Polocrosse World Cup 2019

See the world’s best battle it out at the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup in Warwick, Queensland.

Combining the strategy of netball, the toughness of rugby, and the ball skills of lacrosse, polocrosse is an Australian-made sport where action, power, skill and pace dominate.

Celebrating 80 years in 2019, the Polocrosse World Cup will bring players from eight countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, UK, Ireland, Zambia and Zimbabwe – to southern Queensland to see which team reigns supreme. As current world champions, South Africa will be fighting to hold onto the title, while former champions, Australia, will use their home turf and supporters to their advantage to try and take it back!

The event takes place over seven days in Warwick, with spectator numbers are expected to be in the tens of thousands for this world-class event.

While the horses and riders show off their talents on the field, spectators will get an up close and personal experience from the sidelines where they can literally smell the sweat on the horses!

Polocrosse is king of the one-horse sports. Be there in 2019 to live the action!

Morgan Park

Morgan Park is a major sport and recreation facility and houses a range of sport clubs and organisations, as well as a reserve which is home to a wide range of bird species.

Morgan Park is known as the home of horse power and hosts equine events nearly every weekend including horse trials (equestrian), polocrosse, and equine driving. The Park also home to Morgan Park Raceway which stages dirt bike, drag racing and circuit racing events.

The Morgan Park Resource Reserve is a birdwatchers paradise where you’ll see more than 20 species of birds including quails, ducks, raptors, needletails, kingfishers, fairy-wrens, honeyeaters and parrots.

An events calendar and a list of spotted bird species is available from Warwick Visitor Information Centre, 49 Albion Street, Warwick.

Southern Downs Steam Railway

All aboard the Southern Downs Steam Railway! This Mainline Tourist Heritage Railway and rail museum was established in Warwick in 1995. Southern Downs Steam Railway has restored a Heritage C17 Steam Locomotive to operational condition. C17, is a steam locomotive with eight driving wheels and a 17″ cylinder, originally built between 1920 and 1953.

Southern Downs Steam Railway operates steam train tours from Warwick to Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and Inglewood at select times during the year – see the website for details.

You’ll find the Warwick Railway Precinct on the corner of Hamilton Street and Fitzroy Street where the old Warwick Locomotive Depot used to be, (closed in 1970). This site was chosen as the original train ‘turntable’ was still in place.

A not for profit organisation, most of the restoration work has been completed by ‘work for the dole’ participants. They have restored and re-built the locomotive sheds, workshops, water tower, repairs to the turntable, relaying of railway lines and erecting fencing. Now that the work is completed, volunteers have put up their hands to continue the restoration of the old railway carriages.

An extensive collection of railway memorabilia will also delight train buffs.

Warwick Historical Society Museum

The Warwick Historical Society Museum is a collection of buildings which features furniture and household items representing more than 130 years of family life in the Warwick district. Most notable is the sandstone cottage which was built circa 1870, and is listed by the National Trust.

Collections of photographs, historical and personal items, farming equipment, vehicles and machinery are displayed in several buildings relocated on the site. The Warwick and District Historical Society is also happy to provide your coach group with a guided history tour of Warwick, one of the local historians can hop on your coach and highlight the historical points of interest.

Grounds available for hire for weddings or wedding photographs (fees apply).

Warwick War Memorial and Gates

A Celtic cross tops the impressive 10.7 metre high sandstone and granite monument serving as a grave for 122 Warwick men who died in WWI.

Governor Sir Matthew Nathan unveiled the memorial 5 December 1923, before a crowd of 3,000.

Sir Matthew expressed pleasure at the involvement of a returned soldier, Roy Campbell, in the memorial’s design although he may have collaborated with his father Hugh.

The memorial, which cost £1445, was crafted by Ipswich mason Frank Williams.

Its classic elegance incorporates Corinthian columns of polish granite and a sandstone shaft with carved wreath and the words ‘The Honoured Dead’. Names are recorded on marble plates.

Memorial gates, also designed by the Campbells and installed a year later, pay tribute to the 377 Warwick district men who served and returned.

The Warwick war memorial is found in the south-east corner of Leslie Park, named after a pioneering family of the district.

Jumpers and Jazz in July

Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July is a celebration of yarn bombing and tree jumpers. live jazz, tastes of country cuisine nad a program of over one hundred events spanning 10 days. Known as Queensland’s quirkiest festival, the event has been stages annually since 2004. The program incorporates 120 “jumpered” trees, jazz performances in more than 30 venues, exhibitions, hands on workshops, wining and dining. One of the few places in Queensland to experience a cold winter, Warwick is located on the Southern Downs of Southern Queensland Country.

Warwick Art Gallery

The Warwick Art Gallery is at the forefront of cultural activities in the Southern Downs. Especially committed to community activities, the Gallery aims to identify, promote and celebrate the community’s artistic and cultural identity and support community-based festivals, exchanges and events.

In addition, the Gallery program brings to Warwick travelling exhibitions set to inspire and educate. The Gallery has two unique spaces, the traditional main gallery and the foyer space with outstanding visitor exposure and a garden view.

Check for details on current exhibitions and events at the gallery.

Cunninghams Gap and Spicers Gap, Main Range National Park

A landscape of rugged mountains, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, dappled forests and unique wildlife is waiting to be explored.

Discover walks through lush tropical rainforest, fragrant eucalypts and colourful montane heath. Rock-hop across pristine mountain streams and pause at cascading waterfalls. Visit sites and relics that hark back to harsh pioneering days.

Take in the views from spectacular lookouts dotted all over this impressive landscape. You’ll be captivated by the ancient peaks, dramatic escarpments and forest-cloaked slopes and valleys.

Load up your pack and explore the far-flung reaches of the park. Let your spirits soar as you experience the thrill of navigating steep climbs, rocky outcrops, dense forest and rugged cliffs to reach a secluded mountaintop camp site that is all yours. Or relax and unwind from city life by enjoying lunch with family and friends at one of the park’s shaded picnic areas nestled in cool forest beside a clear mountain stream.

This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species)

Image credits:
From Governors Chair lookout—© Gareth McGuigan
Peak with grass trees—Peter Lik © TEQ

Abbey of the Roses – Christmas in July

Christmas In July dinners at the Abbey Country House Manor, have become a popular annual event in Warwick. They are held every Saturday night and include a three course set dinner, four hour beverage package, Christmas trivia, secret Santa and it nearly always snows at the famous Christmas in July Dinners.

Accommodation is limited so book early. Warwick Jumpers in Jazz festival is the last two weekends and there is a two night minimum stay these nights.

Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre

After more than 70 years of decline and dereliction, Glengallan emerges from the ruins of the 1867 sandstone mansion as a unique heritage experience. Walk through time and re-live the Glengallan story from squattocracy to farmer settlement. An innovative interpretation allows Glengallan to evolve with time as old photographs and documents shed more light on life in what was once described as “the finest house in the colony”.

Many facets provide food for thought and further study. Glengallan is ideal for family reunions, workshops, seminars, markets and rallies; available for wedding and professional photography.

The heritage centre cafe, Eliza’s, serves colonial fare with modern flair. Midweek group tours and functions by arrangement.

A wide range of locally made souvenirs are available including Aloomba lavender products, Hidden Creek wines and Glengallan’s own commemoratives wines: Gentleman Jack, Eliza D, King Billy and Ghost Gate port.

Glengallan hosts markets in the gardens on the first Sunday of March, June, September and December.

Self Guided Tour – Downstairs and Grounds

Friday-Monday you may do a self-guided tours of the downstairs of this 1891 ex convent between 10-2.

Please don’t just turn up, bookings are essential to ensure they can give you access on the day and someone is available.

View the private Chapel with original stain glass from Bavarian Art Institute in Munich, marvel at the craftsmanship of the hand crafted staircases, vaulted ceilings and original pressed metal ceilings.

After you have explored the inside and viewed antiques for sale, feel free to wander the grounds.

Hope Cottage Country Retreat

Hope Cottage is quiet, peaceful self catering accommodation located on a heritage listed rural property and former winery. It is situated on the river flats of the Condamine River, 12 kilometres from Warwick. A charming weatherboard house, it is completely separate from the owners’ residence, with its own entrance and garden. French doors lead onto a wide verandah, with panoramic views to the mountains and the soft southern downs country. The house sleeps four to five people and is fully equipped.

It’s a great place for those seeking a rural relax, with just the sounds of birds or gentle mooing from the cattle across the paddock. It’s also a great base for those attending the many events of all types held regularly in the Southern Downs area. All you need to do is bring yourself and your provisions! A basic set of essential necessities is provided, including also breakfast eggs if the hens are laying!

Need advice on dining locally, activities, markets, shopping, getting physical just ask Beth your friendly and knowledgeable local resident manager. Stay for a night, a week, a month as long as you need. Close to all you want, a world away from if you don’t.

Kahlers Oasis Caravan Park

Kahler’s Oasis Caravan Park is situated on the south side of Warwick on the New England Highway (Wallace Street). They offer a variety of accommodation from Budget Cabins to Two Bedroom Holiday Units. Drive through Powered Sites and Camp Sites are also available for caravans, campers and motorhomes.

They are only a short drive to Morgan Park, Rose City Shopping Centre and the Warwick Golf Course, and walking distance to the Warwick Showgrounds and licensed restaurant.

Kahler’s Oasis is a great place to relax and unwind and has ample room for guests to enjoy the spacious surroundings and country hospitality.

Abbey of the Roses

Visit the Abbey to do a self guided tour of the downstairs most Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Mondays (we advise you phone first to ensure it is open).
Or, treat yourself to a night or two in this stately sandstone Heritage-listed B&B guest house which was originally built in 1891 as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy. You can also hold your wedding or private function here or set off on a self-guided tour or book in for high tea.
Cafe open Friday-Monday, provided there are no private functions – phone first & book to avoid dissapointment.
Groups are catered for by prior arrangement.

One of Warwick’s standout heritage assets, this Victorian/Gothic building is a fantastic testament to the people who assisted in planning and building her.
Features include well-tended gardens, opulent furnishings, beautiful original stained-glass from the Royal Bavarian Institute in Munich (who also made glass for the Vatican) and a statue designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi who designed the Statue of Liberty.

Grafton Rose Bed and Breakfast

Warwick’s only Bed and Breakfast to include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the tariff. Grafton Rose is nestled in the heart of Warwick township, only one block from the main street. This gracious Queenslander style home has been restored to its former glory and provides a perfect setting for guests to enjoy its comforts.

Surrounded by an abundant, well-loved garden and wrap around verandas you can sit and relax. The back deck has outdoor furniture and barbecue facilities. Cosy, charming bedrooms, decorated to the era await you. Join them for a two course dinner and a cooked or continental breakfast. Families are most welcome and we are also small outdoor dog friendly.

If you wish to host a small business, private or charity function at the house, then Deb will be happy to talk to you further to organise details.

Main Range National Park camping

A landscape of rugged mountains, spectacular lookouts, exhilarating walks, dappled forests and unique wildlife is waiting to be explored.

Discover walks through lush tropical rainforest, fragrant eucalypts and colourful montane heath. Rock-hop across pristine mountain streams and pause at cascading waterfalls. Visit sites and relics that hark back to harsh pioneering days.

Load up your camping gear and explore the far-flung reaches of the park. Let your spirits soar as you experience the thrill of navigating steep climbs, rocky outcrops, dense forest and rugged cliffs to reach a secluded mountaintop camp site that is all yours.

Or relax and unwind from city life by enjoying lunch with family and friends at one of the park’s shaded camping areas

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. Book your camp site and purchase your camping permit in advance. Bookings can be made online, over the counter or by phone.

Image credits:
Manna Gum camping area—Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government
Spicers Gap camping area—© Chris Whitelaw

McNevins Warwick Motel and Gunyah Restaurant

McNevins Warwick Motel and Licensed Gunyah Restaurant features beautifully appointed facilities, with a range of rooms including spacious, luxury spa suites and huge family rooms. Austar is available in all rooms. They are located on the New England Highway, just minutes south of the Warwick central business district.

Guests can enjoy the fully licensed Gunyah Restaurant and cosy fireside cocktail bar. Catering for special celebrations including weddings and corporate events is their speciality.

The swimming pool is set amongst beautiful award winning gardens. The famous Granite Belt orchards and wineries are nearby for guests to travel to on day trips.

Whether you are staying in Warwick for business or pleasure, the friendly staff are dedicated to meeting your every need.

Pitstop Lodge Guesthouse and Bed and Breakfast

The Pitstop Lodge Bed and Breakfast and Guesthouse is a home away from home. Pitstop Lodge is a self contained old Queensland home with a comfortable, homely atmosphere, at a reasonable price.

Up to 12 people can be accommodated in the house, which makes it ideal for groups as well as couples and singles. Pitstop Lodge B&B has three queen sized bedrooms, and a dormitory style area with six single beds. All linen is supplied. There are 2 bathrooms with fans and heaters. Plenty of off street and undercover parking. There is also a self-contained adjoining cottage which has a double bedroom, sofa bed and a single bed if required and a bathroom and toilet.

Pitstop Lodge is ideally situated within walking distance of Warwick city centre, restaurants and clubs. There are plenty of restaurants to try including Italian, Indian, Thai and Chinese, or a fantastic country steak at one of the many pubs in town.

A large rear deck provides a pleasant area where guests can relax after a busy day and watch the sunset over a quiet drink and cook a barbecue.

Pitstop Lodge can be booked as a whole house or as individual bookings.

City View Motel Warwick

City View Motel Warwick – Gateway to the Southern Downs.

City View Motel is one of Warwick’s best value motels; offering great comfort and friendly service. Whatever your reason for coming to Warwick; business or leisure, sport or family, shopping or appointments the City View Motel can accommodate you.

If you are travelling through Warwick and looking for a great shower to rinse away the day and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, the City View Motel is the place to stay. City View Motel is a family owned and operated business. 91 per cent of guests would recommend City View Motel to their family and friends. With a 92 per cent overall satisfaction rating.

All rooms are non-smoking ground floor units with double glazed windows and undercover parking, directly in front of each room. All have a luxurious queen size bed with a variety of single, twin and family room configurations.

City View Motel is the first Motel on the left as you enter Warwick from the Brisbane/Toowoomba side. They have beautiful views over the city for all guests to enjoy.

Comfort Inn Warwick

When you want a quiet, peaceful stay in spacious, clean surroundings then Comfort Inn Warwick provides all you need. First impressions are pleasantly met by the century old sandstone homestead, which welcome you as you drive in. Gardens with colourful flowering plants, lavender, roses and jasmine fill the garden beds throughout the complex creating a sensory pleasing atmosphere.

All this along with a licensed restaurant, salt water pool, barbecue and an excess of amenities within in each motel unit. Sporting facilities such as football, hockey, tennis, swimming, golf, horse sports and motor racing are all in close proximity. The business heart, shops and restaurants are all within easy walking distance of the motel.

For a pleasant stay in a welcoming, caring motel, Comfort Inn Warwick provides all you expect with an off the highway locale, conveniently placed to be your base when staying on the Southern Downs.

Coachmans Inn Warwick

Coachman’s Inn Warwick is towns’ luxury motel comprising of 29 well appointed units of differing configurations as well as two bedroom serviced apartments. The self contained two bedroom apartments, are aimed at those staying longer in their district with a minimum two night stay.

One of the many benefits of Coachman’s Inn Warwick is that it is a two minute drive to the town centre, tourist attractions and all civil and commercial facilities. The Warwick hospital is less than a kilometre from the front door.

Conveniently situated at the cross roads to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Coachman’s Inn Warwick can assure a great nights’ sleep in the acoustically designed suites.

Coachman’s Inn Warwick is a family business and go the extra mile to proudly offer a high standard of service to ensure guests experience terrific hospitality, regardless of whether you are a guest of the Motel or a guest dining in the fully licensed bar and grill. Catering and private functions are a specialty.

Abbey Of The Roses Country House Manor

Abbey Of The Roses is an 1891 adults only heritage-listed country house manor Bed and Breakfast with 13 rooms, guest lounge with open fire during winter, private dinners most nights if booked with accommodation by phone. She has been extensively renovated to adapt to today’s lifestyle and comforts, but hasn’t lost the history or charm that makes it such a ‘must stay at’ destination to add to your bucket list for those looking to escape and unwind.

Enjoy a game of tennis or chess, use the house bikes to go for a ride, sit and relax in the gardens watch one of the 600 DVDs available.

The Abbey also caters for Weddings from elopements for 2 to 120, private functions, Murder Mystery nights, private house gatherings for anniversaries and birthdays plus seasonal events such as Christmas in July.

Sunday High teas and tours are also regular events. All events need to be pre-booked.

Self-guided tours of downstairs most weekdays during the holidays, phone first if you are making a special trip to check times.

You haven’t visited the Southern Downs until you’ve seen historical Warwick, between Toowoomba and Stanthorpe – and no visit to Warwick should miss a stay here.

Albion Cottage

Albion Cottage provides clean, comfortable and affordable “Old world charm” accommodation for couples or groups of up to eight people.

Albion Cottage is truly a home away from home. This well appointed cottage has three large bedrooms and a sleepout, two bathrooms and full kitchen and laundry facilities. The lounge room has reverse cycle air-conditioning, wood heater, LCD television, stereo and DVD player. A variety of board games and movies are provided. There is a double lockup garage and a highset carport for a trailer or boat. A covered entertainment with barbecue facilities provides a place to unwind after a busy day. An open lawn area provides a place for children to play in the fully fenced yard.

Situated within walking distance of Warwick’s city centre, restaurants and clubs, Albion Cottage provides the opportunity to unwind and escape and is an ideal base from which to discover the delights of the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region. The showgrounds are only a few minutes walk and the Morgan Park sporting precinct is a five minute drive away.

Centre Point Mid-City Motor Inn

The Centre Point Mid-City Motor Inn has 19 well appointed quiet units built away from the highway. Offering a large salt water pool and two bedroom family rooms, and for those who like a little bit of luxury, there are deluxe rooms with king sized beds. Located within easy walking distance to the Warwick RSL, restaurants and many other food outlets as well as the centre of Warwick’s Central Business District. There is ample space provided for off-street parking, including convenient trailer parking which is popular with those visiting Warwick’s Morgan Park Raceway.

Abbey of the Roses

Visit the Abbey to do a self guided tour of the downstairs most Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Mondays (we advise you phone first to ensure it is open).
Or, treat yourself to a night or two in this stately sandstone Heritage-listed B&B guest house which was originally built in 1891 as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy. You can also hold your wedding or private function here or set off on a self-guided tour or book in for high tea.
Cafe open Friday-Monday, provided there are no private functions – phone first & book to avoid dissapointment.
Groups are catered for by prior arrangement.

One of Warwick’s standout heritage assets, this Victorian/Gothic building is a fantastic testament to the people who assisted in planning and building her.
Features include well-tended gardens, opulent furnishings, beautiful original stained-glass from the Royal Bavarian Institute in Munich (who also made glass for the Vatican) and a statue designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi who designed the Statue of Liberty.

Centre Point Mid-City Motor Inn

The Centre Point Mid-City Motor Inn has 19 well appointed quiet units built away from the highway. Offering a large salt water pool and two bedroom family rooms, and for those who like a little bit of luxury, there are deluxe rooms with king sized beds. Located within easy walking distance to the Warwick RSL, restaurants and many other food outlets as well as the centre of Warwick’s Central Business District. There is ample space provided for off-street parking, including convenient trailer parking which is popular with those visiting Warwick’s Morgan Park Raceway.

Main Range National Park Camping Ground

There are three developed camping areas in Main Range National Park; Spicers Gap camping area and the Poplar Flat and Manna Gum camping areas at Goomburra. Private campgrounds are located opposite Queen Mary Falls and at Goomburra.

Spicers Gap camping area is located on the eastern side of the range to the south of Cunninghams Gap. The Goomburra camping areas are located on the western side of the range to the north of Cunninghams Gap.

All camping areas have facilities; composting toilets and tap-water. Barbecues are provided at Goomburra only. All camping areas are within short walking distances to graded walking tracks.

A public phone is available at the private Goomburra Valley campground, located five kilometres west of the park boundary. The phone is located near the office, which is situated approximately 150 metres north of Inverramsay Road at the entrance to the campgrounds.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Southern Downs Heritage Festival 2018

The Southern Downs Heritage Festival celebrates the history of the Southern Downs as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival Queensland. The theme this year is “My Culture, My Story”. Warwick was the first free settlement in Queensland and the whole area was opened up by Patrick Leslie and his two brothers George and Walter Leslie. The Assmanhausen Winery of the mid 1800s at Sandy Creek was a great exporter of German style wines to England and countries of Europe up until WW2.

There are 25 community groups from across the Southern Downs participating. Some activities are free while some have a small entry fee and there is usually something of interest for all members of the family. There are over 30 events held over the 10 days.

Highlights of the Festival include bullock team demonstrations, St Marks Anglican Church with its beautiful stained glass windows celebrates its 150th birthday, and The Rodeo Heritage Centre hosts a bull ride suitable for the whole family. Come and join us as there is so much to enjoy on the Southern Downs.

Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft and the Warwick Rodeo National Finals

Every year for the last full week in October horsemen and women Australia wide gather for seven days of premier Campdrafting. This uniquely Australian sport involves strong horsemanship skills as man and horse work cattle. The Warwick Gold Cup is Australia’s most prestigious campdraft and boasts total prize money exceeding AUD173000. Combine this level of competition, with adrenaline pumping Rodeo where you will see Australia’s top Cowboys versus Australia’s best bucking livestock.

This year they are honoured to be able to host the Australian Professional Rodeo Association’s National Finals. This is a great fit seeing Warwick is Australia’s oldest Rodeo and this is the APRA’s fifty-second championship.

Held over four full rounds from Thursday until Sunday you will hear the roar of the crowd, see the dust rising as the launches himself onto that beast and smell the victory! Or party on with live bands well into the night.

Southern Downs Artists Exhibition

A biennial art competition for all Southern Downs artists showcasing the wealth of talent in the region. Entries across many mediums and techniques including Drawing,Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.

Family Fun Day for Malakhai

Saturday 25 November, 10am – 1pm

Hosted by Goodstart Early Learning, bring your family and join in on the fun! All proceeds will benefit this beautiful local family to assist with medical expenses for Malakhai.

 

 

 

Centenary Re-enactment of Egg Throwing Incident

Saturday 18 November 2017

The Southern Downs Steam Railway will host a re-enactment of the famous 1917 Egg Throwing Incident at Warwick Railway Station that led to the formation of the Australian Federal Police.

The Re-enactment (entry by gold coin) – 1:00pm

The scene will be set in the station forecourt with the 11th Light Horse, Warwick Troop, Michael Bradford’s heavy horses and carts, and vintage cars and motorcycles. Station decorated with bunting and flags.

Event starts on the station platform at 1.00 pm with welcome by Mayor Tracy Dobie, and entertainment by Warwick City band, Brisbane Combined Unions Choir, and reading of patriotic poetry.
Prime Minister William Hughes and party arrive on steam train at 2.00 pm. He leaves the train and mounts a dais to deliver his speech promoting conscription to raise additional troops to serve in the first World War. An egg will be thrown, a police officer will decline PM Hughes request to arrest the miscre-ant, and the speech is completed. PM re-boards the train to continue his journey at 2.30 pm, vowing to form his own Commonwealth Police Force.

There will be seating and standing room for spectators on the platform. Come along in period costume and be part of the action!

Barbecue – 11:00am to 4:00pm

Warwick Sunrise Rotary will hold a barbecue under the loading canopy adjacent to the Good Shed with quality steak/salad burgers and cold drinks.

Goods Shed Display – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Step back in time and view railway memorabilia and photographs. Includes a display by Queensland Rail historian, Greg Hallam.

The Dinner – From 6.30pm

$30 per person with entry by pre-paid ticket. Bookings 4661 9788. In the evening, Southern Downs Steam Railway will hold a dinner in the historic sandstone Goods Shed, adjacent to the Station. Drinks and nibbles from 6.30 pm, and sit down two course dinner from 7.00 pm. Bar, soft drinks, tea/coffee. Live Country/Rock Music.

History Seminar – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Enjoy this lively public history event, making sense of the Warwick Egg Incident. Event is held at the St Mary’s Hall. View further event information. 

Train Trip – Sunday 19 November, 10:00am

Step aboard the return steam train from Warwick to Clifton. Departing Warwick Railway Station at 10:00am and returning at 3:00pm.

Making Sense of the Warwick Egg Incident 100 Years On

Saturday 18 November 2017, 10:00am – 12:30pm

Dissent! Treason! Flying Eggs! You’re invited to a public history event: making sense of the Warwick Egg Incident 100 years on.

On  the day:

  • Enjoy two special presentations which help explain:
    • What led up to the WEGGI from the perspective of Irish Australians in Warwick
    • How the WEGGI fits into the broader story of conscription and Irish Australia
  • Meet our friendly historians: Rod and Robin Sullivan (University of Queensland), Jeff Kildea (University of New South Wales), Greg Hallam (Queensland Rail), Pat Ryan (Killarney) and join with them for a Q&A panel session
  • Be entertained by the Combined Unions Choir in recognition of the labour movement’s leadership in the anti-conscription campaigns in 1916 and 1917
  • $15 general admission $6 unwaged with a ‘1917’style morning tea included. RSVP by 11/11/17 but to secure your seat book early on https://www.trybooking.com/RKHS. For more information or queries ring 0418 989 590.

This event forms part of a program of community activities coordinated by the Southern Downs Steam Railway and Southern Downs Regional Council to commemorate the centenary of the egging of Prime Minister Billy Hughes. 

 

 

Warwick’s Carols in the Park

Sunday 10 December, 5pm

Join us to celebrate the Christmas season with a night of live entertainment, fun and music!

There will be a great line up of performances including Aimee Liesegang, Kristy Searson, Keely Hilton, The Fern Brothers, Tegan & Erin Hilton, Emma Bell and Chapter III.

Dress up the kiddies in Christmas costumes for a chance to win a prize and get ready for Santa’s arrival on the night!

Bring your singing voices, blankets and chairs and grab a bite from the selection of delicious food stalls on offer.

Free admission – no tickets required.

 

Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup 2017

The Warwick Cup is now firmly branded as one of regional Queensland’s richest and most respected race meets and has become a ‘must attend’ event on the Queensland regional racing calendar. Warwick Cup Day is stylish, surprising and fun for the most humble to the most sophisticated.

Main Range National Park

Main Range National Park traverses the Cunningham Highway near Ipswich and Warwick in the Southern Downs Area. This heritage-listed ancient rainforest links South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim in the east with an arc of Gondwana lined peaks, ridges and escarpments to the west.

Commence by heading towards Goomburra on the unsealed road to the Dalrymple Circuit and camp at Spicers Gap or Goomburra. Keep your camera poised for the seldom seen Albert’s lyrebird, the endangered eastern bristlebird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail.

Plan lunch at Cunningham’s Gap picnic area where the highway’s cross, and explore the Rainforest Circuit with ancient volcanic views over the Fassifern Valley and Lake Moogerah – popular with boaties and anglers.

Enjoy the sights of Queen Mary Falls at the lookout giving views of water plummeting 40 metres below into Spring Creek. Challenge yourself on a full day hike to summit Mount Cordeaux or Mount Mitchell and explore the Pioneer Graves Track or the 300 metre return to Governors Chair lookout, the large rock on the edge of the cliff face.

John Dee Warwick Rodeo Street Parade

Saturday 28 October 2017

Saddle up for the Denim and Diamonds Spectacular! The John Dee Warwick Rodeo Street Parade returns this year, kicking off at 10am on Saturday 28 October. Arrive early to get a sideline view as festive floats parade past! The Parade route will be on Palmerin St between Victoria & Fitzroy Streets.

The Parade is an exciting part of the whole Rodeo weekend experience and will feature some Rodeo Queens as well as other professional riders. On the last weekend of October every year, the nation’s top rodeo riders and the best broncs and bucking bulls gather for the Warwick Rodeo – know far and wide as Australia’s Most Famous.

Want to be part of the John Dee Warwick Rodeo Street Parade? Interested organisations should fill in a registration form and return with a $10 cash entry fee to the Warwick Visitor Information Centre by 5pm Friday 20th October. 

The Warwick Rodeo Street Parade is proudly sponsored by John Dee.

(Main image by Storm Lahiff)

Jeff Horn: Mayoral Leadership Lunch

20 October 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Southern Downs Regional Council invites you to join World Welterweight Champion, Jeff Horn, for the next Mayor’s Leadership Forum. The Australian professional boxer took out the title in July 2017 after a sensational 12 round fight against Manny Pacquiao. As an amateur, Horn represented Australia at the 2012 Olympics.

The theme of the lunch will be focus and determination as Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn will share stories about his journey and what drives him.

Don’t miss seeing this world champion in Warwick! Tickets are limited to book now. Ticket includes a two course lunch. Cash bar available onsite.

Warwick Railway Memorial Honour Board

A solid marble honour board at Warwick Railway Station notes the contribution of 101 local railway workers who enlisted in WWI – seven of them dying in the conflict. They were among more than 3,000 Queensland railway workers who enlisted. Some went on to help run railways in France during WWI.

The Commissioner of Railways JW Davidson unveiled the honour board, featuring a relief of a train, on 13 February 1922.

Warwick Railway Station, a large complex with a range of buildings and structures, became the area’s main station in 1885, following the extension of the railway to the New South Wales’ border from Stanthorpe.

The station became the backdrop of a national incident in November 1917 when Prime Minister WM (Billy) Hughes, standing on the platform spruiking conscription, was egged. That action also led to the appointment of a Commonwealth Police Officer at major Queensland towns.

JP Racing Drag Fest

Brackets

QUICK ET – all open vehicles, ie (dragsters/ altered and funny cars) 1/8th mile 6.99 & quicker.

XTREME SEDAN – teched race cars, 6.99 & quicker (super sedan)

FAST STREET – street cars (6.00 – 8.5) seconds. Can run up to 120mph without a roll cage. (super street)

STREET – traditional street class (8.50 seconds & slower)

DRAG BIKE – (all run)

YOUNG GUNS – (junior dragster)

BLOWN OUTLAWS – all supercharges 4/6/8cyl vehicles. (5.99 & quicker)

RADIAL – all radial type cars, heads up to pro tree.

NOSTALGIA STREET – (pre 79)

STREET BIKE – (6.40 & slower)

 

 

Schedule

Friday

Gates open 12pm – 10pm

 

Saturday

Gates open 8am

Scrutineering 9am

Qualifying 10am – 5pm – 1st Round racing Saturday evening

After racing, free sausage sizzle, band and drinks for racer & crew

 

Sunday

Racing from 10am

 

Morgan Park, Warwick

Morgan Park is a major sport and recreation facility and houses a range of sport clubs and organisations, as well as a reserve which is home to a wide range of bird species.

Morgan Park is known as the home of horse power and hosts equine events nearly every weekend including horse trials (equestrian), polocrosse, and equine driving. The Park also home to Morgan Park Raceway which stages dirt bike, drag racing and circuit racing events.

The Morgan Park Resource Reserve is a birdwatchers paradise where you’ll see more than 20 species of birds including quails, ducks, raptors, needletails, kingfishers, fairy-wrens, honeyeaters and parrots.

An events calendar and a list of spotted bird species is available from Warwick Visitor Information Centre, 49 Albion Street, Warwick.

Southern Downs Steam Railway, Warwick

All aboard the Southern Downs Steam Railway! This Mainline Tourist Heritage Railway and rail museum was established in Warwick in 1995. SDSR has restored a Heritage C17 Steam Locomotive to operational condition. C17, is a steam locomotive with 8 driving wheels and a 17″ cylinder, originally built between 1920 and 1953.

SDSR operates steam train tours from Warwick to Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and Inglewood at select times during the year – see the website for details.

You’ll find the Warwick Railway Precinct on the corner of Hamilton Street and Fitzroy Street where the old Warwick Locomotive Depot used to be, (closed in 1970). This site was chosen as the original train ‘turntable’ was still in place.

A not for profit organisation, most of the restoration work has been completed by ‘work for the dole’ participants. They have restored and re-built the locomotive sheds, workshops, water tower, repairs to the turntable, relaying of railway lines and erecting fencing. Now that the work is completed, volunteers have put up their hands to continue the restoration of the old railway carriages.

An extensive collection of railway memorabilia will also delight train buffs.

VW Nationals

This is the 12th year that Warwick has hosted the VW Weekend, and the event has grown into Australia’s premier VW motorsport weekend.

With only VW bodied and powered vehicles, this makes for a interesting weekend.

  • 2 days of VW drag racing
  • Friday night dyno power runs
  • Saturday morning street cruise and show Warwick CBD
  • Saturday evening special motorsport presentation & simulator racing
  • Great food & drink from the club canteen

A parade and display will be held at Leslie Park on Saturday morning from 9.30am to 11am. Qualifying then starts at 1pm – 5pm

Sunday kicks off at 9am including a show n shine, swap meet and trade displays.

Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Bull Ride

Southern Downs Ag Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Rodeo is an annual fundraiser for the Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Football club, presented by Halls Rodeo.

Father Ranger Oval’s green top turns to dirt as the country’s top bullriders and bulls do battle as well as a program of novice, junior and local events.

The entertainment isn’t just contained to the arena as Mik Oberle plays Live well into the night with bar and canteen operating til late. Plenty of fun for the kids with mechanical bull and bike give away.

So join us for a great night and support the mighty Warwick Cowboys.
Gates open at 5pm, Rodeo starts at 6pm

Bony Mountain Music Festival

A unique “Little Festival in the Bush” 20 minutes out of Warwick, 2 hours from Brisbane, bitumen Road to the gates, bush camping, lovely bush setting, a wonderful family Festival, Pirate Cave, Pipe Bands, Celtic Dancers, Walk Ups, Buskers & big prizes, food stalls, all catered. We feature top artists every year, The Coads- Murphy’s Pigs, Chad Morgan, Norma O’Hara Murphy, Keith Jamieson, Brian Letton, Jeff Brown, John Smith, Brian Stitt, Bluegrass Bands, Ukulele Bands, walk ups – busking comp – and much more.

Better Homes & Gardens Epic Country Road Trip

Cherrabah Resort

Discover a rare slice of Australia carved from over 5,000 acres of spectacular wilderness, set high in the mountains at Cherrabah Resort.

At Cherrabah Resort you can simply relax and enjoy the views or join in a range of great activities including horse riding, bush walking, clay target shooting, canoeing, bush golf, quad bikes, mountain bikes, tennis, and much more.

Cherrabah Resort is only two and half hours from Brisbane in Queensland. Cherrabah Resort is the perfect alternative to a coastal holiday.

Give the beach a break and visit the real Australian countryside, high in the Great Dividing Range – the ideal venue for your next corporate or incentive group adventure activities, designed to suit your requirements. Aussie quad bike adventures, and winery tours are just a few of the activities available for your delegates. Cherrabah is the ideal location for the perfect country wedding. Take the first step in creating you perfect country wedding. Let your imagination run wild. Themes can be organised – country, medieval, under the stars, classic or elegant. Meet the up with their wedding coordinator, take a tour of the property sit back relax and watch your dreams come true.

Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK)

25 – 27 August

Australia’s premier road race, the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) is coming to Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland  on August 25-27.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) is inviting you to visit and spectate over the race weekend at the circuit. Attending a Superbike race in person is a thrill of a lifetime that has to bee experienced to be believed.

As a bonus for local Superbike fans, there will be an opportunity at Leslie Park on the 24th August for a ‘Meet and Greet’ with the stars of ASBK, including three time Superbike World Champion Troy Bayliss!

This is your chance to meet the riders, collect autographed posters, all the while getting up close and personal with some of the Superbikes that will be on track at Morgan Park Raceway and the amazing team race transporter trucks that.

The ASBK has come leaps and bounds in recent years, to become Australia’s premier motorcycle Road Race Championship, with a significant following of race fans worldwide. The Championship has recently introduced Live Streaming to bring the championship to a significant audience to coincide with televised broadcasting.

Rub shoulders with defending ASBK champion Troy Herfoss, ‘the Enforcer’  Wayne Maxwell, Round 4 winner Josh Waters, ‘Gentleman Racer’ Bryan Starring, ‘Wildman’ Robbie Bugden and possibly Australia’s next world champion!

The ASBK race weekend will feature riders chasing record lap times, slicing and dicing through the packs as they make changes to the setup of their bikes in the eagerly anticipated Round 5.

Murder at the Abbey

Looking for something different to do?

Escape to the Southern Downs and join in on this interactive hosted dinner with accommodation at the Abbey.

Character outline is emailed out so you have an idea of ‘who you are’, fully hosted night with canapes and beverages at 6.30pm, alternate serve mains, alternate serve dessert, three sets of clues handed out during the evening and some beverages included from your choice of beer, wine, sparkling, spirits and soft drinks.

Enjoy breakfast together the next morning.

Warwick Wacky Racers Billy Cart Championship

Sunday 1 October, cart registration from 8am, racing from 10am

Wacky Racers is about bringing the community back together with fun, practical skills that get them off the Ipads and into the world of cars, engineering, fixing and practical how to skills.

  • Free public entry
  • BYO Cart and celebrity races
  • Food and market stalls
  • Great prizes
  • Car displays

We remember when driving was fun and that is the objective of Total Drivers billy-cart championship events. Connecting dads and kids, teens and community, youth with experience, with a common goal and objective, to have fun with driving.

A billy cart Championship that is designed to help the youth, business and community come together with projects inspired by our imagination, created with our inspiration and developed with old minds and young hearts.

Our Aim is to encourage participants to be as creative as possible, there are various categories and people can share the same Billycart between their team so everyone gets a drive.

Our Goal is to help youth rediscover their passion for driving, create an understanding of basic mechanics and engineering in vehicles. The competition allows schools, students and their industrial arts departments, to have a family event with friendly competition. The excitement of getting in behind the wheel for your first steer. From the design, creation and of course, adventure with your mates.