the RIDING

The Southern Downs is a great place for cyclists of any level. Clean,

Crisp country air and a network of quiet scenic routes provides ideal

cycling conditions. Cyclists can pass through the historic towns, visit

local landmarks, cruise through vineyards while taking in the region’s

Stanthorpe’s spectacular landscapes and cool invigorating climate.

The riding will be suitable for road bikes and the two rides will cover

distances of 60 to 80kms. A good level of fitness is required and riders

should be able to ride as part of a small group at around 27kph. There

will of course be opportunities to stretch the legs for those who feel

energetic and there will be some climbing and even a small amount

of quality gravel just to mix things up.

the location

Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt Region was officially designated in 1905 by the Government as Queensland’s “Health Resort” and it remains so today. It is a landscape of stunning beauty with four distinct seasons, an abundance of fresh local produce, award-winning wineries and spectacular cycling.

Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt Region was officially designated in 1905 by the Government as Queensland’s “Health Resort” and it remains so today. It is a landscape of stunning beauty with four distinct seasons, an abundance of fresh local produce, award-winning wineries and spectacular cycling.

THE VENUE

Granite Belt Retreat & Brewery is set on 30 acres of natural bushland just five minutes from Stanthorpe. The country estate features 20 cedar cabins complete with log fire, a 1000 litre microbrewery plus a bar and restaurant

THE ACCOMODATION

Our guests will be staying in their own cedar cabins which are perfect for a relaxing and romantic escape. Each cabin features a Queen bed, Single bed, Full bathroom, Kitchenette and Wood fire.

ITINERARY

FRIDAY, 8 OCTOBER

  • Midday – depart Brisbane in Ride Sunshine Coast Mini-bus
  • 3pm – Arrive, welcome and settle in at Granite Belt Retreat & Brewery
  • 6pm – Welcome drinks Granite Belt Retreat & Brewery
  • 7pm – Dinner at Granite Belt Retreat & Brewery
 

SATURDAY,9 OCTOBER

  • 6 to 7am – Breakfast in cabins
  • 7.30am – Ride departure. Approximately 75km on quiet
  • country roads including a coffee stop
  • 11am – Ride concludes
  • Midday – Depart for Ballandean Estate for lunch and wine tasting
  • 2.30pm – Depart for Golden Grove Estate for wine tasting
  • 4.30pm – Return to Granit Belt Retreat & Winery
  • 4.30pm to 7pm – Free time
  • 7pm – Dinner own arrangements
 

SUNDAY, 10 OCTOBER

  • 6 to 7am – Breakfast in cabins
  • 7.30am – Ride departure. Approximately 60km
  • 10am – Ride concludes
  • 11am – Checkout
  • 11.30am – Visit Suttons Apple Farm
  • 12.30pm – Depart Stanthorpe
  • 3.30pm – Arrive Brisbane




TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Two nights accommodation at Granite Belt Retreat & Winery (Timber cabin)

  • Dinner at Granite Belt Retreat & Brewery (Friday night)
  • Gourmet breakfast (Saturday and Sunday in cabins)
  • Lunch and wine tasting at Ballandean Estate
  • Wine tasting at Golden Grove Estate
  • Two guided and fully supported rides
  • Transfers from Brisbane to Stanthorpe return including bike
  • Ride nutrition
  • Bottle of local wine per cabin
  • Morning tea at Sutton’s Apple Farm

NOTE INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • Dinner Saturday evening

COST: $700 per person double/twin share