Print a Self Drive Wine Trail for Ballandean Wineries and Attractions
The area is Queensland's premier wine region and home to the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. Many of the fifty plus wineries in the region have enjoyed significant success with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay for some years. Recently the alternative or "Strangebird" wines have performed very well and many wineries are experimenting with alternative grape varieties, including Nebbiolo, Fiano, Saperavi and Jacquez.
Part of the Granite Belt is reserved as Girraween National Park, which features granite outcroppings such as the Pyramids, and an abundance of fauna and flora (its name can be translated "place of flowers" in the Aboriginal language from which it is taken), the latter particularly in evidence in spring, when wildflowers explode into evidence. The area is home to at least 800 species of flowering plant species. The botanic group known as the Stanthorpe Rare Flower Consortium has been established as a result of the regions significant floral heritage. Some of these plants include ground orchids,rock roses, pea-flowers and native bluebells.
Further east to the coast is the Bald Rock National Park and Boonoo Boonoo National Park. Towards the west of the district is the Sundown National Park.
A current list of attractions can be found on the Granite Belt Wine Country website.