Regional Tourism Guide for Southerndowns
Sunset Vineyard Walk
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
Join Tim and Michelle Coelli on a leisurely stroll through their picturesque, hand tended vineyard. Admire the rich autumn colours of the vines set among stunning granite boulders and impressive twisted gum trees. Discuss how to grow, prune and harvest grape vines so that they produce the highest quality wines possible. Press Tim and Michelle for the secrets to the success of their sustainable vineyard practices, involving the use of birdlife to replace pesticides and careful mulching instead of irrigation.

Then return to their stylish cellar door (in a classic 1920s Queenslander with wrap around verandas on three sides) to enjoy a guided tasting of single vineyard, dry grown Twisted Gum Wines matched with artisan cheeses on the veranda as the sunsets. Pure bliss!

There is a strict limit of 20 persons per walk, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Killarney Picnic Basket Day
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
They love their country lifestyle on the Southern Downs and they can’t wait to share it with locals and visitors.

Killarney Picnic Basket Day is a chance to breathe, spend time with friends and family, and relish their gorgeous views and weather.

One of Southern Queensland’s most spectacular private gardens, Melrose Station, hosts local producers and makers on the rolling lawns above their majestic lake.

They invite you spend a day in the gardens being inspired by their local creative artists and country stylists.

Delight in the giant kites decorating the skies flown by Redcliffe Kite Club.

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs and set up a spot in the grounds. A variety of food stalls will offer barbecue, baked potatoes, Devonshire morning tea, cupcakes, fruit salad and ice cream.
Queensland Eisteddfod 2019 - Stanthorpe
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
The Eisteddfod Council of Queensland, through the annual Queensland Eisteddfod, provides important and valuable performance opportunities for aspiring and established artists across a range of disciplines including choral and vocal.

This year Stanthorpe will fill with the sound of music when choral performers flock to the region for the 126th Queensland Eisteddfod from April 19 to 21 2019.

The event will be held at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre over the Easter 2019 long weekend (19 to 21 April). It will include a wide range of choral and vocal sections.

Saturday evening is the amazing concert featuring coral groups from all over Queensland and New South Wales.

Stanthorpe itself will be a picture at this time of year with the onset of autumn and the trees tuning all kinds of yellows and oranges. The district also has many tourist attractions, national parks and wineries. The main street of Stanthorpe has some great boutique shopping and lovely cafes. All this is wrapped up in wonderful country hospitality with welcoming locals and a relaxed atmosphere.

Stanthorpe welcomes competitors, supporters and spectators to what will be a weekend of lovely music, singing and entertainment.
Adina Polocrosse World Cup
Date Mon 22nd Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
See the world’s best battle it out at the Polocrosse World Cup in Warwick, Queensland.

Combining the strategy of netball, the toughness of rugby, and the ball skills of lacrosse, polocrosse is an Australian-made sport where action, power, skill and pace dominate.

Celebrating 80 years in 2019, the Polocrosse World Cup will bring players from eight countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, UK, Ireland, Zambia and Zimbabwe - to southern Queensland to see which team reigns supreme. As current world champions, South Africa will be fighting to hold onto the title, while former champions, Australia, will use their home turf and supporters to their advantage to try and take it back!

The event takes place over seven days in Warwick, with spectator numbers are expected to be in the tens of thousands for this world-class event.

While the horses and riders show off their talents on the field, spectators will get an up close and personal experience from the sidelines where they can literally smell the sweat on the horses!

Polocrosse is king of the one-horse sports. Be there in 2019 to live the action!
Old Warwick Town - Heritage Weekend
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Old Warwick Town will transport people back to experience life in 1800s .The life our Pioneers lived -featuring for 2019 two authentic working displays. A Blacksmith Shop- with a local Legend- also a large display of broad axes. Buggy Rides- shooing display- see the Smithy work his forge. And a third generation Teamster/Drover will set up a typical Drovers Camp- some great old yarns- Billy Tea & Damper!

Two sessions daily over weekend- 10am and 2pm- lunches available. Bush Band Entertainment from lunch- evening show daily. The Shack will be open with top steaks and hot chips.

Saturday night featuring Bush Band and other artists, big bonfire and mull wine!

Concerts at Robert Channon Wines - the Stanthorpe RSL Concert Band
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Listen to the Band performing in the Swigmore Hall at Robert Channon Wines. The concert is indoors and meals are aavailable beforehand in the winery's Singing Lake Café.
Morning Tea and Guided History Tour of Downstairs
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
In conjunction with the Australian Heritage Festival and Southern Downs Heritage week you can pre book for scones jam and cream followed by a guided history tour of downstairs.

Please don't just turn up, bookings are essential.

After your morning tea the guided tour will take you through the downstairs including viewing the private Chapel with original stain glass from Bavarian Art Institute in Munich, marvel at the craftmanship of the hand crafted staircases, vaulted ceilings and original pressed metal ceilings.

After you have explored the inside and viewed antiques for sale, feel free to wander the grounds.

Don't forget - bookings are essential.
Concert 2 at Robert Channon Wines 2019 - Arioso Chamber Ensemble
Date Sun 28th Apr 2019
"Serenata" a programme of Baroque music including arias from operas by Vivaldi, ‘Si Dolce” by Monteverdi, Handel German Arias and La Folia by Corelli.

Arioso Chamber Ensemble
Judit Molnár - soprano
Margaret Caley - baroque violin
Belinda Manwaring - baroque cello
Janet Brewer - Harpsichord
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
Arcadia unveils an exciting two day and night program for the May long weekend.

Arcadia will return to the scenic surrounds of Goomburra Valley with an unrivalled line up playing out over the May long weekend from Saturday 4 through Monday 6 June.

Now in its fourth year, the event continues to evolve while remaining true to the concept of Arcadia; simplicity and happiness in harmony with nature. As in previous years, on-site camping adjacent to the event space is included in the ticket price which is dotted with plenty of trees and hugged by the banks of Dalrymple Creek.

With an ethos to showcase local electronic sounds, the Arcadia team has sourced talent primarily from south-east Queensland, extending down the east coast of Australia. Guests will be treated to a spectacular celebration for the senses, illuminated by a myriad of stars suspended overhead across two nights.

2019 Lineup:

Set Mo [DJ Set]:
Penelope Two-Five
Dream Coast

Hannah Doody
Chris George
Xavi Xavi

and more to be announced.
Opera in the Vineyard
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Opera In the Vineyard is a charity event held on the first weekend in May each year in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate Wines. The event is one of South East Queensland's premier cultural events, and the jewel of the Granite Belt's social calendar. Opera in the Vineyard attracts up to 1800 people each year providing an intoxicating mix of music, wine, food and an unforgettable time.

Opera’s leading stars are set to sizzle onstage at Opera in the Vineyard 2019, held in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate on the Granite Belt Sunday 5 May. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic will be thrilling the audience with her husband, powerful international tenor Rosario La Spina.

Event founder and Ballandean Estate patriarch Angelo Puglisi is looking forward to the 27th iteration of the gala event which has raised over AUD1 million for charity in partnership with Rotary Stanthorpe. Funds raised will be distributed to Rotary charities Ending Trachoma, Hummingbird House in Brisbane and several more.

“It’s a great way to be introduced to opera with be a celebration of Granite Belt food and wine. This year the theme is Diamonds Are Forever, so bedazzle in black tie!” says Angelo.

Grazing the Granite Belt
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Enjoy two days of lazy grazing with award winning wines and dozens of gourmet food dishes.

Spend Saturday on the hop on hop off bus visiting the participating cellar doors and enjoying the wines on offer as well as indulging in the wonderful meals prepared with local ingredients by their food artisans.

On Sunday, join them for breakfast with the wine-makers before venturing out on your own to use up any vouchers you have left at the participating venues.

Tickets include four food vouchers, four wine vouchers, one breakfast with the Winemakers ticket and the hop on hop off bus on Saturday.

Menus will be available on their Facebook page so that you can create your own itinerary before you arrive.
Concert 3 at Robert Channon Wines 2019
Date Sat 18th May 2019
The Stanthorpe RSL Swing Band will entertain you during the afternoon, playing in the winery courtyard. Enjoy the music outdoors or in the Café. A special entertainment for all, but especially for those of you who are Grazing the Granite Belt that day.
Southern Downs Harvest Lunch
Date Sat 25th May 2019
This annual lunch at Historic Melrose Station, Killarney, celebrates the wonderful local food and wine from the Southern Downs. as well as showcasing the beautiful countryside of Killarney.

Each year they have three guest chefs join their team to come up with a fresh, exciting new menu. The hero of the day is always the famous Killarney Beef as well as freshly dug potatoes from Mal Smiths farm on Spring Creek Mountain.

Their guest chefs this year, Richard Ousby from Stokehouse in Brisbane and Caroline Jones from 3 Girls Skipping in Graceville and Jocelyn Hancock from Cake & Bake West End, will join Bev Ruskey from Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages, Killarney.

S.D.H.L. is a not for profit organisation, and all proceeds from the day go to local charities and community groups.

A fun day with good food, wine, music and company at one of the most beautiful properties in Queensland.
Concert 4 at Robert Channon Wines 2019 - Corda Spiritus Chamber Players
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019
The Corda Spiritus String Sextet will be playing a beautiful programme that will include:
- Schoenberg's "Transfigured Night" - a beautiful late romantic string work
- Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante"- wonderful contemporary arrangement of Mozart's masterpiece concerto for viola and violin
- J S Bach's "Air" (on a G String) from the Orchestral Suite
Performance in the winery's Swigmore Hall.
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
The Snowflakes in Stanthorpe winter festival will take place over three days winter themed magical days.

Join them in the stunning Granite Belt region as they celebrate all things cool, in the coolest place in Queensland.

The festivities start in the main street on Friday afternoon and on the Saturday the Main Event is held at the Stanthorpe 'Snowgrounds'.

The whole family will enjoy the massive snowfield, the iceskating rink, plenty of market stalls, food, wine and entertainment.

On Sunday join them back at the 'Snowgrounds' for the Iceman Ironman Competition, Frostys fun fun, vintage cars and so many more activities.

It's Going to be Snow Much Fun!

Abbey of the Roses - Christmas in July
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sat 27th Jul 2019
Christmas In July dinners at the Abbey Country House Manor, have become a popular annual event in Warwick.

They are held every Saturday night plus last two Friday nights in July and include a three course set dinner, three hour beverage package, Christmas trivia, secret Santa and it nearly always snows at the famous Christmas in July Dinners.

Accommodation is limited so book early to stay at this boutique hotel in Warwick.

Warwick Jumpers in Jazz festival is the last two weekends and there is a two night minimum stay these nights.

Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Jumpers and Jazz is an annual festival that occurs in Warwick, on Queensland’s Southern Downs. It is traditionally held over 10 days at the end of July. The festival was born out of a desire to create a positive community response to a major streetscape project in 2004.

As Queensland's quirkiest winter festival, it is a platform for the arts and a celebration of all that is wonderful about winter. Visitors embrace the chill and are inspired by vibrant music and art, while enjoying over 120 trees "wrapped in art" by textile artists from all over Australia.

Add to the mix an eclectic program of workshops, exhibitions, street festivals, a giant bonfire night, dining events, swing dance, live jazz entertainment and you create a festival abundant with colour, creativity and excitement.

Visitors can expect delightful country experiences through to sophisticated jazz performances of Swing, Dixieland and Mainstream Jazz in diverse venues across the region. A festival where there is something for everyone.

Killarney Bonfire Night
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
Killarney Bonfire Night wards off the frost with fires, fireworks, and food.

Let's heat this place up!

Giant dragons, ships, fiery devils, flaming 44 gallon drums - the glowing wonders created by the Killarney community are the draw card for young and old alike at this winter celebration!

A giant pine bonfire is the centrepiece of an evening to surprise and delight.

Hot chips, barbecue, bar, curry and delicious mulled wine will warm you up, and an outstanding Fireworks display will conclude the night.

Held just two hours from Brisbane and one and three quarter hours from Toowoomba, this event is a fundraiser for Killarney Memorial Aged Care and an official event of Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

Doesn't matter how cold it gets you can expect a warm, warm welcome in Killarney on Bonfire Night!

Come Home to Allora
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
On July 20 and 21, 2019, Allora will celebrate 150 years of Local Government and the Southern Railway connection.

This event is to celebrate an important milestone for the township and will include the official opening of the restored old shire hall, a tribute to Allora's war heroes, re-enactment of a bullock team crossing Dalrymple Creek, a bush poet’s breakfast, lost crafts demonstrations, a pioneers dinner, a beard growing competition and music and food throughout the weekend.

Allora’s historic buildings and museums will be open over the weekend and local groups will showcase other district assets. A souvenir program and booklet will be available prior to and at the event.
Historic Leyburn Sprints
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The Historic Leyburn Sprints will once again return to the streets of Leyburn for the 24th running! Watch around 200 cars will race around the idyllic country town of Leyburn, vying for trophies over 20 classes, as well as outright placings. Get amongst the drivers and their cars, ranging from the 1920's through to modern classics.

The Historic Leyburn Sprints commemorates the running of the Australian Grand Prix, held at Leyburn on a disused wartime airstrip in 1949. Come for the racing, stay for the sightseeing amongst this historic town and surroundings. Camping is available in the recreational reserve, a short walk from the track.

Celebrity drivers, country markets, live music, Show n Shine, and the Vintage Caravan Comp all add to the entertainment provided by this unique event in a fantastic setting - this event just keeps getting better and better!

Vintage Shiraz Dinner
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019
Join them in a celebration of Granite Belt Shiraz! A unique opportunity to experience a guided tasting of six different vintages of their signature Single Vineyard Dry Grown Granite Belt Shiraz, along with a sumptuous three-course dinner presented by acclaimed local Chef Jason Costanzo. This special event is held just once per year and is an opportunity not to be missed!

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Concert 5 at Robert Channon Wines 2019 - The Brisbane Concert Orchestra
Date Sat 24th Aug 2019
Enjoy the big orchestral sound as the Brisbane Concert Orchestra presents a programme of of "Sounds from the Silver Screen".

The concert is indoors in the winery's Swigmore Hall and lunch is available beforehand in the winery's Singing Lake Café.
Concert 6 at Robert Channon Wines 2019 - Ormiston College on Tour
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
Ormiston College is bringing its Music Department on tour again and the College's bands, ensembles, singers and choirs will be performing in the winery courtyard if the weather is fine or in the Swigmore Hall if it is not. It is always a privilege to hear their exciting young musicians perform. This is a free concert.
Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019 to Mon 23rd Sep 2019
Bony Mountain Festival is a celebration of everything Australian-the History-the Heritage-our very own music.

2019 will feature top Band-Bluegrass/grass roots Hill Billy Goats- Brand new Brisbane Band- Open Road-an exciting mix of Original Country/Folk/Bluegrass/Blues- Songwriters- Jim Williams- Their Best Bush Balladeers- Poets- Ukulele School- real bush bands with some old traditional songs and music. They will celebrate their Celtic roots and their pioneers and you're invited to come along.

This is a family festival-and a fabulous community event in the tradition of wonderful country hospitality!

Saturday is a huge family day with Pirate Cave, Treasure Hunt, Captain Jack and free activities, also a special Fairy Cave catering for little ones. Friday and Saturday nights also feature their amazing flaming/dragon/ lizard. From Killarney - Dragons who breathe fire are a fabulous spectacle!

Their catering is second to none and features all the best of home cooked- (their famous Shack) top fillet steaks- hot chips- big hot breakfast- Boutique Coffee shop- Morning and Afternoon teas- with CWA. Sunday market stalls- Lolly Shop- Big Camp Oven cook up on Sunday night.

Walk Up program kicks off Tuesday or join their Ukulele School. Learn the Ukulele with Mick.

Warwick Rodeo National APRA National Finals and Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft
Date Mon 21st Oct 2019 to Sun 27th Oct 2019
In traditional country style, “Australia's Most Famous" rodeo and campdraft celebrates and epitomises the determination and skill of riders. It honours Warwick being home of the Australian Championships since 1928.

Watch bull, horse and rider fly out the gate as campdrafting and rodeo merge in a historic high-stakes week-long event.

You’ll be in awe of the high level of skill and connection between campdrafting riders and their steeds as women, men and juniors vie for various race honours.

The Rodeo is the final of the Australian APRA series, so you’ll feel the tension build as each member of an elite group make their final pitch to win the Warwick Gold Cup event and achieve the pinnacle of their sport.

You can also browse tradeshow alley for genuine country attire, tuck into great country cooking, wash away the dust with a refreshing drink, chat to the locals and soak up stories about Australian country icons, snag an autograph from rodeo celebrities roaming the grounds, stay on to party with live music ‘til the early hours and meet the riders and learn how they prepare for bull-rides and campdrafts.

Dinner Under the Stars
Date Sat 9th Nov 2019
A food and wine experience not to be missed. Indulge in their hand crafted single vineyard wines, all sourced from their sustainably managed dry grown vineyard, matched with a range of exciting dishes created by acclaimed local chef Jason Costanzo. Celebrate with them the joy of Spring in the Granite Belt, with a sumptuous dinner featuring ingredients from a variety of local small scale producers.

A truly unique dining experience with guests seated at long tables in the grounds of their stylish 1920s Queenslander cellar door building, all framed by the spectacular Granite Belt night sky!

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival
Date Fri 28th Feb 2020 to Sun 8th Mar 2020
The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (official organisation name: Stanthorpe Festival Association Inc.) is one of Queensland’s longest running and most successful Festivals! Voted Queensland in the top 10 favourite Iconic Event/Festival during the Queensland Q150 Celebrations, the Festival is a “must do” on the Queensland events calendar.

The biennial festival is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry.

An average of over 70,000 people attend the festival and this is arguably Australia’s leading harvest festival having a successful track record spanning five decades.

It’s in Stanthorpe, heart of the Granite Belt Wine Region, on the New England Highway just north of the New South Wales border.

Stanthorpe is less than three hours drive from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron, Armidale, Dalby and Goondiwindi, a bit more from the Sunshine Coast, two hours from Lismore and the Northern Rivers, and a comfortable one and a half hours from Toowoomba.

‘Something for everyone’! With the districts successful wine, tourism, produce and horticulture industries, the potential crowd attraction of this Festival is significant and growing.