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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.

A replica of Rudd's slab-and-shingle hut stands in Greenmount as a display of subsistence farmers' way of life, as depicted in 'On Our Selection'.

The Soldiers' Memorial Hall near Greenmount is another interesting local building. In Federation Park at Vale View, explore native vegetation.

In Cambooya's main street, The Bull and Barley Inn has recently been restored to reflect its original 1900s old world atmosphere. You'll find memorabilia and photographs adorning the walls. There is a restaurant and accommodation on site. All beverages requiring cooling are chilled in the Inn's original cedar chiller box.

You will also find a cafe and general store across from the Bull and Barley Inn.


Cambooya: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Harrow Gardens

Harrow Homestead is a private home and a grand residence, with the warmth and charm of yesteryear. Robert Ramsay, the English owner, had the impressive home constructed in the 1870s mainly of hoop pine and red cedar with large rooms and an arched hallway of polished pine and cedar panelling.

The home covers one hundred squares with wide verandas on three sides. Harrow is still very much a working property. Harrow Gardens are over 10 acres of rambling picturesque countryside featuring a 50 metre rose arbour, a lake with water lilies, extensive garden beds and a fish pond.

The stunning garden and gorgeous homestead are available for viewing during September and October however coaches are available via appointment at any time.

700 Cambooya Felton Road
Cambooya, QLD, 4358

Located 6.1K from Cambooya

Lions Park, Hodgson Vale

Make sure you pay a visit to Lions Park in Hodgson Vale, a large park located on the New England Highway, approximately 12 kilometres from Toowoomba. The park is the perfect place for a barbecue picnic and is a lovely stop when exploring Steele Rudd Country. Make use of the barbecue, half basketball court and play equipment for the children. Clean public facilities are also available for your use.

New England Highway
Hodgson Vale, QLD, 4352

Located 9.7K from Cambooya

Greenmount War Memorial

The life-sized grey sandstone 'Digger' statue in the Darling Downs farming community of Greenmount, stands at ease on top of a square base, with crossed rifles and laurel wreaths carved on the sides. Warwick stonemason, WP Prout created the memorial. He built the base for the Allora memorial and a digger for the Killarney memorial which was destroyed in a cyclone in 1968. Greenmount is believed to be his only remaining intact 'Digger'.

The Governor Sir Matthew Nathan unveiled the statue on 11 December 1922, and spoke of the gratitude the Empire owed to people of a small Queensland village, where from a shire of 2,000 people, 184 joined up. All are listed on the memorial, including the 27 who died. It also commemorates the war service of Sister Elizabeth Kenny who later pioneered treatment for polio.

The memorial originally stood near the railway station, the heart of the township. It was relocated in 1986 to the Greenmount Bicentennial Memorial Park, adjoining the Returned Soldiers Hall, encircled with garden beds and set off by the rural backdrop of hills and valleys.

WWII servicemen's names have been added.

Ramsay Street
Greenmount, QLD, 4359

Located 9.8K from Cambooya

Westbrook War Memorial

The WWI memorial in the small rural Darling Downs community of Westbrook is evidence of how pervasive the effect of war was on Queenslanders left behind. The popular 'Digger' statue with an honour roll was unveiled around June 1922 by federal parliamentarian LE Groom (his father William had served as the Darling Downs' first federal politician from 1901).

The memorial records that 47 local men went to war. About half of the families listed are represented by more than one member. Two families each saw four of their men go off to war. Westbrook community mourned the loss of 10 lives.

The 4.2 metre monument, a life-sized soldier statue standing on a pedestal, was designed and produced by Bruce Brothers of Toowoomba.

Once, the memorial stood in an open field. Today, development around it finds it adjacent to Westbrook's public hall.

114 Toowoomba Road
Westbrook, QLD, 4350

Located 10.8K from Cambooya

Ju Raku En Japanese Gardens, Toowoomba

One of Toowoomba's most peaceful and beautiful parks is the four and a half hectare Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland. Located on the northern side of the campus, it's Australia's largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden.

Its elements of mountain stream and waterfall, Dry Garden, central lake, Azalea Hill, three kilometres of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants, and lawns combine in a seamless and restful harmony.

Japanese gardens emphasise the use of rocks to create three dimensional pictures. All of the large rocks in Ju Raku En were placed by the garden's designer, Professor Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto, to appear naturally dispersed in a random way.

Visitors stroll through the garden or relax on the seat near the Dry Garden; it's not uncommon to see artists quietly painting a scene or children feeding bread to the fish or birds, which include swans, ducks, geese and smaller natives. Japanese maples provide a riot of autumn colour, while in spring masses of lilac blossoms hang from the Wisteria Pergola - the perfect backdrop for a wedding.

West Street,
University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 13.6K from Cambooya

Victor Denton War Memorial

Queensland's first known WWI memorial doesn't stand in a public park or at a street intersection, it's in a small Darling Downs' cemetery. And unlike the others, it is in memory of one man.

Residents from the farming district of Nobby wanted to honour 20-year-old stockman Private Victor Denton who enlisted with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment just weeks after Australia announced it was at war in 1914. He died of battle wounds in June 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey and was buried there. This memorial stands as a sign of the spontaneous highly visible grief that gripped the community and the nation.

The memorial is located within the Denton family plot, alongside the grave of Victor's parents, in Nobby Cemetery.

Toowoomba monumental masons Bruce Brothers created the concrete and stone memorial, the broken column symbolising a life cut short. It was unveiled November 1915 during a recruitment march from Warwick to Brisbane, by a group labelled the 'Dungarees'. The march's participants drew large crowds in every town.

Mount Kent Boundary Road,
Nobby Cemetery
Nobby, QLD, 4360

Located 16.1K from Cambooya

Sister Kenny Memorial, Nobby

Visit the memorial of Sister Elizabeth Kenny (born 20 September 1880, died 30 November 1952), who had a significant world-wide impact on the treatment of polio (Infantile Paralysis), one of the world`s most devastating diseases.

Sister Kenny lived in Nobby and received world recognition for her revolutionary treatment of polio victims in the early to mid twentieth century. She challenged the then current medical practice of immobilising muscles affected by polio and proved that exercising them aided in patient recovery.

This memorial chronicles her life and gives an account of the battles she had with the medical establishment of the day.

She is buried in the peaceful Nobby cemetery which overlooks the wide, rolling hills, and her life is also commemorated by a local memorial park.

Tooth Street
Nobby, QLD, 4360

Located 16.9K from Cambooya

Toowoomba Water Bird Habitat

Nestled into suburban Toowoomba at Rangeville, the habitat covers 7.6 hectares (19 acres), which is quite a small area to establish as a diverse wetland. Environmental diversity is essential if the habitat is to attract a variety of waterbirds. There are deep and shallow lakes, areas of reeds, mud-banks, islands and grassy areas to provide feeding, roosting and nesting conditions required by different birds.

To complete this habitat, over 2000 shrubs and trees were planted to attract native birds. All of the plants are Australian species appropriate to the locality. The plantings on the perimeter help screen the habitat from the surrounding roads and houses, creating a peaceful atmosphere within.

Waterbird habitats are characteristically places of light and open spaces, so large areas of grassland have been retained. You can see birds such as maned duck and straw-necked ibis which feed mainly on these grasslands.

Mackenzie Street,
Corner of Alderley Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 16.9K from Cambooya

Cambooya: Events

Felton Food Festival

Experience a weekend of authentic country life at the Felton Food Festival. Held annually in March, the Festival is a showcase of everything that the Felton Valley is famous for.

Families, friends, farmers and food lovers can take a farm tour on Saturday and indulge at the Sunset barbecue with celebrity guests on Saturday night. Sunday is festival day with market stalls, crop tours, cooking demonstrations, and family entertainment to experience. Meet a local farmer, learn about the paddock to plate process and see how science is changing agriculture.

Special guests include Costa Georgiadis, Alison Alexander, Alistair McLeod, Jerry Coleby-Williams, George the Farmer, and country singer Brendon Walmsley, with more special guests being announced soon.

Event Dates
      26th Mar

64 Bryce Road
Felton East, QLD, 4358

Located 12.0K from Cambooya

Grand Central Floral Parade

Now in its 68th year, this famous Parade winds its way through the heart of the city to Queens Park to the sounds of live bands. The city heart beats as street performers, carnival characters, and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey.

Be early to grab a good viewing spot because the whole town and thousands of visitors turn out for the Parade! There's free chalk so you can make your own artistic mark on the parade route and when it's over, head for Godsall Street Oval where the floats are on display and the flowers, fruit and vegies that decorated them are available for sale!

Event Dates
      16th Sep

Herries Street, Ruthven Street, Margaret Street, Hume Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 13.8K from Cambooya

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