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Travelling to Stanthorpe? Here’s Your Fab Road Trip Playlist

Road trip music - romantic getaway for couples

Your suitcases are packed and you’re ready to jump in the car for a romantic escape to Alure Stanthorpe, but what are you going to listen to? Not to worry! We have it all sorted for you.

Last year we published the Top 100* Romantic Songs playlist. This year we thought we should step up and curate a fabulous 3 hour Drive Songs playlist.

We can safely say we’ve listened to A LOT of songs searching for the right playlist for your drive to Stanthorpe. We wanted a fabulous, fun, mostly Aussie rock, sing out loud, playlist to make your road trip in the car fly.

With lyrics like “Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway. Looking for adventure in whatever comes our way”, we had to kick off with Steppenwolf. Quickly followed by Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the hill’, Shepphard, The Angels, Neon Trees and Sia. If you’re travelling from Brisbane, by the time you’ve heard Silverchair, Powderfinger, Crowded House and Australian Crawl you should be at Aratula and starting the beautiful climb up Cunningham’s Gap.

From here on it’s smooth driving with Queen, Jonas Brothers, Stanthorpe boy – James Blundell, Crowded House, and GANGgajang. Finally Hunters & Collectors iconic ‘Holy Grail’ should have you delivered to your glamping tent or luxury villa.

So, here it is! Your fab, fun, sing out loud, Road Trip Songs playlist. Enjoy!

Things to Do – Summertime

Things to do Summertime

It’s summertime and the livin’ sure is easy on the Granite Belt in Queensland’s high country. Now that the busy Christmas and New Year period is drawing to a close many are enjoying some well-earned downtime and relaxation whilst pondering their plans for 2019. The Granite Belt certainly delivers no matter what the season but this time of year is especially delightful.

Whilst January is perhaps best spent exploring on foot (working off the foodie indulgence of Christmas), and for those that love a good cocktail keep your exercise up because on 19 January Cocktails on the Green is the event for you.

The highlight for January is surely the 2019 Australia Day celebrations. If you choose to celebrate then there are options at Stanthorpe’s Weeroona Park and also in Warwick. Head over to the Southern Downs website for details.

February sees the return of the popular and much anticipated Stanthorpe Show at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds from 1-3 February.

Steam train buffs can enjoy a train ride to Wallangarra and return on 9 February. Explore the historic Wallangarra train station and have fun with one foot each in Queensland and New South Wales at the same time. Tickets are available at the Southern Downs Steam Railway website.

Dreaming of being a winemaker? Well, February 23 and 24 are the dates for you. Winemaker for a Weekend is on at Queensland College of Wine Tourism. There you will spend an amazing weekend with a complete, ‘hands-on’ winemaking experience, served with delicious meals and matched wines.

Cyclist’s rejoice! The charity event, That Dam Ride is on again for another year on 24 February, taking you throughout the scenic Granite Belt ending at Storm King Dam. The have catered for all levels of cyclists with a 125km main ride, a 70km challenge, 45km intermediate or 20km ride for beginners, kids or the whole family.

5 Reasons You Should Visit Stanthorpe for Your Next Weekend Retreat

If you haven’t been to Stanthorpe you might not understand what sets it apart.  But we’re here to tell you Stanthorpe is the greatest place for Queensland couples to getaway.  As locals, we’re biased of course but here are a few reasons why Stanthorpe is a top weekend retreat location:

  1. Stanthorpe is one of the few places in Queensland you will experience four distinct seasons.  This is because of it’s elevated position – for example,  Alure is more than 950 metres above sea level.  This means we’re likely to get snow, and more of it, than Stanthorpe town.  Check our website gallery photos of the 2015 snow event.  Just beautiful. Spring, summer, autumn and winter are all quite different and they all offer their own nuanced delights for a great holiday.
  2. Because of the seasonal variance, Stanthorpe is one of the only locations in Queensland where you can enjoy accommodation with a fireplace most of the year.  Alure Stanthorpe provides complimentary firewood so you can enjoy the fireplace all year round.  As we say,  you never know when a cold snap might come!
  3. Cold climates make for the most delicious produce and growing conditions. Think crunchy fresh apples, berries, truffles and grape varieties found in Strange Bird wines unique to the area.  This makes the food here ‘aahmazing’.  Our local chef’s love the access they have to produce and design menu’s to suit the seasons.  Check out Varias,  and McGregor Terrace Food Project for their delicious offerings.  These Stanthorpe restaurants will turn you into a foodie quick smart.
  4. The scenery is spectacular.  If you get a chance to walk through Girraween National Park, try to catch a sunrise.  There’s nothing quite like a good Stanthorpe sunrise at Girraween.  This is the stuff of memories and if you like we can pack a breakfast basket for you.  Imagine a warm blanket and brekky together enjoying the gorgeous sunrise from atop the giant granite boulders that feature in every Stanthorpe Instagram.  Remember to add yours and tag us!
  5. Accommodation in Stanthorpe covers a wide range of options from B&B’s and motels to the luxury accommodation that we provide here at Alure.  We’d love to show you just how wonderful a weekend away at Alure can be with either our glamping tent or luxury villas.  There are two villas to choose from and all are secluded, well appointed and feature beautiful country views.

We look forward to providing an unforgettable accommodation experience for your weekend retreat in Stanthorpe.

Wineries in Stanthorpe, Granite Belt

The Granite Belt region is home to many wineries.

This list is not complete but is a start on a comprehensive list updated occasionally.  You may wish to book a Stanthorpe wine tour during your stay at Alure.

Robert Channon Wines 32 Bradley Lane, Stanthorpe

Ravens Croft Wines 274 Spring Creek Rd, Stanthorpe

Casely Mount Hutton Winery 94 Mount Hutton Road, Greenlands, Stanthorpe.

Kominos Wines 27145 New England Highway, Stanthorpe.

Whiskey Gully Wines 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, Stanthorpe.

Ballandean Estate 354 Sundown Rd, Ballandean

Golden Grove Estate 337 Sundown Road, Ballandean

Tobin Wines 34 Ricca Road, Ballandean.

Heritage Estate 747 Granite Belt Drive, Cottonvale

Symphony Hill Wines 2017 Eukey Road, Ballandean

Pyramids Road Wines 25 Wyberba Lane, Wyberba via Ballandean

Bungawarra Wines 181 Bents Rd, Ballandean

Mason Wines 27850 New England Hwy, Ballandean

Boireann Wines 26 Donnellys Castle Road, The Summit

Bent Road Wine 535 Bents Road, Ballandean

Midweek Escape Special – STAY 3 NIGHTS PAY FOR 2!

celebrate romance at alure with a midweek escape special

Celebrate romance with a fabulous Midweek Escape Special at Alure Stanthorpe – STAY 3 NIGHTS PAY FOR 2!

We are all about romance and reconnecting with the special person in your life. Escape the coastal humidity at Alure for 3 nights midweek (Monday to Thursday) and only pay for 2 nights. Valid until 22 December 2016.

Our Midweek Escape package also includes a scrumptious Tastes of the Granite Belt continental breakfast basket.

Book some romance in your life now!

Luxury Accommodation – Pet Friendly Packages

Pet Friendly Packages

Attn:  Much loved pets

Have you been dreaming of a romantic getaway and pet-friendly accommodation in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Country, where after a full day of exploring and sniffing, you can stretch out by the fire, or end the day stargazing in your own private courtyard?

We know that…

• With your sunny disposition that you use an ‘inside voice’ so as not to disturb other guests.
• You resist the temptation to climb on the furniture, or sleep on the bed.
• You only use the outside toilet facilities and would never mess inside.

What about your humans? Do they…?

• Include you in all their daily travels and would never dream of leaving you behind? Alure has a list of pet friendly attractions and activities. Occasional pet sitting is available on request
• Keep you safely on a leash when outside to protect you from native animals, or from getting lost?  Foxes might find you very tasty and you certainly don’t want to get lost while enthusiastically exploring the natural bushland.
• Pick up your outside er… messes?  Bathroom facilities are located outside your villa and Alure provides doggie bags.

There is just one pet friendly villa and prior approval is required.

Alure Stanthorpe will provide for your enjoyment, your very own plush bed, food and water bowls and a gift bag of toiletries & gourmet treats.

Villas  Tent  Pet FriendlyAvailability & Pricing

An Aluring Destination for All Creatures Great and Small – Media Release

Alure the Scene for Love Stories

An unlikely romance of the four-legged variety is blossoming at an exclusive retreat for couples nestled amongst tranquil bushland and boutique wineries of the Granite Belt.

Ms Marion Carrick, co-owner of Alure Boutique Villas, says the unusual relationship is emerging between a resident sheep and pony is set to rival any other animal love story.

“We have so many beautiful love stories from the couples that stay with us and now we have our own, between Monty the sheep and Bek the pony,” said Ms Carrick.

“They stand shoulder to knee, but as is the case with true love, their difference in size does not deter this romantic couple from seeking each other across the paddocks of our retreat,” she said.

Bek is a 9 year old Royal Champion Welsh Mountain pony and Monty is a 3 year old purebred miniature Babydoll Southdown ram standing around half her height.

“Monty follows his beloved Bek around the paddock, gazing at her lovingly and when not together he whickers at her when she walks past.”

Ms Ruth McLennan, Marion’s mother and co-owner of Alure Boutique Villas, says most animal love stories seem to occur between two that are in enclosures alone, with no other animals of their species nearby.

“What makes this romance different is that Monty is paddocked with 16 other sheep, yet he still chooses Bek,” said Ms Carrick.

“It’s very Romeo and Juliet, and our guests marvel that love really does come in all shapes and sizes,” said Ms McLennan.

Romantic Escapes from Brisbane – Long Weekend in Stanthorpe

Romantic things to do in Stanthorpe

The beautiful Granite Belt, with Stanthorpe at its heart, is a romantic paradise waiting to be discovered.  Did you know that there is a whole host of romantic things to do in Stanthorpe?  With its amazing food, views and secluded luxury, it’s a hot spot spark the flame of romance in your relationship. Here are some resources to plan a fairytale romantic weekend away from Brisbane and its surrounds.

Romance for gourmets

It’s been said the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. The Stanthorpe region has many great places to test this theory.  There are plenty of things to excite your tastebuds in Stanthorpe! The Bramble Patch at Glen Aplin offers fare made from berries grown on the premises – fortified berry wine, preserves, with desserts and coffee too. Mt Stirling Olives at Glen Aplin is olive heaven, with plenty of olive products available for sale from oil to tapenade and even olive trees for you to take home and grow your own.

Heavenly Chocolates at the edge of Girraween National Park propose a cup of European hot chocolate in choice of 18 flavours as well as hand crafted chocolates. Heavenly Chocolates is open Friday to Monday as well as public holidays. For a more substantial meal Patty’s On McGregor serves a wonderful standard Australian cuisine menu featuring culinary art from various other cultures – with divine desserts.  The quaint BYO (no corkage charge) restaurant is very popular and can book out early, so let us call them to make a reservation for you.

Don’t feel like eating out? At Alure Boutique Villas we offer several dine-in options for our guests to enjoy. A personal chef can be yours for the evening and can design a six course menu to your tastes. Or if you prefer to cook for yourselves we offer a Gourmet BBQ pack with generous servings of appetisers, entrée, main and dessert. Contact us for more details when you book. 

Spend a day on the wine trails

The Granite Belt is known worldwide for its wines, with most wineries in the area opening a cellar door where tastings are available and purchasing wine is hard to resist. Follow the Strange Bird Trail to visit 21 cellar doors offering wines made with alternative grape varieties. There are over 40 cellar doors and 55 vineyards in the area, catering to all palates.  If beer is more to your taste the Granite Belt Brewery in Stanthorpe is not to be missed. Tours can be booked by your accommodation or at the visitors centre so you can taste the drinks on offer and not have to worry about driving over the legal limit. Or if you prefer non-alcoholic drinks Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery at Thulimbah offers many types of apple juice and cider.

Romantic spots a-plenty

There are plenty of beautiful places to see in Stanthorpe.  After a hard day of gourmet food and wine tastings, you’ll have plenty of lovely things to pack in your picnic basket for day two of your romantic escape to Stanthorpe! Alternatively we offer a Gourmet Picnic Hamper for two, perfect for lunch. Head to one of the local National Parks where there are numerous walking tracks to be alone with nature and your loved one.

Girraween National Park at Ballandean has much to offer with a visitor information centre adjacent to the Bald Rock day-use picnic area with tables, toilets and barbecues available for use. The unusual landscape is accessible by several walking tracks to various natural formations of creeks and granite rock. Walking tracks are graded by difficulty and distance.  

Shopping, a girl’s second love

Shopping is not one of the most romantic things to do in Brisbane or the Gold Coast but here in Stanthorpe, shopping is about pottering around taking in local crafts, antiques and, of course some fashion and shoes, a girl’s gotta live.  Why not spend a leisurely afternoon browsing in town and then take in a little culture. “Markets in the Mountain” is held every second Sunday in Stanthorpe Civic Centre.

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Lock Street, Stanthorpe contains almost 900 permanent works on a wide range of contemporary subjects. Exhibitions and events vary.

Art Works on Davardi is a community Art and Craft Gallery, with a reading area and coffee shop. Works on display (and sale) are by local and regional artists. This gallery also holds many workshops and an “open mic” afternoon on the last Saturday of the month for local musicians or poets.

Romance that ends in the bedroom – oooh la la!

There’s nothing more romantic than a beautiful view, beautiful accommodation and some fabulously secluded private time!  Alure Boutique Villas are designed for couples only, with a choice of two beautifully appointed villas or a luxury five star tent for some en vogue Glamping, Stanthorpe Style!  Each villa or tent has a deluxe king sized bed with an ensuite, fully equipped European kitchen and private heated outdoor spa for soaking in the view.  If it’s a very special romantic occasion (we get our share of questions popped) call ahead for some VIP romantic touches to your room.

There are plenty of things to do in Stanthorpe – it’s a town unlike any in all of Queensland (and we think all the world!) but for couples, it’s a special destination for a weekend escape from Brisbane or South East Queensland.  So close, and yet a whole lifestyle away. 

Stanthorpe Weather

 

Stanthorpe Weather–Four Seasons in Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe weather is unique among Queensland towns because, with the state’s coolest temperatures, every season offers something quite unlike anywhere else! Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt are beautiful whatever the season, whatever the weather. There are lots of things to do and here are some great seasonal activities to try on your next visit. Temperatures can vary significantly in any season, so best advice is to dress in layers. Despite Stanthorpe being Queensland’s coolest town, temperatures can still occasionally reach the low 30 degrees Celsius range during the day in summer, and often down to below zero at night in winter. Luckily we have nice and cosy villas and our luxurious five-star tent to accommodate you.  

Spring Weather in Stanthorpe

Temperatures average from a maximum of 22.3 degrees and 7.8 degrees minimum.

Spring is wildflower season at Girraween National Park on Pyramids Road. The best time to see the wildflowers in bloom is late September into October each year. The contrast of delicate colour against the stark granite can be viewed from the many walking tracks through the park. The flowers attract many local wild animals as well – be on the lookout for wombats, wallabies, lizards, birds and insects.  A swim in the water hole will refresh you ready for your next adventure.

 

The region’s produce season is starting with many farm gate shops starting to sell their wares. Much of the region was founded by people with European heritage, and each year this is celebrated in true ‘Primavera’ (Italian for ‘spring’) style with various cultural and culinary events in almost every vineyard and attraction in the area. Let us know your interests and we can help you choose from the myriad of events on offer, including (but in no way limited to) Jazz and Wine events held by Robert Channon Wines (Bradley Lane, Stanthorpe) throughout the season and “Shakespeare Under The Stars” at Bungawarra Wines, Bents Road Ballandean in early November.

 

Summer Weather in Stanthorpe

Photo: Sonia Ghiggioli

Summer temperatures reach an average of 28.8 degrees Celsius maximum and 14.6 degrees minimum.

Summer is a busy time in Stanthorpe. The warmer weather means fruit picking is in full swing, with fruits such as berries, apples, pears, stone fruit (cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots) and rockmelon are available. Vegetable lovers are in for a treat with a wide range of these available also. Pick your own fruit farms and farm gate sellers abound along Granite Belt Drive, accessible from the New England Highway. One shop not to miss on this road is Sam’s (The Summit Fruit Shop). They buy direct from the farmers and even accept major credit cards. Strawberry Fields on the edge of town at Stanthorpe is a must-do for pick your own strawberries and a great café. The Bramble Patch, Townsend Rd Glen Aplin, is another must if you enjoy our breakfast basket – they supply the jam and berry compote. It’s a nice place to stop off for ice-cream and waffles on a sunny day. They also sell 60 different products including sauces, jellies, marmalade, coulis, chutneys and other preserves. You are sure to find something to take your fancy!  Golden Grove Estate hosts a Sicilian Vintage Lunch in February each year to celebrate the beginning of the vintage. Traditional Sicilian fare, the blessing of the first grapes harvested, followed by a grape stomp! What a great afternoon!

Commercial lavender farm Crystal Ridge Lavenders harvests lavender during December and January and sells lavender products like soaps and lotions, but also lavender chocolates and biscuits. Find them on Daniells Lane Stanthorpe.

Fishing at Storm King Dam, accessible via Nielsens Road Eukey, is best in the summer. You will need a permit to catch Murray Cod, Yellow Belly (Golden Perch), Silver Perch, Spangled Perch and Eel-tailed Catfish. Size and catch limits apply also.

Autumn Weather in Stanthorpe

Photo: Granite Belt Wine Tourism/Cory Rossiter Photography

Stanthorpe weather is starting to cool down with maximum temperatures averaging 21.9 degrees Celsius and minimum 8.8 degrees.

Autumn is the season for golden vistas among the vines. The 40 cellar doors and 55 vineyards are starting to harvest their grapes for new vintage wines as the leaves turn golden. Ballandean Estate Wines (Sundown Road, Ballandean) in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe holds a charity event “Opera in the Vineyard” on the first Saturday of May each year. This event attracts around 2000 people and is open for booking from January. Lunch and dinner are available as well as the opportunity to experience one of South East Queensland’s premier cultural events. “Art in the Mill” at Ballandean Case and Timber Mill, Curr Road Ballandean is another great event on the first weekend in May each year. It showcases local art and is a great opportunity to socialise (with a glass of mulled wine) by an open fire – handy as the weather starts to cool down.

Not into wine? Sutton’s Juice Factory and Cidery, on Halloran Drive Thulimbah, have a juice factory, cidery, distillery, home style café and open the orchard for ‘pick your own apples’ from February to June. We like their juice so much we include it in your breakfast basket for you to enjoy. Or you could soak up the view at Mount Marlay (pronounced “marlee”) with a stunning lookout over the township of Stanthorpe. The lookout is located on Lock Street. Why not visit the regions only dairy farm and appreciate the cheese platters and local wines on offer or sample a great coffee and cheesecake, at Stanthorpe Cheese, corner Amiens Road and Daniells Lane Thulimbah. 

Winter Weather in Stanthorpe

Photo: Karen Roberts

Make sure to pack your woollies – overnight temperatures can drop to an average of just 1.8 degrees Celsius, but rise to a brisk 17.2 degrees during the day. There is an average of 14.3 nights of zero degrees or less in July so warm clothes are a must! Our villas and tent are built to keep out the cold, and each has their own open fire to keep you toasty warm.

Winter is “brass monkey season” – for a reason.  Are you ready for this?  It snows in Queensland – only in Stanthorpe! Snowfall is not unheard of in the area, with overnight frosts common, so why not take the opportunity to rug up and find a great open fire, there are plenty around! The Bramble Patch offer a range of award winning products like blackberry and apple pie, why not enjoy it next to their fire. Christmas in July events are available in many local restaurants, with the cooler weather being perfect for the traditional hot dinner.  Vegetables in season now are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, leeks and mushrooms.

Stanthorpe weather is quite unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else in Queensland and it’s the ideal weekend escape for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba and other South East Queenslanders!