Warwick

Sitting gracefully on the banks of the Condamine River, historic Warwick – known for its roses and rodeo – features some of the state’s finest original sandstone buildings. From here it’s an easy drive to explore the friendly villages and small towns of the Southern Downs.

Settled over 150 years ago, the town is rich in “Heritage and Historic Building Trails” featuring a number of well-preserved churches, cottages, railway stations, schools and monuments – each with its own story of old. One of the most interesting stories is that of Thomas Byrnes whose imposing statue stands in the main street – the talented son of poor Irish immigrants, he rose to be Queensland Premier in 1898 and after just five months in office, tragically died of pneumonia.

Two must-see attractions along the trail are the Warwick and District Historical Museum – the best place in town to discover life as it was from the 1890s to the 1950s, and Abbey of the Roses – formerly Our Lady of Assumption Convent, built for the Sisters of Mercy. For almost 100 years it formed the “heart” of the extensive Catholic community in Warwick; in its new life it is a popular boutique guest house and function centre.

In testament to its reputation as the “Rose City”, rose plots are prolifically planted throughout Warwick’s Central Business District and can be seen at the Visitor Information Centre, the Warwick Art Gallery, the Warwick and District Historical Society Museum and in various plots on the northern approach to the city.

Known as the “Horsepower Capital of Australia”, Warwick is home to the Warwick Rodeo – Australia’s most famous, held each October, as well as Morgan Park Raceway – host to world-class motor sport events.

From a dirt track in 1965, Morgan Park Raceway has evolved to become one of Queensland’s premier motorsport venues incorporating a drag-racing track that attracts Australia’s top competitors. Morgan Park’s first-rate equestrian facilities played host to the Polocrosse World Cup in 2003, 2007 and will again in 2019.

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
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Preston, Toowoomba Area
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Allora, Southern Downs Area
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Warwick

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Sitting gracefully on the banks of the Condamine River, historic Warwick – known for its roses and rodeo – features some of the state’s finest original sandstone buildings. From here it’s an easy drive to explore the friendly villages and small towns of the Southern Downs.

Nobby

Nobby, Toowoomba Area
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Morgan Park

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.

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.

Clifton

Clifton, Toowoomba Area
If you think of a quintessential country town streetscape you’ve got Clifton in mind. Dating back to 1875, this classic little town halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick has been used in a number of Australian movies including The Thornbirds.

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