Queensland’s Best Location to see Apple Blossoms this Spring!
Did you know that virtually all of Queensland’s apple crop comes from the one million apple trees grown around Stanthorpe? Throw in a multitude of pears, cherries and other stone fruits and you’ve found Queensland’s most stunning location for viewing avenues upon avenues of blossoms this spring!
Stanthorpe is a scenic 2.5hrs from Brisbane or 2hrs from Toowoomba – the ideal weekend or midweek mini-break!
When to See the Blossoms
Late September and through October are the months to see the apple blossoms around Stanthorpe.
Some types of orchard blossoms can be seen across the Granite Belt from as early as late August and early September though. Plum and peach trees for example are already stunning around the Granite Belt in early September, with trees decked in pink and white blossoms.
Where to Find the Blossoms
A myriad of orchards are visible by the roadsides around the villages north of Stanthorpe – even as you drive along the New England Highway they can be easily seen as you drive by. Thulimbah is an ideal spot to stop – it’s the heart of the Granite Belt’s apple industry and is found easily as its marked by the ‘Big Apple’ on the highway!
Stop for an on-farm treat of apple cider and apple pie and take in views of the orchards in bloom from Suttons Farm Cafe. Their products are made onsite – find it right opposite ‘The Big Apple’. Their servings of apple pie are famously delicious!
Vineyard & Orchard Views in One
For a spot to see gorgeous vineyard views, coupled with orchard views right next door head to Summit Estate Wines, just 1km drive from Sutton’s Farm. Arriving at this popular cellar door you’ll see signs of bud burst – the new spring growth appearing on the vineyards which have been dormant through winter. Enjoy a wine tasting inside and then stroll to enjoy your favourite wine on the verandah, taking in views of the vineyard and the neighbouring orchard in bloom.
Through the Orchards to Cheese Tastings!
Enroute to the cheese factory along Amiens Road, north of Stanthorpe you’ll find yourself meandering through blossom filled orchards on each side on the quiet country road. Stop for cheese tastings or plan to stay longer to enjoy one of their well loved Ploughman’s Lunch platters. Next stop, Boireann Winery just down the road, winds you back through and around the orchards and on to a short scenic drive up to a quaint country setting where Brad will welcome you with a smile and a fabulous wine tasting experience.
The Cutest Apple Blossom Cottage!
OK, you just can’t ignore this option! Apple Blossom Cottage is a quaint 3 bedroom cottage in Stanthorpe, built originally in the 1900’s and renovated beautifully! View more about Apple Blossom Cottage.
Photo: Apple Blossom Cottage, Stanthorpe