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Highfields

Just a short drive north of Toowoomba along the New England Highway is Highfields, a flourishing community with much to offer visitors.

The Highfields Pioneer Historical Village is an attraction with rare and unusual collections of vintage machinery. Much of it has been restored to working order and can be seen in action particularly at the Easter Vintage Festival. The Historical Village also features a fully operational blacksmith shop, a heritage chapel, and an original Toowoomba 1928 Dennis Fire Engine. View 40000 sea shells and coral pieces in one of the largest collections in Queensland.

There are many enticing spots to stop including a lookout, nurseries and the Chocolate Cottage cafe at the Village Green, where you will also find antiques, art and other specialty stores.

Pay a visit to Abbie Lane Arts and Crafts Village. Set amidst cottage style gardens the old church building has been lovingly transformed into a country craft shop. The village also offers an array of gifts, jewellery, crafts, coffee shop and confectionary.

Highfields is also home to a large cultural centre often used by conference groups. An outdoor public swimming complex, a volleyball and basketball court are also located at the centre.

Highfields

Highfields: 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 2.2K from Highfields

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 2.5K from Highfields

Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre


The only road building museum in Australia, the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre offers an exclusive perspective of the history of road building in Queensland.

Travel the winding road throughout this unique museum. The exhibits offer plenty of information about road planning, construction and maintenance for you to explore. Cartoon characters and interactive children's trail help teach kids about what has gone into making the 'black stuff' and if you love machinery, then you'll get a kick out of the fully maintained vehicles and road building equipment on display.

Located opposite Toowoomba's airport terminal, the museum showcases the hard work and pioneering spirit which has helped shape Queensland. Learn how the state's road network has been developed, from the conditions under which road workers laboured, to the modern plant and equipment you see on roads today.

Book now and ask for a guided tour through the museum and this distinctive piece of Queensland's history.

You'll be surprised at what you discover.





2-22 Mutze Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 9.7K from Highfields

Newtown Park State Rose Garden


The State Rose Garden in Newtown Park has more than 1,500 roses planted, with many more to be planted over coming years.

This rosarium is being continually upgraded as a living memorial to the people of this city and the district in general.

This has been one of the most successful community projects in Toowoomba, with residents and volunteers contributing donations or in-kind support.

The major planting of roses in the garden was selected from the floribunda, hybrid tea, David Austin and climbing varieties. Of special interest are the Titian and Carabella roses, which were bred in Toowoomba and are just two of the Reithmuller Roses.

The historic Newtown Park is bounded by Holberton, Taylor, Tor and Pottinger Streets. Of special interest to historians is the Entrance Pavilion off Holberton Street where the history of the park and its people since 1912, and the history of roses, is displayed on brass plaques.

The Friends of the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park has contributed to construction and development of the garden. The Friends volunteer from 50 to 70 hours per week, depending on the season, for maintenance of the roses.




Taylor Street,
Corner of Holberton, Tor and Pottinger Streets
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.0K from Highfields

Cobb+Co Museum


Cobb+Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is home to the National Carriage Collection which features nearly 50 horse-drawn vehicles and galleries showcasing the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

But that's just a part of what's on offer at this interactive Museum, there's plenty more to see, hear and touch! You can follow the clues, meet intriguing characters and play the interactive games in the new National Carriage Collection Gallery, play in The Coach Stop and the Cobb's Coffee Shop Play Pit, touch a range of natural history objects and specimens from and cuddly animal furs to delicate snake skins and spiky echidna spines, participate in the free daily Have A Go sessions or join in the hands-on fun at the annual Have A Go Festival and get the behind the scenes story and join a daily guided tour.

Why not sign up for a creative workshop? At Cobb+Co Museum you can craft items that you will be proud to show off and even give as gifts. Workshops range from blacksmithing and silversmithing to leadlighting and millinery. There are also unique handmade gifts for sale in the Museum Shop.




27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.3K from Highfields

Toowoomba Railway Station, Memorial Honour Board


Stroll to the northern end of the platform at heritage-listed Toowoomba Railway Station and you'll find a record that leaves no doubt about the impact WWI had on the locality's population.

The Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, Queensland Railways Toowoomba Employees is a magnificently carved silky oak honour board with an impressive listing of 560 names in gold lettering on cedar panels.

Railways Commissioner Charles Evans, a former Toowoomba railwayman himself, unveiled the tribute on 14 April 1918.

Prime Minister Billy Hughes had stood on the platform in October 1916, urging enlistments.

The honour board was artfully crafted at the North Ipswich railway workshops, now the Workshops Rail Museum. Detailing includes columns crowned with decorative motifs of the Queensland Railways emblem, scrolls and shells, and the Australian Coat of Arms.

Toowoomba Railway Station, which opened in the 1870s, was still a bustling centre for trade and travellers. Today, the Westlander passes through, between Brisbane and Charleville twice a week.




Russell Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.3K from Highfields

Russell Street Historical Walk, Toowoomba


This self-guided walking tour of Toowoomba's Russell Street will lead you by landmarks of fine historic architecture, many of which date back to the 1860s.

The walk commences at the Railway Station on Railway Street, continues west to Kensington Street and then turns east to the stately shop fronts in the city centre. Buildings of note include the Hotel Norville, Toowoomba's Regional Art Gallery and City Hall and the Whitehorse Building (1912).

Drop in to the Toowoomba's Visitor Information Centre on the corner of James and Kitchener Street for a copy of the brochure to guide you along your way.

Allow a minimum of one hour for a brisk walk and longer for a leisurely stroll.




Russell Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.5K from Highfields

Highfields: Events

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
2016
      18th Sep


Spring Bluff Railway Station
Spring Bluff, QLD, 4352

Located 1.6K from Highfields

Downlands Art Exhibition


The premium visual art event on Toowoomba's social calendar, the Downlands Art Exhibition brings together a curated selection of art from at least eight galleries together with the best offerings of regional artists.

Now in their 30th year, the beautiful grounds of Downlands College become a living, breathing art gallery, with the Graham Centre being redesigned to suit the collection each year.

Patrons travel from far and wide to experience the best and most accessible collection of artworks in the region.

With around 1,000 catalogued items and with prices from AUD25 to AUD25 000, there truly is something for everyone.


Event Dates
2016
      10th Sep
      11th Sep


72 Ruthven Street
Harlaxton, QLD, 4350

Located 8.0K from Highfields

Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre Open Day


Coinciding with the David Hack Classic Meet, the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre on Mutze Street, Toowoomba is holding a special open day from 8am until 3pm.

Children are invited to join the fun with the cartoon characters along the children's trail as well as test themselves against mum or dad on the brake-testing unit.

The centre's location is ideal for watching the collectable vehicles as they arrive and leave the meet as well as watching the war-birds take off.

Check out the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre - it's sure to be a great day out for the family.


Event Dates
2017
      30th Apr


2-22 Mutze Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 9.7K from Highfields

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