We went to Stanthorpe for a few days. It is a small country town up in the ranges 223 km south west of Brisbane. It was settled by Italian immigrants. It is famous for its wineries and fruit growing, especially apples. It is often cooler up there compared to steamy Brisbane, so it is a good place to visit when it is hot. It also rains a lot there like it did for the 2 days that we visited.
On the way over the ranges at Cunninghams Gap we were held up for 30 mins just standing still and then moved at a snails pace for ages, just as well we weren't in a hurry. Later we passed a huge wide load that took up both sides of the road. It looked like mining machinery. There were 3 prime movers pulling it and 3 more pushing it over the mountain.There was a police escort. It started to rain.
The view from our Motel.
When there was a lull in the rain I went for a walk along the river while Bill stayed in the dry room and read his book.
There were quiet calm spots in the backwaters......
..and raging torrents over the rocky parts.
It had been raining a lot and the water was rising close to this bridge. It was a bit scary in the middle.
On the way back I spied these two girls walking on the railway bridge. I'm hoping its a disused line.
Stanthorpe is a pretty place surrounded by National Parks, granite outcrops and vineyards. It also has one of the best Italian restaurants in Queensland, where we enjoyed dinner on the first night.