Warwick Things to Do

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    What to do without 'sussing' out the town

    by wise23girl Updated Jul 5, 2013

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    An unexpected stop in Warwick, Queensland, Australia.
    We chose to stay at the Horse and Jockey Hotel/Motel....my man had noticed the name on a 'pass through' a few weeks back....it was OK...and the manager was efficient...and it was last minute.

    Then it was to Warwick RSL for a meal and a 'flutter' on the gaming machines...no dancing here...Well I had remembered the food was not so wonderful here from years ago....I hope never to go back.

    So goodness me if you are just passing through without time to research I have no idea what to advise.... I hope someone will let me know....Otherwise head back to Stanthorpe and read where we dined and rested there...and had breakfast....worth the trip back.

    ps....unfortunately the one place I know with great food in the Warwick CBD not open on Sunday nor for dinner at night....see review below on Bryson's Place

    Help is here Well I have spoken to a local and have some better news....Follow this link for some dining and eating suggestions

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    Picnic in the park overlooking Leslie Dam

    by pedroswift Updated Jul 1, 2013

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    Leslie Dam is located ten kilometers from Warwick Central Business District.
    Drive west towards Allan on the Cunningham Highway and take the Leslie Dam Road to the left. It’s bitumen all the way. Mind the railway crossing. The turn is at 28º12’01.26”S,151º57’06.50” (approx) just past Link Road. It's well sign-posted.
    Approaching the dam wall the road turns left to the Sailing Club and at least two camping grounds and right to the parking area and picnic area at the western end of the dam wall. In 2013, as I update this tip the dam is 74% full. When I originally wrote this tip in 2008, it was at 15% after years of drought & one had to walk half a kilometre to get one's feet wet!!
    Take a picnic with you when you visit. At the western end of the dam wall, there are shelter sheds, tables and BBQs in the park.
    Check out the carvings of Patrick and Catherine Leslie made in large granite boulders found in the district.
    The dam is named after the pioneering settler of the Warwick district Patrick Leslie (1815-1881)
    The dam provides residents of the district with their major recreational aquatic area. Sailing and water-skiing are popular and fishing is a major attraction. Restocking of the dam ensures high fish populations. You may do the environment a good turn by killing some pest fish species. See the signage around the dam.
    Fishing Licence required

    Check out my other Warwick tip on blue-green algae in the dam and take notice of any warning signs when you visit. URL: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1d21c3/

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    Steam Train Tours

    by wise23girl Updated May 28, 2013

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    Warwick, Queensland, Australia is a great place to take a steam train ride.....The rides go in all directions.

    Warwick to Clifton......We saw the train arrive in Clifton on St Patrick's Day and everyone joined in the fun at the Irish Pub across the road.

    Warwick to Toowoomba....Toowoomba is the Garden City ....so look out the window of the train to admire the flowers.

    Warwick to Wallangarra....this is a great trip as there are beautiful views and the fun of passing
    through two tunnels

    Stanthorpe to Wallangarra....when you arrive in Wallangarra you will fine the old railway refreshment room is now a delightful cafe....there is a museum too....you can also walk across the platform and view the wider NSW railway guage. Wallangarra was a troop transfer station in World War2

    Warwick to Stanthorpe which includes a winery tour. Stanthorpe is the coldest place in Queensland so take a jacket if you visit in Winter.

    And PLEASE open the website to hear the whistle of the train!

    "Come and enjoy a beautiful trip with the magic of steam

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    More than a just a restaurant

    by wise23girl Updated Apr 6, 2013

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    We are in Warwick...Queensland , AUSTRALIA.

    Brysons Place....for coffee...fine food....gifts...and flowers.
    When we are on our own we never go into the first coffee shop we find....we search out for something special and in Warwick we were not disappointed. This little place had tables in all sorts of nooks and crannies...and some outside. And so much to look at and be tempted to buy.

    And look at the photo of the pikelets ...so yummy.

    Yes there are other ordinary every day coffee places but I venture to say we found the best....and we had a 2 hour park across the road ...in the shade of a tree.

    And being Warwick there were roses on sale in the florist section...and a special for Anzac day...coffee mugs and tea towels with recipes for ANZAC biscuits...an Aussie favourite.

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    CREPE MYRTLES IN FLOWER

    by balhannah Written Jan 1, 2013

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    A lovely time to come to Warwick, is late December/early January when the Crepe Myrtles are in flower. These are small Trees that line quite a few of the streets in this Town. Even though I have been here lots of times, it was the first time I had seen them in full bloom and at their best. It was a real picture, and worth the drive along the side streets to see the different colours.

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    JACK HOWE PARK

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2012

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    Howe Park

    Coming from Brisbane, this park is located on the right hand side as you come down the hill and into Warwick.
    We often stop here, as during the holiday period and on holiday weekends, the Driver Reviver station is here, so we stop for our coffee and break.
    The park has free toilets and a nice picnic area. It is named after Jack Howe, a legendary Australian sheep shearer at the end of the 19th century who broke the daily and weekly shearing records across the colonies by using the old hand shears to shear the Sheep.
    He was born at Killarney near Warwick, Queensland. Howe shore 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes at the Alice Down station in Queensland, a faster tally than anyone before achieved. Howe's daily record was beaten by Ted Reick in 1950, but Reick was using machine shears, while Howe's hand shears were little more than scissors.
    Howe's weekly record stands unbeaten as of 2005.

    In the park is a statue of bales of Wool and the type of shears he used to shear the sheep.

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    ROTARY PARK

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2012

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    Guardian V1

    Entering Warwick from Brisbane, you will find Rotary Park located on the left hand side of the road, just as you cross the Condamine river bridge.
    Follow the no- through road to a free parking spot.
    This is the ideal place to have a family bbq as these are supplied, so are shelters, free toilets and an excellent playground, which is fully fenced and has artificial grass to soften any falls.
    There is a climbing spider web, rockwall, swinging monkey bars, slides and swings. The park has a bike/walk path following the river, which is a nice place to stroll after the children have had enough play at the playground.
    The park also has large stone sculptures, one of them is "Guardian V1"
    This is one of 10 guardians that are located in 10 Australian cities around Australia.
    It represents bat spirit of Aboriginal Mythology.

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    FLOOD LEVEL TOWER

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2012

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    Flood Marker

    A new addition to the park, is the flood level tower. It has markers of all the flood levels that Warwick has experienced. As you can see in the photo, there have been some amazingly high floods, with February 1976 being the highest, about 9.5 metres above the normal level.
    Time to head for higher ground!

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    FEDERATION PARK

    by balhannah Updated Nov 16, 2012

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    Federation Park is located beside the Condamine River, as you enter Warwick from the Brisbane end of the town.
    We parked our car here, and then went for a walk. On the walk, are some unsual "dreamtime" sculptures, each with a description beside them.
    My 1st photo is of Muggil, a juvenile presence for the beginning of Dreamtime.
    As it is Federation park, along the walk were plaques where special events had taken place, like Governor Bowen's visit in 1860. As I walked, I found I was following a story, starting off with the time the Aboriginals lived in Warwick.

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    WARWICK STREET PARADE

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2012

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    During the Warwick Rodeo festival, a street parade is held on the final Saturday at 12noon.
    Once again, the main street is closed to traffic so the parade can come along. Bring your own seating or be prepared to stand for approx 3/4 hour. As the road is divided, the parade goes up one side and back down the other, so everybody has a close look.
    This is a typical country parade, so don't expect flash floats like in the cities. Most are home-made, and nearly everybody knows somebody! It is a bit of fun, and the children love it.

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    WARWICK CRAFT MARKET

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2012

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    Another event that is held every year on the Saturday when the Rodeo is on, is the huge Craft Market in Leslie Square.
    These markets are more country style, with country type craft items on sale that I haven't seen elsewhere. Country music dvds, country singers, food and lots of different items, one of the best craft markets to go to.
    Parking is free in the streets, but be warned, it is a popular market and the close by car parks had all been taken, so a shortish walk we did.
    Toilets, bbq's, picnic area, playground, walking paths, a Rotunda where the band played, and a beautiful garden are all in the park.
    Markets begin at 10am

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    WARWICK MARDI GRAS

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2012

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    When the Warwick Rodeo is being held during the last week in October, several other events take place, including the Warwick Mardi Gras along the CBD streets on FRIDAY NIGHT.
    The Main street is closed to traffic, then from about 6.30pm, entertainment began. Infront of the Town Hall was a stage and seating, this was where the young Warwick dancers came on first, next was a singer, then a pipe band and more as the evening went on.
    There were plenty of Cafes and local Pubs to buy a meal from, and there were stalls along the length of the main street. Some were food stalls, others entertainment and stalls selling items.
    Quite a few of the shops had entered in the best window competition and were looking very nice. Final judging was taking place that weekend.
    I really enjoyed watching the young to the old having fun trying to stay on the mechanical Bull!
    No, I didn't give it a go!

    It was a very pleasant evening, there was plenty of free parking and free toilets nearby.

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    WARWICK RODEO

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2012

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    The Warwick Rodeo is held on the last full weekend of October, and goes for a whole week.
    This is one or the top Rodeo in Queensland, the other is at Mt. Isa. The nation’s top rodeo riders and the best broncs and bucking bulls come for the Warwick Rodeo.

    Now this large country town, or small city comes alive at this time of the year, so if you want to come, make sure you book accommodation in advance.
    The Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft attracts crowds in excess of 30,000 people. Competitors come from all around Australia, and at the Rodeo grounds, there would have been in excess of 1000 caravans and horse floats, quite a sight!
    There is a stand to sit in, most people bring along their fold-up chairs. Food, side-shows, entertainment is all here.

    The traditional Australian event of campdrafting kicks off the program.
    It begins with the Ladies Silver Cup Campdraft followed by the first rounds of the two richest drafts in Australia – the Warwick Gold Cup and the Canning Downs Campdraft. Known by many as the "Melbourne Cup" of campdrafting, the Warwick Gold Cup is worth $55,000 plus a gold cup and a trophy saddle, it is, and has been for many years, regarded as the Australian Championship Campdraft. There are other Campdrafts, including the Canning Downs Campdraft, $25,000 and its own trophy saddle, and the $5,000 Stallion Campdraft.

    Friday night sees the start of the rodeo events, under lights with two hours of action-packed entertainment, then more action early Saturday morning.
    Saturday, and first we went to the huge craft market in the morning, then at lunchtime to the main street which was closed off for the Rose and Rodeo Festival street parade, featuring floats, clowns, horses and entertainment. To end Saturday, the campdraft finals and rodeo action continues through until 9.30pm when a live band and then dancing under the stars takes over.

    Sunday, and this is the last day, and the first final of the Warwick Gold Cup. Starting at noon, the top 12 riders in all six open rodeo events decide who takes home the major portion of prize money.

    So, as you can read, the week is packed full week of action.

    ADMISSION TO THE GROUNDS IN 2012.....
    ADULTS 14years & over $25
    PENSIONERS....$15
    CHILDREN....$5
    FAMILY........$50

    More information on the website.

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    AUSTRALIAN RODEO HERITAGE CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Nov 15, 2012

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    This museum is entirely dedicated to the Rodeo and Cowboy.
    In here, we found everything I wanted to know and see. My husband does leatherwork, and what great examples there were here. The winning saddles were stunning! I was able to see the trophies winners receive, learn about the events, see what the cowboys wear including some great buckles, and peruse the list of winners since it began. The museum is very well set out, and is the only one in Australia.
    Exhibits include interactive and static displays, live rodeo demonstrations, a theatrette, bar, and function room.
    It is the head office of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA).

    OPEN ..Monday - Saturday 10 - 3pm

    ADMISSION:......
    Single $10.00
    Couple $15.00
    Aged Pensioner $7.50 single / $10.00 couple
    Group bookings by prior arrangement - $7.50 per person

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    GREEN BELT BY THE CONDAMINE RIVER

    by balhannah Written Jun 24, 2010

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    The Condamine river runs through Warwick.
    We came from Brisbane, so we crossed the River bridge and the green belt of parklands alongside the river.
    A stop was made here, there are Toilets, plus I wanted to check out the Sculpture of Tiddalik, the mythical frog that drank all of the fresh water and caused a drought, in an Aboriginal Dreamtime legend.
    This giant 15 tonne sculpture of Tiddalik the Frog, is the mascot of the Greenbelt and stands by the banks of the Condamine.

    The area has paved paths, and lots of picnic areas. It was really beautiful, the River water was so calm that the reflections were brilliant.

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