Memorial to Gunsynd at Goondiwindi
Cobb & Co Museum at Toowoomba
Historical Museum at Chinchilla
Main towns in this Region
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Toowoomba is noted for its beautiful parks and gardens and is known as the 'Garden City of Queensland'. Surrounded by rich agricultutal
land and set among the Great Dividing Range, it is the major town of the highly productive Darling Downs.|
Toowoomba developed as a transport centre for the Western Districts. In 1867 a railway line was constructed up the ranges allowing goods to be
shipped more easily. Prior to this Cobb & Co coaches serviced the area making Toowoomba their base. In 1856 they were running coaches from there to
Ipswich, Warwick and west to Dalby, Roma and Charleville. The last of these coach routes in Australia ran from St George to Surat and on to Yuleba, in 1924.
Queensland was the only place in Australia where coaches and aeroplanes operated at the same time. The Cobb & Co Museum in Lindsay Street covers the
history of the company and the town.
The area known as the Golden West, extends over 157,000 square kilometres. It includes a vast expanse of south east rural Queensland including the
Darling Downs and has some of the most attractive country towns in Australia.
There is much to see including museums, national parks and conservation parks, and natural scenery abounds.
Accommodation is plentiful and includes heritage listed homes, motels, hotels, caravan parks , campsites, and B&Bs.
Activities include hot-air ballooning, motorcycle tours, bushwalking, fishing, horse-riding and visiting some of the wineries in the south.
Toowoomba is only an hour drive from Brisbane along the Warrego Highway and offers a great alternative to the glitz and glamour of the coast.
There is always something to suit your needs or budget. See the individual town information below
for more details.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
'Ju Raku En' Japanese Gardens - Toowoomba
Royal Bulls Head Inn (National Trust) - Toowoomba
Chinchilla Historical Museum - Chinchilla
Features a fully-functional steam-powered sawmill, believed to be the only one in the southern hemisphere. There is a
slab cottage, a collection of steam-driven machinery, a copy of the first isued QANTAS air ticket, and vintage and
Cobb & Co Museum - Toowoomba
Learn about the history of transport in the area and see a Cobb & Co coach.
Clifford House - Toowoomba
Kensington House - Toowoomba
Jubilee Park - Toowoomba
A 293Ha park between Prince Henry Heights and Mackenzie St, with five graded walks from 1 to 4 kilometres.
Gunsynd - 'The Goondiwindi Grey' Statue - Goondiwindi.
Gunsynd raced as a miler between 1969 and 1973 winning the Cox Plate and Doncaster among his 29 wins. A statue to its memory will be found
here in Gunsynd Way.
Bernborough Statue - Oakey.
Bernborough was one of Australia's most famous racehorses and a statue to its memory will be found here in the main street.
Redwood Park - Toowoomba
Bushwalking and picnic area off the Warrego Hwy or Prince Henry Dve. 197 Ha park with a forest walk.
Miles Historical Village - Miles
The Miles Historical Village and Museum is an open-air museum located in Murilla St., Miles.
The village consists of 30 buildings and opened in 1971.
Steele Rudd's Shingle Hut. - Cambooya
Arthur Hoey Davis, AKA Steele Rudd, wrote the famous Australian series of 'Dad and Dave'. Born in 1868 his family owned land at Emu Creek and
today you can still see the home of the Davis family around which the stories were based. It is 27km along the New England Hwy towards Warwick
from Toowoomba where a sign will be seen on the left.
There are many more attractions in the Toowoomba and Golden West area - contact the Visitor Centres below.
Toowoomba Information Centre.
86 James St. Toowoomba. Queensland 4350
Telephone: 07 4639 3797
Goondiwindi Regional Visitor Information Centre.
McLean St. Goondiwindi, Queensland 4390
Telephone: 07 4671 2653
Chinchilla Tourist Information Centre.
Warrego Hwy. Chinchilla. Queensland 4413
Telephone: 07 4679 4491
Dalby Visitor Information Centre.
Thomas Jack Park, Drayton St. Dalby. Queensland 4405
Telephone: 07 4679 4461
Roma Visitor Information Centre.
2 Riggers Rd. Roma. Queensland 4455
Telephone: 07 4622 8676
St George Visitor Information Centre.
114 The Terrace. St George. Queensland 4487
Telephone: 07 4620 8877
HOW TO GET THERE:
By car along the Warrego Hwy. west of Brisbane
Along the New England Hwy from New South Wales.
It is serviced daily by coach and rail from Brisbane.
It has an airport serviced by SkyTrans
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