The area round the small Darling Downs town of Allora sprang to international prominence in 1886 with the discovery of an ancient cranium. The find challenged the conventional scientific wisdom that the Aboriginal occupation of Australia was relatively recent. Rigorous tests revealed that the Talgai skull was 'at least 15,000 years old’. A model of the skull is the centrepiece of the Allora Museum’s collection.
Only two hours from Brisbane, Allora not only typifies communities immediately west of the Great Dividing Range, but is known as the Tidy Town on the Downs.
Nearby Goomburra State Forest Park provides the perfect escape into tranquility. The park embraces some easy walking tracks leading through the rainforest top to swimming holes in the rock pools of Dalrymple Creek or to peaceful corners where visitors can sit back and commune with nature. You can reach the park from Allora by taking the Cunningham Highway turnoff near Clintonvale.