Historic building, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 1065

Clifton is south of Toowoomba in the fertile agricultural lands of the Darling Downs. The town's charming street facades have been a popular backdrop for many Australian movies, including the epic film adaptation of The Thorn Birds. The town is a vision of colour during the renowned annual Rose and Iris Show.

Visitor Information

Council offices, 70 King St; (07) 4697 4222

Nearby national parks

  • Main Range National Park

    Stretching for 55 kilometres along the Great Dividing Range, World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park forms the western part of a...more

  • Moogerah Peaks National Park

    This small national park includes a number of isolated mountain peaks such as Mount French (579 metres), Mount Edwards (632 metres), Mount...more

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

Nearby towns

  • Allora

    Allora is a charming town in the Darling Downs, central to its rich agricultural surrounds. Explored and settled with stud farms in the...more

  • Warwick

    Warwick is an attractive city set alongside the willow-shaded Condamine River. It is known as the 'Rose and Rodeo City', as the Warwick...more

  • Toowoomba

    Toowoomba is a city with a distinctive charm courtesy of its wide, tree-lined streets, colonial architecture and more than 240 parks and...more

In Town

Historical Museum: in the old butter factory, with displays of early implements and farm life; open 1st and 3rd Sun each month; King St.

Alister Clark Rose Garden: largest Queensland collection of these roses; Edward St.


Nobby This small town provided inspiration to writer Arthur Hoey Davis (Steele Rudd), author of On Our Selection and creator of the famous Dad and Dave characters. Rudd's Pub (1893) has a museum of pioneering memorabilia. Nearby is the burial site of Sister Kenny along with a memorial and museum dedicated to her – she was renowned for her unorthodox method of treating poliomyelitis. 8 km N.

Darling Downs Zoo Queensland's newest zoo is situated in the serene countryside where you can view native and exotic animals from Africa, South America and Asia. The zoo has a shady picnic area as well as barbecue facilities and a small kiosk. Open weekends, public and school holidays, or by appt (for large groups); Gatton–Clifton Rd; (07) 4696 4107; 10 km E.

Leyburn: holds the Historic Race Car Sprints in Aug; 30 km W.

Campsites around town

Washpool Camping Reserve 34 km

Washpool’s 25 ha campground is well grassed, shady and has 40 powered sites. The scenic Leslie Dam nearby is well known as a good fishing spot for golden perch and is popular for canoeing and sailing. The camping... Find out more

Rocklands Camping Reserve 38 km

This 8 ha campground is a little more secluded than nearby Washpool Camping Reserve, and is suitable for tents, camper trailers and small caravans. It is 18 km west of Washpool on Rocklands Rd, off Glen Rd. Campers are... Find out more

Poplar Flat camping area 43 km

On the banks of Dalrymple Creek in the Goomburra section, this large grassy campsite is big enough for 100 campers. You’ll need to bring your own firewood if you want to use the BBQs, or purchase it locally, as... Find out more

Yarramalong Weir 44 km

Camp on the riverbank at this basic site, 30 km east of Millmerran on the Condamine River; bring along firewood and drinking water. It’s on Shire Rd (No. 96) off the Millmerran–Leyburn Rd. Millmerran is 82 km... Find out more

Centenary Park camping area 48 km

This campground features 8 powered sites, a laundry and an electric BBQ. For stays more than 1 night, the second night is free; maximum stay is 7 nights. Visitors can throw a line in at nearby Lake Dyer or enjoy the... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 53 km

There are 11 bush campsites in Main Range National Park (Davies Ridge, Knoll E12, Knoll T30, Lizard South, Lower Panorama Point, Mt Huntley Saddle, Mt Steamer Saddle, Mt Superbus – South Peak, Panorama Point,... Find out more

Spicers Gap camping area (walk-in camping) 54 km

Spicers Gap is a small walk-in campground on the eastern side of the gap, with good walking trails nearby. A maximum of 50 campers is allowed, but there’s the freedom of setting up anywhere in the mown area. Boil... Find out more

Lake Dyer Camping and Caravan Ground 57 km

The caretakers at Lake Dyer recently renovated the toilet block, installed new gas barbecues and a washing machine, and built a new playground. There are 16 powered sites at the campground. Visitors can enjoy the scenery... Find out more

Lemontree Weir 62 km

The lack of facilities ensures this spot is suitable for self-sufficient campers only. It’s 20 km north of Millmerran. Access is via Lemon Tree Rd, off the Gore Hwy, in dry weather only.... Find out more

Walpole Park camping area 63 km

This pull-up area is suitable only for self-contained caravans or camper trailers. It is located at Walpole Park on Charles St in Millmerran, with a grey-water dump point opposite.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Rose City Caravan Park 32 km

Located on the northern outskirts of town, this is a smaller, good quality, dog-friendly park. It is ideally located for an overnight stay but would be very comfortable for a longer period.... Find out more

Glendon Caravan and Camping Grounds 34 km

This park is 38 km north-west of Warwick and 2 km south of the Cunningham Highway along a good unsealed road. Situated on a 1600-acre property, the well-shaded, quiet camping area boasts modern amenities, a shop, a golf... Find out more

Washpool Camping Reserve 34 km

Lake Leslie, a popular fishing destination, lies 14 km from town at the end of a sealed road. The park has numerous powered and unpowered sites spread across a large acreage alongside the dam. Normally a quiet peaceful... Find out more

Kahler’s Oasis Caravan Park 35 km

Located on the south side of town, this is a spacious park with good amenities best suited to the touring caravans and motorhomes passing through the area.... Find out more

Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park 39 km

Located on the southern approach to Toowoomba, this is an older established park but has good facilities and amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the local area.... Find out more

BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 39 km

Colourful, manicured gardens greet you at the entrance of this high-quality park in a quiet location, about 3 km from the city centre. The park has great amenities and is a good base for exploring this wonderful city and... Find out more

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 65 km

In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Moogerah, nestled among the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, the park is 9 km south of Aratula along a sealed road. The lake is a popular destination for waterskiers.... Find out more

Crows Nest Caravan Park 75 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Destiny Boonah 74 km

Set on 80 hectares of Land for Wildlife property, this self-contained three-bedroom cottage is solar- and wind-powered. You are encouraged to bring a mountain bike or go bushwalking on the property, which is located near... Find out more

What's on around town

Clifton Show: Apr.

Country Week: includes the Rose and Iris Show and horseracing; Oct.

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