Episode 17 The Qld College of Wine Tourism

Episode 17

The Qld College of Wine Tourism

Show Notes

The Qld College of Wine Tourism, is a  fascinating place, who would have thought you could go to school and learn about wine-making. We chat what they do, how they have grown, their fantastic restaurant and why Stanthorpe is so perfect, for the operation.

We also finish off our introduction to the Dalys’ and talk kids education on the road, and we chat to Ranger Nick about the first cookbook he ever wrote.. 

The Queensland College of Wine Tourism


The Queensland College of Wine Tourism is a joint venture between the University of Southern Queensland and the Department of Education, Training and Employment and opened in April 2007.
A state-of-the-art $8.5 million education and training facility for the Queensland wine tourism industry, the College is located on the campus of Stanthorpe State High School and provides specialist education and training facilities for the wine tourism industry.

In partnership with University of Southern Queensland, Stanthorpe State High School and 47 other Gateway Schools, the College provides training from secondary to tertiary levels in viticulture, oenology, tourism, hospitality and business.

The education and training programs are developed in partnership with the wine tourism industry.


Varias Restaurant

The  Qld College of Wine Tourism incorporates the Award Winning Varias Restaurant, Conference and Function Centre, open 7 days a week from 10am to 3pm together with the Banca Ridge Vineyard and Cellar Door, open from 9am to 4pm.  The restaurant also provides a daily a la carte morning tea menu and is open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5.30pm (bookings essential).  In winter, dine in front of the fireplace or on warmer days enjoy dining on the deck overlooking the spring fed dam and vineyard.

The Daly Trippers

We are the Daly’s and we are packing in our crazy busy lifestyle to get back to basics and travel this big beautiful country!
As a young family with a well established business plus doing the FIFO gig, life can get super crazy busy and we have always loved escaping to the coast, finding new camping spots or even jumping on a plane and exploring the world.
We (Niki and Steve) have always loved travelling since we met almost 20 years ago and now the kids are a little bit older, we are hitting the road to give them, and ourselves, an experience of a lifetime. We love our camping and thought what better way to see Oz!
All of sudden we are middle aged (well in our 40’s.. what how did that happen lol), mortality seems to suddenly become all too apparent after a few really crappy things happen and we sat back and thought what the hell are we waiting for? Life is flashing right before our eyes and we are stuck in the rat race and surely this is not what life is about!
Don’t get me wrong we are blessed and our life is awesome, but we suddenly became stuck in the cycle of living to work. So we did some sums, asked some really big questions and thought bugger it! Lets do it! There is never going to be a better time than now!
We are heading off end of 2019 so follow our journey from start to finish and maybe you might get inspired to do the same! Life is too short to do the same shit everyday, yeooow!
*We will update this before we go. The kids are talking about having their own You Tube Channel and I am sure more socials will pop up as we get prepared for our adventure of a lifetime!

Ranger Nick

Would you like a collection of Ranger Nick’s favourite camp oven recipes and read about this Bushy’s real life events that lead him to these simple, yummy and hearty meals?

“You should be walking with me when I am walking by myself” is his first book and contains mouthwatering camp oven recipes plus humorous bush and life tales.

You will be in for a treat, reading this unique book, written in Ranger Nick’s own unique style and sense of humour. It is entertaining, informative and a must have companion for any outdoor enthusiast. More than just a cook book, the “Boy from the Bush” makes a great gift for yourself or loved ones.

Having come up through the ranks in the Scouting Association, techniques and recipes are all about being prepared and keeping things simple.
The simple traditional recipes can be generated in any kitchen, and are loved by young and old, making camp oven cooking a breeze.
A selection of entrees, mains and desserts.

The book is written in colloquial language, and for those unfamiliar with Aussie slang, there is a glossary in the back.

You’ll love Ranger Nick’s recipe book with a twist.

  • ringbound book to open up flat
  • coated pages to wipe clean with a damp cloth
  • colour photo for each meal
  • 6 entrees, 10 main meals, 6 desserts
  • a few humorous yarns
  • recipes for your camp kitchen or kitchen at home


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