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BNE May/June 2017 |

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Rex Airlines flies direct between Brisbane and

Toowoomba. Flight time 40 minutes. Drive time

from Brisbane is one hour 45 minutes.

See

www.rex.com.au

The taste for Asian food is booming in Toowoomba and Club

Lane in particular has become quite an eat street with Skewers

flanked by Royal Asian and Thai Majestic, adding to popular

Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants in the city.

But the newest neighbour in Club Lane has become an instant hit –

The 3rd Monkey is a sweet treat open every day until late and it has

been recently voted Toowoomba’s best dessert bar.

Also open late is Muller Bros (25 Bell Street), a café, restaurant and

rooftop bar in a rejuvenated Federation building that was once home

to a gun shop and hardware store, motorcycle workshop, second-

hand retail and a book store. Its food specialty is another surprise

– Brazilian barbecue – perhaps a subtle reference to the explorer

who ‘discovered’ Toowoomba, English botanist Allan Cunningham

who arrived in the area after an expedition to Brazil and named the

rich farming land bordered by the Great Dividing Range ‘Darling

Downs’.

Cafés like Little Seed by Firefly (100 Russell Street), established in

a converted workshop with exposed brick walls, a mural (naturally),

eclectic furniture and trailing plants (and there’s a herb garden out

the back), are champions of the local farming community, choosing

locally sourced, ethical and sustainable produce and, as advocates of

‘conscious eating’, Little Seed owners Jess and Asher Andrews have

recently taken a big leap to focus on a menu of vegan dishes.

Meanwhile, Fiona May has been a driving force behind bringing

the farm experience closer to the city, establishing the Toowoomba

Farmers Market (twice a month) and opening up her farm for

the Paddock to Potager experience where visitors can collect eggs,

harvest fresh food, have close encounters with farm animals, attend

workshops and learn about farm life, about 30 minutes drive from

Toowoomba (176 Merritts Creek Road, Pechey).

Jondaryan Woolshed, the largest operating woolshed in the

world, also about 30 minutes drive from Toowoomba, has been

preserved by the local community to offer a glimpse into farming

life the way it was in the pioneering days of the 1840s. In its heyday

it was a massive pastoral station where 250,000 sheep were sheared

each season. Today the Woolshed plays host to old time dances and

special events and visitors can take self-guided tours of buildings, see

demonstrations, eat damper and ride carts.

Travelling south from Toowoomba towards Warwick, Rudd’s

Pub in Nobby serves up steaks as big as the plate and a good bit of

memorabilia with a few schooners. This is the pub where village local

and writer Steele Rudd (real name Arthur Hoey Davis) came up with

the characters ‘Dad and Dave’, writing comic tales of shenanigans

of the Rudd family in

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with the help of a few pints!

The stories have since been adapted for radio, television and film and

today there’s an impressive collection of Steve Rudd memorabilia

lining the walls – photographs, posters, newsletter clippings,

paintings and the author’s books from floor to ceiling.

Find out more at

www.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au

and view sample drive itineraries at

http://tcof.com.au/visitor-

information/drive-itineraries/

The city has not lost any of its

country charm but it has found

a new lease on life