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Goomburra

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.

Goomburra: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre


After more than 70 years of decline and dereliction, Glengallan emerges from the ruins of the 1867 sandstone mansion as a unique heritage experience. Walk through time and re-live the Glengallan story from squattocracy to farmer settlement. An innovative interpretation allows Glengallan to evolve with time as old photographs and documents shed more light on life in what was once described as "the finest house in the colony".

Many facets provide food for thought and further study. Glengallan is ideal for family reunions, workshops, seminars, markets and rallies; available for wedding and professional photography.

The heritage centre cafe, Eliza's, serves colonial fare with modern flair. Midweek group tours and functions by arrangement.

A wide range of locally made souvenirs are available including Aloomba lavender products, Hidden Creek wines and Glengallan's own commemoratives wines: Gentleman Jack, Eliza D, King Billy and Ghost Gate port.

Glengallan hosts markets in the gardens on the first Sunday of March, June, September and December.




18515 New England Highway
Warwick, QLD, 4370

Located 9.0K from Goomburra

Boer War Memorial and Park, Allora


A pretty park of some historical significance, the first of three soldier statues erected in Queensland after the Boer War (1899-1902) is found in Allora's War Memorial Park in Warwick Street.

Colonel (later Sir) Harry Chauvel unveiled the soldier statue in 1904, honouring the four local men who died, and 35 others who served in the southern African conflict. The slightly smaller than life-size soldier statue, by sculptor William P Macintosh, is unusual in its details: the soldier's mouth is open and he stands alone, without the traditional tree stump for support.

Subsequent additions commemorate those who fought and died in World War I and World War II.

General JC Robertson unveiled Allora's WWI memorial - a sandstone and marble obelisk, small field guns carved into the pedestal - in November, 1921.

A second sandstone and marble obelisk, simpler in design, stands at the park's rear, serving as a WWII memorial.






Warwick Street
Allora, QLD, 4362

Located 13.2K from Goomburra

Darling Downs Zoo


The Darling Downs Zoo is situated in a beautiful rural setting on the eastern Downs - midway between Toowoomba and Warwick - just over two hour's drive from the Brisbane Central Business District.

This new zoo is being developed in a garden format centred on the geographical areas of Australia, South-east Asia, Africa and South America.

Already the zoo features the only pride of African Lions in Queensland, baboons, monkeys, marmosets, serval, rare Sumatran Tiger, tropical birds, kangaroos and white wallabies, camel, deer, crocodiles and alligator, boa constrictors, the world's most venomous snakes, pythons and much, much more. The zoo is also home to the only White Lions in Queensland and the largest herd of Zebras and Giant Tortoises in this State!

The zoo is open to the public from 9.00 a.m. six days a week. It is closed on Tuesdays - except for the Queensland state school holidays when it is open every day. It is closed on Christmas Day.

Picnic facilities are available, there is a kiosk and gift shop with EFTPOS and free parking for all vehicles including coaches and caravans. The entire zoo is wheelchair friendly.




Gatton-Clifton Road,
Corner of Baines Road
Clifton, QLD, 4361

Located 19.4K from Goomburra

Warwicks Gardens Galore


Warwick's Gardens Galore Cafe is set amongst the tranquility of water fountains with the fresh aroma of nursery plants, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind over fine coffee, or choose a meal from the scrumptious menu. It is also adjacent to the Warwick Motor Inn, making it the perfect choice for dining for guests of the Motel.

Warwick's Gardens Galore Cafe has an enormous range of giftware, plants and seedlings, trees and shrubs, water features, garden ornaments, pots of all shapes and sizes, fertilizer and mulch. The Cafe also specialises in parties, a very popular venue for Christmas parties and the Melbourne Cup.




21 Albion Street
Warwick, QLD, 4370

Located 20.5K from Goomburra

Southern Downs Steam Railway, Warwick


All aboard the Southern Downs Steam Railway! This Mainline Tourist Heritage Railway and rail museum was established in Warwick in 1995. SDSR has restored a Heritage C17 Steam Locomotive to operational condition. C17, is a steam locomotive with 8 driving wheels and a 17" cylinder, originally built between 1920 and 1953.

SDSR operates steam train tours from Warwick to Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and Inglewood at select times during the year - see the website for details.

You'll find the Warwick Railway Precinct on the corner of Hamilton Street and Fitzroy Street where the old Warwick Locomotive Depot used to be, (closed in 1970). This site was chosen as the original train 'turntable' was still in place.

A not for profit organisation, most of the restoration work has been completed by 'work for the dole' participants. They have restored and re-built the locomotive sheds, workshops, water tower, repairs to the turntable, relaying of railway lines and erecting fencing. Now that the work is completed, volunteers have put up their hands to continue the restoration of the old railway carriages.

An extensive collection of railway memorabilia will also delight train buffs.




Hamilton Street,
Corner of Fitzroy Street
Warwick, QLD, 4370

Located 20.7K from Goomburra

Warwick War Memorial and Gates


A Celtic cross tops the impressive 10.7 metre high sandstone and granite monument serving as a grave for 122 Warwick men who died in WWI.

Governor Sir Matthew Nathan unveiled the memorial 5 December 1923, before a crowd of 3,000.

Sir Matthew expressed pleasure at the involvement of a returned soldier, Roy Campbell, in the memorial's design although he may have collaborated with his father Hugh.

The memorial, which cost ?1445, was crafted by Ipswich mason Frank Williams.

Its classic elegance incorporates Corinthian columns of polish granite and a sandstone shaft with carved wreath and the words 'The Honoured Dead'. Names are recorded on marble plates.

Memorial gates, also designed by the Campbells and installed a year later, pay tribute to the 377 Warwick district men who served and returned.

The Warwick war memorial is found in the south-east corner of Leslie Park, named after a pioneering family of the district.




Fitzroy Street
Warwick, QLD, 4370

Located 20.8K from Goomburra

Warwick Railway Memorial Honour Board


A solid marble honour board at Warwick Railway Station notes the contribution of 101 local railway workers who enlisted in WWI - seven of them dying in the conflict. They were among more than 3,000 Queensland railway workers who enlisted. Some went on to help run railways in France during WWI.

The Commissioner of Railways JW Davidson unveiled the honour board, featuring a relief of a train, on 13 February 1922.

Warwick Railway Station, a large complex with a range of buildings and structures, became the area's main station in 1885, following the extension of the railway to the New South Wales' border from Stanthorpe.

The station became the backdrop of a national incident in November 1917 when Prime Minister WM (Billy) Hughes, standing on the platform spruiking conscription, was egged. That action also led to the appointment of a Commonwealth Police Officer at major Queensland towns.




Lyons Street
Warwick, QLD, 4370

Located 20.9K from Goomburra

Goomburra: Events

Glengallan Seasonal Markets


On the first Sunday of each season Glengallan Homestead plays host to a seasonal market. Find an array of stalls and entertainment in the shadow of the impressive Glengallan Homestead. Relax in the beautiful grounds, take a tour of the homestead or take in the atmosphere while having a coffee and morning tea at the on-site cafe. The craft market is an ideal place to take home a handmade souvenir or homemade treat!

Glengallan Homestead is a great spot to stop when taking in one of the region's scenic tourists drives, situated on the New England Highway between Allora and Warwick with ample parking it is an easy addition to your weekend drive or getaway!


Event Dates
2016
      5th Jun
      4th Sep
      4th Dec


18515 New England Highway
Warwick, QLD, 4370

Located 9.4K from Goomburra

Christmas and Jazz in July


Christmas in July with the BMR family the last Saturday of Jumpers and Jazz Festival. Banquet of Roast Pork and Turkey with glazed ham, roast vegetables with a medley of greens and a crusty roll followed by an alternate drop desert. Be entertained by renowned Brisbane based singer songwriter Natalie de Jager.


Event Dates
2016
      30th Jul


9790 Cunningham Highway
Maryvale, QLD, 4370

Located 17.5K from Goomburra

Bestbrook Mountain Resort Great Aussie Campout


Imagine waking up in the crisp morning air, and after a fun filled day, relaxing as you watch the sun set on another splendid Queensland experience.

Whether it is a weekend away with the kids, a time to catch up with friends , Bestbrook is the destination for you.

Cyril, a long time member of the Bestbrook family, will show you how to milk a cow, make butter and cook your own damper.

The trail boss will gain your confidence and teach you how to ride a horse, how to crack a whip and, how to throw a boomerang.

As an added extra on the Saturday come dressed in your Best German Gear and they will do Octoberfest the BMR way. As well as all this we will have a free face painter for the kids and some live entertainment for the big kids


Event Dates
2016
      14th Oct
      15th Oct
      16th Oct


9790 Cunningham Highway
Maryvale, QLD, 4370

Located 17.6K from Goomburra

Goomburra: Travel Tips

There are several accommodation options available at Goomburra from cabin-style bungalows to camping in the National Park. Campsites have toilets, tap water and barbeques however campers are advised to boil all water before drinking. Campers must also bring their own firewood.

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