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Stanthorpe was explored by Allan Cunningham in 1827. It was originally named ‘Quart Pot’ by Patrick Leslie, who accidentally left his quart pot behind the creek at which they had camped. 

By 1844 squatters had taken up four major holdings in the area including Maryland which covered 200,000 acres, Pikedale, Glenlyon and Ballandean. The Crown Land Act of 1868, led to an influx of selectors, as well as enabling shepherds and other farm labourers to acquire land of their own. The large holdings began to shrink. 

Tin was first found in the area in 1854 but the ‘rush’ did not occur until 1872. Gold, silver, copper, wolfram, arsenic and other important minerals were also found. The 1870’s discovery of tin at Quart Pot Creek brought miners to the area. Quart Pot became known as Stannum (Latin for tin), with its name later being gazetted as Stanthorpe, literally meaning ‘tin town’. The Stanthorpe tin field was the greatest tin producer in Queensland and its production has not been eclipsed to present times. 

The railway arrived in 1881 bringing an influx of German settlers. Following World War I, soldier settlements were established and townships named after the French battlefields sprang up - Pozieres, Bapaume, Messines, Fleurbaix, Amiens, Bullecourt, Passchendale and The Somme.

The town lies on the New England Highway near the New South Wales border 223 kilometres from Brisbane via Warwick, 56 kilometres north of Tenterfield 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. At the last census, Stanthorpe had a population of about 5,500.

Stanthorpe SpringNowadays, Stanthorpe is nationally recognised for its wineries and variety of produce. From the Stanthorpe apples, to strawberries, olive, figs, cherries, you will find much delicacies in the area, including cheese making, chocolate factory and even lavender farms.

With its four season climate, where you may even experience a snowfall in winter, Stanthorpe is an ideal destination for a short or long holiday. 



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