About Warwick - Nature Continued
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. www.warwickartgallery.com.au
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.