Warwick and Surrounds
Sitting on the banks of the Condamine River, historic Warwick - known for its roses and rodeo - features some of the state's finest original sandstone buildings. Known as the 'Rose and Rodeo Capital', Warwick was settled over 150 years ago and has an interesting history to tell.
Warwick's famous Rose and Rodeo Festival is held on the last weekend in October. Come and see Australia's best rodeo riders compete for their share in the glory. Boasting some of the country's richest prizes, the Rodeo can trace its roots to a professional buck jumping contest of 1857. At the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre you can explore the tales and memorabilia of rodeo pioneers and champions. Warwick's famous son, Jackie Howe, who still holds the bladeshearing world record set in 1892 for 321 sheep shorn in a day, is recognised with two memorials in Warwick.
Steam train buffs should plan their visit to take a trip on the Southern Downs Steam Railway's "Downs Dasher" C17 Steam Locomotive No. 971 built in 1950. Runs operate monthly from Warwick to Clifton or Wallangarra. Keen anglers can throw a line in the Condamine River, or enjoy shore fishing at Connolly Dam, a short drive south-east of Warwick. Nearby Leslie Dam is a great picnic and swimming spot and is well stocked for shore and boat fishing. North-east of Warwick you'll discover the Goomburra section of the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park. Here you'll find flowing creeks, cascading waterfalls, prolific birdlife, koala colonies and walks through some of the best bush and temperate rainforests in the country.
View the Southern Downs and Granite Belt Visitor Guide