe area and you’ll find plenty of places to look.
Gem fossicking is a hobby where you can collect precious or semi-precious stones. You’ll find plenty of information on the Gem Fossicking Information Website.
4) Angelo Valiante Mural
The Angelo Valiante mural is located at the corner of High and Main Streets, Stanthorpe. The mural is a permanent tribute to the Italian migrant and his contribution to the local community.
It tells the story of a brave young Italian soldier who was blinded in battle in World War II – a story that touches the hearts and emotions of many local residents.
The mural was created in 1994, exactly 100 years after the birth of Angelo Valiante, who was blinded during World War II.
5) The Wildlife Centre
The Wildlife Centre is a registered non-profit organisation that is home to a wide range of animals, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and possums.
Here, you can visit the koala reserve and view the native Australian wildlife.
The Granite Belt is home to a number of great breweries, each offering a selection of unique brews. Brass Monkey Brewhouse is a local nano-brewery producing a range of traditional craft beers as well as some smaller one offs. Granite Belt Brewery is a 1000L microbrewery, typically showcasing 10 unique beers. The Irish Red Ale and Porter are two of their best sellers. They also serve food 7 days a week, making it a great spot to enjoy lunch. Both are worth a visit when you’re next in the region.
Origins of the Name Stanthorpe
As the town of Stanthorpe grew along Quart Pot Creek, tin was being discovered in the area. Stannum, the Latin word for tin, became a popular choice for its name.
It was then combined with “thorp,” a Middle English term for village. In essence, the origins of Stanthorpe’s name simply means Tin Town.
If you want to shop local, Stanthorpe is the place to go, with a number of local producers, antique shops, retail stores and markets. This is especially true on the weekends when you’ll find a number of markets.
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