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Monument at the site of Leichhardt's camp site by Cooranga Creek.
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THEN

Leichhardt and his party camped beside Cooranga Creek on 4 October 1844, three days out from Jimbour Station.

In 1868 the Western railway line reached Dalby and seven years later the government approved its extension to the northwest. This announcement probably prompted Richard Best to settle at Warra in 1875, and he later opened the first hotel, post office and store. The railway to Warra was opened two years later.

The families of railway workers and selectors had enough children for a school to be opened in 1881. In 1903-06 the district had a large influx of farm settlers, many from Victoria, when Joshua Thomas Bell (son of Joshua Peter Bell, former owner of the grand Jimbour homestead) promoted farm settlement in the Warra district.

NOW

Driving northwest from Dalby, on entering the small township of Warra, visit the Warra Heritage Centre which hosts different displays throughout the year. The Richard Best Memorial Park is home to the restored former Warra Railway Station. It houses the Progress and Heritage Society Museum with displays changing regularly. Picnic facilities including seating, tables, barbecues, and toilets are available. Camping is allowed for a donation.

There is also a coloured cotton farm and insectory to visit near town. Anglers may be rewarded with a catch of Yellowbelly or Murray Cod from the banks of the Condamine River. There are many species of grass birds to be seen on the birding trails. Camping is also allowed at the Warra Weir or alternatively there is classic hotel accommodation at the Warra Hotel.

The historical Warra Hotel, established in 1906, is worth a look. It is a grand rambling structure and a fine example of the architecture that has become commonly known as 'Queenslander'. Meals and refreshments are available. The locals suggest visitors have a cool drink at the Warra pub before following the signs to Jandowae.

Within walking distance of the park on the Condamine River is the 1844 campsite of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. A monument has been built in his honour, within walking distance of the highway, and between the Anglican Church and the river. The area around the monument is maintained by the local progress and heritage society.

 

Above: Idyllic scene of a billabong on Myall Creek.

(Tourism Queensland)

 

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Above: This beautiful shot was used as the signature image on LeichhardtLand.net.au and superbly captures the life-giving importance of the waterholes and creeks by which Leichhardt steered his route across the Darling Downs into central Queensland.

(Shutterstock)

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