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Ballandean is renowned for its picturesque setting and is home to the Granite Belt's largest number of award winning wine makers.

It is in this area, just to the south of Stanthorpe, that Queensland's first commercially grown table grapes were harvested. Grapes have been grown here since the 1870s, thanks predominantly to the arrival of Italian settlers. The first legally planted wine grapes are said to have been grown by the Puglisi family of Ballandean. The family vineyard, Ballandean Estate, is the venue for "Opera in the Vineyard", each May.

Don't miss Ballandean's little bit of Egypt - make sure you drive past the famous hand-made pyramid. The amazing Girraween National Park and rugged Sundown National Park are also only a short drive away.

Ballandean

Ballandean: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Girraween National Park


Huge granite boulders tower above open forests in the spectacular and popular Girraween National Park outside Stanthorpe. Camp at either Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek camping areas or picnic in the shady Bald Rock Creek day-use area. Explore the park on almost 30 kilometres of walking tracks. Take the 280 metre Wyberba Walk alongside Bald Rock Creek; visit Granite Arch; climb The Pyramid for great views over the park; or spend the day walking to granite monoliths or to waterholes along the creek. Learn from displays in the visitor information centre and at the day-use area.

Wildflowers in spring are a sign to behold! Gaze at changing reflections in the rock pools or go birdwatching for blue wrens, rare turquoise parrots and other forest birds. Spy bearded dragons and jacky lizards on the granite rocks, soaking up the sun. Go spotlighting at night to see ringtail possums high in the eucalypt trees. There is much to do in Girraween, and if you are lucky, you may see a wombat or hear superb lyrebirds imitating the calls of other birds.




Pyramids Road,
Girraween National Park
Ballandean, QLD, 4382

Located 7.3K from Ballandean

Storm King Dam


Storm King Dam rests in a picturesque rural setting with many water birds (including pelicans) and is an ideal spot for picnics, water sport and fishing. Fish species include golden perch, murray cod, silver perch, jew and river black fish.

Facilities include: toilets, picnic tables, wood barbecues, drinking water, jetty, boat ramp, swimming area and playground. Please note that camping is not permitted however there is a recreational/youth camp available for large group bookings. No boating restrictions apply, however a permit is required for powerboats (at no cost).

Storm King Dam is situated 10 kilometres southeast of Stanthorpe on the road to Eukey.




Eukey Road
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 16.7K from Ballandean

Ashbern Farms


Ashbern Farms is open to the public five days a week during the strawberry season which is from October to May each year. The aim is to ensure all enjoy the best strawberry eating experience possible. To achieve this, Ashbern Farms focuses on the best eating varieties and grows them in a way that guarantees quality and sweetness. Using many natural products to produce the strawberries, Ashbern Farms has a reputation locally for having the sweetest and best looking strawberries available.

Ashbern Farms offer visitors the opportunity to pick your own strawberries with trays supplied, or if you like they can provide you with a range of ready packed strawberries for your convenience. There is also a shop that serves strawberry ice-creams and other refreshments. There is a range of gifts and other merchandise for visitors to purchase.

The farm has picnic tables and childrens swings for visitors to use at their leisure whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings and daily activities of farming life. Ashbern Farms also caters for groups by appointment only, and offers Devonshire teas and farm tours. Seated areas are available either in the open or undercover.




2 West Road
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 16.9K from Ballandean

Quart Pot Creek, Stanthorpe


The pretty Quart Pot Creek meanders through granite country and natural bushland, passes through the town of Stanthorpe, and continues out through the south-west, where it meets Spring Creek to form the Severn River. Granite outcrops are evident along the water course - and make good spots to sit or picnic. The creek banks have been attractively landscaped by the local Council to include five kilometres of walking and cycling tracks, linking one end of town to the Red Bridge. You'll find tranquil picnic and barbecue areas along the way. Take time to walk alongside this beautiful creek, past water-worn granite boulders; take some bread to feed the ducks, watch for native birds, paddle at the water's edge or just relax under the shade of a tree.

Near the visitor information centre on the creek bank is Kidspace - a brass monkey-themed playground for families and a good spot to take a break.




Leslie Parade
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 17.6K from Ballandean

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery


The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery displays quality exhibitions of both national and local importance, as well as fostering a strong program of regional artist exhibitions and displays that are relevant to the history and character of the Granite Belt region.

The exhibition program also includes those specially curated from the Gallery's wide-ranging permanent collection of traditional and contemporary paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture and fibre artworks.

Quality national touring exhibitions encompass displays varying from contemporary jewellery, ceramics, noted Australian artists' displays, to talented works by young upcoming artists.

The art gallery also encourages the presentation of established artist exhibitions from outside the region or state.




56 Lock Street,
Weeroona Park
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 18.4K from Ballandean

Stanthorpe Soldiers Memorial


A white cottage-like pavilion, nestled in a rocky park, provides visitors with a chance to take in the panorama of Stanthorpe and remember the legacy left by men from this area in WWI.

Soldier hero Major General Sir William Glasgow officially opened this soldiers' memorial on 6 February 1926.

Slatted bench seating inside provides a place to ponder the impact a war on the other side of the world had on this farming community. Five WWI honour boards record the names in alphabetical order, without rank or honour, all are revered equally. Another is reserved for those who died, raised letters stating: 'To the memory of our gallant boys who fell in the world's war 1914-1919'. Further honour boards have been added, remembering later conflicts.

Warwick architects Dornbusch and Connolly designed the rest house which was built by local contractors NJ Thompson and Sons.

Many returned servicemen settled in this area under a soldiers' resettlement program. Towns around Stanthorpe echo the names of French conflicts: Amiens, Pozieres, Bullecourt and Fleurbaix. A neighbouring house, once owned by war heroes Sir Harry Chauvel and Major Alan Chauvel, uncles of film maker Charles Chauvel, also carries a name reflecting WWI, 'El Arish'.




Lock Street
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 18.5K from Ballandean

Market in the Mountains, Stanthorpe


Come to the Market in the Mountains - where they Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It. More than 45 stallholders sell a range of unique handcrafted items made from wood, leather, paper, wool, cotton and other items. Clothing, knitted items, hand bags and a great selection of jewellery handcrafted pieces. There's a wonderful range of jams, pickles, honey, cakes, biscuits and much more. Also enjoy a variety of arts and craft, plants, fruit and vegetables. The quality is first class and all stalls are vetted to ensure this.

Held on the second Sunday of the month and on most long weekends - no matter what the weather. Come and enjoy the indoor markets. Crafters' Cafe serves food and drinks. Coaches are welcome. Open 8am til noon.

Please note after 20 years there has been a venue change due to fire damage at the Civic Centre. They have moved to the Exhibition Pavilion, Stanthorpe Showgrounds, High Street, Stanthorpe while repairs take place.




High Street,
Exhibition Pavilion, Stanthorpe Showgrounds,
Stanthorpe Civic Centre
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 19.4K from Ballandean

Ballandean: Events

Sicilian Vintage Lunch


Come and celebrate the start of Vintage at Golden Grove Estate. Now in its 16th year, help bring home the harvest, with the blessing of the vintage and then the stomping of the grapes to the music of the tarantella. Begin with a wine tasting and relax under the marquee, listen to music while platters of food are passed around, followed by a traditional lunch of Sicilian salads, pasta's and meats, not forgetting the dessert (mostarda) which we only make once a year.


Event Dates
2017
      18th Feb


Golden Grove Estate,
337 Sundown Rd
Ballandean, QLD, 4382

Located 3.2K from Ballandean

Cycle and Stars - Two Day Granite Belt Cycling Tour


If you can imagine yourself cycling on quiet country roads; smelling the aroma of the camp oven cooking; seeing billions of stars sparkling in the night sky and hearing the crackling fireplace as you toast marshmallows over the open fire, then grab your sense of adventure and book your tour today!

Two days leisure cycling on the Granite Belt, transport departing Brisbane included, camping under the stars (tents), meals provided, visit wineries and local artisans, see natural wonders of the area including granite rock formations and local wildlife including kangaroos and birds. Enjoy a fun filled weekend of cycling and exploring the Granite Belt. A perfect trip for singles, couples, friends and groups for birthdays, workplace team building days and other special occasions.


Event Dates
2016
      10th Dec
      11th Dec


Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 17.8K from Ballandean

Ballandean: Travel Tips

Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre


The Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre is located on Leslie Parade in Stanthorpe.

We have travel information, maps, delicious local products and knowledgeable local staff. There is caravan and motorhome parking out the front, and a beautiful creek in front of the Centre. Swing by for information about the area, and then enjoy a picnic on the creek-bank.




28 Leslie Parade
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 17.7K from Ballandean

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