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Haden

Haden is a small rural town approximately 50 kilometres north of Toowoomba and 185 kilometres north west from Brisbane. The town is set high on the Great Dividing Range, resulting in a high number of windy days.

There is a picturesque lookout on the Haden-Maclagan Road to the west of the town. The brush turkey, known to local Aboriginal people as wahoon, was prevalent in the area in Haden's early days and in 2002 a monument was erected there.

The Haden township was a thriving centre in the early 1900s, with two pubs, three grocer shops, butcher shop, Queensland National Bank - and a racecourse. Haden State School was officially opened on May 20, 1912, and first known as Wahoon State School.

Haden, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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Ravensbourne National Park

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
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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. Stay at nearby Crows Nest National Park, at Cressbrook Dam or in nearby towns.

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.

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 an alternate route from Toowoomba through to Goombungee. It's a quiet little township tucked away in the green rolling hills north of Toowoomba. Meringandan West is a great little spot to stop and pick up some supplies at the fuel station on offer and relax at the refreshment spot.

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.

Perseverence

Perseverance, Toowoomba Area
Perseverence is an area east of Crows Nest and Pechey, where you can enjoy a barbecue picnic by Perseverence Dam and groups find excellent camp and conference facilities at Perseverence Lodge. Opposite Perseverence Lodge is a public park with barbecue facilities and playground equipment. At the Dam itself the picnic grounds is a lovely spot to stop to admire the tranquil waters and the dramatic drop from the roadway across the dam wall. Guests of Perseverence Lodge can also enjoy a huge range of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, orienteering and tennis.

Westbrook

Westbrook, Toowoomba Area
Westbrook is a growing community located a short drive south west of Toowoomba. Enjoy the hotel complex, featuring verandahs looking over the plains of the Darling Downs, a bottle shop and restaurant. The town is also home to a lovely little restaurant and several little shops. Westbrook has become a great destination for a short country drive from Toowoomba.

Crows Nest National Park

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
In Crows Nest National Park, Crows Nest Creek winds through eucalypt forest and plunges into a steep granite gorge. Wildlife abounds among bloodwood and stringybark trees. Follow the creek to the Cascades and Crows Nest Falls, then to Koonin lookout for a spectacular view of the Valley of Diamonds. Have a bush picnic and watch for vulnerable brush-tailed rock-wallabies on the rocky cliffs. During the day, you might see rosellas and fantails. At night, you may spot a glider or a bandicoot. Book early to secure a campsite during public holidays.

Kingsthorpe

Kingsthorpe, Toowoomba Area
Take a quiet side-track from the Warrego Highway or New England Highway to find the hamlet of Kingsthorpe. Kingsthorpe is just a 15-minute panoramic drive west of Toowoomba. Home to both Gowrie Mountain Estate Vineyard and Cellar Door and also Wedgetail Ridge Estate Winery, which are open by appointment. Gowrie Mountain Estate offers accommodation onsite in the historic homestead, while Sugarloaf Mountain Country Retreat, just up the road offers accommodation close to both wineries. The eastern part of the area has several scenic lookouts which provide expansive views over Rosalie Plains and portions of the Darling Downs. One of the most easily accessible is located just outside Kingsthorpe at Mt Kingsthorpe Park and is well worth a look. A graded walking track from the lookout's car park takes visitors to the summit, which provides expansive views as well as a glimpse of some of the original rainforest vegetation that once covered all of Mt Kingsthorpe. A service station is also situated in Kingsthorpe for your convenience.
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