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Cecil Plains

The rural Darling Downs town of Cecil Plains is just over an hour's drive from Toowoomba. The fertile black soil around Cecil Plains is ideal for cotton production and the town is now the home of one of the largest cotton gins in the southern hemisphere.

Cecil Plains Homestead was the focal point of life on Cecil Plains Station which was claimed in 1841 by Henry Stuart Russell, the first European in the area. The property was named in honour of his mother, Cecil Charlotte Pemberton, and began with a single slab cottage on the western bank of the Condamine River.

Cecil Plains also has a library, general store, hotel, swimming pool and the Condamine River.

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Cecil Plains: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Lake Broadwater Conservation Park


Lake Broadwater Conservation Park protects the only natural lake on the Darling Downs. Waterbirds and wildlife are drawn to the shallow lake and find refuge in the surrounding vegetation. The lake precinct was a focal point for local Aboriginal people and later teamsters and early settlers.

Surrounded by cypress pine, eucalypt and brigalow open woodland, the shallow lake is listed in the Directory of Nationally Important Wetlands and is an excellent example of a semi-permanent freshwater lake in an area where these are rare. The lake fills only after heavy rains and when full is up to three to four metres deep. It dries out periodically, sometimes for lengthy periods.

Picnic under river red gums, relax and enjoy the wildlife and wildflowers. Watch waterbirds nesting on the 'neck' of the lake from an elevated bird hide. More than 230 species of birds have been recorded at the park. Stroll along the two-kilometre track connecting the two camping areas or take the five-kilometre (return) self-guided drive. With easy access to water, tracks and recreational facilities, Lake Broadwater a great spot to relax and to appreciate nature.

Image credit: Robert Ashdown, Qld Govt




Lake Broadwater Road
Dalby, QLD, 4405

Located 21.8K from Cecil Plains

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