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Located on the very northern fringe of the Gold Coast just
past Australia’s biggest theme parks, Dreamworld and
WhiteWater World, Pimpama is the last truly rural area left on the
road to Brisbane. Just a short drive east of the M1, the district is
littered with green fields of sugarcane, quaint rustic farm houses
and a sleepy seaside village called Jacobs Well, where you can
hire a boat and enjoy the excellent fishing conditions.
You can’t visit Pimpama without stopping at the strawberry
farm. Visitors can pick their own juicy strawberries and kids can
feed animals in the farmyard. Stay for a meal or treat yourself to a
lip-smacking strawberry ice cream!
For the more adventurous types, Pimpama is also home to
Queensland’s only Zorb, an oversized plastic inflatable ball that
you literally step inside and bowl down a long grassy slope. Less
giddy but more speedy, adventurers can head to the local go kart
racing complex where the whole family can strap on a helmet
and tear up the bitumen on a safe, purpose-built track.
For most wanderers, the biggest appeal is the Pimpama
River with its excellent fishing or the nearby Gainsborough
Greens golf course. Set amongst tall gum trees, this picturesque
18-hole course has hosted the Queensland PGA and
encompasses a fauna and flora sanctuary and is home to
dozens of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
Two hours drive north-west of Pimpama along the Brisbane
Valley Highway is the lively adventure town of Esk – a must visit
town for anyone who loves to get outdoors and get active. With
its stunning location in the middle of the Valley of the Lakes, it’s
no wonder that all kinds of watersports are popular here. Skiing,
sailing and white water kayaking are all well catered for, as are
fishing, canoeing and swimming.
But it is not just the water that keeps people driving into Esk.
Adventure is everywhere; from abseiling, mountain bike riding or
tandem sky diving 12,500 feet above the valley. Or, for something
just a little more sedate, climb aboard a camel safari and plod
your way through the bush. You can even stay overnight at a
stockman’s camp and really get back to nature.
For something completely different, make sure you visit the
ostrich and deer farms, and get a close up view of these
magnificent creatures. And if you just can’t leave the need to
shop behind, there are numerous craft and antique shops and
galleries dotted around the region.
Nestled in the heart of the Granite Belt some 230 km
south west of Esk, Stanthorpe is hailed as the coolest town in
Queensland. It’s not just because of the charming Queenslander
pubs that dish up chilling ales along with lively chatter – some
parts of Stanthorpe sit 1,000 metres above sea level and frosty
mornings and the odd winter snowfall are not uncommon.
This may be Queensland, ‘Where Australia Shines’, but you
sure need to pack your warm clothes and heater into the van,
even for the summer ahead.
Fortunately, the coolness brings more than a few bonuses.
Stanthorpe is also Queensland’s premier wine region, boasting
more than 45 wineries, vineyards and cellar doors including
Boireann, the premium and much pampered red wine awarded
five stars by wine guru, James Halliday. Other nearby notables
include Ballandean Estate Wines, Sirromet, and Bungawarra, the
latter a 100-year-old vineyard that not only supplies its own
grapes, it also crushes and bottles all wines on the premises too.
If you prefer fruit in its original form, then Stanthorpe and the
Granite Belt is also the epicentre for the state’s stone fruit
production. Here peaches, apricots and nectarines along with
apples, grapes and berries thrive on the high altitude and inspire
whole trails of taste tempters like Suttons Juice Factory and
Cidery that sells handmade liqueurs, brandy and grappa, all
using fresh local produce.
Continuing with the fruit theme, Owens Bush Bakery located
in downtown Maryland Street has possibly the best apple pies
this side of the Mississippi while The Bramble Patch in Glen Aplin
On the 27th November, Aloomba Lavender is
again hosting the Rotary Fundraiser “Legends in
For Caravaners and RV owners it’s an event
not to be missed. For the cost of $25 per
ticket there are 2 free nights camping on site, a
wonderful line up of Country singers,including
Harmony James, James Blundell & Jesse
Curran, and the famous bush poet - Jack
For more information
5425 Mt Lindesay Road,
Liston, Stanthorpe 4380
Phone 07 46861191 Fax 07 46861221
Legends in the
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