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Escape the heat and humidity of the city and coast and embrace Warwick’s gentle summer. Cooler nights, milder days and fresh country air provide a welcome respite for city dwellers. Rich in natural beauty, the Southern Downs region provides wonderful opportunities in summer for lovers of the great outdoors.
Leslie Dam is a freshwater paradise for all kinds of water sports and has excellent camping facilities.
Enjoy the high-speed action of water skis and motorboats or the gentle art of casting a line from the shore; paddle out in a canoe, take a refreshing dip in the cool water or enjoy a picnic in beautiful surrounds. Visit the Leslie sculptures to see the faces of the people who discovered this region.
Gold isn’t only the colour of summer – treasure hunters can try their luck at the Thanes Creek designated fossicking ground to unearth their very own trace of gold. Licences for fishing and fossicking and more details can be obtained from the Visitor Information Centre or Council.
The Cambanoora Gorge drive begins at Killarney and provides an exciting challenge for novice and advanced nature lovers with 4WDs. More bumpy rides are experienced west of Spicers Gap and in a private 4WD park at Goomburra. Magnificent National Parks offer an abundance of camping and bushwalking opportunities.
Main Range National Park, stretching over 18,400 ha, is internationally recognised for its World Heritage status. Queen Mary Falls National Park, famous for its spectacular waterfall, is home to platypus and 96 species of birds. Goomburra State Forest has two grassy camping areas on the banks of Dalrymple Creek.
With superb eucalypt and lush rainforest, magnificent views, and perfect picnic areas, Goomburra is a great spot for the whole family to visit and enjoy for picnics and camping. Involve all ages in spotting local fauna and flora along the peaceful walks.