Population: 40 (approx.)
GPS Coordinates: 29.96oS; 151.22oE
Home to a tiny Queensland school, a classic Clayton Shuttleworth tractor and an iconic heritage-listed homestead, Jimbour is a tiny town approximately 15 minutes north-west of Dalby. The quaint Jimbour State School has been in operation since 1873 and continues to promote strong connections to its rural farming environment. Sitting proudly in the centre of town is the 'Jimbour Tractor', the first tractor to plough the Jimbour Plain and a testament to the early pioneers of the area.
Just out of town is Jimbour Station, the great pastoral run that prompted the formation of the Jimbour township. Presently best known for its majestic and charming homestead (Jimbour House), Jimbour Station was first taken up as a grazing lease by Richard Scougall in the early 1840s. The name Jimbour is thought to derive from the Aboriginal word 'Gimba' meaning good grass or good pastures. Indeed the pastures at Jimbour were of fine quality and the station established itself as a grand estate. A number of out-buildings still stand as testament to the busy bygone era of Jimbour Station as a flourishing enterprise, these include a stone store, bluestone building, staff quarters, water tower and chapel. While Jimbour House remains a private residence and is therefore not open to the public, current owners (the Russell Family) welcome visitors to roam their gardens.
A lesser known but equally significant relic on Jimbour Station is an expansive dry-stone wall. Built during the 1870s, the wall has been listed separately on the Queensland Heritage Register and stands as a rare and significant reminder of 19th century land management techniques, a technology that has few examples in Queensland.
We highly recommend you time your visit to coincide with Opera at Jimbour - a captivating event hosted every second year on the grounds of Jimbour House at the glorious amphitheatre. The event is free and you only have to pay for parking which raises money for local charities.
Population: 120 (approx.)
GPS Coordinates: 26.95oS; 150.86oE
'Warra Warra' was settled in the 1840s at the start of the rush for land on the Darling Downs. When the Western Railway line was opened in 1877, the settlement which had been established beside the railway track, was renamed 'Warra'. The first government owned coal mine was opened west of the town in 1914 and the town prospered following its establishment. Unfortunately, due to the rising water table causing serious flooding in the mine, it was closed in 1919. A monument now stands only meters from the original mine shaft, paying tribute to the miners who supplied coal to the steam trains that plied the 'Western Line'. Following its closure, blocks of land were made available for selection and soldier selection blocks were released following World War I and World War II, attracting new residents to the area.
Farming has been the mainstay of the area since the 1920s and Warra remains known for its grain, cotton, beef, and coal and gas extraction. A restored railway station to the right of the Warrego Highway when you head west through town serves as a pleasant rest stop. Community volunteers maintain the heritage display here and the well-kept park hosts country markets once every three months on a weekend. A great time to visit our little town is on our annual Warra Race Day when our population almost triples and our friends from the city come to enjoy our country hospitality.