Brisbane is our home city and the third largest in Australia. We enjoy a great lifestyle here; however it is always nice to take a short break from time to time to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle. One such break my wife and I enjoyed was a stay at Highfields, just outside of Toowoomba around 140 kilometres west of Brisbane from 15 through to 22 December 2020. We stayed in the charming Oak Cottage at Highfields (Homewood Cottages- reviewed separately) and we also took the opportunity during the week to do some interesting short country drives. Highfields is a satellite town of Toowoomba about 13 kilometres north of the city. An interesting country drive we did on the Thursday of our week away was from Highfields to Crows Nest on the Crows Nest Road visiting the charming little townships of Carbarlah and Hampton on the way. There is an emerging cottage industry along this road stretch with interesting art and craft and gift shops dotted here and there to entice the tourist. From Crows Nest we took the Crows Nest-Haden Road and then from the very tiny town of Haden we enjoyed a most scenic drive on the Kingsthorpe -Haden Road to the charming township of Goombungee before returning to Highfields. A highlight at Goombungee was our visit to the Pioneer Arms, the local watering hole. Here we enjoyed a welcome cold drink after our travels. It’s a classic country Pub, established in 1897. It has two sets of 4 steps leading to an impressive front verandah in front of the bar and restaurant area. The Pub would normally provide lunches midweek. However, with Covid 19 restrictions in place the Pub was only offering meals on the busy weekends. Still the opportunity to have a drink here was enjoyable. We experienced a friendly country atmosphere inside and the bartender looked after our needs. There is a pleasing décor inside the Bar. After our Pub visit we went across the road to the Goombungee Antiques and Café and had a superb lunch there, followed by a look at their antiques at the back. Unfortunately there is no listing on TripAdvisor for this place so I could not provide a review. However it is well worth calling in for lunch here while in town if the Pub is not offering lunches. I am sure we must have driven through the town of Goombungee on previous trips without stopping. I believe this was the first time we had taken the opportunity to stop here for a visit. We were not disappointed. It is a charming little town and a call into the historic Pioneer Arms is a must do, if nothing else but to quench the thirst with a nice cold drink and experience good old fashioned country hospitality.…
A big day in the yard , lent to a quite night out. So the three of us headed off to Goombungee . Sat on the verandah in the cool and watched the stars and moon go around. Plenty of good wholesome fare with cheap drinks. Very peaceful . . A early night before another big day in the yard .
We had a great lunch here on our day trip. Steak sandwich was huge and the snapper and salad was also very tasty fresh and large. Great service typical Aussie pub cold beers and a selection of wine available
A recent trip to Goombungee in a group for Jacaranda Festival. Very disappointed with the service and meal at the Pioneer Arms- led to believe a great place to eat - might have been an off day but the food was greasy and the so called caesar salad was inedible. Very sad
Dropped into our local pub for lunch yesterday, OMFG go hungry as the Steak Sandwiches are amazingly delicious and absolutely huge!!! The steak is so tender and honestly - you just simply will not find a better Steak Sandwich anywhere....Even comes with Bacon and Egg - I had mine without and still was lucky to finish - the chips are hot and fresh, crunchy and just cannot beat the wonderful hospitality and food - so happy the pub has changed with the best management and such friendly publicans - Jess & Shirilee (prob not spelt right) WOW is all I can say :-)