Best historical stays in Southern Queensland Country
While location, amenities, and comfort-level might be the top three things people look for when choosing their holiday accommodation, those looking for something a little different know to add history to their hotel’s must-have list.
From a pub where an iconic radio drama was penned to a winery cottage and heritage-listed homestead, turn the pages of history without leaving your accommodation with this guide to the best historical stays in Southern Queensland Country.
Vacy Hall, Toowoomba
See the vision of one of Queensland’s leading architects from the 19th century with a stay at Vacy Hall in Toowoomba.
This heritage-listed boutique hotel is not only recognised for its design and masonry work but its 145-year-old gardens and streetscape that depicts the prestige of this once popular residential location for Darling Downs pastoralists.
From luxury rooms featuring cast iron beds with open fireplace and chesterfield wingbacks to standard and queen rooms with antique four-post beds and mahogany chairs, you’ll feel a sense of history no matter which room you choose.
With swing seats, chairs, and cane recliners on the wide verandah accessible from most rooms, this is one historical stay you won’t want to rush.
Located less than 300 metres from the CBD, make sure you tick off this Toowoomba to-do list during your time at Vacy Hall.
A: 135 Russell Street, Toowoomba Q 4350
P: 0439 004 000
Rudd’s Pub, Nobby
Combine a museum tour with a coldie at Rudd’s Pub.
A short 35 kilometres from Toowoomba or two-hours from Brisbane, the walls and ceiling of Rudd’s Pub are covered with farming memorabilia and household items from a bygone era.
Formally known as the Davenporter Hotel when it was first built in 1893, the name was changed to Rudd’s Pub in the 1980s to pay homage to Nobby local and author, Steele Rudd who wrote the stories for the iconic Australian radio drama, Dad and Dave in front of the fireplace in the Heritage Room.
While this pub dates back to the 1930s, the pub rooms have been recently renovated ensuring clean comfort for your overnight stay.
Winning several awards for Best Pub Style Accommodation, enjoy the quirkiness this pub accommodation offers from showering under a rainwater tank to pulling on a beer tap for water in the basin.
Did we mention they offer a complimentary country breakfast too?
A: 45 Tooth Street, Nobby Q 4360
P: 07 4696 3211
Heritage Estate Winery, Cottonvale
With bragging rights of a James Halliday five-star rated winery from 2016-2020, add Heritage Estate Winery on your list for a historical stay 200 kilometres south-west of Brisbane.
While the award might be recent, the historical three-bedroom winery cottage, lined with red cedar from floor to ceiling dates back to 1864.
Continue your historical tour at the cellar door and sit at the 17-seat rosewood and leather table where the Executive Council once sat when Queen Victoria declared Queensland a colony in 1859.
A: 747 Granite Belt Drive, Cottonvale Q 4375
P: 07 4685 2197
Possum Park, Miles
You don’t need a brochure to understand the historical significance of Possum Park, 23 kilometres out of Miles.
Stay in a restored underground bunker, converted railway carriage, or a self-contained cabin from this top-secret explosive reserve dating back to 1943.
Take a tour of the underground bunkers and see some of the region’s most important WWII history from old weapons to uniforms and photograph memorabilia.
A: 36865 Leichhardt Highway, Miles Q 4415
P: 07 4627 1651
Taabinga Homestead, Haly Creek
Stay in one of Queensland’s oldest continually occupied homes at Taabinga Homestead.
Located near Kingaroy, 215 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, this working cattle station offers visitors a taste of farm life from the comfort of the heritage-listed homestead grounds.
Choose from two cottages – The Store or Singlemen’s Quarters – both with accommodation comforts of a fully equipped kitchen, heating and cooling, and a BBQ to enjoy dinner alfresco.
Book a guided tour of the homestead built in 1846, including the outbuildings, and see the photo collection dating back to the 1880s.
A: 7 Old Taabinga Road, Haly Creek Q 4610
P: 07 4164 5531
Bronte House Bed and Breakfast, Goondiwindi
For a stay in a historical Queenslander with a modern finish, book Bronte House Bed and Breakfast.
While Bronte House was built in 1910, its beautiful restoration of crisp painted white walls with raw timber floors and luxury bathroom and bedroom furnishings gives this Queenslander a fresh 21st-century feel.
With three ensuite rooms to choose from, offering a garden view, large windows, or private garden access, every room at this bed and breakfast comes with a view.
Enjoy daily breakfast al fresco, serving fresh produce – some of which is plucked straight from the back garden.
If you can drag yourself away from the property, make sure you see these Goondiwindi sights during your stay.
A: 21 Frideswide Street, Goondiwindi Q 4390
P: 0420 893 089
Nindigully Pub, Nindigully
Stay in Queensland’s oldest continually licensed pub and learn about its Hollywood connection at Nindingully Pub, 35 kilometres south of St George.
Dating back to 1864, this once shearer’s accommodation now provides 12 clean and refurbished pub rooms ranging from twin rooms, double-bed rooms to a family room.
While air-conditioning and ensuites are not currently available due to the delicate nature of the 145-year-old Cyprus pine building, electric blankets and fans will keep you comfortable throughout the year.
Explore the pub and its surrounds, which was the backdrop of the 1999 film Paperback Hero featuring Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan.
A: Sternes Street, Nindigully Q 4497
P: 07 4625 9637
For more inspiration on where to explore across Southern Queensland Country, check out our travel guide or head to our blog.