Seasonal Guide

Year round relaxation or adventure on the Granite Belt! A true four seasons destination...

 

S P R I N G

Temperature Averages, High 25.3 - Low 5.1 Degrees Celsius

Our favourite time of year! By early to mid October, things start to bloom and colour returns to the region. Fruit is growing and some is ready for picking, birds are singing, vineyards are flourishing, the days are glorious and evenings still crisp for a fire.

 Sutton's Apple Farm Harvest

Sutton's Apple Farm Harvest

Harvesting

Throughout Spring and Summer is harvest season everywhere in the Granite Belt. Apples, Stone Fruits, Strawberries, Cherries, Wine Grapes, and many many more are ripening and ready for picking. 

 Crabapple Tree near Reception

Crabapple Tree near Reception

Blooming

The colours of Spring bring life back to the Granite Belt after a hibernating winter. Our gardens at Diamondvale come alive with native wildflowers and fragrant lavender & roses. The vineyards are flourishing, as are the wildflowers in our National Parks. It's the perfect weather to enjoy a cool refreshing walk in the region.

 Resident Tawny Frogmouths at Diamondvale

Resident Tawny Frogmouths at Diamondvale

Twitching

Bird watchers, aka Twitchers, love to stay at Diamondvale. Our bushland and creek setting provides the perfect and safe environment for a variety of species to inhabit. Many birds local to the Granite Belt can be spotted at Diamondvale or on the Heritage Trail into town. 

 

S U M M E R

Temperature Averages, High 27.4 - Low 14.3 Degrees Celscius

The Granite Belt, being 900 metres above sea level, doesn’t reach the same temperature as coastal towns and we don’t experience the sticky, sweaty humidity either. The best way to describe a summer’s day on the Granite Belt is a winter’s day in Brisbane, with tops of mid to high 20s and lows in the low teens. It's time to get outside, get active, get adventurous, fill those lungs with fresh country air and then cool off in a river or under a waterfall!

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Mountain Biking / Cycling

Whether you are a beginner or family looking for an easy stroll or a hard core thrill seeker, who enjoys a combination of cross country and technical downhills, Stanthorpe has a trail to suit you. Between Granite Belt Bicycle Tours that offer various packages from bike hire to fully guided tours, and our Southern Downs Mountain Biking Club, we can suggest the best places to explore by bike.  

Road cyclists can also enjoy the purposely designed track around the region developed by our local councils, which is a great way to escape the city chaos and explore our beautiful scenery and fresh country air. Visit Ride The Great Divide website for more details and maps.

If you have a bike, make sure you bring it on your next trip to Diamondvale! We are so excited to have the brand new tracks built at Mount Marlay, literally on our doorstep, where the trail entrance is 300m from our driveway! 

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Hiking

The Granite Belt is surrounded by five National Parks all within 30-40 minutes drive from Diamondvale Cottages. Offering a choice of walks, hikes, waterfalls, swimming spots and picnic areas, whether you are coming to bird watch, have a workout or just laze by a river, you are spoilt for options with our National Parks.

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Water Activities

In the Summer months, ‘water’ to cool off usually comes first to people’s minds. We locals have our favourite swimming places and things to do to cool off and we’d like to share them with you. Bear in mind, our swimming holes and waterfalls are still very chilly in Summer! Are you brave enough!

 

A U T U M N

Temperature Averages, High 24.9 - Low 5.4 Degrees Celsius

Here in Stanthorpe, Maple and Oak trees are in abundance for guests to witness the glorious Autumn colours and enjoy the cool evenings perfect for gathering around an open fire, toasting marshmallows and star gazing.

 Oak Trees at Diamondvale

Oak Trees at Diamondvale

 Roasting marshmallows by the fire

Roasting marshmallows by the fire

 Japanese Maple Trees at Diamondvale

Japanese Maple Trees at Diamondvale

W I N T E R

Temperature Averages, High 16.4 - Low 1.0 Degrees Celsius

Yes, it's cold, with temperatures regularly falling well below zero ! Time to bring out the puffy jackets, beanies and gloves and brave our chilly wintery days, then snuggle up in front of the fire in your cottage and sleep in as our frosty mornings won't entice you to leave your bed! Whilst some guests brave the cold and go sightseeing, others stay indoors keeping warm, reading books, watching movies and taking mid-day naps. And if the conditions are right it might even snow!

 Wood burning fire

Wood burning fire

 July 2015 Snow

July 2015 Snow

 Frost on the Windscreen

Frost on the Windscreen