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Kingsthorpe

Take a quiet side-track from the Warrego Highway or New England Highway to find the hamlet of Kingsthorpe. Kingsthorpe is just a 15-minute panoramic drive west of Toowoomba.

Home to both Gowrie Mountain Estate Vineyard and Cellar Door and also Wedgetail Ridge Estate Winery, which are open by appointment. Gowrie Mountain Estate offers accommodation onsite in the historic homestead, while Sugarloaf Mountain Country Retreat, just up the road offers accommodation close to both wineries.

The eastern part of the area has several scenic lookouts which provide expansive views over Rosalie Plains and portions of the Darling Downs. One of the most easily accessible is located just outside Kingsthorpe at Mt Kingsthorpe Park and is well worth a look. A graded walking track from the lookout's car park takes visitors to the summit, which provides expansive views as well as a glimpse of some of the original rainforest vegetation that once covered all of Mt Kingsthorpe.

A service station is also situated in Kingsthorpe for your convenience.

Kingsthorpe: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 10.4K from Kingsthorpe

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 12.7K from Kingsthorpe

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 14.5K from Kingsthorpe

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 14.7K from Kingsthorpe

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 15.6K from Kingsthorpe

Kingsthorpe: Events

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 12.6K from Kingsthorpe

Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo


Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo Plus Australian Deer Association Queensland Hunting Expo

The Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo is the regions largest event of it's kind. Over 130 local and regional companies will be involved, displaying thousands of products and services, including the very latest in Caravans, Camper Trailers, Motor Homes, Vehicles and 4WD's, 5th Wheelers, Camping Gear and Accessories. The 2016 Event will also feature the Australian Deer Association Queensland Hunting Expo. This event will showcase businesses providing products and services for hunting and the outdoors, including firearms and associated products, archery, clubs and groups, fishing and tackle, camping equipment, vehicle accessories, taxidermy, safaris, holidays, industry magazines, clothing and more. Visitors will be able to view and compare products from a wide range of leading companies all within the one location. This is a not-to-be-missed event.


Event Dates
2016
      5th Aug
      6th Aug
      7th Aug


Glenvale Road
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 13.1K from Kingsthorpe

Westbrook Family Fun Day


Come and celebrate with their 4th biennial Family Fun Day in Westbrook, Queensland. The event draws local, and regional families, vendors and business to showcase products, businesses, and activities, while providing an affordable event for families.

Numerous rides, interactive programs, interactive skate activities, musicians and performers will be involved. Food vendors, coffee stalls, local goods, and products will be available for sale.

This is the 4th event in the Community and has shown growth and success with the development of interactive programs, local performers and supported by local industry.


Event Dates
2016
      11th Sep


Barwick Street
Westbrook, QLD, 4350

Located 15.3K from Kingsthorpe

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 15.5K from Kingsthorpe

Kingsthorpe: Travel Tips

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport


The gateway to Toowoomba and Southern Queensland, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is Australia's first privately-funded public airport and the first public airport to be built in Australia in 50 years. Hailed as a game changer for the region, the airport has been developed by Wagners, an Australian family-owned Toowoomba-based company providing construction and infrastructure materials and services across the globe.

Qantaslink operate twice daily services to Sydney on a Wellcamp centric schedule. Rex joins the lineup of airlines operating from the airport in January, with services to Western, and North Western Queensland. With a strong commercial proposition, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport looks forward to welcoming other tails on the tarmac in the months and years to come.

The airport's 2.87 kilometre runway is capable of handling aircraft up to the size of the 747, and is ideally positioned to service freight charters from within Australia, to Asia and beyond. The state of the art terminal is designed to welcome up to 1 million passengers per year and is the second largest regional airport terminal in Australia. Designed with the future in mind, the terminal includes 10 check-in desks with bag-drop facilities, self-serve kiosks, car hire desks, retail and dining options.




Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 9.4K from Kingsthorpe

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