5 Spots we Love ‘Goofing’ around on the Granite Belt
Stanthorpe and Ballandean, Southern Queensland
Wicked Humour at the Giant Maze
On arrival you’re met with a warning sign: “Children left unattended will be given coffee and taught to swear.”
It’s an early giveaway that Craig Williams, owner and builder of the Granite Belt Maze & Mini Golf has a wicked sense of humour and is not afraid to put in on full show for the delight of visitors!
The deviously humoured smoking area (pictured above), is a bit like being in an old ‘Road Runner’ cartoon. The cheeky fun continues with a giant guillotine for ‘posing’ in, a giant chair that makes you appear tiny when seated on it… and the fun continues throughout the three mazes.
Follow the clues and solve the riddles in the giant maze and see Craig’s ingenuity in creating surprises around every corner in the obstacle maze.
Location: 354 Old Warwick Rd, Glen Niven (10 minutes north of Stanthorpe)
Open: 6 Days 9am – 5pm (closed Wednesdays). Open daily during Qld school holidays.
Holding up Big Stuff #1: Balancing Rock
image credit @saltysummits
We have thing about holding ‘BIG stuff’ up on the Granite Belt and you’ll catch on fast. If it’s big… if you can pretend to hold it… then it deserves a really silly pic. Ben & Scout of @saltysummits are showing how it’s done at the 10 tonne Balancing Rock in Girraween National Park.
Location: Girraween National Park, Pyramids Road, Wyberba, Queensland
Holding up Big Stuff #2: The Big Apple
image credit @justsaffi
Stanthorpe is where all of Queensland’s apple crop is grown – this is apple country! So yeah, we’ve got a BIG Apple and that big baby is just begging for a goofy photo. Do it your own way… some get closer to hold it up with two hands… here @justsaffi shows high level goofing skills with this ‘eat the Big Apple’ manoeuvre!
Location: 13km north of Stanthorpe, Corner Amiens Road and New England Highway, Thulimbah (access via Vincenzo’s car park)
Holding up Big Stuff #3: Ballandean Pyramid
The Ballandean Pyramid is an oddity to be sure, just sitting there in a field near the village of Ballandean. It’s a tricky one to line up just right for a photo, but there are plenty of vantage points along the roadside where it’s viewed from, so give it a shot …Find out more about visiting this location.
Location: Lot 2 Jacobsens Rd, Ballandean, Queensland
Discovering your ‘Wine Animal’ at Rumbalara
Wine tasting is a lot of fun with David at Rumbalara Estate Wines and you can be sure he has shared countless smiles and laughs with visitors as they discover which is their ‘wine animal’.
The Lion, The Leopard, The Rhino, The Elephant and the Buffalo… we shouldn’t pour and tell, but you can be sure not every visitor here has refrained from goofing around and in some way imitating their wine animal.
The animals are a range designed to be casual, very likeable, every day drinking wines and because they are created to vary little season to season, you can be sure once you’ve discovered your animal you can re-order it time and again. Delicious, affordable and fun… and finished off with a taste of their to-die-for Impi Cream liqueur (also available as a sushi!).
Location: 137 Fletcher Road, Ballandean
Open: 7 Days
Not so much goofing, but great times to be sure!
Have you met Leeanne and Robyn, the Ballandean Estate sisters? They may be seriously knowledgeable and pour some seriously good wines… but spend a while at the cellar door and you’ll catch their infectious happy laughs and be sharing some great stories.
Is it because of their Italian heritage, or are they just two most infectiously fun women in wine?
Location: 354 Sundown Rd, Ballandean
Open: 7 Days
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