If you think you have visited all of the popular tourist spots in Stanthorpe, think again. Just recently, a new tourist attraction opened in the Gateway to the Granite Belt – the Truffle Discovery Centre and it’s certainly a must-visit, particularly if you’re a foodie and you love truffles.
What To Expect at The Truffle Discovery Centre
Anyone who has extensive knowledge of gourmet dishes knows what a French Black Perigord Truffle is. This kind of truffle is frequently mentioned in culinary circles. However, it suddenly becomes elusive in commercial farming areas because of security and bio-security reasons. Thanks to the Truffle Discovery Centre, you can now see the French Black Perigord Truffle up close and discover everything related to truffles!
For only $5, you can enjoy a guided tour of the centre’s newly planted truffiere, where you can marvel at the various exhibits. There is also an interactive truffle gallery where you can see, smell, and more importantly, taste truffle products and gourmet foods with jams and sauces made from truffle.
Lawdogs Australia Show
If you’re a dog-lover, then a visit to the centre is definitely a must. One of the centre’s most popular attractions is the Lawdogs Australia Show, where members of the audience are treated with law enforcement dog demonstrations and training. It’s a great learning experience for visitors as they can see how protection, detection, and agility dogs are trained to do their jobs.
Of course, some of the dogs are also trained to find truffles. For $10 per person, guests can join these intelligent animals and their handlers in their search for truffles. They can also meet, pet, and have their photos taken with a truffle detection dog or recruit.
The Truffle Discovery Centre is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10.30am to 3.30pm, as well as during school holidays and on days when the Lawdogs Australia Dog Show With Bite is open to the public. Guided tours are held every 30 minutes.
If you’re looking for things to do in Stanthorpe, a visit to the Truffle Discovery Centre is definitely a must-try. It is an experience you won’t easily forget. See you there!
Are you looking for something different to do in Stanthorpe? If you are, you’re in luck, especially if you’re a fan of country and rockabilly music. On the 11th of November, 2017, the Johnny Cash Music Festival will be held at the Stanthorpe Showground, so get ready for an evening of great music and family-friendly fun.
What’s It All About?
While it is a music festival, the event mostly celebrates Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter’s regular visits to Stanthorpe in the 1980s and 1990s. During that time, the couple frequented the home of Johnny’s American friend, who had moved to Australia due to family reasons. Since then, Johnny and June came to love this small country town, including its people and surroundings.
The festival will feature one of the country’s leading Johnny Cash tribute bands. Three widely renowned country and rockabilly bands are also slated to perform at the event. Still have lots of time to kill before the performances? Don’t worry, event organisers have prepared a lot of pre-concert activities for concert-goers. These activities include a contest for the best-dressed man in black, theme-related music, parades, and other family-oriented events. You might want to leave your Stanthorpe accommodation early on the day of the concert and head over to the town centre to check them out.
Secure Your Stanthorpe Accommodation
Stanthorpe’s Johnny Cash Music Festival seeks to make the event an annual affair. Organisers hope to do for Stanthorpe what the Elvis Presley Festival did for the town of Parkes in New South Wales, with the festival making large contributions to the local economy. They firmly believe that they will be able to fulfil their goal with the music of Johnny Cash remaining popular amongst all age groups. Have we convinced you? Book your tickets here.
Love food? Love wine? Then you’ll love Grazing the Granite Belt 2017. This annual event has been running for the past 6 years and is definitely on the ‘must do’ list if you are visiting Stanthorpe. So what exactly does it involve? Twisted Gum Wines describes it as:
“A fabulous day “grazing” from one winery to the next, enjoying small plates of delicious food matched with the wonderful food friendly wines of the Granite Belt.”
Sound good? We certainly can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend!
When & Where
Grazing the Granite Belt is taking place on the weekend of 13th May, 2017. With approximately 10 venues involved, you can be assured of a variety of delicious food and wine. A shuttle bus travels around the 10 venue circuit throughout the day so you can hop on and off at your leisure. The shuttle bus timetable as well as the details and menus for each venue are available here. Tickets are $110 and include the shuttle bus service as well as a grazing passport (4 wine/beer vouchers + 4 food vouchers). Tickets sell out quickly so secure yours now.
Book Your Stanthorpe Accommodation Early
If you are thinking of coming to Grazing the Granite Belt this May, it’s important to book your Stanthorpe accommodation in advance. This popular event books out fast, and motels in Stanthorpe book out even faster! We still have rooms available so book your motel room online or contact us for any booking queries. Boulevard Motel offers affordable, high quality accommodation in a great location – read what our recent guests have to say here.
A visit to Stanthorpe isn’t complete without spending some time at Sutton’s Juice Factory. However, Sutton’s is more than what its popular name suggests. Sutton’s is a family run, fully functional apple orchard incorporating a juice factory, a cidery, a distillery and a shed café. This boutique business offers visitors the chance to sample apple juices, ciders and conserves, as well as enjoy delicious local produce in the café. Many of our guests have commented on the apple pie. Some think it is the best they have ever tasted, and we would have to agree!
Fast Facts on Sutton’s
David and Roslyn Sutton purchased their apple orchard back in 1994 and have grown it into the multi-faceted boutique business it is today. There are over 30 varieties of apples on the farm including traditional eating varieties (Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Gala and many more) as well as French cider apple varieties. The orchard also grows nectarines, lemons and apricots which are used in the Shed Café.
Apple Picking, Apple Tasting & More
There is a world of apple delights on offer at Sutton’s. Get involved in the ‘pick your own apples’ experience, sample and purchase a huge range of apple juices or try our award winning apple ciders, conserves and apple brandy. The farm is open 7 days a week, 9.30am – 4.30pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the Stanthorpe Show Holiday) and is located a short 10 minute drive north of Stanthorpe.
The popular Shed Café features a changing menu of homestyle cooking that showcases fresh, local and seasonal produce. Popular with families, the café has a selection of books, toys and colouring pencils to keep the little ones entertained. The apple pie, served with either spiced apple cider ice cream or whipped cream, is famous throughout the region and simply must be tried!
Accommodation in Stanthorpe
Looking for accommodation in Stanthorpe? Boulevard motel is suited to both couples and families looking for a clean, affordable and centrally located Stanthorpe motel. We have double rooms, twin rooms, family room and deluxe rooms, many with delightful views over Quart Pot Creek. Find out more about our rooms or ask us a question. We look forward to welcoming you to Stanthorpe!