A small Darling Downs rural community that services the local
agricultural area. Once a large wheat growing area, the town now has a
diverse range of agriculture including cattle, cereal crops,
sunflowers, peanut and honey production and much more.
Location: 185 km south-west of Brisbane; 57 km south of Toowoomba; 437 m above sea-level.
The classic streetscape of Clifton and its building's facades have been
used in a number of Australian movies including 'The Thorn Birds'.
Places of interest: Eagles Nest Lagoon; Hodgson Creek; Steele Rudd
memorial; hamlet of Nobby. It was here that the famous short story
writer Steele Rudd, the author of 'On Our Selection' and the creator of
the famous 'Dad and Dave' characters, lived from 1909-1917.
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Like so many of the population centres of the Darling Downs it came
into existence in the early 1840s when the government relented and
allowed settlement to occur relatively close to the penal colony at
Moreton Bay. It was opened up for closer settlement in 1869, a year
before the railway arrived.
Origin of name: derived from the name of a pastoral run used by John
Augustus Milbourne Marsh (1820-91) when the run was leased by him