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!

Warwick Rodeo National APRA National Finals and Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft 2018

In traditional country style, “Australia’s Most Famous” rodeo and campdraft celebrates and epitomises the determination and skill of riders. It honours Warwick being home of the Australian Championships since 1928.

Watch bull, horse and rider fly out the gate as campdrafting and rodeo merge in a historic high-stakes week-long event.

You’ll be in awe of the high level of skill and connection between campdrafting riders and their steeds as women, men and juniors vie for various race honours.

The Rodeo is the final of the Australian APRA series, so you’ll feel the tension build as each member of an elite group make their final pitch to win the Warwick Gold Cup event and achieve the pinnacle of their sport.

You can also browse tradeshow alley for genuine country attire, tuck into great country cooking, wash away the dust with a refreshing drink, chat to the locals and soak up stories about Australian country icons, snag an autograph from rodeo celebrities roaming the grounds, stay on to party with live music ‘til the early hours and meet the riders and learn how they prepare for bull-rides and campdrafts.

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 plus last two Friday nights in July 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 air-conditioned 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Bony Mountain Folk Festival

14-16 September 2018

Gates open Monday 10 September.

For artist details head to the Bony Mountain Folk Festival website.

Bony Mountain Folk Festival is the brainchild of one of Australia’s most respected artists. Norma O’Hara Murphy- it is held on Norma’s property.  With a career that spans 35 years and brings a wealth of experience to this very successful musical event. Now in it’s eighth year-bringing the entire  Community together every September. This Festival is a proud Celebration of our unique Aussie culture as well as our heritage. To celebrate our Scottish & Irish roots with song & dance including world class Celtic Music & Dancing- Pipe Bands-Bluegrass Bands-Bush Ballads-Poets- Choirs-Indigenous Dancers- and much more. Fully catered on Sat & Sunday with great country cooking.   Morning and afternoon teas supplied by Cunningham CWA. This year we are supporting- Life Flight-Young Care. Bony Mountain is also a Wildlife Refuge in a peaceful bush setting with a world class stage-and some of Australia’s best artists performing all weekend.

Warwick Vines Motel

Warwick Vines Motel is a unique building steeped in history. Formerly known as Ike’s Motel it boasted a huge ice cream cone on top of the now managers premises. It is close to Morgan Park, the CBD, Golf Club and several restaurants in walking distance. We look forward to making your stay an enjoyable one.

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Lake Leslie Tourist Park

Lake Leslie Tourist Park is situated approximately 15kms outside of Warwick at the door step of Leslie Dam. We offer 32 acres of bush style camping including powered sites, Cabins & Cottages. We are Pet Friendly. We have Secure Access. Kiosk. Pool. Toilets & Showers. Affordable pricing & live in onsite owners.

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    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.


Washpool Reserve at Leslie Dam

Washpool Reserve is located at the southern end of the Leslie Dam and offers an alternative for families who are considering taking their children camping.

Washpool Reserve has 33 powered sites, allocated on a first in first serve basis, and a number of non‐powered sites such as tent sites, drive-thru sites that fit both big and small caravans.

The site has a self-registration system and Council Officers visit daily to collect payments and check campers have registered correctly. There is a box on site with self-registration camping forms which are self explanatory. No pre-bookings are available.

Please note campers can stay a maximum of 7 days only.

Discover more information in the Washpool Camping Reserve Information Brochure

Murder at the Abbey

Ever wanted to know how Santa gets so much done in just 24 hours?

You can attend this interactive night to hear Santa talk about how he manages to get all those presents delivered in such a short time.

His time management must be amazing – how does he do it?

Santa has been secured for this interactive talk on great time management skills he has aquired ‘to get the job done’.

​​Invites with character outline will be emailed a week prior. The event is fully hosted and includes welcome nibbles, three beverages (either spirit, beer, wine or soft drink – no BYO), main course and dessert.

Limited places. Bookings essential.

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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.

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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.

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


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.


STREET BIKE – (6.40 & slower)





Gates open 12pm – 10pm



Gates open 8am

Scrutineering 9am

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

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



Racing from 10am