Robert Channon. Best known for his much-awarded Verdelho, Robert Channon has the first winery in Queensland to receive 5 stars from James Halliday. Their vineyards and winery have consistently produced gold medal and trophy-winning wines every year since 2001. Their wines were served to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Brisbane. At an altitude of nearly 950 metres, the winery and Café have stunning views over the Singing Lake.
Southern Downs and The Granite Belt
If you like fine wines, frosty mornings and keeping warm beside a log fire at night then you should visit Stanthorpe and Warwick, 220 km's from Brisbane and 245 km's from the Gold Coast.
This sometimes frosty but always friendly area of Queensland encompasses an area that stretches from Cunningham’s Gap (120 km southwest of Brisbane) in the east, north to Allora and Clifton, south to the border town of Wallangarra and to Inglewood and Texas in the west.
Whether it’s spectacular National Parks situated close to Warwick and Stanthorpe, or a little pampering in a cosy B & B, the Southern Downs and Granite Belt will amaze you.
And choosing a scenic drive can be half the fun. There are over 48 boutique wineries as well as an abundance of fresh produce and gourmet foods waiting for you to discover.
The Granite Belt area is the closest people can get to that cold wintery feeling and still be in Queensland.
Reminders of the pioneering past
The Warwick area boasts some of Queensland's finest historical sandstone buildings, which were made from local sandstone and now stand today as reminders of their pioneering past.
Known as the 'Rose and Rodeo City', Warwick hosts one of Australia's oldest and most famous rodeos each year in October. Other attractions include the Historical Museum, Regional Art Gallery, and an 18 hole golf course. Leslie Dam is located 13 kilometres west of Warwick and provides for fishing, swimming, and boating, and also has picnic areas for day visitors and camping areas for longer stays.
For further information go to www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au and make sure you call into the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre near Quartpot Creek. Phone 1800 76 2665. In Warwick visit the Tourist Centre 49 Albion Street Warwick. Phone 4661 3122. Don’t forget to take your “winter woollies”.
Jondaryan. The heritage-listed Woolshed at Jondaryan is the oldest and largest operating woolshed of its kind in the world with over 150 years of history. Experience the relaxed, rural atmosphere as you take a self-guided tour of the historic museum village.