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 and surf. Here, rolling hillsides are lined with cool-climate vineyards, olive groves and orchards growing apples, pears, plums and peaches. This is Queensland’s only real wine region – the only place in the state where it's cool enough to grow commercial quantities of grapes. It's also one of Australia's most exciting and underrated wine regions, known for its intimate, small-scale cellar doors and alternative grape varieties. Bracing winters lure coastal Queenslanders, thrilled at the novelty of rugging up and sipping local Nebbiolo by a crackling fire. Further south, on the New South Wales border, balancing boulders and spring wild flowers draw bushwalkers to photogenic Girraween National Park.