Wondai

Wondai is the ideal place from which to explore local art and craft, museums and Lake Boondooma. Between the towns of Murgon and Kingaroy, Wondai features cattle and grain growing country as well as grasslands interspersed with eucalypt forests. Here you’ll find art and heritage lining the streets, historic buildings and attractive landscaped parks and gardens.

Don’t miss the multi award-winning South Burnett Timber Industry Museum which includes a Woodcrafters Workshop where local woodworkers demonstrate their skills. Wondai Regional Art Gallery features a new exhibition the first Friday of each month. Be on the lookout for their Blue Pole Art dotted around the district. Nearby is the Wondai Heritage Museum where you can see the original operating theatre from the first hospital built in the region in 1915, and an historic bugle played at the Japanese First Army Surrender to the Australians aboard ‘HMAS Rockhampton’ in the Dutch East Indies in 1945.

Have a beer and a yarn with the locals at the well-known historic Tingoora Hotel about 10 kilometres south of Wondai. It’s also worth stopping at Hivesville Hotel on your way to Lake Boondooma to see the impressive pressed metal ceilings and an extensive woodwork display.

Wondai, South Burnett Area
Queensland
Australia

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Preston

Preston, Toowoomba Area
High on the Great Dividing Range and overlooking the Lockyer Valley, Preston is a locality that 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.

Murphys Creek

Murphys Creek, Lockyer Valley Area
Stop in at the historic tiny town of Murphy's Creek. You can travel there via Toowoomba from the New England Highway or via the Warrego Highway. Today, Murphy's Creek is little more than a general store, coffee shop, and a historic cottage called Jessie's Cottage.

Crows Nest

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
Perched on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, the timber town of Crows Nest lies amongst pretty, undulating hills and is built around an attractive village green. In the centre of the green, known as Centenary Park, is the statue of Jimmy Crow, a local Aboriginal man, after whom some believe the town was named.

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.

Grantham, Lockyer Valley

Grantham, Lockyer Valley Area
About halfway between Gatton and Helidon lies Grantham, a little village surrounded by rich farming land. The town is home to one of Australia's leading beef producers, exporting prime beef to markets around the world.

Oakey

Oakey, Toowoomba Area
Just 30 minutes drive from Toowoomba, the Oakey area offers a real country experience - genuine country hospitality and the chance to make a deep connection with the town's rich pioneering history. A must-see for every visitor is the Oakey Historical Museum which faithfully preserves the everyday lifestyle of the town's forebears.

Helidon

Helidon, Lockyer Valley Area
The quiet hamlet of Helidon lies in the picturesque Lockyer Valley, approximately one hour west of Brisbane and just 15 minutes east of Toowoomba. Sandstone from this area has been used in many of Queensland's beautiful historic buildings.

Goombungee

Goombungee, Toowoomba Area
Take a quiet side-track from the Warrego highway or New England Highway to find Goombungee, whose streets are lined with jacarandas and silky oaks - providing a spectacular display in late spring. The Pioneer Arms Hotel, dating back to 1897, it is a great lunch destination serving hearty a country meal and offering a warm welcome.

Nobby

Nobby, Toowoomba Area
Nobby is an historic little town in the Darling Downs, located halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick. Nobby is home to Rudd's Pub, dedicated to author Steele Rudd, who found inspiration among his drinking partners for his stories in On Our Selection and is a great place to stop for a meal with the pub walls adorned with an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past.

Hodgson Vale

Hodgson Vale, Toowoomba Area
Hodgson Vale is a 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.
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