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lockyer valley A GROWING LIFESTYLE Less than 1 hour west of Brisbane

Getting Here

The picturesque Lockyer Valley is conveniently located less than one hour’s drive west of Brisbane. Gatton, the region’s largest town, is just 30 minutes drive east of Toowoomba.

From Brisbane, follow the M2 Ipswich Motorway and take the Toowoomba exit onto the Warrego Highway, A2 at Dinmore. The Warrego Highway runs directly through the Lockyer Valley. From the Sunshine Coast, follow signs to Ipswich. Once on the Ipswich Motorway, follow Toowoomba signage to the Warrego Highway. Approximate travel time is 2� hours. From the Gold Coast travel on the M1 Pacific Highway, taking the Logan Motorway exit. Follow Toowoomba signage to the Warrego Highway. Approximate travel time is 1� hours.


A number of buses travel regularly from Brisbane and surrounding areas including services by Translink, Whites Coaches and Greyhound Australia.


The Airport Flyer also offers services between the Brisbane Airport and Toowoomba, stopping at convenient locations along the Warrego Highway.


For further information visit our website or phone (07) 5466 3425.



• Friendly visitor information • Tourist maps and brochures • Accommodation bookings • Souvenirs

Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre 34 Lake Apex Drive Gatton Q 4343 Phone: (07) 5466 3425 Email:

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Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre Plainland Travel Centre 4414 Warrego Highway Plainland Q 4341 Phone: (07) 5411 4291

WELCOME Nestled at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, the Lockyer Valley is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend to unwind and enjoy interesting places, clean open spaces and a variety of activities that the whole family will enjoy. It’s less than an hour from Brisbane, a place rich with that laid back country atmosphere and stunning valley views we all want to escape to. A drive through the Lockyer Valley will have you marvelling at how well the region has regrouped following two major flooding events in the past two years. Despite being inundated with water, the spirit within the Lockyer Valley has been unbreakable and the way the community has come together to rebuild is truly inspiring. Affectionately known as Australia’s salad bowl the region is full of wonderful surprises and hidden treasures you simply can’t capture in a quick drive through the region. The Lockyer Valley is home to a blend of town and country living with everything from top class restaurants and art galleries to hot-air ballooning, skydiving, bird watching, horse riding, stunning national parks and country markets within easy reach. There are a number of charming towns scattered throughout the region, each with their own unique and fascinating story with experiences that must not be missed. As well as being home to well-known attractions like the Queensland Transport Museum and Spring Bluff Railway Station, the region annually hosts events which include: Laidley Spring Festival, Lockyer Powerfest, Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular and much more. A trip through the Lockyer Valley will have you admiring the natural beauty of the region. There is plenty to see and do, and the distance from Brisbane makes the Lockyer Valley a great destination for a day trip, weekend or family holiday. Having lived in the Lockyer Valley for over 30 years, there is no other place in the world I would rather call my home. I encourage anyone looking for an unforgettable experience to travel to the Lockyer Valley and share in all that we have to offer.



Attractions & Activities

A world of discovery and excitement is waiting for you in the Lockyer Valley! Immerse yourself in our fascinating history, picturesque landscapes, unique attractions and a diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities.

food & Dining

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From charming country pubs and tea rooms to coffee houses and gourmet a la carte; restaurants and cafes throughout the region take pride in showcasing local farm fresh produce.



The Lockyer Valley has quickly gained a reputation for holding a number of exciting events throughout the year attracting visitors from all across South East Queensland and beyond.



The Lockyer offers a wide range of accommodation styles to suit every taste, occasion and budget. From a romantic B&B or chalet to a relaxing and comfortable motel, the choice is yours.



A diverse range of flora and wildlife awaits for you to explore, whether day-tripping or getting away for a longer stay. Escape to our ‘nature’ less than an hour from Brisbane.

Heritage, Arts & Culture


Our history can be found in every corner of the region with historic buildings preserved as reminders of past times. Arts enthusiasts will enjoy our eclectic galleries, concerts and cultural festivals.

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Each township in the Lockyer Valley has its own unique history and subsequent character. Enhance your stay by understanding a little of what makes each locality and its community special.

Specialty Shopping CR Steve Jones Mayor Lockyer Valley Regional Council



The Lockyer Valley is home to an exclusively diverse range of specialty retailers. Packed with charm and unique shopping experiences, the Lockyer Valley is the perfect place to indulge in a little retail therapy. Disclaimer: The Lockyer Valley Regional Council distributes the materials available in this publication as a promotional information source only. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council, to the maximum extent permitted by law, makes no statement, representation, or warranty about the quality, accuracy, context, completeness, availability or suitability for any purpose of, and you should not rely on any materials available on or through this publication. Information included within this publication is also subject to change without notice. Despite our best efforts, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council makes no warranties that the information and products available on or through this publication are true and correct, to the maximum extent permitted by law. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council disclaims, to the maximum extent permitted by law, all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs you or any other person might incur for any reason including as a result of the materials available on or through this publication being in any way inaccurate, out of context, incomplete, unavailable, not up to date or unsuitable for any purpose.


Attractions & Activities Spring Bluff Railway Station

Attractions & activities IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY The Lockyer Valley offers a unique experience for every traveller with a world of discovery and excitement, fascinating history, picturesque landscapes and one of a kind attractions ready for you to explore.

Bordered by unspoilt mountain ranges and traversed by a major national highway, the Lockyer Valley is a pleasant contrast of natural beauty and modern convenience, located in close proximity to South East Queensland’s major cities. Whether you love being active and adventurous, or you simply prefer something more relaxed and easy going, the Lockyer Valley offers something to suit everyone. The best way to explore the natural beauty of the region is on one of the many tourist drives. Meander through the Lockyer Valley at your own pace and leisure, exploring historic drives, scenic mountain lookouts, fertile farmland and sweeping panoramic views. Call in to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre and lose yourself at the art gallery, library, Legends Hall of Fame and the Queensland Transport Museum, or discover over 140 years of railway history and the beautiful gardens at Spring Bluff Railway Station.


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For more adrenaline filled activities with a spectacular view, hot air ballooning and skydiving both operate in the region for an experience you will remember! Edmund Park and Emu Gully also offer a variety of activities for the more adventurous types. Emu Gully even brings Anzac history alive with their hands on ‘Australians at War’ tours. A variety of sporting options and facilities are available for active visitors, as well as a state of the art equestrian venue and racecourse, the perfect place to experience a real country race day. If shopping is more your thing, the region hosts a number of established markets where you can purchase the freshest local produce direct from the farmer and enjoy an assortment of delicious homemade treats while browsing a wide range of collectables, handmade jewellery, arts and crafts, books and more, there’s plenty to discover!


LOCKYER VALLEY Attractions Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre The Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, located off Lake Apex Drive, Gatton, is a modern, spacious facility overlooking the waters of beautiful Lake Apex. Opened in November 2009, the facility was one of the largest integrated facilities in South East Queensland. The centre offers visitors a one stop shop full of must do experiences in the Lockyer Valley encompassing the Queensland Transport Museum, Staging Post Café and Restaurant, a fully accredited Visitor Information Centre, Lockyer Legends Hall of Fame, conference and function rooms, a library and art gallery. The venue also regularly hosts some of the region’s largest events, expos, performances and functions throughout the year. For art enthusiasts the Lockyer Legends is an avenue of artwork celebrating

The Queensland Transport Museum features a magnificent display of transport history exploring the creation, founders and functions of the industry. Feature displays include a collection of over 200 models and the history of Western Transport. Museum displays change regularly as vehicles are on private loan from their owners. What you see today could very well be different next time you visit.

legendary Lockyer personalities. The Art Gallery also has ever changing exhibitions showcasing local artists through a number of mediums, with a new exhibition each month. The library offers internet access to visitors for a small fee as well as entertainment for the kids, including story time and colouring-in activities during the school holidays.

Whilst visiting the cultural centre there are also a number of outdoor attractions within arms reach of Lake Apex. The location includes BBQs and covered picnic tables, a playground, toilets, large areas of parkland to kick a ball or walking tracks for you and man’s best friend to explore. Why not discover the native bird life or visit the Gatton Historical Society Village, just a short walk away.

Spring Bluff Railway Station This heritage-listed site is located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba. Its significance stems from over 140 years of railway history and the attraction of its beautiful landscaped gardens. On 25 February 1864, the construction of the Ipswich-Toowoomba line commenced with the turning of the first sod by the Governor’s wife, Lady Bowen, at North Ipswich. The project was tackled in five stages, culminating in the sixteen mile section from Murphys Creek to Toowoomba known as the ‘Main Range’. On 12 April 1867, the first train from Ipswich reached Toowoomba, a mere four years after the Railway Act was passed by the Queensland Parliament. The journey from Ipswich to Helidon took three hours with the remainder taking over two hours. Highfields Station, commonly known as the Main Range Station in its early days, was the principal crossing and watering station because of its suitable gradient and abundant water supply. In February 1890, the station was renamed Spring Bluff by Railway Commissioner Gray


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Trust of Queensland which listed the Main Range Railway on its Register in March 1994. The old Station Master’s residence was turned into a café in the 1990s and operates from Friday to Sunday with Devonshire Tea a specialty. The location’s picturesque setting is popular for weddings and wedding photography. Bookings can be made year-round for a small fee.

who liked the area. The station served as an outlet for timber, dairy and other produce for the Highfields area. It played an integral role in community life and after the construction of a dance hall in 1907 was an important centre for social activities. In 1913, the station handled more than 5500 passengers. Today, the passing of steam trains and the introduction of the centralised traffic control system have brought down the curtain on Spring Bluff as an operational station. The station was decommissioned in August 1992, and the ganger and fettler crew withdrew in September 1993. The importance of the station was recognised by the National

On Monday the 10th of January 2011, Spring Bluff was badly damaged during the now infamous torrential rainfall and flood event. Kirsop Bridge at the foot of Spring Bluff’s access road was washed away and major damage was caused to the grounds and railway tracks. Spring Bluff re-opened to the public on the 21st of August 2011 after extensive restoration works. This was the longest continuous closure in its history. During the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in September, Spring Bluff is a major attraction with trains running twice daily to the station. The Big Band at the Bluff event on the first Sunday of Carnival combines the smooth sounds of Jazz music with the relaxing picnic atmosphere of the park.

Spring Bluff Railway Station is located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba Its significance stems from over 140 years of railway history and the attraction of its prize-winning landscaped gardens. The grounds are open every day for visitors to enjoy a picnic or BBQ (electric) while the Spring Bluff Café is open from 9.30am-4.30pm Friday-Sunday for light meals, coffee or delicious treats. Spring Bluff Railway Station has been one of the most romantic outdoor wedding venues in the region due to its quaint country feel – such a magical atmosphere! Whatever the reason for visiting Spring Bluff Railway Station – picnic, Café coffee, family day, wedding, or just relaxing in the peaceful surrounds – you’ll love visiting this unique piece of paradise. McCormack Drive, Spring Bluff Q 4352 | W | E T (07) 4688 6883 (General enquiries) | (07) 5466 3425 (Wedding enquiries) | (07) 4630 8177 (Café enquiries and bookings)


LOCKYER VALLEY TOURIST DRIVES The easy way to get the most out of your visit is by following our picturesque Tourist Drives. Pick up a Drive Map or brochure from one of our friendly Visitor Information Centres or visit our website for more information.

Laidley Valley Drive This drive takes you through fertile farming land bordered by the Little Liverpool Range (east) and the Mistake Mountains (west). Travel south through the rural towns of Mulgowie and Thornton to Crosby Park for a picnic beside Laidley Creek. In the wet season, take in picturesque views of waterfalls flowing from the distant mountain slopes. Camping is available at Centenary Park, Thornton. Catch the Mulgowie Markets on the first Saturday of the month.

Glen Rock Drive Explore creeks and valleys under the Great Dividing Range via the small communities of Ma Ma Creek and Junction View. Stop and visit the settler-built church and historic cemetery at Ma Ma Creek. Locate pioneer graves and view the memorial dedicated to three local brothers lost in France in WWI. Drive through the Thiess brothers’ spectacular first major earthworks job, carving out a huge section of stone for road access. Stop at Heifer

Creek rest area and read the Thiess Memorial. Continue to Glen Rock Regional Park via the great views from Lagoon Creek Road and return to Gatton through the farming areas of Mount Sylvia and Tenthill. Bushwalkers will enjoy exploring the basalt ridges and rainforest gorges of Glen Rock. This drive does include some gravel and is not recommended for caravans or buses.

Spring Bluff Drive Experience the challenges faced by Railway Engineers of the 1860s constructing tracks up the notoriously steep ‘Main Range’ into Toowoomba. Drive through the beautiful town of Murphys Creek and stop at Jessie’s Cottage, open Saturday to Monday. Follow the signs to Spring Bluff Railway Station for spectacular views, historic buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens. Take a picnic or visit the café for Devonshire Tea, open Friday to Sunday. Return via Toowoomba and the Warrego Highway.

Wine & Rock Drive Take the back road and enjoy spectacular valley and mountain views via Flagstone Creek and Stockyard. Drive south around Flagstone Creek Conservation Park and Mount Campbell to Preston, home of Preston Peak Wines. Enjoy a gourmet lunch with a glass of award winning wine. Return via the

An award winning environmental initiative aiming to minimise the impact of electricity infrastructure. The Cuppa Tea drive trail links Greening Lockyer project parks and reserves across the region. Pick up a brochure showcasing the great facilities on offer from Lockyer Valley or Somerset Visitor Information Centres.


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New England Highway to Toowoomba, or complete the circuit through Upper Flagstone Creek Road back to Gatton. This drive involves a steep climb and is not suitable for caravans.

Cobb & Co Tourist Drive A historic drive celebrating the early days of the stage coach in South East Queensland. Follow the ‘wagon wheel’ directional signs to make the same journey that Cobb & Co made over 140 years ago. Stop at Gatton and Forest Hill ‘Staging Posts’ for food and refreshments, available 7 days a week, both with public amenities. Pick up a brochure outlining the full Cobb & Co route from one of our Visitor Information Centres.

Cuppa Tea Trail Explore our region’s magnificent parks, reserves and bushland on the Cuppa Tea Trail. Showcasing Greening Lockyer projects aiming to enhance the environment, each location is a unique area with its own attractions and facilities. Visit lakes and lagoons, wetlands, historic buildings and heritage trails. Along the way you’ll find covered picnic facilities, bird hides, sporting equipment, BBQs and campgrounds. Pick up a brochure from one of our Visitor Information Centres and remember to pack your thermos before you depart!

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Follow the signs: The Cobb & Co Tourist Drive is easy to follow and these distinctive ‘wagon wheel’ directional signs will show you the way to go. Your experience can be further enhanced by following the informative brochure available from Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centres. This guide gives more details about locations you can visit and the history of the route.

Staging Posts: Just as Cobb & Co’s passengers needed occasional stops during their journey, so do modern-day travellers. Three convenient locations in Rosewood, Forest Hill and Gatton have been designated Staging Posts, easily identified by these unique signs.

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LOCKYER VALLEY Do you love being active and adventurous when you’re visiting new places? Or do you prefer to kick back and take a more leisurely approach? The Lockyer Valley offers a wide variety of activities to keep every traveller entertained.

Ballooning Early risers will discover that from high above the Lockyer Valley is a wonderful patchwork of colour and form. Drifting through crisp morning air, experience first hand the relaxing tranquility and breathtaking views of beautiful South East Queensland. Balloons Above offers a full breakfast package complete with champagne and freshly brewed coffee. Owned and run by a local family, Balloons Above have over 25 years ballooning experience and many more years of local knowledge.


A guaranteed adrenaline rush! With 37 years of experience and safety standards that exceed those set by the Civil Aviation Authority, you know you’re in excellent hands.


Are you an adrenaline junkie? Take to the skies, push yourself to the limit and experience speeds of up to 350km per hour as you descend. Ripcord Skydivers offer Tandem or Solo Jumps ranging from 8,000-14,000 feet plus. For an extreme experience, try the Low Altitude Solo Ground Rush Jump from 3,500 feet.

The Gatton Indoor Equestrian Centre plays host to a number of monthly events, catering for all equine disciplines and attracting clubs from across South East Queensland. Located in the Gatton Showgrounds, the covered arena is fully lit for night time competitions and has even hosted some great music concerts.


Horse Riding Are the kids nagging you for a horse riding holiday? Fordsdale Horseback Adventures offer accommodation packaged with horse trail riding only 30 minutes drive from Gatton. The trail traverses the picturesque Bicentennial National Trail. All horses used for trail rides have been bred and trained on the Fordsdale property. Owner Sue caters for beginners to experienced riders and can tailor rides on request. Unpowered camping, house accommodation and day only rides are all available. Come and experience tranquil bushland, beautiful



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213 Mulgowie Road Thornton via Laidley Qld 4341

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES trails and genuine country hospitality. You can even bring your dog!

Horse Racing Race meetings have been held in Gatton at Burgess Park for over a century. Annually, the Lockyer Race Club hosts six race days including the Gatton Cup in June. Why not get a group of friends together and enjoy a country race day with plenty of excitement and action, especially if you back a winner! Don’t forget to dress to impress to be in the running to take out fashions on the field. Children are also welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Marquee packages are available.

Sporting Options The Lockyer Valley offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor sporting options. Golf clubs at Laidley, Hatton Vale, Gatton and Helidon welcome social and club players. There are lawn bowls clubs at Gatton and Laidley, while tennis, squash, cricket, soccer, rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules and many other sports are played across the Valley. The Gatton Indoor Sports Centre located at the Gatton Showgrounds caters for basketball, netball, indoor cricket, badminton, volleyball,

gymnastics and futsal. Gym facilities are available at casual rates. The University of Queensland, Gatton campus has a newly opened Fitness Centre available to the public. Follow the signs upon entering university grounds. At Laidley, the Recreational Reserve located off Whites Road is a popular local sporting haunt. Available is a walking track, exercise equipment, playing fields and water fountains. Dogs are allowed on leash and a gym faces the grounds. Exercise equipment and a dog friendly walking track are also available at Lake Apex in Gatton. Public swimming pools are located at 44 John Street North in Laidley and 23 East Street in Gatton. The University of Queensland, Gatton campus also has a newly refurbished heated pool open to the public. Branell Homestead, Laidley, offer weekly yoga classes at their beautiful wedding pavilion. Held on a Tuesday morning 9.30-

10.30am during school term, casual visits are more than welcome. Costs apply. Youth are not forgotten with seven outdoor skate parks within the region. Locations are: next to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre off Western Drive, Gatton; Laidley Recreational Reserve near Coates Street, Laidley; Bertrand Avenue Park off Bertrand Avenue, Kensington Grove; Furley Park, Palm Avenue, Forest Hill; Tyson Park off Railway Street, Helidon; Jean Biggs Park off Jean Street, Withcott; and Murphys Creek grounds, off Dodts Road, Murphys Creek.

ADVENTURE PARKS For adventurous types, an array of activities including low ropes, skirmish, rock climbing, abseiling and many other adventure activities are on offer from venues including Edmund Park, Murphys Creek Escape and Emu Gully. These facilities can be made available to schools and businesses for group bookings or conferences. Edmund Park Adventure Education, Thornton, is Queensland’s first accredited outdoor activity provider and offers on and offsite programs. Challenge yourself with flying fox, flying possum, tree abseils and many more tailored activities. Emu Gully also offers a variety of character building activities including core Anzac activities, low ropes and other initiative and problem solving challenges.


LOCKYER VALLEY LOCAL Take home some fresh local produce and homemade treats from one of our many country markets. You’ll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies.

Withcott Markets 3rd Sunday of the month  Withcott Shopping Centre, Withcott 9am-2pm 

Laidley Village Markets Every Friday  Patrick Street & the Mall, Laidley 7am-1pm

Ferrari Park Markets 4th Saturday of the month Ferrari Park, Patrick Street, Laidley 6am-12 noon

Gatton Community Markets 2nd Saturday of the month Gatton State School Grounds, Gatton 6am-12 noon

Plainland Markets Every Sunday Plainland Hotel, Plainland 7am-2pm

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Fordsdale Horseback Adventures & Accommodation


171 Wagners Road, Fordsdale Q 4343

Fordsdale Farm is situated 30km SW of Gatton. Families can come and explore our rugged hills and creek. Accommodation in 2 guest houses. Camping. 1hr, 2hr, All Day horse rides. Horse riding holidays. E T (07) 5462 7526 | M 0427 584 363

Mulgowie Farmers Market 1st Saturday of every month Mulgowie Hall Grounds, Mulgowie 8am-11am The Mulgowie Farmers Market, held at the Mulgowie Hall grounds on the first Saturday of the month, has earned a faithful following among locals and tourists alike. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Great Dividing Range, the market offers plentiful stalls specialising in locally grown and locally made produce. Bring a carry basket for fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, olives, preserves, breads and baked goods. Plants, seedlings, arts and crafts, jewellery, beauty products and even skin care products made from the local Lavender farm are on show. Cheeses and gelato are on offer which also feature on local restaurant menus.

Bring the kids for themed seasonal activities and the huge playground in the middle of the grounds. The Easter Bunny arrives in April, a community fun run assembles in September, a Teddy Bears Picnic is held in October and Santa visits in December.

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Bring the dog and enjoy a coffee and breakfast burger under the shade of a huge communal camphor tree. Mulgowie is well known for its farm fresh produce, large farming companies and abundant annual rainfall. The area was devastated by the recent floods but is now back on track and producing fresh vegetables that are transported across Australia and internationally. Taste this fresh produce by purchasing from the Mulgowie Farmers Market.

Your group will experience Anzac history alive! Explore the re-created WWI trenches, experience an ‘air raid’ inside an Anderson bomb shelter, see replica WWI warbirds overhead, ride on a Troop Carrier, see the ‘Animals that Went to War’ nursery. Available only for pre-booked groups. E T (07) 4697 7865

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Meeting at first light, join our crew with the inflation of the balloon before experiencing the tranquility of some of the most picturesque country in Australia, the magnificent patchwork views of the Lockyer Valley. To complement your morning enjoy champagne and freshly brewed coffee with a sumptuous country cooked breakfast, concluding your morning adventure with a Flight Certificate to commemorate your experience.

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FOOD & DINING IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY The Lockyer Valley is one of the most fertile and productive agricultural regions on earth.

Black alluvial soil, temperate climate, accessible water and agricultural innovation have resulted in a reputation of top quality, award winning produce. Our produce is sent to vegetable markets in all major Australian cities, with over $250 million dollars worth of product sold each year. Chances are, wherever you live in Australia, you have selected and purchased top quality Lockyer Valley vegetables from your own local grocery store. The growing demand for sustainable Australian fruits and vegetables and top quality products has seen some of our local producers feature on television, printed media and marketing. Take a tourist drive around our farming areas and experience for yourself the ‘salad bowl of Australia’. For an iconic farm experience, round up a group of friends and family and book a Bauer’s Organic Farm Tour. Bauer’s Organic Farms are Queensland’s largest producer of certified organic vegetables. Owned and run by the Bauer family, you may already be familiar with Rob Bauer’s friendly bearded face from well known Australian cook books and organic


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focused publications. Rob converted the family farm to organic methods over thirty years ago and is passionate about supplying delicious, sustainable, healthy food. See why the Lockyer Valley is proud to be the home of Bauer’s Organics with a fun, informative group outing. Naturally, you would also expect to find plenty of great dining experiences! Charming country pubs, unique tea rooms and coffee houses, gourmet and a la carte are all on offer, as well as easy and delicious take away options. Restaurants throughout the region showcase farm fresh produce and boutique products on their menus.

WINING AND DINING The Lockyer Valley region boasts a wealth of options when it comes to wining and dining. Experience genuine ‘Paddock to Plate’ cuisine at the Staging Post Café & Restaurant, where the menu focus is fresh local produce. Located within the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, the Staging Post Café features indoor and outdoor dining with peaceful views over Lake Apex. A read through the seasonal menu is enough to raise an appetite. Fancy a Luvya Lockyer Pizza with seasonal Bauers organic pumpkin and homemade onion jam? Or how about The Salad Bowl, featuring heirloom cherry tomatoes, Mulgowie olives and local goats fetta? No need to worry about food miles with a menu like this! The Lockyer Valley is home to Preston Peak Wines, the region’s only winery. Located on Preston Peak Lane, Preston, the drive is worth it just to experience the stunning valley views. Make sure you’re not the designated driver to fully appreciate the award winning wine selection and take time to indulge in a vineyard platter, gourmet pizza or homemade dessert. Outside seating overlooks vineyards, olive groves and rose gardens, and a game of giant chess may be the perfect way to finish a lazy afternoon. A family owned boutique Australian winery experience doesn’t get any better than this. Forest Hill is a quaint town with a huge local reputation. Ask any local where they go on a special occasion, and most likely the answer will be Café 4342. Don’t let the café title fool you, this venue is also a restaurant that leaves a big impression. Visually there is so much to take in with floor to ceiling gifts and artwork. A courtyard offers intimate alfresco

dining and the cakes and desserts are all made in-house using organic stone-ground flour. Located on Victoria Street, look for the Forest Hill Post Office. The Café & Restaurant is part of the working Post Office building and owned by the same friendly family. If you’re after a more relaxed but top quality country pub meal, you’ll have a hard time choosing between the generous array of Lockyer Valley establishments. The newly renovated QN Hotel in Laidley offers great food and verandah dining, while Porters Plainland Hotel is renowned for à la carte dining and entertainment on their front deck. The Mulgowie Hotel hosts twice yearly outback bull rides and the Brightview Tavern offers lake views and a children’s playground. Pick up a dining guide from the Visitor Information Centre for a complete list of venues.


A FOODIE’S CHARMED LIFE IN THE VALLEY Alison Alexander – Queensland Food Fellow & Food Consultant

Alison is a passionate promoter of Queensland regional produce and has been a consistent voice on 612 ABC Brisbane talking on seasonal produce. She writes for Rural Press and Ruth magazine as well as her own Seasonal Pursuits food blog.

of each month, it is ideal for gathering some local produce. I like to be there early and start the day with a hearty ‘Farmer’s Breakfast’ and coffee enjoyed under the shade of a large tree that is central to the market. Local corn, beans, sourdough bread, herbs and lettuce, olives and preserves are just some of what is on offer and there are usually a few plant and craft stalls as well.

Alison discusses her rich ties with the Lockyer Valley and favourite foodie places to visit. I had the good fortune to live in the Lockyer Valley during my early childhood years and the charm of the region has stayed with me ever since. I love returning to see the seasonal changes and note what new crops are being grown. With cool nights in winter and warm days in summer, which are typical of a sub-tropical climate combined with the deep fertile soil, the Lockyer Valley is a highly valued area for vegetable production. Farmers are utilising the latest technology to produce innovative ways to farm their fields and lead the way in excellence in agriculture. Crops of carrots, potatoes, the brassica vegetables, pumpkins, corn and beans are just some of the mainstream plantings which are shipped out to markets all over Australia and overseas. Exotic vegetables such as okra, snake beans, baby fennel and


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figs are highly sought after by keen cooks and can sometimes be found at small farm gate stalls. The Lockyer Valley has become a major growing area for broccolini which is now one of the most desirable vegetables in the restaurant trade. With the Lockyer Valley being in such close proximity to the major wholesale market for Queensland at Rocklea, it allows for speedy transportation of top quality produce, reaching professional chefs and consumers alike in the shortest amount of time. A trip to the Lockyer Valley would not be complete without a visit to the Mulgowie Farmers Market. Held on the first Saturday

The pleasure of a day’s drive is enhanced when I arrive home to unload the superb produce which has been purchased along the way and will be turned into meals for my family. Creating hearty winter dishes with squeaky fresh cabbage or cauliflower or great summer salads that might include local produce such as beans, corn, tomatoes and capsicum is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce of course!) of what is possible – the choices are endless. There is such satisfaction in knowing exactly where your food comes from. The fact that you can select the produce, sometimes even purchased direct from the farmer, is a truly pleasurable experience. Most times when visiting the Lockyer Valley, you will actually drive past the farm and see where the crops were grown that you just selected fresh from the markets or road side stall.

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What’s on Unique by name and nature, The Mulga Hotel is more than just another bush pub. With mouth watering meals, icy cold drinks and 122 years of hospitality experience, the owners truly know how to entertain. With cabins and camping available at the hall grounds, as well as everything from bull riding and the Australian Off Road Championships to local music festivals and family fun days, the spirit of Mulgowie couldn’t be easier to find.


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Holmwood Produce Lavender Farm 0417 799 679 | (07) 5466 7264

Dadz Farm Jams, Pickles and Relishes 0458 667 272 | (07) 5466 7267

Brieschke’s Lockyer Valley Olive Oil 0427 012 357

Emmos Fine Foods 0403 058 601 | (07) 5466 7178



The 7 C’s Cafe

Brightview Tavern

31 Preston Peak Lane, Preston Q 3452

6 William Street, Grantham

97 Staatz Quarry Road, Regency Downs Q 4341

Drink In The Experience! Preston Peak Wines, situated on the range escarpment, offers a spectacular view of the Lockyer Valley and beyond. The Cellar Door is also home to a Café providing platters and gourmet pizzas, just perfect for enjoying with a glass (or two!) of award winning wine. Open Wednesday to Sunday. T/F (07) 4630 9499

Like us on Facebook for A FREE COFFEE Open 9.30am to 5.30pm everyday (except Tuesday)  Yummy Devonshire Tea, trendy ladies clothes, local homemade crafts, Tourist Information and much more. M 0423 655 334 E

In the heart of the Lockyer Valley Indoor and Alfresco Dining 7 days Lunch and Dinner. Keno, latest pokies, disabled access, children’s playground.  Brightview Tavern is located 55 minutes from Brisbane and minutes from Toowoomba. T (07) 5465 8444 www

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Lunch - 7 days 11.30-2.30pm Breakfast - Sat & Sun morning Dinner - Fri - Sat night from 6.00pm Cuppa & Cake - 7 days all day

Bookings Welcome

Come and experience Cafe 4342 Fine Food and Wine

in airconditioning surrounded by unique gifts or in the all weather courtyard

40 VICTORIA ST FOREST HILL Q. 4342 07 54654147

A short drive from Brisbane in the heritage country town of Forest Hill in the beautiful Lockyer Valley.

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We offer ‘very specialised’ Bauer’s Organic Farm Tours and Technical Visits to Qld’s largest organic vegetable farm, hosted personally by Rob Bauer & Trudy Townson. Email or phone for a quote: Ph: 07 5462 7819


Fresh certified organic vegies from our farm to your door! HOME DELIVERY


Enjoy 10kg or 20kg boxes delivered to your home, food establishment, club etc. Potatoes, carrots etc. Ordering is simple. Go to our website, email or phone for more info:

Gold Medal - Vogue Produce Awards - 2009 Ph: 07 5462 7819

Want to work in the fresh air of a scenic, smoke-free organic farm? Ph: 07 5462 6451

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WHAT’S ON IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY The Lockyer Valley has quickly gained a reputation for holding a number of unique and exciting events throughout the year, attracting visitors from all over South East Queensland and beyond.

There is an event to suit every member of the family at any time of the year, so why not plan your next trip to join in on the festivities! Music festivals, swap meets, motorsport events, heritage festivals, kids festivals and much more means there is something of interest to keep you coming back to the region all year round. A great number of heritage themed events allow you to experience the real Lockyer Valley and its rich ties with farming. Heritage events are held on an annual basis including the Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Field Days and the Laidley Heritage Weekend. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich history of the region and experience a true country day out, with horse displays, ploughing demonstrations, working blacksmiths and more. You can even experience a camp oven cookout or a bush poets breakfast. Adrenaline junkies are spoilt for choice with a number of motorsport themed events, kicking off with the Gatton Street Sprints in March,


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followed by Powerfest in June which showcases power boat racing on Lake Dyer with hot rods and classic cars on display. In October the Australian Off Road Championship hits Mulgowie with a weekend packed full of off road racing through tough terrain. Speedway races are also held throughout the year. A wealth of other events and social interests regularly occur in the region including equestrian, race days and a wide variety of craft and country markets. For the most up to date information and details visit council’s website

Lights on the Hill Convoy – Annually February The memorial convoy is held on the last Saturday of February every year. It gives drivers and their families an opportunity to get together with other truckies in a social environment whilst making the public aware of how important truckies are to the

community and honour those who have lost their lives in the industry. Over 800 trucks travel in the convoy from Brisbane and Toowoomba to Gatton. The event includes live entertainment, market stalls, activities and bar facilities.

Gatton Street Sprints – Annually March This exciting street circuit is an extremely popular, one kilometre long track navigating through Gatton’s Industrial area. Don’t miss an action packed weekend of racing and entertainment including the renowned burn out competition.

The Gatton Street Sprints sees all vehicle types, from little four cylinders through to booming V8s, all wheel drives and sports cars, pushing against the clock. This iconic event encourages local participation in a safe and legal environment.

Laidley Heritage weekend – Annually April Discover the heritage of Laidley at the Pioneer Village Museum and Das Neumann Haus. A variety of displays, activities and entertainment will be on offer including live music and activities for the kids. Laidley Pioneer Village Museum is the first of its type in Queensland; full of farm machinery, historic buildings and artefacts for you to explore.

Das Neumann Haus, hand built by German immigrant Hermann Neumann in 1893, has been restored to its former condition, refurnished in the style of the 1930s and is open to the public as a house museum.

Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular – Annually May Australia’s largest re-enactment of Anzac history. The event is held annually at Twidales Road, Helidon Spa. During the event Australia’s biggest collection of operating military vehicles come to life to re-enact Gallipoli scenes from World War II, Vietnam and other pivotal battles in our nation’s history.

The action on the ground is matched with excitement in the skies, as military aircraft drop bombs and dog-fight in battles overhead. Troops and mounted infantry provide a very real portrayal of action on the ground as they fight in the gullies and trenches.

Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Field Days – Annually May Come and see the Heavy Horses that built our nation at the Gatton Showgrounds. Today’s Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron and Australian Draft breeds all have ancestral roots that stem back to when the first

settlers brought their horses to explore Australia. Displays include working exhibitions and heavy horses in action, decorated harness displays, working teams ploughing, breed judging and much more.


Lockyer Powerfest – Annually June The two-day event held at Laidley’s picturesque Lake Dyer, featuring high adrenaline power boats and hot rods, is hosted by the Gold Coast branch of The Australian Power Boat Association in partnership with the Australian Street Rod Federation, QLD Division. The event showcases an extensive power boat racing program, culminating in the final of the annual Queensland Cup, which is a race

for the fastest six boats of any class on the day. Witness high speed action at its best with speeds up to 240km per hour. On Saturday night the show moves to Laidley’s Patrick Street for an evening of music and food, with classic, custom, hot rod, vintage and collector vehicles on display. Power boat racing and finals continue on the Sunday back at the lake.

Laidley Spring Festival – Annually September Celebrate all things spring in Laidley with a number of events and activities planned over the three day festival. Visit the renowned Gardens & Flowers Show, Orchid Show, art exhibition, award winning gardens, church displays, a quilt and craft expo and much more.

There are also interactive and working displays as well as beautifully hand made alcoves and floral art. There is something for everyone to see. Don’t miss the colour and excitement of the street parade on Saturday.

HCVAQ Historic Truck & Machinery Show – Annually September Truck enthusiasts will love this two-day show held at the Gatton Showgrounds, where you can explore pavilion displays as well as a wealth of historic trucks, tractors and buses. There is entertainment and food on offer.

This annual truck show is the largest meet of historic trucks and vehicles displayed in Queensland.

LOCKYER RACE CLUB RACE DAYS Experience a real country race day in Gatton. The Lockyer Race Club holds a number of race days annually. 2013/2014 Dates: • • • •

27 April 2013 10 June 2013 24 August 2013 22 October 2013

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3 December 2013 15 March 2014 22 May 2014 9 June 2014

For more information visit

LOCKYER VALLEY SPEEDWAY The over 500 metre track is based at the Gatton Showgrounds with racing dating back to the 60s. The categories include kart racing, classic/vintage speedway cars and much more. 2013/2014 Dates: • • • •

19 October 2013 9 November 2013 14 December 2013 18 January 2014

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8 February 2014 8 March 2014 12 April 2014 17 May 2014

For more information contact Ian Jones 0407 576 953.


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tRUCK tRACtOR & MAChINeRY ShOW 28-29 Sept 2013 | GAttON ShOWGROUNdS Displays include pavilion displays and trade stands | Food and drinks available | Camping available Costs: Admission $5 (Under 14 Free) | Entry Free for Exhibitors | Opening Hours: Sat 8am-5pm | Sun 8am-2pm

For more information visit

or contact Grant larder on mobile 0403 257 033, phone (07) 3889 3601, fax (07) 3889 3602


2013 Key Events a showcase of events held throughout the year in the Lockyer Valley region.


APR 13-14

Big Day In – drug and alcohol free youth event, Gatton

MAY 18-19

1300 00 5872

jun 29-30

1300 00 5872

Anzac Day Services, various locations 1300 00 5872

jul 6-7

Emu Gully Air & Land Spectacular – ANZAC & war re-enactments, Helidon

Lockyer Powerfest – high speed power boat racing and hot rods, Laidley

Laidley Show, Laidley Showgrounds

4697 7865

0408 748 142

5465 1284

AUG 19-25

SEP 12-14

SEP 22

National Seniors Week – a week of activities for seniors

Laidley Spring Festival – gardens, flowers, craft and parade, Laidley

Big Band at Spring Bluff – outdoor entertainment, Spring Bluff

1300 00 5872

1300 00 5872

4688 6883

OCT 27 Celtic Festival, Helidon 0403 434 623


Australia Day Celebrations

APR 25

Heritage Weekend, Laidley

1300 00 5872

JAN 26

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NOV 1-2


Christmas in the Country Art & Craft Show, Gatton

The Handmade Expo Market, Forest Hill

0439 735 058

Feb 23

MAR 8-10

Lights on the Hill 10th Memorial Convoy Gatton Showgrounds

MAR 23

Gatton Street Sprints, Gatton

Lockyer Multicultural Festival, Gatton 1300 00 5872


MAY 4-5

The Handmade Expo Market, Forest Hill

Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Field Days, Gatton Showgrounds

Gatton Campdraft, Golf Links Dr, Gatton

5466 5037

0407 952 372

jul 19-20

MAY 11-12

jul 27

AUG 11

Gatton Show, Gatton Showgrounds

Ma Ma Creek Exhibition & Bush Dance, Ma Ma Creek

0428 773 852

0428 998 857

SEP 28-29

OCT 25-27

Helidon Heritage Fair, Helidon

OCT 26-27

HCVAQ Historic Truck, Tractor & Machinery Show, Gatton Showgrounds

Lockyer 300 Off Road Rally, Mulgowie

Motorcycle Swap Meet – one of Australia’s largest, Laidley Showgrounds

3889 3601

0437 945 317

0459 211 365

NOV 23

DEC 12

DEC 13

Lockyer Valley Business, Training & Apprenticeship Awards, Gatton

Gatton Christmas Carnival, North Street, Gatton

Forest Hill Christmas Festivities, Forest Hill

1300 00 5872

1300 00 5872

5465 4344

*The calendar of events is not a complete list of events in the Lockyer Valley region. This is purely a showcase of some of the key events held in the area. Information true and correct at the time of printing however subject to change without notice. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council is not liable for any changes to the dates or cancellations of events.


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ACCOMMODATION IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY The more time you spend in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, the more you’ll want to stay and explore its hidden charms and unique characteristics.

The Lockyer Valley provides accommodation styles to suit every taste, occasion and budget. Spoil yourself and your partner at a romantic B&B or a chalet nestled in bushland. Relax in a comfortable motel conveniently situated on the highway with access to everything. Take the kids camping at one of the many family friendly campgrounds or stay with friends above a historic country pub and watch the sun go down over the Valley with drinks on the balcony. Want to bring your dog? Family dogs are spoilt for choice with eight pet friendly venues within the region, including a holiday bungalow option. We even have a couple of venues that will accommodate your horse! For pure elegance and style, Branell Homestead on Paroz Road, Laidley is in a class of its own. This award winning B&B is fast becoming a highly coveted wedding location due to its timeless charm and unrivalled views.


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Catch native fish from the private jetty, relax with a book from the floor to ceiling library or enjoy a picturesque stroll around the 80 acre property, the choice is yours. Many people simply decide to just take some quality ‘me’ time on the spacious verandah while soaking in the view. There are three handsomely appointed rooms to choose from, all fitted out with antique furnishings. Become enchanted with the fine detail and grandeur of this beautiful property.

Rural Luxury PICTURESQUE VIEWS, NOT TOO FAR FROM HOME. Branell Homestead Bed and Breakfast, located just outside Laidley in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, is perfect for people who wish to experience the finer things of life.


Branell Homestead is the ideal country location for your wedding event. With unrivalled Lockyer Valley views, Branell Homestead can offer you a stylish country wedding venue with luxurious accommodation.

Bed & Breakfast • Breathtaking views from large verandahs and spacious deck • All guest rooms ensuited with air conditioning and antique furnishings • Relax in our media room and floor to ceiling library • Country breakfasts available

StylishCountry WEDDING VENUE

• Pavilion & jetty by the lake for ceremonies & receptions • Wedding venue hire and luxurious accommodation packages available

12 Paroz Road, Laidley Q Phone: (07) 5465 1788 Photographs supplied by: Jonas Peterson Photography, Tom Hall Photography, Little Mick Photography, KC Fotographie and Voice Photography.

The four star Ecoridge Hideaway is another beautiful B&B in the region, offering cozy chalets perched on a ridge with breathtaking views. You can discover the Lockyer Valley from a great vantage point at Porters Plainland Bed & Breakfast, offering country solitude, beautiful views and modern comfort, just two minutes from the renowned Porters Plainland Hotel on the Warrego Highway. Country style, fully self-contained bungalows are also available at Clewleys Country Haven Holiday Bungalows. Pets are allowed by arrangement. If camping is your getaway preference, Murphys Creek Escape offers an experience well above the standard of other campgrounds. Privately run and pet friendly, the venue will happily discuss and cater to your specific requirements. Choose from brand new luxurious Serengeti Safari tents (complete with ensuite bathroom, mini bar and private day bed) to bushland and remote sites that can only be accessed via 4WD.

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Lake Dyer offers a great family friendly environment with easy access to the lake for boat owners or watersports enthusiasts. A number of conveniently located motels are also available in the region including the Hatton Vale Motel located on the Warrego Highway and the Gatton Motel right in the heart of town, a great option for a short stay with convenience in mind. For a complete guide of accommodation available in the region, please contact one of our friendly Visitor Information Centres.

MURPHYS CREEK HIDEAWAY 356 Thomas Road, Upper Lockyer

Murphys Creek Hideaway accommodates couples in luxurious Safari tents high on a sandstone ridge, overlooking Murphys Creek. This is purely glamping at its best! Each tent is beautifully furnished with a king size bed, luxury linen, private ensuite and a claw foot bath, breath-taking views and rejuvenating natural surrounds. Only 1ďż˝ hours from Brisbane and 20 minutes from Toowoomba at the base of the Great Dividing Range, Murphys Creek Hideaway is the ideal place to relax, unwind and escape back to nature.

Take your time to explore the property, hike into White Mountain National Park, swim in the natural rock pools, BBQ or picnic along the creek edge, or take a leisurely drive through Spring Bluff up to Toowoomba and Highfields. While visiting Murphys Creek Hideaway, most couples will come to escape, relax and unwind in a luxurious, natural setting. However, if you would like an adventure you will also find it here. Hold your breath on our 235 metre flying fox, conquer the medium ropes course, or try your hand at our 15, 30 and 90 metre abseils!

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Lake Dyer Camping & Caravan Ground Gatton-Laidley Road, Laidley

Situated in the beautiful Lockyer Valley between the villages of Laidley and Forest Hill, just a short detour off the Warrego Highway. A great spot for a short getaway for the whole family with a picturesque water outlook and shaded facilities. Camping | Caravans | Picnic table | Toilets | Showers | Walking Trails | BBQ’s | Playground | Fishing | Boating | Direct access to Lake Day Trippers and Campers are welcome at Lake Dyer. Pay For Your First Night – Get The Second Night Free! (Conditions Apply) Bookings Essential. T: (07) 5465 3698 | M: 0439 368 561

Gatton Motel


74 Railway Street, Gatton

712 Rockmount Road, Preston via Toowoomba

Clewleys Country Haven Holiday Bungalows 85 Iredale Spa Water Road via Withcott

It’s like coming home! Relaxing and restful. Just 60 mins from Brisbane and 30 minutes from Toowoomba. The best of both worlds in a small pocket. E: T (07) 5462 1333 | F (07) 5462 3684

Rejuvenate, Contemplate, Escape. Only 15 minutes drive to Toowoomba. “One week later and still wishing we were back,” Diana, TripAdvisor. The setting: Cosy Chalets perched on a ridge. Breathtaking views. Spa. Woodheater. Bushwalking. Close to winery. T (07) 4630 9636

Peace, tranquility & relaxation! Nestled at the base of Toowoomba range. Self-contained two bedroom Bungalows | Spa units | Disabled friendly unit | Pets by arrangement | Swimming pool | Hot spa | Sauna | Tennis court and more. E T (07) 4630 3477 or 0411 142 844



Lake Dyer Camping & Caravan Ground

Mulgowie Road, Thornton | T (07) 5465 3698 | M 0439 368 561 Situated alongside Laidley Creek about 24km south of Laidley, this small, rural campground is framed by the Little Liverpool Range and Great Dividing Range. This venue is wheelchair accessible. No drinking water on site. Bookings essential.

Gatton-Laidley Road, Laidley | T (07) 5465 3698 Just 2km west of Laidley, Lake Dyer is a popular fishing, boating and day trip spot. There are secure camping amenities, town water, showers, powered and unpowered sites, free BBQs, disability facilities and a children’s playground. Covered BBQ areas and water activities are available. Bookings essential.

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171 Wagners Road, Fordsdale | T (07) 5462 7526 | M 0427 584 363 Privately-owned property with camping available, situated 30km South of Gatton. Horse riding holiday packages available. 4WD may be required for access.



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Via Mt Sylvia Road, Tenthill Valley | T 13 74 68 | W This 6300 hectare park is located 42km south of Gatton and adjoins the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park. Remote camping in an open grassy area is accessible by standard vehicles. Fireplaces are available, for which visitors need to bring their own firewood. No generators are allowed, permits required.






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Mulgowie Hall Recreational Camping Mulgowie | T (07) 5465 9127 Large grassed area on the Western side of the entrance track. All enquiries and bookings via the Mulgowie Hotel.


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Murphys Creek Escape

Glen Rock Regional Park

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Fordsdale Horseback Adventures


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356 Thomas Road, Upper Lockyer | T (07) 4630 5353 Privately-owned camping park situated a short drive from Murphys Creek and Spring Bluff. Functions and adventure camping enquiries welcome.

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Heifer Creek Rest Area Gatton-Clifton Road (GPS Co-ordinates 27 44 56 S / 152 05 26 E) 48 hour Rest Area beside Ma Ma Creek. Suitable for Big Rigs (with an overall length of 10 metres or more; limited sites available). Fireplaces are available, for which visitors need to bring their own firewood.

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Laidley Showgrounds McGregor Street, Laidley | T (07) 5465 1284 Large grassed area for camping and parking. Clubs and rallies welcome.


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nature IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY Sick of urban sprawl and concrete skylines? Isn’t it nice to know that the lockyer valley is less than an hour’s drive away.

The Lockyer Valley is a harmonious blend of developed land and natural parklands providing the perfect back drop to city escapes. A wide diversity of native plant species can be found in the Lockyer Valley, ranging from grasses and herbs to shrubs, trees and rainforest pockets. One of the unique features of the Lockyer Valley and neighbouring areas is the occurrence of many rare and endangered species that are not found elsewhere in the state.

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Extensive areas of forests and woodlands remain on undulating slopes right through to the mountainous areas and lower lying wetlands, all of which creates a secure and fertile ecosystem brimming with wildlife diversity. We have one of the richest non-coastal bird populations in Australia as well as many other fauna populations all right at your doorstep, all you need to do is visit and enjoy!

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LOCKYER VALLEY nature Bicentennial National Trail The Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) not only passes through the Lockyer Valley, it had its origins here. The idea originated at the then Gatton Agricultural College in 1972. It was during the first Australian All Breeds Horseman’s Congress, organised by the late bush legend RM Williams, that the idea to link old stock routes and coach roads was conceived. Now part of Australia’s living history, the trail commemorates Australia’s Bicentenary and stretches 5330km along Australia’s east coast. It’s open to hikers, horse riders, mountain bikes and pack animals. For more information visit

Bushwalking The Lockyer Valley is home to several quality bushwalking locations of various difficulties. Localities include Glen Rock Regional Park, Gormans Gap and Mount Campbell, Flagstone Environmental Park, White Mountain State Forest and the spring wildflower laden Helidon Hills. Bushwalking tracks can also be accessed from some camping grounds, ask at the front desk when checking in. An excellent bushwalking publication encompassing the Lockyer Valley and surrounding areas can be purchased from one of our Visitor Information Centres.

Lookouts Cunningham’s Crest Lookout is situated on the knoll where explorer Allan Cunningham and his party crossed in 1829. It was on this spot that he stood and named the plains below, ‘Laidley Plains’. Visitors today are rewarded with panoramic views from viewing platforms. The lookout features murals, poetry, sculptures and mosaics that celebrate the

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European and Aboriginal history of the site and reflect on Laidley’s early pioneering men and women. The lookout is located off Mountain Road, Laidley. Schultz Lookout is situated in the beautiful Blenheim Hills area and affords views of rich agricultural farmlands. Facilities include a shelter shed and picnic table. For directions, drive through Laidley on Patrick Street and turn right onto Mulgowie Road at the T-intersection. From Mulgowie Road, turn right onto Blenheim Road and left onto Schultz Lookout Road.

Bird watching Lake Apex Park is established on natural wetlands which support a wide range of plant and animal life. Wander through the Dry Rainforest Arboretum east of the bird hide and see if you can spot some of the 153 species of birds. Of the 850 species of birds in Australia, over 300 species have been recorded in the Lockyer Valley’s diverse and easily accessible habitats. Many species are migratory, so the types of birds to be seen are continually changing. The impact of urban development has made our communities increasingly aware of the importance of preserving and protecting local wildlife habitats. The Lockyer Valley region encompasses wetlands, agricultural land, National Parks and forest parks, all of which support a diverse range of wildlife. Habitat diversity provides the necessary space and safe corridors that attract birds to feed, roost, nest and raise their young. Here are some of the Lockyer Valley’s most popular spots to discover the bird life. Most have picnic facilities provided: • Lake Clarendon (Black Falcon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Black-necked Stork, Blue-winged Kookaburra)

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• Lake Galletly and Lake Lenore at the University of Queensland, Gatton campus (Red-rumped parrot, Pinkeared Duck, Red-kneed Dotterel, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Magpie Goose) • Lake Dyer (Plum-headed Finch, Caspian Tern) • Glen Rock Regional Park (Glossy Black-Cockatoo) • Lake Apex and Lake Freeman (153 species have been recorded in this public park, including Latham’s Snipe, Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Black-fronted and Red-Kneed Dotterel, Australasian Dater, and Whistling-Duck) An excellent Lockyer Valley Bird brochure has been developed by Birdlife Southern Qld and Friends of Lake Apex (FOLA). Pick up a copy from the Visitor Information Centre.

Fishing Lake Dyer, off Gatton Laidley Road, Laidley, is the only fishing spot available to the public within the Lockyer Valley. A permit is required and covers all 32 dams in Queensland that require a permit to fish. The permit allows you to fish with a handheld or set fishing line and is available for purchase from Gatton Home Brew, Camping & Fishing Supplies, 279 Eastern Drive, Gatton, or Laidley Hire and Farm Supplies, 95 Patrick Street, Laidley. Further information is available at

Water Sports Lake Dyer offers a number of water activities in addition to fishing. Canoeing, motorised boats, sail boats and jet skis are all permitted on the lake. Bring a picnic and enjoy the shaded tables, children’s playground and free BBQs. Gates are open from 6am to 6pm.

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DIRECTORY Parks and Reserves The Lockyer Valley has over 45 parks and reserves scattered across the region. They are a place of discovery, tranquility and recreation, with treasures just waiting to be discovered. A small collection of parks are listed below, however there just isn’t enough space to list them all. For a full Parks and Reserves fact sheet, visit or pick up a copy from the Visitor Information Centre. Das Neumann Haus Park – Corner Patrick and William Streets, Laidley

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Laidley Recreational Reserve – Whites Road, Laidley

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Narda Lagoon & Lions Park – Vaux Street, Laidley

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Lake Apex Park – Lake Apex Drive, Gatton Home of the QLD Truck Drivers Memorial (Lights on the Hill)

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McGovern Park – Plant Street, Helidon

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Grantham Park – Ditchmen Drive, Grantham Estate

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Lake Clarendon – Main Green Swamp Road, Lake Clarendon

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Springbrook Park – Parkridge Drive, Withcott

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Heritage, Arts & Culture lockyer legends hall of fame

Heritage, Arts & Culture IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY The Lockyer Valley was named after Major Edmund Lockyer (1784-1860), a British soldier and explorer.

For centuries the Lockyer Valley region was home to the Jagara, Kitabul and Birren Aboriginal people. European exploration of South East Queensland, then still part of New South Wales, began in the 1820s and by the 1850s large government-leased holdings and individual farms dotted the region. The expansion of the railway in the 1860s turned small self-reliant settlements into prosperous inter-connected towns. Immigrants from Britain and Europe arrived to start new lives and opportunities. In the 1870s settlers from Germany and Prussia introduced their cultural heritage, farming skills and language. Churches and schools appeared in even the smallest settlements, becoming important community cornerstones of beliefs and learning. Reminders of Lockyer Valley’s history can be found in every corner of the region. Many heritage-listed and other historic buildings are in continuous use while others have been preserved as lasting reminders of how the Valley’s lifestyles, workplaces and pastimes


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have changed over the years. There are large numbers of historic monuments available for viewing across the region, including the well known Weeping Mothers War Memorial and Lights on the Hill trucking memorial both located in Gatton. For those art enthusiasts, the region is home to a number of art galleries displaying the talents and passions of many local or travelling artists. There are a variety of local performing arts groups holding shows and concerts throughout the year. The Lockyer Valley also becomes host from time to time to a number of concerts and cultural festivals.

Lockyer Legends Hall of Fame The Lockyer Legends Hall of Fame, located within the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, is a triumphant celebration of the local legends. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council invited public nomination of people from the Lockyer Valley who had made a long-term contribution of state, national and international significance within the last 150 years. The aim of the Q150 project was to unite and recognise the historical past and indentify future leaders of our local community. The Lockyer Legends Portrait Series was created by the award winning Robyn Hills Photography. Photos

submitted for the project were of varying sizes, some even newspaper clippings or sourced from National Archives. To create consistency, all images were reduced into a series of shapes and tones that reflected interior colours of the cultural centre. The finished legends portraits are one metre in height and hang as a permanent exhibition. Portraits and biographies of both the legends and champions are contained in display albums for visitors to read and enjoy. Limited edition hardcover books are also available for purchase from the Visitor Information Centre.

Historic Sites

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In Laidley, Patrick Street is lined with Victorian and Federation-era shop fronts including the historic Das Neumann Haus originally built in 1893 by the Neumann family as a residence and furniture factory. Gifted in 1980 to the then Laidley Shire Council, the house has been lovingly restored and furnished in the style of the 1930s. Today it’s a museum of early twentieth century family life, an art and craft gallery and coffee shop. Run solely by volunteers, the café is known for inexpensive fare, including a German Lunch, Apple Strudel, quiches and delicious mango smoothies. Look for the Clydesdale out the front. Across the road is heritage-listed Mann’s Bakery, established in 1905. Down the street is the two-storey Exchange Hotel, built in 1902 to replace an earlier establishment. Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum on the corner of Drayton and Pioneer Streets, was the first Pioneer Village in Queensland. Established in 1972, the site marks the original location of Laidley town prior to the construction of the railway line in 1866. Today the Pioneer Village features an extensive collection of historic buildings, tools and machinery, restored wagons and buggies, fashions, ornaments and so much more. New displays are always being added.

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helidon soldiers memorial

jessie’s cottage

The Gatton and District Historical Village on Freemans Road, Gatton, is a collection of 22 buildings depicting the history of the Lockyer Valley. The Village includes a working Blacksmith and Wheelwright shop, fire station and original fire engine and a fully restored church complete with pews and organ. Open Sundays 1pm-4pm or by appointment, pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre for contact details. At the University of Queensland, Gatton campus, is the heritage-listed Foundation Building, built in 1896 for the state’s first agricultural college. The campus grounds feature a number of plaques noting building achievements, events and unusual student pranks of historical interest. On the ground floor of Morrison Hall is the Campus Museum displaying past student, staff and college memorabilia. The collection boasts an ever growing display of photographs, display boards and cases and features a military room from the First and Second world wars. Read about the U.S. Army requisitioning much of the campus on a day’s notice for use as a field hospital in 1942-1944. The museum is open Mondays 1pm-4pm or by appointment. The history of Helidon is displayed as a unique gazebo pictorial museum on Railway Street. Pick up a Helidon Heritage Walk brochure from the local store and spend an hour walking through Helidon’s past. Take a break at Soldiers Memorial Park on Turner Street and admire the local sandstone. Further down the Cobb and Co Tourist Drive, Jessie’s Cottage on Jessie Lane, Murphys Creek is a reminder of a simpler lifestyle. Restored and preserved as a house museum, the cottage tells the story of Jessie Taylor, a shy local lady who lived eccentrically, taking her wheelbarrow to the shops, collecting wild carrots to eat and dancing and playing her piano in the front room. As far as anyone knows, the first time Jessie left Murphys Creek was when she was taken to the hospital shortly before passing away. Next to Jessie’s Cottage is Lockyer Siding, an old transport shelter currently awaiting restoration. Its covered roof and seating makes it a popular spot for BBQs and picnics. Murphys Creek is also home to a Railway Museum housing artefacts including an original ticket machine, station master’s office, photographs, memorabilia and newspaper clippings of a large rail crash in 1913. See the friendly volunteers at Jessie’s Cottage for a viewing.


Monuments & Memorials There are many war memorials and monuments in the region, including the Boer and Weeping Mothers War Memorial in Gatton, Laidley’s Memorial Gates and the WWI Memorial at Ma Ma Creek. The Gatton Weeping Mothers War Memorial was designed and produced by well known and highly regarded Ipswich mason, Frank Williams. The marble memorial honours the 68 local men who fell during the First World War. The Lights

on the Hill Memorial at Lake Apex, Gatton commemorates truck and coach drivers of Australia who have lost their lives. Built using Helidon sandstone, the monument features carefully chosen symbolic materials and shapes to represent the lives and emotional bonds between drivers, friends and family and the Australian community. A public memorial service is held annually on the second Saturday of October.

weeping mothers memorial

Murder mystery In 1898, Gatton was the scene of a triple murder, known as the Gatton Murder Mystery or Gatton Tragedy. Victims Michael Murphy aged 29, Norah Murphy aged 27 and Ellen Murphy aged 18, were brutally murdered on their way home from a local dance. Well liked and popular, the sibling murder was a national sensation. To this day, no perpetrator has been convicted of the crime.

What happened? Who did it? Many theories have been thrown around, books written and fingers pointed. Do you have a theory? Visit the grave sites at the Gatton Cemetery and stop at the Gatton Library to read the full account. Perhaps you may unravel one of Queensland’s most infamous unsolved crimes.

Performing Arts The Lockyer Valley Regional Performing Arts group is a talented mix of locals with a passion for drama and theatre. Formed over 10 years ago, the group aims to produce two performances a year, traditionally a musical in April and May and a Children’s Show or Comedy in October and November. In 2013, a musical is scheduled for July and August with a comedy to follow. Puddle Jumpers, a subsidiary youth group, works with the Performing Arts company, providing

outstanding child talent. Approximately 80-100 actors are registered and plays generally include up to 40 actors and around 20 stage crew. While you’re in the area, look out for productions by some of our other theatre companies, including Gatton Mercury Theatre and local school groups. Everyone is welcome. You’ll be amazed at the quality of production and performance tucked away in our rural community.

Visual Arts

lockyer valley art gallery


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The Art Gallery, located within the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, Gatton, showcases a wide variety of work from talented local and travelling artists. Mediums on display can include sculpture, photography, textiles and canvas. Artists represent a diverse age and societal background with exhibitions changing monthly. Entry is free of charge, opening hours align with the Gatton Library and most artworks are for sale to the public.

The Win Davson Art Gallery and Museum on North Street, Gatton, comprises award winning child, youth and adult art, early art and crafts, artefacts and a library. Exhibitions are for the education and enjoyment of people of all ages. Entry is by appointment only, group bookings welcome.

Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum 17 North Street (PO Box 54), Gatton

With Ian Fairweather Memorial Art Gallery & Museum Large permanent public collection. Award winning contemporary adult, youth & child art, crafts & artefacts, souvenirs, indigenous art and library. Free entry – Open by appointment. T (07) 5465 2028

Exhibition at Lockyer Valley Art Gallery

Das Neumann Haus

Built by German immigrant Hermann Neumann in 1893. The house has been restored to its former condition, refurnished in the style of the 1930s and is open to the public as a house museum. Annie’s Place Coffee Shoppe, which operates within the building, offers patrons light lunches, cakes and slices, Devonshire teas and real coffee. Recognised as one of the region’s better known cultural tourist attractions. Relax on the alfresco deck or under the shade of the 100 year old Jacaranda tree in the park. Groups welcome. Disabled access. FREE entry. Open 7 days (10am-3pm).

Cnr Patrick and William Streets, Laidley Q 4341 | E | T (07) 5465 3241 |

Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum

An extensive collection unique to Laidley that displays the history of German settlement, the timber and farming industries and lifestyles of our early Pioneers. Displays include: • Historic Church • Fully furnished School • Police lock-up • Restored wagons & farm machinery • Hospital display • War memorabilia & so much more Wedding enquiries, group and school bookings welcome. Open 7 Days 9am-3pm.

EstablishEd in 1972

QueenslanD’s first Pioneer Village

Phone: (07) 5465 2516

Cnr Drayton & Pioneer Streets, Laidley


towns & villages


towns & villages IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY Each township in the Lockyer Valley has its own unique history and subsequent character. Enhance your stay by understanding a little of what makes each locality and its community special.

We hope you’re inspired to investigate further and discover for yourself why so many people choose to make the Lockyer Valley their home or getaway destination. Keep an eye out for our new map and attraction signage located in most Lockyer Valley towns. The roadside signs list local attractions and points of interest on an easy to read street chart. If you prefer a printed map, copies are available from our Visitor Information Centres free of charge. Enjoy your visit!


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Gatton Gatton is the largest town of the Lockyer Valley, centered around primary production and agriculture. Officially gazetted in 1855, Gatton has a culturally diverse population of approximately 7,000 and enjoys a laidback, country lifestyle. For the visitor, Gatton has everything required for a comfortable stay. With three major supermarkets, a busy main shopping district, various dining options, sporting facilities, parks and reserves. Gatton is a convenient base to explore the surrounding areas.

In November 2009, Gatton’s Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre opened to the public. A purpose-built facility, the centre houses a library, art gallery, function and conference rooms, Visitor Information Centre and the Queensland Transport Museum. The centre is located at Lake Apex which is surrounded by a wealth of bird life in the wetlands. Take a stroll around the lake and visit the Lights on the Hill memorial and enjoy the serenity.

lockyer valley regional council gatton building

Laidley Laidley was settled in the 1840s after being discovered by European explorers in 1829. Teamsters and wagon drivers soon found it a convenient place to rest after travelling over the challenging Little Liverpool Range on the way to the Darling Downs.

laidley post office

The second largest town in the Lockyer Valley, Laidley is an important centre for crop farming and agriculture. The town retains a nostalgic feel manifested by heritage shop fronts and antique style lamp posts. The community is proud of its history and culture which is directly reflected by the annual festivals, parades and exhibitions and the community spirit

shown throughout the recent flood events. A walk down the main street reveals unique local gift stores as well as essential shopping and dining. If you happen to visit on a Friday, the experience is heightened with market stalls and displays lining the sidewalks. Das Neumann Haus, hand built in 1893, showcases its German heritage and the coffee shop serves a delicious Devonshire Tea. Laidley is also home to one of Queensland’s first Pioneer Villages where you can discover ancient artefacts and immerse yourself in the region’s rich historical ties.

Plainland Plainland is a fast growing locality situated on the Warrego Highway 8km north of Laidley. Popular with travellers as a refueling stop for both the vehicle and passengers, Plainland offers the choice of specialty retail outlets, major food chains, a historic hotel and famous Schultes Meat Tavern. The locality was once grazing country, but today Plainland is an important mix

of expanding business, commercial and residential premises. Drop in and talk to a friendly local at the Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre, located within the Plainland Travel Centre. If you visit on a Sunday enjoy the weekly Country Markets located next to the family owned Porters Plainland Hotel. The hotel is also a great spot for a meal and live music on the deck.

porters plainland hotel


Forest Hill Tucked away between Laidley and Gatton is a vibrant little town with just so much to offer. Situated 6km south of the Warrego Highway, Forest Hill has an unspoiled boutique feel, reflected in its quality gift shops and tastefully renovated buildings. Originally part of a large rural ‘run’, the area around Forest Hill was sub-divided into small farms in the 1880s. By the early 1900s Forest Hill was thriving and growing more produce than the older Gatton and Laidley settlements. Forest Hill was Australia’s largest produce distribution centre in the early 1900s.

Home to two beautiful large corner pubs, a quick trip to Forest Hill can easily convert to half a day of exploring, shopping, eating and drinking a few cold beers. Make sure you call into the Forest Hill Post Office where you will find a treasure trove of gifts as well as Café 4342 for a memorable dining experience.

Grantham About halfway between Gatton and Helidon lies Grantham, a little village surrounded by rich farming land. The town is home to one of Australia’s leading beef producers, exporting prime beef to markets around the world. In 2011, Grantham suffered severely in the January flood disaster. For a while, the town became a household name due to extensive media coverage. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council implemented a voluntary land swap for affected residents. The first of its kind, the swap was run as a ballot, enabling residents to exchange their land for a block on higher ground. Today,

the new estate on the hill is occupied by new and old residents alike in a beautifully landscaped setting. A number of parks in the area have been recently beautified and a brand new park is located in the new estate. These parks are the perfect place to stop and enjoy the surroundings as well as offer play equipment for the kids. Call in and say hi to the friendly Grantham locals at the general store and newsagency or take a look at the newly restored Butter Factory. You will find fresh local produce at the fruit and vege market store or at road side stalls.

Helidon Just off the Warrego Highway, Helidon is a small village best known for its high quality resources. Originally an agricultural settlement, beneath lush green pastures lay world-class sandstone and mineral water. Famous for Helidon sandstone, which has been mined since the 1880s and has been used to build Brisbane’s City Hall, Central Post Office, Treasury Building and Parliament House. Today it’s exported around the world and has become the international benchmark for grading sandstone.


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There were once several active mineral water spas around Helidon and local mineral water was bottled as far back as 1879. The indigenous people of the area bathed in the water to ward off illness and promote healing. Helidon mineral water was marketed across Australia under several brand names and continued to be sold for over 120 years. Whilst in town ensure you take a trip to see the beautifully crafted Town Clock, which was unveiled in 2011. There is also a heritage walk that travels through town, showcasing Helidon’s rich history.

Withcott Situated at the foot of the Toowoomba Range, Withcott is the last stop for fuel and refreshments before Toowoomba. The town has won many Tidy Towns awards and is renowned for friendly helpful people.

The town provides a perfect rest stop for weary travellers to take a break and admire the views of the gorgeous surrounds, just at the foot of the Great Dividing Range.

Withcott offers the traveller a rural atmosphere, antique shops, bakeries, and a great hotel established in 1889.

Mulgowie Best known for its Real Farmers Market and traditional country pub, Mulgowie is situated 12km south of Laidley. The town’s name is derived from the aboriginal word Mt Mulgowie, roughly meaning ‘big round hill’.

has recently undergone a huge extension and now boasts a beautiful family friendly timber outdoor eating area. Stay the night in cabin accommodation or ask at the front bar for pet friendly camping at the community hall grounds.

The Mulgowie Farmers Market, held at the Mulgowie Hall Grounds on the first Saturday of the month has a reputation worth travelling for. The Mulgowie hotel, affectionately known as ‘the mulga’ is a locally-owned pub known for twice yearly outback bull ride events. The pub

Take a drive around the region to explore lush farmland and see where your vegetables are grown right in the heart of Mulgowie. Explore further up the valley to Thornton for a beautiful scenic country drive.

Murphys Creek Murphys Creek is situated just below the range north of Toowoomba. The Murphys Creek area was originally known as Fingal or Murphys Waterhole. The town of Murphys Creek was built around the railway station and the ‘wye’ for reversing tanker engines. It housed several thousand workers who worked on the construction of the railway line up the range in the 1860s. Murphys Creek has a rich history of all things railway. This and more can be seen at the Murphys Creek Railway Museum. Explore the history of a Murphys Creek

pioneer with a visit to Jessie’s Cottage, built by Scottish immigrant William Taylor in 1899. The cottage restoration commenced in 1993 and was completed to near original condition in 1997. The town is also home to a quaint general store, a great tavern, a local producer of delicious chilli chocolate and an arts centre. Spring Bluff Railway Station is just a short drive from town. It showcases railway history and is a popular wedding venue due to its beautiful gardens. There is a spot to stop for a coffee and quick bite.


Specialty Shopping

Specialty Shopping IN THE LOCKYER VALLEY The Lockyer Valley is home to an exclusively diverse range of specialty retailers. Packed with charm and unique shopping experiences, the Lockyer Valley is the perfect place to indulge in a little retail therapy.

Let’s talk shopping! The Lockyer Valley has something for everyone, from award winning meats and smallgoods, to the vast range of local arts and crafts on offer at regular markets and annual events. Our townships offer locally-owned general and eclectic retail outlets all offering fantastic country service. Gray’s Furniture on Crescent Street, Gatton, is a shoppers delight with country furniture and elegant giftware covering every inch of space. Visit Das Neumann Haus in Laidley for locally hand knitted baby clothes and boutique gifts. Walk down the street to Laidley Florist and the Rustique Rose Tea Room for beautiful flowers, vintage clothes, English china and individual gourmet chocolates. Experience genuine welcoming service while enjoying a slice of cake, cup of tea or espresso coffee. Forest Hill Post Office will leave you in awe at the superb selection of treasures sourced by the artistically inspired owners. 42

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forest hill post office

The Lockyer Valley has six individual country markets operating on differing days and locations throughout the year. Each has a different character that is reflected in the stalls and wares, including handmade jewellery and fashion, skin care products, gifts and much more. Ask the Visitor Information Centre to help find the market that’s right for you. The Christmas in the Country Art and Craft Show held in November is a must for those who enjoy market style shopping. You’ll be guaranteed to fill a basket of homemade goodies.

The award winning

RUSTIQUE ROSE TEA ROOM Patrick Street, Laidley

Christmas in the Country

Sew Creative Shop 4/35 North Street, Gatton

Annual Art and Craft Show

Proudly presented by Peace Lutheran Primary School at Gatton Shire Hall

Enjoy the elegant atmosphere of bygone days in our beautiful Florist Tea Room. Our Visitors’ Book best tells how much joy it brings. See a profusion of our own beautiful locally-grown fresh flowers every day. Tea/Coffee & Cake – High Teas For bookings and flowers worldwide E T (07) 5465 1755

Quality Handmade Goods First Friday and Saturday in November M 0439 735 058

Specialising in Quilting fabrics and classes. E T (07) 5462 2401 | F (07) 5462 8587

looking FOR MORE INFORMATION? For more information on what the Lockyer Valley has to offer visit one of our friendly Visitor Information Centres or visit ouR website.

Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre 34 Lake Apex Drive Gatton Q 4343 Phone: (07) 5466 3425

Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre Plainland Travel Centre 4414 Warrego Highway Plainland Q 4341 Phone: (07) 5411 4291

Email: Open 7 days – Excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.

Scan this code with a smart phone QR Code reader to visit the Luvya Lockyer website.



Police, Fire and Ambulance (24 Hr)

000 112 (from mobile)



(07) 5468 3266


(07) 5466 8000

Gatton – William Street

(07) 5468 4188

Laidley – William Street

(07) 5466 8100

Gatton – The Lockyer Doctors, 18 William Street

(07) 5462 2255

Gatton – Gatton Medical Centre, 15 William Street

(07) 5462 1855

Gatton – Family Health Clinic, 27 Railway Street

(07) 5462 2155

Plainland – The Lockyer Doctors, Shop B Schulte Central, 4424 Warrego Highway

(07) 5411 4246

Laidley – The Lockyer Doctors – 128 Patrick Street

(07) 5465 1644

Withcott – Withcott Medical Centre – 4 Jones Road

(07) 4630 3677

Gatton Pharmacy

(07) 5462 1016

Plainland Pharmacy

(07) 5411 4240

Laidley Soul Pattinson Chemist

(07) 5465 1477

Withcott Medical Centre Pharmacy

(07) 4630 3788

Gatton Taxi Service

0418 718 045

Laidley Taxi Service

0408 786 872


13 11 11 (breakdown) 13 19 05 (to join)

J & I Ziebarth Towing

(07) 5462 1452

Fordsdale Wildlife Rescue

(07) 4697 5122


(07) 5466 5540 (office) 1300 328 621 (emergency)

Gatton Veterinary Surgery

(07) 5462 1343

Laidley Veterinary Surgery

(07) 5465 1259

UQ Veterinary Clinic

(07) 5460 1788

Withcott Veterinary

0427 809 465


Medical Centres




Wildlife Rescue

Veterinary Services

Coin Operated Water Tanker Filling Stations Water is charged at 50c per 150L – only 50c pieces can be used Maintenance requests can be lodged by phoning 13 23 64 Dump Points

Forest Hill – Corner Gatton-Laidley Road and Forest Hill-Fernvale Road (Opposite Van Ansem Auto Electrical & Service Station) Glenore Grove – Brightview Road (in the park opposite Glenore Grove School) Laidley – Lions Park, Vaux Street Hatton Vale – Corner Fairway Drive and Scott Place Gatton – Gatton Showgrounds Laidley – John Street North


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Gatton’s treasure trove oF GiFtware, kitchenware & Furniture

Spoil yourself with a visit today!

Gray’s Furniture 2 Crescent Street, Gatton Qld 4343 Phone (07) 5462 3017

tradinG hours Mon-Fri 8:30am to 5pm Sat 8:30am to 1pm

2013 Lockyer Valley Tourism Destination Guide  

A guide to everything there is to see and do in the Lockyer Valley.

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