If you are staying at Stanthorpe then you are close enough to Girraween National Park for a visit.
Girraween National Park is situated on the Queensland-NSW border about half way between Stanthorpe and Tenterfield. It is roughly a 35 kilometre drive from Stanthorpe. The road is sealed or for the more adventurous you can go via Eukey and Storm King Dam where you will find some gravel sections of road.
On the way out we stopped at a little shop called ‘Heavenly Chocolate’. Which as the name suggests does indeed sell an array of chocolate. Set in a beautiful cottage style garden you can sit and enjoy a hot chocolate. Or whatever goodies you might have purchased! There are also three cottages on the property that you can stay in. It was a really pretty spot and would be lovely for a weekend getaway.
Girraween National Park is just a little further down the road and has two main camping areas. Castle Rock or Bald Rock Creek. Both are suitable for tents and camper trailers. Castle Rock is also suitable for caravans and motor homes. There were plenty of good sized flat sites available and there are also toilets and showers there. Camping permits are required and must be displayed on your tent or van. It is advisable to bring your own drinking water. All rubbish must be removed by campers and visitors. Fires are only allowed in designated BBQ areas.
For anyone keen on bush walking Girraween has 17 kilometres of walking tracks. Ranging in length from a short 280 metre stroll to an 11 kilometre return walk to Mt Norman. There is also a large day-use area. The toilets, picnic shelters and BBQ’s all looked as if they were fairly new. I always keep a picnic bag in the back of our car so as we can stop along the way for lunch. This was a great place to stop and afterwards we went for a walk along the edge of the creek. It was a great spot for the kids to do some exploring.
It was then time to head back into town as there was still a couple of wineries that I wanted to visit. However I was disappointed to find that some wineries don’t open mid-week. Instead I was happy to return to an old favourite in Ballendean Estate. They make an excellent Chocolate Rummy Port and this time I also bought a semi-sweet white wine called White Pearl. We also stopped in at Symphony Hill Wines another favourite of mine. I love both these places because you always get great service and the staff are usually the owners so they know their wines intimately.
There are so many great places to visit in Stanthorpe. Even though this was our second trip there we still haven’t seen everything that Stanthorpe has to offer. Just means we will have to visit again.
After another great day out it was time to think about packing up ready to head home the next day. We decided that as we weren’t in a hurry we would go home via Killarney. We found that Killarney was a lovely place with plenty of spots to stop for lunch.
After a quick lunch we detoured again via Queen Mary Falls. There is a lovely caravan park there that has some large grassed areas perfect for a camper trailer. The area around Queen Mary Falls is full of walking trails and waterfalls. So it was added to our growing list of places to visit.