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!

What’s On – Spring in Stanthorpe

Ducks on the pond in Spring at Alure Stanthorpe

It’s now officially spring 2019 and you may be wondering what to do when you book accommodation here in Stanthorpe during the springtime. You’ll be pleased to know there is always something interesting to fulfil every desire from food and art to nature and music both indoors and out.

Take a look below at what’s coming up over the next couple of months on the Granite Belt.

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Getting Away is Good for Your Heart

It’s true – romantic getaways are good for your heart. If you need any excuse to get away with a loved one consider your health. Harvard Health reports that having a highly satisfying marriage actually lowers your risk for cardiovascular disease. Spending time together away from the usual pressures of modern life then becomes essential wouldn’t you agree? It’s good for the heart in every sense.

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Things To Do – Autumn

“Golden brown, texture like sun” – there’s never a frown at Alure Stanthorpe in Autumn. We love the golden hues of the deciduous trees as the season changes. Cooler temperatures allow for more time outside to reflect whilst enjoying the gorgeous sunsets that come with our Autumn skies (and they only get better in Winter).

The log fireplace features year round in our romantic villas and glamping tent but in Autumn it’s especially nice to retire to the lounge and sit in front of the fire after a long soak in the hot tub.

If you do manage to get away and book with us, there’s also plenty to do outside the villas if you desire. Read on to learn more about our local events during March, April and May 2019.

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Valentine’s Romantic Getaway

Whether you’re a couple, newly wed or married for years, there’s always that little bit of pressure on Valentines Day don’t you think? Did you remember? Did you book anything? Will it be memorable (for all the right reasons)? You’re so lucky today because right now you still have time to make this the year that will be forever remembered as the best Valentines Day surprise ever. Because you remembered. You booked it. You went a little crazy with the indulgence package and one of these luscious rooms met the gaze of your loved one after a leisurely drive through country Queensland. The romantic picnic lunch was just divine. Dinner was exquisite and how wonderful did the stars look from the hot tub? Yes, that sure was a great weekend. Never to be forgotten. No matter what you do from here on in you will always be able to remind your loved one of that glorious weekend spent at Alure Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt. Yes I forgot the milk but how good was that weekend at Alure? I forgot to pickup the kids but oh my Alure was great wasn’t it? Do you see where I’m going with this? Booked your romantic getaway yet? You’re welcome.

Accommodation Stanthorpe Winter getaway
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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.

What to Pack for Your Romantic Getaway

You’ve booked your romantic escape at Alure in either a luxury villa or our glamping tent. And you’ve received all the information on winery tours, romantic getaway packages and the very best Stanthorpe and Granite Belt restaurants. So, now the big question is… What do I pack?

What to pack when travelling to Stanthorpe?

Answer: Always pack a jacket.

Yes, always pack a jacket. Regardless of the season, what the BOM says, what your colleagues say, or even your best friend,  pack a jacket. Even in summer? Yes, even in summer pack a jacket. As we say, the weather ‘turns on a dime’ and a day that started warm and cosy can become quite cool or cold.

You see a lot of the Granite Belt is approximately 850m – 900m above sea level. Alure Stanthorpe is even higher at 950m above sea level. In contrast, our nearest capital city, Brisbane, is only 27m above sea level. All this High Country elevation leads to a cool, temperate climate around Stanthorpe. We are blessed to experience four definite seasons, sometimes in one day! Continue reading

Top 100* Love Songs – For a Couples Romantic Getaway

At Alure we absolutely love helping guests plan the perfect romantic couples getaway into the heart of Queensland’s high country, Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt. We already have a range of ultimate romantic packages, tours and indulgences such as relaxing in-villa massages. These are of course in addition to inclusions such as our luxe hot tubs and crackling fires to relax by.  The idea of a Love Song playlist seemed so obvious.

Why had we not thought of this before? (we wondered).

It’ll be great! (we said).

It’ll be easy! (we thought).

Ha! How we laugh at our naivety in reflection.  It was quite a surprise when we embarked on the journey deep into the world of love songs. There were so many! How on earth were we ever to choose the right songs for our guests? Continue reading