Welcome to Granite Belt
Dappling the western flanks of the Great Dividing Range about 210km southwest of Brisbane, the Granite Belt subverts the southeast Queensland cliches of sun, surf and palms. Here, rolling hillsides are lined with cool-climate vineyards, olive grows and orchards growing apples, pears, plums and peaches. This is Queensland’s only real wine region of any size – the only place in the state where it's cool enough to grow commercial quantities of grapes. Bracing winters lure coastal Queenslanders, thrilled at the novelty of rugging up and sipping local Nebbiolo by a crackling fire. Further south, on the NSW border, balancing boulders and spring wild flowers attract bushwalkers to the photogenic Girraween National Park.