Stanthorpe Post Office
Built 1901, Stanthorpe has a Federation legacy in its Post Office, built with locally manufactured bricks and local granite foundations. It was erected in 1901 when the new Commonwealth Government took over management of the postal and telegraph services.
The illuminated clock, which came from England, was installed in 1903. The architect was JS Murdoch, the first Australian Commonwealth Government architect.
The Post Office was built by D Stewart & Co at a cost of £2848. It is built on the site of Groom’s Hotel, which in 1874 housed the telegraph office.
Rose Gardens and Rodeo Award Plaques
At the corner of Alice and Albion Streets in the Queen Elizabeth II Rose Gardens, the commemorative plaques for the yearly winners of the Rodeo Awards are displayed. Picnic tables available.
To the north of the town on the New England Highway are the soldier settlements which were established after World War 1. They were named after famous World War 1 battlefields so that, as the old railway signs at the Stanthorpe Museum indicate, there were once railway stations at Amiens, Messines, Bapaume, Passchendaele, Bullecourt, Pozieres and Fleurbaix. Places which must have seemed strange to diggers who, after spending months in the mud and filth of the western front, were now to be called home in southern Queensland.
Warwick Railway Station
Warwick Railway Station in Lyons Street was built from local sandstone in the 1880's. The plaque outside the Warwick Railway Station immortalises the egg throwing incident involving the then Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, in 1917 which resulted in the formation of the Federal Police.
Part of the Precinct, the Cottonvale Railway Station, features a full size operational replica of a 1918 Panhard Rail Motor, a beautifully restored turntable and a Walker steam locomotive.
Vineyards and Wineries
Stanthorpe is the centre of a thriving wine area. From Cottonvale in the north to Wyberba (south of Ballandean) there are over 20 vineyards and wineries. Because of the latitude (it is only a few hundred kilometres south of the Tropic of Capricorn) the area around Stanthorpe boasts the highest altitude vineyards in Australia. This unique microclimate has seen grapes grown in the area since the 1870s. For more information on local wineries, please visit the Granite Belt Wine Country website - http://www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au
Pig & Calf Sales - Wednesdays
All the spirit and personality of the country is jammed into the weekly Pig and Calf Market, held each Wednesday. This is the longest continually operated market in Queensland, offering much more than livestock. A paradise for trash and treasure hunters, the jumble style auction has everything from guinea pigs to goats, farm equipment to furniture and some very serious bric-a-brac.
Wallangarra Railway Station
Inter-colonial rivalries between Queensland and New South Wales continued in the latter part of the nineteenth century and the Colonial governments were unable to agree on a standard gauge for the railway line between Queensland and New South Wales. Queensland’s line was built with 3’6” gauge and the New South Wales line with 4’8.5” gauge.
Queensland insisted on Wallangarra as the break-of-gauge point, which resulted in Wallangarra becoming a major freight centre and the change over point for passengers at the border crossing. The differences between the two colonies is also evidenced in different styles of architecture in the building - the platform on the Queensland side boasts a bull-nose roof, whilst the platform on the NSW side has a flat roofline.
The railway operated from 1888-1930 and served as the most important border crossing between Qld and NSW. The station itself underwent renovations in October 2001, with the inclusion of a Heritage Centre. The station now maintains its function as a historic display and function centre, showcasing our district's history since federation in 1901.
Warwick Green Belt
Following the Condamine River and encircling the town is the Warwick Greenbelt – a natural corridor of open space with sealed tracks for walkers and bikers, historical trails and shady picnic spots.
A giant sculpture of Tiddalik the Frog is the mascot of the Greenbelt and stands proudly by the banks of the Condamine. Creating Tiddalik from a 15 tonne granite boulder required 400 hours of gruelling sculpting and 800 painstaking hours of finishing and polishing. Tiddalik was inspired by the Aboriginal dreamtime legend about a frog who drank all the water and caused a drought. Visit Tiddalik while you are in Warwick, learn more of the legend and give him a rub to discover his stunning surface colours.
Stanthorpe Soldiers Memorial
This 1.47 hectare parkland on Foxton Hill was purchased from Mr E. R. Hopper at a Memorial Committee meeting on the 22 June 1921.
The memorial was designed to be a community rest house for relatives of fallen soldiers to sit comfortably and view the town and surrounding countryside in quiet contemplation.
The land and site was chosen for its availability and elevated position. The Governor of Queensland, Sir Mathew Nathan, unveiled tablets for the memorial on 30 July 1925 and work began on the site later that same year. The soldier’s memorial was officially opened on 6 February 1926 by then governor Sir William Glasgow.
Accessible from Locke Street, this landmark was once visible from many parts of the township, although the site is now blocked from view by the surrounding regrowth.