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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 Clifton Historical Museum is a worthy tribute to the district's pioneering past. Housed in the old butter factory, you can take a step back in time and visit a 1930s dining room, a pioneer bedroom, an early hospital ward, kitchen and children's room.

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


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 8.5K from Clifton

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 9.2K from Clifton

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 12.0K from Clifton

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 14.1K from Clifton

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 16.1K from Clifton

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 24.2K from Clifton

Clifton: Events

Felton Food Festival


Experience a day on the land and celebrate authentic country life at the Felton Food Festival. The Festival is a showcase of everything that the Felton Valley is famous for - delectable produce, stunning landscapes, friendly people and real country living.

While the food is king, there are plenty of other activities to take part in at the Festival. Families, friends, farmers and food lovers can mingle amongst the wide range of market stalls, take a crop tour, meet a local farmer, learn about the paddock to plate process, enjoy a cooking demonstration, roam with the free range farm animals, and relax in the country atmosphere.

Just under two hours leisurely drive from Brisbane or half hour from Toowoomba, this charming country festival is a must-do experience for genuine encounters and renewed appreciation of their local produce.


Event Dates
2017
      26th Mar


64 Bryce Road
Felton, QLD, 4358

Located 22.2K from Clifton

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