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On Cycle Queensland 2017, we’ll be spending our Rest Day in the beautiful Stanthorpe – think wine, cheese, and big rocks! It’ll be the perfect way to drastically reduce your stress levels, ease those aches and pains and make the most of the Granite Belt Region.

Bicycle Queensland in conjunction with local tourism operators have some great tour options catered especially for Cycle Queensland participants and volunteers so that you can experience the best of what the region has to offer!

Rest Day Tours

Tour options, activity details and booking details will be available below (click to view tour details).

Places are limited so make sure you book early to guarantee your spot!

 

Queensland College of Wine Tourism

A food and fun morning learning the finer points of cookery with Head Chef Andrew Simpson followed by a fine dining experience savouring the outcomes with matched wines.

To book email qcwt@usq.edu.au or call (07) 4685 5050

 

Granite Belt Bike Tours

On this tour you will visit Australia’s best law enforcement dog show experience. See demonstrations of protection, detection and agility in a show that is not just for dog lovers. Morning tea will be waiting for you on arrival before the show. After the show jump back on your bikes for a gentle downhill ride back into Stanthorpe and to your restaurant lunch venue where you will be served their signature dish – a platter of 3 mini main meals matched with Granite Belt wines and dessert also with matched wine.

The afternoon is then yours to take a stroll through the vineyard or sample some fantastic local wine and craft beer or simply enjoy the views from the restaurant with your new CQ friends. Directions will be given so you can cycle back to camp at your leisure.

Includes:

  • local, knowledgeable guide;
  • morning tea specially prepared for CQ tour participants;
  • awesome law enforcement dog show in a seated and covered arena; and
  • two course restaurant meal matched with local Granite Belt wines.
    (Note: Please bring a change of shoes if you wear cleats as your lunch is in a fine dining restaurant).

 

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On this guided, leisurely ride we take you to the well-renowned Suttons’ farm where you will go behind the scenes to see how this working apple farm and juice factory makes its’ delicious produce. Morning tea indulgence will be their famous apple pie – the best you will taste! While there, sample the different varieties of apple juice on offer – yes they all taste very different! Following this on the itinerary is

Following this on the itinerary is wine tasting at an award-winning winery. Why not try some of the ‘strange bird’ varieties on offer! Take a stroll through the vineyard and see some of the cuttings from the first vines ever brought to the Granite Belt by Catholic Priest Father Davadi.

Finally, back on the bikes for a gentle downhill ride to our lunch destination. A late lunch of 2 courses matched with local Granite Belt wines will be served in the restaurant. After lunch, you may take a stroll in the vineyard, enjoy another beverage from the bar which also stocks locally brewed craft beer or just enjoy the afternoon with your new CQ friends.

Includes:

  • local, knowledgeable guide;
  • famous apple pie for morning tea at Granite Belt apple farm; apple juice & cider tasting;
  • wine tasting at 2 award winning Granite Belt wineries; and
  • two course restaurant meal matched with local Granite Belt wines.
    (Note: Please bring a change of shoes if you wear cleats as your lunch is in a fine dining restaurant).

 

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Filippo’s Tours Australia

The Warwick district has some amazing history and to capture the stories and the wonderful architecture that only sandstone building can provide, a tour guide from the Warwick Historical Society will join the bus for a 90 minute tour. Starting at Pringle Cottage and taking in Abbey of the Roses, Town Hall and lots more, the tour will return to Pringle Cottage before heading to Glengallan Homestead for lunch and a tour. Glengallan Homestead unique story is that after more than 70 years of decline and dereliction, it has emerged from the ruins into a refurbished unique heritage experience for this 1867 sandstone mansion. The whole story awaits you. The whole story awaits you.

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First stop is Kent Saddlery for a workshop tour, talk with the saddlers, machinery demonstrations, history of saddlery and a complimentary catalogue. The Kent Family have had an amazing life in the world of leatherwork and saddlery and you will enjoy their wonderful tales. Just up the road is The Summit Estate Wines where you will be hosted in their “Wine Cave” to sample a wide range of mainstream and alternative cultivars. You will hear about the successful Strange Bird experience that many Granite Belt Wineries embrace. Lunch will be at Suttons Farm & Shed Cafe. Suttons is a juice factory, cidery and distillery where you can sample these products then enjoy lunch prepared with fresh local seasonal produce. A special desert, a portion of their most famous Suttons Apple Pie awaits you. After the 2-course meal, a visit to Queensland’s highest and coldest dairy farm cheese shop. At Stanthorpe Cheese you will have the opportunity to taste their difference in a true farmhouse cheese.

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A short bus ride will take you to the Bramble Patch for the first stop. There you can sample a delicious range of artisan preserves, all made on-site in their boutique factory showcasing the abundance of Granite Belt produce. A short hop into Ballandean to visit Washpoool Farm Soaperie where you can scan over handcrafted soaps, essential oil candles, face, body & hair care, natural cosmetics and earth-conscious gifts. Symphony Hill Wines will be the next stop. A multi award winning winery with their wines chosen for Royal visits to Queensland and the Strange Bird marketing brand includes many alternative European style wines. Ask for a Gewurztraminer, a Nebbiolo, a Viognier, a Lagrein – you will be pleasantly surprised. Lunch will be at Jester Hill Wines. A 2-course wholesome meal will be served after a tasting session of a wide range of wines which are sure to find favour with even the most discerning palate.

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Into the heart of the Ballandean Valley, this tour will take in two of the districts well-known wineries, Ballandean Estate and Golden Grove. Ballandean Estate is the oldest winery in the region and it blends the history of their four generations with modern winemaking methods that results in a remarkable wine experience. Enjoy some of the Strange Bird brand wines here before travelling across the road to Golden Grove Estate, another Strange Bird supporter. The list of wines from these two wineries is impressive and includes some wonderful Eurpoean alternative varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese, Vermentino, Barbera, Fiano, Saperavi, Jacquez and Durif plus many more. These wines will test your senses. Lunch will be at the Cafe & Larder of Jamworks Gourmet Foods. A 2-course scrumptious meal will be served among the displays of relishes, jams and chilli products. Sampling of some of these taste sensations will make your lunch experience just that little extra special.

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For those who want an experience with nature and a tone-up after a long bike ride, try the walking tracks of Girraween National Park or scale one of the Pyramids. Girraween is known for its massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders, clear running streams and timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Cycle Qld ride as the national park will be a mass of spectacular wildflowers in Spring. The walks will make you hunger for a wonderful lunch at the historic Wallangarra Railway Station. This is where the change of gauge between from Qld 3’6″ to NSW 4’8″ took place. The main Sydney to Brisbane line ran through Wallangarra so it was a busy place as the daily service loaded from one train to another. See the station’s history in the interpretive centre and enjoy lunch in the grand old tea room.

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Ballandean Estate

If you prefer to refine your wine knowledge why not join Ballandean Estate Wines for a wine tasting. Learn about the different grapes, harvesting methods and fermenting process. Try different local wines including some exclusive older not for sale wines. You might even find your new favourite drop, home orders available.

From 2pm at the Wine Bar in the main hall at the Stanthorpe campground. $20.00 per person

To book email n.jayamaha@bq.org.au or call (07) 3844 1144

Day 5

Wednesday 6th September 2017
Stanthorpe Rest Day | 0 km

Campsite entertainment

  Trivia 3-4pm

Test your general knowledge at the CQ Trivia Challenge, in the Hub. Teams (max 8) must nominate at Ride Reception. There's great prizes to be won.
 
  Movie 7.15pm

Title TBC. The movie will be screened inside the Main Building at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds.

Local attractions

TBC

ph: (07) 3844 1144 | bqinfo@bq.org.au
An event by Bicycle Queensland