I’ve got some wonderful videos for you today, especially if you like the great outdoors, the countryside, hills, biking and hiking. If you think the Australian countryside is nothing more than dusty dirt tracks, searing heat and barren landscapes in the outback, this post is also for you.
If you remember, last weekend we went to Stanthorpe, which is in the Granite Belt Region. To get to it from Brisbane, we had to cross the Great Dividing Range. I posted photographs of us doing that, here is just one of them…
The Granite Belt is in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. Then there’s the Scenic Rim, which is somewhere along the Great Dividing Range, close to the Queensland New South Wales border. If I’m not mistaken, the above image of that Great Dividing Range pass looks over the Scenic Rim.
It can all get very confusing, with all these different names for different areas, but today we are going to take a look at all of them. Well, we’ve already looked at the Great Dividing Range before a few times. It’s hard not to notice it when you live in Australia, it covers almost 2,500,000 km² and runs down the entire length of the eastern coast of Australia.
Here are some previous posts with mentions and pictures:
- Why Most People Live on the East Coast of Australia Explained
- Nimbin: The Most Unusual Small Town in All of Australia
- Mount Tamborine: The Green Behind the Gold
- Things To Do In and Around Coffs Harbour
So, I have three other areas to show you, through YouTube of course.
The Darling Downs
Time to get on our virtual bikes…
We need to put those bikes away now, things are going to get a bit hilly.
The Scenic Rim
Whilst we managed to grab glimpses of the Scenic Rim from the car as we drove through the Great Dividing Range, imagine what it’s like to walk up to the highest point and look down on it. No need to imagine, I’ve got a couple of videos for you.
Here’s the short version…
Or, if you prefer, this is the longer version…
The Granite Belt
Not far from Stanthorpe, in the heart of the Granite Belt, is Bald Rock. At 260 metres high, it’s Australia’s largest rock after Uluru and the largest exposed granite surface in the southern hemisphere.
So there is no better place to view the Granite Belt Region than from the top of that rock. I didn’t climb Uluru, and I didn’t climb Bald Rock either. Here’s somebody who did though…
All of these areas are just an hour to two and a half hours drive from Brisbane, so whenever we need a bit of countryside, we know where to go.