Escape Queensland Summer….To The Granite Belt
Officially Queensland’s coldest town, Stanthorpe is definitely the cool place to be this summer. Our warm, sunny days lack the high humidity of the city and make it enjoyable to get out and enjoy the many enticements that Stanthorpe in summer has to offer.
The Granite Belt’s perfect summer climate
During the day, Stanthorpe’s summer temperatures are, on average, 5 to 7 degrees cooler than Brisbane. Overnight, our temperatures can be up to 9 degrees cooler. The Granite Belt is a great place to delight in outdoor pursuits, even in the peak of summer when the days are warmer, as the humidity is so much lower than Brisbane. Perfect sunny skies are often followed by clear nights, perfect for star gazing.
The best way to fully experience the Granite Belt in summer is to pack a picnic lunch full of fresh local produce and cool off in a tranquil stream in Girraween National Park. Or you might prefer taking a walk along the many creek banks of the area, enjoying a relaxing pace and soaking up the spectacular landscape. When all of these options become too taxing, you could simply enjoy the view from your Alure Boutique Villa.
Feast on Stanthorpe’s delicious, summer fruit
Amazing stone fruits and berries are harvested throughout the Granite Belt every summer and the juiciest grapes are getting plumper for wine making. Summer in Stanthorpe sees the production of some of the most delicious berries, apples, pears, rockmelon and stone fruits in Australia, as the mild temperatures are ideal for growing.
Stop and smell the summer wildflowers of the Granite Belt
Beds of fragrant lavender and gorgeous roses are a constant hive of activity with bees and butterflies, offering many ideal photo opportunities amongst the blooms. Keep an eye out for the bright yellow coreopsis and the lovely pink and white cosmos flowering on the roadside and in the orchards. It truly is a beautiful sight to see the wildflowers in bloom in the summer in the Granite Belt region.
Local Granite Belt wines to taste
We’ve been meaning to write about this Granite Belt home of yummy things (berry and otherwise) for quite some time. Of course, we’re talking about The Bramble Patch, a family run, Granite Belt institution.
We discovered the joys of The Bramble Patch shortly after moving to Stanthorpe in early 2009. Located at the end of Townsend Road at Glen Aplin, with large ‘prose’ filled strawberries guiding us along the way, we reached the multi award winning home of jams, preserves and fortified wines, along with waffles, poffertjes, berry ice creams and yes … coffee…. sigh.
We were served by the lovely Hayley, who took our order for waffles, berries and ice cream, in various forms. Yum!!! What can we say; we loved it so much we just HAD to supply Bramble Patch jam and the (exclusively made for us at Alure Stanthorpe) apple/berry compote in our lovely Villa breakfast baskets.
Of course, most of our Alure guests visit The Bramble Patch during their stay and can’t resist taking some gourmet delight home. Interestingly, on our Facebook page, just mentioning The Bramble Patch generates a flurry of comments.
So, don’t muck around, experience your own taste of Granite Belt ‘Berry Love’!
Footnote: Customer service is a big thing at The Bramble Patch as when we returned for more waffle/berry love, Hayley remembered exactly how we had our order…. now that’s big!
- Royal Hobart Fine Food Show – 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medal
- Royal Melbourne Fine Food Show – 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze
- Royal Sydney Fine Food Show – 3 Bronze
Sunshine Aviation recently launched their charter flight services from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast into Stanthorpe airport. It seems it’s a good move, as their phone was ringing within an hour of the launch with enquiries. Just think, now you can reach your luxury accommodation on the Granite Belt in just 35 minutes from Brisbane.
Friday night was the gala opening of the 19th Biennial Stanthorpe Art Festival, and a first for us. What a wonderful night! All 250 tickets were sold out and the art gallery was a buzz with energy and excitement.
The festival was opened by the very warm and eloquent Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AO. We at Alure Boutique Villas were delighted to host John McDonald, esteemed art critic and author during his Stanthorpe stay. John performed the very difficult task of judging at the festival. With over 1000 entries Australia wide, John managed to somehow whittle the exhibition down to 145 diverse contemporary works. The winner of the $10,000 prize was Gosia Wlodarczak’s striking artwork titled “Lawrence Armchair Graphite #2”. Other renowned artists include Greg Daly, Thomas Spence, Robyn Sweeney, Richard Dunlop, Josie Petyarre and Nigel Killalea to name just a few.
As festival sponsors, we were invited to a preview tour of the exhibits with John McDonald. We found John’s comments and knowledge illuminating and insightful.
Do yourself a favour and see the Stanthorpe Art Festival before it ends on 18 April 2010!
Voted an Iconic Queensland Event in the Q150 Celebrations, the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest festival, is one of Queensland’s longest running and most successful Festivals!
Join in from 5th March – 7th March 2010 for three days and nights of non-stop fun! The festival, held biennially, is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry. Arguably Australia’s leading harvest festival, it has a successful track record spanning four decades.
Time is running out for accommodation on this jam packed weekend – we are fully booked at Alure! Try searching on https://www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au/
For more information on the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival, visit http://www.appleandgrape.org/
With this being the first post on our newly created Blog it seems fitting to introduce ourselves. We are mother and daughter duo, Ruth McLennan and Marion Carrick and are the owners of Alure Stanthorpe (luxury accommodation in Stanthorpe). We lived in Brisbane and moved to Stanthorpe, chasing a more relaxing lifestyle.
Our intent with this Blog is to try to show visitors to Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt what is great about this part of the world and why we love the region. Stanthorpe has a unique character and we hope we can communicate some of that to you over the coming months.