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Welcome It’s less than one hour west from Brisbane – but do you know what’s really on offer to see and do in the Lockyer Valley? Read on to discover the abundance of experiences we have to offer. There really is something for everyone! From cafes and pubs stocked with fresh local produce to scenic parks and stunning scenery, the Lockyer Valley is the place to come for an authentic and relaxing country experience. Spend your days horse-riding through a historical national trail, hiking in national parks, or time your visit to coincide with one of the region’s major events, like the Laidley Spring Festival. Boasting a variety of accommodation options, it is the perfect location for that necessary weekend getaway. The Lockyer Valley produces more than 100,000 tonnes of fresh produce each year. Come and see how your food is grown, follow a food trail and stop at a farm stall or roadside produce stand to buy your own farm-fresh produce. The region is home to an array of hidden treasures. I invite you to take the time to read this guide and fall in love with the Lockyer Valley.

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What’s on in the Lockyer Valley

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Lockyer Valley eats

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Out and about

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Tourist map of the Lockyer Valley

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Heritage and culture

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Shop local

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Towns and localities

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Travellers directory

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Cr Tanya Milligan Mayor Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Cover Photography: www.voicephotography.com Cover Location: Bauer's Organic Farm, Mt Sylvia Graphic Design: www.briogroup.com.au 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.

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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 2.5 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 1.5 hours. A number of buses travel regularly from Brisbane and surrounding areas including services by Translink, Murrays and Greyhound Australia. There are two airport options when visiting the Lockyer Valley. Fly to Brisbane Airport and in less than an hour's drive you are in the region. You can also fly direct to Brisbane West Airport located near Toowoomba, with flights offered direct from Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns. Brisbane West Airport is only a 30 minute drive to the region. The Airport Flyer also offers transfer services, stopping at convenient locations along the Warrego Highway. For further information visit our website www.luvyalockyer.com.au or phone (07) 5466 3425.

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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

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Friendly visitor information Tourist maps and brochures Accommodation bookings Souvenirs Buy locally made products including jams and preserves, honey, chilli chocolate, vegetable stock, and lavender products.

Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton Q 4343 Phone: (07) 5466 3425 Email: info@visitlockyer.com.au www.luvyalockyer.com.au

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WHAT'S ON IN THE LOCKYER FOOD & VALLEY DINING Chrome and Clutter

What’s on in the Lockyer Valley The Lockyer Valley has a reputation for holding 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 the festivities! Music festivals, swap meets, motorsport events, heritage festivals, kid's 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 events, including the Gatton Street Sprints. Speedway races are also held throughout the year at the Gatton Showgrounds. Laidley comes alive every September for the Laidley Spring Festival. Since 1962, the festival has sought to inspire, relax and impress visitors with shows of beautiful flowers and gardens. 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 www.luvyalockyer.com.au

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Lockyer Race Club Race Days – throughout the year

Gatton Street Sprints – March

Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Field Days – May

Lockyer Race Club Race Days give race-goers a real country race day experience. Don’t forget to check out the Gatton Cup in June! Make a day of it with your friends and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Check the club’s website www.lockyerraceclub.com.au for meet dates.

Gatton Street Sprints is an action packed weekend of racing and entertainment including the renowned burnout competition. See all vehicle types, from little four cylinders to booming V8s to sports cars, push against the clock on a one kilometre long track through Gatton’s industrial area.

Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Field Days gives you the chance to meet the heavy horses that built our nation. The event is held at the Gatton Showgrounds where you can see working exhibitions and heavy horses in action, decorated harness displays, working teams ploughing and much more.

Lockyer Valley Speedway – throughout the year

Laidley Heritage Weekend – April

Lockyer Valley Speedway is based at the Gatton Showgrounds. Categories include kart racing classic/vintage, speedway cars and much more. Check the event calendar at www.luvyalockyer.com.au for meet dates.

Laidley Heritage Weekend is a great way to discover the heritage of Laidley, at Das Neumann Haus and the Laidley Pioneer Village. On offer are displays, activities and entertainment including live music and activities for the kids.

Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival – June Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival will get your engine revving and transport you back in time to an era of poodle skirts, bobbie socks, rock’n’roll and classic cars. The festival, held in Laidley, features markets, car and bike shows, dancing, a street party and a whole lot of retro cool.

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• Flowers and Orchids show • Quilt & Craft Expo • Church Displays • Art and craft markets • Street parade • Family fun day • and much more!

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Laidley Spring Festival – September

Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo – September

Laidley Spring Festival celebrates all things Spring in Laidley with a collection of events and activities held over three days. Don’t miss the colour and excitement of the Family Fun Day and street parade on Saturday, flower and orchid shows, quilt and craft shows, markets, rides and more.

Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo is a fundraising rodeo with all the excitement of bull-riding, barrel racing and more. This family-friendly event is held in Murphys Creek.

HCVAQ Historic Truck and Machinery Show – September HCVAQ Historic Truck and Machinery Show is a truck enthusiast’s heaven. Held at the Gatton Showgrounds, the show offers pavilion displays as well as a wealth of historic trucks, tractors and buses. Entertainment and food are also on offer at this, the largest meet of historic trucks and vehicles in Queensland.

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Country Challenge on Campus – October Country Challenge on Campus is a family fun day at the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus. Held to coincide with Mental Health Week, the event raises funds for Beyond Blue.

Murphys Creek Chilli Festival – October Murphys Creek Chilli Festival will satisfy your craving for flavour and fire. Sample chilli (and non-chilli) products, shop and enjoy the fun family vibe at the Murphys Creek Community Grounds.

Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy – October Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy is a two day event that includes live entertainment, kids’ rides, market stalls, truck show and charity auction. On Sunday a memorial service is held at the Memorial Wall, Lake Apex Park.

Celtic Festival of Queensland – November Celtic Festival of Queensland at Helidon features a highland games display, live music, dance displays, pipe bands and other entertainment as well as stalls and food. It is an initiative of the Celtic Historians Association.

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& MACHINERY SHOW 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-4pm

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Key events January

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Australia Day Awards and Celebrations

Gatton Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

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 Gatton Lapidary Club Inc

Gatton Street Sprints Laidley Country Music Festival www.luvyalockyer.com.au

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Laidley Heritage Weekend

Lockyer Antique Motor Association Swap Meet

Gatton Cup Country Race Meet

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www.lama.org.au

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Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Field Days

Lockyer Multicultural Festival

Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival

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 Chrome & Clutter Retro Festival

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September Laidley Spring Festival

Laidley Show

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Gatton Show

Helidon Heritage Fair

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 Helidon Heritage Fair

Ma Ma Creek Exhibition and Bush Dance

Lockyer Lifestyle and Leisure Expo

 Ma Ma Creek Exhibition

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Bid Band at Spring Bluff www.springbluff.com.au

HCVAQ Truck, Tractor and Machinery Show www.hcvaq.com

World Cup Show Jumping

Annual Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo

 Gatton World Cup Jumping

 Murphys Creek Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo

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November

Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy and Service www.lightsonthehill.com.au

Motorcycle Swap Meet www.luvyalockyer.com.au

Country Challenge on Campus Fun Run www.gatton.uq.edu.au

Murphys Creek Chilli Festival

Christmas in the Country Art and Craft Show  Christmas in the Country

December Laidley Christmas Carnival Forest Hill Christmas Festivities

Art and Craft Show

 Forest Hill Christmas Festivities

Celtic Festival

Gatton Christmas Carnival

 Celtic Festival of Queensland

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 Murphys Creek Chilli Festival

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LOCKYER VALLEY EATS Our chefs are serving up fresh, local food

Lockyer Valley eats 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 as well as a number of overseas markets, with more than $250 million 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, in print media and marketing. Take a drive around our farming areas and experience for yourself the ‘salad bowl of Australia’. The Lockyer Valley is home to some of Australia’s largest and most well

known farming operations including top producers of corn and beans – Mulgowie Farming Company and Rugby Farms. You'll also find organic and boutique producers like Bauer's Organic Farm, Ghost Gully and UB's Farm. Lockyer Valley is also home to specialist producers such as Mormor Food – who make a amazing vegetable stocks and stock-flavoured seeds, Holmwood – a lavender and lemon myrtle farm, apiarists and an awardwinning goat's cheesemaker. Naturally, you would expect to find plenty of great dining experiences! Charming country pubs, unique tea rooms and cafes, gourmet and à la carte are all on offer, as well as easy and delicious take away options. Throughout the region chefs showcase fresh produce and boutique products, many sourced locally from the region.

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A dining experience The Lockyer Valley boasts a wealth of dining options, from restaurants to pubs to country cafes and more, that will have you kicking back and relaxing as you enjoy fresh regional produce and friendly service. Forest Hill is a quaint town with a huge local reputation. Café 4342 is a favourite for many in the Lockyer Valley. Their courtyard offers intimate alfresco dining perfect for a weekend treat or celebrating a significant event. Renowned for its tastes, guaranteed to excite your palette, Café 4342 delivers food that is beautifully presented and made with fresh local produce. Still in Forest Hill, Café Sorella is another great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The café also has homewares and gifts. Laidley’s heritage icon Das Neumann Haus is home to Annie’s Place Café. Here you can sit on the back deck or under the shade of the 100-year-old Jacaranda tree and enjoy a light lunch, Devonshire tea or strudel. Just down the street, the decades fly by and it’s time to get your rock’n’roll on at Eagle Rock Café. Sidle up to Marilyn or Elvis while you take in the menu that pays tribute to classic Americana with listings such as burgers named after the Big Bopper, James Dean and Bill Hailey. Scattered along Laidley’s main street are bakeries and cafes including Three Sons Café, a modern espresso and tea bar. The Staging Post Café in the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, at Gatton, is open for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

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seven days a week with a buffet breakfast on Sundays. Loaded pizzas, steaks and other favourites regularly feature on the menu. Groups and tours are welcome with catering options available to suit you. The Staging Post Café staff can also speak to you about holding your next event in the function rooms onsite. Also in Gatton, Jak and Mo Taste Co. is keeping food real and wholesome. Along with Gatton’s collection of cafes, restaurants and bakeries, they offer the opportunity to experience our delicious local produce on your stay in the Lockyer Valley. A visit to the Lockyer Valley wouldn’t be complete without a meal at a country pub. And we have at least a few for you to choose from.


A bloke’s guide to eating out in the Lockyer Valley Eating in the Lockyer Valley is all about feasting on the freshest, ‘just picked’ produce. The region is home to some of the finest country pubs around, and that’s sure to be music to the ears of any blokes. Grab your mates, or your significant other, and head on out. Here’s a few ideas to get you started… • First opened in 1914, the award-winning Porters Plainland Hotel is an icon on the Warrego Highway. Porters serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, and breakfast on the deck Saturday and Sunday mornings. Try everything from gourmet burgers to salads, seafood, pasta or a tender steak from the char grill, all made with the freshest, locally-sourced seasonal produce and ingredients. Be sure to try the BBQ beef short rib finished with house made bourbon BBQ sauce. Stay in Porters Plainland B&B and the hotel’s courtesy bus will pick you up and drop you off again when you’re done. • In Laidley, the Queensland National Hotel (or QN as it is fondly called) has beds, a restaurant and bottle shop. The restaurant has been refurbished and the meals are huge! • Home to the Mulga Steakhouse, the Mulgowie Hotel often has live music on Sundays, and bull rides twice annually. Soak in the scenic mountain views in a relaxed atmosphere. Camping is available at the nearby Mulgowie Hall.

• The heritage-listed Lockyer Hotel in Forest Hill has been a feature of the local landscape for over 100 years. With live music and great food it’s still a feature of the township. • The Royal Hotel sits in the main street of Gatton and features refurbished accommodation suites. The hotel is open seven days a week, including breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. • The Withcott Hotel has a newly renovated garden deck for dining and a large grassed beer garden for kicking back to relax with friends. They’re open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. • If you’re looking for something a little different, go retro! Pop your favourite song on the jukebox and get ready to jive at Laidley’s Eagle Rock Café. The café is fully licensed and has a large function area out back. The menu is loaded with burgers, hot dogs, pizza and more, and every Sunday lunch there is live music!

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A passion for produce BY Alastair McLeod – Lockyer Valley Food Ambassador The longer I cook the more it’s clear to me that technical skills are only a small part of producing delicious food. In large it comes down to having a genuine delight in spending time in the kitchen and having a confidence in what you are doing. There is a saying that ‘good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment’. What this really means is with repetition, you will get better. I have cooked for over 25 years and am as enthusiastic as I was all those years ago. However, nowadays I find myself spending less time fussing over the slicing, dicing, roasting, picking, peeling - and more time focusing on the ingredients themselves. I have got to the point where I feel confident enough to serve say, a perfectly ripe peach for dessert. I believe that the effort of preparing an elaborate dish showcasing this wonderful summer fruit may, in fact, not surpass the visceral experience of enjoying it unadorned. To understand food and to cook well is to appreciate where it is grown, how it is grown and ideally by whom it is grown. I encourage anyone who is passionate about food to take a drive through the Lockyer Valley. Watch farmers tilling their soil, tending to their plants and animals. Talk to the producers at roadside stalls and at produce shops, and taste the difference of food that’s been grown in this place, by people, with passion. On my trips to the Lockyer, I never cease learning about new producers and new foods destined for our tables. One such inspiring story is Ross Stuhmcke’s at Blackboy Ridge whose passion is achieving excellence in stonefruit. Amongst his 20,000 trees are a number of ‘novelty varieties’ that are being trialed for commercial

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viability. His orchard contains fragrant nectarots (a cross between a nectarine and apricot), luscious donut nectarines and ripe pearl peaches. Ross also produces figs and persimmons. A little further east in Morton Vale, Brendan and Janne Dipple are growing some of the finest leafy greens I have seen. They are driven by the experience of three generations before them, that passion and skill producing perfect rows of radish, shallots, broccoli and a long list of herbs and the types of greens that even Popeye would be proud of. I believe you can taste their dedication in every mouthful. Leading the charge for innovation in the region is the family-run 9Dorf Farm. Harnessing extensive underground water resources in the area, David and Bronwyn Neuendorf are putting the Lockyer Valley on the map for aquaculture. They produce up to 30 tonnes of Murray Cod, Barramundi and Jade Perch, supplying restaurants across Australia. I wonder if someone in a fine dining restaurant down south would believe that their dinner has come from a land-locked valley known primarily for the production of fruit and vegetables. It’s impossible to take a trip through the Lockyer without absorbing a little bit of that passion. The opportunity to take those stories home and share them at your own table is good for the soul, good for the palate and the best way to spread the good work of our farmers.

Download copies of Alastair’s recipes at www.luvyalockyer.com.au Alastair McLeod @chef_mcleod www.alastairmcleod.com

Create an outdoor Lockyer Valley dining experience by collecting goodies from local farm gate, bakeries, butchers and cafes then head for one of our many parks, national parks or state forests to relax and enjoy.


Forest Hill Farm Stall

Lockyer Valley local markets

Roadside produce stalls

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.

Purchase fresh Lockyer Valley produce direct from the farm gate. Watch out for stalls all over the Lockyer Valley. Regular stalls are listed below.

Laidley Village Markets

Attended stall, 8am-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Every Friday. Patrick Street and the Mall, Laidley. 7am-1pm.

12 Forest Hill-Fernvale Road, Forest Hill (north of the Forest Hill township).

Organic Farmers Mini Markets Every Sunday. ArkOmega Farmacy, 511 Gatton-Esk Road, Adare. 7am-12 noon.

Mulgowie Farmers' Markets First Saturday of every month. Mulgowie Hall Grounds, Mulgowie. 8am-11am.

Ma Ma Creek Markets Second Saturday of the month. Ma Ma Creek Community Hall. 7am-12 noon.

Forest Hill Farm Stall

Grantham Winwill Road Vege Stall Open mostly 7 days. Seasonal vegetables available. 343 Grantham-Winwill Road(at the Gatton Clifton Road end).

Esk Road Vege Stall Attended stall, open Wednesday to Sunday (weather permitting). Wide range of local fruit and vegetables. Gatton-Esk Road, 1km north of the Warrego Highway.

Spring Creek Orchards

Murphys Creek Markets

Open most weekends when fruit is in season.

Third Saturday of the month. Murphys Creek Grounds, Murphys Creek. 7am-12.30pm.

Avocados: June – October Mangoes: Late January – mid March Custard Apples: March - April Tahitian Limes: January – October

Plainland Country Markets Third Sunday of every month. Plainland Hotel, Plainland. 7am-12 noon.

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

1331 Gatton-Esk Road Spring Creek.

Flagstone Fresh Open 7 days. Gourmet, Roma, cherry and mini Roma tomatoes. 946 Flagstone Creek Road, Flagstone Creek.

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When buying pumpkin, always buy a whole pumpkin. Cut out a wedge the size that you need, and put the rest of the pumpkin in the fridge. Do not cover it with plastic! It will last longer this way.

Harvest calendar

Planting windows Harvest windows

This calendar is a guide to the planting and harvesting of seasonal produce. It may be handy for seasonal workers and for you to make informed decisions about what is in season. Don’t forget that whilst the Lockyer Valley is an agricultural region we also produce some of the best beef, cheese, chocolate and smallgoods in South East Queensland. Crop/Month Beans Beetroot Broccoli Silverbeet Cabbage Capsicum Carrot Cauliflower Celery Chinese Cabbage Asian Greens Garlic Lettuce/Baby Leaf and Rocket/Spinach Onion Potato Pumpkin (Jarrahdale) Pumpkin (Jap) Sweet Corn Tomato/Cherry Sweet Potato Watermelon Straightleaf Onion

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Table sourced from Information Report – Lockyer Valley Sustainable Food Bowl Strategy.

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Staging Post Cafe and Function Centre

THE CAFE

FUNCTION CENTRE

The Staging Post Cafe is the perfect spot for a casual coffee, light meal or quality dining experience, located within the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.

The Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre offers everything you need to host a truly memorable occasion.

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Open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 4pm Enjoy our buffet breakfast from 7.30am on Sunday Features Merlo Coffee Groups/tours welcome with catering options available Fresh seasonal menu Modern setting Fully licensed venue

We specialise in conferences, meetings, weddings, celebrations and community events for 20 to 300 guests. • • • • • •

Four function rooms are available and can transform into one room, all air-conditioned Observation deck also available Fully equipped audio-visual facilities In-house catering Packages available to suit you Abundant free on-site parking

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton QLD 4343 p: 5466 3424 e: stagingpostcafe@lvrc.qld.gov.au Facebook: Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

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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).

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OUT AND ABOUT Exploring the Lockyer Valley

Out and about 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.

Treat yourself to an afternoon or morning tea of lavender scones and lemon myrtle cheesecake at Holmwood Produce Lavender Farm. Bookings are essential.

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Lake Apex

Spring Bluff Railway Station

Scotty’s Garage

Lockyer Valley attractions The Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre encompasses the Visitor Information Centre, the Queensland Transport Museum, Staging Post Café, Lockyer Legends Hall of Fame, function rooms, an art gallery and library. The venue regularly hosts some of the region’s largest events, expos, performances and functions throughout the year. Art lovers will enjoy the Lockyer Legends and art gallery, which has changing exhibitions showcasing local artists in different mediums. The Queensland Transport Museum will transport you through history with displays of vehicles from various eras. Displays change regularly as they are on loan from their owners. Outside of the cultural centre is Lake Apex, loaded with outdoor activities like walking tracks, a skate park,

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playground, bird habitat, picnic tables

main railway line between Ipswich

and BBQs. And a quick walk around the

and Toowoomba. Its significance

lake will bring you to the Gatton and

stems from nearly 150 years of

District Historical Village where you

railway history and the attraction of its

can explore the 22 buildings on site.

beautiful landscaped gardens. The old

Scotty’s Garage, at Flagstone Creek, has a huge range of collectables from the 1950s. When you’ve finished exploring, have lunch at the diner next door. A quick drive down the road will take you to 9Dorf Farms at Lilydale – a local producer of pasture raised chickens who also practice aquaculture producing Barramundi, Murray Cod and Jade Perch for restaurants around Australia. Make a booking in advance for a tour of their farm.

station master’s residence has been turned into a café. Opening times for the café can be found on their website. The location’s picturesque setting is popular for weddings and wedding photography. Bookings can be made year-round for a fee. During Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers each 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

The heritage-listed Spring Bluff

sounds of jazz with the relaxing

Railway Station is located on the

picnic atmosphere of the park.

Queensland Transport Museum

9Dorf Farms


Staying active 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. Up in the air

Sporting options

Discover the wonderful patchwork of colour and form from high above the Lockyer Valley. Drift through the crisp morning air, experience first hand the relaxing tranquillity and breathtaking views of beautiful South East Queensland.

The Lockyer Valley offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor sporting options.

Floating Images, based in Ipswich, offers balloon flights over the Lockyer Valley all year round. If you are looking for a thrill, try Pterodactyl Helicopters. See the breathtaking views from up above as you fly throughout the Lockyer!

Horse racing Race meetings have been held in Gatton at Burgess Park for over a century. Annually, the Lockyer Race Club hosts seven 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.

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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 and many other sports are played across the Lockyer 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 Fitness Centre available to the public. Follow the signs upon entering the university grounds. At Laidley, the Recreational Reserve located off Whites Road is a popular local sporting haunt. Options include 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 in Gatton at the Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre, which features an Olympic size pool, and also in Laidley. The University of Queensland, Gatton campus also has a heated pool open to the public.

The most popular horse riding trail is part of the Bicentennial National Trail. Horse rides can be booked through local providers, such as Fordsdale Horseback Adventures, and some accommodation also permits you to bring your own horse. Come and experience tranquil bushland, beautiful trails and genuine hospitality.

Branell Homestead, Laidley, offers weekly yoga classes at their beautiful wedding pavilion. Held on a Tuesday morning 9.30-10.30am during the school term, casual visits are more than welcome. Costs apply.

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For adventurous types, an array of activities including low ropes, rock climbing, abseiling and many other adventure activities are on offer from venues including Emu Gully. Emu Gully run adventure programs that are available for schools, sporting teams, youth groups and for corporate groups. Their focus is on team building and personal development. Activities include low ropes courses, rock climbing, night walks, skirmish, and adventure camping, with an ANZAC theme.

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.

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Getting back to nature Feel yourself relax and the stresses of your everyday melt away as you surround yourself with nature. Explore open woodlands, rocky escarpments, rainforest and more in the Lockyer Valley.

Lockyer National Park is home to the vulnerable and near-threatened species Helidon ironbark, mountain guinea flower, brush-tailed rock wallaby and black-breasted button quail. The park is a popular area for activities including remote bushwalking and mountain-bike riding.

Recorded species in the Lockyer Valley include quolls, potoroos, antechinus, dunnarts, echidna, platypus and several types of gliders and bandicoots, just to name a few. And with the Lockyer Valley also home to one of the richest non-coastal bird populations in Australia, all you need do is visit and enjoy the wildlife around you.

Some of the best vantage points to see the beauty of the Lockyer Valley from are our 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 Aboriginal and European history of the site and reflect on Laidley’s early pioneering men and women. Schultz Lookout is found in the beautiful Blenheim Hills area and affords views of rich agricultural farmlands. Facilities include a shelter shed and picnic table.

A great diversity of native plants can be found in the Lockyer Valley, ranging from grasses and herbs to shrubs, trees and rainforest species. More than 45 types of orchids alone are located here. Our natural spaces include national parks, state forest and other conservation areas, as well as hills, mountains and lookouts, lakes, parks and reserves. Glen Rock State Forest, named after a prominent volcanic rock outcrop, is the most westerly extent of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park’s management roads provide paths for walkers and riders to explore the landscape. Cyclists can also enjoy the park with a flowing ride along shared trails, taking in views down to the rainforest gorge. Glen Rock State Forest has a camping area that is suitable for tent camping, trailers, caravans and camper vans.

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The Lockyer Valley is also home to Gormans Gap and Mount Campbell, Flagstone Environmental Park, White Mountain State Forest and the spring wildflower laden Helidon Hills.

The Bicentennial National Trail passes through the Lockyer Valley. Part of Australia’s living history, the trail commemorates Australia’s Bicentenary and stretches 5,330 kilometres along Australia’s east coast. It is open to hikers, horse riders, mountain bikes and pack animals. Before you head into the great outdoors, make sure you have made suitable preparations. Always carry drinking water with you and tell a friend where you are headed. The Lockyer Valley is a place of discovery, tranquility and recreation, with treasures just waiting to be found.


Park it! With more than 50 parks and reserves across the Lockyer Valley, the region is the perfect destination to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Playgrounds and large open spaces, for the young and young-at-heart to run themselves out, abound. Lake Apex Park in Gatton and the Laidley Recreation Reserve offer a variety of fitness equipment for you to enjoy. The equipment varies between the parks but includes shoulder presses, push-up and sit-up boards. Grab your board and catch some air at the region’s skate parks. Take your pick from Kensington Grove, Laidley, Forest Hill, Gatton, Helidon, Murphys Creek and Withcott. While Gatton and Laidley are the largest, each is designed to appeal to different levels. Public art installations are scattered throughout the region in parks and include a series of sandstone sculptures in commemoration of the 2011 floods that hit the region. They include 'Comfort', Laidley Recreation Reserve; 'After the Past', Grantham Butter Factory; 'Spatial Horizons', Murphys Creek Ground and 'Pain', which is located at the Spring Bluff Railway Station.

Music-lovers can try two fully-interactive, outdoor musical playgrounds in the region. You’ll find Laidley’s in Das Neumann Haus Park in Patrick Street and Gatton’s in Centenary Gardens off North Street. Other popular parks include: • Jean Biggs Park, Withcott – with a covered electric BBQ with tables, tennis area, play equipment and a skate park • Dawson Phipps Park, Gatton – with one hectare of open parkland, it has a covered BBQ area with tables and play equipment • Forest Hill Place – the site of the former railway station master’s residence, it has an electric BBQ area with tables and seating • Narda Lagoon, Laidley – covers more than six hectares, and includes electric BBQs, tables and seating • Bertrand Avenue Parkland, Kensington Grove – with more than 18 hectares of open parkland, it has covered electric BBQs with tables and seating. For a full Parks and Reserves fact sheet, visit www.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au/recreation/parks, or pick up a copy from the Visitor Information Centre.

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Off with the birds

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Of the 850 bird species in Australia, more than 300 species have been recorded in the Lockyer Valley’s diverse and easily accessible habitats which encompass wetlands, agricultural land, national parks and state forests.

There are lots of opportunities to get walking in the Lockyer Valley. Heading out for a walk in the fresh, country air will help you feel more relaxed and sleep better.

Many species found in the Lockyer Valley are migratory, so the birds you may see are continually changing.

include Glen Rock State Forest,

• Lake Galletly and Lake Lenore at the University of Queensland, Gatton campus (Red-rumped Parrot, Pink-eared Duck, Red-kneed Dotterel, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Magpie Goose) • Lake Dyer (Plum-headed Finch, Caspian Tern)

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• Lake Clarendon (Black Falcon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Black-necked Stork, Blue-winged Kookaburra)

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• Lake Apex and Lake Freeman (153 species have been recorded including Latham’s Snipe, Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Black-fronted and Red-kneed Dotterel, Australasian Dater, Whistling Duck).

accessed from some campgrounds.

An excellent Lockyer Valley Bird brochure has been developed by Birdlife Southern Queensland and Friends of Lake Apex. Pick up a copy from the Visitor Information Centre.

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There are 10,000 Steps paths at Lake Apex, Laidley Recreation Reserve, and Bugler Park in Grantham. If you’re looking for a little adventure, give geocaching a go. Geocaching is where you hunt for trinkets with the help of a GPS-enabled device such as a phone. Find out more and sign up at geocaching.com. There are geocaches across the Lockyer Valley.

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Mormor Food vegetable stock is made from loads of Lockyer Valley produce. Their seed mix is coated with the stock too. A sprinkle of Mormor Food seeds is a great way to add that finishing touch to your dish. Roast heirloom tomatoes to serve with a smear of goat’s curd and some salad greens, and finish with a handful of seeds.

Building a food trail The best way to get to know a region is through its food, so be like Celebrity Chef and Lockyer Valley Food Ambassador Alastair McLeod and make friends with a farmer. Building a food trail is an experience to engage your senses. Map a journey to discover local produce that is bursting with flavour and goodness. Travel off the beaten track and onto small family farms where you can purchase farm gate produce. Hear the stories behind regional foods and their journey from paddock to plate. Excite your taste buds as you savour the flavours offered by producers. As one of the top ten most fertile farming areas in the world, the Lockyer Valley has wonderful dark alluvial soil, good quality water and an ideal climate for agricultural innovation. This allows the production of an extensive range of foods. Discover culinary treasures from some of our most well-known local producers, and learn why farm-fresh is always best. At Bauer’s Organic Farm you can not only purchase organic vegetables, but meet the farmer behind them too! Watch out for their open days, or join the Food Foragers Trail on the first Sunday of each month. The Food Foragers Trail gives you the opportunity to meet and wander the paddock with farmer Rob Bauer, feed the cows at Branell Homestead, enjoy lavender scones at Holmwood Produce Lavender Farm and much more. The trail is a unique day out full of wonderful experiences for the entire family, crossing from the Lockyer Valley to the Scenic Rim. Follow the

Facebook page www.facebook.com/FoodForagersTrail for updates and to find out what is happening on the first Sunday of each month. Find more local farmers at the Mulgowie Farmers Market (first Saturday every month). It’s an amazing collection of fresh, local produce from growers like Ghost Gully and Mulgowie Farming Company. As well as produce you’ll find locally produced cheeses from the multi-award winning Emmos Fine Foods, jams, pickles and relishes from D.A.D.Z. Farm, and vegetable stock and seeds from Mormor Food. Grab a coffee, relax and sit under the tree to take in the view. The Plainland Country Markets (third Sunday every month) are also well attended by local farmers and producers selling their product. Lockyer Valley has markets on every weekend. You can also find farm fresh produce at our roadside farm stalls. Fiona at Forest Hill stocks produce from a number of Lockyer Valley farms as well as local honey, and preserves. The visitor information centre also stocks a variety of honey, jams, pickles and relishes, vegetable stock and seeds, locally handmade chilli chocolate with numerous flavours from Seatonfire. A foodie trip to the Lockyer Valley wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Schulte’s Meat Tavern – a family owned and operated business that offers a range of the highest quality fresh red meat, pork and lamb products and their famous Mettwurst. Head to www.luvyalockyer.com.au to find a list of some of our producers who sell at the farm gate, or to build an exciting and memorable itinerary for your visit.

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Lockyer Valley tourist drives The easy way to get the most out of your visit is by following our picturesque tourist drives. Suitable for most vehicle types including motorcycles, there are great drives also available for car clubs with plenty of great stops along the way. Laidley Valley 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 the rest area and read the Thiess Memorial at Heifer Creek. Continue to Glen Rock State Forest 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 (check website for opening times). Return via Toowoomba and the Warrego Highway.

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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Glen Rock State Forest

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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 our Visitor Information Centre and remember to pack your thermos before you depart!

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 seven days a week, both with public amenities. Pick up a Cobb & Co brochure from our Visitor Information Centre. Pick up a drive map or brochure from our Visitor Information Centre or visit our website for more information.


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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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Queensland Transport Museum The museum features a magnificent display of various forms of transport of different ages with models that explore the creations, founders and functions of the transport industry.

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Rev your engines Do you love the smell of exhaust, diesel or burnt rubber, and have a fondness for all things mechanical? Well, we have a year-long lineup that will keep your pistons firing. If it’s speed you’re looking for, make sure you check out the calendar for the Lockyer Valley Speedway. Held at the Gatton Showgrounds, racing classes include classic/vintage speedway cars, street stock sedans, microsprints, SSA juniors, karts and much more. If you want to nominate to run, check their Facebook page for details. The grandstand makes a great spot for the family to enjoy the spectacle. Gatton Street Sprints is held in the blocked-off Gatton Industrial Estate each March. The track is approximately one kilometre long and features chicanes and off-camber turns. More than 100 cars converge to battle it out to be the fastest around the block. An added bonus to the street sprints is Saturday night’s burnout competition. Want to

compete? Entry is open to all licensed drivers. Want to be a spectator? As well as the sights and sounds of the street sprints there are food outlets and activities for the kids. Chrome and Clutter Festival in June goes retro with car and bike shows. Laidley’s main street lined with classic cars is truly a sight to behold. Head off the beaten track to Scotty's Garage at Flagstone Creek and walk straight back into the 1950s and 60s. The automotive museum will have you drooling over Scotty's vintage 1940s Indian motorcycle and much more. Events continue with the HCVAQ Historic Truck and Machinery Show in Gatton in September, Lights on the Hill in Gatton in October and the Motorcycle Swap Meet in Laidley in October. Make sure you add a visit to the Queensland Transport Museum to your to-do list. Located at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, it is home to displays of various types of transport, models and displays. There’s an interactive simulator to practice your driving skills and watch out for special school holiday activities.

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HERITAGE AND CULTURE

The Foundation Building at University of Queensland, Gatton

Heritage and 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 interconnected 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,

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becoming important community cornerstones of beliefs and learning. Reminders of the 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 Lockyer Valley's lifestyles, workplaces and pastimes 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. Lockyer Valley has a thriving arts community and a calendar of events that reflect the region's rich heritage.


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Lockyer Valley arts 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 longterm 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 identify future leaders of our local community. The Lockyer Legends Portrait Series was created by award-winning photographer Robyn Hills. 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.

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. Puddle Jumpers, a subsidiary youth group, works with the performing arts group, 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 and local school groups. Everyone is welcome. You’ll be amazed at the quality of production and performance tucked away in our rural community. For more information visit www.lrpa.org.au

Visual Arts Lockyer Valley is home to a number of art galleries displaying the talents and passions of many local or travelling artists. The art gallery, located within the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, Gatton, showcases a wide variety of work. 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. Public art installations are scattered throughout the region and include a series of sandstone sculptures in commemoration of the 2011 floods that hit the region. They include 'Comfort', Laidley Recreation Reserve; 'After the Past', Grantham Butter Factory; 'Spatial Horizons', Murphys Creek Ground and 'Pain', which is located at the Spring Bluff Railway Station. In Laidley, stop by the Laidley Mall to see the mosaic sculpture 'Seed Pod', as well as 'Lily of the Lockyer Valley', which is a stunning piece in marble, granite and sandstone.

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Spring Bluff Railway Station

Windows to the past Lockyer Valley has a rich and interesting history. When you visit there are a variety of ways you can peek through the window to see what’s beyond. In Laidley, Patrick Street is lined with Victorian and Federation-era shop fronts including the historic Das Neumann Haus which was 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 and is now a museum of early twentieth century family life. Across the road is heritage-listed Mann’s Bakery, established in 1905. Down the street is the two-storey Exchange Hotel, built in 1902. The site of the original location of Laidley town, prior to the construction of the railway line in

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1866, is marked by Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum. At the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, you will find the heritage-listed Foundation Building. It was 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 historic interest. Learn about the history of Queensland’s oldest tertiary campus on a historical tour. Bookings are for groups only (10 or more) and include the opportunity to relax with a Devonshire tea. 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. 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 and on 12 April 1867, the first train from Ipswich reached Toowoomba. The journey from Ipswich to Helidon took three hours and another two hours for the remainder of the trip. 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 who liked the area. In 1913, the station handled more than 5500 passengers. The station was decommissioned in August 1992, and the ganger and fettler crew withdrew in September 1993. The importance of the station was recognized by the National 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. Opening times can be found on their website.


Monuments and 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 World War One 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 in 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.

Gatton murders In 1898, Gatton was the scene of a triple murder, known as the Gatton 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. The siblings were well liked and the murder was a national sensation. To this day, no perpetrator has been convicted of the crime. Visit the grave sites at the Gatton Cemetery and stop at the Gatton Library to read the full account.

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Museum culture A museum is a place where objects of historical, artistic or cultural interest are stored and exhibited. There’s no denying that Lockyer Valley offers a rich museum culture with so many opportunities to explore local history and heritage at your fingertips. The history of Helidon is displayed as a unique gazebo pictorial museum on Railway Street. Further down the Cobb and Co Tourist Drive is Jessie’s Cottage at Murphys Creek. Preserved as a house museum, Jessie’s Cottage tells the story of Jessie Taylor, a shy local lady who lived an eccentric life for her times. Jessie’s Cottage remains true to the area as it was in the beginning of European settlement. 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 (open Saturday to Monday) for a viewing.

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founders and functions of the industry. Exhibits change regularly and offer the opportunity to see vehicles you may never have seen before.

The Gatton and District Historical Village houses 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.

Still in Gatton the UQ Gatton Past Students Association Museum is found on the ground floor of Morrison Hall, at the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus. It displays past student, staff and college memorabilia. The museum is open Mondays from 1pm to 4pm, or by appointment for tours.

Just around the corner, is the Queensland Transport Museum which features a display of transport history exploring the creation,

Laidley’s Pioneer Village and Museum was the first pioneer village established in Queensland, in 1972. It has an extensive collection of

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objects, machinery and buildings, and offers an insight into the timber and farming industries and lifestyles of early pioneers. It is open seven days a week and regularly plays host to school and bus groups. Das Neumann Haus, also in Laidley, was restored and refurnished in the style of the 1930s to be opened to the public as a house museum. At one time the house was considered to be the cultural hub of the community. Now volunteers tell the stories of the Neumann family and the history of Laidley, and serve morning and afternoon teas and light lunches on the back deck of the house, seven days a week.


Grounds and gardens open dawn-dusk every day • Café • Spacious picnic grounds • Free electric BBQs • Wedding venue Carnival of Flowers prize-winning displays in Spring • Summer floral display • Train rides from Toowoomba during Carnival of Flowers week (late September) Please check the website for Cafe opening hours. Cafe open every day in September. NOTE: Due to the historic and undulating nature of the site, it is not wheelchair accessible.

General enquiries: 4688 6883

Wedding enquiries: 5466 3425 Café: 4630 8177 Find us on Facebook!

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GATTON AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL VILLAGE This 2.5 hectare property is home to 22 buildings including a fully restored church, working blacksmith and wheelwright shop, fire station and engine, restored railway station and more. See wagons, carts, engines, machinery and memorabilia.

OPEN EVERY SUNDAY FROM 1PM TO 4PM AND BY APPOINTMENT

Schools, groups and coaches welcome Bookings available for church and grounds hire for weddings and wedding photos

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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: • • • • •

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Historic Church & Hospital display Fully furnished School & Police lock-up Restored wagons & farm machinery 48 hour rest area across the road War memorabilia & so much more

Wedding enquiries, group and school bookings welcome. Open 7 Days 9am-3pm.

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Lake Clarendon Photo by Kev Russell

Hatton Vale Photo by Garry Watson

Lockyer Valley through the eyes of a local Can we let you in on a secret… or two… or more? This is Lockyer Valley as seen through the eyes of members of the Lockyer Valley Camera Club. These are some of their favourite places in the region and some of their favourite subjects. And they’re beautiful. Lockyer Valley Camera Club is an amateur photographic club who aim to share the joy of photography. The club encourages all skill levels to enjoy their photographic hobby. When you visit the Lockyer Valley make sure you remember to bring your camera so you can capture amazing images like this too.

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Scotty's Garage Photo by Helen McCraw

Birdlife at Adare

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Holmwood Produce Lavender Farm, Thornton Photo by Francis Buckley

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Explore new and unique wares at Neilsen’s Place in Laidley. Wander through this heritage-feel building that has been an icon in the Laidley community for over a century. Originally a saddlery and library, this structure was built in 1894 by Peter Neilsen, a former mayor of Laidley. Neilsen’s Place, as the building is now known, has been restored to its former glory and houses growing Lockyer Valley businesses looking to get a start in retail. Support growing local businesses whilst discovering a piece of the region’s rich history.

Address: 130 Patrick St, Laidley at the Laidley Village Shopping Mall Open: Monday – Saturday More information: www.neilsensplace.com.au

Neilsen’s Place, home of the Laidley Business Incubator, an Economic Development initiative of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.

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SHOP LOCAL Caffe Sorella

Shop local The Lockyer Valley is home to a diverse range of specialty retailers packed with charm and unique shopping experiences. Let’s talk shopping! The Lockyer Valley has everything, from award winning meats and smallgoods to delightful giftware, to a 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. Visit Das Neumann Haus in Laidley for locally handmade baby clothes and gifts, whilst Forest Hill Post Office

will leave you in awe at the selection of treasures available. Explore Neilsen's Place where you will find an interesting collection of new and hand-crafted goods. This heritagefeel building is home to multiple local businesses offering a unique range of giftware, crystals, linen, baby and children's wear, book exchange and much more. 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.

Keep a look out for small boutique retailers and hidden gems in our local towns. Quaint cafés can house a variety of jewellery and fashion accessories as well as gifts, candles, local artwork and more, so keep an eye out as you wait for your coffee. Whilst Gatton offers the perfect mix of everyday items, homewares, fashion and groceries, Laidley and Forest Hill are home to some beautiful stores stocking handmade jewellery, kitch fashion accessories, vintage clothing, English china and even gourmet chocolates. The Visitor Information Centre at Lake Apex is also worth a visit. They stock souvenirs, books of local interest and postcards, as well as a range of locally made food and lavender products.

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ACCOMMODATION Stockton Rise Country Retreat

Staying 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. 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. A number of conveniently located motels are also available in the region including Gatton’s newest motel, located across the road from the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre. Room Motels Gatton features spacious, contemporary rooms where you can escape the outside world in the peace of your whisper-quiet room at the end of your day. The architecturally designed rooms have been fashioned with your extreme comfort in mind and feature airconditioning and double-glazing. During your stay make use of free Wi-Fi and Foxtel, and enjoy having a kitchenette included in your room. Room Motels Gatton also has an allocation of pet friendly rooms designed to meet

the needs of guests with pets while ensuring the room stays fresh and clean. Fordsdale Farmstay offers camping and also has a four-bedroom farmhouse weekender for rent. The farmhouse is fully furnished and linen is included. It’s a great place for families to get away. Country style, fully self-contained bungalows are also available at Clewleys Country Haven. Pets are allowed by arrangement. If camping is your getaway preference, there are a number of affordable options, all with beautiful scenic outlooks. Choose from free rest areas or stay at one of our more equipped campgrounds that include amenities and activities. Pet friendly options are also available. Lake Dyer offers a great family friendly environment with easy access to the lake for boat owners or watersports enthusiasts. See the camping directory on page 42 for more details.

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Branell Homestead, Laidley

B&B tranquility If you’re looking for a peaceful atmosphere, personal attention, comfortable beds, loads of country hospitality and that home-away-fromhome feeling… a stay at one of our Lockyer Valley B&B’s might be the very thing that you’re looking for. Escape from the city and explore the countryside. Enjoy breath-taking views of mountains and valleys, from the deck, or verandah of your B&B, and contemplate sunsets that will leave you wishing you could extend your stay. Meet the local wildlife, and maybe a cow or two as well. For pure elegance and style, Branell Homestead in Laidley is in a class of its own. This award-winning B&B has become a highly coveted wedding location because of its timeless charm. As well as the main homestead Branell has three, three-bedroom luxury cabins each with breathtaking views, to accommodate their guests. 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 simply decide to take some quality ‘me’ time on the spacious verandahs while soaking in the view. Become enchanted with the fine detail and grandeur of this beautiful property.

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Stockton Rise Country Retreat overlooks fertile working farmland for a true Lockyer Valley experience. Breathe in the fresh, clean air while you enjoy the picturesque outlook. Spend time on the large deck and verandah where you can enjoy a barbecue or dine outside while watching the bird and animal life. Glencoe Cottage, also part of the family of properties, is an original farm house renovated to accommodate visitors. Opt in on a farm tour when you book your stay at Stockton Rise, or arrange to visit the cattle herd on the property. You can discover the Lockyer Valley from a great vantage point at Porters Plainland Bed and Breakfast. Perched high on a hill overlooking the Lockyer Valley, their suites offer country solitude, beautiful views and modern comfort. Located just two minutes from the renowned Porters Plainland Hotel on the Warrego Highway, you can easily enjoy a meal at the hotel then head back to relax in the guest lounge, complete with fireplace, or enjoy a stroll on the nature walk. All rooms have their own ensuite and are airconditioned. Shared facilities include a barbecue, undercover parking and laundry. Other properties in Lockyer Valley include the stylish and self-contained chalets of ecoRidge Hideaway at Preston, the relaxed Number #15 B&B at Summerholm, Whispers of the Valley at Grantham. Check our website (www.luvyalockyer.com.au) to find a complete list of accommodation options in region.


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www.stocktonrise.com.au

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Peaceful self-contained accommodation in two locations Beautiful views and spectacular sunsets Flora and Fauna

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Country markets and quaint towns Walks and drives through scenic countryside Country hospitality

Phone 0418 778 312

RRURAL LUXURY BED & BREAKFAST & STYLISH COUNTRY WEDDING VENUE

Located just outside Laidley in the beautiful Lockyer Valley • 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

A stylish wedding venue with unrivalled views & luxurious accommodation • Pavilion and jetty by the lake for ceremonies and receptions • Wedding venue hire and luxurious accommodation packages available

Picturesque views, not too far from home...

12 Paroz Road, Laidley, Queensland 4341 Phone: (07) 5465 1788 • www.branell.com.au

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Lockyer Valley camping directory Centenary Park Camping Ground

Laidley Showgrounds

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

McGregor Street, Laidley | T (07) 5465 1284 www.laidleyshow.com.au Contact the Laidley Show Society Secretary for information.

Lake Dyer Camping and Caravan Ground

Fordsdale Horseback Adventures Wagners Road, Fordsdale | T (07) 5462 6707 www.fordsdalefarmstay.com Bush camping, with access to amenities block, available on the 1000 acre property.

Glen Rock State Forest via Mt Sylvia Road, Tenthill Valley | T 13 74 68 www.nprsr.qld.gov.au Glen Rock is located 42 kilometres south of Gatton and adjoins the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park. Bring your own firewood. No generators allowed. Permit required.

Gatton-Laidley Road, Laidley | T (07) 5465 3698 Lake Dyer is a popular fishing, boating and day trip spot. There are secure camping amenities, a designated swimming area with covered BBQ areas and water activities available. Bookings essential.

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.

Narda Lagoon Rest Area Drayton Street, Laidley 48 hour rest area beside Narda Lagoon. When you camp in the Lockyer Valley make sure you check for fire bans before lighting campfires.

Heifer Creek Rest Area Gatton-Clifton Road (GPS coordinates 27 44 56 S/152 05 26 E) 48 hour rest area beside Ma Ma Creek. Limited spaces available. Bring your own firewood.

PICNIC TABLE

Centenary Park Camping Ground Fordsdale Horseback Adventures Glen Rock State Forest Heifer Creek Rest Area Laidley Showgrounds Lake Dyer Camping and Caravan Ground Mulgowie Hall Recreational Camping Narda Lagoon Rest Area

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BBQS

CAMPFIRE

CAMPING CARAVANS POWERED SITES

TOILETS

SHOWERS

LAUNDRY

WALKING TRAILS

HORSE CORRAL

PLAYGROUND

WHEELPET CHAIR FRIENDLY ACCESSIBLE

FISHING

BOATING


TOWNS AND LOCALITIES Country roads lead to delightful places

Towns and localities 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 love visiting the Lockyer Valley. Pack a picnic and make a day of exploring the region and all it has to offer. Watch out for cafes, farm stalls, wildlife and stunning views as you drive down back roads and breathe in the fresh, country air. Keep an eye out for 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 Centre free of charge. Enjoy your visit!

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Gatton

Laidley

Plainland

Gatton is the largest town in the Lockyer Valley, centred around primary production and agriculture. Officially gazetted in 1855, Gatton has a culturally diverse population of approximately 8,000 and enjoys a laidback, country lifestyle.

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.

Plainland is a fast growing locality situated on the Warrego Highway eight kilometres north of Laidley. It is popular with travellers as a refuelling stop for both the vehicle and passengers.

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.

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 in the annual festivals, parades and exhibitions and community spirit.

Gatton’s Lockyer Valley Cultural 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, visit the Lights on the Hill memorial and enjoy the serenity.

A walk down the main street reveals unique local gift stores as well as essential shopping and dining. If you visit on a Friday, the experience is heightened with market stalls and displays lining the sidewalks. Das Neumann Haus, hand-built in 1893, showcases the town's German heritage. and at the Laidley Pioneer Village you can discover ancient artefacts and immerse yourself in the region’s rich historical ties. In 2016, Discount My Flights Australia named Laidley as one of Australia's Top 50 Small Towns.

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Plainland offers the choice of specialty retail outlets, major food chains, a historic hotel and famous Schulte's Meat Tavern. The locality was once grazing country, but today Plainland is an important mix of expanding business, commercial and residential premises. Visit the markets located next to the family owned Porters Plainland Hotel, every third Sunday of the month. The hotel is also a great spot for a meal and live music on the deck.


Forest Hill

Grantham

Helidon

Tucked away between Laidley and Gatton is a vibrant little town with just so much to offer. Situated six kilometres south of the Warrego Highway, Forest Hill has an unspoiled feel, reflected in its gift shops and tastefully renovated buildings.

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.

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.

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.

Helidon is famous for sandstone, which has been mined since the 1880s and was used to build Brisbane’s City Hall, Central Post Office, Treasury Building and Parliament House. Today it is exported around the world and has become the international benchmark for grading sandstone.

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 hours of exploring, shopping, eating and drinking a few cold beers. Make sure you call into Caffe Sorella or the Forest Hill Post Office where you will find a treasure trove of gifts as well as Café 4342 for a memorable dining experience. No visit to Forest Hill is complete without stopping in to the Forest Hill Farm Stall for some farm fresh produce.

Call in and say hi to the friendly Grantham locals at the general store and newsagency or take a look at the charmingly restored Butter Factory. The original Grantham Butter Factory opened in 1907. At that time Grantham was the centre of the dairying district. It was one of four butter factories controlled by The Queensland Farmers’ Co-operative Company. As production increased, extensions were made to the factory and in 1926 the foundation stone was laid for the brick building we know today. A newspaper report of the opening described the new factory as the ‘pride of Grantham’.

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. While in town be sure to 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.

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Withcott

Mulgowie

Murphys Creek

The last town heading west and 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, a credit to the local litter patrol volunteers and is renowned for friendly helpful people.

Best known for its real farmers' market and traditional country pub, Mulgowie is situated 12 kilometres south of Laidley. The town’s name is derived from the Aboriginal word Mt Mulgowie, roughly meaning ‘big round hill’.

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.

The town is so friendly it was named Queensland's Friendliest Town 2016. Withcott offers the traveller a rural atmosphere, antique shops, bakeries, cafes, and a great hotel established in 1889. The town is 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. The ideal vantage point, offering breathtaking views of the region is from Tabletop Mountain, accessible via South Street, Toowoomba. Don't forget to pack water, a snack and wear comfortable shoes as the climb is quite steep with loose rocks.

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The Mulgowie Farmers' Markets, 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 locallyowned pub known for twice yearly outback bull ride events. The pub 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. 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 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 great monthly markets. 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, or a picnic lunch.


Clewleys Country Haven Holiday Bungalows

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

Peace, tranquillity & 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.

Experience the adventure of ballooning over Ipswich and SE Qld. One hour flight, restaurant champagne breakfast and flight certificate. Call or book online for flights, accommodation packages and gift vouchers.

Location: 385 Spa Water Rd, Iredale Q 4352 via Withcott T: (07) 4630 3477 | M: 0411 142 844 E: clewleyscountryhaven@ozemail.com.au www.clewleyscountryhaven.com.au

T: (07) 3294 8770 E: info@floatingimages.com.au www.floatingimages.com.au

Gatton Caravan Park

Holmwood Produce Lavender Farm

Located on the road leading into Gatton’s CBD, Gatton Caravan Park is approximately 1km from the main street. We have various types of vans and cabins. Facilities include a games room, oval and swimming pool.

Lavender crafts and natural skin care products. All hand made using Australian ingredients. Proudly owned by Gary and Anne Young. Tour groups and visitors welcome by appointment.

Location: 291 Eastern Drive, Gatton Q 4343 T: (07) 5462 1198 www.gattoncaravanpark.com

Farm: 15 Thornton School Rd, Thornton Q 4341 via Laidley T: (07) 5466 7264 | M: 0417 799 679 www.holmwoodproduce.com.au

Laidley Florist and Tearoom

Lockyer Race Club

Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm, and Saturday 9am to 12 noon

Country racing at its finest! Facilities include tote, covered marquee, food and beverage outlets and country hospitality. For corporate bookings, sponsorship proposals and race day advertising please contact Terry Kirkwood on 0400 402 225.

Come and enjoy a coffee or cake in the elegant atmosphere of a bygone era at Laidley’s award-winning florist and tearoom. Location: Patrick Street, Laidley T: (07) 5465 1755

Track: Spencer Street, Gatton Q 4343 T: (07) 5462 2850 | E: lockyerraceclub@bigpond.com www.lockyerraceclub.com.au

9Dorf Farms

Mormor Food

A fourth generation familyowned business, farming in the Lockyer Valley since 1918. We are passionate about sustainable farming, working with and improving the environment, producing pasture-raised chicken, eggs, beef and pork, and farming Australian native fish in a recirculating system. Tour groups and visitors welcomed at the farm by appointment.

Naturally improve the flavour of your food with our awardwinning range of locally sourced and made vegetable stock concentrates. Vaxtkraft (translated: ‘growing power’) is an instant and full flavoured stock. Vegan, gluten, dairy and preservative free. For stockists and recipes visit our website.

Farm: 542 Flagstone Creek Road Lilydale Q 4344 T: (07) 4697 5215 | M: 0428 845 417 : 9dorf Farms | www.9dorf.com.au

: mormorfood | : mormorfood www.mormorfood.com.au

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Travellers directory Emergency Numbers

Police, Fire and Ambulance (24 Hr)

000 112 (from mobile)

Police

Gatton

(07) 5468 3266

Laidley

(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 – Gatton Discount Drug Store

(07) 5462 1071

Gatton – Gatton Pharmacy

(07) 5462 1016

Gatton – Lockyer Valley Pharmacy

(07) 5462 3333

Plainland – Plainland Pharmacy

(07) 5411 4240

Laidley – Laidley Soul Pattinson Chemist

(07) 5465 1477

Withcott – Withcott Medical Centre Pharmacy

(07) 4630 3788

Gatton Taxi Service

0418 718 045

Laidley Taxi Service

0408 786 872

RACQ

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

J & I Ziebarth Towing

(07) 5462 1452

Fordsdale Wildlife Rescue

(07) 4697 5122

F.A.U.N.A.

1300 328 621

Gatton Veterinary Surgery

(07) 5462 1343

Laidley Veterinary Surgery

(07) 5465 1259

UQ Veterinary Clinic

(07) 5460 1788

Withcott Veterinary

0427 809 465

Hospital

Medical centres

Pharmacies

Taxi

Breakdown

Wildlife rescue

Veterinary services

Coin operated water tanker filling stations

Forest Hill – Corner Gatton-Laidley Road and Forest Hill-Fernvale Road (Opposite Van Ansem Auto Electrical & Service Station)

Water is charged at 50c per 150L – only 50c pieces can be used

Glenore Grove – Brightview Road (in the park opposite Glenore Grove School)

Maintenance requests can be lodged by phoning 13 23 64

Laidley – Lions Park, Vaux Street Hatton Vale – Corner Fairway Drive and Scott Place

Dump points

Gatton – Gatton Showgrounds Laidley – John Street North

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Looking for more information? Visit our visitor information centre, website or talk to a local. You will also find us on Instagram. Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton Q 4343 Phone: (07) 5466 3425 Email: tourism@lvrc.qld.gov.au

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Need to connect? Need access to Wi-Fi whilst visiting the region? Here are a few locations that offer Wi-Fi or internet services. Some conditions and trading hours do apply. For more information and locations see the Visitor Information Centre. Gatton

Telstra phone booths on Railway Street offer free Wi-Fi along Railway Street Zee Zees Café, 53 Railway Street McDonald's, Warrego Highway McCafé, Gatton Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, 34 Lake Apex Drive Lockyer Laundromat, Karl Complex – INTERNET ACCESS ONLY Killing Time with Coffee, Shop 13 Holm Mall, 46 Railway Street

Laidley

Das Neumann Haus, Corner William and Patrick Streets Laidley Community Centre, Mary Street – INTERNET ACCESS ONLY Laidley Library, Spicer Street

Plainland

Hungry Jack's, Plainland Travel Centre, Warrego Highway

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