By Phoebe from Little Grey Box
Warmer months in Queensland herald the arrival of long, sun-drenched days and bright blue skies. There’s a buzz of excitement in the air as wildflowers bloom, newborn calves take their first steps and the magical Granite Belt region comes alive.
It’s the perfect time to escape the city and ease into a few days of relaxation and indulgence in the country.
Here are a few great ways to unwind in the Granite Belt this summer:
Enjoy breakfast on a historic railway platform
Fantastic foodie experiences await at local spots dotted throughout the Granite Belt region. Slip into relaxation mode with a delicious breakfast or brunch under the eaves of the Wallangarra Railway Cafe.
The heritage-listed railway station dates back to 1887, offering visitors a glimpse into the areas history and a peaceful spot to start the day. Tuck into fluffy homemade corn fritters, gooey Eggs Benedict lavished with Hollandaise and perfectly accompanied by a great cup of coffee.
Wake up in a winery
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, immersing yourself in the spectacular natural beauty of Southern Queensland Country instead.
Ridgemill Estate, an award-winning boutique winery, offers the perfect cabin respite overlooking a lush green vineyard and quintessential Queensland scenery. Take a relaxing stroll through the vines with Head Winemaker Peter and learn all about the process of winemaking.
Befriend the cheeky resident goats or simply sit on the deck with a great glass of wine, soaking in the golden afternoon sun.
Grab a gourmet lunch at Varias
Indulge your tastebuds with a delicious meal at Varias Restaurant. It’s here the region’s outstanding flavours are brought to life on the plate by talented chefs.
Grab a seat on the deck overlooking the spring fed dam, vineyard and town of Stanthorpe as you peruse the seasonal menu. Sink your teeth into gooey chorizo and haloumi, sous vide baby squid or a perfectly slow cooked sirloin.
Experience an exceptional afternoon picnic
Slow down the pace with an afternoon picnic sourced from the region’s exceptional produce.
Visit Sam’s Farm Fresh Fruit and Veg, stocking up on provisions like plump berries, crisp apples, freshly baked bread, delectable preserves and Stanthorpe cheese.
Visit a local winery for a bottle or two to compliment your feast and find a secluded spot among the vines to sit back and enjoy.
Connect with local brewers
Immerse yourself in the world of skilled brewers and winemakers, starting at the Granite Belt Brewery. Exceptional lagers and ales are hand crafted onsite in the micro-brewery and available for tastings.
Experience the famous Brewers Platter of four delicious dishes perfectly paired to complement each beer.
Explore the wonderful world of local wine with cellar door tastings dotted throughout the region with spots like Summit Estate offering the perfect place to pause and enjoy an award-winning drop.