ALL of Queensland’s apple crop is grown on the Granite Belt and there’s no time better to find yourself in an apple orchard than during Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (28 February to 8 March 2020)! Walk in the Orchard on a Farm Tour Join second generation orchardist Dennis Angelino for a tour in his…
ALL of Queensland’s apple crop is grown on the Granite Belt and there’s no time better to find yourself in an apple orchard than during Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (28 February to 8 March 2020)!
Walk in the Orchard on a Farm Tour
Join second generation orchardist Dennis Angelino for a tour in his apple orchard near Stanthorpe. Gran Elly Orchard is operating free tours of their orchard on special open days during the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.
Dennis grows spray-free apples, pears and stone fruit using dry-farming organic practices. He would like to share this knowledge with anyone interested, so to join Dennis on a tour, just meet him and his crew of helpers at the farm packing shed on the following days and they will be ready to greet you.
FREE TOURS AVAILABLE
9am-4pm Saturday 29th
9am-4pm Sunday 1st March
9am-5pm Saturday 7th
9am-5pm Sunday 8th March
Find Gran Elly Orchard at 3276 Amiens Road, Thulimbah. Turn off the New England Highway at the ‘big apple’. It’s 10 minutes drive north of Stanthorpe. Enquiries: Gran.Elly.Orchard@gmail.com or contact Gran Elly Orchard via Facebook messenger.
Eat a ‘Best Ever’ Apple Pie on an Apple Farm!
A must-do when visiting Stanthorpe is a visit to Sutton’s Juice Factory, where right there on the apple farm you can visit the farm cafe to taste and indulge in apple juices, ciders and what is widely known as the ‘best apple pie ever!’
There is dining inside and also outside with views across the apple orchard. More info: www.suttonsfarm.com.au
Find Sutton’s Juice Factory on Halloran Drive, Thulimbah, right opposite the ‘big apple’ on the New England Highway, 10 minutes drive north of Stanthorpe. Sutton’s is open 9.30am to 4.30pm daily.
Where to Drive or Cycle by the Orchards
Apple orchards are easy to spot as you drive around the areas north of Stanthorpe. A few tips for looking out for them…
- Travelling from the north towards Stanthorpe you will spot orchards on both sides of the highway as you zoom by, so just keep a look out from the ‘big apple’ at Thulimbah and all the way to McDonalds.
- To see apple orchards at a much slower pace, take a drive out along Amiens Road towards Stanthorpe Cheese and travel further along that road to view even more orchards around Pozieres area. You can even do a really lovely country drive loop back via Robert Channon Wines and the Granite Belt Brewery to return to Stanthorpe via the Amiens Road loop.
- Book a bicycle tour with Granite Belt Bicycles and Jon will guide you on a tour to the best spots to cycle through apple orchards, plus a stack of other interesting tourist spots along the way. They make it easy, providing all you need including quality bicycles and helmets.
Please respect the farmers by not entering the orchards, but there is much to be admired from the roadsides.
Experience Apple Day at the Festival!
Thursday 5th March is Apple Day at Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, when we gather for a free event in the Stanthorpe CBD for a celebration of all things apples! There’ll be competitions for the longest and fastest apple peels, plus judging of the best apple pie.
Throughout the morning see ‘Paddock to Piazza’ cooking demonstrations with Chef Andrew Simpson from the QLD College of Wine Tourism, cooking with local produce from Nicoletti Orchards, Suttons Farms and Lirah Vinegar.
Find Accommodation Vacancy
There are still some accommodation vacancies to be found during the festival. …Read more about how to get here and where to find a bed
View the Apple and Grape Program
Or click the image below to scan through the official festival printed program.