Stanthorpe Trip...New Year getaway Dec 2015 - Jan 2016

For New Year 2016 we decided to spend a week in Stanthorpe. Stanthorpe is a little over 200km south west of our home. We were to be accompanied by our friends Jon and Audrey, we took our caravan and J & A had booked a cabin, we all stayed in the Top of the Town Tourist Park in Stanthorpe.

Our trip  included a bbq at  Storm King Dam on the years hottest day!! and a run across the border into NSW to visit Tenterfield.

We also went on a mini-bus tour of the Stanthorpe area.

 

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1.Heifer Creek campsite.
1.Heifer Creek campsite.

Our trip to the other side of the Great Dividing Range was via Ma Ma Creek, this is a lessor know road with the majority of travellers crossing the range via the Toowoomba Range to the north or Cunninghams Gap to the south. The Ma Ma Creek road is good for caravanners as it actually goes 'around' the hills, there are a couple of narrow sections but taken carefully this trip is a great alternative.

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Heifer Creek grassy sites
Heifer Creek grassy sites

A little over halfway along the Ma Ma Creek road sits a pleasent little campsite, its a memorial to the large Queensland construction Thiess Brothers who originated in this location. The campsite is free to stop at but there are few facilities, a long drop toilet with a small water tank for hands washing is all there is. The camp attracts grey nomads with its spacious grassy areas.

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Our Nobby Site
Our Nobby Site

Our site, alongside the railway track at Nobby...just one train came through while we were there, at the reasonable time of 9pm, once before, on a previous visit a train came along at 2;30am. To move on, click the link below

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1.Heifer Creek campsite.
1.Heifer Creek campsite.

Our trip to the other side of the Great Dividing Range was via Ma Ma Creek, this is a lessor know road with the majority of travellers crossing the range via the Toowoomba Range to the north or Cunninghams Gap to the south. The Ma Ma Creek road is good for caravanners as it actually goes 'around' the hills, there are a couple of narrow sections but taken carefully this trip is a great alternative.

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Top of The Town Tourist Park
Top of The Town Tourist Park

The Top of The Town Tourist Park in Stanthorpe was to be our home for the next week, we had our caravan on site, Jon and Audrey had a cabin. We have stayed at this park on many occasions, new owners and managers have just now taken over and we hope they continue to operate this park as it has been for some time. The park has everything a modern caravan park requires, excellent camp kitchens, a pool, a games room and spacious site. They also do a deal, year round..stay 7, pay for 6 (sites only)

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2. Top of Town Tourist park_Stanthorpe
2. Top of Town Tourist park_Stanthorpe

This is our site at Top of The Town, the week that we were there had fine weather, although a bit cool a couple of days, two weeks prior to our arrival a sudden late season hail storm went through and many vans and cars were damaged.

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8. Stanthorpe lookout
8. Stanthorpe lookout

A view of Stanthorpe from the look-out, a very steep drive near the towns centre. To move on, click the link below

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Top of The Town Tourist Park
Top of The Town Tourist Park

The Top of The Town Tourist Park in Stanthorpe was to be our home for the next week, we had our caravan on site, Jon and Audrey had a cabin. We have stayed at this park on many occasions, new owners and managers have just now taken over and we hope they continue to operate this park as it has been for some time. The park has everything a modern caravan park requires, excellent camp kitchens, a pool, a games room and spacious site. They also do a deal, year round..stay 7, pay for 6 (sites only)

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1 Filippos Bus Tour
1 Filippos Bus Tour

While in Stanthorpe we went on a small bus tour of the district, not a wine tour however as we had done all that before, we just had the knowledgeable bus driver take us to some of the lessor known tourist attractions around the district, the day was overcast but quite pleasant overall. The bus company is named Filippos and we would recommend them to others.

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2. Cheese factory
2. Cheese factory

One of the many local attractions we visited was the Cheese factory

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10. Wine college
10. Wine college

We had a very enjoyable meal at the Wine and Tourism College, it is just a few minutes drive north form Stanthorpe, it sits on the northern end of the by-pass. Click the link below to continue

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1 Filippos Bus Tour
1 Filippos Bus Tour

While in Stanthorpe we went on a small bus tour of the district, not a wine tour however as we had done all that before, we just had the knowledgeable bus driver take us to some of the lessor known tourist attractions around the district, the day was overcast but quite pleasant overall. The bus company is named Filippos and we would recommend them to others.

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Tenterfield.jpg
Tenterfield.jpg

Township, a nice little hamlet with a population of around 3000. It can get very cold here in wintertime too. And so ends this short trito Stanthorpe and across the border into New South Wales. Click the link below to return HOME.

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Tenterfield Saddler 2.JPG
Tenterfield Saddler 2.JPG

We took a daytrip to Tenterfield some 40 minutes south of Stanthorpe down the New England highway One of this towns claims to fame is its connection to international artist Peter Allen and in particular 'The Tenterfield Saddler, George Woolnough, Peter has perpetuated the memory of George Woolnough in one of his best known songs “The Tenterfield Saddler” and the original shop. I have taken many photos here before but this a first for me, usually there are cars parked in front.

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Storm King Dam
Storm King Dam

This is Storm King Dam, a short drive south-east from the centre of Stanthorpe town. Usually this is well-stocked with Murray Cod, Yellow Belly, Silver Perch, Spangled Perch and Eel-tailed catfish with fishing permits available locally from sporting stores and service stations. Storm King Dam is also a popular spot for water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and rowing. We had a bbq there on a very hot News Day along with 17 mil people!

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Tenterfield.jpg
Tenterfield.jpg

Township, a nice little hamlet with a population of around 3000. It can get very cold here in wintertime too. And so ends this short trito Stanthorpe and across the border into New South Wales. Click the link below to return HOME.

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