Visit Stanthorpe – it’s unusual, it’s different!

VISIT STANTHORPE: You didn’t know there was such a thing as a CHRISTMAS FARM – with real Christmas trees? The owners grow over 10,000 trees for retail and wholesale customers and many families have made the trip to Stanthorpe a Christmas tradition. Christmas may be over for another year but you can still drive up to Applethorpe (near the town of Stanthorpe) and check out the farm. Kids can embrace the fresh air, explore, and feed the animals – entry is FREE. In the Mistletoe Store you can treat yourself to handcrafted chocolate creations and delicious sweet treats made in-house from the finest Belgian chocolate and fresh local produce. Yum! While in the store, you can also pick up some delightful Christmas decorations for next year. Find the farm at 321 Aerodrome Road, Applethorpe, if you have any questions phone them on 0412 826 842, and visit their website at They’re open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (closed during February and March) – and yes, that includes Queensland public and school holidays. (Photo and text by L.J. May)


On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

In this section we list competitions open to writers of prose and poetry. Detailed information is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red. 

  • Entries for the STANTHORPE ART PRIZE 2020 are now open. This Biennial National Art Prize is open to all Australian artists and offers $50,000 in prizes (see the detailed listing for the different categories). Entries close on Monday, 16 March 2020.



Who: Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020.


Entries close: Monday, 16 March 2020.

Contact: For guidelines, Terms & conditions, Transport options, and to enter online, visit the website at

Cost: See the website for details.  

What’s happening:The Rules. Entries for the STANTHORPE ART PRIZE 2020 are now open. This Biennial National Art Prize is open to all Australian artists and offers $50,000 in prizes (see below). Find out more.

There is NO THEME for this art prize.

The JUDGES are Simon Elliott – Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art), and Rachael Parsons – Director, NERAM (New England Regional Art Museum). Find out more about our judges.

See more helpful information at: 

 The Prizes:   

  • Best in Show $22,000
  • 2D awards: Painting/drawing $3,500
  • Print media $3,500
  • Mixed/crafted $3,500
  • 3D awards: Modelled/carved $3,500
  • Cast $3,500: Composite/assemblage $3,500
  • Emerging Artist $2,000
  • Local Artist $2,000
  • Youth $1,500
  • Public Choice $1,500






VISIT STANTHORPE: PUBLIC ART ON PUBLIC TOILETS – New Street Art (and why not?) The STANTHORPE REGIONAL ART GALLERY was approached by the Southern Downs Regional Council to deliver a project to enhance Stanthorpe and Wallangarra public toilets. Six local artists, who had mural work experience and success were selected to be lead artists and create public art on the local ‘dunnies’. There were six dunnies involved: BROCK PARK, STANTHORPE – Artists were Dean Ford, Peter Martin; STORM KING DAM, STANTHORPE – Trevor Horsnell, Rachel Whieldon, Amy Peters, Gina Roberts; LIONS PARK, SOUTHERN BYPASS TOILETS STANTHORPE – Laurie Astill, Ben Moxham, Dean Ford; LIONS PARK, WALLANGARRA – Tully De Vries, Luanna Legge, David Moore, Hayley Southern, Christopher Sanchez and Arora De Vries; WEEROONA PARK, STANTHORPE – Julie Brown, Susan Peters, Kath Ives, Sarina Moncada, Alyssa Stabile; and FARLEY STREET TOILETS, STANTHORPE – Laurie Astill, Ben Moxham. Told you Stanthorpe was different! MORE STANTHORPE STREET ART: There are quite a few fascinating works of art on Stanthorpe streets (and now also beyond the town into the Granite Belt). Go to the Art Gallery’s website to check out some of the colourful public art on display at, see a map, and go exploring. (Photo courtesy of the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery: modified by L.J. May)