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Russell Street Historical Walk, Toowoomba

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area

This self-guided walking tour of Toowoomba's Russell Street will lead you by landmarks of fine historic architecture, many of which date back to the 1860s.

The walk commences at the Railway Station on Railway Street, continues west to Kensington Street and then turns east to the stately shop fronts in the city centre. Buildings of note include the Hotel Norville, Toowoomba's Regional Art Gallery and City Hall and the Whitehorse Building (1912).

Drop in to the Toowoomba's Visitor Information Centre on the corner of James and Kitchener Street for a copy of the brochure to guide you along your way.

Allow a minimum of one hour for a brisk walk and longer for a leisurely stroll.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Pets allowed, enquire on booking

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.
Russell Street
Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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Ravensbourne National Park

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
For many years, Ravensbourne National Park was a traditional stop over for Aboriginal people on their way to and from bunya festivals in the Bunya Mountains. Today, visitors come to admire rainforest remnants, majestic Sydney blue gums and more than 80 bird species, including green catbirds and vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Under the rainforest's dense canopy, orchids and elkhorns thrive. Picnic at either Blackbean or Cedar Block day-use area and explore the park's five short tracks (the longest is two hours). Near Cedar Block's self-guiding walk, Gus Beutel lookout gives panoramic views of the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim. On other tracks, watch for red-tailed black-cockatoos in the she-oaks and listen for the ringing calls of paradise riflebirds. Lorikeets and fairy-wrens are also often seen. Bring wood to enjoy a barbecue at either picnic area. There is no camping on-site. Stay at nearby Crows Nest National Park, at Cressbrook Dam or in nearby towns.

Toowoomba Water Bird Habitat

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Nestled into suburban Toowoomba at Rangeville, the habitat covers 7.6 hectares (19 acres), which is quite a small area to establish as a diverse wetland. Environmental diversity is essential if the habitat is to attract a variety of waterbirds. There are deep and shallow lakes, areas of reeds, mud-banks, islands and grassy areas to provide feeding, roosting and nesting conditions required by different birds. To complete this habitat, over 2000 shrubs and trees were planted to attract native birds. All of the plants are Australian species appropriate to the locality. The plantings on the perimeter help screen the habitat from the surrounding roads and houses, creating a peaceful atmosphere within. Waterbird habitats are characteristically places of light and open spaces, so large areas of grassland have been retained. You can see birds such as maned duck and straw-necked ibis which feed mainly on these grasslands.

Crows Nest Falls

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Weeping bottlebrush, river she-oak and forest red gum line watercourses while dry vine scrubs grow in sheltered gullies where soil and moisture accumulate at Crows Nest Falls, a prominent feature of Crows Nest National Park, located about a half-hour drive from Toowoomba. On steep slopes and cliff tops, eucalypts tower over a thick understorey of shrubs and small trees. The Falls are a haven for native birds and provides many opportunities for birdwatchers. Wildflowers, including the rare Acacia granitica, flourish in the shallow, rocky soils and provide colourful displays in spring and summer. Explore Crows Nest Creek, the falls and the Valley of Diamonds by following walking tracks that start at the picnic ground. Lookouts provide views over the Valley of Diamonds. Seasonal wildflowers provide interest for photographers and naturalists, and spotlighting for nocturnal native animals can be rewarding. Picnic and camping areas are provided (a camping permit is required). The campground includes unpowered sites for tents and caravans. Showers, toilets, barbecues, tables, water and firewood are also provided.

Crows Nest National Park

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Discover spectacular scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest remnants on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. Nestled amongst eucalypt forest, bloodwood and stringybark trees lies Crows Nest Falls, about six kilometres east of Crows Nest and 56-kilometres north of Toowoomba. Take in the sights of nature as water plunges 20 metres over steep granite cliffs at Crows Nest Falls lookout. Extend the original 2.1-kilometre circuit by adding the Kauyoo Loop to The Cascades, Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool, where you're able to take a dip on a hot summer's day. Continue to adventure four and a half kilometres to Koonin lookout with a glistening birds-eye-view over the Valley of Diamonds and spot brush-tailed rock-wallabies, rosellas and fantails. Plan ahead with a reserved campsite for nocturnal bandicoot and glider sightings at night.

Oakey

Oakey, Toowoomba Area
Just 30 minutes drive from Toowoomba, the Oakey area offers a real country experience - genuine country hospitality and the chance to make a deep connection with the town's rich pioneering history. The Oakey Historical Museum has faithfully preserved the everyday lifestyle of the town's forebears for new generations to enjoy. The collection is a must-see for every visitor. A popular drawcard is the Australian Army Flying Museum where you'll see every kind of aircraft flown by the Australian Army since World War II, including the latest high-tech military helicopters. Other remarkable flying machines include a replica of the Bristol Boxkite as used to train pilots in World War I. The area's most famous sporting son, the mighty racehorse Bernborough, is celebrated in a life size bronze statue that stands proudly outside the Jondaryan service centre. Here a press-button recording lets visitors relive one of Bernborough's brilliant wins and find out more about his exploits. Oakey has motels, pubs, a caravan park and bed and breakfast accommodations just a short drive from regional wineries, with restaurants featuring fresh local produce and the finest beef. Or, for a relaxing taste of rural life, you can try a farmstay on a working cattle and grain property.

Spring Bluff

Spring Bluff, Toowoomba Area
Spring Bluff is a beautiful valley tucked in the ranges north of Toowoomba and best known for its picturesque railway station. Spring Bluff Railway Station is a favourite day trip for visitors and locals alike. Its gardens are magnificent during Spring and Summer and steam train rides and a brass band concert held at the station are features of September during Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers. The Railway Station features a cute cafe in the station master's cottage or take your own picnic. It's worth visiting Spring Bluff any time of year, just for the interesting drive down the range off the New England Highway through to Murphy's Creek. The road meanders through lush bushland, following the path of the creek.

Jondaryan

Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
Jondaryan is a quaint rural township, home to The Woolshed at Jondaryan and Station Village. Built in 1859, The Woolshed at Jondaryan is Queensland's oldest operating woolshed. You can join a daily guided tour to learn about the history of Jondaryan Station and its role in the development of pastoralism on the Darling Downs. Stroll back in time through a fascinating complex of historic buildings, machinery and collections and watch live shearing demonstrations in the original shearing shed. You can also stay at the Woolshed, enjoying easy access to the Bunya Mountains, Dalby, Toowoomba and Oakey. Open daily, admission to the Museum grounds including a guided tour is an additional charge upon check-in. Either stay in a self-contained cabin or the pet-friendly caravan park with fantastic facilities including great amenities, dump point, a coin operated laundromat, a bush kitchen with barbecues, open fire pit and refrigeration. The Woolshed hosts events throughout the year including Easter celebrations, the Jackie Howe Festival in September and New Year's Eve at the Woolshed. Visit The Woolshed at Jondaryan's website for a full calendar of events.

Hampton

Hampton, Toowoomba Area
At the top of the escarpment on the Great Dividing Range, Hampton is a picturesque village surrounded by forests and striking natural beauty. At 715 metres above sea level, it's the heart of the high county and home to a thriving arts community. It's rich volcanic soils and temperate climate make it one of Southern Queensland Country's most productive food bowls. The Hampton area supplies much of the state's rhubarb and avocados and the breadth of produce grown in the area is celebrated at the annual Hampton Festival in May. Stop to chat to a local at the Hampton Visitor Information Centre and browse the historic 100 year old building. If you're travelling with a caravan or motor home, Chapman Park is a designated overnight rest stop within an easy walk of Flavours Cafe and a general store.

Gowrie Junction

Gowrie Junction, Toowoomba Area
Gowrie Junction is located just five minutes drive west from Toowoomba's city outskirts, just off the Warrego Highway. This picturesque country community lies amongst the rolling hills which border the open cropping plains of the Darling Downs. Gowrie Junction contains a small shop, school, community hall and a recreational hall. The town is well worth a stop.

Meringandan West

Meringandan West, Toowoomba Area
Meringandan West is a quiet little township tucked away in the green rolling hills north of Toowoomba. Take an alternative scenic route from Toowoomba through to Goombungee via this rural community. You'll see pink and grey galahs, horses and cows grazing and fields of canola and sorghum. Keep an eye out for yellow canola flowers in spring and sunflowers from December to February. It's a great little spot for a country drive and you'll find fuel and basic supplies are available at the service station in town.
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