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Published March 23rd 2015
Heritage accommodation in the heart of Toowoomba
Heritage abounds as soon as you walk through the doors of Wanulla B&B. Antique furniture is sparingly but tastefully laid out throughout its living areas and bedrooms that befits the traditional Queenslander set within this Scottish Caledonian inspired Toowoomba suburb.
A friendly greeting from our host Margaret welcomes us as soon as we step through the doors. Afternoon tea with freshly baked scones is offered in keeping with the typical hospitality of this elegant Bed & Breakfast. Margaret's warm welcome is genuine and considerate extending to the offer of dulling the overnight chimes of the antique grandfather clock for the benefit of light sleepers.
No chimes disturb my slumbers nor the sounds of the kookaburra's that greet me in the morning accompanied by the patter of rain on the tin roof.
Wanulla has been tastefully decorated - after a long history of ownership and renovation - since the husband and wife team of Margaret and Steve bought the property a few years ago. Little touches are on offer including the option of a late night tipple of port – Downton Abbey style - with accompanying deluxe chocolate before retiring to the nearby comfort of the bedstead. Fresh towels in the stylish bathroom were welcome on returning the following evening - something you don't always get in city hotels.
As a traditional devourer of the news the weekend papers were welcomed accompanied by 'continental style' and hearty breakfast options. These were served the first morning in the heritage lounge area, and the other on the front balcony overlooking the well presented garden.
Queens Park Gardens is a few streets away for a morning or afternoon stroll around its lush lawns and flowerbeds. Originally known as the Botanical Gardens there are delightful walks along the 'Avenue of Trees' that date from their original planting in 1875.
The Cobb Co Museum is to the edge of the Park and has a fine display of the history of not only the famed stagecoach route but also of the making of Toowoomba. The museum offers craft workshops ranging from millinery to blacksmithing through its 'Hands On' workshops. A weekend long 'Have a Go Festival' each February is an ideal opportunity to literally 'have a go' at a variety of crafts.
Dining options are aplenty with the nearby Cafe Valetta and Park Café offering excellent fare. Toowoomba's Eat Street is just 10-15 minute's walk to Margaret Street that offers a range of food options. The vibrant Turkish Sofra's will entertain you at your table with belly dancing, or head to the hip and casual bar at the nearby Tapestry.