Southern Downs and Granite Belt – South East Queensland

Take a leisurely 90 mins drive from Brisbane or cut over from the coast en route between Sydney and Melbourne and you have arrived in one of Queensland’s best horse and cattle country.

If you are visiting at the end of October, don’t miss the Campdraft and Rodeo. Meet the campdrafting families who travel all the way from Northern Queensland and New South Wales for this iconic event to have a go at winning the famous Warwick Gold Cup. This action-packed event goes on for a whole week and there is a parade in town on the second Saturday of the event which is also one of the highlights to mark in your Warwick Gold Cup schedule.

And the good thing is there is more to see – if you decide to take a break from horseriding for half a day or so and drive down south of Warwick. The Granite Belt of Queensland is an area of the Great Dividing Range in the Darling Downs region of Queensland and the New England region of New South Wales, Australia, centred on the town of Stanthorpe. The cool, high country of the granite belt showcases all four seasons which is rare in Australia and is located on Queensland’s southern border. It is the northernmost part of the New England Tablelands. The area gains its name from the predominantly granite rocks and is known for its spectacular flowers, orchards and some wineries where you can buy that bottle of Shiraz – or two or three – to enjoy after a day in the saddle mustering cattle.

Airport:

Brisbane

Must See/Do in the area:

Mary Falls, Granite Belt Winery Tours, Queensland Big Country Drives, World Heritage Rainforest, Rodeo Heritage Centre, Kent Saddlery Stanthorpe, Girraween National Park

Best time to travel:

March – October and all year round

Horse Events:

March: Stanthorpe Rodeo
Last full week of October: Warwick Campdraft & Rodeo
September: Spring Polo Towoomba

Experiences in the Granite Belt

Dumaresq Station Experience

5 Days / 6 Nights | Intermediate and Advanced Riders

The Dumaresq (pronounced doo-mer-ik) River marks the southern Queensland - New South Wales border. Dumaresq Homestead is part of Maidenhead Station, a working cattle and cropping property that includes 11 kms of this beautiful river and 9000 acres of varied terrain ready for you to explore on horseback.

Wallaby Creek Country Horse Experience

2 – 4 Days / 3 – 5 Nights | Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Riders

At Horses & Cattle Australia we say “Horses & Cattle Australia is actually not about Horses and Cattle. It’s about the horses and the people! Once you meet Ben and Tanja Jobling and the whole family this will really resonate with you. They are people who will make your stay so special that you will never want to leave.

Kelvin Falls Country Horse Experience

2 – 4 Days / 3 – 5 Nights | Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Riders

There is plenty of wide open pasture inviting you to go for a canter and some hills ready to be climbed on with some spectacular views along the way.