This is the quiet alternative tourist route between Queensland and New South Wales. Stretching from the Fossickers Way at Warialda in New South Wales and joining with the Country Way at Mundubbera in Queensland, the Rural Getaway provides the most direct route from Tamworth to Rockhampton.
WARIALDA TO TEXAS
WARIALDA TO TEXAS 308 KM | 3 hours 30 min
Start your trip out in Warialda, “the place of honey”. It is a friendly town nestled on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Situated on the Gwydir Highway, it is the southern gateway to the Rural Getaway tourist route and the northern gateway to the Fossickers Way tourist route. Looking for things to do while you’re there? Try the Cranky Rock Nature Reserve – a popular picnic and camping spot, great for photography, bird-watching and bushwalking. Wanting some more culture? Check out the Heritage Centre, including the Wells Gem and Mineral Collection. Be sure to also check out the Carinda House Arts and Crafts to look at some local art pieces.
Passing through Coolatai and Yetman to get to Texas, these two towns are worth the stop. Just north of Warialda is Coolatai, a small friendly rural community with a hotel that provides a great opportunity to mix with the locals. Yetman is situated on the banks of the Macintyre River, is a popular destination for keen cod fish anglers. Once you have caught a couple of cod for dinner, get back on the backroads to head to Texas where you can stay overnight and have a cook up on the free BBQ amenities.
TEXAS TO DALBY
TEXAS TO DALBY 211 KM | 2 hours 20 min
Texas is in Queensland, just north of the State border. The trees in Pecan Park were donated and planted by the people of Texas USA as a bicentennial gift and a reminder of the link between the two far flung namesakes. Before heading to your camping site with free hot showers, ensure to check out the local attractions. Dumaresq River and Bonshaw Weir are great fishing locations. You can get a great view nearby at Beacon Lookout where you can enjoy views of the Dumaresq Valley. A trip to Texas isn’t complete without visiting the famous Riverside Freezing Works and Rabbit Factory, where the history of Australia during the Great Depression is kept. One thing you may not know about Texas, is the award winning wineries with cellar door outlets.
On the way to Dalby, be sure to pass through Inglewood. Inglewood and Texas have reminders of the once thriving tobacco industry with old tobacco drying barns scattered about the countryside. Museums in both towns provide a history of the industry.
After getting all you can from this great little town, get back on the road to experience Dalby.
DALBY TO MUNDUBBERA
DALBY TO MUNDUBBERA 211 KM | 2 hours 20 min
Dalby is a thriving community of over 10,000 residents. The town’s size, position and agricultural, mining, and industry base leads it to be a major centre for regional Queensland. Accommodation options include camping and caravan facilities to pubs and modern motel suites. While in this bustling town, ensure to visit the Pioneer Park Museum, which houses an extensive collection of farm machinery and memorabilia. The must do in this region is of course the Bunya Mountains National Park is an ideal spot to enjoy a picnic, and enjoy a whole day.