Another beautiful wooden building in Rosewood is the Railway Station.
I correct that, IT ISN'T WOOD, but made of pre-cast concrete to imitate the look of timber!
The Rosewood line was part of the first railway in Queensland, opening in July 1865, but it wasn't until 1918, that this Railway station was built.
Now, you can come to Rosewood by electrified railway from Brisbane.
OR ENJOY ANOTHER ATTRACTION......
The Steam Railway at Cabanda operates on a former branch line on the last Sunday of each month, where you can experience the steam locomotives that helped establish Rosewood.
Find all the details on listed website.
The travel time to Rosewood is approx 1.5hours.
About halfway along the main street is the Rosewood community Park with Toilets, and a replica Cobb & Co Coach in display casing. The Coach will not be on display all the time, but will be used at Fairs and Festivals to give people a ride in a Cobb & Co. Coach.
It is also on display to highlight the Cobb and Co tourist drive between Ipswich and Toowoomba.
The Cobb and Co drive starts at the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich and finishes at the Cobb and Co Museum in Toowoomba.
Want to take the Children somewhere that is fun, as well as a learning experience involving animals?
Then take them to the "FARM FUN" open day, which is held once a month on the 2nd Sunday each month between 10- 12 am and 2 - 4pm.
ADMISSION IS....$10 each for everybody including an Ice-cream cone of food for the animals.
The CHILDREN'S TICKET includes a PONY RIDE and FOOD FOR FEEDING THE ANIMALS.
The farm animals are actually on a farm, so you can even see Tractors and other farm implements before entering the farm shed and into the petting area.
I was impressed with how friendly the animals were, and a good variety too! I'm a big kid, and I just loved patting the Calf, the cute little goats who wanted to climb my leg, the gorgeous little Lamb that followed me around, just like "Mary had a little Lamb!" In the end, I just had to have a nurse, and of course, the children just love this too!
Some interesting Hens, and don't let me forget, Donald and Daisy, the pair of white Ducks!
Piggly was in this Pen too, I had to be careful with my Ice-cream cone of food, he was after that!
I couldn't resist giving him some food, and having a pat, how wiry was his hair!
There were many children who enjoyed brushing the long coat of the Highland Cow. She lapped up the attention, and it was a good photo opportunity too!
Back in the shed were some baby chickens, they are so cute when so little!
This is where the BBQ was in operation and a cake stall and a wooden toy stall.
OUTSIDE.....FREE USE OF THE TRAMPOLINE FOR CHILDREN
I had a great time, so just imagine the fun the children had!
4 people ........$36
[Includes food & Pony ride for children]
ADDITIONAL PONY RIDE IS A VERY REASONABLE $2 per ride
ADDITIONAL FOOD.....50cents a cone.
Easy to find, just look for the COW LETTERBOX.
Please check the website for farm parties and much more.
As we headed out of town on our way to Marburg, we stopped opposite the Tallegalla cemetery, which happens to be located on top of a hill where there were good views of the surrounding countryside.
This is known as Tallegalla lookout. Just a little further on, was a large open cut coal mine that is still in operation.
John street, is the main street through Rosewood, the one that you will drive through when coming here.
The street is long, and has quite a few historic buildings. Unfortunately, a fierce fire destroyed 9 buildings in the main street in 1914, so some of the buildings are a little newer. The Rosewood Courthouse is a rather nice old building, built in 1892 and is heritage listed. Further along, I found a double story building, another Hotel, plenty of shops, and some bargains, just wish it was open!
The lawned park at one end of the street is where we have stopped many times for a picnic. Sometimes a pie cart is here, there a picnic tables & chairs, and free Toilets.
I really enjoy walking historic towns like Rosewood, as I never know what I may find.
One of my surprises, was this large Hoop Pine growing in the main street. Beside it was a heritage sign with details about this tree.
It is believed to been planted in 1881, by a M. Farrell. These trees are usually found in areas of dry Rainforests, throughout coastal Queensland and in New Guinea. The Tree has been placed on the preservation order, so it will be allowed to grow for its life-time!
It does seed, and then you will find the whole area under the tree, a blanket of seed.
St Brigid's Catholic Church claims to be the LARGEST WOODEN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
It is a magnificent wooden building which I hoped to see the inside of seeing it was a Sunday, but no, it wasn't to be, the doors were locked!
The Church was opened in 1910, and is built entirely of timber with even the foundations being timber stumps set on timber bedlogs.
The church is divided into three parts - the nave and two side aisles -each of which is characterised by a separate cross and gabled window.
What a pity I couldn't go inside and see what is claimed as unusual frescos, with symbols of grain (bread) and grapes (wine) with the inscription 'O memoriala mortis domini' (In memory of the death of our Lord) while the other depicts angels and was probably painted as recently as the 1940s.
I also believe it has a pressed metal ceiling, a feature of buildings built in this era.
There are other buildings of architectural interest near the Church.
As we entered Rosewood from Ipswich, there on the corner was an interesting Pub....
the Rising Sun Hotel, which was built in 1908.
This Hotel would look magnificent if restored! It's a building with plenty of character and style, containing an unusual corner roof turret, separated verandah rooms, an historic Aussie Pub!