Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lonely Planet Likes the Granite Belt

While many regions are reeling at the content of Lonely Planet's new Queensland and Great Barrier Reef Guide, we could not be happier.

The Granite Belt was named an around Brisbane highlight  - "sampling bold reds and farm-fresh produce and enjoying nights by the fire."

Providing further reason to venture out of Brisbane, Lonely Planet continued with "Located just west of the Great Dividing Range, the Granite Belt is home to rolling hillsides sprinkled with vineyards and orchards that thrive in the cold, crisp air. This is the heart of Queensland’s wine country and the lush countryside is dotted with apple, pear, plum and peach trees, cosy cottages and boutique wineries. Further south, on the NSW border, balancing boulders and spring wildflowers attract bushwalkers to the dramatic Girraween National Park."

Local operators received excellent reviews with Shiraz Restaurant in Ballandean named a Best Places to Eat, and Happy Valley Retreat a well-deserved guernsey under the Best Places to Stay.

The guide also provided a list of 'Top Vineyards and Granite Belt Delicacies' and Mark Ravenscroft of Ravens Croft Wines imparted some local knowledge in Meet the Winemaker.

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