The Road Ahead : October 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2012 42 TRAVEL QUEENSLAND GREAT ESCAPE ESSENTIAL INFO: Queensland Weekender's Victoria Carthew travels to the Western Downs on Saturday, November 10, 5.30 pm on Channel 7. PLAN: Prepare a trip to this and other Queensland regions by visiting RACQ's trip planner at racq. com. MAIN IMAGE: ROMA SCHOOL OF ARTS HOTEL (COURTESY TOURISM QUEENSLAND). OLD AMMUNITION BUNKER. CANBERRA BOMBER AT MEANDARRA. POSSUM PARK OWNER DAVID HINDS. STORY CAROLE HORNE | PHOTOS ASHLEIGH FRATER A 48-HOUR road trip is all you need to travel beyond familiar territory or rediscover a favourite place from past holidays. The Western Downs delivers a true Queensland country experience, within an easy three-hour drive of Brisbane. The area has friendly towns, bush pubs and a proud pioneering past. But if military history holds a special fascination, then this rural region is definitely worth a weekend escape. Start at Oakey, west of Toowoomba, where the Museum of Australian Army Flying exhibits a well-preserved collection of vintage and modern aircraft, photographs, uniforms and other memorabilia honouring our fighting aviators. Among the displays is a replica of the Bristol Bi-plane first used to train fledgling army pilots during World War I. Just north of Miles, along the Leichhardt Highway, you'll find Possum Park. Despite its innocuous name, this bush retreat has links to a dramatic chapter in World War II history. It was once the site of a secret ammunition dump located on the infamous Brisbane Line, the nation's last line of defence against Japanese invasion. a drive with a militaria theme Take one weekend, four wheels and the willingness to explore new horizons and you'll jump-start your sense of adventure in double-quick time.
August 1st 2012