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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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Art Gallery, The

Injune, Maranoa Area
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Be ready to be awed by what awaits you on this walk in Carnarvon Gorge National Park, as The Art Gallery contains some of the finest Aboriginal rock art in Australia. Just 5.6 kilometres from the trailhead, at the junction of Kamoloo Creek, a signposted access track leaves the main walking trail upstream of crossing number 10, providing a gentle climb to the escarpment base where the site is located.

Minerva Hills National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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A relatively small National Park near Springsure in Central Queensland, Minerva Hills is dominated by Mount Boorambool, rising 600 metres above sea level, and the larger cliff fringed Mount Zamia (560 metres), which offer panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Virgin Rock

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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Virgin Rock, which is situated four kilometres from Springsure is on the eastern side of Mount Zamia and has a naturally formed likeness to the Virgin Mary and Child. The spectacular cliffs are floodlit at night and can be viewed from the Lions Park.

Spyglass Peak

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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Spring-fed Nogoa River and Louisa Creek wind through a picturesque broad valley beneath craggy sandstone outcrops in the Salvator Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park. At the western edge of Central Queensland'

Looking Glass, The

Injune, Maranoa Area
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The Looking Glass walking track leads walkers through the colourful woodlands of the Maranoa River in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park, where pink trunks of smooth-barked apple trees rise above a carpet of wildflowers.

Fairbairn Dam, Lake Maraboon

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
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If you love fishing, you're going to love this holiday destination. Lake Maraboon is stocked with eight different kinds of fish including barramundi, making it a popular spot for anglers. You'll also find a healthy population of red claw crayfish in the area.

Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park, has more than 30 kilometres of sandstone escarpments and plateaus, dry rainforest surrounding clear springs and brigalow scrubs on clay soil. Aboriginal people have close ties to the area.

Tambos Wilderness Way

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
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Tambo's Wilderness Way is a self-drive tour through an area of rugged beauty, known as the ‘Roof of Queensland’. The tour traverses a landscape of deep gorges and vast cliff lines. Enjoy vistas of tangled ranges where the wind and rain have created massive sandstone formations which contrast starkly with the grey-green bush.

Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
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An oasis of birdlife, unique plant species and freshwater creeks, the Carnarvon Gorge is a sparkling gem amongst the dusty heart of Central Queensland. Is it any wonder it's the region's most popular attraction?
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In the Salvator Rosa Section of Carnarvon National Park, the spring-fed Nogoa River and Louisa Creek meander beneath a backdrop of rocky sandstone crags and spires. Spyglass Peak and The Sentinel, sculpted by millions of years of weathering, dominate the skyline.
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