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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
Australia

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Morgan Park, Warwick

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
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Morgan Park is a major sport and recreation facility and houses a range of sport clubs and organisations, as well as a reserve which is home to a wide range of bird species. Morgan Park is known as the home of horse power and hosts equine events nearly every weekend including horse trials (equestrian), polocrosse, and equine driving. The Park also home to Morgan Park Raceway which stages dirt bike, drag racing and circuit racing events. The Morgan Park Resource Reserve is a birdwatchers paradise where you'll see more than 20 species of birds including quails, ducks, raptors, needletails, kingfishers, fairy-wrens, honeyeaters and parrots. An events calendar and a list of spotted bird species is available from Warwick Visitor Information Centre, 49 Albion Street, Warwick.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vale View

Vale View, Toowoomba Area
Vale View is a quiet rural spot, located just south of Toowoomba and is home to Federation Park. Federation Park is a lovely spot for a picnic or a short walk. Vale View is accessed from Toowoomba via Drayton Road and is located near Cambooya. Make sure you pay a visit to the local winery on your way through the area.

Hodgson Vale

Hodgson Vale, Toowoomba Area
Hodgson Vale is a small rural community 12 kilometres south of Toowoomba. Popular with mountain bikers and road cyclists there are a mix of bike trails and road cycling available in the area. Make sure you pay a visit to Lions Park in Hodgson Vale, 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.

Broxburn

Broxburn, Toowoomba Area
Broxburn is a rural community just five minutes' drive from the town of Pittsworth. This small town offers camping facilitates for travellers looking to make a stop for the night. Broxburn is known for its annual Broxburn Festival. held in May. It began as a country music event and now encourages walk up artists to showcase their talent in any music genre they desire.

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.

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.
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