Warwick is a major town that is the entry (or closing) point of the New England and Cunningham Highways. Warwick is a wealthy rural town that has the full gambit of services, plus lots on offer to spend an extended visit. Warwick is also a rodeo town of significance.

Patrick Leslie and his two brothers originally settled in the area as squatters, naming their run Canning Downs. In 1847 the NSW government asked Leslie to select a site on his station for a township, which was to be called 'Cannington,' although the name 'Warwick' was eventually settled on; the reason not easily known. Land sales were held in 1850, and the first allotment was bought by Leslie. The telegraph to Brisbane was operating by 1861. The 1870s were boom years for this new town. In 1871 the railway reached Warwick, a brewery was built in 1873, then a cooperative flour mill and brickworks were completed during 1874.

An event officially known as the ‘Warwick Incident’ occurred on the 29 November 1917, which would lead to the formation of the Australian Commonwealth Police with the first commissioner for Commonwealth Police appointed eight days later. As Prime Minister William Morris Hughes was addressing a crowd at the Warwick railway station, a man in the crowd threw an egg dislodging the Prime Minister's hat. Hughes ordered his arrest but the Queensland State Police allegedly refused to carry out the order.

Warwick being a quite old town has quite a number of heritage and buildings of significance.

The Catholic Church that is undergoing renovations is the classic 100 year old cathedral type building. The Anglican also is well over century and with a magnificent interior. The United is also very old.

The Warwick War Memorial is in the town centre.

The Warwick Heritage Museum is first rate; and likewise the Rodeo Heritage Museum.

There are a decreasing number of old pubs, bit those that remain are all over 100 years old.

Warwick is really nice town. There will be the temptation to stay a day or two. Take them.

Heritage diary


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course