Friday, May 24, 2013

First frosts of the season for Granite Belt

The autumn spectacle has arrived a little later than usual this year, typically appearing around the Anzac Day weekend.

Temperatures hit a low of minus 2 degrees yesterday.

[Read more at The Daily News]

Frosty days are here! Stanthorpe drops to minus two

STANTHORPE residents shivered through the coldest morning recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology this year as the region rugs against the chilly weather.

A frosty minus two degrees was recorded in the town Monday morning, followed closely by Applethorpe with a temperature of zero degrees.

[Read more at The Satellite]

Rug up, chill out

 SO, you think the mornings have been cool? Concerned your feet are frozen and your fingertips are like icicles in the snow?

Compared with last May this month has been, on average, two and a half degrees warmer.

[Read more at the Northern Star]

Monday, May 20, 2013

Comparing apples with apples?

Australian grown or foreign imports? When comparing apples with apples I know which I’d prefer!

It really doesn’t cost much to support our Aussie farmers, and we all benefit in the long run.

Recently I visited Stanthorpe with my partner and had a great time chatting to the farmers about the season and the different varieties, before going out to the orchard to pick our own little harvest to take home.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Brass, jazz and wines to flow at Stanthorpe this weekend

EVEN the miniature horses at Robert Channon Wines want to get in on the act and learn to play the trumpet for the Stanthorpe winery's Brass and Wine Day this Saturday.

The annual event will include food, wine and free musical entertainment for guests.

[Read more at The Chronicle]

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

No carbon footprint for this eco-friendly house

AN ECO-friendly property, which boasts "no carbon footprint", is generating attention in the Granite Belt region...
Graham King is the owner of Sippers at Ballandean....

Mr King has successfully combined the once-alien concepts of luxury and environmental awareness, to earn a 4.5 star AAA tourism rating, with a much sought-after green star for being eco-friendly.

[read more at The Chronicle]

Friday, May 10, 2013


By Toby Longhurst
"I must admit that by Friday afternoon I was a little highly strung. It had been a long, busy week, with the only thing keeping my spirits up being the prospects of a weekend away. Destination – Stanthorpe. It had been a while since I was last in the region, and sadly I had  forgotten two really important things. First of all, just how spectacular and relaxing the country scenery is, and secondly, just how close this beautiful other world is from Brisbane. Just a 2.5 hour drive, with Rachmaninov on the radio and I arrived at my accommodation Hooters Hut, a charming rustic cabin hidden amongst 60 acres of picturesque natural bushland."
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Winemaker celebrates a Golden season

SUCCESSFUL SEASON: Golden Grove Estate wine maker Ray Costanzo finishes this vintage knowing three of his wines impressed lauded wine critic James Halliday.
[read more at the Daily News]