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Allora

Allora is known as 'the best little town on the Downs'. The town nestles beside Dalrymple Creek just off the highway between Toowoomba and Warwick.

You may well think you are taking a trip into history when driving down the main street, a street described by one travel writer as 'one of the three best streetscapes in Australia'. Make sure you visit Saint David's Anglican Church built in 1888, and reputably one of the finest examples of a timber church in country Queensland.

Allora has a strong sense of history. A signed Heritage Trail takes walkers from one historic building to the next, street banners reflect the theme, and a series of murals at the gates of the showground depict local milestones. The town was the childhood home of P.L Travers who wrote the Mary Poppins stories, and the fallen soldier's memorial is one of only two Boer War memorials in Queensland.

Also of interest is Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre. Now restored, it embodies the history of the Allora region since the late 19th Century. A major draw card on the Heritage Building Trail, Glengallan divulges a fascinating insight into the workings of a pastoral station.

Allora
Allora, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
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Yangan

Yangan,
The village of Yangan sits on Swan Creek at the head of the picturesque Swanfels Valley. The town was developed to serve the industries of the Swanfels Valley, with a police station, school and church existing prior to 1884. The sandstone used in many of Warwick's magnificent buildings including the police station and town hall, was quarried in this area. The Yangan Masonic Hall, acquired by Yangan Lodge in 1912, was originally built as the School of Arts (circa 1898). Made of local timber, it stands today as a distinctive landmark and symbol of the town's former prosperity.

Southbrook

Southbrook, Toowoomba Area
Southbrook is a scenic rural community located on the Gore Highway near Pittsworth. The township has a primary school, hotel, store, fuel and other basic facilities. Local farm properties are characterised by hilly grassland, uncleared native woodland, and crops including sunflowers, chickpeas, wheat and barley. A great place to stop and smell the fresh air on your way to Goondiwindi.

Greenmount

Greenmount, Toowoomba Area
Greenmount is a lovely country township surrounded by dairy farms, horse studs and various crops. Formally known as Emu Creek, Greenmount is rural town on the outskirts of the Darling Downs. Take a break for a barbecue in Greenmount's Bicentennial Park next to the Memorial Hall. The Hall is an attraction not to be missed with a rare pressed metal ceiling and stage. The Greenmount Cemetery is the final resting place of Jack Slattery. He was the character 'Cranky Jack' in the novel 'On Our Selection' by Arthur Hoey Davis, better known as Steele Rudd - one of Australia's most famous writers. Take the time to explore the town's other Steele Rudd attractions including his hut and Rudd's Pub in nearby Nobby.

Vale View

Vale View, Toowoomba Area
Vale View is located just south of Toowoomba and is home to Federation Park. Federation Park is a lovely spot for a picnic or a short walk. Vale View is accessed from Toowoomba via Drayton Road and is located near Cambooya. Make sure you pay a visit to the local winery on your way through the area.

Leyburn

Leyburn, Southern Downs Area
Leyburn's stately heritage streets roar to life each August, when thousands come to watch cars race in the Historic Motor Sprint. Stop for a beer, a yarn and some real country cooking at the historic Royal Hotel. Built in 1863 this pub is one of Queensland's oldest. It is now owned by former Brisbane Broncos player, Shane Webcke. Your heritage trail should include Leyburn School, circa 1862; Leyburn cemetery, St Matthew's Catholic Church; Liberator Park which has a memorial to 'Z special unit' stationed here in World War II; and Leyburn airstrip. Nearby Pratten was once a bustling goldfield. Visitors can still try their luck at Thane's Creek fossicking reserve.

Broxburn

Broxburn, Toowoomba Area
Broxburn is a rural community approximately five minutes drive from the town Pittsworth. The small town offers camping facilitates for travellers looking to make a stop for the night. Broxburn is know for its yearly event, the Broxburn Festival. The Festival is usually held in May each year. Previously being a Country Music Event, this festival now encourages walk up artists to showcase their talent in any music genre they prefer to perform. The Broxburn grounds are also available for hire throughout the year.

Maryvale

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
The small close-knit community of Maryvale is typical of the type of town you'll find in South East Queensland - friendly, peaceful, and surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The area's lovely aspect and crisp mountain air has seen a number of health resorts and farm stays open up. These resorts offer guests fine dining, award-winning local wines, pools, spas, horse riding, bushwalking, and the cosy ambience of an open log fire. The town of Maryvale itself is nestled in picturesque farmlands but just five minutes drive east you'll come to the grandeur and majesty of the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park. This expansive park is part of the Scenic Rim and offers exhilarating walks through dense rainforest, past thick groves of piccabeen palms and along the edge of sheer cliff faces. There are waterfalls and bubbling creeks to enjoy and the views across the valley will take your breath away. Back in town, be sure to visit Maryvale's historic pub constructed in 1912 and take the time to wander around and enjoy a little country relaxation.

Warwick

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Sitting on the banks of the Condamine River, historic Warwick - known for its roses and rodeo - features some of the state's finest original sandstone buildings. Known as the 'Rose and Rodeo Capital', Warwick was settled over 150 years ago and has an interesting history to tell. Drop into the Warwick Visitor Information Centre for a copy of the 'Heritage and Historic Building Trails' and you're on your way. The trail takes in well-preserved churches, cottages, railway stations and schools - taking you back to the days when people travelled in horse-drawn carts. Warwick's famous Rose and Rodeo Festival is held on the last weekend in October. Come and see Australia's best rodeo riders compete for their share in the glory. Boasting some of the country's richest prizes, the Rodeo can trace its roots to a professional buck jumping contest of 1857. At the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre you can explore the tales and memorabilia of rodeo pioneers and champions. Warwick's famous son, Jackie Howe, who still holds the bladeshearing world record set in 1892 for 321 sheep shorn in a day, is recognised with two memorials in Warwick. Plan your visit to see Wednesday's Pig & Calf Sale or for the Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival where the deciduous trees of the main street are dressed with custom-knitted jumpers and the sounds of live music fill the city. Steam train buffs should plan their visit to take a trip on the Southern Downs Steam Railway's "Downs Dasher" C17 Steam Locomotive No. 971 built in 1950. Runs operate monthly from Warwick to Clifton or Wallangarra. Keen anglers can throw a line in the Condamine River, or enjoy shore fishing at Connolly Dam, a short drive south-east of Warwick. Nearby Leslie Dam is a great picnic and swimming spot and is well stocked for shore and boat fishing. North-east of Warwick you'll discover the Goomburra section of the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park. Here you'll find flowing creeks, cascading waterfalls, prolific birdlife, koala colonies and walks through some of the best bush and temperate rainforests in the country.

Goomburra

Goomburra, Southern Downs Area
The unspoiled natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, valleys and creeks makes Goomburra a 'must see' for any nature lover keen to get off the beaten track. 30 minutes' drive north of Warwick and 90 minutes' drive south-west of Ipswich, Goomburra is popular with campers and bushwalkers and offers plenty of space to pitch a tent and explore. There are several walks gazetted in the Goomburra section of the park, each providing a different perspective on this unique part of the country. The walk to Araucaria Falls takes you through subtropical rainforest and past rock pools and towering hoop pines. The half hour hike to Sylvesters Lookout is well worth the effort with spectacular views across the Brisbane Valley your reward. The park also provides a haven for rare and endangered species of frog as well as platypus, koalas, brush-tailed phascoale. There are several accommodation options available at Goomburra from cabin-style bungalows to camping in the National Park. Campsites have toilets, tap water and barbecues however campers are advised to boil all water before drinking. Campers must also bring their own firewood.

Nobby

Nobby, Toowoomba Area
Nobby is an historic little nook in Southern Queensland Country. Famous names like Steele Rudd and Sister Kenny make visiting Nobby a bit like taking a walk in the annals of Australian history. Steele Rudd (real name: Hoey Davis), the author of Dad and Dave, is remembered by the oldtimers of the town and also by those who may recall the golden days of radio, where the Rudd stories ran for many years. Rudd's Pub is dedicated to Steele Rudd and there are still plenty of local characters to yarn to around the bar today. Plan your visit for lunchtime. The food here is great with juicy steaks as big as the plate! The pub walls are adorned with extensive displays of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past. Then there's Sister Kenny, the 'saint' who worked with polio treatments prior and the development of a vaccine. Near the hotel, there's a memorial dedicated to this lady. That's just a part of the history, with much more told simply by taking a stroll along the town's main street which is dotted with shopfronts from another era. Take a picnic in the local park which offers barbecue facilities.
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