First inhabited by the Githabul people, the region was explored by Allan Cunningham and settled by Europeans in the early 1840s. With the first homes made of sandstone cut from the local creek, it was developed as one of QLD's earliest townships.
The first school, Warwick East, opened up in 1850, followed by the development of key buildings, the post office and court house around the turn of the 19th century. During the early years, agricultural development played a significant role in growth, and to this day, continues to support the community along with a thriving transport industry.
Sitting at the western foot of the great dividing range, the region sustains a moderate year round climate with the occasional light frost in winter. Home to roughly 30,000 people, the Southern Downs Region boasts a rich history in a CBD lined with heritage buildings; community in schools and hobby groups; recreation in national parks, dams and rivers; relaxation in wineries and gardens; and growth in a vibrant rural business community.
If you're considering moving or investing here, find out more about our beautiful region here on the council website. If you're thinking about visiting or travelling through, jump onto Southern QLD Country for an outline of all the must-do's.