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Take a quiet side-track from the Warrego highway or New England Highway to find the hamlet of Goombungee, 35 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba. You'll find the streets are lined with jacarandas and silky oaks - providing a spectacular display in late spring.

Goombungee is full of marvellous historic buildings including the Rosalie Shire Historical Society's Museum, which contains a good collection of historic photographs, local family histories and memorabilia. Drop in and visit the Pioneer Arms Hotel, dating back to 1897, it is a great lunch destination serving hearty a country meal and offering a warm welcome.

The town is known as rural iron man country, as it hosts an annual Iron man and Iron woman Competition on Australia Day. A unique iron man sculpture welcomes visitors as they enter the town from the south.

Goombungee has picnic tables and public toilet facilities located in the heart of town, with shops and petrol located close by.

Goombungee

Goombungee: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Goombungee War Memorial


In the Darling Downs farming community of Goombungee you'll find a rather elegant memorial in recognition of the local men lost in the battles of WWI.

Gallipoli survivor and hero of French battles Major General Sir Thomas Glasgow unveiled the Goombungee war memorial on 11 December 1920.

The people of Goombungee commissioned Toowoomba architect Harry Marks to design a classically-stylish sandstone pedestal with Doric columns, produced by RC Ziegler and Sons. A recessed square section bears leaded marble plates. The front plate carries 29 names - the town's men who died fighting in WWI. Atop the pedestal is a soldier statue, imported from Italy - an iconic representation of an Australian solder, which captures the qualities of loyalty, youth, innocence and bravery that grieving families wanted to remember.

The names of eight locals who died in WWII have been added.




Hartwig Street
Goombungee, QLD, 4354

Located 0.1K from Goombungee

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 18.2K from Goombungee

Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery


Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery actively nurtures and promotes the local artistic community, with monthly exhibitions featuring the original works of local painters, sculptors, photographers, textile artists, ceramicists, printmakers and wood turners.

The gallery also regularly features exhibitions and artists from outside the region and holds a popular Christmas Festival Exhibition where art works are available for sale.

The gallery's annual Crows Nest Acquisitive Art Prize has gained a steady reputation, offering generous prize money and attracting high quality entries from far and wide.

Established in 1996 in the board room of the original Crows Nest Shire Chambers, the gallery is run by a part-time coordinator and a dedicated team of volunteers. It provides an arts reference point and fosters a community cultural identity, not only for those directly involved, but for visitors and the local community.






New England Highway
Crows Nest, QLD, 4355

Located 18.6K from Goombungee

Australian Army Flying Museum


Experience the adventure and romance of our military pioneer aviators and see the progression from "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" to present day. Marvel at their courage and view the historic aircraft and memorabilia on display since World War I.

Visitors to the museum will see many beautifully presented aircraft with strong connections to Army aviation that have been restored to original condition. Also, there are images, video and valuable memorabilia from World War l, to current operations overseas where the Australian Army is using aviation resources.

The Museum houses replicas of the three original aircraft first flown by Military pilots in 1910-1912 being the Boxkite, Deperdussin and Bleriot.

During World War II, Number 6 Aircraft Depot was established at Oakey as a key RAAF station in the South West Pacific area. Aircraft such as Beaufort, Boomerang, Kittyhawk, Lancaster, Mustang, Norseman, Spitfire and Wirraway were serviced, repaired and test flown here until February 1946.




Museum Drive,
Swartz Barracks
Oakey, QLD, 4401

Located 19.0K from Goombungee

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 21.8K from Goombungee

Goombungee: Events

Geham Craft and Garden Show


The Ultimate Handmade Shopping Experience.

Celebrating it's tenth year, this wonderful event offers over 75 stalls displaying a selection of gorgeous quality giftware, home wares, plants, gardening artefacts and handmade crafts. You will be amazed at the variety on display, with something for everyone.

Do some early Christmas shopping from the huge range of quality handmade, handcrafted and locally grown markets. A classic car display, demonstrating artists, workshops, live music and free art and craft activities for the kids will keep everyone entertained. This is a great day out for the whole family.

The Spring Caf? offers delicious coffee, homemade cakes, light meals and traditional milkshakes. Eat in or dine al fresco style under the 119 year old oak tree in the fresh country air. Groups welcome - be sure to book ahead to receive discounts and priority service.

As the main annual fundraising event for the Geham State School, they offer visitors a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with the main event being held in the indoor activities centre. Rain, hail or shine their craft show will be open to the public. Bus and ample off road parking.


Event Dates
2017
      16th Sep
      17th Sep


9625 New England Highway
Geham, QLD, 4352

Located 18.2K from Goombungee

Easter Vintage Festival


Highfields Pioneer Village is celebrating its twenty-first Annual Easter Vintage Festival. The theme of the festival is 'Following Footsteps'. 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!

Tickets are available discounted online!


Event Dates
2018
      31st Mar
      1st Apr
      2nd Apr


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

Located 18.2K from Goombungee

InStudio Art Trail


The InStudio Art Trail is an annual weekend event during which a variety of local artists open their home studios to the public, take up residence or exhibit in a central community space. It is a self drive trail offering a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the picturesque countryside around Crows Nest and Hampton area whilst visiting artists in their creative space and gaining a glimpse into their working life and artistic journey.


Event Dates
2017
      19th Aug
      20th Aug


18 William Street
Crows Nest, QLD, 4355

Located 20.9K from Goombungee

Big Band at Spring Bluff


Featuring the sounds of the Jim Miller Big Band, this event brings hundreds of people to Spring Bluff Railway Station. Enjoy the magnificent gardens, spectacular views with food and drink available from the onsite caf?.


Event Dates
2017
      17th Sep


Spring Bluff Railway Station
Spring Bluff, QLD, 4352

Located 20.9K from Goombungee

Goombungee: Travel Tips

Hampton Visitor Information Centre


The Hampton Visitor Information Centre is located at the junction of the New England Highway and the Esk-Hampton Road in Hampton, 30 minutes north of Toowoomba in south east Queensland.

It is set amongst the tall timbers right on the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range at 715 metres above sea level.

It is an accredited visitor information centre which offers a one stop shop for travel information on what to see and do in the area including national parks, lakes, bushwalking, bird spotting, antique and arts and craft shopping...and much more.

The centre is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable locals who know all about the hidden gems of the region and are ready to help with directions, maps, brochures, accommodation enquiries and other travel assistance. It also has free WIFI for the travelling public's convenience.

The centre is housed in 100 year old building. The warmth emanating from the honey coloured hoop pine walls and the wide planks of the tallowwood floors mixed with the smell of the linseed oil finish make this a delightful place to pick up tourist information, talk to a local and linger awhile.




8623 New England Highway
Hampton, QLD, 4352

Located 22.3K from Goombungee

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