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Stanthorpe - Applethorpe - Girraween Loop
1 Hour 54 Minutes / 100 Kilometres

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Description

Embark on a sweeping figure eight trail, with Stanthorpe at its heart.

Loop north through the Granite Belt's Wine Country, where winemakers pass down their passion for generations, perfecting the craft and producing some of the state's best wines. Each season offers a unique experience, from 'meet the maker' experiences, to picking season and cellar door activities, to local events including the Small Winemakers Festival and Jazz in the Vineyards.

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Cruise the Fruit Run, where thriving orchards of stone fruits, apples and berries supply the region with an abundance of gourmet jams, relishes, pastes and liqueurs.

Hear the tales of bush rangers who hid out amid the incredible landscape and try your luck fossicking for gems.

Heading south venture into the National Parks and be amazed by the natural beauty, the granite landscapes and stunning wildflower displays of the untouched corners of the region. Keep an eye out for endangered wildlife and soak away your worries in the picturesque waterholes, before returning back to Stanthorpe's hub.

This loop offers the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, with a range of activities that reflect the diversity of the region.

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Journey Routes


  • Stanthorpe-Applethorpe-Stanthorpe

    Start your journey in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Country, Stanthorpe. Stanthorpe is home to the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. The Visitor Information Centre overlooking Quart Pot Creek offers great tips on where to find everything, and a great cup of coffee. Head north along the 'Fruit Run' and pass through Applethorpe, which, as the name suggests, is a great place to source delicious local fruit. Next stop is the Granite Belt Maze, where big kids and little kids love to play. Upon reaching the summit of the Granite Belt, 925m above sea level, you'll be treated to Summit Estate, which proudly offers 'Queensland's finest reds'. Continuing past Thulimbah you'll find Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery, an orchard with a boutique juice factory, cidery, distillery, 'pick your own' apples, and café with the best apple pie in the world! The region's iconic Vincenzo's The Big Apple offers delicious Italian treats, gelato, meals, and a well-stocked deli. Pick-up a local cheese or two from Granite Belt Dairy and hide out with a picnic basket at Donnelly's Castle - a fantastic rock formation - before trying your luck fossicking for topaz in Swiper's Gully, Passchendaele State Forest.
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  • Stanthorpe-Girraween-Stanthorpe

    From Stanthorpe head south to Ballandean Estate Wines, stopping via Strawberry Fields in West Road to 'pick your own' strawberries when in season (October to May). Ballandean Estate Wines is one of the Granite Belt's finest producers. They've crafted wines for over 70 years, sample award winning drops, and enjoy a home-style meal in their Barrel Room Café. At picturesque Storm King Dam, take a dip or throw in a line (fishing licence required) for golden perch or Murray cod. On your way to Girraween National Park, stop at Pyramids Road Wines and the Chocolate Shop and café to sample local wines and tempting home-made chocolates. Spectacular granite boulders tower above open forests in Girraween National Park. Almost 30 kilometres of walking tracks are ready to explore, taking you to Bald Rock Creek, the Granite Arch or the iconic Pyramid. Watch for blue wrens and rare turquoise parrots over head, as you wander amid the wild flowers or rest in the waterholes. Returning to Stanthorpe, stop for a meal in Ballandean at Shiraz Restaurant or the Ballandean Tavern; or Devonshire tea at Glen Alpin and collect some gourmet jams at Jam Works and The Bramble Patch.
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Journey Details

Duration1 Hour 54 MinutesItinerary TypeLand
Distance100 KilometresItinerary RouteCircuit
Mode of TravelCar
Level of Difficulty Unrated

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Fossicking
    Fossicking
  • Fruit Picking
    Fruit Picking
  • Mountain Biking
    Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
    Rock Climbing
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


Other Information


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Stanthorpe - Applethorpe - Girraween Loop Full Itinerary


Stanthorpe-Applethorpe-Stanthorpe

Start your journey in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Country, Stanthorpe. Stanthorpe is home to the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. The Visitor Information Centre overlooking Quart Pot Creek offers great tips on where to find everything, and a great cup of coffee.

Head north along the 'Fruit Run' and pass through Applethorpe, which, as the name suggests, is a great place to source delicious local fruit. Next stop is the Granite Belt Maze, where big kids and little kids love to play.

Upon reaching the summit of the Granite Belt, 925m above sea level, you'll be treated to Summit Estate, which proudly offers 'Queensland's finest reds'.

Continuing past Thulimbah you'll find Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery, an orchard with a boutique juice factory, cidery, distillery, 'pick your own' apples, and café with the best apple pie in the world! The region's iconic Vincenzo's The Big Apple offers delicious Italian treats, gelato, meals, and a well-stocked deli.

Pick-up a local cheese or two from Granite Belt Dairy and hide out with a picnic basket at Donnelly's Castle - a fantastic rock formation - before trying your luck fossicking for topaz in Swiper's Gully, Passchendaele State Forest.



Route Details

Duration:
48 Mins
Distance:
44 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
Circuit

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Stanthorpe-Girraween-Stanthorpe

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From Stanthorpe head south to Ballandean Estate Wines, stopping via Strawberry Fields in West Road to 'pick your own' strawberries when in season (October to May). Ballandean Estate Wines is one of the Granite Belt's finest producers. They've crafted wines for over 70 years, sample award winning drops, and enjoy a home-style meal in their Barrel Room Café.

At picturesque Storm King Dam, take a dip or throw in a line (fishing licence required) for golden perch or Murray cod.

On your way to Girraween National Park, stop at Pyramids Road Wines and the Chocolate Shop and café to sample local wines and tempting home-made chocolates.

Spectacular granite boulders tower above open forests in Girraween National Park. Almost 30 kilometres of walking tracks are ready to explore, taking you to Bald Rock Creek, the Granite Arch or the iconic Pyramid. Watch for blue wrens and rare turquoise parrots over head, as you wander amid the wild flowers or rest in the waterholes.

Returning to Stanthorpe, stop for a meal in Ballandean at Shiraz Restaurant or the Ballandean Tavern; or Devonshire tea at Glen Alpin and collect some gourmet jams at Jam Works and The Bramble Patch.



Route Details

Duration:
1 Hr 33 Mins
Distance:
88 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
Circuit
Suggested Stops:

- Stanthorpe-Glen Aplin Bike Trail
- Quart Pot Creek Walk
- The Red Bridge
- Mt Marley Lookout

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



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Driving Directions

1 - Stanthorpe-Applethorpe-Stanthorpe
Start from:43 Lock Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
End at:43 Lock Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
Distance:1 m
Duration:1 min
Directions:
  1. Head north on Lock St
2 - Stanthorpe-Girraween-Stanthorpe
Start from:43 Lock Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
End at:15 Matthew Street, Stanthorpe QLD 4380, Australia
Distance:0.4 km
Duration:2 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Lock St
  2. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Lock St
  3. Turn right onto Matthew St




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