You’re in for a true amazement if you’re never discovered Donnellys Castle… and let’s clear it up from the start, it’s not actually a ‘castle’. This quiet spot is a wonderland of giant granite boulders near Stanthorpe and walking amongst the boulders you can explore into cave-like entrances and narrow crevices – a hidden gem that’s fun to explore at all ages!
Donnellys Castle is famously the site used by bushranger ‘Captain Thunderbolt’ as his hideout! Thunderbolt was the longest roaming bushranger in Australian history and it’s no surprise he managed to elude authorities here, because as you wander over, under and through the network of boulders, you too will feel you’re hidden away from the world! There’s also an exciting lookout sited on the top of one of the granite outcrops.
While it’s not suitable for those with limited mobility, it’s ideal for young families to explore. Locate this free use picnic area off Amiens then Goodwin Road, 15 minutes drive north of Stanthorpe. Access this out of the way spot via Amiens Road then Goodwin Road, via a well maintained dirt section. Tip: If the family are left waiting to see a ‘castle’, don’t worry, you can view Castle Glen Winery on Amiens Road – it is an intriguing faux castle.
There’s a toilet and basic picnic tables.
Nearby to Donnelly’s Castle find…
Stanthorpe Cheese & Jersey Girls Cafe
Granite Belt Brewery