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Published June 17th 2021
Our country towns have stories to tell in spades
Millmerran is a small town on the Darling Downs, 210 km from Brisbane City or 80 km west of Toowoomba on the Gore Highway. It is the first stop after Toowoomba if you are following the Southern Queensland Country Painted Silo Mural Trail, as we were. See here.
Located on flat, fertile countryside Millmerran is an important regional centre, engaging in mixed farming with sheep, cattle, cereal grains and cotton. It prospered in the nineteenth century because of wool and sheep and changed to dairying during the early twentieth century.
Millmerran's rich history is depicted in a series of large murals located around the town. Our introduction to these artworks was the mural painted on the walls of the water reservoir, constructed in 1981, which tells the fascinating story of having to transport water by horse and cart for the town in its early days.
A brochure titled Millmerran District - Historical Mural Series includes a map and description of all six murals located in the vicinity and is available from the Millmerran Visitor Information Centre, located just along the highway (on the corner of Mary Street), inside the historical and restored Millmerran Railway Station building, and co-located with the Millmerran Museum.
Extremely helpful Katrina at the Information Centre also provided details about accommodation, the best places to eat, parklands to explore, and local events such as the annual Australian Camp Oven Festival to be held in October.
Directly across the highway is another well maintained Lions Park which includes playground equipment and picnic tables if you are travelling with Little People, pets, or people like me who can't sit still in a car for long.
Never underestimate a country town - they have stories to tell.