Things to do in Warwick and the Darling Downs

Warwick Queensland sits at the cross roads of the Cunningham Highway and the New England Highway in the fertile farming area known as the Darling Downs. Warwick is on the Condamine River which provides the area with abundant water making this one of Queensland's major agricultural centres. Warwick has a population of around 12,500 and is the second largest city in the Darling Downs after Toowoomba. Situated in the southern Darling Downs, Warwick is 140 km south-west of Brisbane.

Warwick is the Rose and Rodeo City. There is always a lot happening in Warwick with the Spring and Autumn flower shows and a combined Rose and Rodeo Festival in October. The Jumpers and Jazz is held in July where musicians perform Dixieland, Swing and Mainstream Jazz throughout the festival with an abundance of free entertainment at Saturday’s Party on Palmerin and Sunday’s Picnic in the Park. (Map of Warwick QLD )

History of Warwick QLD

Warwick boasts a large selection of heritage listed buildings and a number of green parks to relax and enjoy the day. In the town centre there are the Victoria, Leslie and Slade parks, and a long linear reserve adjoins the winding Condamine River, terminating at the Queens Park and Jackie Howe Park recreation reserves. A showground, racecourse and golf course are on the town's perimeter. Palmerin Street has the heritage-listed Byrnes monument and the Criterion and Langham Hotels.

Allan Cunningham, a botanist and explorer, first came to Warwick in 1827. Cunningham boasted of his discovery of broad grazing lands and abundant water. Acting on Cunningham's advice Patrick Leslie came to the area to establish the Canning Downs station. 9 years later, Warwick became an important regional centre with the opening of a slab courthouse, which several religious groups used for worship. The first National School opened in 1855, while Church of England, Presbyterian and Methodist churches were erected in 1857-58.
In 1881 a railway from Toowoomba linked up the the Granite belt area around Stanthorpe, putting Warwick in the centre of a fertile agricultural region with improving freight transport.

Links to Websites about Warwick, The Darling Downs and Queensland

Country Rose Motel Warwick

2 Palmer Avenue Warwick, QLD 4370 Australia
Tel: (07) 4661 7700 | Fax: (07) 4661 1591
Lat: -28.204432  Long:   152.042863
Map of Warwick QLD