Famil PHOTOS

Photo credit Glenda R Photography

Handy Contacts

Famil Coordinator

Monique Krause
mob: 0447 250 821
marketing@kristahauritz.com.au

Bus Driver

Allan Foster
mob: 0417 192 179

Facebook & Instagram tags

@granitebeltwinecountry
@southerndownsandgranitebelt

 

Hashtags

#granitebeltwinecountry
#granitebelt
#sqcountry
#thisisqueensland

 

Tourism Websites

www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au
www.southerndownsandgranitebelt.com.au

Girraween Environmental Lodge and Kurrajong Barn & Cottages

PHOTOS

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Photos supplied by Girraween Environmental Lodge

Photos supplied by Kurrajong Barn & Cottages

The Barrel Room Restaurant and Ballandean Estate

ABOUT THE BARREL ROOM AT BALLANDEAN ESTATE

Located onsite at iconic Ballandean Estate, The Barrel Room Restaurant derives its name from the giant 160-year old barrels which overlook diners.

Serving a modern Australian menu with Italian influences, a natural fit with the Puglisi family winery’s Italian heritage.  Delicious hand-made pasta is a prominence on the menu, which is a celebration of the Granite Belt and all that is fresh, seasonal and local.

MEET THE MAKERS: RESTAURANT

Owner chefs, Matt and Bobbi Wells are a husband-wife culinary duo, opening The Barrel Room Restaurant in 2010 and have operated it since, with the exception of a few years hiatus on North Stradbroke island operating Whales Way restaurant.

MEET THE MAKERS: WINERY

It’s a real family affair, with founders/owners Angelo and Mary, plus their two married daughters and a son-in-law all working in the winery.

Robyn Puglisi-Henderson (Business Manager)

Dylan Rhymer (Winemaker)

…CLICK HERE for profiles on each of the team at Ballandean Estate

ABOUT BALLANDEAN ESTATE

Queensland’s oldest family-owned and operated winery. Wine has been made on the Estate since 1932, while the cellar door was opened to the public in 1970.

Ballandean Estate blends the history of five generations with modern winemaking methods that results in a remarkable wine experience.

Angelo Puglisi is regarded as the ‘Father of the Queensland Wine Industry’.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The Barrelroom at Ballandean Estate
Instagram: @barrelroomrest
Facebook: @barrelroomrestaurant

Ballandean Estate
Instagram: @ballandeanwines
Facebook: @ballandeanestate

VISITING

Address: 354 Sundown Rd Ballandean QLD 4382

Winery Open: 9am – 5pm, 7 days per week (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)

Restaurant Open: 10am – 4pm for Lunches Thursday to Monday.  From 5.30pm for Dinners Friday and Saturday.

PHOTOS

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Photos below supplied by Ballandean Estate

Wallangarra Railway Cafe

ABOUT

Dine in the original Railway Refreshment Rooms or on the station platform of the historic Wallangarra Railway Station.

The cafe is open daily for breakfast through to afternoon tea and is a popular tourist stop for its vintage style decor, quiet countryside views and generous meals.

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.

Steam Train Tours

Once a month the Downs Explorer Steam train offers tourist steam train trips from Warwick to Wallangarra, return.  …More about Steam Train Tours

MEET THE MAKER

Kim Hearn is owner, barista and cooks much of the cafe’s food herself onsite.

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Instagram: @therailwaycafewallangarra
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wallangarra-Railway-Cafe-197273710295510

VISITING

Address: Wallangarra Railway Station, Rockwell Street, Wallangarra Qld 4383

Open: 8am to 3pm, 7 Days

PHOTOS

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Girraween Estate

ABOUT

A picturesque vineyard near Girraween National Park.  Visit the Cellar door and talk to Steve and Lisa who grow the grapes and make the wine all onsite.

People come to enjoy our elegant reds and crisp clean white wines. A special favourite is sparkling rose.  Our award winning range of wines are produced at our winery using estate grown fruit.

MEET THE MAKER

Winemaker Steve Messiter does it all from grape to glass, tending the vines, crafting the wines and pouring your glass at the cellar door.  …CLICK HERE to view Steve’s ‘Meet the Maker’ Profile

Steve co-owns and operates the winery with partner Lisa Barter who is equally hands-on in the vineyard and cellar door.

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Facebook: @girraweenestatevineyard

VISITING

Address: 41 Hickling Lane, Wyberba via Ballandean QLD

Open: 10am to 5pm Weekends and Public Holidays. Other times by appointment (phone to book).

PHOTOS

Credit images at button below to photographer: Shane Andersen Photography

Balancing Heart Vineyard

ABOUT

The name Balancing Heart Vineyard is inspired by the natural granite rock formation of a balancing heart which sits among the vineyard’s premium Shiraz vines.  The cellar door, has had a stunning refurbishment, with further plans for a restaurant, new cellar doors and accommodation cabins coming soon.

7 food-friendly wines; Verdelho, Chardonnay, Viognier, Shiraz , Wild Ferment Syrah – and signature blends Campfire White and Campfire Red.

 

DINING

Lunch 7 days a week from 11am – View Lunch Menu

Sunset Tastings & Woodfire Pizza Dinners Fri, Sat and Sundays from 5-9pm, bookings essential.

EVENTS

…CLICK HERE to view upcoming events/dates

  • Monthly Live Music
  • Regular Sip & Paint Events

MEET THE MAKER

Winemaker: Mike Hayes  …CLICK HERE for Mike Hayes Meet the Maker Profile

“Mike is a wine trailblazer in more ways than one. He’s helped raise the profile of the Granite Belt wine region, championed sustainable viticulture in a changing climate, and explored an exciting array of alternative varieties. It all started when he was a teenager, helping his dad in the vineyard.” …CLICK HERE to read more about Mike Hayes on Australia Wine.

Owner (+pizza maker): Greg Kentish

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Instagram: @balancingheartvineyard
Facebook: @balancingheartvineyard

VISITING

Address: 221 Old Wallangarra Road, Wyberba via Ballandean Qld

Open:  10am – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, 10am – 9pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Free tastings available all day. Bookings essential for dinner.

FACT SHEET

Click below to view the fact sheet about Balancing Heart Vineyard….

MORE INFORMATION

www.balancingheart.com.au

PHOTOS

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The Little Larder Stanthorpe

ABOUT

The Little Larder Stanthorpe boasts a New York inspired, modern Australian menu catering for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

Inspired by our favourite city New York, but aimed at satisfying our modern Australian palate, we have created a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu showcasing classic dishes using local produce.

MEET THE OWNER

Stanthorpe local, Cam Giddings is a Stanthorpe local, and International Flight Attendant who opened The Little Larder Stanthorpe while grounded in 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

“We are so excited to be bringing a little slice of our heaven to Stanthorpe! Our dream was to create a New York inspired, modern industrial themed restaurant that oozed good vibes, and launch it right here in our home town. So.. we did it!”

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Facebook: @littlelarderstanthorpe
Instagram: @thelittlelarderstanthorpe

VISITING

Address: 19 Railway Street, Stanthorpe Qld

Open:

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH and LUNCH: 7am – 2pm Daily (closed Wednesdays)

DINNER: from 6pm Friday & Saturday Nights

PHOTOS

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ZEST Pastries

ABOUT

Bakery making everything from scratch. All our pastries and bread are handmade. Operate breadmaking or pastry making classes for small groups.

MEET THE MAKER

Pastry Maker: Stephen Lambert

…CLICK HERE to read Stephen’s ‘Meet the Maker’ profile

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Instagram: @zestpastries
Facebook: @zestpastries

VISITING

Address: 54 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe

Open: 7am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday, 7am – 2pm Saturday

PHOTOS

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Granite Belt Christmas Farm

ABOUT

Granite Belt Christmas Farm has completed a $400,000-dollar major renovation in the last 3 months, this entailed expanding their Mistletoe Store which involved converting their 70 year old Apple Shed into over 100sqm floor space of Christmas Décor and adding Mrs. Claus Kitchen. 

Now making the Granite Belt Christmas Farm Queensland’s largest boutique Christmas store. 

New & Existing Inclusions to the Farm: 

  • Mistletoe Store – 100sqm of Christmas Décor 
  • Mrs. Claus Kitchen serving light breakfast, cakes, gourmet burgers, chips & afternoon teas. 
  • Belgian Hot Chocolate & Coffees 
  • Rudolph’s Ice Cream Bar 
  • Picnics in the Christmas Trees – $40 for couples and $65 for family of four. 
  • Boutique Chocolates and Fudge 
  • Proud growers of 10,000 real Christmas Trees 
  • Feed Santa’s Animals – including Rudolph 

MEET THE MAKER

Owned and operated by Brad and Katrina Fraser with their two young kids.

Christmas Tree Farmer: Brad Fraser  …CLICK HERE to see Brad’s Meet the Maker Profile

Chocolate Maker & Christmas Store Manager: Katrina Fraser  …CLICK HERE to see Katrina’s Meet the Maker Profile

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Instagram: @granitebeltchristmasfarm
Facebook: @granitebeltchristmasfarm

VISITING

Address: 321 Aerodrome Road, Applethorpe, near Stanthorpe Qld

Open: 9am to 4pm, 7 Days (closed only February)

Admission: FREE

CHRISTMAS FARM PHOTOS

Photo credit: Glenda R Photographer

Orchard Experience

ABOUT

Visit on a Granite Belt orchard for a farm tour and brunch.  New in 2020, being offered by Orchard Experience in Pozieres, 20 minutes north of Stanthorpe.

NOTE: These tours have been temporarily suspended and David will update us on when the tours will re-commence operating.

Weekend Tours:
9:45am arrive at farm
10:00am Start walking tour looking at farm history and different aspects of the orchard (apr. 1hour)
11am – Enjoy Brunch amongst the flowering blossom trees (apr 1.5hours)

Mid-week: Contact to enquire about a private sunset orchard tour.

MEET THE MAKER

David McMahon, 4th generation orchardist.

“The tourism side of business is something we’ve always been interested in and I just moved home to the farm in 2020, which gave us an extra set of hands to try something new like our Orchard Experience.

We’ve always been passionate about taking friends and family around the farm and we wanted to open it up to tourists too. The response when we began the tours in spring of 2020 was overwhelmingly positive and it’s certainly something we want to continue. 80% of our farm visitors have been from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

People are really enjoying the authenticity of it and they are finding they are getting information and the history as well as the farming side of things in a relaxed way. As we walk through the field, the visitors can hang back and enjoy the sights , or they can come up alongside and ask lots questions.”

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Instagram: @orchardexperienceqld
Facebook: @orchardexperience

PHOTOS

Photos by Glenda R Photography below…

Photos supplied by Orchard Experience

Stanthorpe Cheese and Dairy Girls Cafe

ABOUT

Cheeses made onsite from a single herd of pure bred Jersey cows. This makes the cheeses totally unique and seasonally different and interesting.

Queensland’s highest and coldest dairy farm cheese shop.

MEET THE MAKER

Will Rodgers has been cheesemaker at Stanthorpe Cheese since 2016.  …CLICK HERE to view Will’s Meet the Maker Profile.

New owners in 2021: Wayne and Julie Hope

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Instagram: @stanthorpe.cheese
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stanthorpe-Cheese-and-Jersey-Girls-Cafe-377657188916511

VISITING

Address: 4 Duncan Lane, Thulimbah near Stanthorpe, Qld

Open: 10am – 4pm 7 Days, Cafe serving (10am – 2.30pm)

MORE INFORMATION

www.stanthorpecheese.com.au

PHOTOS

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Castle Glen Australia

ABOUT

One of the Granite Belt’s most unique attractions, Castle Glen Australia, where Cedric crafts a treasure trove of liqueurs, spirits, beers, ciders and wines inside the distinctive castle he also crafted with his own hands.

Castle Glen Wines, Fortified Wines, Liqueurs, Beers and Distillery range are all 100% Natural, Chemical Free and Preservative Free. Cedric has dedicated his efforts to an organic philosophy growing Castle Glen Vineyard’s grapes without pesticides or synthetic sprays.

Castle Glen Australia is highly awarded, including a recent win of a National Gold Medal for their Aromatic Bitters at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2020.

MEET THE MAKER

Cedric Millar is the distiller, liqueur maker, winemaker and brewer at Castle Glen Australia.  Cedric also built the ‘castle’ himself!  …CLICK HERE to see Cedric’s Meet the Maker Profile

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Instagram: @castle_glen_vineyard_australia
Facebook: @castle.glenaustralia

PHOTOS

Photos of Castle Glen Australia – photo credit Castle Glen Australia

Straw House Farm Bed and Breakfast

ABOUT

This is not your average bed & breakfast.  Offers 2 straw bale cottages (made of straw bales and stucco) making them both warm in winter and cool in summer.  There is also accommodation suited to couples or families inside the Big Straw House.

Set on 22 acres for guests to explore. Take a walk through the apple orchard and in season sample the fruit, take a bottle of wine, a cheese platter and something to sizzle to the fire pit and make a night of it.

Dogs are welcome.

Enjoy home baked treats which will be waiting for you to enjoy with your tea and coffee when you arrive.

NEW: Tiny House

Opening for guests from end of April 2021 will be a 5-star equivalent luxury new ‘Tiny House’!  It’s the first on the Granite Belt and the only known in Australia to have farm animals on it’s doorstep… literally!  A fence at the top of the Tiny House’s stairs keeps the very friendly highland cattle, goats and other farm-yard animals off the Tiny House’s deck.

Size: 20 sqm2, 15 sqm2 deck, 1.2m high with views across the farm.

 

The Animals

  • Visit the chickens
  • Feed and pet our 2 big boys, highland cattle, Aklan and Bahookie.
  • 4 beautiful Alpacas (Pablo, Edwardo, Diego and Nigel).
  • 5 miniature goats (Pippin, Fancy Pants, Screaming Sally, Rupert & Rex). Their favourite food in raisin toast, you are welcome to feed them!!
  • 3 gorgeous cows, Bonnie, Holly and Ivy are Sottish Belter Galloways. On 1 Feb 2021 Bonnie gave birth the Benny, the cutest guy in town!

MEET THE MAKER

Anna Ashton is the maker of amazing breakfasts at the Straw House B&B… and the maker of beds and carer of the many animals who call the Straw House B&B their home.

Operates the farm and B&B together with partner Tony McDougall.  They bought the B&B and moved to the Granite Belt for a tree change from both working local government jobs in Brisbane back in 2019.

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS

Instagram: @strawhousebnb
Facebook: @strawhousebandb

MORE INFORMATION

www.strawhousebnb.com

RECIPE

Click below to download Anna Ashton’s banana bread recipe.

PHOTOS

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Granite Highlands Maxi Tours

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MORE INFORMATION

www.maxitours.com.au

…READ BLOG about ALL the Bus Tours Available on the Granite Belt

Location

Stanthorpe, the heart of the Granite Belt is located just 230km / 2.5 hours drive south-west of Brisbane.   Stanthorpe is the coolest town in Queensland.

The Granite Belt sits high on a plateau of the Great Dividing Range, at some of Queensland’s highest altitudes, with its lowest point being 700m above sea level, and with peaks at 1200m, making it Australia’s highest wine producing region.

Distance from: Brisbane……….. 230km

 

Dog Friendly Spots, Kid Friendly  Travelling, Where to Picnic & More…

…CLICK HERE to discover lots of blogs about different way to experience the Granite Belt.

 

Granite Belt’s Unique ‘Strange Bird’ Wines’

The region has a growing reputation as one of Australia’s top producers of alternative variety wines – known here as Strange Birds. To be called an alternative, a variety must represent not more than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia as defined by Wine Australia.  …MORE ABOUT STRANGE BIRD WINES

 

Granite Belt Apples

The Granite Belt region produces all of Queensland’s apple crop – with more than 1 million trees!  In February to April see the apples harvested, in October is the best time to see the apple trees in blossom.

This list is provided solely for the purpose of attendees knowing who else is on the famil with them.  If there is anything incorrect below please let Monique know.

Kerry Heaney Freelance Travel Writer / ‘Eat Drink & Be Kerry’ www.eatdrinkandbekerry.net
Denise Cullen Freelance Travel Writer www.denisecullen.com.au
Melissa Delaware Thrifty Family Travels www.thriftyfamilytravels.com
Shirley Sinclair Freelance Travel Writer http://europetour101.blogspot.com/
Tiana Templeman Freelance Travel Writer www.thetraveltemple.com.au
Christine Retschlag Freelance Travel Writer www.theglobalgoddess.com
Amanda Woods Freelance Travel Writer
Elisa Elwin President of the Australian Society of Travel Writers
Christine Salins Food Wine Travel www.foodwinetravel.com.au
Liz Bond Freelance Travel Writer / ‘This Magnificent Life’ www.thismagnificentlife.com
Chris Ashton Repeat Traveller www.repeattraveller.com
Lee Mylne Freelance Travel Writer www.aglasshalf-full.com www.leemylne.com 
Fiona Harper Digital editor Travel Play Live , Digital editor Out and About with Kids, Managing editor Travel Boating Lifestyle, etc
Paula Heelan Freelance journalist | author | photographer www.paulaheelan.com
Chris Chamberlin Editor, Writer, Speaker, Traveller
Associate Editor of Executive Traveller
www.chrischamberlin.com.au
Jennifer Johnson Freelance Writer / ‘Travel Bug Within’ www.travelbugwithin.com.au
Kerri McConnel Beer & Croissants (travel website/Instagram) www.beerandcroissants.com
Shelley Winkel Media / PR for Tourism and Events Qld www.queensland.com
Christina Pfeiffer Travel 2 Next (travel website/social media) www.travel2next.com 
Katie Dundas The Accidential Australian (travel website / social media) www.theaccidentalaustralian.com 
Peter Homan CEO Southern Qld Country Tourism
Monique Krause Marketing Coordinator, Granite Belt Wine & Tourism
Krista Hauritz Marketing Strategist, Granite Belt Wine & Tourism
Therese Finegan Southern Downs Regional Council
Martin Cooper President of Granite Belt Wine & Tourism / Owner Ridgemill Estate www.ridgemillestate.com

‘Meet the Maker’ Profiles

CLICK HERE to view all profiles of ‘Meet the Makers’ both from those places visited on this tour and other tourism businesses on the Granite Belt.

FAMIL HOSTED BY…

This famil proudly hosted by Granite Belt Wine & Tourism in partnership with Southern Downs Regional Council

Sponsored by Southern Downs Regional Council under the Tourism Recovery Project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments as a component of the 2019 Queensland Bushfires Community Recovery Package.