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Ballard: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Spring Bluff Railway Station


Spring Bluff Railway Station is a heritage listed site located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba. Its significance stems from 150 years of railway history and the attraction of its landscaped gardens. In 1914 Queensland Railways launched a garden competition to encourage railway staff to beautify the stations and grow vegetables. The gardens are now beautifully maintained and have won awards in the Carnival of Flowers competition over many years.

The grounds are open for visitors all year round to enjoy a picnic or barbecue or perhaps a visit to the Spring Bluff Cafe for coffee and treats.

Spring Bluff Railway Station has been the venue for many weddings over the years and the quaint country-feel to the Station lends itself to being one of the most romantic outdoor wedding venues in the Region. It's a beautiful spot for wedding photos too!

Whatever the reason for visiting Spring Bluff Railway Station - picnic, coffee at the cafe, family outing, wedding, or just relaxing in the peaceful surrounds - they'll guarantee you'll want to come back for the Spring Bluff experience.




McCormack Drive
Spring Bluff, QLD, 4352

Located 2.7K from Ballard

Highfields Pioneer Village


You'll marvel at the large collections of 40,000 shells, antique radios and the vintage machinery, alongside the Blacksmith Shop and intriguing Boot Repair Shop, all at the Highfields Pioneer Historical Village.

You'll find everything in working order, including the 1912 Marshall Portable Steam Engine which is used to drive the vintage machinery on special days such as the Easter Vintage Festival. The 1928 Dennis Fire Engine on display is one of the original Toowoomba Fire Trucks. The 1925 Model 'T' Ford Truck was restored in the restoration workshop at the Village in 1993, and is one of many vintage vehicles on display. The B.J. Palmer Boot Repair Shop is a real piece of local history and is a reminder of time when life was much simpler.

Billy Tea and Damper served with butter and Golden Syrup is available everyday from 10am to 4pm.

Run entirely by volunteers, dedicated to preserving the history of the Darling Downs for future generations!




73 Wirraglen Road
Highfields, QLD, 4352

Located 5.4K from Ballard

Ballard: Events

Easter Vintage Festival


Highfields Pioneer Village is celebrating its twentieth Annual Easter Vintage Festival. The theme of the festival is 'Keeping Time'. Come and experience rural life in the Australian Pioneer days! Milk a cow, learn to crack a whip or be a blacksmith.

Enjoy billy tea and damper made in authentic camp ovens. Don't miss the spectacular Grand Parade and baby animals in the nursery. There will be live music and great food. You might even encounter the infamous bush ranger Ned Kelly! Whether you love history, you're a vintage machinery buff or you are just looking for great entertainment you will have a wonderful time at the Easter Vintage Festival. It is an affordable, entertaining weekend for all ages. Past visitors have come for a day and returned for all three!


Event Dates
2017
      15th Apr
      16th Apr
      17th Apr


73 Wirraglen Road,
Highfields Pioneer Village
Highfields, QLD, 4352

Located 5.4K from Ballard

Murphys Creek Markets


Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of their local country markets. You'll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies.

Murphys Creek Markets are held on the third Saturday of every month on Murphy's Creek Road (adjacent to Murphy's Creek Tavern) from 7am to 12.30pm.


Event Dates
2017
      18th Mar
      15th Apr
      20th May
      17th Jun


Murphys Creek Road
Murphys Creek, QLD, 4352

Located 6.8K from Ballard

Airbrush Art Workshop


Learn a painting technique with very modern applications in this one day workshop at Cobb+Co Museum.

You will learn the basics of airbrushing including the proper use of tools and a range of different techniques. You will create a night scene canvas and a black and white subject portrait.

Tutor Wayne Ogden is an accomplished Toowoomba-based airbrush artist who has completed numerous commissions, including portraits, murals and engine covers.

Cost of the workshop includes expert tuition, all materials, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


Event Dates
2017
      8th Apr
      9th Apr


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Have A Go! Festival


Discover a range of traditional and modern trades, skills and crafts, meet the artisans who practise them and as the name suggests, have a go for yourself!

Your general Festival ticket includes Step Up + Have A Go activities, Artisan trade demonstrations, access to the Kids Have A Go Area, talks from Queensland Museum Network experts.

Enhance your Have A Go! Festival experience with a Mini Workshop (extra charges apply).

Spend time with an expert artisan, learn a new skill and make something unique to take home. Blacksmithing, Copperfoiling, Musical Instruments, Felting, Glass Beads, Wood Turning, Millinery, Jewellery Making, Leatherplaiting, Pressed Metal.

Strictly limited places, bookings essential.

Make a night of it!

Can't make it during the day? Experience the Have A Go! Festival from twilight with activities extended until 9pm. Enjoy a glass of wine and explore the Museum and artisan trades at night. Meet the artisans, lean about their skills and discover how beer, wine and mead are made in their special Meet the Maker sessions.


Event Dates
2017
      25th Feb


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Blacksmithing Teen Workshop


Send your teenager on a creative experience they will never forget. Give them the opportunity to create something beautiful with their own hands from raw materials at one of Cobb+Co Museum's Teen Workshops.

Blacksmithing Teen Workshops are three hours longs and designed especially for 13-17 year olds. Under the guidance of tutor Terry Drennan, former Australian champion blacksmith and farrier, each participant will make an item themselves to take home. Previous workshops have made a hook, marshmallow fork, or twisted metal wrist cuff.

Class sizes are small, so bookings are essential.


Event Dates
2017
      5th Apr


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Millinery Workshop One Day (Fascinator)


Learn how to create fun and feathery free-form fascinators in this one-day millinery workshop at Cobb+Co Museum.

Be guided through the steps to making a free-form fascinator, and become familiar with millinery materials and simple techniques along the way. Then make yourself a second fascinator, applying your new skills and own creative flair.

Tutor Johanna Guerin is a well respected milliner with an eye for detail and high quality of workmanship that has resulted in her work being worn across the world and at all major Australian Horse Racing Events, as well as the Dubai World Cup and Royal Ascot events.

Cost includes tuition, all materials, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Bookings essential.


Event Dates
2017
      4th Mar


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Blacksmithing Beginners Workshop


Learn the basics of blacksmithing and create your own set of blacksmithing tools, including a coal chisel, hot cutter, round punch, oval punch, centre punch and tongs. As well as your tools, you will take away the basic skills of blacksmithing including operating a forge and using the tools and anvil.

Tutor Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions and has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

After completing this workshop, you are eligible to participate in the Blacksmithing Advanced Workshop where you will make a set of fire side or barbecue tools. Then you can participate in the Project workshops which include knife making and decorative pieces.


Event Dates
2017
      8th Apr
      9th Apr


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

In Search of Ancient Queensland


The story of ancient Queensland is written in the rocks and landscapes that form our modern environment and in an outstanding, but incomplete, fossil record that offers tantalising glimpses of the past.

This striking photographic exhibition is taken from the new Queensland Museum Publication In Search of Ancient Queensland.


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27 Lindsay Street
East Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.4K from Ballard

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