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Stanthorpe - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt regions, Stanthorpe is the perfect place from which to explore the region. With over 50 wineries and cellar doors, a river and dam system providing good fishing opportunities, national parks, galleries, restaurants and museums, there is plenty to see and do.

Originally called “Quart Pot” this rural town of approximately 5,000 people was first discovered in 1827 by Allan Cunningham. The discovery of tin at Quart Pot Creek in the 1870’s brought many mining types into the area. The towns name was changed to Stannum, meaning tin in Latin. Later the name was changed again to Stanthorpe meaning “Tin Village”. The tin field at Stanthorpe is the largest known deposit of its type in Queensland.

The railway soon followed in the 1880’s bringing with it an influx of German migrants. After World War I the government’s Soldier Settlement Scheme used the area to settle many returned serviceman. Hence the name of many locations around Stanthorpe reflecting the names of European towns and areas such as Pozieres, Amiens, The Somme, Passchendale, Bullecourt, Messines, Fleurbaix, and Bapaume. After World War II many more migrants settled in the area many of them Italian.

With the tin mine starting to peter out, other industries were established with fruit growing being ideal due to the cool climate of the region. The railway line also ensured cheap access to the city markets. More recently however the wine industry has established a foothold in the area, the cooler climate in conjunction with the rich soils produces a fine grape. The area now supports over 35 wineries with more than 640 ha of land under vines producing some 4,000 tonnes of grapes each year.

Newer industries establishing themselves in the region and finding the climate particularly suitable is lavender growing. Providing employment in the region and a boon to tourist operators.

Stanthorpe to Brisbane is about 2.5 hrs by road and 1 hr by air. To the Gold Coast it is 3 hrs by road or 45 minutes by air. If you are coming from Sydney, it is 9 hrs by road and 2 hrs by air.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre
28 Leslie Parade
STANTHORPE QLD 4380
Ph: 07 4681 2057
Freecall: 1800 060 877 (within Australia)
Fax: 07 4681 1200
Email
Web: www.southerndownsholidays.com.au
Open
Open daily 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Stanthorpe Distance

Distance to Stanthorpe
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Stanthorpe:
  Km
Brisbane 218
• Cairns 1,802
Goondiwindi 200
  Km
• Tenterfield 55

Toowoomba

143
Warwick 60
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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