TWO DAY VISIT TO WARWICK AND DISTRICT WARWICK – ECHOES OF THE PAST
When: 9 and 10 September with optional walk on 8 September.
An exciting trip covering many geographical and historical aspects of Warwick and surrounds. Much of this event will be a tag along tour with participants asked to minimize the number of vehicles involved.
Participants: Limit of 24
Cost: $37 Members, $42 Non-members, excluding accommodation and meals.
Itinerary: The formal start for this event will be at 8:30 am at the Freedom Holiday Park (formerly Big 4) on the New England Highway towards Stanthorpe (address given as 98 Wallace Street) on Thursday 9 September.
The program is planned to include:
- visiting Maryvale and a talk on the township and its now-dismantled railway
- touring Glengallan Homestead and a talk on the early squatting runs on the Darling Downs
- stopping at a site very close to explorer Alan Cunningham’s camp site at Swanfels and discussing his role in identifying the potential of the Darling Downs for European settlement
- visiting Mount Colliery and nearby Tannymorel to see the site of the former mine that supplied coal to Warwick for many years
- a walk of about 600 m to Queen Mary Falls to talk about the geology, landscape, and the Condamine River as the ‘top’ of the Murray Darling Basin
- a walk around the Warwick town center with the Town Crier who will be giving us some of the background to the town and its older buildings
- inspecting the Warwick Museum and its curated collection of material relevant to the history and development of the area
- a visit to the Southern Downs Railway Precinct to hear about the history and current use of the lines to and from Warwick
- a visit to the large University of Queensland solar farm not far from Warwick
If time permits, we will visit the Elbow Valley Dam site on the Condamine River on Thursday afternoon.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 8 September, there will be a walk of about 1.6 km to the lookout at Cunningham’s Gap and around the Rainforest Circuit to talk about the development of the Darling Downs and coastal landscapes. This stop will be for those interested who are on their way to Warwick to stay on Wednesday night and will start about 3 pm.
It is proposed to finish the program by about 4:30 pm on Friday for travel back to Brisbane.
Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation and meals but morning tea will be provided at the Warwick Museum and there will be an opportunity to purchase tea and coffee and something to eat for morning tea at Maryvale or Glengallan Homestead (most likely).
The Freedom Holiday Park has a range of powered and unpowered sites and cabins available, and there are other caravan parks and numerous motels in Warwick. Please mention RGSQ when booking at the Caravan Park.
As this is a multi-day event, participants will need to lodge two sealed copies of information on emergency contacts and any relevant medical conditions, one with the Society Office and the other with the activity leader. These will be returned or shredded at the conclusion of the event.
Cost will be $37 for Members and $42 for non-members. This includes entry to Glengallan Homestead, entry to the Warwick Museum with morning tea, and entry to the Railway Precinct.
Maximum numbers will be 24, and I would hope to have no more than six vehicles travelling on Thursday.
Contact: Bob Reid 0412 6259 44