Escape to the country with a weekend in Warwick – far enough away to feel refreshed but close enough that the drive is only two hours.

Get back to nature without disappearing into the wilderness. The open skies and impressive scenery of the Warwick region will have you feeling rejuvenated while the short, two-hour drive from Brisbane won’t leave you exhausted and feeling like you never got away at all.

Rich with history, Warwick was one of Queensland’s earliest settlements and is home to some of the state’s most interesting European architecture, with many sandstone and Federation-era timber and brick buildings. Take a walking tour of the historical buildings and get a feel for times gone past.

Must-see:

  • St Mary’s Catholic Church
  • Warwick Town Hall
  • Abbey of the Roses
  • Warwick Railway Station

For an extra dose of history visit the Warwick and District Historical Society Pringle Cottage Museum. Inside the beautiful sandstone cottage built by stonemason John McCulloch circa 1870 is an impressive collection of memorabilia. Surrounding the complex are vehicles and machines from the early years of the settlement.

See also:

  • The Canning Downs Building
  • Eastwell Hall
  • The Emporium

81 Dragon Street Warwick 4370 (07) 4661 3234

Take a scenic drive to one of many national parks in the area and enjoy the tranquility of the bush. Hiking trails and 4WD tracks are all on offer alongside stunning rock formations, spectacular waterfalls and pristine nature.

Check out:

  • Main Range National Park
  • Queen Mary Falls (take Falls Drive)
  • Goomburra State Forest (take Cedar Route)
  • Sundown National Park
  • Girraweeen National Park
  • Sunflower Route – go in December or January to see the giant flowers in their prime

Head out to Warwick in October to catch their famous rodeo. Running annually since the mid-1800s, the town celebrates the event with street carnivals and markets. With over 30,000 people attending each year, the Warwick Rodeo is one of the largest in Australia and attracts over 400 entrants.

Alternatively, for something a bit more peaceful there is also fishing at Lesile and Connolly Dams; fossicking at Thanes Creek or Glendon Camping Ground; or steam train rides on the newly-refurbished ‘Downs Dasher’.

How to get there:

Warwick is only a two-hour drive from Brisbane – take the M2 towards Ipswich then the A15 highway.

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Whatever you do out at Warwick prepare to be stunned by magnificent scenery and welcomed by friendly locals.

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