Warwick sits gracefully on the banks of the Condamine River, historic Warwick features some of the state’s finest original sandstone buildings. Settled over 150 years ago, the town is rich in “Heritage and Historic Building Trails” featuring a number of well-preserved churches, cottages, railway stations, schools and monuments – each with its own story of old. Warwick has a population of 12,223 people.
Warwick’s tourism motto is the Rose and Rodeo City. It has Spring and Autumn flower shows and a combined Rose and Rodeo Festival each October. Its’ also known as the “Horsepower Capital of Australia”, Warwick is home to the Warwick Rodeo – Australia’s most famous, held each October, as well as Morgan Park Raceway – host to world-class motor sport events.
Gatton is a town lying between Ipswich and Toowoomba in the agriculturally rich Lockyer Valley. It was founded in 1855 as one of the first rural settlements in Queensland. As part of the “Salad Bowl” of the Lockyer Valley, the area is primarily agricultural and today the town is an important service centre for vegetables which are sent to the Brisbane markets. The district also produces lucerne hay and dairy cattle – all prosper on the rich, black soils of the Lockyer Plains.
At the 2006 census, Gatton had a population of 6,869
Ipswich is an urban region renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Ipswich began in 1827 as an old mining settlement. As Queensland’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich has a rich history. It is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage.
A local government area, the City of Ipswich has a population of 200,000 (projected to grow to 435,000 residents by 2031. Ipswich was a major mining centre, particularly coal mining. The city is the ‘cradle of coal mining in Queensland’. Other secondary manufacturing industries included earthenware works, sawmills, abattoirs and foundries, while the region is also rich agriculturally.