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Mount Morgan

Mount Morgan is an historical mining town nestled on the Dee River a short 38 kilometre drive from Rockhampton. The town is rich in nineteenth century Queensland colonial history and has artefacts and relics from the gold rush days that visitors can experience.

Founded as a gold mining town in 1882, Mount Morgan became a vast contributor of gold, silver and copper from the Capricorn region and the mine successfully ran until 1981. William Knox D’Arcy made both fame and fortune in Mount Morgan from his share in the lucrative mine to finance oil exploration overseas which later became BP Company.

To experience a 'real' pioneering adventure visit the Mount Morgan open cut gold and copper mines and enjoy the panoramic view of the township and mines from the Arthur Timms Lookout.

A rare opportunity to search for the 150 million year old prehistoric dinosaur footprints in the Mount Morgan clay caves can be organised for budding enthusiasts to explore. Celebrated as some of the best examples of Jurassic footprints in Australia, the caverns were man-made by miners for fire brick clay.

Heading downstream, the Dee River boasts a suspension bridge built in the 1890s to provide access from the town to the mine and was one of six swinging bridges at that time in Mount Morgan. However, only one bridge remains today to remind visitors of the colonial days.

For an old fashioned yarn, head to the 'Running the Cutter' statue illustrating a famous mining tradition from Mount Morgan. Between 1900 and 1918, buying a beer in 'billy' cans and drinking the beer outside was a common custom for Mount Morgan miners after a day's work that is symbolized in this unique statue.

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Ravensbourne National Park

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
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For many years, Ravensbourne National Park was a traditional stop over for Aboriginal people on their way to and from bunya festivals in the Bunya Mountains. Today, visitors come to admire rainforest remnants, majestic Sydney blue gums and more than 80 bird species, including green catbirds and vulnerable black-breasted button-quail.

Crows Nest Falls

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
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Weeping bottlebrush, river she-oak and forest red gum line watercourses while dry vine scrubs grow in sheltered gullies where soil and moisture accumulate at Crows Nest Falls, a prominent feature of Crows Nest National Park, located about a half-hour drive from Toowoomba.

Toowoomba Water Bird Habitat

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
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Nestled into suburban Toowoomba at Rangeville, the habitat covers 7.6 hectares (19 acres), which is quite a small area to establish as a diverse wetland. Environmental diversity is essential if the habitat is to attract a variety of waterbirds.

Crows Nest National Park

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
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Discover spectacular scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest remnants on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. Nestled amongst eucalypt forest, bloodwood and stringybark trees lies Crows Nest Falls, about six kilometres east of Crows Nest and 56-kilometres north of Toowoomba.

Spring Bluff

Spring Bluff, Toowoomba Area
Spring Bluff is a beautiful valley tucked in the ranges north of Toowoomba and best known for its picturesque railway station. Spring Bluff Railway Station is a favourite day trip for visitors and locals alike.

Jondaryan

Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
Jondaryan is a quaint rural township, home to The Woolshed at Jondaryan and Station Village. Built in 1859, The Woolshed at Jondaryan is Queensland's oldest operating woolshed. You can join a daily guided tour to learn about the history of Jondaryan Station and its role in the development of pastoralism on the Darling Downs.

Gowrie Junction

Gowrie Junction, Toowoomba Area
Gowrie Junction is located just five minutes drive west from Toowoomba's city outskirts, just off the Warrego Highway. This picturesque country community lies amongst the rolling hills which border the open cropping plains of the Darling Downs.

Meringandan West

Meringandan West, Toowoomba Area
Meringandan West is a quiet little township tucked away in the green rolling hills north of Toowoomba. Take an alternative scenic route from Toowoomba through to Goombungee via this rural community. You'll see pink and grey galahs, horses and cows grazing and fields of canola and sorghum.

Kingsthorpe

Kingsthorpe, Toowoomba Area
Take a quiet side-track from the Warrego Highway or New England Highway to find the hamlet of Kingsthorpe. Kingsthorpe is just a 15-minute panoramic drive west of Toowoomba. Home to both Gowrie Mountain Estate Vineyard and Cellar Door and also Wedgetail Ridge Estate Winery, which are open by appointment.

Preston

Preston, Toowoomba Area
High on the Great Dividing Range and overlooking the Lockyer Valley, Preston makes for great explorations, whether by four wheel drive, trail bike or on foot through the bushland. Preston Peak Wines is the perfect location to appreciate fine wine and soak in the spectacular scenery.
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