WORDS BY NIKKI SORBELLO
As you ascend past the rolling hills of red dirt and green tree crops, slowing to 50km per hour, you will understand why everyone says Childers is a pretty little town.
Lining the street are dozens of century-old leopard trees that feel like a warm cosy hug to greet you. When you walk down the wide footpaths of the main street, that feeling is echoed by the friendly locals who are happy to say hello as you pass by.
It is a town steeped in history. The Childers Historical Complex, Childers Pharmaceutical Museum, and Military and Memorabilia Museum hark back to yesteryear. Combined with a facade of historic buildings, it is easy to see how it got the moniker Historic Childers and became a National Trust town.
But it is not just history you will find here. Modern and eclectic eateries have popped up throughout the town. Bed and breakfasts and farm stays offer glorious rural views. Indulge in a tasting from boutique wineries with stunning vistas. Browse the local retail stores and find something to treasure.
Once considered little more than a dot on a map, Childers became a must-stop destination on the Bruce Highway thanks to a progressive local council in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, who revitalised the streetscape. Artwork and sculptures are found throughout the town, with mosaics underfoot. Ample parking for cars and caravans ensures tourists have every reason to stay a while.
There is enough happening in this busy little town to occupy your time for days. And when you want to venture further afield, it is the natural first stop on a journey south to the Fraser Coast or west into the North and South Burnett.
Make sure you stop by and visit …
- Clockwork Curiosities
- Hill of Promise Winery
- Lake Redbrook
- Isis Club
- Mollydookers Cafe & Bar
- Paragon Theatre
- Vintner’s Secret Vineyard