The Warwick Art Gallery was established in 1989 and the new building was opened in February 1990.
Throughout the year, the gallery displays the work of talented artists which include not only local pieces of work, but also touring exhibitions. The Warwick Art Gallery is heavily involved in celebrating a community festival, Jumpers and Jazz in July. This festival incorporates the work of yarn bombing where every tree in sight experiences a complete and colourful make over!
The Warwick Art Gallery provides a range of services to the community including:
· A program of temporary exhibitions
· Public programs including visual art workshops, education and outreach projects
· Arts-related advice to the community, including support of local arts groups, by offering assistance with the management of exhibits, professional development advice and assistance with applications for government grants
· Management of the visual art component of the Jumpers and Jazz in July annual arts festival
Morgan Park is a major sport and recreation facility located on the Southern Downs, only a few minutes’ drive from Warwick’s centre. From hosting the inaugural Polocrosse World Cup and Horse Trials World Cup Qualifier to containing a 200m drag strip with a 550m secondary breaking area, Morgan Park has it all. An event is hosted almost every weekend of the year, and the park can be accessed at any time of the day.
What’s on at Morgan Park?
· Equestrian trials
· Dirt Bikes
· Drag Racing
· Circuit Racing
· Equine Driving
Warwick isn’t known as the ‘Rose and Rodeo’ town for no reason. The Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre relives the glory of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association’s greatest champions in rodeo history. It includes interactive and static displays, a theatrette, function and boardroom, museum store, bar, and live rodeo demonstrations.
The picturesque Leslie Park is situated in the town’s centre and contains monuments and memorials which commemorate Queensland’s involvement in WWI, WWII and subsequent conflicts. These monuments were designed by local architect, Roy Campell. The Memorial includes symbolic elements found in War Memorials across the nation which include columns (honours), laurel wreath (mourning), the rising sun (national birth) and the Celtic Cross (sacrifice). The Memorial Gates located at the parks entrance contain the names of Warwick district residents who served, and those who died.
The layout of the park includes pathways, garden beds and recreation areas used for lawn bowls and croquet.
Take a step back in time and experience Pringle Cottage, a heritage listed sandstone building that is furnished with various period items donated by early settler families. It opened in 1968 as a museum and has been operating ever since providing the community with the opportunity to take a glance at what it was like to live in Warwick in the early days.
John McCollough built Pringle Cottage in addition to the following buildings which provide Warwick with significant heritage value:
- Abbey of the Roses
- The Town Hall
- The Uniting Church
- The Church of England
The Southern Downs Steam Railway was formed in 1966 and has been operating on Southern Darling Downs and Granite Belt Regions mainlines since 2009.
Take a trip to surrounding places such as Clifton or Hendon or a full-day trip retracing the Sydney Mail run to Wallangarra. Check out the Downs Explorer Tour Timetable and book a tour to witness the beauty of the Southern Downs in a magical kind of way.
“Why don’t you join the magic today?”
The Glengallan Homestead, less than a twenty minute drive from Warwick, is a must-see sandstone building that has been restored from the ruin it was left in after being built in 1867. Take a walk through the homestead and witness what life would have been like back then!
Be sure to check out the onsite Heritage Centre Cafe which serves traditional fare with modern flair; souvenirs, arts and crafts and local produce available from the gift shop; seasonal markets in the heritage gardens first Sunday of March, June, September and December.