There are 30km of walking trails
in Girraween National Park that
reveal dramatic granite boulders
amidst the forest
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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.
Devonshire teas are the local specialty
Queen Mary Falls