The Wider Region

Somewhere in Southern Queensland Country, someone just like you is lost in the moment. You see, it's somewhere you and your family and friends can quickly forget about everything on the daily 'to-do' list.

Somewhere, you can all press the pause button and focus on more important things, like the spectacular natural wonders, the stories behind historic sandstone buildings, that cheeky shiraz from the winery up the road or just spending time with loved ones. It's somewhere with a diverse range of places to stay, from charming B&Bs and tranquil mountain cottages to modern country retreats and traditional farmstays for the family.

Find out more about our sister towns and regions on the Southern Queensland Country website.

Allora Clifton Inglewood Killarney Texas Tenterfield Warwick


  Our nearest neighbour to the north, Warwick is situated 160 kilometres south west of Brisbane. Fed by the Condamine River it borders on fertile farmlands and the rolling hills of the Great Dividing Range, it is strategically located at the junction of major highways from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Warwick boasts some of Queensland's finest historic sandstone buildings which were made from local sandstone and now stand today as reminders of their pioneering past. Known as the 'Rose and Rodeo City', Warwick hosts one of Australia's oldest and most famous rodeos each year in October. Warwick's Morgan Park is home to a plethora of motor and horse sporting events throughout the year and was the site of two Polocrosse World Cups.  During the winter months, Warwick comes alive with the annual Jumpers and Jazz in July festival which is a unique display of local wit, charm and colour, with custom knitted jumpers for the deciduous trees of the main street.


Allora's main street With a population of just under 1000, Allora is known as 'the best little town on the Downs'. The town nestles beside Dalrymple Creek just off the highway between Toowoomba and Warwick.You may well think you are taking a trip into history when driving down the main street, described as 'one of the three best streetscapes in Australia'. Make sure you visit Saint David's Anglican Church built in 1888, and reputably one of the finest examples of a timber church in country Queensland. The town was the childhood home of P.L Travers who wrote the Mary Poppins stories, and the fallen soldier's memorial is one of only two Boer War memorials in Queensland. Also of interest is Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre, now restored to it’s former glory as a working pastoral station. It embodies the history of the Allora region since the late 19th Century


Clifton Situated half way between Toowoomba and Warwick on the wide fertile plains of the Darling Downs, Clifton is a quiet town welcoming visitors with country hospitality. The classic streetscape of Clifton and it's building's facades have been used in a number of Australian movies including The Thornbirds. Just a short drive north of Clifton is Nobby and the well known Rudd's Pub, which has an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past. The Pub is dedicated to Steele Rudd, who lived in the area, and found inspiration there for his stories in 'On Our Selection'. Just a short stroll from the Pub is the Sister Kenny Memorial. Sister Elizabeth Kenny also lived in the area and was known for her revolutionary treatment for the victims of polio.


Inglewood Inglewood, established in 1862 and with a population of just over 1000, is approximately an hour's drive west of Stanthorpe. Inglewood is creating Australia's Olive Capital with more than 340,000 olive trees planted to date. Harvest time is between March and May and is celebrated with the Inglewood Harvest Festival around September each year.  Visitors are also invited to explore the newly opened Inglewood Museum, take a tour of an Olive Grove, enjoy the spring wildflowers or go birdwatching. Tourist drives such as the Tobacco Trail, Silverspur Trail and Dumaresq River Road allow visitors to explore the Shire's natural beauty.


Killarney Killarney is the scenic gem of the Southern Downs and the spectacular waterfall at Queen Mary Falls National Park in Killarney is a must visit. Killarney's rolling foothills, deep secluded valleys and dramatic waterfalls provide picture postcard views that will stir your imagination. You can visit the Killarney Heritage Centre (located at the RSL Hall in Acacia Street) on weekends which specialises in researching local family history. It has a grand collection of local historical photos, articles and small artefacts.  Drive east into the mountains for Brown's Falls, Dagg's Falls and then the spectacular waterfall at Queen Mary Falls National Park, where Spring Creek tumbles dramatically over a 40 metre cliff.


Texas Texas is a picturesque town nestled along the banks of the Dumaresq River in southern Queensland on the state border. Texas was named over a land claim in the 1850's which bore many similarities to one happening in Republic of Texas and Mexico in the United States at the same time. The picturesque Dumaresq River is one of the star attractions of the region, with beautiful water and wilderness areas inviting canoeing, fishing, hiking, 4WD activities and picnicking. The fishing is outstanding in the region with anglers having the choice of many peaceful fishing spots along the Dumaresq River or at the spectacular Glenlyon Dam.


Tenterfield in Autumn Tenterfield is just 18kms south of the Queensland border and one of the most romantic and colourful of Australia's frontier towns. Tenterfield is known as "The Birthplace of Our Nation" recognising Sir Henry Parkes famous Federation Speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts on 24th October 1889 which ultimately led to the Federation of all Australian States on January 1st 1901. In more recent times it has achieved recognition for the song entitled "The Tenterfield Saddler" written and performed by Peter Allan - whose grandfather was in fact the Tenterfield Saddler.