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Hampton

A high point on the Divide.

Location

Hampton, 4352Map is 30 km north of Toowoomba.

The District's highest village is 700 m above sea level.

Presently surrounded by pine and natural eucalypt forests, Hampton was originally a terminus for Munro's tramway. This was a logging train that moved timber during the early 1900s from the Ravensbourne and Palmtree sawmills up the range to the Queensland Rail line which used to run from Crows Nest to Toowoomba. A local group is investigating the history of the tramway.

Hampton is now a fast developing area of changing small properties particularly with its avocado, flower and small crop farms. It was chosen recently to initiate Queensland's first topoclimate trial: climate and soil data is used to select the most economically viable crops for the various microclimate areas.

Chapman Park at the junction of the New England Highway and the Esk - Hampton Road is the venue for the Hampton Festival of Food and Arts held each May.

The Hampton Visitor Information Centre is located in the park.

Name

The railway station, which is no longer in existence, was named after a town in Middlesex, England.

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