Monday, 15 January 2018

On the Road to Rosewood

Rosewood is a little rural town to the west of the city where I live.  The drive out there took us along city streets, busy highways and past urban sprawl. Beyond that, and much closer to town, the country "opened up" and the wide open land, with its grassy paddocks and tall gums, stretched to the horizon under the Summer's clear blue sky.

Open country outside Rosewood.

This historic township derives its name from the beautiful trees, that grew and were harvested for timber, in an extensive forest known as the Rosewood Scrub. That scrub was progressively cleared to make way for farming land from the 1860s. A railway line then opened up the area more. Today, Rosewood station is the "end of the line" for the electric trains that run from Brisbane west towards Toowoomba. Coal mining began in the late 1870s and the township grew. This mining became one of the town's main industries. The impact of mining, in the huge cuts to the landscape, is evident along the road to Rosewood. 

The impact of mining on the landscape outside of town.

A train from the city rolls into town.

Just over the railway line and running right through town is the main street. (John Street) Many characteristic old timber buildings with timber posts and awnings remain from yesteryear. Like many Australian country towns, Rosewood has more than one pub! This photo is of the Rosewood Hotel:

The original Rosewood Hotel burnt down in 1914. 
It is said a ghost/s took up residence when it was rebuilt 😉.

We took a stroll along the main street and discovered the Cobb & Co. Heritage Park:

 Penny Farthing seats.

A replica Cobb & Co coach.
(It was impossible to photograph without reflections! 
This link takes you to a clearer image that you can click on to enlarge.)

A Queensland Bottle Tree and the old police lock-up!

Over on Matthew Street, is Rosewood's magnificent St. Brigid's Catholic Church. This beautiful old timber church, listed on Queensland's Heritage Register, was opened in 1910. It is Queensland's largest timber church. We did not venture in but I so wish we had to see the craftsmanship, the pressed metal ceiling and the frescoes inside this special church.  

St. Brigid's Catholic Church.

A beautiful stained glass window.

One side of this historic church.

There are other heritage buildings and old timber homes in Rosewood that we didn't have time to see on this trip.  A great reason to return one day! 

An old fencepost in a paddock outside Rosewood.

Many little towns like Rosewood are dotted between the west-of-Brisbane cities of Ipswich  and Toowoomba. I think I'd like to spend a day exploring a few more of them for it's nice to leave the city behind for a while!




  1. Meg I hope you didn't do that trip in the dreadful heat over the weekend. I went to a wedding in that church back in the 1970s but can't remember what it looked like inside. Lovely little township.

    1. We went a few days before the heat got going, Chel. The day we were there was quite pleasant. How did you fare in the heat? Meg:)

  2. Thankyou for sharing your day out, the church looks beautiful, I enjoy looking at churches and cathedrals, I have never seen a picture of the Queensland Bottle tree before. I love trees.x

    1. I love old churches and cathedrals too! I am looking forward to going back and having a look inside the church. Meg:)

  3. The little country towns are so quaint.

    1. There are quite a few things to discover in towns like this when you have time to stroll and look around. Meg:)

  4. I love taking day trips, too. It's good for the spirit. It always makes me appreciate coming home, too.

    1. There a some really lovely day trips that we can go on from home here. It's lovely spending a day out exploring a little town or area, forest or beach. Meg:)