The Granite Belt in southeast Queensland, a pretty rural area located a three hour drive north of Brisbane, is the ‘Capital of Cool’ for cosy escapes. If you time it right, you might even get to see snow during your Granite Belt winter getaway as it’s not unusual for the temperature to get below zero degrees. Stanthorpe and Ballandean are at the centre of the Granite Belt with a huge selection of wineries, restaurants, activities and accommodation to keep the romance flowing. From bushland hideaways to modern cottages, we have found some of the Granite Belt’s most gorgeous escapes. Even better, there is not a crocheted doily in sight.

The Radford Couples Cottage

Located in Stanthorpe and within easy walking distance to cafes shops and restaurants, this fully renovated circa 1874 cottage blends historic touches with cool and funky decor. The Radford Couples Cottage is ideal for picking up some supplies from local provedores and spending a romantic night in front of the open fire. Perfect for two but if you want a getaway with friends, this stylish cottage can accommodate four adults. Think friends, a fire, fine wine and good conversation.

Radford Couples Cottage

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Set on 400 acres of natural bushland and surrounded by Girraween National Park, Girraween Environmental Lodge has 10 architect designed bush chalets hidden amongst the trees. Constructed from recycled timbers with a modern design, each chalet has a king size bed, wood fire and even a hot tub for maximum romance. With a variety of walking tracks that pass kangaroos, granite boulders and billabongs, it is the perfect spot for strolling or more adventurous exploring. The lodge also has easy access to the many wineries and restaurants in and around Stanthorpe.

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Briar Rose Cottages

Silky Oak Cottage, one of two cottages at Briar Rose Cottages, is a classically romantic two-story abode with a fireplace and cosy chairs downstairs and a comfy queen bed upstairs reached by a spiral staircase. There are also French doors opening onto a small private balcony and a kitchen for cooking up tasty meals. Silky Oaks is located in the heart of Stanthorpe, within easy walking distance of cafes, restaurants, shops and the beautiful walkways along Quart Pot Creek. If you’re lucky, you might even find Tim Tams waiting for you in the fridge.

Harvista Granite Belt Stanthorpe

This modern and contemporary one bedroom studio is located 14 km from Stanthorpe and surrounded by bushland and the area’s distinctive granite boulders. Take a walk to explore the nearby wineries and farms or stay in and enjoy some time together as Harvista Granite Belt Stanthorpe has everything you need for a short (or longer) stay, with a fireplace, king size bed, full kitchen and BBQ on the deck

31 The Rocks

The Granite Belt has some beautiful B&Bs but if you prefer more contemporary accommodation then 31 The Rocks is for you.  Each of the five modern self-contained villas come with classy furnishings and charming rural views from the veranda which features a swanky hooded BBQ.  A light continental breakfast basket is also included. Only a short drive from Stanthorpe and close to all the great wineries and Granite Belt activities, this accommodation option is close to everything but makes you feel like you’re a world away.

31 The Rocks

Twisted Gum Winery and Cottage

With views of the winery’s surrounding vines and the bush, this 1920s cottage has been renovated and accommodates up to six people. There is a fireplace, comfy couch and enough beds for everyone plus a fully equipped country kitchen with indoor and outdoor dining. Twisted Gum Winery also hosts an impressive multicourse dinner in winter with wine matching. Perfect for food and wine lovers as you won’t need to drive home after your big night out.

Twisted Gum Cottage views

Historic Roseneath Station and Shearers Shed

Mix history with romance in this idyllic setting on a hill overlooking the valley. Historic Roseneath Station and Shearers Shed is a fully renovated shearers’ quarters with a wood fire and all the amenities for romance or a get together with up to 16 friends. The station is located about 40 km from Stanthorpe but is close to plenty of wineries. This unique accommodation is on a working cattle station with lots of cows and calves to hang out with. There is also a river with complimentary kayak hire for a bit of adventure. This is a great opportunity to stock up on all the great produce available around Stanthorpe and settle in for a cosy stay with views and moos.

Rosetta On High

Located in the centre of Stanthorpe, this 100-year-old cottage sleeps up to six people, has been fully renovated and comes with a fireplace and modern furnishings. It also has its own pizza oven so you can make a delicious lunch or dinner using ingredients purchased from local provedores. Easy access to local shops cafes and restaurants and only a short drive to all the great wineries. Rosetta on High has won a guest review award with booking.com.

Disclosure: The writer is always looking for a good excuse to enjoy some good food and drink red wine in front of a fire.