Marburg is a rural town about 20km west of the Ipswich CBD. It is home to a host of charming small businesses and heritage buildings, making it a well worth a detour off the Warrego Highway, so let us tell you why!
A little bit about Marburg, the Marburg district was developed principally by German settlers, who in the early 1870s cleared farms from the dense Rosewood scrub. By late 1885 the district supported a population of approximately 5,000, and the town boasted a Court House, School of Arts, primary school, two hotels and electricity supplied from TL Smith's Woodlands sawmill.
The Marburg Pub
The ‘Marburg Pub’ has been in the Bowden family since 1944 and was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992 and remains one of the oldest buildings in the town. It has operated continuously as a hotel since 1881, and was a highway landmark and popular stopping place for travellers from 1923 to 1969, when the Brisbane-Toowoomba highway passed through Marburg. Looking for local eats? The Marburg pub boasts hearty meals in the large dining area or their all-weather outside dining deck leading out to the beer garden. Weekend lunches have become particularly popular!
Scotland Yard Antique
Within a short walk of the Marburg pub you’ll find Scotland Yard Antique right across the street. Owner Les Birnie has been in the antique trade since 1961 and has run Scotland Yard Antiques for almost three decades. He likes to specialise in rustic country Australian furniture but at your first step inside this shop, what strikes you is the incredible variety on display. Every era and genre seems to be covered, from large gilt-framed paintings and mirrors to elaborate chandeliers, carved furniture, rustic workbenches and vintage signage. Scotland Yard spills out to a rear yard full of salvage pieces that also attracts many a fossicker. Les’s son, Athol, has followed in his father’s footsteps with his own shop, The Black Museum, just a couple of doors along while daughter Emily has Special Branch Collective, a plant and coffee stop, next door.This trio of unique businesses, sitting across from the popular weekend lunch destination, The Marburg Pub, have helped put the town on the map in recent years. Scotland Yard Antiques is open daily.
Woodlands of Marburg
The elegant splendour of Woodlands of Marburg, positioned centrally between Brisbane and Toowoomba, makes it a must-visit destination for its accommodation, venue options and historic tours. Step back in time as you enter this recently restored plantation-style mansion which was built in 1889. Woodlands of Marburg offers a range of accommodation options ranging from two room family rooms, right through to five star deluxe and executive suites ideal for short breaks or weekend getaways. The venue will make any wedding special in the exquisite botanical garden surroundings, including an authentic onsite 19th century chapel. Major events and corporate training/retreats are also a big hit in such inspiring surroundings that combine old-world charm with modern facilities. Come along to their famous ‘Tommy Smith Cafe’ and enjoy a cup of their exclusive Tommy Smith coffee blend. Menu items include a signature selection of gourmet pies and toasties with sides of chips and salads. Woodlands is a very special place with an intriguing history, with much to do, see and experience. Surrounded by regional activities and an abundance of things to do, it is the perfect destination to add to your ’round Australia trip’ or bus tour itinerary.
The Soul Nook Collective
We create fully catered Luxury Bell Tent, Chill’d or Pod Picnics within the beautiful Old Church grounds for which we occupy. The perfect spot for a special celebration, birthday or romantic escape. You can also try your hand at getting creative by booking into one of their weekly Artisan workshops or relax with our Wellness program. Inside the church is a stunning retail Boutique offering Gift Wares, Women’s Fashion, Fresh Floral posies, Boho accessories as well as coffee and cake and much more!
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