One of our favourite places that we have been to in our travels is Stanthorpe. Situated in the heart of the Granite Belt wine region the area produces some very fine cool climate wines, as well as a huge variety of fruit.
We first visited Stanthorpe at Easter last year and found an awesome spot to camp at Sommerville Valley Tourist Park. We liked it so much we thought we would come back again. Sommerville Valley sits right on the edge of Storm King Dam about 10 kilometress out of Stanthorpe and it is an awesome place to camp. It covers a huge area and has great sites. There are both powered and un-powered sites available as well as small basic cabins.
The un-powered sites are well spread out with each site having its own fire pit. The owners will deliver a load of cut firewood right to your ‘door’ for $20.00. Even though it was school holidays we found that the un-powered section of the park was not busy at all. Just us and another family. Maybe everyone thought it might have been a bit to chilly! It certainly was cold the first night but our other two nights were quite mild. We always take extra blankets and jackets with us if we are going anywhere we think might be cold.
Once we had ourselves set up it was time to get the camp fire going so as we could cook something in the camp oven for dinner. We decided to experiment a bit with cooking in the camp oven and I made Chilli Con Carne which worked so well.
The next morning we headed out to check out some wineries and other local attractions. First off we went to Strawberry Fields and purchased some fresh strawberries. In strawberry season you are able to pick your own.
The next spot on our list of places to check out was Castle Glen Winery and Brewery. The outside of the building looks like a castle and inside is packed with a huge variety of liqueurs, wines, beers, ciders and other spirits. The thing I liked most about Castle Glen’s products are that they are all chemical and additive free. There are even gluten free products available. My favourite drop was their ‘Queensland Delight’ a chocolate, rum and coffee liquor. Will definitely be getting some more of that – went down a treat around the camp fire I can tell you.
Our next stop was just up the road from Castle Glen. Stanthorpe Cheese produces a variety of cheeses on the premises. All made on the farm from milk from their own jersey cows. I ended up with a lovely piece of blue cheese and the kids grabbed a milk shake each. The only thing I would have like more was if they had offered a tour of the cheesery.
GRANITE BELT MAZE
Next stop was something for the kids The Granite Belt Maze. Even our older kids had lots of fun running through the big maze. In each of the dead ends there are alphabet clues that help you solve the riddle on your game card. As well as the large maze, there is a mini maze and a putt putt golf course. The gardens are really lovely and somewhere you could easily relax whilst the kids run around. It certainly helped to burn off some of their excess energy.