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Ballandean has the largest cluster of wineries on the Granite Belt. Stop over at Vineyard Cottages and Caf? on the highway, then head west to Ballandean Estate, Golden Grove Estate, Bungawarra and Tobin Wines. Head east to find Symphony Hill Wines and Hidden Creek Winery and Caf? in the foothills of Girraween National Park.

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.

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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 in southern Queensland. Camp at Castle Rock or Bald Rock Creek camping areas or relax with a picnic in the shady Bald Rock Creek day-use area. Explore the park on almost 30 kilometres of walking tracks. Stroll the 280 metre Wyberba Walk alongside Bald Rock Creek; capture your own snap of the famed Granite Arch; climb The Pyramid for great views over the park; or spend the day walking to granite monoliths or 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 9.0K 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

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. Leather belts and bags, clothing, knitted items, plants, candles, soap, and a great selection of jewellery handcrafted pieces. There's a wonderful range of jams, pickles, honey, cakes, biscuits and much more. Also check out the seasonal fruit and vegetables. A market were artist, farmers, crafters and hobbyists come together to showcase the region.

Held on the second Sunday of the month and on most long weekends - no matter what the weather. Come and enjoy the indoor markets. Take your time and enjoy the food and drinks served at the Cafe de Market. Plenty of parking. Coaches are welcome. Open 8am til noon.

Join them at the Exhibition Pavilion, Stanthorpe Showgrounds, High Street, Stanthorpe and meet the people behind the products.




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

Located 19.4K from Ballandean

Ballandean: Events

Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival


This iconic festival is now more than 50 years old. With 10 days of festival fun, culminating in an unforgettable weekend of colourful street carnivals and the renowned wine fiesta, Stanthorpe is the must-visit destination in 2018.

See their website and like them on Facebook for updates and more details.


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20 Maryland Street,
Room 2, Cairnsmoor Building
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 18.2K from Ballandean

Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018


Located in the heart of the Granite Belt, the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery tempts you to experience quality exhibitions of both national and local importance. The 2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize will showcase traditional and contemporary paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, photography, glass and fibre/ textile artworks.


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Lock Street
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 18.4K from Ballandean

The Johnny Cash Country Music Festival


This event celebrates the fact that Johnny Cash and wife June Carter visited Stanthorpe regularly during the 1980s and 1990s. But not for music!

They came to visit an American friend of Johnny's, who had moved to Australia for family reasons related to his Australian wife. Johnny and June grew to love this small country town, its people and the district, hence their regular visits.

The Festival, to be staged on November 11, will feature one of Australia's leading Johnny Cash Tribute bands, supported by a line-up of three widely renowned Country and Rockabilly bands.

The Stanthorpe Showground venue is long experienced in major events, including the world famous Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival.

Pre-concert activities will be held in the town centre, and include a Best Dressed Man In Black competition, theme-related music, parades and much else in a family oriented day out.

The Festival's long-term objective is to become annual, doing for Stanthorpe what the Elvis Presley Festival has achieved for the small New South Wales town of Parkes, contributing hugely to the local economy.

They are confident they will achieve their objective as Johnny Cash remains massively popular to this day.

Visit their website for full details.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Nov


High Street
Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380

Located 19.5K 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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