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Brigalow and Kogan
Huge grain silos herald your arrival in
Brigalow, just 20 kilometres to the east of
Chinchilla on the Warrego Highway. The town
offers a pleasant park and general store.
A little south-east of Brigalow on
the Condamine Highway you’ll find
the quiet town of Kogan. On the way
you can’t miss Kogan Creek Power
Station, Australia’s most modern and
environmentally friendly. Stop at the
viewing area to read about the important
stages of converting coal to electricity
and the enormity of the project.
The Hugh Sawrey walkway
commemorates the memory of this
one-time Kogan resident and famous
bush artist with a metal sculpture by local
artist Dion Cross. You’ll also find artist
Bodo Muche’s life-size bronze “Bush
Friendship” sculpture featuring Sawrey
playing cards with his best mate, former
Kogan publican Nelson “Darkie” Dwyer.
Miles and surrounds
Sitting at the junction of the Warrego
Highway and Leichhardt Way, Miles is
a vibrant rural township known for its
spring wildflowers and a well-preser ved
“l iving” pioneering history.
Originally named “Dogwood Crossing”,
Miles was established on a track blazed
by the explorer, Ludwig Leichhardt in
1844. Life as it was back then has been
realistically preser ved at the Miles
Historical Village Museum. Here you
literally step back in time to explore
more than 30 buildings in a streetscape
setting. Authentic and exact replica
turn-of-the-century buildings feature
alongside amazing shell and lapidary
displays and an extensive collection of
Self-drive tour brochures, fishing, and
wildflower trail guides of the district
are available from the Miles Visitor
Information Centre, also located at the
Don’t miss Dogwood Crossing where
you will see seven-metre-tall bottle trees
forming a stunning colonnade down the
centre of the building. Here you can relax
and explore colourful tales, local life
stories, and epic events which have made
the region the place it is today. There’s
also a library, the John Mullins Memorial
Art Gallery and IT Centre.
You can mingle with the locals at the
Miles Picnic Races each February, or join
in the celebrations of the Beef, Bells and
Bottle Tree Festival (next in September
2016), coinciding with the beginning of
the wildflower season.
You’re in the heart of cattle country here.
Condamine is famous for the invention
of the Condamine or Bullfrog Bell. Hung
from the necks of working bullocks, the
bells ensured stockmen could locate
their roaming cattle from long distances.
Learn more of this history when you stop
to read the inscription on the side of the
large replica bell in Bell Park.
Condamine is rugby mad with no less than
three teams. Drop in to catch a weekend
match or plan your visit for Condamine
Rodeo and Campdraft in October.
Dulacca and Drillham
First came the railway (in 1879) and then
came the towns. Named after nearby
Dulacca Station, Dulacca is the site of the
first push to eradicate the prickly pear.
Cool off with a beer at the town’s hotel,
known as the “Waterhole on the Hill”,
which dates back to 1908. If you are in
the area in October be sure to get along
to the Dulacca Rodeo.
Drillham was once a thriving metropolis
closely linked to the railway. The town’s
weir on the creek provided water for steam
locomotives. Today a variety of quality
grain crops and some of Australia’s best
livestock are produced here.
Wandoan and surrounds
The quiet wheat and cattle town of
Wandoan is the perfect stopover
between Miles and Taroom as you travel
along the Leichhardt Way.
The fertile Brigalow country that yields
strong harvests and healthy cattle isn’t
just a picturesque backdrop. It’s home
to friendly people, a proud heritage and
some of the best bush camping and
fishing spots on the Western Downs.
Wandoan Information Centre in O’Sullivan
Park on Zupp Road is a good place to get
the local low-down. There are a few must-
dos when you’re in town. Take a picnic
to enjoy around the lakes of the restful
Waterloo Plain Environmental Park. Many
waterbirds thrive in the wetlands.
The Wandoan Heritage Trail will lead
you to more than 20 points of interest
including the Juandah Historical site,
with its informative panels about the
Solider Settlers and Leichhardt, and to
O’Sullivan Park to meet a local hero. Well,
you’ll find the statue of Mick the dog that
saved his master’s life after he fell from
his horse on Juandah Station. Mick ran
home for help with a message scratched
on a tobacco tin tucked under his collar.
For a small town there sure is a lot going
on. Enjoy a great day of football at the
Lindsay Williams shield in February; mix
it with the locals for Wandoan Diggers
Race Day in March and the Polocrosse
Carnival in June; and feel the excitement
of the Bucking for Cancer Rodeo in April.
Tara and surrounds
Take the road less travelled and you’ll
end up in the peaceful Tara region.
Accessed off the main Moonie and
Warrego Highways, Tara is literally “off
the beaten track”. W hen you arrive in
town, drop into the Tara Information
Centre to chat to a local about what to
see and do.
Enjoy the Lagoon Parklands featuring
Settlers Park and the Walk of
Remembrance Garden. The lagoon offers
a cool respite and it serves as the local
fitness precinct complete with outdoor
gym. You can picnic by the water’s edge,
fish, cycle or take the interpretive walk to
see an abundance of birdlife.
Taking the quirky self-guided “Tara
yesteryears by Shanks pony” walking tour is
the best way to get a feel for this little town.
Tara’s Commercial Hotel is home to
several paintings by famed artist Hugh
Sawrey that he painted while passing
through in the 60s.
Take a step back in time with a visit to
the Tara & District Historical Museum.
The museum has a variety of treasures
including shearing memorabilia,
projection equipment from the Blue
Moon Picture Theatre and chains from
the town’s first jail.
Dogwood Crossing, Miles
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