Ballandean is renowned for its picturesque setting and is home to the Granite Belt’s largest number of award winning wine makers.
It is in this area, just to the south of Stanthorpe, that Queensland’s first commercially grown table grapes were harvested. Grapes have been grown here since the 1870s, thanks predominantly to the arrival of Italian settlers. The first legally planted wine grapes are said to have been grown by the Puglisi family of Ballandean. The family vineyard, Ballandean Estate, is the venue for “Opera in the Vineyard”, each May.
Don’t miss Ballandean’s little bit of Egypt – make sure you drive past the famous hand-made pyramid. The amazing Girraween National Park and rugged Sundown National Park are also only a short drive away.