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Clifton

If you think of the quintessential country town streetscape you've got Clifton in mind. Dating back to 1875, this classic little town halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick has been used in a number of Australian movies including 'The Thornbirds'.

Set on the wide fertile plains of the Darling Downs, Clifton Station, running cattle in the first year of the downs' settlement. Wheat was grown for many years and nowadays it's an agriculturally diverse producer of cattle, cereal crops, sunflowers and honey.

The Clifton and District Historical Museum, located in the former Butter Factory building has a wide collection of household and agricultural items providing an insight into the area's pioneering past.

Just a short drive north of Clifton is the village of Nobby and the well known Rudd's Pub, which has an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past. The Pub is dedicated to Steele Rudd, who lived in the area, and found inspiration there for his stories in 'On Our Selection'. Just a short stroll from the Pub is the Sister Kenny memorial. Sister Elizabeth Kenny also lived in the area and was known for her revolutionary treatment for the victims of polio.

Accommodation in the Clifton district ranges from farmstays, bed and breakfasts, pub stays, and a caravan park.

Clifton, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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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.

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.

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.

Hodgsonvale

Hodgson Vale, Toowoomba Area
Hodgsonvale is a small rural community just south of Toowoomba. It's an area which offers the mountain biker, motorcyclist, quad biker or trail bike rider an picturesque area to enjoy the landscape and the capabilities of their bikes. Make sure you pay a visit to Lions Park in Hodgsonvale, a large park located on the New England Highway. The park is the perfect little place for a barbecue picnic and is a lovely stop when exploring Steele Rudd Country. There is a barbecue, half basketball court and play equipment for the children. Clean public facilities are also available for your use.

Clifton

Clifton, Toowoomba Area
If you think of the quintessential country town streetscape you've got Clifton in mind. Dating back to 1875, this classic little town halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick has been used in a number of Australian movies including 'The Thornbirds'. Set on the wide fertile plains of the Darling Downs, Clifton Station, running cattle in the first year of the downs' settlement. Wheat was grown for many years and nowadays it's an agriculturally diverse producer of cattle, cereal crops, sunflowers and honey. The Clifton and District Historical Museum, located in the former Butter Factory building has a wide collection of household and agricultural items providing an insight into the area's pioneering past. Just a short drive north of Clifton is the village of Nobby and the well known Rudd's Pub, which has an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past. The Pub is dedicated to Steele Rudd, who lived in the area, and found inspiration there for his stories in 'On Our Selection'. Just a short stroll from the Pub is the Sister Kenny memorial. Sister Elizabeth Kenny also lived in the area and was known for her revolutionary treatment for the victims of polio. Accommodation in the Clifton district ranges from farmstays, bed and breakfasts, pub stays, and a caravan park.

Pittsworth

Pittsworth, Toowoomba Area
A pleasant 30-minute drive from Toowoomba, just off the Gore Highway is Pittsworth. Here lies some of the richest farming land in Australia. You'll discover a town equipped with modern facilities and everything you'll need for your journey, however there's still a country town feel and a strong sense of history here. A beautiful display of Silky Oak and Jacaranda trees line the town streets, flowering in October and November. The town is surrounded by cotton and grain growing farms, as well as some remaining dairies. The Pittsworth Pioneer Village showcases the early development of the area and is dedicated to the memory of the feats of Arthur Postle - the "Crimson Flash". Once the world's fastest athlete, Postle grew up in the district and developed his live of running on the family farm. Craft travellers will be interested in the Lady Fletcher Lace Room which houses one on Australia's largest lace collections. In Hume Street you will find the gracious St Stephen's Catholic Church, constructed in 1908. Just around the corner, St Andrew's Anglican Church is also worth a visit to view the magnificent stained-glass windows.

Cambooya

Cambooya, Toowoomba Area
The little village of Cambooya is in the heart of Steele Rudd Country. Australian author Arthur Hoey Davis, who wrote under the pen name 'Steele Rudd' and is best known for 'On Our Selection', spent much of his childhood on his family's small block at Emu Creek near East Greenmount. A replica of Rudd's slab-and-shingle hut stands in Greenmount as a display of subsistence farmers' way of life, as depicted in 'On Our Selection'. The Soldiers' Memorial Hall near Greenmount is another interesting local building. In Federation Park at Vale View, explore native vegetation. The Bull and Barley Inn has recently been restored to reflect its original 1900s old world atmosphere. You'll find memorabilia and photographs adorning the walls. There is a restaurant and accommodation on site. All beverages requiring cooling are chilled in the Inn's original cedar chiller box. You will also find a cafe and general store across from the Bull and Barley Inn in Cambooya's main street.
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