Almaden

Train buffs take note. The Savannahlander is one of tropical North Queensland's unusual rail journeys.

It runs from Cairns to Forsayth overnighting in Almaden. It traces an important railway system that was developed by John Moffat as part of his vast mining empire in the late 1800s. By 1910, the Cairns to Chillagoe line was connected to the Etheridge gold fields so the private rail link from Forsayth-Almaden became an important rail junction. Imagine the treasure trove of riches uncovered in this mineral-rich land during those times.

Gold at Etheridge and Hodgkinson, copper at Mt Garnet and Mt Molloy, tin at Irvinebank and Stannary Hills, tin and silver at Emuford, silver and wolfram at Petford and coal at Mt Mulligan fuelling the Chillagoe smelter.

Australia truly was - and is - the lucky country. With these riches beneath the ground, it was sitting at the end of the rainbow. Almaden is a small community with some homes following the rail link. While some travellers head to Chillagoe's limestone cave tours by bus, others take the time to overnight at Almaden.

A slower pace does bring its own rewards. The Railway Hotel is a classic outback hotel, well maintained and presented. There's simple but comfortable accommodation, meals and takeaways and Nan is renowned for her pies. What more could you ask - every Aussie's wish.

Walk to the back of the hotel to see Nan's other passion - gardening. There is a micro tropical environment with lush palms, epiphytes and lawns. Locals refer to the community as Cow Town as cattle often camp along the streets in unfenced areas.

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Murphys Creek Chilli Festival

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15 October 2017
Celebrate Flavour and Fire in the lovely Lockyer Valley - one hour from Brisbane and the only Chilli Festival in Queensland! The Murphys Creek Chilli Festival will ignite your senses! An easy day tip from Brisbane, or stay over.
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17 March 2017
In March 2017, the World Science Festival Brisbane will once again bring together the world’s best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping our world.

CRT Farmfest

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6 June 2017
CRT FarmFest is Queensland’s premier primary industry field days. Showcasing over 2,000 companies and attracting over 60,000 visitors from across the nation and overseas. This is one of the fastest growing and successful field days in Australia.
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15 September 2017
The Heritage Bank Live Concert series is held in conjunction with the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival. One ticket gets you entry into both the Festival and the Live Concert Series so you can enjoy fine food and wine while being entertained by the most exciting and diverse line-up in the Festival's history.

Parkland Entertainment

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15 September 2017
You'll hear music from almost every genre floating out of Toowoomba's beautiful parks. The Parkland Experience covers folk, pop, pop-funk, classic, Irish folk, rock, jazz or soul, Memphis, country, rock n roll, Celtic, swing, opera, bush ballads, blues, choral, brass band, old time music, strings and retro rock.
15 September 2017
A signature event of Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival. Find out why the world is beginning to lick its lips over Southern Queensland Country produce. It's simply world-class and you can sample the latest offerings while losing yourself in a vibrant festival atmosphere.
29 April 2017
Relive history with the working horse exhibitions and displays of heavy horses in action. Held at the Gatton Showgrounds, today's Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron and Australian Draft breeds all have ancestral roots that stem back to first settlers.

Anzac Day at the Woolshed

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25 April 2017
Commemorate Anzac Day at the Woolshed on Monday, 25 April. Enjoy a wonderful day of activities to remember the soldiers and enjoy the true Aussie spirit with friends and family. Billy tea, damper and camp oven stew will be available on the day.
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13 May 2017
Why not escape to the country with your mother this Mother's Day? Enjoy a two course lunch at the Woolshed Cafe Restaurant including a complimentary glass of champagne for your mother. The lunch, made by the Woolshed's incredible chefs, will be available for breakfast and lunch.

Grand Central Floral Parade

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16 September 2017
Now in its 68th year, this famous Parade winds its way through the heart of the city to Queens Park to the sounds of live bands. The city heart beats as street performers, carnival characters, and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey.
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