This Abbey was built in 1891 for the Sisters of Mercy. It is now a Bed and Breakfast but you do not wish to stay here make sure you do a drive-by, it is a splendid old building that is worth checking out.
Turn south off the Cunningham Highway in the centre of Warwick (2 kilometres west of the Condamine River bridge) onto Dragon Street (signposted Settlers Route). After 550 metres turn left at the roundabout onto Locke Street and the Abbey is on the right.
The Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre is a place to follow history and relive the glory of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association's greatest champions and rodeo history. The land of Australia grows cowboys. It is a natural process, like the wind, rain and the rising of the sun in the morning. Aussies have strong roots that grow deep into the sunburnt country. This great landscape of Australia has created generations of men and women who spend their lives working with horses and cattle.
Rodeos are the ultimate celebration of the western lifestyle. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. A good saddle bronc ride is over in just eight seconds, a bad one is over even sooner. For the rodeo enthusiast the Rodeo Heritage Centre has interactive and static displays, live rodeo demonstrations by appointment, theatrette, cowboy bar, function rooms and western gift shop.
Located at 4 Alice Street, Warwick. Turn west off the highway on the south side of McMahon Bridge which crosses the Condamine River, north of the township of Warwick.
Take a leisurely walk on the established footpath alongside the Condamine River . The circuit walk starts as you enter Queens Parks from Alice Street and follows the river until you reach Park Road. Continue along Park Road and you reach Alice Street again. There are plenty of spots to have a rest or enjoy a picnic on the tables provided. Near the Park Road exit there is a Skate Bowl where you can watch the antics of the skaters. Make sure you visit ‘Tiddalik’ in Federation Park. This is a granite sculpture inspired by an Aboriginal Dreamtime legend. Near 'Tiddalik' there is a Flood Level Tower which shows all the flood levels that Warwick has experienced, with the highest in February at 9.5 metres above the normal level.
With a Caravan Park and Camping Reserve beside the lake, it makes this a very popular spot for fishing and recreational water sports especially during School Holidays, Easter Weekend and Christmas Holidays so if you don’t like crowds go at another time. The local fish stocking group release thousands of fingerlings per year into the dam such as golden perch, silver perch and murray cod to bolster the natural population of spangled perch and eel tailed catfish. There is a concrete boat ramp not far from the dam wall. A stock impoundment permit is required for fishing and these can be purchased at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.
To get to the Camping Reserve, turn south off the Cunningham Highway 5.5 kilometres west of Warwick onto Washpool Road. This will take you straight to the Washpool Reserve Camping Area. To get to the Caravan Park, turn south off the Cunningham Highway 7 kilometres west of Warwick onto Leslie Dam Road. and follow the signs.
The Warwick and District Historical Society own and operate this museum, which is a collection of buildings. Most notable is Pringle Cottage, a two-storey sandstone building. It was built circa 1870 and once operated as a private school. It houses furniture and household items representing more than 130 years of family life in the Warwick district. Collections of photographs, historical and personal items, farming equipment, vehicles and machinery are displayed in other buildings that were relocated to the site. If you are travelling in a group by coach, one of the historians is happy to hop on board and provide you with a commentary of the historical points of interest throughout the town.
Located at 81 Dragon Street, Warwick
The Queen Mary Falls drop 40 metres over basalt rock into this gorge. To see these falls follow the Queen Mary Falls Circuit which is a two kilometre medium-grade walk that starts at the bottom end of the picnic area. Allow at least 45-60 minutes to complete. The best way to walk this circuit is in a clockwise direction and the best time is in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Along the way there are lookout platforms for great views of the falls and you may even see small eastern water dragons sunbaking on the rocks or spiny crayfish around the rockpools. There is also the ‘Cliff Circuit, which is a 400 metre return walk that is suitable for all fitness levels. Queen Mary Falls picnic area is spacious and set among the eucalyptus forest and is for day-use only. There are picnic tables, wood and electric BBQ’s, toilets and tap water, which should be chemically treated or boiled before drinking.
Turn east off the New England Highway at the southern entrance to Warwick onto Bracker Road. At the 1st roundabout continue straight ahead towards Killarney. Follow this road for approx 36 kilometres (through the village of Killarney) then turn left onto Spring Creek Road. From there just follow the signs. Drive 14 kilometres past the falls and you will come to Carrs Lookout.
Displayed at the corner of Alice and Albion Streets in Queen Elizabeth II Rose Gardens are a series of plaques commemorating early winners of the Rodeo Awards.
Alluvial gold, known to occur in the Thanes Creek area, is popular with tourists and fossickers as it is easily accessible. To fossick you need to hold a Fossickers Licence. These can be obtained from the Warwick Shire Council Office. For more information contact them on (07) 4661 2333
To get to the fossicking area, turn north off the Cunningham Highway 36 kilometres west of Warwick and 14 kilometres east of Karara, onto Thanes Creek Road. Travel approximately 5.2 kilometres, then turn right onto Hart Road for 2.5 kilometres, then right onto Big Hill Road for 1 kilometre to the Fossicking Area. The main entrance sign is visible from the road when you get there.
The Warwick Art Gallery is at the forefront of cultural activities in the Southern Downs Regional Shire. It’s aim is to identify, promote and celebrate the community's artistic and cultural identity and support community-based festivals, exchanges and events. It has two unique spaces, the traditional main gallery and the foyer space with outstanding visitor exposure and a garden view. From water colours or woodcraft, sculptures and cityscapes the 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.
Located at 49 Albion Street, Warwick, adjacent to the Visitors Information Centre.
The Southern Downs Steam Railway is part of a precinct at the Warwick Railway Station. The former Cottonvale Station building was transported to the Warwick Railway Precinct in 1999 and is now used as an historical library and museum which is full of railway memorabilia. The volunteers at Southern Downs Steam Railway in Warwick, have done an impressive job restoring a C17 Class locomotive, plus rolling stock and roundhouse and it’s well worth a visit when you are in the area. They have also restored and re-built the locomotive sheds, workshops, water tower, repairs to the turntable, relaying of railway lines and erecting fencing. Now they have put up their hands to continue the restoration of the old railway carriages.
Steam train journeys are available for the general public, with regular trips through the Darling Downs and Granite Belt which the whole family will love. Experience the magic of steam as the grand old lady chugs along. It truly is a sight to behold and the sound and smell completes the experience. The tours depart from the railway station on the corner of Hamilton and Fitzroy Streets, Warwick. Check the website for the phone number and email address to make a booking.