As the Rose and Rodeo capital of Australia, Warwick is a city of surprises. Take a walk in the wide streets of this pioneering settlement and view some of the State's finest original sandstone buildings. The well-preserved churches, cottages, railway stations and schools take you back to the days when people travelled in horse-drawn carts.
The beautiful red City of Warwick rose (Arofuto) grows prolifically in the area, making a stroll through Leslie Park an experience for the senses.
The area also boasts an impressive range of sporting and cultural facilities to suit all tastes. Natural recreation attractions include Leslie Dam (where sailing, skiing and fishing are popular), Queen Mary Falls and Cunningham's Gap National Parks and numerous fossicking areas. Warwick is also famous for its annual Rodeo - held on the last full weekend in October and preceded by the month-long Rose and Rodeo Festival.
Historic Sandstone and Timber Buildings
Warwick is known for its historic sandstone and timber buildings. Take a leisurely walk or drive through the streets of Warwick. A handout is available from the Tourist office.
Glengallan Homestead offers a rare glimpse of the lifestyle of our wealthy colonialists and the later decline of the large pastoral runs. This unique heritage tourism attraction is open to visitors on weekends between 10am and 4pm.
Leslie Dam and Connolly Dam
Leslie Dam is situated 13km west of Warwick along the Cunningham Highway on the road to Goondiwindi. Regular restocking of freshwater fish is carried out by the Dept of Primary Industry and local restocking groups. BBQ's, picnic shelters, and toilets available. Swimming and boating activities permitted. Connolly Dam is situated approximately 15km south east of Warwick off the New England Highway. Shore fishing is available to the general public and there are toilets available.
The Granite Belt
The Granite Belt is a premium food and wine destination surrounded by stunning national parks and prehistoric granite formations. The region sits high on the Great Dividing Range more than 900m above sea level on the Queensland and New South Wales border.
The terroir creates a region of four seasons and a climate a world away from Queensland counterparts – yet only 2.5 hours drive from Brisbane. The seasons guide life on the Granite Belt and the produce it reaps. Crisp mountain air combine with warm breezy days and chilly winter mornings; on occasion it even snows.
Stretching just 60kms from north to south and roughly half as wide, the Granite Belt is small but diverse. Dotted along the New England Highway are quant villages and hamlets, with Stanthorpe (the name deriving from its tin mining roots) its main central town.
Through the region, country lanes wind through vineyards, orchards and the namesake granite boulders that dot the landscape like crazy marbles. If it’s a tranquil escape from reality, a gourmand’s indulgence or a healthy rejuvenation you’re in need of, the Granite Belt has something to offer you.
For an experience of elevated taste, culture and nature find out more at www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au.
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