The town of Miles sits at the crossroads of the Warrego and Leichhardt Highways, about 340 kilometres west of Brisbane. Prior to 1879, it was called Dogwood Crossing – a simple fetter’s camp that grew into a thriving township.
Much of the town and district’s colonial history has been captured, in spectacular style, at the Miles Historical Village Museum, situated at the town’s Visitor Information Centre.
The village – considered to be among the top heritage villages in Australia – resembles the streetscape of a rural town of the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, with more than 30 buildings and heritage displays. The village is sought after as both a movie set and special events venue, but it’s also open to visitors 7 days a week.
Possum Park sits just outside the town of Miles – and has strong historical links to World War II. The bushland site, now guest accommodation, is formerly the setting of a heavily guarded RAAF base – the nation’s last line of defence on the notorious “Brisbane Line”. Tons of explosives were stored in 20 bunkers in bushland. In peacetime, they’ve become quirky self-contained bungalows and a fascinating museum. Troop train carriages that brought the ‘bombs and boys’ to the base have also been transformed into guest quarters. The latest restoration project is a 1950’s TAA Vickers Viscount aircraft which owners, David and Julie Hinds, are transforming into unusual accommodation: a civilian among the war veterans.
Miles Historical Village Museum
Southern Queensland Country Tourism