Jondaryan is a working woolshed, and a rural heritage museum. Outdoors, there is allsorts of machinery and different items covering rural history.
Admission includes browsing around the old buildings and collections, seeing sheep, horses, poultry and other animals, and if there at the right time, seeing old skills being used, and Machine's of yesteryear, this is from Wednesday to Sunday.
One of the demonstrations is shearing in the woolshed. Others are seeing the working horses, wagon rides, blacksmithing, and wool spinning.
My favorites are the working horses and watching the sheep dogs round up the sheep, they are so clever, and they save the Farmer a lot of work.
We had a meal of Damper and corn beef and billy tea, YUMMY! The damper is cooked in the open coals of a fire.
Tea and damper only available Wednesday - Sunday
There is accommodation if you wish to stay here, it is very reasonable.
Take the road that leads to Oakey, go past Oakey and its little further on.
Admission is from $9 depending if you have a look on your own, or if you want a guided tour, its $13, these are 2010 prices.
In August, the Heritage Festival is held, Admission then is $15, but this is when everything is happening and the best time to go.
OPEN...........7 Days a week from 10am to 4pm.
Jondaryan Woolshed, 264 Evanslea Road, Jondaryan, 4403
Only 45kms from Toowoomba.
Historic homestead, Jimbour House, is located near Dalby.
The inside of this home is not open to the public as it is a private residence, but the gardens [est. 1874] and surrounds are. I didn't mind, as I found it quite pleasing just to wander around the outside.
The driveway in, has Jacarandas on either side, a picture in Spring when they are in full flower.
Surrounding buildings & gardens are a Chapel (1868) Water tower (1870) Jacaranda Avenue (1877) Rose garden, kitchen garden, Bluestone building (1870) Plaques, Cemetery, and the Bulls stalls and stables historic displays.
At the Cellar door, you pay the entrance fee of $5.50 (2008), this covers the living history walk as well, or you can browse around on your own. Afterwards, if liked, there is free wine tasting, and light meals, tea or coffee & cool drinks.
Jimbour House is located via Dalby (85ks from Toowoomba) From Dalby, cross over the railway line, take the road on the right (82) Jandowae road, sign posts will lead you to it.
Cuckoo, Cuckoo!! This is what all the clocks say at the Black Forest Hill Cuckoo Clock Centre.
If you haven't been to Germany, or seen a good display of Cuckoo Clock's, then come here, it was wonderful!
This Centre was begun 23 years ago by a German gentleman who wanted to share the clock making traditions from the Black Forest Region of South West Germany.
What a collection there is, literally 1000’s of different Cuckoo Clocks and almost 100 German Grandfather Clocks on display. There is a variety of wall, mantle, grandfather clocks, wooden toys, dolls, German Beer Steins, Music Boxes, Cow Bells and xmas decorations just to name some. I thought this was an excellent shop for buying gifts for Birthdays, Christmas, etc., so many different ideas, and good quality items.
It is located just 20 minutes drive north of Toowoomba on the road to Crows Nest, or a two hour drive west of Brisbane.
Open 7 days........ 8.30am to 5.00pm Mon – Fri
9.30am to 4.00pm Sat & Sun
Driving into Oakey from Toowoomba, we couldn't help but notice the lovely statue of a Horse standing infront of the Jondaryan Shire Council.
The Horse, was the champion Racehorse.... Bernborough [born 1939], who was once known as “Queensland’s greatest racehorse”
Bernborough won some big races carrying huge weights throughout his career.
Carrying 65.5 kilos in the Doomben 10,000, he came from last in the field of 27 to win running away in course record time. He was re-handicapped to 68.5 kilos for the Doomben Cup, and won that as well!
Bernborough was sent to America to stand at stud, at Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky, and it was here he spent his last days and died.
Bernborough will never be forgotten, when the Doomben 10,000 and Doomben Cup come around each year, people tend to think and talk about this great Horse.
Oakey is located 30km from Toowoomba
If you are on the Warrego Highway heading to the Jondaryan woolshed or onto Dalby, then you will pass through the small town of Oakey.
Located here is the Flypast Museum, a museum of Army aircraft flown since World War 2. There are Black Hawks, Kittyhawk, Lancaster, Mustang, Spitfire, to name a few, there are more. An excellent collection of Aviation & aircraft memorabilia.
The Museum is at the Army Airfield, Admission is $5, and its open from 10 -4pm daily.
The Bernborough tourist centre, at 68 Campbell street, Oakey will give the directions of how to get there.
Oakey is located 30kms from Toowoomba
Take the road that says to Crows Nest.
The first small village is Highfields, here there are Arts and Crafts to have a look at, including the Danish art flower centre.
Continuing on, make a stop at the Cuckoo Clock centre at Cabarlah. Nearby are the Army Barracks, you will pass their nice golf course, and if you want a game of golf, you can.
Finish this drive at Crows Nest making sure to have a look at Salt's Antiques, its located on the main road in a large Edwardian building, I love having a browse around this shop, have visited a few times.
Crows Nest also has a cool drink factory.