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.