Southern Downs and Granite Belt:
The Southern Downs and Granite Belt has so much to offer. From gourmet food and award
winning wines to spectacular national parks and fabulous events and festivals. Spend a day,
weekend or even longer - whether you identify as a foodie, a connoisseur of fine wine and
gourmet treats, or whether you simply enjoy a holiday of indulgences and friendly,
attentive service, you won't leave the Southern Downs disappointed.
To help you plan your Southern Downs and Granite Belt Getaway, we have put together a
few sample itineraries to get you started. Simply select an itinerary from below and start
packing your bags!
Wildflower Wander (1 Day Itinerary)
Wildflowers are abundant during Spring on the Granite Belt. Head over to Stanthorpe and
the Granite Belt for the day and on the way you will see many wildflowers on the side of the
road. Head out to Girraween National Park (Girraween means 'place of flowers') and you’ll
be sure to see a multitude of wildflowers. Make sure you pack a picnic before you leave
home or stock up in Stanthorpe before heading out to the Park. After your walk enjoy a
If you've left yourself enough time, pop into a couple of the wineries on your way home and
stock up on your favourites. If you happen to be in the area during November you may be
lucky enough to catch the Tastes of the Granite Belt Wine Fiesta or the Red November
festivities. And if you're in the area on a Sunday, stop in at one of the markets for a flavour
Spring Delights (Weekend Drive Itinerary)
Head out to Queen Mary Falls in the morning and do the circuit to view the spectacular falls.
Once you've done the walk, make sure you pop across the road to the kiosk and hand feed
the King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas. Then head up to Spring Creek Mountain Café and
enjoy a meal (morning tea or lunch) while enjoying the spectacular views across the valley.
Head back into Warwick and stay overnight in one of the many B&Bs or motels. Why not
try Cherrabah Homestead Resort, Goomburra Forest Retreat, Pitstop Lodge or Sensual
Suggestions. While in Warwick, why not take a tour of the Heritage Building Trail.
Head over to Stanthorpe. On your way to Stanthorpe make sure you take in the many
wildflowers on the side of the road - you won't be able to miss them.
Check out one of the local markets - Border Railway Markets (1st Sunday of the month),
Stanthorpe Market in the Mountains (2nd Sunday of the month and long weekends),
Stanthorpe "In Season" Farmers & Produce Market (3rd Sunday of the month).
For morning tea or lunch stop off at Carriage Stop and enjoy a range of tasty delights.
In the afternoon, before heading home, be sure to check out a few of the wineries to take a
few bottles home - if you're in the area during November you may be lucky enough to catch
the Tastes of the Granite Belt Wine Fiesta.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors - National Parks (Day Trip or Overnight)
Get an early start and pack your picnic for the day or stop in at one of the local cafes and
fill your picnic basket with goodies (local produce - olives, cheeses, bread, jams/preserves,
fresh fruit etc). Head out to Queen Mary Falls at Killarney (a scenic drive over
Cunningham's Gap or the Teviot Gap). Take a walk to view the spectacular falls - a two
kilometre circuit that will take 40 minutes to one hour.
To re-energise set up your picnic and enjoy a fabulous lunch in serene surroundings.
After lunch, make sure you pop across the road to the kiosk and hand feed the King Parrots
and Crimson Rosellas. If you're still feeling energetic, head out to Girraween National Park
at Stanthorpe for the afternoon (approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Queen Mary
Falls). If you're too tired to drive home, overnight in Stanthorpe. There's plenty of
accommodation to choose from. Why not try Aloomba Lavender B&B, Carriage Stop, Happy
Valley, The Vines Motel or Vineyard Cottages.
Glorious Golf & Wonderful Wine (Weekend Drive Itinerary)
Take your pick of Clifton (10 holes, 13 tees); Inglewood (9 holes with alternate tees);
Texas (18 holes) or Warwick (18 holes) Golf Clubs.
If you finish your game of golf early enough, head to one of the pubs or clubs for lunch, or
if it's later stop in for a drink. Head over to Stanthorpe in the afternoon, and if you have the
time check out a couple of the wineries on the way into town.
There is plenty of overnight accommodation in Stanthorpe to choose from - B&Bs, self-
contained cottages, motels. Dine in or dine out - Anna's Italian Restaurant, Vineyard Café,
Happy Valley, just to name a few.
Get an early start and head over to the Stanthorpe Golf Course (9 holes with alternate tees)
for a quick round of golf before hitting the wineries.
Take a tour (self-guided or guided) of the wineries - over 45 to pick from. Sample some
award winning wines and make a few purchases to take home and savour your trip.
During your winery tour, why not stop for lunch? There are plenty of options - Carriage
Stop, Vineyard Cafe or grab a bite to eat at one of the wineries, many of which serve lunch.
N.B. If Golf is not your thing, there are plenty of other activities to choose from including
exploring, history and heritage, National Parks, craft and produce markets, antiques,
collectables, friendly communities and much, much more!!