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Ballard: 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 over 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 small 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 2.7K from Ballard

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 5.4K from Ballard

Ballard: 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
2019
      22nd Sep


Spring Bluff, QLD, 4352

Located 3.3K from Ballard

Murphys Creek Markets


Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of their local country markets. You'll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies.

Murphys Creek Markets are held on the third Saturday of every month on Murphy's Creek Road (adjacent to Murphy's Creek Tavern) from 7am to 12.30pm.


Event Dates
2019
      21st Sep
      19th Oct
      16th Nov
      21st Dec
2020
      18th Jan
      15th Feb
      21st Mar
      18th Apr
      16th May
      20th Jun
      18th Jul
      15th Aug
      19th Sep
      17th Oct
      21st Nov
      19th Dec
2021
      16th Jan
      20th Feb
      20th Mar
      17th Apr
      15th May
      19th Jun
      17th Jul


Murphys Creek Road
Murphys Creek, QLD, 4352

Located 6.8K from Ballard

Blacksmithing Basics


Learn the basics of blacksmithing and create your own set of blacksmithing tools with Terry Drennan.

You will make a set of blacksmithing tools including a cold chisel, hot cutter, round punch, oval punch, centre punch and tongs. As well as your tools, you will take away the basic skills of blacksmithing including operating a forge and using the tools and anvil.

Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Age: 16 years and over
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.


Event Dates
2019
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      26th Oct
      27th Oct
      9th Nov
      10th Nov
      7th Dec
      8th Dec


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Blacksmithing Basics


Learn the basics of blacksmithing and create your own set of blacksmithing tools with Terry Drennan.

You will make a set of blacksmithing tools including a cold chisel, hot cutter, round punch, oval punch, centre punch and tongs. As well as your tools, you will take away the basic skills of blacksmithing including operating a forge and using the tools and anvil.

Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.


Event Dates
2019
      7th Sep
      8th Sep


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Leatherplaiting Workshop


Learn the basics of the intricate trade of leatherplaiting. Using Kangaroo leather, you will make your choice of an eight strand whip or a 13 strand belt. Kangaroo leather is often used by Australian leatherplaiters as it is one of the strongest leathers available. Its unique structure allows it to be cut very thin and still retain its strength.

Your tutor Bill Webb has been leatherplaiting for over 40 years. He started when he was just five years old and perfected his skill under the guidance of the late RM Williams. Bill is a four-time Dame Mary Durack Award Winner and took first and second places in the 2015 Australian Plaiting Championships.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.


Event Dates
2019
      14th Sep
      15th Sep
      16th Sep


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Rustic Furniture Workshop


Join Andrew MacDonald, Wood and Metal Artisan, for a weekend of creating rustic furniture from branches and sticks. This workshop will introduce you to suitable pest variety timbers for basic chair, stool and table making, the tools and techniques to work the materials, options for design of your own pieces, and you will make your own piece of furniture to take home!

Andrew MacDonald worked as a furniture maker before studying sculpture. His art practice combines the practical knowledge and skills of a tradesman with originality and creative design. He has exhibited his pieces in galleries throughout the world. Many of the tools Andrew uses are traditional ones, rarely seen in modern workshops, which he has even forged and made himself. Andrew's metal sculpture can be seen at various locations around Toowoomba and Brisbane.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.


Event Dates
2019
      2nd Nov
      3rd Nov


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Wooden Wagon Wheel Workshop (Wheelwrighting)


You will assemble a complete twelve spoke wagon wheel from a hand made kit provided by their resident wheelwright Kerry Riehl. You will also personally make one of each item used in the construction including a spoke, felloe and hub. At the end of the five day workshop you will have a completed wheel to take home.

Wheelwright Kerry Riehl is a joiner by trade. He has been making and repairing wooden wheels for over 30 years, starting with his grandparents' old carts and drays. Kerry is passionate about passing on the skills of wheelwrighting and is a regular demonstrator at Cobb+Co Museum.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.


Event Dates
2019
      28th Sep
      29th Sep
      30th Sep
      1st Oct
      2nd Oct


27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.3K from Ballard

Blacksmithing Teen Workshop


Forge a Viking Cuff in this three hour workshop designed for teens aged 13 to 17 years.

Teens will learn the process of heating and forging a piece of metal into a Viking Cuff under the expert tuition of their resident champion blacksmith, Terry Drennan.

Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Book now by contacting Cobb+Co Museum or on their website.

Spectators are welcome at all workshops.

Requirements: Please wear closed in shoes, long trousers and long sleeves.


Event Dates
2019
      2nd Oct
      2nd Oct


27 Lindsay Street
East Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 7.4K from Ballard

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