Stanthorpe is the first (or last) ‘major’ town encounted when traveling the New England Hgy to Warwick. Stanthorpe is both a crossroads town. Stanthorpe services a rich rural community, but is primarily pip fruit of various varieties, but primarily apples. Stanthorpe is a high altitude town that from time to time encounters snowfalls. Stanthorpe literally means 'tin town', as Stannum is Latin for 'tin' and thorpe is Middle English for 'village'.

Stanthorpe was founded by tin miners. People came from many countries to mine tin from 1872. Prior to 1872 this area boasted some large pastoral runs and a few prospectors in bark huts. At that time, the area was known as ‘Quart Pot Creek’. The Private Township of Stannum existed in the area along one side of the present main street. With the discovery of tin and the influx of miners and new businesses, a ‘more suitable’ name was sought by the town fathers. Thus, Stanthorpe became the name which encompassed all, as this area became for a time, the largest alluvial tin mining and mineral field in Queensland.

The sub-tropical climate was very suitable for growing cool climate fruits and vegetables. Grapes were first planted here in the 1860s with encouragement from the local Catholic parish priest Father Jerome Davadi to produce altar wine. His Italian descent made grape growing and wine production a familiar past time and the notion caught on in the area. There were plenty of Italian settlers and wine was made for home enjoyment.

The Stanthorpe Museum gives a great insight into the history of the town. The Museum is located on the northern fringe of the town.

There are a number of old and heritage potential buildings.

The Stanthorpe War Memorial is very strange. High on a hill, and can only be reached by foot, and unsigned from the down town precinct.

The churches are a mix of the old and not so very old. The Catholic being the most traditional. The United being modern.

The hotels in Stanthorpe all appear to be 100 year plus pubs, but sadly all are undated.

There is quite a lot to like at Stanthorpe and an overnighter could be a consideration.

Heritage diary







Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course