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There are 30km of walking trails

in Girraween National Park that

reveal dramatic granite boulders

amidst the forest

BNE May/June 2017 |


growing country for grapes, stone fruit such as peaches, apricots and

nectarines, as well as apples and berries.

Drive on to Golden Grove Estate at Ballandean, one of a handful

of wineries in the region that have been given a five star rating by

wine aficionado James Halliday and, after an afternoon of cellar

door discovery, retreat to Diamondvale Cottages for some country



Start the day with an energising walk through the Girraween National

Park and see dramatic granite boulders amidst the forest. There are

30km of walking trails so it’s easy to spend a whole day here but a

couple of hours will be enough to work up an appetite for a hearty

lunch, a good excuse to head back to Ballandean Estate winery, where

the Puglisi family has been making wines since the 1930s.

Chefs Travis Crane and Arabella Chambers have joined the team

from Brisbane and now run the award-winning Barrelroom restaurant

serving lunch and dinner Thursday to Monday and a seven-course

degustation (and à la carte) menu with wine matches.

Plot a wine trail that includes Symphony Hill Wines (Ballandean),

and Summit Estate at Thulimbah, north of Stanthorpe. To get a taste

of other brews in these parts, Ernie Butler’s Brass Monkey Brewhouse

(south of Stanthorpe at Severnlea) and Suttons apple farm and café

(also at Thulimbah) should be added to an itinerary. Allow time

for a leisurely drive back to the city via Killarney, the Falls Drive,

lunch and a stunning view over the ranges at Spring Creek Café and

Cottages before hitting the main roads back to Brisbane.

Ballandean cottage

Devonshire teas are the local specialty

Queen Mary Falls