Known by the locals as the ‘Best Little Town on the Downs’, Allora has an old-time streetscape, filled with history.
The author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers, lived in Allora as a child when her father Travers Goff managed the Australian Joint Stock Bank, now knows as the Marry Poppins House (c.1880). Allora features many timber buildings that showcase late 1800s and early 1900s architecture including the CBC Bank, the Railway Hotel, the old Shire Chambers, the Queensland National Bank and the Commercial Hotel. With a sleepy country town feel, Allora is a perfect rest stop.
Add a little sunshine! Vast fields of sunflowers line the highways near Allora in December and January each year. Check out the Sunflower Route
Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre is located 15km north of the New England Highway. Frozen in time and restored to reveal a rich past, the Homestead offers visitors a wonderful glimpse into the lives of the residents. Beautiful gardens and a café complete the complex and seasonal markets are held quarterly.
Don’t miss a variety of great events including Allora Heritage Weekend (January), Allora Autumn Festival (April) and Allora Community Auction (June) where you can buy everything from false teeth to a wooden leg!
Try an historic pub for lunch of pick a spot for a tranquil break in the parks which line the Dalrymple Creek that meanders through the town.