Fittingly named after the large prehistoric granite boulders scattered across the landscape, the Granite Belt is quickly making a name for itself as one of the country’s leading wine producing regions.
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.
There’s also food to match, with everything from modern Italian cuisine and delis to traditional pub fare on the menu. Apart from local meats and produce, keep a look out for wild asparagus, fennel and saffron growing throughout the region.
For something out of the ordinary, visit Ballandean in May for an outdoor opera experience in the vineyard. Another highlight is the artisan village of Dalveen, where artists sell handmade porcelain dolls and unique fashion.
Heading out of Stanthorpe on the New England highway you'll find Girraween National Park, home to the giant granite boulders that gave the region its name. Set up camp and keep a look out for wombats, ringtail possums and other elusive wildlife species.