It probably comes as no surprise that I love food. Give me a glass of wine, some good fruit and cheese and I will die happy. I’ve always wanted to go to Stanthorpe because well, the food. So we drove a couple hours to take in the Granite Belt and I was truly surprised at just how kid friendly it was. If you’re thinking about day tripping out to Stanthorpe too, here are my top 5 must sees.
So this place sells some beautiful leather goods as well and some local wines from Ballendean Estates for the parents. But it also has some cute farmyard animals to feed while the adults are busy shopping. The chaff is available for a gold coin donation from an honesty box outside. With the combination of this, the big grassy area and the picnic tables it’s a great place to let your little person blow off some steam.
Vincenzo’s at the Big Apple
Vincenzos has amazing food. I don’t think I can overstate it. The menu is fairly traditional Italian but the pork and braised apple pies should not be missed. They also offer them frozen so you can take it back to your hotel or even to home. The restaurant has high chairs provided and a very toddler friendly kids menu with colouring in pages available free to occupy little hands until the food is ready. Hot tip: the frozen lasagne and apple crumble are truly things of beauty. Buy them to take a taste of Stanthorpe home with you and you won’t be sorry.
Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery
Right across the road from the Big Apple is Suttons – home of fabulous home grown apple products. Sadly we didn’t get to try the massive apple pie as they were super busy and we were super full from Vincenzo’s but I plan to rectify this on my next visit. While Mum and Dad were tasting cider, Bear was having his own apple juice tasting which resulted in us purchasing a refreshing apple and ginger juice. We also bought with some apple cider vinegar and apple syrup that I have used to make a delicious salad vinaigrette since we’ve been home.
Granite Belt Brewery
I really don’t think I can say enough about this place. It’s a restaurant as well as a brewery, and while we didn’t get to sample the food, M assures me that the beers were most definitely on point. They had a quite large toy room where Bear and I played while his dad got to finish off his tasting paddle in peace. There’s also a large deck with a beautiful view of the ducks in the lake and a giant sand bocce court which is tailor made for a toddler to thrash about in. If you are in the area, make sure to check it out – a little off the track but so so worth it.
Aloomba Lavender Farm
This place was just beautiful and smelled amazing! There’s a gift shop here with every lavender you can imagine – the strawberry and lavender jam was a particular favorite of mine. Best of all there is a large grassy area just made for a mischievous little person to run around and really enjoy themselves. There was also a super friendly dog to play fetch with and be licked by – which Bear thought was just the best freakin thing ever.
Have you been to the Granite Belt? Tell me your top picks in the comments!