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Russell Street Walking Tour

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Published May 28th 2015
Get a taste for Toowoomba's history
In front of a backdrop of palm trees, the railway station is beautifully decked out in maroon and cream.

A WWII air-raid shelter rests in the car park. Its concrete roof would do little to protect from modern weaponry. The recently opened Inbound Brasserie has made improvements to decor and the menu items sound delicious. Breakfast is until 11am.

The station exhibits well-kept section and pump carts along the platform. In some areas, historical photos and old leather seats enhance the sense of a bygone era. Girls, there are facilities which could come in handy at the mid-point of your walk. The cubicles bear frosted glass windows; hope you're not shy.

Moving on and gazing up Russell Street, I tried to envision cattle raising the dust while being herded down the once dirt track called Farm Rd. Renamed after politician Henry Russell in 1854, the street is dotted with buildings full of character and history.

Next is the red brick Anglican church of St James. Its beautiful stained glass windows are viewable around Sunday service times.

Vacy Hall Historical Guest House looks like a charming place to stay close to shopping. The Kensington property, built in the early 1900s, is immaculately presented. Then the walk heads downhill to view several buildings, mostly commercial, including a former saddlery.

Brochures are available at the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre.

Russell Street Vacy Hall
Vacy Hall Historical Guest House, Russell St, Toowoomba.
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Where: Russell Street, Toowoomba
Cost: Free
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