WELCOME TO WARWICK
Majestic sandstone buildings, grand homesteads and colonial cottages give an ambience to contemporary living in this thriving regional centre. Enjoy the fascinating diversity of serene rural landscapes, stunning
vistas and high country’s dramatic waterfalls. We wish you a warm and friendly welcome and hope you
enjoy your time exploring The Southern Downs Region.
The city of Warwick has a powerful and significant past, with events impacting on both Queensland and Australia. Warwick is the site of the first free white settlement in Queensland. Botanist Allan Cunningham explored the region in 1827 and the Leslie brothers were the first Europeans to settle the area in 1840.
Experience the gentle flow of the Condamine River and an amazing range of adventures in the great outdoors. Slip quietly into the national parks and forests for an eco - experience second to none. Freshwater fishing permits and fossicking licences are available from Warwick Visitor Information Centre. For 4WD enthusiasts there are two special treats: the 14 River Crossings at Killarney and Spicer’s Gap Road east of Warwick. The Region offers an abundance of camping opportunities.
Rich in natural beauty, is the spectacular Main Range National Park and Goomburra State Forest. Main Range National Park (which includes Mt Mistake, Cunningham’s Gap, Spicer’s Gap, Queen Mary Falls, and Mt Roberts) is internationally recognised for its World Heritage status. Tucked away in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range is Goomburra State Forest. A popular camping area it has superb eucalypt and lush rain forest, magnificent views and perfect picnic area.
Famous events and festivalS
The Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival is a celebration of winter like no other. Palmerin Street comes awash with colour as more than 150 deciduous trees are decorated in “tree jumpers” and Jazz performers entertain in diverse interpretations of this lively genre.
Famous as the Rose and Rodeo City, The Warwick Rodeo held in October each year, includes the nation’s richest prize in camp-drafting, the Gold Cup. The Friday Night Carnival heralds the beginning of the festival and the Saturday street parade is a gala event each year. Visit The Rodeo Heritage Centre (Alice Street) an informative rodeo display.
Amongst the thrills and excitement of the rodeo, the Warwick district also celebrates the annual Spring Flower Show with open gardens and competitions.
Graceful colonial homes, superb old churches, majestic sandstone buildings and the historic railway precinct give Warwick a sense of history unlike any other rural city. A comprehensive guide to buildings, Queensland’s Southern Downs Heritage and Historic Building Trail, is available at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.
Visit the Southern Downs Steam Railway Fitzroy & Hamilton Street Wed & Thurs for a guided tour of the precinct and the beautifully restored C17 steam locomotive
The Downs Dasher.
A two-storey sandstone building once operated as a private school and now a museum. The cottage features furniture and household items dating back over 130 years. Open: Friday 10am–12noon & 2pm–4pm; Saturday 12noon–3pm.
Continuing the rich tradition of culture, the Warwick Art Gallery hosts inspiring exhibitions of local and touring collections throughout the year.
Open: 10am–4pm Tuesday to Friday; 10am–1pm Saturday & Sunday.
Warwick Indoor Recreation
and Aquatic Centre
Do as much or as little as you like in the heated leisure, hydrotherapy and competition pools, gymnasium and basketball and volleyball courts. Open seven days a week.
Pig and Calf Market
All the spirit and personality of the country is jammed into this weekly market held each Wednesday morning. This is the longest continually operated market in Queensland, offering much more than livestock, and is a paradise for trash and treasure hunters. The cattle sales are held each Tuesday at the saleyards commencing at 7.30 is. Lamb and sheep are sold on Wednesdays from 1 pm.
Condamine River & Greenbelt
Following the Condamine River is the Warwick Greenbelt, a natural corridor of open space with sealed tracks for walkers and bikers, historic trails and shady picnic spots.
Tiddalik the Frog
The mascot of the greenbelt project ‘Tiddalik’ stands proudly on the banks of the Condamine. This 15 tonne granite frog is based on an aboriginal dreamtime story about the frog that drank up all the water and caused a drought.
Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre
Glengallan offers a rare experience of colonial life in the incongruous setting of a two-storey sandstone mansion. An innovative restoration reflects the rise and fall of Darling Downs squattocracy. Opening hours: Sat-Sun 10 am to 4 pm
Leslie and Connolly Dams
Leslie and Connolly Dams are a freshwater fishing paradise. Fishing permits are required and can be purchased from the Information Centre. Leslie Dam is also a great spot for swimming, sailing, skiing, and camping.
The Morgan Park Complex hosts both horse and motor sports events. The facilities include world class centre for polocrosse and eventing, motor-cross track, drag strip and is home to Morgan Park Raceway and District Sporting Car Club. www.morganparkraceway.com.au. With events on most weekends head out to catch some of the raceway action.
Warwick Golf Club
A great country golf course offering an 18-hole course, only 5 minutes from the heart of Warwick.
Course Par: 69.
Jackie Howe Memorial
Located in Jackie Howe Park on the New England Highway is this memorial to ëGun Shearer’ Jackie Howe, who in 1892 shore 321 sheep with hand shears. He later shore 237 sheep with a handpiece, a record that stood until 1950.
EXPLORE A TOURIST DRIVE
A 72 km round trip, this tourist drive will take you into Killarney, the ëscenic gem’ of the Southern Downs. Don’t miss Dagg’s Falls, Brown’s Falls, Queen Mary Falls National Park, and the breathtaking views from Carr’s Lookout. 4WD’s can detour from the main road along the popular and spectacular Condamine Gorge, known as the ë14 River Crossing’ 4WD track.
The 50 km round trip will take you through countryside. The best time to visit is in summer when the sunflowers are in full bloom. Stop in and visit the town of Allora, with its quiet relaxing parks and gardens, attractive heritage listed streetscape, and houses and churches built in the traditional Queensland timber style.
This 118 km round trip to the home of vintage motor sprints takes you past the popular fishing and boating spot of Leslie Dam and some of Queensland’s oldest country pubs. Time your drive to coincide with Leyburn’s Historic Motor Sprint Around the Houses, which attracts thousands of people the third weekend in August.
The 62 km drive winds through the World Heritage Area of the Goomburra Valley. Visit the local lavender farm or put on your hiking boots and take to the many walking tracks of the Goomburra State Forest, one of the few national parks with a wheelchair accessible track. From fun 4 Wheel Driving, perfect picnic spots and spectacular scenery, the Cedar Route appeals to all.
Four waterfalls are featured on the spectacular drive on the southern Queensland border between Boonah and Killarney. The route leaves the Boonah-Rathdowney Road south of Boonah and through Teviot Gap near Killarney takes in the four waterfalls on part of Spring Creek Road – Browns, Daggs, Queen Mary and Teviot Falls - and Carrs Lookout. This tourist route can form part of a wonderful circle drive taking in Cunningham’s Gap, Warwick, Killarney and Boonah – a special part of southern Queensland.
For more information about any of these interesting, fun activities and other great things to see
and do in the Warwick region contact the friendly team at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.