From its earliest days, Theodore was a stopping point for travellers and the same is true today.
A pretty place, Theodore is shaped like a point between the Dawson River and Castle Creek, its palm lined streets give a tropical feel to the place. Hewitt Park surrounds the water tower and is a great spot for a picnic lunch or if you’d prefer a river view, Rotary Park in 5th Avenue overlooks Castle Creek.
Perhaps the most unique feature of Theodore is its pub.
Standing on The Boulevard, the town’s main drag, Theodore Hotel’s white weatherboard exterior oozes old-time charm. But this pub, like the rest of the town has an interesting story to tell – it’s the only pub in Queensland owned by an entire community. The locals took it over in the 1940s, issuing each resident the equivalent of a 25 cent stake, when plans to build Nathan Dam and 5000 new farming plots fell through.
Next to the Fire Station you’ll find Rose’s Garden. Widely acclaimed as one of the nation’s beautiful open gardens, the creek flats turned garden paradise are the love and labour of local couple, Jeanette and Spencer Rose. While weeding might give Jeanette ‘the willies’, the couple’s efforts in creating such a masterpiece over the past 20 years are well worth it. Making the gardens the first stop in the town, people come year after year to check on how things have changed. The stroll takes you alongside Castle Creek up to Junction Park.
Housed in an old power house, the Dawson Folk Museum in 2nd Avenue is a treat for history devotees. Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am – 12 noon.
Junction Park, Dawson River and Castle Creek Junction is the best place to throw a line in the township. Visit the Sandstone Wonders website for a list of the Best fishing locations in the Banana Shire.
The stations that lie among the gorges, gullies, plains and ranges of Banana Shire’s rich cattle country stretch out across grand vistas.
The past lives large on this trail with wonderful markers and reminders along the way that capture the region’s unique history.
Take the fastest highway out of Melbourne to the calm beauty of the tropics.