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Granite Belt Four Seasons

Granite Belt Four Seasons

Stanthorpe has the most distinctive four seasons in Queensland and steeped in a European heritage lifestyle that evolves by season, , there is always something to celebrate. Stanthorpe has distinctive four seasons, and is the Granite Belt region’s main locality that sitting at 1,015 metres above sea level. Stanthorpe’s surrounding area is much loved by hikers, campers and gourmands, the large prehistoric granite boulders scattered through out the area, teaming with stunning apple orchards and wineries create one of most unique and thrilling landscape.

Stanthorpe with Quart Pot Creek

Stanthorpe Quart Pot Creek

Stanthorpe Information Centre provide excellent information about Stanthorpe and Granite Belt. it overlooks Quart Pot Creek where you can simply sit, relax and enjoy coffee and cake or browse the displays of local information. The friendly consultants can assist you with special tour bookings or any other information you may require. The centre also has a great array of Stanthorpe’s delectable local produce and souvenirs to add to your memorabilia.

Stanthorpe Museum

Stanthorpe Museum

Experience the region’s colourful history through innovative interactive exhibits and discover its heritage at the Stanthorpe Museum. There are 10 heritage buildings on site, with over 18,000 artifacts in the extensive collections. Family history; ask, you maybe able to find the lost trail of your very own family here! Our proud Stanthorpe Art Gallery exhibits prominent Queensland artists’ works and a Picasso lithograph. There are also rotating exhibitions as well as a permanent display of local artists. Downtown, there are many cafes, restaurants, pubs, a wide variety of retail outlets and of course supermarket shopping. If you’re looking for something a little different, a little unexpected, visit The Queensland College of Wine Tourism it not only provides specialist education and training facilities for the wine tourism industry but also incorporates the Award Winning Varias Restaurant, Conference & Function Centre, together with the Banca Ridge Vineyard & Cellar Door.

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QCWT Varias Restaurant

Varias Restaurant provides daily lunch in front of the open fire in Winter or on the deck overlooking the dam and vineyard on warmer days. Taste the full range of Banca Ridge wines At the Cellar Door or browse through the Interpretive Gallery to learn the story of the Queensland wine industry. If you wish you can participate in ‘Winemaker for the Weekend’ courses to become a wine expert. The restaurant and Cellar Door open to the public from 10am to 3pm, 7 days a week. There is nothing like unique handmade pottery when it comes to souvenirs and Stanthorpe has two fabulous potteries. 44 years old and still going strong The Stanthorpe Pottery Club is on the outskirts of town on Wallangara Road. It opens to the public every Sunday 10am-1pm and also offers workshops during the school holidays. Off Amosfield Road is Carmelo’s Pottery. Carmelo is a self taught wheel-thrown potter, which makes his pieces different from any other potter. He also displays a large collection of antiques such as 100 year old Movie Camera’s, 50 Projectors, 80 Beautiful Chinese Teapots and other local memorabilia. The scenic Quart Pot Creek offers 5km of walking and cycling tracks and great picnic bbq areas. Make time to enjoy a walk alongside the creek and admire the water worn boulders and surrounds of Stanthorpe. Take some bread to feed the ducks and water dragons, have a swim, or just take it easy under the shade of a willow tree. Why don’t you pack a picnic of fabulous local gourmet produces and relax among the willows. If you have young children feed the local ducks and water dragons, or discover the Kidspace playground at Kilpa Street. There is never a dull moment when you stroll down the main street of Stanthorpe. Delight in the bustling atmosphere with cute coffee shops, cafes, international cuisine restaurants and charming gift stores, who knows what little gems you might uncover. And, if you time your visit to Stanthorpe for the 2nd or 4th Sunday of the month, or a long weekend, you can sample the local art, craft and produce market “‘Make it, Bake it, Sew it, or Grow it’Stanthorpe’s Market in the Mountains” at the civic centre from 9am – 1pm.

Stanthorpe was settled and developed by many different races and nationalities; still today its welcoming acceptance of newcomers makes it a popular place to reside for those eager for a new start in Australia.  Stanthorpe, with a population of 5500 is now the beating heart of the Granite Belt with a rich multicultural and agricultural heritage and its bustling, alive, adventurous and creative atmosphere is evident at every turn. With big festivals such as Queensland’s iconic biannual event ‘Apple and Grape Harvest Festival’, plus many boutique and often intimate winery events occurring throughout the year and on most weekends, there is always a compelling reason to visit this vibrant region. See the event calendar click here.
 

 On October 24, 1889, Sir Henry Parkes delivered a speech in Tenterfield that set Australia on the path towards federation. Now commonly referred to as the ‘birthplace of our nation’, Tenterfield has a rich colonial history. Travellers looking for a peaceful slice of Australia’s heritage will find Tenterfield sitting just inside the New South Wales border. A taste of Tenterfield’s culture can be found one of the many museums, including the Tenterfield Railway Station Museum, the Tenterfield Centenary Cottage Museum, and the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts Museum in the Tenterfield School of Arts building, which houses a collection of federation memorabilia.Highlights to include on a visit to Tenterfield are the famous Tenterfield Saddlery, made famous by Peter Allen’s song “Tenterfield Saddler”, a tribute to his grandfather who ran the saddlery from 1908 to 1960, while the post office, railway station, police station and Stretford House are all examples of the town’s historic architecture.The Tenterfield is situated in the northern part of the New England Tablelands of NSW, and the township is flanked by a number of national parks including Bald Rock National Park, which is home to Australia’s largest granite rock. At 750 m long, 500 m wide and 200 m wide, Bald Rock is an imposing natural formation. Another nearby national park is the Boonoo Boonoo National Park, where visitors can watch on as water falls down the 201 m drop at Boonoo Boonoo Falls. 

Tenterfield is one of the country’s most significant historical areas. Known as the ‘Birthplace of our Nation’ – Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous Federation Speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889, which ultimately led to the Federation of all Australian States in 1901. The preservation of a number of landmark buildings gives the township of Tenterfield a ‘Federation’ feel.   However there is more to the region’s history than one speech. Tenterfield offers a fascinating history that combines colourful and talented legends, songs, key political members, speeches that shaped a nation, a ‘gentleman’ bushranger and wartime training and defence.

 

Indigenous Ancestry

Tenterfield Shire was first inhabited by the Jukembal people, with their territory straddling the Great Dividing Range from near Glen Innes to Stanthorpe. The name Jukembal means “the people who say “jogom” (jogom meaning no). The Jukembal Aborigines reputedly called the area “Moombilleen”, meaning ‘place of wild honey’. “Tenterfield Tourism”

Settlement

In 1841 it was taken over by Sir Stuart Donaldson, who was running 18,000 sheep on a property that he named Tenterfield Station. While there has been debate about the naming of Tenterfield, the most generally accepted evidence is in favour of Donaldson naming the region after the home of his aunts in Haddington, Scotland. The name originated in the Mill District where “Tenters” (hooks) were set in the field and used to dry the flax, which was later used to weave cloth. “Tenterfield Tourism

War Time

During World War II, up to 10,000 troops were stationed in and around Tenterfield. Many had returned from the Middle East and were trained at the London Bridge Army Camp in jungle warfare before being sent to New Guinea and the Pacific. “Tenterfield Tourism

Famous Sons & Daughters

Tenterfield has produced a number of famous sons and daughters. Solicitor J.F. Thomas who defended Breaker Morant in the South African War in 1902 lived in Tenterfield and owned the Tenterfield Star Newspaper, which is still in publication today. Then there were rebels who became part of Australian folklore such as Captain Thunderbolt, the bushranger whose hiding places were in and around Tenterfield town. Well known poet Banjo Paterson also came to Tenterfield and married his sweetheart, local girl Miss Alice Walker. “Tenterfield Tourism

Geological History – Why the Tablelands?

Tenterfield is situated in the northern part of an area commonly known as the New England Tablelands of NSW. This is a large, flattish part of eastern Australia that came about from a series of interesting geological processes. It began as a separate block of the earth’s crust that collided with the east coast of Gondwanaland approximately 290 million years ago. About 247 million years ago (known as the late Permian, early Triassic), a series of massive volcanic eruptions occurred in the vicinity of Tenterfield and Deepwater. These eruptions were large enough to have a significant impact on the earth’s atmosphere and climate at the time. In other words the scale of the eruptions was phenomenal, orders of magnitude beyond any historical events. It would have contributed towards numerous extinctions of the then existing flora and fauna. Few people are aware of the turbulent history of our current landscape as there is little obvious evidence remaining today. A large mass of molten rock at depth became over pressurised and exploded through the overlying earth’s crust, possibly through several eruptive centres. A remarkably uniform rock called the Dundee Rhyodacite ignimbrite is the resulting evidence of this massive volcanic event. It was basically the super-heated volcanic ash that spread out across the terrain at high velocity and settled in a mass in excess of 2 kilometres thick over an area of 60 x 40 kilometres. The local term for this ignimbrite is ‘blue granite’ and it weathers to produce light sandy loam soils. Weathering and erosion have removed most of the original ignimbrite. Later geological activity resulted in resurgent intrusions such as Bluff Rock, followed by an extensive granite intrusions e.g. Mt Mackenzie, Doctors Nose and Girraween National Park. Prepared by Jane and Martin I’Ons (BSc Hons, Geology). 28/5/2013Tenterfield Tourism

Tenterfield & District has a vibrant and enthusiastic arts culture. Thus verities events are all year around. Artworks can be viewed in a number of shops and cafes, and The Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts shows films and often has performances, concerts and plays are also included the event calendar .

Bankhouse Originals, Mallanganee

Housed in the old ES&A Bankhouse of picturesque Mallanganee. Original art, collectables, furniture, gifts & homewares. Located 88km East of Tenterfield.

Forest to Furniture Art Gallery

Forest to Furniture Gallery – one of a kind hand-crafted furniture using Australian timbers along with a diverse range of Paintings, Prints, Sculptures & Jewellery.

Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts

The School of Arts offers a Museum, Cinema, Function Centre & Library. Inside is the original hall where Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous speech in 1889.

Tenterfield Cinema

Tenterfield Cinema/Theatre is housed in the historic Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts and runs regular screenings of the latest movies.  In addition it hosts a wide variety of live performances both professional and by local amateur groups. Tickets Adults $13.

The Tenterfield Region offers a unique shopping experience. Browse through gorgeous boutiques and giftware stores in the main street of Tenterfield. There is also a fabulous range of speciality stores where you never know what you might find. There are ample opportunities to find that unique souvenir or gift with the region being surrounded by gift shops and places selling lovely local products. There are also many local markets – please see our events calendar for more information.

Bankhouse Originals, Mallanganee

Housed in the old ES&A Bankhouse of picturesque Mallanganee. Original art, collectables, furniture, gifts & homewares. Located 88km East of Tenterfield.

Forest to Furniture Art Gallery

Forest to Furniture Gallery – one of a kind hand-crafted furniture using Australian timbers along with a diverse range of Paintings, Prints, Sculptures & Jewellery.

Premier Meats

Premier Meats is an award-winning butchery in Tenterfield.  Specialising in exclusive smoke-house products made on site.   Offering a Gourmet taste of New England with their ranges of venison. bacon, hams and local meats.

Wallangarra Railway Cafe

Open 7 days a week for Breakfast & Lunch. Visit the Railway Museum! Delicious food and coffee in amazing surrounds. Available for functions also!

Washpool Farm Soaperie

Washpool Farm Soaperie makes natural farm fresh soaps based on wholesome ingredients.   Soaps for wedding favours, gifts and bomboniere.

Tenterfield is surrounded by various villages with their own unique personalities and characteristics. Well worth a visit, the stunning scenery, fascinating histories and interesting locals combine to provide a perfect opportunity for a day trip, or an alternate route from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. South, North, East & West there’s plenty to see.

Drake

Until the late 1900s, cattle and timber were Drake’s primary industries, as well as a campsite for wagons, drovers, bullock teams and settlers passing between inland and coastal rivers. A shanty village of hotels, boarding houses, churches, timber cottages and tents in the 1870s, gold was discovered by accident just below Newmans Pinch on the western side of the village.

Jennings/Wallangarra

Jennings is one of the twin towns of Jennings and Wallangarra which are divided by the railway station placed exactly on the border of NSW and QLD. Named after the first Catholic Premier of NSW – Sir Patrick Jennings, this village has strong links with the Federation story where Sir Henry Parkes disembarked on the QLD side of the Railway Station before travelling on to Tenterfield from the NSW side to deliver his famous Federation Speech in 1889.

Legume

Situated in the northeast corner of the Shire, the small progressive community of Legume offers visitors hospitality and charm for which country villages are renowned. A centrally located Community Hall offers visitor facilities, tennis courts and a general store and post office are close by. Driving through rainforest to Urbenville and Woodenbong via Tooloom Lookout gives breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Liston

High in the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, the small rural village of Liston is surrounded by lush, gently undulating country. To the east, the hills fall away rapidly to Rivertree, the headwaters of the Clarence River. The surrounding country is predominantly used for cattle grazing although lavender, fruit and vegetables are also produced. Nearby, rural attractions include two national parks.

Mingoola

Mingoola is situated west of Tenterfield and is a vibrant community in an area that depends on agriculture, wine and tourism. This small rural community is located on the Bruxner Highway, 57Km west of Tenterfield near the Queensland border. The duel name of the community – Mingoola/Mole River reflects the names that the area is known by, as it is in the Mingoola area and lies on the edge of the Mole River. In the tobacco producing era of Australian agriculture, Mingoola was one of the major communities in this area (along with Ashford and Bonshaw), involved in high level production.

Torrington

Torrington has a broad range of activities for visitors including bushwalking and fossicking. Accommodation is available. When you arrive, purchase the local mud maps to help with visiting mining sites of Curnows, Dutchman, Scrubby Gully, Five Head Stamper and many more interesting sites.

Urbenville

Urbenville serves as the northern gateway to Tenterfield Shire. Originally known as Tooloom, this village was renamed Urbenville after Mr William Urben who was the first white child born at the Tooloom gold diggings.

The Upper Clarence

East and north east of Tenterfield, the land falls from the Great Dividing Range down through the forest-clad foothills to the upper reaches fo the Clarence River. This area features a great diversity of animals, birds, vegetation and 11 National Parks with eucalyptus forests and rainforests.

Granite Belt Wine Country       Sharing the border of NSW and QLD, Granite Belt and Tenterfield area is unlike any other grape growing region in Australia due to the region’s diversity from high altitude, many vineyards above 1,000m, cool climate vineyards along the spine of the Great Dividing Range to the lower and warmer sites on the western edges of the New England Tablelands. The area creates one of the most unique and thrilling landscape with the scattered large prehistoric granite boulders teaming with stunning stone fruit orchards and wineries.
Granite Belt is home to some of Queensland’s most prolific apple orchards and many multi award winning vineyards. The region has grown grapes since 1870 and produces a wide variety ranging from proven top-shelf Shiraz and Chardonnay to more adventurous varieties like Viognier, Mourvedre and Tempranillo.

 

Wine

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…

Food

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.

Tenterfield is an emerging food & wine destination and has a number of local wineries, farm gates and local produce. Popular wine varieties such as Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon can be found in the cellar doors of the area, along with some delightful alternative varieties such as Viognier, Tempranillo and Barbera. Tenterfield also produces some beautiful cold climate Pinot Noirs.

New Wine, New Taste, New England.

We may be the new kids on the block Tenterfield vineyards we add another aspect to your visit. Excellent award winning vintages complimented by good food, make for the perfect day. Testimonial Chairman of judges 2007 New England Wine Show – James Halliday noted. “There is not other region which has come on stream with so much to offer as New England. Variations in altitude, aspect, degree of slope and soil type give vignerons a wide choice of variety and wine style”. This is evidended by more than 60 awards at wine show for the region in the last three years, as well as acceptance in many outlets and on the wine list of restaurants. Love wine tasting but what about the driving? Tenetrfield Tours offering Boutique Tours designed to suit your needs.

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