Towns in Australia

Exploring Australia, town by town

Clifton QLD


Postcode: 4361

Clifton is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. It is the administrative centre of the Clifton Shire Council. The lands around the town was first settled by Europeans in 1840. The town is situated just west of the New England Highway, about 50 kilometres south of Toowoomba and 150km west of Brisbane.

Clifton State High School is a Queensland public secondary school serving the needs of the town of Clifton and surrounding rural districts.

About 50 kilometres north of Warwick, Clifton has been built on part of one of the first of the great Darling Downs sheep stations which was opened up in 1840. The town was established around a tavern and general store whose opening coincided with the arrival of the railway in 1869.

The area’s prosperity was founded on wheat and Clifton’s towering silos stand as mute testimony to justify the ‘million bushel wheat district’ slogan.

Rudd’s Pub doubles as a museum for both Steel Rudd and Nobby’s most famous daughter, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, a dedicated nurse whose work led to a revolutionary and successful treatment of poliomyelitis.