About Warwick

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This is a little information about Warwick. It is the administrative centre of the Southern Downs Region local government area. The surrounding Darling Downs have fostered a strong agricultural industry for which Warwick Queensland, together with the larger city of Toowoomba, serve as convenient service centres.The Warwick Vines Motel provides excellent accommodation for the area

 

The Condamine River meanders from the east to the north-west of Warwick. One of its tributaries Rosenthal Creek enters Warwick from the south and enters the Condamine within Warwick.

The Cunningham Highway and the New England Highway jointly enter Warwick from the north, cross the Condamine River, and then turn west within the town close to the Warwick central business district.

The Cunningham Highway then continues west towards Goondiwindi, while the New England Highway heads south towards Stanthorpe.

 

The Condamine River often floods which can disconnect the northern and southern parts of Warwick and close the highways. Gauges that measure river height are used to provide flood alerts to residents. Low-lying land around the river is mostly used for recreation to minimise the damage caused by flooding with most developed areas at higher levels. Queens Park is a major park based around the river and the highway crossing.

The Warwick central business district is laid out on a grid pattern and lies within one or two blocks of the long main street, Palmerin Street with Grafton Street the major cross-street. The statue of former Queensland Premier Thomas Byrnes is located at their intersection.Falls

 

Attractions

If you have decided to stay at the Warwick Vines Motel, whether you’re just passing through Warwick or are planning to stay a couple of days, you will be pleased to learn that there are plenty of things to see and do.

Heritage

Those who are interested in the history of the area will find plenty to keep them amused. The Warwick Historical Society Museum (also known as the Pringle Cottage Museum) comprises a collection of buildings that feature furniture and household items from the last 130 years throughout the district. The Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre is often described as being frozen in time; it is reminiscent of its appearance in 1867.

Nature

If you prefer to get outside and breathe in the fresh air, you’re in luck. The Main Range National Park is quite close by and offers plenty of opportunity for picnicking and hiking. Some of the more impressive locations within the park include: Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, the Fassifern Valley and Queen Mary Falls. If you enjoy getting out on the water, Lake Leslie is quite a popular spot for fishing, sailing and water skiing (not to mention picnics!).

Events

A number of events are actually held in the Warwick area each year; if you plan on travelling to the town during these festivals, ensure you book early to avoid missing out! The famous Rose and Rodeo Festival is held on the last weekend of October; come and watch some of Australia’s best rodeo riders compete for glory! The Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival is perfect for those who like a little less excitement; see the trees in Main Street decorated with jumpers!

Art & Culture

If you’re more interested in Warwick’s art and culture, you won’t be disappointed! The local art gallery is committed to celebrating the community’s artistic and cultural identity, so you will regularly see local work on show in the two gallery spaces. If you’ve always wanted to take a ride on a steam train, make sure that you take a trip on the Southern Downs Steam Railway’s “Downs Dasher”, which is a steam locomotive built in 1950.

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Family Friendly

When travelling with the kids in tow, we understand the importance of keeping them entertained above all else. Fortunately, there are a number of family friendly activities in the Warwick area. Why not take a day trip to the Jondaryan Woolshed, which offers daily tours and sheep shearing? Or visit the animal nursery in nearby Toowoomba, where you can meet some of the cute, fluffy babies and possibly give them a bottle?

Gardens

If you have a bit of a green thumb, we definitely recommend making the trek down to Toowoomba to check out some of the most amazing gardens and parks in the state. Some of the notable destinations include the Japanese Gardens, Laurel Bank Park, Lake Annand Park, Queens Park, Picnic Point Lookout, Spring Point Bluff Garden and the Newtown Park Rose Garden. These gardens are especially striking during the spring when they’re in full bloom.

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.

Heritage

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.

Adventure

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.