Things to See and Do

The Southern Downs region is full of interesting things to do. You can go bushwalking, drive along one of our scenic tourist routes, visit Killarney and the famous Killarney Falls nestled in the breathtaking Cunningham’s Gap Range. Visit many of our sporting facilities or just sit by a fire with a glass of wine and relax.

Here are a few things you might like to see or do while in Warwick. For more information about these and other activities contact the Warwick Visitor Information Centre on (07) 4661 3122 or visit their website or visit Things to do in Queensland.

Historic Buildings

  • Town Hall (1888) one of the oldest council buildings in Qld
  • Post Office (1891) built from local sandstone
  • St Mary’s Church (1864) sandstone gothic building
  • Criterion Hotel (1917) retains much of its early charm
  • Court House (1885) still in use today
  • Police Station (1890) located next to the Court House
  • Warwick East State School (1862)  still in use today
  • St Marks Church (1868) origional sandstone church
  • Pringle Cottage (1869) Historical Society Museum
  • National Hotel (1890) superb cast iron columns and balustrades
  • Masonic Hall (1886) Classic facade and Doric columns

Glengallan Homestead
{mosimage cw=210} Located on the banks of Glengallan Creek amidst open pastoral land, Glengallan has emerged from the ruins of the 1867 homestead. Part of the Queensland Heritage Trails Network, visitors can walk back through time and re-live the story of a once great pastoral station. The two-storey sandstone building was described as the 'finest and best finished in the Colony', when its first wing was completed in 1867. Today, visitors to Glengallan will experience first-hand the sweeping views to Mt Marshall and Mt Dumaresq, pastoral scenes and elegant architecture which makes this homestead so memorable.

* Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland and Southern Downs & Granite Belt Regional Tourism


Leslie Dam
Situated approximately 15 kms west of Warwick, Leslie Dam is one of Queensland’s most popular freshwater destinations for fishermen and boaties alike. All water sports can be accommodated.

The local fish stocking group release up to 200 000 fingerlings per year into Leslie Dam including golden perch, silver perch and murray cod to bolster the natural population of spangled perch and eel tailed catfish. A stock impoundment permit is required for fishing. These can be purchased at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.


Art Gallery
Water colours or woodcraft to sculptures and cityscapes - the Warwick Art Gallery brings art to life. The impressive program each year includes work from local and regional artists, local creative groups and primary and secondary schools. It also includes a range of touring exhibitions from the Queensland Art Gallery and other regional arts centres.

Address
Warwick Art Gallery
49 Albion Street
Warwick QLD 4370


Morgan Park
{mosimage cw=200}Located just five minutes from Warwick's CBD, Morgan Park has hosted many significant events, including the inaugural Polocrosse World Cup, Horse Trials World Cup Qualifier and state championships in motor racing. Morgan Park is the State Equestrian Centre for Polocrosse and Eventing and hosts competitions at international, national and state levels. It is home to the Warwick Horse Trials Club, Warwick Polocrosse Club and the Carriage Driving Club.

The Warwick District Sporting Car Club boasts a 2.2km sealed circuit track and conducts motor sport events every weekend of the year. The Warwick District Drag Racing Association has developed a 200m drag strip with a 550m secondary breaking area; while the Warwick and District Dirt Bike Club have built a motocross track with large pit areas.

* Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland and Southern Downs & Granite Belt Regional Tourism

Warwick & District Sporting Car Club
Contact: Bill Campbell Ph: 0408 718 866 (after 8pm)
http://www.morganparkraceway.com.au/
 

Warwick Dragway
Contact: Chris Ph: 0428 615 942
http://www.warwickdragway.com/  

South East Queensland Polocrosse
Contact:
Les Fraser Ph: 0419 714 545
www.seqpolocrosse.org.au  

Warwick Horse Trials
Contact:
Simon Goddard Ph: 0411 420 719
http://www.wht.org.au/  

 

Golf Clubs

Warwick Golf Club was founded in 1905. It is believed that it is one of the oldest 18 hole golf clubs' in Queensland. The course is situated on the top of "Mill Hill", located just a couple of minutes from Alexander Motel.

Allora Golf Club is a 9 hole 98 par course that will test the best golfer. Only 15 minutes drive from Alexander Motel.
Museums



Pringle Cottage
Pringle Cottage (1871), a two-storey sandstone building, was once operated as a private school. Now a museum owned and operated by the Warwick & District Historical Society, the Cottage features furniture and household items representing more than 130 years of family life in the district. Several buildings are located on site and all are open on Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and Saturday to Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.


Warwick Railway Station
Warwick Railway Station in Lyons Street was built from local sandstone in the 1880's. The plaque outside the Warwick Railway Station immortalises the egg throwing incident involving the then Prime Minister, Billy Hughes in 1917. This incident resulted in the formation of the Federal Police.

Part of the Precinct, the Cottonvale Railway Station, features a full size operational replica of a 1918 Panhard Rail Motor, a beautifully restored turntable and a Walker Steam Locomotive.


Jackie Howe Memorial
The Jackie Howe Memorial situated on the corner of Jackie Howe Drive and New England Highway, is a memorial to the 'gun shearer'. Jackie Howe is famous for shearing 321 sheep with hand shears in 1892 and then holding a record which stood until 1950 for shearing 237 sheep with a handpiece. Picnic tables, children's playground and toilets are available in the park.


Queen Mary Falls
{mosimage cw=190}Travel 35km from Warwick to Killarney and a further 10km to reach this beautiful National Park. There are several waterfalls, the most notable being Queen Mary Falls which plunges 40m down sheer rock face. A short walking track leads to the base of the falls with picnic and BBQ areas and amenities located at the top of the Falls.

The Head
{mosimage cw=190}Located 14km past Queen Mary Falls, Carr’s Lookout provides spectacular views of the centre of the Great Divide and the source of the Condamine River - the longest river system in Australia. The Spring Creek Mountain Café, situated next door to the Lookout, offers the same spectacular views from their balcony and grounds, while enjoying fine cuisine. This Café is a very popular spot so it is recommended that you book ahead of your visit

Cunningham's Gap
The Main Range National Park located on the Cunningham Highway 50km north-east of Warwick, offers a number of bushwalking opportunities around Cunningham's Gap. Internationally recognised for its World Heritage status, this National Park stretches over 18,400 hectares. There are a number of graded walking tracks through rainforest and eucalypt forest, with one leading to an impressive lookout. Picnic facilities and BBQ's are available.

World Heritage listed Main Range National Park  - a succession of impressive peaks, escarpments and ridges. The 18,400 ha park extends from Mt Mistake in the north to Wilson's Peak on the Queensland/NSW border. The park is made up of five sections: Mt Mistake, Cunningham's Gap including Spicer's Gap, Mt Roberts, Goomburra and Queen Mary Falls. Main Range National Park, following an arc of rugged peaks and ridges, is the crucial western link in south-east Queensland's remarkable Scenic Rim. Crossed by the Cunningham Highway, this park in a World Heritage area offers an impressive waterfall, challenging hikes and easy rainforest walks with wonderful views. For terrific views and experiences: at Cunningham's Gap picnic area, try the Rainforest circuit or stroll to Fassifern Valley lookout (both short walks); zigzag up Mount Cordeaux (lyrebirds and scarlet-flowered giant spear lilies) or Mount Mitchell (sheer cliff face). Enjoy a picnic at Queen Mary Falls, which plunge an impressive 40 metres. Experienced walkers can hike for several days along the Scenic Rim.

Goomburra  - the Goomburra Section of Main Range National Park can be found nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range's Scenic Rim. The camping area is situated on large creek flats adjacent to Dalrymple Creek. Visitors. Goomburra, Main Range National Park is a World Heritage area allowing superb views over Laidley Valley, the rugged border ranges to the south, and Mount Castle in the north. The dry open forest contains New England blackbutt and manna gums.  You can select one of three walking tracks, ranging from an easy 1.2 kilometre circuit suitable for wheelchairs with assistance, to a six kilometre track showcasing waterfalls and freshwater habitats.

Watch for echidnas and koalas. See satin bowerbirds and variegated fairy-wrens, or listen to the calls of shy yellow-tailed black-cockatoos. A short four-wheel-drive away, two more tracks lead to scenic lookouts, both within an hour's walk. There are also three longer walking tracks in this area, including the Winder track featuring an old forestry snigging trail and winder.

* Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland and Southern Downs & Granite Belt Regional Tourism


Take a drive or walk along the Condamine River
Enter Queens Park from Alice Street and take a leisurely drive along the Condamine River exiting at Park Road. An established footpath (Warwick Green Belt ) will guide you along the River if you'd like to stretch your legs and there are plenty of peaceful spots to picnic or just have a quiet break. Picnic tables are available and a Skate Bowl is located near the Park Road exit.


Warwick Tourist Drives

Collect your brochures and maps at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre at 49 Albion Street Warwick or click here for further details.

The Settlers Route: Tourist Route 1 — 72 kilometres

The Settler’s Route will take you through stunning scenery with deep gullies, steep mountains and a myriad of river crossings. Heading north from Warwick you will travel through various small villages all steeped with history and historic buildings. Killarney, known as the scenic gem of the Southern Downs extends the drive to include Dagg’s Falls, Brown’s Falls and Queen Mary Falls National Park and the breathtaking views of Carr’s Lookout.

The mountain road takes you through sub-tropical rainforest and 4WD’s can detour along the popular and spectacular Condamine Gorge, also known as the ‘14 River Crossing’ 4WD track.

Sunflower Route: Tourist Route 11 — 50 kilometres

Summer is the best time to take in the wonder and splendour of the Sunflower Route.  The 50 kilometre round trip will also take you through the patchwork countryside of ploughed black soil, green lucerne and grazing crops, and brick-red sorghum.

Travel through some of the region’s most picturesque country and spend time in Allora visiting its quiet relaxing parks and gardens and charming heritage listed streetscape. Other attractions in the vicinity include heritage listed Glengallan Homestead.

Sprint Route: Tourist Route 12 — 118 kilometres

Leyburn’s Historic Motor Sprint Around the Houses attracts thousands of people each year on the third weekend of August. In fact, it’s not unusual to see vintage car rallies and bikies’ groups motor their way down the Sprint Route at any time of the year.

Leyburn is a picturesque village brimming with talent and friendliness. Spend some time walking around Leyburn’s historic buildings. These include Queensland’s oldest continually licensed hotel and a shingle-roofed church dating back to 1860.

Continue the route through the gold rush country of Thane and then onto the popular fishing and boating spot of Leslie Dam.

Cedar Route: Tourist Route 14 - 62 kilometres

The Cedar Route winds through the World Heritage area of the Goomburra Valley and shows nature in all its glory. Put on your hiking boots to enjoy the many walking tracks in the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park. The Dalrymple Creek Bush Walk is disabled assisted and has a kids’ activity page on the EPA website (www.epa.qld.gov.au ). Take time to visit the newly renovated Sylvester Lookout. Learn all about the endangered frogs and other native species that call this park home and see how many you can find when you take one of the many gentle bushwalks. From fun four-wheel-driving, perfect picnic spots and spectacular scenery, the Cedar Route appeals to all.  

Falls Drive

This is the newest of the tourist routes in the Warwick area and 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.

Spring Creek flows over Queen Mary Falls, which is in Main Range National Park. The creek flows into the Condamine River nearby where it begins at The Head and flows on to the Murray-Darling, Australia's longest river system, which stretches to the ocean in South Australia.

This tourist route can form part of a wonderful circle drive taking in Cunninghams Gap, Warwick, Killarney and Boonah - a special part of southern Queensland

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