Taroom is the second of the Leichardt
Highway towns and what a contrast to Theodore. Taroom is an old town
that is rich in history.
The name Taroom is said to
be an aboriginal word for native fruit trees in the area.
Taroom is a major centre
for the Queensland beef industry. Other industry includes prime hard
wheat and forestry.
Taroom has a rare windmill
of unusual design located on the banks of the Dawson River. The
windmill was produced by the Steel Wings Company, in North Sydney
between 1907 and 1911, one of only six models ever erected. The
windmills comprise a steel frame and fan which turns to the wind
between a bearing at the bottom and a swivel at the top, all supported
Prussian explorer Ludwig
Leichhardt passed through the Taroom district in 1844, carving his
initials on a tree that now stands in the centre of town. Leichhardt's
carving is no longer visible.
The treatment of the War Memorial is
worth a careful look.
The Anglican Church
is a stark contrast to the catholic offer. The view from the John
Gilbert Lookout is worth the walk.
The Taroom Museum is quite close to
the Info Centre.
This old and friendly hotel is a
classic and a few refreshments went down really well.
We enjoyed a stay over at Taroom and
you will too.