Prosperous service centre on the Queensland-New South Wales border.
Located 805 km from Sydney and 362 km from Brisbane (or so the prominent and interesting road sign on the corner of the main street declares), Goondiwindi is 216 m above sea level. It is a rambling Queensland settlement which spreads for kilometres around the old Customs House on the banks of the Macintyre River.
Attractive and historic township south-west of Toowoomba.
Located 169 km south-west of Brisbane via the Warrego Highway, 41 km south-west of Toowoomba and 518 m above sea-level, Pittsworth presents itself to the world as a town with lots of interesting buildings and places of historical importance. Unfortunately this presentation is not matched by the quiet reality of an attractive town of tree-lined streets where there are only a few interesting buildings.
Jondaryan (including Acland)
A well constructed tourist attraction which recreates a 19th century Queensland rural township.
Located 172 km west of Brisbane and 43 km from Toowoomba, Jondaryan is a superb example of a tiny, unimportant settlement exploiting its one famous and important old historical building and creating an entire tourism industry out of it.
A region noted for the remarkable and gracious Jimbour House.
Jimbour is a tiny town 27 km north from Dalby and 238 km northwest of Brisbane. Although it is now only a hamlet of a few houses, in the early days Jimbour was one of the great properties of the Darling Downs. In 1848 the Government Gazette listed it as an area of 200 000 acres owned by Thomas Bell and prior to that (it had been reduced in size in 1844) it had stretched from the Bunya Mountains to the Condamine and from the present site of Dalby to Jandowae.
Chinchilla (including Boonargo)
Service Centre with an outstanding rural museum.
Located 294 km west of Brisbane on the Warrego Highway, 83 km west of Dalby and 302 m above sea level, Chinchilla is a thriving rural settlement which boasts one of the finest transportation museums in Australia.
Inglewood (including Kingower and Bridgewater-on-Loddon)
Historic goldmining town situated on the Calder Highway west of Bendigo
Inglewood is located on the Calder Highway 195 km north west of Melbourne and 45 km north west of Bendigo. Its fame rests on its importance as one of Victoria's many lucrative gold mining towns during the great goldrushes of the 1850s and 1860s.
Tiny township on the New South Wales-Queensland border.
There is nothing particularly impressive about Wallangarra on the New South Wales-Queensland border. If the two states had behaved like reasonable governments then the town would probably never have come into existence. However the decisions by the two governments to build railways of different gauges (1067 mm for Queensland and 1435 mm for New South Wales) ensured that this tiny settlement became a major railway junction. From the completion of the railway in 1887 until common sense prevailed in 1930 every passenger travelling either north or south had to alight at Wallangarra and board another train. Not surprisingly the town's most distinctive feature, and its only real attraction, is the rather grand Victorian railway station. Such is the stupidity of politicians.
Small country town in the Darling Downs.
Located 157 km west of Brisbane and 29 km west of Toowoomba on the Warrego Highway, Oakey is a small country town situated 402 m above sea-level. It was named, rather unimaginatively, after the river oaks on the nearby creek.