Settled in 1840 in the highlands of Southern Downs, Warwick is known as the ‘Rose and Rodeo’ capital of Australia.
With some of the state’s best preserved heritage buildings, you will find churches cottages and railway stations hailing back to a time when Cobb & Co’s horse-drawn carriages ruled the roads.
Make sure to drop in at the local Visitor Information Centre and grab a guide of the heritage and historic buildings in the area before you head out.
Heritage aside, the town’s biggest claim to fame is the annual Rose and Rodeo festival held on the last weekend of October every year. Tracing back to a buckjumping contest which started in 1857, the event brings the best riders in the country together to compete for some of Australia’s richest campdrafting prizes.
If you visit in winter, you will find the town bustling during the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival, and witness the trees of the main street appropriately dressed up in custom-knitted woollen jumpers.
Anglers will find the best fishing at Connolly Dam, 15 kilometres south east of the town, and no visit would be complete without a stopover at Queen Mary Falls and the Main Range National Park.