An Imaginative way to depict history Tour  

Toowoomba drive, along the Gore Highway, to Pittsworth, then Yandilla, Millmerran, through South West Millmerran to Goondiwindi

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7 Murals
  1. Moore Trailers Mural depicting the celebration of local people and places in the  Pittsworth area.

  2. Town reservoir depicting the early days of transporting water to Millmerran;

  3. Millmerran & District Historical Society wall depicting two traction engines which were imported from England in 1885;

  4. Transport Depot depicting the evolution of transport from horse drawn drays through rail to modern trucks;

  5. Old MILLMERRAN Butter Factory depicting the development of the local dairy industry;

  6. Millmerran State School ,the School was first established in 1882. The Mural shows the vast changes in Education and technology.

  7. Swimming pool wall showing swimming costume fashions and the local water hole where people swam until an Olympic-size pool was built in 1966;

 

 

So many wonderful pieces of art!  Millmerran is the perfect spot to pause your trip when heading north or south.  It is a small town located in the Darling Downs region of southern Queensland. A little over 200 kms south-west of Brisbane, 82kms South of Toowoomba, and 138 kms north of Goondiwindi.   Millmerran is 30km away from the community of the South West Millmerran.

 

Why not spend an overnight stay where you can capture the rich history.   You can un-hatch your caravan at the Millmerran Showground or the free overnight stay in the free-camp space at Walpole Park, it is available to self-contained vehicles only and for a maximum stay of 72 hours.   If you are travelling with no camper, you can stay at the Caravan Park or one of the boutique hotels.

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Visit the Millmerran Museum
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The Museum a great collection of photo memorabilia

Head over to the Millmerran Museum and take a walk through the Water Baby Expedition

Established in 1977 with the aim of preserving the history of Millmerran and district for future generations, the Millmerran and District Historical Society Inc. proudly maintains the extensive Millmerran Museum.   Packed with historic objects and exhibitions telling the story of Millmerran's past, the Museum is housed in fourteen historical buildings on over an acre of leafy grounds.

Take a further walk through time and discover the Millmerran Museum's collections which are typical of 19th and 20th century pioneering life in South East Queensland and the Darling Downs, including:  Commerce, war, railway, schooling, the dairy and farming industry memorabilia, transport, antique furniture, clothing, indigenous artefacts, and so much more. 

Millmerran Museum

Take a driving Tour with the South West Millmerran Community Philanthropy Inc. or Self-drive 

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Moore Trailers Mural

A large shed setting displaying approx. a one hundred metre mural upon it celebrating local people and places.  There is also a large mural of Mr Lionel Moore, with the words, "Australia's Most Wanted".  He started in 1988 in a small shed in Pittsworth, and connects to the rural life in Moree, and now owns a proud successful large business company that manufactures trailers across Australia independently.

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Take the Drive Tour
support outer rural towns,
Yandilla to South West Millmerran

Travel to the All Saints Church, a timber church erected at Yandilla Station by the Gore family about 1878 on the site of an earlier church, which it closely resembles. The graveyard around the church is believed to have been established in 1863 supplanting the previous custom of burial close to the homestead.

 

Travel to the Millmerran Power Station.  It was commissioned in 2003 and is an integral part of the community. The 870MW plant owns the low-cost Commodore Coal Mine and utilises recycled water which is piped 98km from the Toowoomba Sewage Plant. In 2006 the plant won the national Banksia Environment Award for water use. The supercritical units utilise the most efficient coal-fired technologies implemented in Australia. The air-cooled condensers mean that the plant consumes 90% less water than those with cooling towers. The plant provides up to 15% of Queensland’s power needs.

Head to Mount Basalt Reserve.   This unique geological and environmental area features rare volcanic formations and a few walking tracks and lookouts with spectacular views.

 

If touring with the organisation, you may experience with our Farmers, touring through their property and learn the history of their property. 

 

Head to the Tepee William Simmons Memorial Park. The Tepee was built in 1995 when Millmerran was declared the “Rendezvous capital of Australia”. The Rendezvous is a national shooting competition where competitors use black powder and ‘live’, as they would have, in the era of the pre-1800’s. 

 

If touring with the organisation, stop for a billy Tea, coffee and a damper cooked in the camp oven.  Millmerran is known for their Camp Oven Festival.  The Australian Camp Oven Festival (ACOF) was the brainchild of outback icons Gary Fogarty and Ned Winter. Following modest beginnings in 1999, ACOF is now widely known as Australia's most iconic camp oven festival (held in October every 2nd year).

 

Drive along and stop alongside the Bigambul property on Turallin Road for a cultural reflection and understanding of the Bigambul Aboriginal people of whom are the Custodians of the South West of Millmerran all the way through to Goondiwindi.

 

Stop along DA Halls and view over at their operations and one of our biggest employers for the area.  DA Hall & Co is a privately owned agribusiness supplying high-quality, consumer-driven products in a safe and harmonious work environment. With more than 200 employees and considerable expertise in running intensive livestock and cropping operations, we are always seeking new markets, new technologies and new business propositions.  This is also the Glenferrie Station and Homestead property that was a part of the Turallin town and in the early 1900s they had a connected phone and a large head of cattle. 

 

Drive along Western Creek Road and stop at the Rabbit and Wild Dog Barrier Fence.

 

Visit the Rabbit Board Historical Accommodation Tin Hut

 

Stop outside the property of the Western Creek Homestead and you will see their private cemetery (private property, do not access). As well a little further along, you will see the site where the Italian Internment Camp was and view the Western creek.

Finally before leaving Millmerran, continue the modern but keeping the country vibe tour, at the Mill Inn Tavern, situated near the caravan park, Millmerran.  The Mill Inn Tavern has something for everyone. Nine ice cold beers on tap. A quality wine selection, and a delicious menu.  They also have an air-conditioned pokies room, self-serve TAB, Keno, pool tables, beer garden.

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Follow the Mural Trail in Millmerran

Head into town and explore the shops, help support our rural township, and then take the Heritage Mural Walk trail.

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Indie Fashion Photoshoot

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Why the outer regional Communities are an important and fun way to depict history!

A brief history of your Guided Tour

20,560 BC (+250) Native Title Determination.   The Bigambul People are Traditional Owners for approximately 17,134 sq km of country which lies between the towns of St George, Tara and Texas

1841 First Village Settlement – Yandilla (previously known as Grass Tree Creek) Aboriginal meaning “running water“, Messrs George Richard and his brother Ralph Thomas Gore purchased land.  Then later it became Yandilla.   Yandilla is 7.7km North of Millmerran and it became the district's first village settlement with an Anglican chapel built in 1878. The Pioneers of Yandilla.

16th August 1848  Western Creek. James Laidley held the first pastoral lease in the South West Millmerran, at Western Creek, named Western Creek Station.  There was a post office up until 1888.  The pioneer of South West Millmerran.

18 August 1849     Wyaga (Wundal) The locality was named after a pastoral run in the district held by David Perrier (no recorded date of lease).  On the 18 August 1849 the pastoral run changed licences of Crown land from David Perrier to J.J. Whitling.    26th July 1851 the pastoral run was sold to Thomas. De Lacy Moffat.   4th Febraury 1860 on sale and sold to Donald Gunn. Esq.  where he built the historical homestead.   1st January 1863 Donald Gunn, Esq of Wyaga, became a magistrate of the territory.  Wyaga Homestead was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 5 May 1995

 

1881 Second Village Settlement – Back Creek Mr Edward Walpole (Irish) received a farm selection. He opened a store in August 1883, & was part of a group of payment for subscriptions towards the erection - Back Creek/Yandilla Provisional school.   He Purchased 1280 acres in Yandilla in 1884.   Pioneer of Millmerran. Died 28/04/1926

1889 - Turallin became a settled Town,  now a Ghost town, 9km west of Millmerran.  The township of Turallin owed its birth on 31st October 1889 to F. Struver (German), Esq as he successfully rallied for the QLD Government to sell the Crown land for a town. The Pioneer of Turallin. 

1889 Millmerran, formally known as Back Creek became a settled Town  Aboriginal meaning “Meel "eye" and Merran "to look out“

12 December 1889 the new and rising township of Millmerran was established with 48 allotments, ½ an acre each, becoming available from Crown Land.).