Sometimes a girls weekend is just what you need. The second day off for school holiday Jillian, Courtney, and I decided to take off to Stanthorpe, a short 3 hour drive from Brisbane.
The drive was beautiful to the quaint little town. Mountains, bush, and kangaroos were all included in the scenery. There was a cute little town named Artula that had a cute antique shop, wonderful fruit market, and good cafe. I would recommend the town, just make sure you are looking for it, it is a pretty small town.
After Artula we kept driving and on the Brisbane side of Stanthorpe there is an Italian restaurant where they have wine tasting, local products, olive, cheese, and many other intriguing gifts. If you are doing the drive this tourist trap is hard to miss there is a giant apple in the parking lot.
After going by the giant Apple we drove into Stanthorpe grabbed some nourishment and started the wine tasting. We went by some of the five star award winning winery's in the area via the Highland Drive. Ballandean Estate Wines, Golden Grove Estate, and Symphony Hill Wines were some of the highlights.
At Symphony Wines we got to taste the wine that they served Will and Kate on their trip to Australia.
We had so much fun laughing and tasting all their different types of wine. They are proud of their different wines. They call the Granite Belt winery's the home of the strange birds. They have a wide range of wines I had never heard of. After enjoying our time at the winery's we realized that the entire town shut down at 4:30 with a very limited amount to restaurants open for dinner. We found the Granite Belt Brewery at the Happy Valley Retreat that had an amazing menu.
The next morning we woke up leisurely went to a local cafe for a wonderful brekky. On the way home we went a different way called the armistice way and hit up cheese making places, apple juice place, and of course a couple of wineries. I would recommend this quick trip to anyone in Brisbane. Just don't go on a Tuesday, a lot of things are closed so they can recover from the weekend rush. What is a good close getaway?
Highlights and must do:
Granite Belt Brewery
Suttons Apple Juice
Symphony Hill Wines
Aloomba lavender ( if season is correct, we were not that lucky)