Driving north from Toowoomba to Ravensbourne is a 38 minute journey taking in the hamlets of Cabarlah, Geham and Hampton before turning to discover the stunning views of the Great Dividing Range on the Esk-Ravensbourne Road.
Always on the lookout for the local highlights and quirky treasures around the place, our first great find was the entrance to Hazelmont Cottages. What a treat of a retreat! Owner hosts, Sue and Jonathan Barford have an idyllic setting to offer guests the peace and quiet of a bush B&B stay.
Roadside produce is tempting, and the lush green countryside appears to be an ideal avocado growing area.
Ravensbourne National Park beckoned and what a panorama! Looking out from the Gus Beutel Lookout across the Valley is quite breathtaking. How many local families and daytrippers have rested and picniced under the huge trees, learnt about the forest creatures or oriented themselves using the direction finder?
For those with an interest in trains, in history, in timber and logging, this place offers a step back in time.
At the end of the road is the steam engine shelter, currently being upgraded, which highlights the former logging industry, the pioneer spirit of the European settlers and the Tramway Walk which takes in the track, bush, birds and tree species.
Munro’s Tramway – what a find! Hikers and bikers will love it.
Ravensbourne locals have lots of community spirit and activities if Kate’s Corner Saturday coffee spot, the festivals, community hall and tennis courts are any indication.
High Country air, soil and rainfall produce some interesting plants, fruit, veg and crafts. What a relaxing drive.
The lure of a good steak lunch is hard to ignore, and the Meringandan Hotel is widely known for its great pub grub. Certainly worth the slight diversion on the way back to Toowoomba. As were the local butcher’s gourmet sausages.
Yes, we rave about Ravensbourne – a great spot on the edge of the divide.
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