A short drive east of Rosewood along the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive is the charming township of Walloon, now a mainly rural residential area but once better known for coal mining and dairy farming.
Reminders of the town’s beginnings include the famous Walloon Saloon, where the first Walloon hotel was built in 1877, and the former public school also built in 1877, which now serves as the town’s community centre.
A tragedy in Walloon’s early days was commemorated by Australian bush poet, Henry Lawson, when he wrote “Babies of Walloon” about the drowning of two young sisters in 1891. Henry Lawson Bi-Centennial Park near the entrance to the town contains BBQ facilities and picnic tables, along with a striking memorial that features Lawson’s poem.
The Walloon area was known by many other names, like Five Mile Waters, Guilfoyles Creek, Campbell’s Gully and, for many years, Ten Mile Peg. Like many of the towns in the region, Walloon was settled by German migrants who brought the name with them from a town in Prussia.
Did you know… Railways have been an important part of Ipswich history, and you can explore this rich heritage through hands-on exhibits, multimedia and stories at The Workshops Rail Museum.