Clifton Accommodation, Hotels, Tours & Information
Places nearby Clifton
- Carnarvon National Park
- Cecil Plains
- Cement Mills
- Centenary Heights
- Cooranga North
- Crows Nest
- Darling Heights
- Drayton North
- Durong South
- Emu Creek
- Felton East
- Flagstone Creek
- Glen Aplin
- Gowrie Junction
- Hodgson Vale
- Jones Gully
- Kearneys Spring
- Middle Ridge
- Mount Kynoch
- Mount Lofty
- Mount Tyson
- Murphys Creek
- Picnic Point
- Postmans Ridge
- Prince Henry Heights
- Spring Bluff
- Sylvia Vale
- The Gums
- Toowoomba East
- Toowoomba South
- Toowoomba West
- Upper Lockyer
If you think of the quintessential country town streetscape you've got Clifton in mind. Dating back to 1875, this classic little town 45 minutes' drive south of Toowoomba (about half way to Warwick) has been used in a number of Australian movies including 'The Thornbirds'.
Set on the wide fertile plains of the Darling Downs, the town began as Clifton Station, running cattle in 1840, the first year of the downs' settlement. Wheat was grown for many years and nowadays it's an agriculturally diverse producer of cattle, cereal crops, sunflowers and honey.
The Clifton and District Historical Museum, located in the former Butter Factory building has a wide collection of household and agricultural items providing an insight into the area's pioneering past.
Just a short drive north of Clifton is the village of Nobby and the well known Rudd's Pub, which has an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past. The Pub is dedicated to Steele Rudd, who lived in the area, and found inspiration there for his stories in 'On Our Selection'. Just a short stroll from the Pub is the Sister Kenny memorial. Sister Elizabeth Kenny also lived in the area and was known for her revolutionary treatment for the victims of polio.
Accommodation in the Clifton district ranges from farmstays, bed and breakfasts, pub stays and a caravan park.
Clifton: Where To Go / Sightseeing
Clifton Historical Museum
The Heritage room allows access to original records of local businesses and schools. Read the memoirs of long-time residents, browse through the photographic collection, or look for your forebears on the database.
An extensive range of early agricultural tools and machinery will evoke memories of yesteryear.
Old movie memorabilia, communication, history, musical pieces; there's something for everyone, discover it for yourself.
46 King Street,
(Old Butter Factory)
Clifton, QLD, 4361
Located 0.3K from Clifton
Sister Kenny Memorial, Nobby
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.
Nobby, QLD, 4360
Located 8.5K from Clifton
Victor Denton War Memorial
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, QLD, 4360
Located 9.2K from Clifton
Darling Downs Zoo
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.
Corner of Baines Road
Clifton, QLD, 4361
Located 12.0K from Clifton
Boer War Memorial and Park, Allora
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.
Allora, QLD, 4362
Located 14.1K from Clifton
Greenmount War Memorial
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.
Greenmount, QLD, 4359
Located 16.1K from Clifton
Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre
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 24.2K from Clifton