Rosewood Cobb and Co at night (Photo courtesy of Lyle Radford)and the actual Staging Post
Welcome to the Rosewood Staging Post. Just like in the days of Cobb & Co coaches when they stopped to rest and water their horses, that is where you can stretch your legs, refresh, have a bite to eat and take the time to discover Rosewood. A dense vine forest knows as the Rosewood Scrub once extended across the district to Fernvale to the present-day town of Rosewood. The scrub was a rich source of food for the Aboriginal people who often gathered at the Old Man Waterhole (Calvert).
In the early 1840s, a track developed between Ipswich and the Darling Downs passing along the southern edge of the scrub. Samuel Owens received approval to open a wayside inn at Old Man Waterhole; another inn later opened about 5km further west.
Most of the land surrounding the scrub was taken up by large pastoral runs.
Points of Interest
– St Brigid’s Catholic Church: Opened in 1910 this is the largest timber church in Queensland
– Rosewood Railway Station: Still in operation the building was constructed in 1918 of pre-cast concrete which imitates timber
– Rosewood Court House and Police Station: Built in 1892 the building is State heritage listed and is a reminder of the time when country towns were far more self-contained
We hope you enjoy your visit to Rosewood and exploring the sights along the rest of the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive.