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Clifton

About 50 kilometres north of Warwick, Clifton has been built on part of one of the first of the great Darling Downs sheep stations which was opened up in 1840.

The town was established around a tavern and general store whose opening coincided with the arrival of the railway in 1869.

The area's prosperity was founded on wheat and Clifton's towering silos stand as mute testimony to justify the "million bushel wheat district" slogan.

The town is located just a few kilometres west of the New England Highway. Clifton celebrates October and spring with the annual Iris and Rose Show.

A short drive north takes you to Nobby, a small town which, along with neighbouring Greenmount, claims a close association with two of Australia"s most endearing characters, Snake Gully"s Dad and Dave, created by Steele Rudd (Arthur Hoey Davis) in the 1899 book, On Our Selection.

Davis based his observations of the day to day life in Snake Gully on his family"s experience on its farm selection between Nobby and Greenmount.

Rudd"s Pub doubles as a museum for both Steel Rudd and Nobby"s most famous daughter, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, a dedicated nurse whose work led to a revolutionary and successful treatment of poliomyelitis.

Clifton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Sister Kenny Memorial, Nobby


You'll learn some fascinating history on a visit to the memorial of Sister Elizabeth Kenny (born 20 September 1880, died 30 November 1952). Sister Kenny had a significant world-wide impact on the treatment of polio (Infantile Paralysis), one of the world`s most devastating diseases.

Sister Kenny lived in Nobby and received world recognition for her revolutionary treatment of polio victims in the early to mid twentieth century. She challenged the then current medical practice of immobilising muscles affected by polio and proved that exercising them aided in patient recovery.

This memorial chronicles her life and gives an account of the battles she had with the male-dominated medical establishment of the day.

She is buried in the peaceful Nobby cemetery which overlooks the wide, rolling hills, and her life is also commemorated by a local memorial park.




Tooth Street
Nobby, QLD, 4360

Located 8.5K from Clifton

Victor Denton War Memorial


Queensland's first known World War I memorial doesn't stand in a public park or at a street intersection, it's in a small Darling Downs' cemetery. And unlike the others, it is in memory of one man.

Residents from the farming district of Nobby wanted to honour 20-year-old stockman Private Victor Denton who enlisted with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment just weeks after Australia announced it was at war in 1914. He died of battle wounds in June 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey and was buried there. This memorial stands as a sign of the spontaneous, highly visible grief that gripped the community and the nation.

The memorial is located within the Denton family plot, alongside the grave of Victor's parents, in Nobby Cemetery.

Toowoomba monumental masons Bruce Brothers created the concrete and stone memorial, the broken column symbolising a life cut short. It was unveiled November 1915 during a recruitment march from Warwick to Brisbane, by a group labelled the 'Dungarees'. The march's participants drew large crowds in every town.




Mount Kent Boundary Road,
Nobby Cemetery
Nobby, QLD, 4360

Located 9.2K from Clifton

Darling Downs Zoo


The Darling Downs Zoo is situated in a beautiful rural setting on the eastern Downs - midway between Toowoomba and Warwick - just over two hours drive from the Brisbane Central Business District.

This Zoo is being developed so that you travel the animal world with a walk through the geographical areas of Australia, South-east Asia, Africa and South America.

Already the Zoo features the only pride of African Lions in Queensland, Giraffe, Cheetah, Baboons, Monkeys, Marmosets, African Serval, endangered Sumatran Tiger, tropical birds, Kangaroos and White Wallabies, Deer, Crocodiles and Alligator, Boa Constrictors and Tortoises, unusual South American animals like Brazilian Tapir and Capybara and much, much more. The Zoo is also home to the only White Lions living permanently in Queensland and the largest herd of Zebras and Giant Tortoises in this State!

The zoo is open to the public from 9am every day. Closed only on Christmas Day.

Picnic facilities are available, there is a kiosk and gift shop with EFTPOS and free parking for all vehicles including coaches and caravans. The entire zoo is wheelchair accessible.




21 Baines Road
Pilton, QLD, 4361

Located 12.6K from Clifton

Boer War Memorial and Park, Allora


A pretty park of some historical significance, the first of three soldier statues erected in Queensland after the Boer War (1899-1902) is found in Allora's War Memorial Park in Warwick Street.

Colonel (later Sir) Harry Chauvel unveiled the soldier statue in 1904, honouring the four local men who died, and 35 others who served in the southern African conflict. The slightly smaller than life-size soldier statue, by sculptor William P Macintosh, is unusual in its details: the soldier's mouth is open and he stands alone, without the traditional tree stump for support.

Subsequent additions commemorate those who fought and died in World War I and World War II.

General JC Robertson unveiled Allora's WWI memorial - a sandstone and marble obelisk, small field guns carved into the pedestal - in November, 1921.

A second sandstone and marble obelisk, simpler in design, stands at the park's rear, serving as a WWII memorial.






Warwick Street
Allora, QLD, 4362

Located 14.1K from Clifton

Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre


Restored from ruin in 2001, the iconic Glengallan House emerges from the ruins of the 1867 sandstone mansion as a unique heritage experience. Re-live the Glengallan story from squattocracy to farmer settlement through an innovative interpretation that allows the place to tell its own story.
Open 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday, Glengallan is an exceptional venue for day trippers, tour groups, school visits, reunions, weddings, workshops, seminars, markets and rallies; available for garden weddings and professional photography.
Free entry to Heritage Centre cafe which serves traditional fare with modern flair; souvenirs, arts and crafts and local produce available from farm shop; seasonal markets in the heritage gardens first Sunday of March, June, September and December.
A wide range of locally made souvenirs are available including Aloomba lavender products, Hidden Creek wines and Glengallan's own commemoratives wines: Gentleman Jack, Eliza D, King Billy and Ghost Gate port.
Glengallan hosts markets in the gardens on the first Sunday of March, June, September and December.




18515 New England Highway (midway between Warwick and Allora)
Warwick, QLD, 4370

Located 24.2K from Clifton

Clifton: Events

Bony Mountain Folk Festival


The Bony Mountain Festival is a celebration of everything Australian-the History-the Heritage-their very own music.

2019 will feature top Band-Bluegrass/grass roots Hill Billy Goats. Brand new Brisbane Band Open Road, an exciting mix of original Country/Folk/Bluegrass/Blues. An award winning Celtic Band String Loaded-featuring two great young fiddle players!

There will be songwriters (Jim Williams), their hostess-Norma O'Hara Murphy, their best Bush Balladeers, Poets, Ukulele School, real bush bands with some old traditional songs and music. They'll celebrate their Celtic roots and their pioneers. You're all invited to come along. This is a family festival- a fabulous community event in the tradition of wonderful country hospitality! Big Slim Dusty Exhibition returns again.

Saturday is a huge family day with Pirate Cave, Treasure Hunt, Captain Jack and free activities, also a special Fairy Cave catering for little ones. Friday and Saturday nights also feature their amazing flaming/dragon/ lizard. From Killarney - Dragons who breathe fire are a fabulous spectacle!

Their catering is second to none and features all the best of home-cooked meals (The Shack) top fillet steaks, hot chips, big hot breakfast and Boutique Coffee shop.

Walk Up program kicks off Tuesday or join their Ukulele School. Learn with Mick.


Event Dates
2019
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep


1107 Upper Wheatvale Road,
Via Warwick
Bony Mountain, QLD, 4370

Located 23.6K from Clifton

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