At 8:30am on Wednesday 21 June twenty two Probians boarded a bus in Chelmer and set off on a much anticipated day trip to the new airport at Toowoomba and the Pioneer Heritage Village nearby. Jeff, our driver, kept us entertained as we drove westward on the Darren Lockyer Highway and climbed the steep approach to Toowoomba. After stopping for morning tea at Picnic Point we skirted the city and headed further west for 15 kilometers to Australia’s newest major airport capable of handling large jet passenger aircraft. As we arrived at the modern terminal building a QantasLink aircraft was taking off on a scheduled service to Sydney. Other airlines service destinations such as Cairns, Melbourne and Western Queensland cities.
Officially known as the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport it has an associated aviation and business park. Its most unique features are that it is privately owned and developed by the Wagner family, and that it was completed in record time. From acceptance of plans to the first scheduled passenger service was only 19 months. It’s no wonder that many have suggested that the Wagner brothers be contracted to build Sydney’s long awaited second airport!
After leaving the airport we drove to Highfields Pioneer Village north of Toowoomba city where we were served lunch and enjoyed the sunshine. The Village has a number of interesting attractions which include the Heritage Chapel (built in 1909) and a restored slab hut from 1900. A number of us were keen to see the car museum as well as the amazing collection of bicycles and historic farm machinery. All in all it was a good day out!
Joan, our Tours Organiser, arranges a number of interesting outings during the year, so why not join Sherwood Probus and see what we have to offer.