Warwick Visitor Information
Rising 477 metres above sea level, Warwick is a town built on the Condamine River in the Darling Downs Region of Queensland. Situated at the convergence of the Cunningham and New England Highways, the area is roughly 153 kilometres south-west of Brisbane, the state capital. With an estimated population of 12,562 residents, the community serves as a service centre for its region's agricultural industry.
The origin of Warwick dates back to the early 1840s when Patrick Leslie, a Scottish-born pastoralist, and two of his brothers settled in the immediate vicinity and built the Canning Downs Station. The town was established in May 1847 following permission from the New South Wales government for Leslie to select a townsite in his station. While it was first intended to be known as Canningtown, the site is believed to have been named instead after Richard Neville, who was also known as Warwick the Kingmaker.
Warwick serves as Council Seat to the Local Government Area of the Southern Downs Region. The town is represented in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland by the Electoral District of Southern Downs, as well as by the Federal Division of Maranoa in the Australian House of Representatives.
Warwick has a wide variety of cultural, historical, and natural attractions for residents and visitors alike to appreciate. Some of the events and locales that the town is famous for include the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre, FEI Eventing World Cup, Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre, Leslie Dam, Main Range National Park, Morgan Park, Pringle Cottage Museum, Rose Festival, Sandy Creek Pub, Southern Downs Steam Railway, Warwick Art Gallery, Warwicks Gardens Galore, Warwick Historical Society Museum, Warwick Rodeo, and Warwick RSL Services and Citizens Memorial Club Incorporated.