In addition to items of interest on the remaining area of Jimbour Station, there are many areas of interest in the immediate neighbourhood.
The original eastern boundary of Jimbour Station was that part of the Great Dividing Range known as the Bunya Mountains. Just 40 minutes from Jimbour, the Bunya Mountains National Park occupies more than 11,500 hectares of the Great Dividing Range overlooking the Darling Downs and the eastern plateau. A substantial part of the Park was donated to the public by W. A. Russell.
The Park preserves the largest remaining stand of bunya pine forest. Aborigines used to gather here regularly to feast on bunya nuts, which are half the size of an egg and taste like a chestnut when roasted. There is a road running the length of the park, and numerous walking tracks branch off from this allowing visitors to pass through stands of huge bunya pines and rainforest, and along creek gullies to waterfalls.
Red-necked wallabies feed in the grasslands. Swamp wallabies and red-necked pademelons live in the rainforest, and the Bunya Mountains ringtail possum is unique to the area. A popular attraction in the park is its birdlife, particularly the king parrots which can be observed in the camping area; the red and green male king parrot is spectacular.
The park has camping grounds and excellent bushwalking. There are nine major walking tracks ranging from the 500m Bunya Bunya track to the 10km Big Falls Circuit Track. The trails pass through scenery which varies from rainforest to scrub and includes waterfalls and panoramic lookouts.
There are a number of guest houses and holiday retreats in the area as well self contained homes and chalets for weekend and holiday rentals, many with spectacular views. Wallabies and birdlife are plentiful all around the accommodation. Guests should bring their own linnen or make arrangements to hire. Phone the Bunya Accommodation Center (07) 4668 3126.
A day visit to Jimbour with its gardens and “Living History Walk” with a packed lunch and accommodation in the Bunya Mountains make an ideal combination.
For the motoring visitor there are many attractions to be seen along the Great Bunya Tourist Drive. Just look for the route by visiting the website at www.southburnettholidays.info
The town of Dalby, originally known as Myall Crossing, was located just beyond the original southern boundary of Jimbour Station.
Today, Dalby is home to around 10,200 residents, with a further 20,000 in the remainder of the Western Downs Regional Council area of which it is the headquarters.
Located 211 km west of Brisbane, and 80km west of Toowoomba, and around 3 hours drive from the Gold and Sunshine Coast areas, Dalby is a rural town with all the facilities of the city. At an elevation of 343 metres above sea level, it enjoys a sub tropical climate with temperatures averaging 11-26 degrees and an annual rainfall of 560mm.
Dalby has all essential services including a hospital, private and state schools, a university within 80km,and all major sporting facilities. There is a regional art gallery displaying local and visiting exhibitions.
Dalby is located in an area of rich volcanic soil and is surrounded by fields of wheat, cotton, sunflowers, sorghum, millet and barley.
Although the area is known as Queensland’s wheat centre, other forms of farming abound, including stud cattle, sheep, pigs and angora goats. The region’s thriving cotton industry spreads from Dalby, south to Goondiwindi and west across to St George.
Links to Jimbour are to be found in a plaque in honor of Joshua Thomas Bell and the four stained glass windows donated donated to St John’s Anglican Church in Cunningham Street in 2008 in memory of Wilfred, Millicent, Charles and Hilary Russell.
Toowoomba lies on the edge of a plateau some 600-800 m above sea level on the crest of the Great Dividing Range.
Toowoomba has an annual rainfall of 950 mm, its population is close to 85,000 (making it the largest inland center in Queensland and one of the largest in Australia) with a population exceeding 100,000 . Over the years it has become known as ‘The Garden City’ because of the number of parks and public gardens, the proliferation of tree-lined streets and proud displays of residential gardens.
The arrival of spring is celebrated annually with The Carnival of Flowers, a week long festival held in the last week of September, when the city reverberates with color and the festive spirit. This now famous festival attracts visitors from afar who flock to see the Carnival Parade through the city streets, enjoy the festival entertainment and marvel at the splendid manicured parks and gardens; the result of year-long planning and nurturing by Toowoomba Council gardeners and enthusiastic residents.
The Jimbour Cemetery has not been used since the 19th century. However many of the original inhabitants of Jimbour are buried here, including Samuel and Harriet Grimley, who were superintendents of the Jimbour store.
Having fallen into disrepair, it was restored as a joint project between Jimbour Station and the Wambo Shire Council.
For further information about the cemetery, click here.
The original Jimbour Woolshed is still standing near the town of Macalister. It was located on the banks of the Condamine River, with a washpool where the sheep were washed as part of the shearing process.