If it’s antiques, good food and great company you’re after, then you’re in the right place. This part of the Scenic Rim serves these things – and much more – in generous quantities.
The historic town of Kalbar dates back to the 1870s when farmers, predominantly German immigrants, began to select the fertile land bordering the Warrill and Reynolds Creek flats.
Ancestors of these pioneering families – the Pennells, Kruegers, Peters, Surawskis, Dieckmanns and Mullers – still live and work in the area today. The town of Kalbar straddles Edward Street and is dominated by the historic and beautiful Wiss Emporium and Wiss Cottage. Both buildings, and the nearby Wiss House which is run as a B&B, were built by the entrepreneurial Wiss Brothers, who were keen traders of produce and farm goods.
The Royal Hotel Kalbar has been renovated and is a popular hub for meals and cool drinks. Kalbar’s main business area has enjoyed a resurgence. You’ll find cafés, a butcher and grocery store, community bank, Elegance & Grace gifts and homewares store, post office and gift shop, specialty crafts store, medical centre and chemist, beauty shops, hairdressers and real estate and even a chiropractor. The Kalbar Showgrounds provide a popular base for caravanners and also the Fassifern Men’s Shed and Fassifern Falcons Junior Australian Football Club. The saleyards at the Showgrounds are busy with regular cattle trades.
This flourishing town also has beautiful award-winning wedding and functions venues White Chapel and Black Hall, and award-winning historic accommodation Herrmann House.
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Kalbar is surrounded by a number of smaller, historic towns. Roadvale used to be a hub for industry but a 1915 fire destroyed many of the town’s buildings. There’s still a great pub, refurbished and with facilities to tether your horse out the front.
Just up the road is Harrisville. An early train line to Ipswich used to sustain the cotton, processed cheese and condensed milk industries here for many years. Harrisville’s main street boasts some beautiful Queenslander-style architecture. Drop in for a meal and a drink at the Royal Hotel Harrisville.
The whole family will love Summer Land Camels, situated just outside the town centre. It’s Australia’s largest camel dairy, where you can see the camels being milked, pat the babies and try a myriad of camel-milk products.
Up the road, towards Ipswich you’ll arrive at Peak Crossing, a rural township situated on Purga Creek at the base of Flinders Peak, where you can stop at the Peak Pub for a cool drink.