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Warrego Way
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Description

'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past to entice folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery. Today, travel west and your journey will still be filled with adventure but luckily, you don't have to take the rutted bush tracks of the past. Sealed bitumen roads lead to you to new and exciting places, where the people are friendly and appreciative you've made the journey into their part of Australia, and the views different each step of the way.

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The Warrego Highway, a 744 kilometre fully sealed stretch of Highway leading you from the Sunshine State's capital, Brisbane, through the fertile Lockyer Valley, up and over the Great Dividing Range, across the Darling Downs and onto the outback metropolis of Charleville, is one of these roads.

Along the way, you can see ancient trees from the dinosaur age, endangered mammals, unwind in the soothing waters from the sub artesian basin, delight in tales told over country bars, or just relax and enjoy the brilliant sunsets and starry nights, and this is to name just a few.

You could accomplish the drive in eight hours but that would mean you would miss meeting the locals and seeing the sites and scenes that the tales of the outback are made from and maybe the opportunity to make some tales up yourself.

As with all country roads, you share it with animals and trucks. Past Roma, huge road trains carry bullocks from outlying stations and around dawn, sunset and during the night, kangaroos and cattle frequently decide to cross the highway.

Check out some of the tourist drive trails along the highway - in wildflower season you'll be astounded at the magnificent display supplied free courtesy of mother nature.

The Warrego Highway, one of the oldest highways in Queensland, a highway leading you to a new adventure each day.

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Journey Routes


  • Brisbane to Ipswich

    Watch the city skyline of Brisbane disappear behind you as you enter the city that almost stole Brisbane's capital status - Ipswich. Historic Ipswich, Queensland's oldest provincial city, oozes with charm in its sprawling gardens and magnificent private and public buildings. Ipswich was once a thriving river port and the wealth generated by its pioneers is clearly reflected in the grand early nineteenth century architecture - there is virtually an example on every street. One such stately building is the restored Old Town Hall, now home to the Ipswich Arts Gallery - an interactive art gallery and social history museum worthy of a visit. There are many heritage buildings to enjoy on the leisurely self-guided walk brochure available from the visitor information centre. For history and rail enthusiasts, the Workshops Rail Museum in the former North Ipswich rail yards will find you amongst a living rail history. The next stop on your journey along the Warrego sits right on top of the Great Dividing Range; Toowoomba.
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  • Ipswich to Toowoomba

    After leaving Ipswich, it is not long and you are passing through the Lockyer Valley. Your travels will take you close to or through the friendly villages of Rosewood, Marburg, Laidley, Forest Hill, Gatton, Grantham, and Helidon. Follow the highway as it climbs up the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range. The road is two lanes through to Toowoomba, which makes for an easier journey. You'll be sharing with slow travelling trucks plying their trade up the steep grade so be prepared to travel slowly up the range, they'll appreciate your courtesy as well. Once at the top, you're in Toowoomba, - Queensland's Garden City. The distinctive seasons and fertile soils have given rise to a city filled with wonderful gardens and parks, over 150 in fact. Many follow themes such as The Scented Garden and Japanese Garden. Springtime in Toowoomba is a spectacular show. The city is blanketed in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colour, with many private gardens open for viewing during The Carnival of Flowers Festival. Toowoomba offers the visitor everything - a wide range of accommodation for all budgets and many fine eateries and restaurants. Time to continue along the Warrego - the next stop Dalby.
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  • Toowoomba to Dalby

    Once out of Toowoomba the paddocks open up and the locals around here call them properties not farms. You are now well and truly in the Darling Downs. Close to the highway is Jondaryan Woolshed, built in 1859 and now restored. The centre pays homage to the rich wool and pastoral history that founded the area and it's not hard to spend a day walking around here. Then on to Dalby, the hub of Australia's richest grain and cotton growing area. The Thomas Jack Park should be your first point of call. In the gardens is the Visitor Information Centre where they will be only too happy to fill you with activities for your visit, no matter how long it is for. Highlights of a visit to Dalby can include Jimbour House, Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, or visiting a cotton gin in full production during the picking season from around April to June. From Dalby it's a drive of 83 kilometres to Chinchilla.
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  • Dalby to Chinchilla

    Through the hamlet of Warra, this at first may not look much, but turn down the street and visit the Warra Hotel - a rambling old timber pub. Nearby to Warra visit a coloured cotton farm and insectory where predatory and beneficial insects are bred for use in agriculture. Back on the Warrego and you pass the little towns of Brigalow and Boonarga before entering Chinchilla. Chinchilla, now well known for it's biannual Melon Festival, is also a favourite destination for petrified wood fossickers. Lapidary enthusiasts just love the specimens from this district called 'Chinchilla Red' due to their unique beauty and intricate patterns. Licenses are required to fossick - they are not expensive and available at the Information Centre where you can also get a map to show you the best places for a day's exploring and fossicking. Visit the Chinchilla White Gums, a beautifully tall, straight eucalypt - native to this area. Next stop is only 45 kilometres on - Miles.
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  • Chinchilla to Miles

    Think of Miles and think of wildflowers. When the season is favourable, the Murilla Shire bursts into a spectacular display - you won't see any better in Queensland than in the forests surrounding this pretty town. A must for visitors to Miles is the Miles Historical Village. More than 20 buildings make up the village. Carefully restored and refurbished, each building captures the essence of its original use early last century. But wait there's more! Here at the village you can see some interesting displays like the amazing shell collection, considered the largest privately owned collection in Australia, the world-class lapidary display, along with an extensive collection of war uniforms and memorabilia. Further down the main street is the Dogwood Crossing @ Miles. Dogwood Crossing was the original name given to Miles and here at this modern centre you can watch and listen to the stories told by the locals of droughts and floods in the wonderful water wall, marvel at the steel seven metre high bottle trees, which look magnificent at night or wander the art gallery. After a full day or two in Miles its time to head due west to Roma, 140 kilometres further down the Warrego.
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Journey Details

Duration1 Day Itinerary TypeLand
Distance744 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of Travel4x4
Car
Caravan
Motorcycle
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 1

Facilities

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Fossicking
    Fossicking
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Other Information


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Warrego Way Full Itinerary


Brisbane to Ipswich

Watch the city skyline of Brisbane disappear behind you as you enter the city that almost stole Brisbane's capital status - Ipswich.

Historic Ipswich, Queensland's oldest provincial city, oozes with charm in its sprawling gardens and magnificent private and public buildings. Ipswich was once a thriving river port and the wealth generated by its pioneers is clearly reflected in the grand early nineteenth century architecture - there is virtually an example on every street.

One such stately building is the restored Old Town Hall, now home to the Ipswich Arts Gallery - an interactive art gallery and social history museum worthy of a visit. There are many heritage buildings to enjoy on the leisurely self-guided walk brochure available from the visitor information centre. For history and rail enthusiasts, the Workshops Rail Museum in the former North Ipswich rail yards will find you amongst a living rail history.

The next stop on your journey along the Warrego sits right on top of the Great Dividing Range; Toowoomba.



Route Details

Duration:
2 Hrs 
Distance:
34 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • The Arts
    The Arts
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Ipswich to Toowoomba

After leaving Ipswich, it is not long and you are passing through the Lockyer Valley. Your travels will take you close to or through the friendly villages of Rosewood, Marburg, Laidley, Forest Hill, Gatton, Grantham, and Helidon.

Follow the highway as it climbs up the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range. The road is two lanes through to Toowoomba, which makes for an easier journey. You'll be sharing with slow travelling trucks plying their trade up the steep grade so be prepared to travel slowly up the range, they'll appreciate your courtesy as well.

Once at the top, you're in Toowoomba, - Queensland's Garden City. The distinctive seasons and fertile soils have given rise to a city filled with wonderful gardens and parks, over 150 in fact. Many follow themes such as The Scented Garden and Japanese Garden. Springtime in Toowoomba is a spectacular show. The city is blanketed in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colour, with many private gardens open for viewing during The Carnival of Flowers Festival.

Toowoomba offers the visitor everything - a wide range of accommodation for all budgets and many fine eateries and restaurants. Time to continue along the Warrego - the next stop Dalby.



Route Details

Distance:
94 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Toowoomba to Dalby

Once out of Toowoomba the paddocks open up and the locals around here call them properties not farms. You are now well and truly in the Darling Downs.

Close to the highway is Jondaryan Woolshed, built in 1859 and now restored. The centre pays homage to the rich wool and pastoral history that founded the area and it's not hard to spend a day walking around here.

Then on to Dalby, the hub of Australia's richest grain and cotton growing area. The Thomas Jack Park should be your first point of call. In the gardens is the Visitor Information Centre where they will be only too happy to fill you with activities for your visit, no matter how long it is for. Highlights of a visit to Dalby can include Jimbour House, Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, or visiting a cotton gin in full production during the picking season from around April to June.

From Dalby it's a drive of 83 kilometres to Chinchilla.



Route Details

Distance:
83 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Dalby to Chinchilla

Through the hamlet of Warra, this at first may not look much, but turn down the street and visit the Warra Hotel - a rambling old timber pub. Nearby to Warra visit a coloured cotton farm and insectory where predatory and beneficial insects are bred for use in agriculture.

Back on the Warrego and you pass the little towns of Brigalow and Boonarga before entering Chinchilla. Chinchilla, now well known for it's biannual Melon Festival, is also a favourite destination for petrified wood fossickers. Lapidary enthusiasts just love the specimens from this district called 'Chinchilla Red' due to their unique beauty and intricate patterns. Licenses are required to fossick - they are not expensive and available at the Information Centre where you can also get a map to show you the best places for a day's exploring and fossicking.

Visit the Chinchilla White Gums, a beautifully tall, straight eucalypt - native to this area.

Next stop is only 45 kilometres on - Miles.



Route Details

Distance:
83 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Chinchilla to Miles

Think of Miles and think of wildflowers. When the season is favourable, the Murilla Shire bursts into a spectacular display - you won't see any better in Queensland than in the forests surrounding this pretty town.

A must for visitors to Miles is the Miles Historical Village. More than 20 buildings make up the village. Carefully restored and refurbished, each building captures the essence of its original use early last century. But wait there's more! Here at the village you can see some interesting displays like the amazing shell collection, considered the largest privately owned collection in Australia, the world-class lapidary display, along with an extensive collection of war uniforms and memorabilia.

Further down the main street is the Dogwood Crossing @ Miles. Dogwood Crossing was the original name given to Miles and here at this modern centre you can watch and listen to the stories told by the locals of droughts and floods in the wonderful water wall, marvel at the steel seven metre high bottle trees, which look magnificent at night or wander the art gallery.

After a full day or two in Miles its time to head due west to Roma, 140 kilometres further down the Warrego.



Route Details

Distance:
45 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Miles to Roma

Leaving pretty Miles you pass through the townships of Drillham and Dulacca, both established with the coming of the railway into the west.

Dulacca rose to notoriety as the first site for the extensive push to eradicate the prickly pear. Luckily, for us, they succeeded.

Then through Jackson, Yuleba and Wallumbilla where a stop at the Calico Cottage is a must. You won't miss it - it's under the huge shed. Delectable home baked goodies line the shelves just waiting to tempt you... your tastebuds will be eternally grateful!

Then it's hello Roma - the capital of the Western Downs and the home of the Big Rig. Schedule at least a night in Roma as there is much to see. Every Tuesday and Thursday, you can join in the excitement at the Roma Saleyards - the biggest store cattle selling facility in Australia. With special catwalks for visitors to see all the action, there's arguably nowhere else you can have such an experience.

After shaking off the dust, there is still much to do. Visit the Romavilla Winery - the oldest winery in Queensland, Mt Abundance Homestead and do the Hospital Hill Walk.

On to Mitchell, 89 kilometres straight ahead.



Route Details

Distance:
140 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Roma to Mitchell

Into bushranger territory, the Warrego now takes you on your journey to Mitchell, through the villages of Muckadilla and Amby. At the turn of the century, the Kenniff brothers ruled the ranges around here. That was until they made history as the last Australian bushrangers trialed for murder right here by the side of the Warrego in the Mitchell courthouse.

7 kilometres south of Mitchell, a steel monument marks the site of their last bold but futile stand. Mitchell is where many say the outback begins. On the banks of the Maronoa River, Mitchell is titled 'The Sunrise of the Outback', and you've not travelled 600 kilometres from the Warrego's start!

One of the most worthwhile attractions in Mitchell is the Great Artesian Spa, the largest open-air spa in Australia. Let the high mineral content of the water from the Great Artesian Basin relax and revitalise you- many travel here for its therapeutic benefits. .

If you're after more bang for your buck in the accommodation stakes, then the Major Mitchell Caravan Park is for you. With the first two nights free for caravans and campers and within walking distance to all the towns' facilities, you can't go past it.



Route Details

Distance:
87 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Mitchell to Morven

Mungallala is the only town you pass through on your trip west from Mitchell to Morven.

Just before Mungallala is an area protected so you can walk amongst the rare Ooline (Cadelia Pentastylis), a remnant pocket of rain forest trees dating back 1.6 million years. There's a picnic table and toilet available for your morning cuppa.

Mungallala, population around 130, originated as a railway town. Stop at the pub by the side of the road and you're likely to meet a local for a yarn. Fuel, food, and accommodation are available at Mungallala.

Morven, 'small in size, big in character' as the locals say, is 44 kilometres from Mungallala. Established as a camping site for bullock teams and originally called Sadlier's Waterhole, the collection of immaculate miniature buildings creatively whittled by the late Bob Johnson representing early Morven and district is most worthy of inspection at the Morven Historical Museum.

If time permits visit Tregole National Park, 10 kilometres south of Morven, a 7,500 hectare park where the Brigalow meets the Mulga.

Once you say goodbye to Morven it's the last leg on the mighty Warrego Highway and only another 89 kilometres to Charleville.



Route Details

Distance:
89 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Morven to Charleville

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Roll on Charleville -and the end of the Warrego Highway. You'll notice as the kilometres slide by, the change from rolling grazing country to Mulga scrub edging the road as you drive further west to Charleville. Tinted orange from the red dust, it forms a valuable food source in times of drought and provides a perfect refuge for the birds and animals of the western plains.

Schedule a couple days in Charleville and enjoy the diverse attractions. For an appreciation of life in the outback, drop in to the Charleville School of Distance Education and the visitor centre of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Hear the sound of the didgeridoo and watch Aboriginal artists at work at the C.D.E.P. (Commonwealth Development Employment Project) centre; visit the grand old Hotel Corones - the biggest outback pub in Australia - with its resident ghost and at night take in the star studded outback night sky at the Cosmos Centre.

There's plenty of accommodation choices and fabulous bakeries and butchers in Charleville. Alternatively, catch your own feed of fish. Fishing the Ward River is big in Charleville, and with the local club restocking the waters, you can almost be assured of a catch.



Route Details

Distance:
89 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



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Driving Directions

1 - Brisbane to Ipswich
Start from:31 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
End at:1 Wilson Lane, Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia
Distance:38.1 km
Duration:37 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northeast on Glenelg St toward Cordelia St/State Rte 10
  2. Turn right onto Merivale St/State Rte 10
  3. Turn right onto Ernest St
  4. Ernest St turns slightly left and becomes Gladstone Rd
  5. Continue onto Annerley Rd/State Rte 10
  6. Keep right to continue on Noble St/State Rte 48
  7. Slight left onto Fairfield Rd/State Rte 48
  8. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Fairfield Rd/State Rte 48 heading to Ipswich
  9. Take the ramp to Ipswich Rd/A7
  10. Keep right, follow signs for Ipswich/A7 and merge onto Ipswich Rd/A7
  11. Continue onto M7 (signs for Ipswich/Toowoomba)
  12. Continue onto M2
  13. Keep right at the fork to continue on Ipswich Motorway/M15, follow signs for Warwick/National Highway 15
  14. Take the exit toward Brisbane Rd
  15. Continue onto Brisbane Rd
  16. Continue onto Queen Victoria Parade
  17. Continue onto Limestone St
  18. Turn left onto Wilson Ln
    Destination will be on the right
2 - Ipswich to Toowoomba
Start from:1 Wilson Lane, Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia
End at:91 Neil Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
Distance:88.9 km
Duration:1 hour 9 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on Wilson Ln toward Limestone St
  2. Turn left onto Limestone St
  3. Slight right to stay on Limestone St
  4. Slight right onto Burnett St
  5. Burnett St turns slightly right and becomes Harlin Rd
  6. Slight left toward Macrae St
  7. Turn left onto Macrae St
  8. Continue onto Kingsmill Rd
  9. Continue onto Albion St
  10. Continue onto Hunter St
  11. Turn left onto Fernvale Rd/Pine Mountain Rd/State Route 38
  12. Turn right onto Pine Mountain Rd
  13. Merge onto Warrego Hwy
  14. Continue onto Warrego Hwy/National Highway A2
  15. Turn right onto Neil St
    Destination will be on the right
3 - Toowoomba to Dalby
Start from:91 Neil Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
End at:Hogan Street, Dalby QLD 4405, Australia
Distance:83.0 km
Duration:1 hour 4 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Neil St toward Gore St
  2. Turn right onto National Highway A2
  3. Turn left onto Warrego Hwy/National Highway A2 (signs for A2/Dalby)
  4. Turn left onto Hogan St
4 - Dalby to Chinchilla
Start from:Hogan Street, Dalby QLD 4405, Australia
End at:132 Heeney Street, Chinchilla QLD 4413, Australia
Distance:83.4 km
Duration:59 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northeast on Hogan St toward Palmer St
  2. Turn left onto National Highway A2
  3. Slight left toward Heeney St
  4. Slight right onto Heeney St
    Destination will be on the right
5 - Chinchilla to Miles
Start from:132 Heeney Street, Chinchilla QLD 4413, Australia
End at:51 Constance Street, Miles QLD 4415, Australia
Distance:45.6 km
Duration:31 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east on Heeney St
  2. Turn left toward Warrego Hwy/National Highway A2
  3. Slight left onto Warrego Hwy/National Highway A2 (signs for Miles/Roma/A2)
  4. Turn right onto Wallen St
  5. Turn left onto Constance St
    Destination will be on the left
6 - Miles to Roma
Start from:51 Constance Street, Miles QLD 4415, Australia
End at:8A Whip Street, Roma QLD 4455, Australia
Distance:142 km
Duration:1 hour 39 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Constance St toward Dawson St
  2. Turn left onto Dawson St
  3. Turn right onto National Highway A2
  4. Slight left to stay on National Highway A2
  5. Continue straight onto Bowen St
  6. Turn left onto Whip St
  7. Turn left to stay on Whip St
    Destination will be on the left
7 - Roma to Mitchell
Start from:8A Whip Street, Roma QLD 4455, Australia
End at:19 Liverpool Street, Mitchell QLD 4465, Australia
Distance:87.1 km
Duration:1 hour 5 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Whip St toward Foott St
  2. Continue onto South St
  3. Turn left onto Currey St
  4. Take the 1st right onto National Highway A2
  5. Turn left onto Ann St
  6. Take the 1st right onto Liverpool St
8 - Mitchell to Morven
Start from:19 Liverpool Street, Mitchell QLD 4465, Australia
End at:Warrego Highway, Morven QLD 4468, Australia
Distance:91.1 km
Duration:1 hour 0 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northeast on Liverpool St toward Ann St
  2. Take the 1st left onto Ann St
  3. Take the 1st left onto National Highway A2
9 - Morven to Charleville
Start from:Warrego Highway, Morven QLD 4468, Australia
End at:38 Watson Street, Charleville QLD 4470, Australia
Distance:89.2 km
Duration:1 hour 2 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on National Highway A2 toward National Highway A2 Alt
  2. Take the 1st left onto Warrego Hwy/National Highway A2 Alt (signs for Charleville)
  3. Continue straight onto King St
  4. Turn right onto River St
  5. Take the 2nd left onto Watson St




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