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Overview

Located in a quiet valley along Quart Pot Creek, Stanthorpe began as a tin mining community. When the mines were played out, the resident miners discovered that the area was perfect for farming, with grapes introduced in the 1860s. What began as an enterprise to produce alter wine for the local churches grew into a thriving winery centre that continues to draw tourists. The heritage buildings along Main Street add to the beauty of this town, along with the parks that line the banks of the creek that flows through the middle of town.

Population – 5,406
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander percentage of population – 3.2 percent
Closest major town – Warwick
Distance from airport – Stanthorpe Airport (8.3 km), Warwick Airport (72 km),
Brisbane International (229 km with tolls)
Cinemas – 0
Restaurants – 25
Pubs/bars – 5
Primary schools – 3
Secondary schools – 2
Tertiary education providers – 1
Max average temp – 26.5°C
Min average temp – 2.0°C

  • Population – 5,385
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander percentage of population – 2.2%
  • Closest major town – Warwick
  • Distance from airport – Glen Innes Airport (115.95 km), Brisbane International (182.76 km)
  • Cinemas – 0
  • Restaurants – 21
  • Pubs/bars – 2
  • Primary schools – 3
  • Secondary schools – 2
  • Tertiary education providers – 1
  • Max average temp – 27.3°C
  • Min average temp – 1.2°C

The location

Located in an area known as The Granite Belt, Stanthorpe lies along the New England Highway not far from the New South Wales border. It is situated along Quart Pot Creek, a tributary of the Severn River. It is 218 km from Brisbane and 143 km from Toowoomba. The surrounding river valley is rich in agriculture, including many vegetable and fruit farms and a thriving wine production centre.

The People

The population of Stanthorpe is over 5,000 people and the median age of residents is 48, which is about 11 years above the Queensland average. That’s mostly accounted for by a slight dip in the 15-25 age bracket; as the number of children 19 and under is below the national average. Marriage rates are higher at 48.8 percent, and 28.3 percent of residents self-identify as Catholic. 76.9 percent were born in Australia and about 3.2 percent of Stanthorpe are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

The Medicine

Health care in town is provided by Granite Belt Medical Services and three other GP clinics. There is a hospital in town, Stanthorpe Hospital, which provides Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics, Acute and High Dependency Care, Aged Care, Paediatrics, Emergency, Outpatients, Palliative Care, Oral Health, Ante-Natal, Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiology, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Drug Arm, Child Health, Mental Health, School Health, Women’s Health, Indigenous Health, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Blue Nursing Services, and Home Help.

Education

Stanthorpe has a wide range of educational facilities, with both a Catholic co-ed school, St. Joseph’s School, as well as two public primary schools and one public high school. It has three day care centres, a community kindergarten, one outside of school hours play centre for 5-12 year olds and several additional educational facilities including:

  • University of Southern Queensland Tertiary Preparation Programme
  • Queensland College of Wine Tourism (opened in 2007)
  • Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE.

Career options for partners

With full-time employment rated at 49%, the main employment for the town remains to be labourers at 18.8 percent, technical trades and managers at 13.1 percent, with retail, aged care and primary education as the leading employers. Part-time employment is 37.7 percent and is centred in the retail and food services.

Arts and Culture

The number of festivals hosted in Stanthorpe would be impressive for a much larger town, never mind one this small and friendly. With a booming wine industry in the area that includes over 50 wineries, combined with interest in nearby national parks, tourism is a big part of local culture. There’s also a Heritage Museum which is definitely worth a look. Here are a few festival highlights:

Snowflakes in Stanthorpe – Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is a winter-based festival in the coldest town in Queensland. This festival gives visitors a snow-based experience and include a snowfield, ice skating rink, snow globes, snowmen and snowflakes. It’s a fun day with markets, food and entertainment.

Australian Small Winemakers Show – An October event showcasing wineries of the area and one of the most respected small winery shows in Queensland.

Primavera – An annual September event celebrating spring with food, wine and entertainment.

Apple and Grape Harvest Festival – A biennial festival held in March that grew out of the annual Apple Blossom Festival.

Australian Country Shows and Rodeos – An annual event at Stanthorpe’s showgrounds; it hosts the usual rodeo events, a ball and the crowning of a Miss Showgirl.

Market in the Mountains – Monthly arts and crafts market.

Great Outdoors

There are a number of places to head for if outdoors activity is your preference. In town there are many bicycling routes to take, and outside of town you can bike along country roads through the beautiful farmland in the surrounding valley.

For hiking and camping, there are several national parks nearby. These offer ample opportunities for bird-watching, fishing and simply enjoying the natural scenery. These include:

For those who love to indulge in team sports, there are ample opportunities to find a team and join in the fun. Clubs include:

Stanthorpe Tennis Club
Stanthorpe Gremlins Rugby Club
Stanthorpe United Redbacks Football Team
Stanthorpe Basketball Association
Stanthorpe Amateur Boxing Club

And many more: http://www.granitebeltinformer.com.au/gbi/index.php/community/organisations/sporting-clubs-and-leisure-activity-groups

if you want to attend the local teams and root for your town’s players, there is a football and a rugby team: Stanthorpe Gremlins Rugby Team and the Stanthorpe United Redbacks Football Team.

Social Scene

Stanthorpe is a small community but it has a thriving social life. There are plenty of picnic spots along the parks that follow Quart Pot Creek in the centre of town. There is a busy local pottery club, a crafts market on the second Sunday of every month that’s always buzzing and an event almost every other week at the local showgrounds. There are plenty of local restaurants, although they primarily cater to the local tourist trade. The local theatre group (Stanthorpe Little Theatre) is active and the civic centre hosts a number of cultural events for mixing and making new friends.

Food and Drink

Stanthorpe has dozens of places to eat varying from high end restaurants to simple coffee shops, thanks to the high tourist volume from the wineries and local parks. There are cozy bakeries serving local produce and fresh baked goods as well as high end dining, Asian fusion and pub fare. O’Mara’s is the place to be for locals, with its hundred-year-old facade and busy beer garden.

Housing

The median price of a house in Stanthorpe is $290,000. That will buy you a house in town or on the outskirts with three bedrooms, plenty of space and possibly even a pool. If you plan to rent, the average cost is around $270 per week for a comparable home.

Transport

Although Stanthorpe is on the Southern Railway line, there is currently no passenger service scheduled out of Stanthorpe. There is, however, a reliable bus service, with trips to Toowoomba and Brisbane through Greyhound and New England Coaches.

The New England Highway circles the town, giving access to Toowoomba. The New England Highway also joins the National Highway A15 and State Route 80, with access to Brisbane.

Other attractions

Broadband is widely available via ADSL2+, NBN fixed wireless and Mobile Broadband.