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Hodgsonvale

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.

Hodgson Vale, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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The Pittsworth Pioneer Historical Village consists of the Former Pittsworth Post Office, the Telephone Exchange and the Post Masters Residence. You'll also see the former one teacher school, a fully furnished cottage (circa 1900) and the Blacksmith Shop. Explore working life in the early days with displays of cheese making equipment and farm machinery. There are numerous displays including wearing apparel, lace work, early settlers hand tools, and a 1928 Austin Tourer car in original condition. Displays of memorabilia boast the feats of Arthur Postle, one time Australian and world's fastest athlete. He was born in the Pittsworth District.

Victor Denton War Memorial

Nobby, Toowoomba Area
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Queensland's first known WWI memorial doesn't stand in a public park or at a street intersection, it's in a small Darling Downs' cemetery. And unlike the others, it is in memory of one man. Residents from the farming district of Nobby wanted to honour 20-year-old stockman Private Victor Denton who enlisted with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment just weeks after Australia announced it was at war in 1914. He died of battle wounds in June 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey and was buried there. This memorial stands as a sign of the spontaneous highly visible grief that gripped the community and the nation. The memorial is located within the Denton family plot, alongside the grave of Victor's parents, in Nobby Cemetery. Toowoomba monumental masons Bruce Brothers created the concrete and stone memorial, the broken column symbolising a life cut short. It was unveiled November 1915 during a recruitment march from Warwick to Brisbane, by a group labelled the 'Dungarees'. The march's participants drew large crowds in every town.

Greenmount War Memorial

Greenmount, Toowoomba Area
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The life-sized grey sandstone 'Digger' statue in the Darling Downs farming community of Greenmount, stands at ease on top of a square base, with crossed rifles and laurel wreaths carved on the sides. Warwick stonemason, WP Prout created the memorial. He built the base for the Allora memorial and a digger for the Killarney memorial which was destroyed in a cyclone in 1968. Greenmount is believed to be his only remaining intact 'Digger'. The Governor Sir Matthew Nathan unveiled the statue on 11 December 1922, and spoke of the gratitude the Empire owed to people of a small Queensland village, where from a shire of 2,000 people, 184 joined up. All are listed on the memorial, including the 27 who died. It also commemorates the war service of Sister Elizabeth Kenny who later pioneered treatment for polio. The memorial originally stood near the railway station, the heart of the township. It was relocated in 1986 to the Greenmount Bicentennial Memorial Park, adjoining the Returned Soldiers Hall, encircled with garden beds and set off by the rural backdrop of hills and valleys. WWII servicemen's names have been added.

Sister Kenny Memorial

Nobby, Toowoomba Area
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Visit the memorial of Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Clifton's local hero! Sister Kenny lived in Nobby and received world recognition for her revolutionary treatment of polio victims in the early to mid twentieth century. This memorial chronicles her life and gives an account of the battles she had with the medical establishment of the day. She is buried in the peaceful Nobby cemetery, overlooking the wide, rolling hills, and is also commemorated by a local memorial park.

Clifton Historical Museum

Clifton, Toowoomba Area
The Clifton Historical Museum is a worthy tribute to the district's pioneering past. Housed in the old butter factory, you can take a step back in time and visit a 1930s dining room, a pioneer bedroom, an early hospital ward, kitchen and children's room. The Heritage room allows access to original records of local businesses and schools. Read the memoirs of long-time residents, browse through the photographic collection, or look for your forebears on the database. An extensive range of early agricultural tools and machinery will evoke memories of yesteryear. Old movie memorabilia, communication, history, musical pieces; there's something for everyone, discover it for yourself.

Harrow Gardens

Cambooya, Toowoomba Area
Harrow Homestead is a private home and a grand residence, with the warmth and charm of yesteryear. Robert Ramsay, the English owner, had the impressive home constructed in the 1870s mainly of hoop pine and red cedar with large rooms and an arched hallway of polished pine and cedar panelling. The home covers one hundred squares with wide verandas on three sides. Harrow is still very much a working property. Harrow Gardens are over 10 acres of rambling picturesque countryside featuring a 50 metre rose arbour, a lake with water lilies, extensive garden beds and a fish pond. The stunning garden and gorgeous homestead are available for viewing during September and October however coaches are available via appointment at any time.

Darling Downs Zoo

Clifton, Toowoomba Area
The Darling Downs Zoo is situated in a beautiful rural setting on the eastern Downs - midway between Toowoomba and Warwick - just over two hour's drive from the Brisbane Central Business District. This new zoo is being developed in a garden format centred on the geographical areas of Australia, South-east Asia, Africa and South America. Already the zoo features the only pride of African Lions in Queensland, baboons, monkeys, marmosets, serval, rare Sumatran Tiger, tropical birds, kangaroos and white wallabies, camel, deer, crocodiles and alligator, boa constrictors, the world's most venomous snakes, pythons and much, much more. The zoo is also home to the only White Lions in Queensland and the largest herd of Zebras and Giant Tortoises in this State! The zoo is open to the public from 9.00 a.m. six days a week. It is closed on Tuesdays - except for the Queensland state school holidays when it is open every day. It is closed on Christmas Day. Picnic facilities are available, there is a kiosk and gift shop with EFTPOS and free parking for all vehicles including coaches and caravans. The entire zoo is wheelchair friendly.
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