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Cecil Plains

The rural Darling Downs town of Cecil Plains is just over an hour's drive from Toowoomba.

Cecil Plains is home to a stately historic homestead, now known as "Country Stay Bed and Breakfast" located at the eastern entrance to town adjacent to the Toowoomba - Cecil Plains Road. The homestead was the focal point of life on Cecil Plains Station which was claimed in 1841 by Henry Stuart Russell.

The history of the station is inscribed on a plaque at the entrance to the historic Homestead. The property was named in honour of Henry Stuart Russell's mother, Cecil Charlotte Pemberton. The homestead started as a single slab cottage built by Henry and his brother Sydneham on the western bank of the Condamine River. Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt often sat on the homestead verandah discussing his expeditions with the two brothers. James Taylor bought the property in 1859. His family held it until 1916 when it was purchased by the Crown for a soldier's settlement. In 1919 the property was thrown open for selection.

There are more hints of spirits long-departed at the Old Station Cemetery. Tombstone details have been preserved in a rustic hardwood memorial surrounding a huge gum tree in the centre of this historic cemetery.

You may also choose to stay at the new caravan park, in the centre of town, with easy access to the library, general store, hotel, swimming pool and the Condamine River. During the harvest season (April to July), be sure to take in a tour of the Cecil Plains Cotton Gin, one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cecil Plains
Cecil Plains, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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10 June 2017
Long gone are the days of little red wagons! Cooly Rocks On™ kids will be cruisin’ the streets and pavements in customised Tot Rods, built from the ground up. The next generation of car enthusiasts can enter the Kids Pedal Car Show’n’Shine so Dads, time to hit the shed and get cracking!

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

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14 July 2017
From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2017, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own. The CIAF 2016 cultural festivities welcomed more visitors than ever before - 50,000 people attended across all venues - enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture and taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the very first CIAF Art Market.
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13 May 2017
Get ready to pony up at this year’s Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival with Queensland’s best food, fashion, racing and entertainment. You won’t want to miss the thrill of being trackside this year so mark this on your social calendar.
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1 July 2017
The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

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24 June 2017
Eat Local Week is a showcase of the people and produce of the Scenic Rim. Experience the food and wine of this fertile region, which produces a bounty of fruit and vegetables, wines, milk and gourmet products such as olives, cheeses, jams and relishes.

Royal Queensland Show (Ekka)

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11 August 2017
The Royal Queensland Show, or Ekka as it's most commonly known, is Queensland's largest annual event. Held over ten full days, Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from all across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane.
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29 April 2017
Celebrate 21 years of the iconic Maleny Wood Expo with three days of clean country family fun in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Telling the whole timber story and designed to promote sustainable use of native timbers through the work of regional wood artisans, the Expo is now recognized as one of the best wood shows in Australia.

Noosa Food and Wine Festival

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18 May 2017
Noosa Food and Wine Festival 2017 has answered every food and wine lovers’ dream with an exciting program of events. 70 events will take place across the four-day event. A total of 45 visiting chefs from Australia’s best restaurants will flock to this year’s festival, which will have a presence across two festival villages – Noosa Main Beach and The Woods.

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.

Gold Coast Film Festival

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29 April 2017
Walk the red carpet on opening night alongside actors, filmmakers and film crew. Learn from Australia's leading producers, writers and directors in intimate seminars and workshops. At the Gold Coast Film Festival, you will be captivated by internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, locally made indie gems, engaging documentaries, family features, anime and the scariest horror films.
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