Stanthorpe is a large and prosperous township on the New England Highway near the NSW border.
It is set in the middle of a rich, mixed farming area where rural activities range from vineyards, wineries and orchards to sheep and cattle grazing.
Located on the New England Highway 223 km from Brisbane via Warwick, 56 km north of Tenterfield and 811 m above sea level, Stanthorpe is unusually cool for Queensland. In winter the night time temperatures in the town often fall below zero and the average minimum temperature for July is 0.3°C. In fact the town once recorded minus 14.6°C: the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Sunshine state.