Where Your Future Flying Career Begins
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Clifton, the centre of a mixed grain, beef & dairy farming area, offers museums covering the cream industry and farm machinery, vintage aircraft and gliders. Other attractions include the largest known private Caterpillar tractor collection, Iris and Rose festival in October, large peanut packing facility, Jam Factory and Olley's honey, numerous fossil beds, art gallery and workshop, swimming pool, library, golf and bowls clubs, Clifton Dabblers, visitor centre in the restored railway Station and the Darling Downs Zoo. Clifton, with a population a little over 1,000 people has a substantial Foodworks store, public swimming pool, library,  fire brigade, tennis courts, garages,  hotels, a new medical centre, hospital and nursing home, past office, butchers, hardware, bank , two cafe, newsagency, two primary and one high school, etc. These facilities offer visitors the opportunity to not have to travel to conduct everyday business and living. Clifton, with a caravan storage and repair facility business, is also an RV friendly town with caravan facilities and a dump point in Clifton. The Clifton airfield is also accredited  as RV friendly through CMCA. The Clifton Jam Factory was the "post office" in the movie Dear Claudia starring Bryan Brown, filmed in Clifton. Other movies included  The Thorn Birds, The Love of Lionel's Life and Finding Hope with Rebecca Gibney. In 2015 Clifton district and parts of the Clifton Airfield property were used for filming parts of the Channel 7  TV Mini series "Wanted" starring Rebecca Gibney and Stephen Peacock. At nearby Nobby is the Sister Kenny Memorial (polio treatment pioneer) and information centre,  Arthur Hoey Davis cottage (of Steel Rudd's and On Our Selection  fame) and the historic Rudd's Pub and the Serendipity Craft Cottage. Another little town close by on the Downs is Allora, 15 minutes away,  with tremendous old street scapes, sidewalk coffee tables, art gallery and shops catering for crafts, collectables and quilting. A short Heritage Trail walk can be enjoyed visiting one historic building after another. The annual Heritage weekend is held each January and needs a full day to take in history. Nearby is the 1867 two story sandstone mansion of Glengallan Homestead and Heritage Centre. This facility offers visitors a rare and unique experience of colonial life. Innovative restoration reflects the rise and fall of Darling Downs squattocracy. Nearby is the heritage listed Talgai Homestead (1868). Leyburn, a 25 kilometers to the west is the venue for the Annual Classic Cars Sprints in August, reminiscing the days of the first Australian Grand Prix in 1949 on the wartime airstrip. Liberator Park has a memorial to the "Z" Force Special Unit that was stationed here during WW2, with regular overnight flights direct from Leyburn to behind enemy lines in Borneo.
Just 50 km South is the fair Rose and Rodeo City of Warwick containing an abundance of roses with the delightful Leslie Park to excite your senses with wafting perfume and glorious colours. Wide footpaths abound with colonial homes, old churches, majestic sandstone buildings and a historic railway precinct giving a sense of unusual history for a rural city. In all weathers you can also relax and enjoy the comforts offered by the recreation and aquatic centre encompassing heated pools, sports courts, gym and hydrotherapy pool. A little further on visit Killarney and  the Condamine Gorge with the  Queen Mary Falls and delight in hand feeding numerous species of wild Parrots. Perhaps stay a night or two at nearby Cherribah international tourist resort with its own private airfield. Include a day trip to Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt with wineries, orchards, spectacular landscapes and numerous festivals. Visit the unusual granite formation National Parks whilst in the area and go bushwalking savouring a profusion of spring wildflowers. Toowoomba, the "Garden City", 50 km to the North, the largest inland city in Australia with a population over 100,000, is perched  on the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment, 2000 feet above sea level. This gives relief for the temperatures experienced further west and the hot and  humid coastal conditions. Toowoomba retains its rural charm with a history of rich pastoral heritage, old buildings, the Cobb and Co. and a Military  museum, Art Gallery and public parks. The city really comes alive during September with the annual Carnival of Flowers display. Night horse racing is also a unique first for Toowoomba. Restaurants and accommodation abound and there are many large shopping centres to while away your time. Not to be missed is the Zuccoli aircraft  collection, which is a private collection of vintage and warbird aircraft and is open to the public free of charge. There are numerous motel, hotel and B& B's and caravan parks within an hour of the airfield. Clifton has 2 local country hotels offering excellent accommodation at very affordable prices with good  country meals, B&B accommodation and a caravan park close by. Historic Rudd's Pub in neighbouring Nobby offers first class meals and limited B&B   accommodation. Allora also has a range of accommodation available. On the Clifton airfield, camping, caravan parking  and clubhouse accommodation is available by arrangement, which allows for early starts and a stress free relaxing atmosphere with beautiful views over the Clifton and surrounding district and unobstructed sunrise and sunset photographic opportunities.