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A short distance south of Toowoomba, you will find the quintessential country town of Clifton. Located on the rail line halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick, Clifton offers ‘acres of opportunity’ at affordable prices. Clifton is a picturesque town, particularly when the sunflowers start to bloom on surrounding agricultural properties.
A number of Australian films and television series have used Clifton as a background, with the most recent production being the Australian television series ‘Wanted’. The classic streetscape of Clifton and its building facades have been used in a number of Australian movies including 'The Thornbirds'.
Clifton is well equipped to cater for the needs of residents and visitors, offering a wide range of essential services, retail outlets, sports and community facilities. Clifton has a strong rugby league history and is home to elite standard polo fields.
Clifton is growing as a destination to visit after recently gaining ‘RV Friendly Town’ status by the Caravan and Motorhome Club of Australia, drawing many visitors to the town with affordable short-stay options for the astute RV traveller. Just a short drive north of Clifton is the village of Nobby and the well-known Rudd’s Pub, which has an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area’s pioneering past.
Clifton is a community of 1,500 people, with a surrounding population of almost 3,000, offering many conveniences and services found in larger city centres. The town is known for its excellent medical services and schools as well as an abundance of high quality recreation and sporting facilities catering to a large regional area. The town has a customer service centre, library and community centre. Sports facilities include a 25m indoor pool, golf course, and racetrack. The topography of the town is very friendly with accessibility being a key attribute of the area.
Clifton is one of the few rural communities on the Darling Downs offering schooling from Prep to year 12. Clifton has a State Government primary school and a Catholic primary school (prep to year 6). The local State Government high school (years 7 to 12) offers specialised agriculture and equine studies. Two higher education institutions, the University of Southern Queensland and TAFE Queensland South West, are located approximately 45 minutes away.
Clifton has a number of cafes and hotels offering a range of food and beverage options. There is also a supermarket, newsagent, butcher, hardware store, post office and various mechanical trades.
Clifton Cooperative Hospital Ltd is a community owned, not-for-profit, charitable organisation that has been servicing the health needs of Clifton and district since 1949. The organisation has grown over the years and under the trading name of Clifton Community Health Services currently operates the following services:
The nursing home will be expanding over the coming year to include construction of a 12 bed Memory Support Wing to assist community members living with dementia.
Embark on the Clifton Heritage Walking Trail to discover the historical treasures of the town. The self-guided tour commences from the Railway Station and finishes at the cemetery, incorporating 43 sites in total. Explore the district's pioneering past at the Clifton Historical Museum. Just out of Clifton on the Gatton-Clifton Rd, is the Darling Downs Zoo, showcasing animals from Australia, Africa, South America and South East Asia.
To the north of Clifton, the small town of Nobby is located, which is the home of the well known Rudd's Pub. The pub is dedicated to Arthur Hoey Davis, also known as Steele Rudd, who lived in the area and found inspiration there for his stories in 'On Our Selection'. It also has an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past.
The Sister Kenny memorial is also located in Nobby. Sister Elizabeth Kenny lived in the area and was known for her revolutionary treatment for the victims of polio.
The Clifton area is well suited for small retail, professional services, over 50’s lifestyle living and transportation industry growth. Clifton has the opportunity to capitalise on the rich agricultural land with improved access to markets through the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Wellcamp Airport and the proposed Inland Rail project. The growth of the Toowoomba Region and highly desirable property costs make Clifton an ideal location for growing a business.
The surrounding fertile plains are diverse agricultural producers of cattle, pigs, cereal crops, sunflowers and honey. Small business and tourism are also significant contributors to the economy. Real estate prices in Clifton cannot be overlooked when considering a property purchase or growing a business.
Clifton has a diverse workforce. The 2011 Census recorded the following categories:
In 2015 a number of Community Growth Action Plans were developed.
Success for each community is best determined by the residents themselves, based on their aspirations, ideals and value systems. In order to better understand what these are, Council facilitated a number of meetings with community members to draw out what issues each town is facing, identify what the potential solutions and opportunities might be and to determine which ones should be focussed on as a priority. These have been documented in plans for five communities which can be found in the related document section.
Clifton Community Growth Action Plan