Hire a bicycle and head out on 34kms of bikeways that meander past wineries and breweries. Take a delightful walk through town to see some fine century-old buildings. Stroll to the Red Bridge, east along Quart Pot Creek, where you’ll discover lovely spots for a picnic and beautiful pools flowing over massive granite beds. Along Quart Pot Creek you will find the Visitor Information Centre and plenty of great spots for a picnic and playgrounds for the children. Overlooking Stanthorpe is Mount Marley with a lookout and pathway that circles the top of this little tree-clad hillside.
There are special attractions with displays and performances. Free tastings of produce and craft boutiques and markets.
One of the region’s greatest treasures and winner of the important John Herbert Memorial Award for Excellence, the highest award from the National Trust Queensland. Stanthorpe Museum also holds a Gold Award for Excellence in Heritage Conservation from Queensland Heritage Council and a Community Achievement Award for Heritage and Culture. It also holds two Collections of National Importance. There are fifteen complete buildings full of original material, from a 1894 School Residence, to the spacious Ardmore House built in the 1920s, a summer holiday home that now houses a wonderful collection of furniture and memorabilia from that era. Outside the store that housed the chauffeur, cars and equipment for Ardmore House residents is now the Museum workshop. There is the delightful Heath House, complete from the 1940’s and featuring original furniture and equipment from that period. Wilson’s Downfall Gaol from 1876, and host of machinery and vehicles, and historical items that will keep you fascinated (and the children entranced) for hours.
Open: Wednesday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm and Sunday 9am-1pm.
Stanthorpe is privileged to have an Art Gallery of this size and quality in such a small town. Established in 1972 with the first acquisitions from the biennial Art Festival, the collection has grown to almost 900 pieces, representing the diversity of Australian art practice through the wide ranging mediums of fibre/ textile, painting, ceramics, works on paper and sculpture. A number of internationally recognised Australian artists are represented in the collection with selected works having great significance in their oeuvres. William Robinson, Jon Molvig, Margaret Olley, Charles Blackman are present with artists such as Gordon Bennett, Barbara Schey and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott having pivotal works represented. New exhibitions are regularly presented.
Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm. Closed Monday
In Lock Street, Stanthorpe, beside Weeroona Park
The railway station at Wallangarra was built in 1888 to service travellers who had to change trains from the standard gauge of NSW to Queensland’s narrow gauge. The two trains met here. You can stand on the platform with one foot in NSW and the other in Queensland. Note the differing architecture of the platform façades too. One side of the platform reflects the NSW standard design for railways of that era, the other Queensland’s design. There is a small and fascinating (and free) museum within the station buildings and a café is situated in the old railway dining rooms.
Open 7 days from 9am.