Warwick, 4370, Queensland, Australia

Warwick is approximately 158km south-west of Brisbane – 2 1/2 hrs WSW of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It is 86 km south of Toowoomba, travelling along the New England Highway. It is an attractive city with heritage and cultural drives, with nearby Leslie Dam for water activities and self-guided historical building walks. Warwick is in the southern Darling Downs.

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These descriptions are written by BCL readers.

A two-hour drive south-west of Brisbane, Warwick is one of those comfortable country towns that is large enough to have all the facilities you might want and yet small enough to keep its gentle rural feel. Older gentlemen still tip their hat to you as you pass, and cosy cafes, craft and country wear shops line the wide footpaths of its neat main street. There is a modern one-level shopping centre accessed off the main street which houses a food court and major discount department and food stores. As with all country towns, there are plenty of pubs, with varying atmospheres and clientele and a selection of local musicians playing. There is even a small cinema.

You’ll see why Warwick is known as the Rose City if you take a stroll through the sprawling Leslie Park which sits opposite the traditional stone of the local police station and courthouse. At one end, Leslie Park boasts a brightly coloured modern play area and at the other, via a winding path, charming old-fashioned wooden cart swings and a roundabout. The breathtaking scenery of nearby areas such as Cunningham’s Gap, Goomburra Forest and Killarney Falls has encouraged a good selection of luxury accommodation and prestige dining to be established. It is also an easy drive from the Stanthorpe wineries.

If you visit in October, there will be no shortage of boots and cowboy hats as the Warwick Rodeo is a world famous event that brings a large crowd every year. You’ll need warm clothes from about Easter until the end of Winter (August) to combat those crisp Warwick mornings. Oh, and you’re not a local til you’ve had a Hudson pie for smoko!

– Nicole Lawler

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