Welcome to the Southern Downs and Granite belt.
Our region has long been known for its’ fresh and abundant produce. We are blessed with rich fertile soil and perfect climactic conditions (with four distinct seasons) to enable growing and producing a wide range of high quality food. Our farmers and graziers are incredibly passionate about their animals and produce, how its made, and how it gets to you, the market. With the help of our farming friends and The Southern Downs Regional Council, we have created two new Southern Downs & Granite Belt Food Maps for 2021.
Here you can source the freshest local produce that showcases the whole of our region, from Allora in the north, to Killarney in the East, Wallangarra to the South and Leyburn to the west. Our largest towns are Warwick and Stanthorpe (the heart of the Granite Belt).
Warwick is on the New England Highway just 100km south of Toowomba, and is situated on the Condamine River surrounded by farming land blessed with rich soil. The region has a strong agricultural industry better known for cattle and crops such as sunflowers, wheat and barley.
Stanthorpe lies on the New England Highway near the New South Wales border 223 kilometres from Brisbane and 811 m above sea level. The area surrounding the town is known as the Granite Belt due to the spectacular granite rocks found in the area and has four very distinct seasons, renowned as the coldest place in Queensland during winter months. Stanthorpe is nationally recognised for its wineries and variety of fresh produce particularly apples and stone fruit.
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Our BUY AND EAT LOCAL Map is for the visitor who wants to try our local produce. Businesses on this map use at least 50% locally grown or made produce, or that which is grown up to 100% on-site. On this map you’ll find farms that sell their produce online or you can visit by appointment at their farm gate. Always call ahead before visiting. Many of these farmers sell at the weekly local farmers markets too, so if you want to buy direct this may be a great option. Also on this map are our cafes and restaurants who incorporate locally grown produce on their menus. These chefs are just as passionate about their dishes, as the creators of the food are. It’s well worth booking a special meal in at any of these venues when you visit our region.
Our FARM AND PRODUCE MAP is for food industry folk. It’s a showcase of the freshest produce of the region. This map is designed especially for chefs, retail owners, resturanteurs and just really passionate food and wine folk like your home chef. Use this map to source a specific food product, to shop seasonally for ingredients and to support your local producer. All of these businesses will sell online or by phone, and some have shop fronts open to the public. Order online or call to talk directly with the producer; these maps have been created to help you to easily enjoy the Southern Downs and Granite Belt whole food experience – from farm to fork.