A trip to the country to discover grand homesteads, a welcoming township and colonial cottages make for a great day out in Warwick, just two hours drive from Brisbane.
You don’t have to travel far from the city to experience a country pace and hospitality. In Warwick there are numerous festivals to enjoy all year round, architecture to admire and new experiences to be had.
Passing through Warwick is the Condamine River, the source of the longest continuous river system in Australia. Aboriginal legend is acknowledged with the giant sculpture of Tiddalik the Frog and mascot of the Greenbelt that stands proudly by the banks of the Condamine. There are legends to be told around Tiddalik and it might serve you well to give him a rub.
Warwick is also well placed as a base to explore the wineries of the Granite Belt. Join a tour and be collected and dropped off after taste testing!
You can’t miss the Abbey of the Roses. Formerly a Sisters of Mercy Convent (now guest accommodation), the foundation stone was laid in August 1891 and it is a site to behold. Other notable architectural highlights include the St George’s Masonic Lodge, Pringle Cottage (c.1871) and Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre (c.1867).
Warwick is also the site of the first free white settlement in Queensland. An egg-throwing incident occurred while Prime Minister Billy Hughes was speaking at Warwick’s Railway Station and Jackie Howe, the first man to shear 321 sheep by hand in one day, was born near Warwick and is remembered with a memorial. Even the cemetery is worth a look with convict graves dating back to the 1850s.
Distance from Brisbane: 130km south west of Brisbane.
Five things to see and do:
- Take time to see the incredible architecture
- Rub Tiddalik the Frog
- Visit the wineries
- Absorb some history as you browse the convict graves in the cemetery
- Make a date to visit the annual Jumpers and Jazz Festival in July.