Darling Downs Trike Tours

Darling Downs Trike Tours offers tours to suit every budget and taste. Darling Downs Trike Tours are able to cater to all abilities and ages to bring this wonderful experience to most people.

Trikes are a safe and comfortable way to tour winding country roads. Elevated passenger seats provide excellent views of the landscape.

Sit back and enjoy the ride on one of our tours or plan your own.

Darling Downs Trike Tour options include custom-designed tours, especially for you or you, may choose from their suggested tour itineraries.

Allora Bush Christmas Markets 2020

Join us for the Allora Bush Christmas & Markets. Allora’s main street (Herbert St) will host an exciting evening of entertainment including live music, rides, food stall and Christmas cheer!

Set in the historical town of Allora we welcome one-and-all to browse the 50+ markets and local businesses, ride on the trackless train, Spinning Tea-Cips, Super Slide + inflatables or sit back and relax to the live music and Christmas carols on the main stage.

A large selection of dining options and food vans will be on-site, or you can take in the streetscape on the Hotel veranda and sip on a brew.

A vibrant, family event steeped in tradition.

Boer War Memorial and Park, Allora

A pretty park of some historical significance, the first of three soldier statues erected in Queensland after the Boer War (1899-1902) is found in Allora’s War Memorial Park in Warwick Street.

Colonel (later Sir) Harry Chauvel unveiled the soldier statue in 1904, honouring the four local men who died, and 35 others who served in the southern African conflict. The slightly smaller than life-size soldier statue, by sculptor William P Macintosh, is unusual in its details: the soldier’s mouth is open and he stands alone, without the traditional tree stump for support.

Subsequent additions commemorate those who fought and died in World War I and World War II.

General JC Robertson unveiled Allora’s WWI memorial – a sandstone and marble obelisk, small field guns carved into the pedestal – in November, 1921.

A second sandstone and marble obelisk, simpler in design, stands at the park’s rear, serving as a WWII memorial.

Roseneath Cottage

Roseneath Cottage is one of the oldest homes in Allora built around 1862.

Roseneath is a self contained two bedroom, one queen, one double, home accommodating 1-4 adults.
Guests have full use of the house including a sitting room, formal dining, breakfast room and kitchen. Toilet and bath- Shower.

Enjoy complete privacy while staying at Roseneath Cottage.

‘Your own home in the country’

Allora has ample cafes, a top supermarket and is centrally located to all places of interest on the Darling Downs.

Dalrymple Lodge Bed Breakfast

Dalrymple Lodge Bed and Breakfast is set amongst two acres of immaculate gardens in the award winning town of Allora, only 45 minute drive from Toowoomba, The Garden City and one hour drive from Queensland’s Wine Country (The Granite Belt). Enjoy a full Hot Breakfast in our formal dining room or on the verandah. The lounge is also available anytime for guests to relax with a book, tea or coffee, or glass of port and chocolates. Wine and Cheese Platters are also available – served on the Verandah or in their beautiful garden Gazebo.

Your Guide to the Southern Downs Dunny Run

Head off on the Southern Downs Dunny Run, where painted murals have transformed toilet blocks from public loo to public art!

Allora Autumn Festival 2021

Allora Queensland hosts the Allora Autumn Festival 2021. With rides, markets, busking and entertainment, carnival games, local food, produce, art and historical tours – this event is truly a ‘from the days-gone-by’ festival. Vintage and classic cars, music, and local stores all bringing you a wonderful day out.

Sit on the local pub veranda and watch the markets or Picnic in P.L Travers Park while you watch a Mini Music Festival. Visit the Cafe’s, grab a coffee, meet up with friends. Spend a day as only you can in a Queensland Country town.

Allora Autumn Festival

Celebrating the rich historical township of Allora. Set among the picturesque streetscape of Herbert Street, come and browse the markets and local stores while buskers and performers entertain.
Plenty to see and do including vintage and custom vehicles art displays and demonstrations, variety stalls, food vans local dining, community organisations, museums and heritage displays. Rides and entertainment for the kids, competitions and much more!
More details will follow!

Allora Show 2021

Allora Show is an annual event which showcases the agricultural products of the surrounding area. It is the second Agriculture show to be held on the Darling Downs each year. Allora Show provides entertainment for all the family with events such as horse ring events, cattle, sheep and goat exhibits, animal nursery, a rodeo and fireworks demolition derby and a spectacular motorcycle display.

Allora Bush Christmas Markets 2020

Join us for the Allora Bush Christmas & Markets. Allora’s main street (Herbert St) will host an exciting evening of entertainment including live music, rides, food stall and Christmas cheer!

Set in the historical town of Allora we welcome one-and-all to browse the 50+ markets and local businesses, ride on the trackless train, Spinning Tea-Cips, Super Slide + inflatables or sit back and relax to the live music and Christmas carols on the main stage.

A large selection of dining options and food vans will be on-site, or you can take in the streetscape on the Hotel veranda and sip on a brew.

A vibrant, family event steeped in tradition.

Allora Mountain Flora and Fauna Reserve

Allora Mountain Flora and Fauna Reserve is a flat-topped mesa occupying 210 hectares one kilometre to the east of the township of Allora on the Southern Downs of Queensland, Australia. Access is from the New England Highway via Burges Road. A wooden post- and- rail entrance with appropriate signage leads up to a picnic area. Well-defined paths lead from there to the top of the mountain.

 

The mountain has been an integral part of the Allora community and its social and educational fabric for over a century. It is considered an area of significance and worthy of promotion for its conservation and cultural values. Many groups, including the local schools, use the Reserve as a place for excursions. It offers unparalleled views of the town and surrounds, and is home to diverse species of flora and fauna. Native species that occur on the Reserve include Mountain Coolibah (Eucalyptus orgadophila), Kurrajong ( Brachychiton) , Gumbi Gumbi (Pittosporum) and Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis). The grasses on the Reserve are mostly Native Blue Grass and couch. Koala, nesting Wedgetail Eagles and wallaby are in residence and over 120 species of birds have been identified on the Reserve. Eighty birds are featured in a full-colour book which is available for purchase from Allora Landcare Group. Indigenous artefacts are evident, including ‘ring trees’, ‘scar trees’, bora rings and geological items such as grinding stones and knives.

 

Allora Landcare Group Inc (ALG) has instituted a number of projects on the Reserve over many years. These include flora and fauna surveys, weed control, monitoring the health of the Reserve, investigating the cultural history of the Reserve and creating walking tracks, a picnic area and Information Shelter for public use.

Your Southern Downs Summer Sunflower Guide

Summer is sunflower season on the Southern Downs and every year they’re blooming beautiful! From late December onwards, a sea of yellow floods parts of the region.

Allora Autumn Festival

The Allora Autumn Festival held on the first Saturday of May in Allora. During the festival there are markets, live entertainment, tours and attractions for the whole family. Including vintage vehicles, a dedicated market area, a kids area, the Regional Sports Museum, tours of Mary Poppins House, food and drinks available.

Allora is home to Mary Poppins House, where Pamela Goff (PL Travers) grew up and Allora is also, the final resting place for her father, Travers Robert Goff.

Events to attend:-
2 May – Street Markets, vintage vehicles, Artisan stalls, local producers stalls, tours of Mary Poppins House, Heritage Museum, Sports Museum, heritage tours of the Allora, Breakfast Barbecue and more.

Some events are free to enter and some will require a purchase of tickets (tours). More information about costings will be found on their Facebook page closer to the event date, or if you want more information email them.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Top 6 Must do Moments in the Southern Downs & Granite Belt

From wineries to waterfalls there’s always something to explore in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.

  • Allora Regional Sports Museum Hall of Fame
    Allora Regional Sports Museum Hall of Fame

Allora Regional Sports Museum

The Allora Regional Sports is rated as the best in Regional Qld . Housing and displaying unique , rare items of Local, State , Australian and International Sporting Memorabilia . A feature is the “Hall of Fame ‘ displays of the local Sports Stars who have represented at the highest levels .

Come Home to Allora

On July 20 and 21, 2019, Allora will celebrate 150 years of Local Government and the Southern Railway connection.

This event is to celebrate an important milestone for the township and will include the official opening of the restored old shire hall, a tribute to Allora’s war heroes, re-enactment of a bullock team crossing Dalrymple Creek, a bush poet’s breakfast, lost crafts demonstrations, a pioneers dinner, a beard growing competition and music and food throughout the weekend.

Allora’s historic buildings and museums will be open over the weekend and local groups will showcase other district assets. A souvenir program and booklet will be available prior to and at the event.

  • Queensland Championships Sheep Dog Trials, Allora

Queensland Championships Sheep Dog Trials

See some of Australia’s top sheep dogs putting three sheep around a course at the Allora showgrounds!

 

  • Plane at QRAA Jumpers & Jazz Breakfast Fly In, Massie Aerodrome

QRAA Jumpers & Jazz Breakfast Fly In

2019 QRAA Jumpers & Jazz Breakfast Fly-in

Where: Massie Aerodrome near Warwick (YWCK)
When: Saturday 20th July, from 8am.
About: Following breakfast transport will be arranged for those wishing to go in to Warwick to enjoy some time checking out Warwick’s quirky Jumpers & Jazz festival.
Contact: Information is available on our website www.qraa.info under the Events tab, or by calling Phil on 0417 761 584 or Graham on 0427 377 603 or emailing qraawarwick@gmail.com or ghawthorne@bipgond.com

Clifton Railway Station 150 Year Celebration

Celebrate the Clifton Railway Station 150yrs since opening, it is the 2nd oldest working station in Queensland. The day will have markets, displays and demonstration of old crafts, a steam train from Warwick, town crier and much more!

Southern Downs Heritage Week 2019

Saturday 27 April – Monday 6 May

This Festival covers a series of activities ranging from Historic walking tours with guide, historic buildings to view ,8 Museums, open days, demonstrations of old crafts , exhibitions and high teas, steam train trips, discover soldier settlement site and visit Legacy Centre at Amiens. All in the 10 days . Enjoy a meal at historic pubs or one of the cafes some began in the 1920s and still operate as cafés today. Historic Southern Downs – so much to see and do.

The Ultimate 4 Day Family Country Road Trip

If it’s time for the kids to breathe in some fresh country air, reconnect with nature (and each other!) and go offline, then bundle them in the car and head south west to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.

Third Allora Autumn Festival

The Allora Autumn Festival is held on the last weekend of April in Allora. During the festival they hold markets to coincide with events that are held around their historic town.

Allora is home to Mary Poppins House, where Pamela Goff (PL Travers) grew up and Allora is also the final resting place for her father, Travers Robert Goff.

Events to attend:-
28 and 29 April – Street Markets, vintage vehicles, Artisan stalls, local producers stalls, tours of Mary Poppins House, Heritage Museum, Sports Museum, heritage tours of the Allora, Breakfast Barbecue and more.

28 April – ‘Dinner of Drayton’ dining under the stars on the Saturday night in the streets, where they showcase local produce and products. Tickets are limited to 100. Booking details will be available on their website.

Some events are free to enter and some will require a purchase of tickets (Dinner on Drayton for example). More information about costings will be found on their website closer to the event date.

Spend Brass Monkey Season in Queensland’s Coolest Towns

It’s the crisp winter chill in the Granite Belt, just two hours southwest of Brisbane, that’s earned it the nickname Brass Monkey Season (as in cold enough to freeze the you-know-what off a brass monkey).

Glengallan Seasonal Markets

Sunday 2 December 8:00am – 1:00pm

Be sure to pop into the Glengallan Seasonal Markets held on the first Sunday of each new season in the gardens of historic Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre (which is also open for exploration for a small fee). Discover a unique range of farmhouse and gourmet goodies, arts and crafts from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

Glengallan Seasonal Markets

Sunday 2 September 8:00am – 1:00pm

Be sure to pop into the Glengallan Seasonal Markets held on the first Sunday of each new season in the gardens of historic Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre (which is also open for exploration for a small fee). Discover a unique range of farmhouse and gourmet goodies, arts and crafts from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

Glengallan Seasonal Markets

Sunday 3 June 8:00am – 1:00pm

Be sure to pop into the Glengallan Seasonal Markets held on the first Sunday of each new season in the gardens of historic Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre (which is also open for exploration for a small fee). Discover a unique range of farmhouse and gourmet goodies, arts and crafts from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

  • Flag of Australia
    Glengallan homestead, Warwick

Australia Day Celebrations: WARWICK

Friday 26 January –  8.00am – noon

Celebrate what’s great about Australia at the Warwick Australia Day Events!

Bring the whole family to the historic Glengallan Homestead for a morning of Aussie entertainment. The Australia Day Awards will be presented to some of the region’s outstanding citizens and community groups and a number of new citizens will be welcomed to our nation.

This free event includes entry to Glengallan Homestead. Plenty of parking onsite.

Australia Day Celebrations in Stanthorpe will run from 3.30pm – 9.00pm. Visit the Stanthorpe Australia Day Event page for more information.

 

3rd Allora Autumn Festival

The Allora Autumn Festival is held on the last weekend of April in Allora. During the festival they hold markets to coincide with events that are held around their historic town.

Allora is home to Mary Poppins House, where Pamela Goff (PL Travers) grew up and Allora is also the final resting place for her father, Travers Robert Goff.

Events to attend:-
28 and 29 April – Street Markets, vintage vehicles, Artisan stalls, local producers stalls, tours of Mary Poppins House, Heritage Museum, Sports Museum, heritage tours of the Allora, Breakfast Barbecue, and more.

29 April – ‘Dinner of Drayton’ dinning under the stars on the Saturday night in the streets, where they showcase local produce and products. Tickets are limited to 100. Booking details will be available on their website.

*some events are free to enter and some will require a purchase of tickets (Dinner on Drayton, etc) More information about costings will be found on their website closer to the event date.

10 Blooming Beautiful Pics of Summer Sunflowers on the Southern Downs

Summer is sunflower season on the Southern Downs and every year they’re blooming beautiful!

16 Things to Do With Kids on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt

You’d be forgiven for thinking Southern Downs and Granite Belt is an adult-only destination. But that’s not the case! Here’s 16 things you can do with kids of all ages:

Southern Downs Heritage Festival 2018

The Southern Downs Heritage Festival celebrates the history of the Southern Downs as part of the Australian Heritage Festival. 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.

Queensland Road Team Series

6-7 October, 2018

The Queensland Road Teams Series (QRTS) returns to the Southern Downs this year, bringing the best of the State’s cycling teams racing through the region. With the spectacular backdrop of the region’s natural setting, the evens will include races in Warwick and Yangan. The QRTS is Queensland’s premier road racing series where teams of the leading riders in the state compete over four rounds to decide the winning riders and teams across a number of categories.

Be a part of the action and cheer on some of your favourite cyclists!

Please be aware there will be road closures across the weekend:

 

Allora & District Historical Society Museums

The Allora & District Historical Society operate two museums in Allora, the Old Allora Shire Hall and the School of Arts, both which have a collection of memorabilia depicting the early history of Allora district from when the shepherds and teamsters camped at The Crossing on Dalrymple Creek from 1844.

The Old Allora Shire Hall is located on 53 Warwick St, Allora, and was built in 1907 and officially opened in 1908. It replaced a single story building in Forde Street. In 1915 it became the Allora Shire Hall. In 1960 new offices were built in Herbert St and the old building was used for functions and a meeting place for different organisations.

The School of Arts is located on 27 Drayton St, Allora, and was originally Allora’s first Court House built in 1866 in Raff Street. When the new Court House was built in 1884, the old building was purchased by the School of Arts and moved to its present site. A replica of the Talgai skull found in 1886 west of Allora can be viewed. This museum building has an extensive collection of everyday articles commonly used by the early residents of the district.

Admission is $5.00

Both museum sites open by appointment. Please phone Lyn Wright on 0408 753 085.

The Mary Poppins House

This Heritage Listed house, built in 1879, was the former home of PL Travers, the author of Mary Poppins. Enjoy a guided tour by appointment only. The house was originally the Australian Joint Stock Bank, which commenced in Allora in 1880 in the Dalrymple Hotel. Travel through time on a guided tour!

Allora Community Auction

Don’t miss the Allora Community Auction, a unique event where you can buy anything from false teeth to a wooden leg!

The Allora Show Society will conduct the Allora Community Auction starting at 8:00 am on Sunday, 11 June 2017. All profits made will go back into the local community and other nominated charities.

There will be a wide range of antiques for auction including carbide lights, watches and clocks, furniture, General furniture, Bric-a-brac, Tools, Fencing and building materials, Workshop equipment, Assorted Ag machinery and more!

  • Glengallan Homestead Manor House

Glengallan Homestead 150th Anniversary Dinner

Saturday 16 September 2017

Mark your calendar now for the Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre’s 150th Anniversary Dinner. Banquet and corporate tables will be available.

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”.

  • QRTS state teams race
    QRTS state teams race

Brisbane Camperland Queensland Roads Teams Series

Round Two of the Brisbane Camperland Queensland Road Teams Series (QRTS) returns to the Southern Downs this year. With the spectacular backdrop of the region’s natural setting, the event will include a Warwick Road Race, an Allora Teams Time Trial and a Warwick Criterium. The Brisbane Camperland QRTS is Queensland’s premier road racing series where teams of the leading riders in the state compete over four rounds to decide the winning riders and teams across a number of categories. Be a part of the action and cheer on some of your favourite cyclists!

When to Visit the Southern Downs

With four distinct seasons celebrated across the year, there’s never a bad time to visit the Southern Downs! Each season comes with its own charms, events and unique landscapes.