Warwick is located on the banks of the Condamine River in Queensland. It is known as the 'Rose and Rodeo' capital, based off their Rose and Rodeo festival held during the last weekend in October. Their most famous historical moment was "The Warwick Incident" on 29th November 1917. Prime Minister Billy Hughes was rallying for support on conscription when Patrick Brosan threw an egg at him. When Sergeant Kenny refused to arrest the man, Hughes established the "Australian Commonwealth Police". What an egg-citing story!
Stanthorpe lies on the New England highway in Queensland, right near the New South Wales border. Stanthorpe was originally founded by tin miners but their primary industry moved towards farming when prices fell. Now, the town is famous for it's excellent wine, hosting many events such as "Primavera", "Australian Small Winemakers Show", and "Apple and Grape Harvest Festival". Nothing to wine about here!
Murwillumbah derives from an Aboriginal word meaning "camping place" and Timber-getters were drawn to camp here in the 1840s. On the tweed river in New South Wales, just south of the border, Murwillumbah's residents enjoy a picturesque mountain view many tourists and TV crews can't resist. It has been used in "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!", "Lou" and "Pastures of the Blue Crane". Australias largest bank robbery took place here in 1978 and remains unsolved. I wouldn't mind the tour being held up in such a town!
Nimbin and it's surrounding area is known as the "Rainbow Region" to the Indigenous Bundjalung people and keeps true to the name. Originally attracting loggers in the 1840s Nimbin's beautiful forests and hills brought strong emotions into it's vistors. In 1979 the Nimbin Community staged the "Battle for Terania Creek" to protect the rainforest, and the New South Wales government imposed a "no rainforest logging" policy covering the area. Nimbin is especially attractive to those seeking alternative lifestyles, and hosts the MardiGrass festival. It is one place you will never read a sign asking, "Keep Off the Grass".
Dalby is located in Queensland at the junction of the Warrego, Moonie, and Bunya Highways. It is the centre of Australia's richest grain and cotton growing area. In 1904, the Dalby Town Council erected therapeutic thermal baths, and the locals believed that "taking in the waters" would improve their health and well being. This bath closed in 1938 when interest declined. How shallow minded!
Chinchilla was established in 1877, south of the Barakula, Jarrah, and Nudley state forests. It is known as the "Melon Capital of Australia", and has a festival every second year. A resource boom of gas and coal has greatly grown the town, but the rush doesn't stop them from having four horse races a year. Whether looking to become a resident, or just popping in for a visit, the locals will always tell you how great their melons are!
Named after Lady Diamantina di Roma (wife of first Governor of Queensland, George Bowen), Roma is located at the junction of the Warrego and Carnarvon highways, and has rich pastoral and wheat-growing land. It was here that Captain Starlight, the famous bushranger, was tried an acquitted in 1873. If you're looking for a laugh on the 25th, come see the show and star(t)lightening up!
St George (26th)
St George was named by Major Thomas Mitchell who crossed the Balonne River on St George's Day (23rd April 1846). The gorgeous town of river-side views is located on the junction of several highways, and is an excellent fishing area for Yellowbelly and Murray Cod. Anyone who says they caught nothing is speaking absolute Balonne-y!