The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - JU­DITH ELEN

JU­DITH ELEN TOOWOOMBA, south­east Queens­land’s re­gional hub for busi­ness, farm­ing and ed­u­ca­tion on the Dar­ling Downs, is pre­serv­ing the me­mory of its Scot­tish set­tlers in the Cale­do­nian Es­tate, now a her­itage district with a 23-point, self-guided walk. B&B Wan­ulla, a gra­cious fam­ily home with one queen-bed en­suite gue­stroom (more ac­com­mo­da­tion plans are afoot), nes­tles in cot­tage gar­dens here, be­side Queens Park. Wan­ulla is gra­cious in ev­ery sense, with dis­creet an­tique fur­nish­ings, art­works and broad iron-lace trimmed ve­randa. Own­ers Mar­garet and Steve Sav­age are gen­tle per­fec­tion­ists. Break­fast, in­doors or on the ve­randa, starts with sta­ples — bircher muesli, yo­ghurt, fresh fruit, lo­cal pre­serves, warm toast in a bas­ket on a nap­kin-topped, ter­ra­cotta hot-stone and the na­tional and lo­cal morn­ing pa­pers, all of which is laid on a side ta­ble de­tailed with sil­ver and starchy lace. There is also a cooked-to-or­der menu. A house key is pro­vided for guests’ pri­vate comings and go­ings. More: bandb­wan­ulla.com.au.

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