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Maryvale

The small close-knit community of Maryvale is typical of the type of town you'll find in South East Queensland - friendly, peaceful, and surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The area's lovely aspect and crisp mountain air has seen a number of health resorts and farm stays open up. These resorts offer guests fine dining, award-winning local wines, pools, spas, horse riding, bushwalking, and the cosy ambience of an open log fire.

The town of Maryvale itself is nestled in picturesque farmlands but just five minutes drive east you'll come to the grandeur and majesty of the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park. This expansive park is part of the Scenic Rim and offers exhilarating walks (including the three to four day Scenic Rim Trail) through dense rainforest, past thick groves of piccabeen palms and along the edge of sheer cliff faces. There are waterfalls and bubbling creeks to enjoy and the views across the valley will take your breath away.

Back in town, be sure to visit Maryvale's historic pub constructed in 1912 and take the time to wander around and enjoy a little country relaxation.

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
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Yangan

Yangan, Southern Downs Area
The village of Yangan sits on Swan Creek at the head of the picturesque Swanfels Valley. The town was developed to serve the industries of the Swanfels Valley, with a police station, school and church existing prior to 1884. The sandstone used in many of nearby Warwick's magnificent buildings including the police station and town hall, was quarried in this area. The Yangan Masonic Hall, acquired by Yangan Lodge in 1912, was originally built as the School of Arts (circa 1898). Made of local timber, it stands today as a distinctive landmark and symbol of the town's former prosperity.

Leyburn

Leyburn, Southern Downs Area
The small town of Leyburn, just under an hour's drive from either Toowoomba or Warwick, is most known for a motorsport event, the historic Leyburn Sprint. Each August Leyburn's stately heritage streets roar to life, when thousands come to watch cars race in commemoration of the town hosting the 1949 Australian Grand Prix. Any time of year you can stop for a beer, a yarn and some real country cooking at the historic Royal Hotel. Built in 1863 this pub is one of Queensland's oldest pubs. Your heritage trail should include Leyburn School, circa 1862; Leyburn cemetery, St Matthew's Catholic Church; Liberator Park which has a memorial to 'Z special unit' stationed here in World War II and Leyburn airstrip. Nearby Pratten was once a bustling goldfield. Visitors can still try their luck fossicking at Thane's Creek fossicking reserve.

Goomburra

Goomburra, Southern Downs Area
Goomburra is an area of unspoilt natural beauty, just 30 minutes' drive north of Warwick or 90 minutes' drive south east of Toowoomba. The surrounding mountains, valleys and creeks make Goomburra a 'must see' for any nature lover keen to get off the beaten track. Goomburra is popular with campers and bushwalkers and offers plenty of space to pitch a tent and explore. There are several walks gazetted in the Goomburra section Main Range National Park, each providing a different perspective on this unique part of the country. The walk to Araucaria Falls takes you through subtropical rainforest and past rock pools and towering hoop pines. The half hour hike to Sylvesters Lookout is well worth the effort with spectacular views across the Brisbane Valley your reward. The park also provides a haven for rare and endangered species of frog as well as platypus, koalas, brush-tailed phascogale. There are several accommodation options available at Goomburra from privately operated campsites and cabin-style bungalows to camping in the National Park. Campsites have toilets, tap water and barbecues however campers are advised to boil all water before drinking. Campers must also bring their own firewood.

Maryvale

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
The small close-knit community of Maryvale is typical of the type of town you'll find in South East Queensland - friendly, peaceful, and surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The area's lovely aspect and crisp mountain air has seen a number of health resorts and farm stays open up. These resorts offer guests fine dining, award-winning local wines, pools, spas, horse riding, bushwalking, and the cosy ambience of an open log fire. The town of Maryvale itself is nestled in picturesque farmlands but just five minutes drive east you'll come to the grandeur and majesty of the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park. This expansive park is part of the Scenic Rim and offers exhilarating walks (including the three to four day Scenic Rim Trail) through dense rainforest, past thick groves of piccabeen palms and along the edge of sheer cliff faces. There are waterfalls and bubbling creeks to enjoy and the views across the valley will take your breath away. Back in town, be sure to visit Maryvale's historic pub constructed in 1912 and take the time to wander around and enjoy a little country relaxation.

Nobby

Nobby, Toowoomba Area
Nobby is an historic little nook in Southern Queensland Country, just half an hour's drive south of Toowoomba. Learning about one-time famous residents like author Steele Rudd and Sister Elizabeth Kenny who pioneered the treatment of polio, make visiting Nobby a unexpected pleasure. Steele Rudd (real name Hoey Davis), the author of Dad and Dave, is remembered by the old-timers of the town and also by those who may recall the golden days of radio, where the Rudd stories ran for many years. Rudd's Pub in Tooth Street is dedicated to Steele Rudd and there are still plenty of local characters to yarn to around the bar today. Plan your visit for lunchtime. The food here is great with juicy steaks as big as the plate! The pub walls are adorned with extensive displays of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past. Then there's Sister Elizabeth Kenny, the 'saint' who worked with polio treatments prior and the development of a vaccine. Near the hotel, there's a memorial dedicated to this lady. That's just a part of the history, with much more told simply by taking a stroll along the town's main street which is dotted with shopfronts from another era. Take a picnic to the local park which also offers barbecue facilities.

Dalveen

Dalveen, Southern Downs Area
Just five to 25 minutes north of Stanthorpe on the New England Highway, or via the 'Fruit Run' Granite Belt Tourist Drive, are the hamlets of Dalveen, Cottonvale, Thulimbah, The Summit and Applethorpe. They offer boutique wineries and fabulous fruit orchards and vegetable farms When you arrive at Dalveen, park your car at the Jim Mitchell Park before walking to the Dalveen Post Office and browse around the village craft shop and pick up a bargain at the clothing factory right next door.

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.

Pozieres

Pozieres, Southern Downs Area
The Granite Belt locality of Pozieres is situated about five kilometres west of the New England Highway, with the turn-off to the south of Dalveen. It is a productive fruit and vegetable growing area and also offers easy access to recreation areas such as Donnelly's Castle, Pozieres State Forest and Passchendaele State Forest. Pozieres is a French word, and as with a number of villages along the Armistice Way (Amiens Road), such names in these soldier settlement areas help commemorate the selfless contributions made by the men and women who served in France during World War 1.

Cambooya

Cambooya, Toowoomba Area
The little village of Cambooya is in the heart of Steele Rudd Country. Australian author Arthur Hoey Davis, who wrote under the pen name 'Steele Rudd' and is best known for 'On Our Selection', spent much of his childhood on his family's small block at Emu Creek near East Greenmount. A replica of Rudd's slab-and-shingle hut stands in Greenmount as a display of subsistence farmers' way of life, as depicted in 'On Our Selection'. The Soldiers' Memorial Hall near Greenmount is another interesting local building. In Federation Park at Vale View, explore native vegetation. In Cambooya's main street, The Bull and Barley Inn has recently been restored to reflect its original 1900s old world atmosphere. You'll find memorabilia and photographs adorning the walls. There is a restaurant and accommodation on site. All beverages requiring cooling are chilled in the Inn's original cedar chiller box. You will also find a cafe and general store across from the Bull and Barley Inn.

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 an easy 25 kilometre drive from Toowoomba, 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 a rare and beautiful 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 who grew up in the local area. Take the time to explore the town's other Steele Rudd attractions including his hut and Rudd's Pub in nearby Nobby.
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