Lockyer Valley Visitor Guide

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Welcome The Lockyer Valley continues to build on its reputation as a leading supplier of some of the highest quality and freshest produce in not only Australia, but the world.

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What’s on in the Lockyer Valley


Towns and villages


Lockyer Valley eats

And, it is a region I hold close to my heart. It is conveniently located just one hour west of Brisbane, but you would never know. As soon as you arrive, it’s easy to become immersed in the clean air, unique locations and hidden treasures.


Out and about


Tourist map of the Lockyer Valley

Nestled at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, pay a visit to the Lockyer and you will soon see that there is genuinely something for everyone. You can immerse yourself in a blend of town and country living and enjoy everything from art galleries to horse riding, and spectacular national parks.






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Come during one of the region’s premier events, such as the Laidley Spring Festival each September or mid-year, when our local shows come alive. You could also opt for rural living at its best and visit one of the many country markets while you source our fresh produce, straight from the farmer to you.


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Affectionately known as Australia’s salad bowl, the region is one of the 10 most fertile farming areas in the world.

I am grateful every day to call the Lockyer Valley home and am always exceptionally proud to discuss the region, our produce and committed producers, wherever I may be. I encourage anyone looking for a memorable adventure to travel to the Lockyer Valley and experience for themselves the hidden treasures that are here.

Cr Tanya Milligan Mayor Lockyer Valley Regional Council Cover Photography: Robyn Hills Photography Pty Ltd Cover Location: Bauer's Organic Farm, Mt Sylvia Graphic Design: www.briogroup.com.au In creating this visual document, Council acknowledges the work of the following photographers: Robyn Hills Photography Pty Ltd, Lockyer Valley Camera Club, Voice Photography, Helen McCraw – HM Images, Heather Smith – Wishbone Communications, Tezza Photography, One-Click Photography and Kevin Russell. 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.

Buses travel regularly from Brisbane and surrounding areas including services by Translink, Murrays and Greyhound Australia.



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.

Fly to Brisbane Airport and in less than an hour’s drive you are in the region. Fly direct to Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport from Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and Cairns. Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport is a 30 minute drive to the region. The Airport Flyer offers transfer services, stopping at convenient locations along the Warrego Highway.

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Extensive display of tourist information and maps Accommodation bookings and travel cards Stockist of amazing local products Australian made souvenirs Free WIFI available Ticket sales for the Queensland Transport Museum


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Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton Q 4343 (Located within the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre) Phone: 07 5466 3425 Email: tourism@lvrc.qld.gov.au www.luvyalockyer.com.au

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Luvya events Regional Queensland… it’s a unique events mecca!

In the Lockyer Valley, you will find events to suit every member of the family at any time of the year. From music festivals, swap meets, motorsport events, heritage festivals, horse events including fabulous country race days, to cooking school events and lots more. If adrenaline is your thing, don’t miss the Speedway or Gatton Motorfest. If you prefer the florals of spring, be sure to add the Laidley Spring Festival to your calendar. Since 1962, the festival has impressed visitors with shows of beautiful flowers and gardens. Enjoy another floral fix in Spring with the Big Band at the Bluff event, which runs as part of Toowoomba’s iconic Carnival of Flowers. Listen to great tunes from a Big Band, whilst enjoying

the picturesque grounds of awardwinning Spring Bluff Railway Station. If you like things hot get along to the Murphys Creek Chilli Festival or if you like things cool, don’t miss Laidley’s Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival. The poodle skirts, bobby socks, rock’n’roll and classic cars are calling. The spotlight shines on the region’s proud heritage at events such as the Laidley Heritage Weekend, Heavy Horse Field Days and the Historic Commercial Vehicle Association Queensland (HCVAQ) Historic Truck & Machinery Show. Check out www.luvyalockyer.com. au/whats-on/events for a full list of all events happening in the Lockyer Valley or call the Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre on 07 5466 3425.

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Lockyer Valley Turf Club Race Days – throughout the year A genuine country race day experience. Check out the Gatton Cup in June and make a day of it with your friends and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. www.lockyervalleyturfclub.com.au | Lockyer Valley Turf Club

Gatton Motorfest – March A great weekend of drifting and burnout competitions on the streets of Gatton. Two days of tyre-frying, sideways action and the biggest smoke show the Lockyer Valley has ever seen. Drift, skids, cruise, power skids, all on the streets… legally! It’s a horsepower party! www.downsmotorsportclub.com.au | Gatton Motorfest

Lockyer Valley Heritage Festival – May Laidley Heritage Weekend: A great way to discover the heritage of Laidley, at Das Neumann Haus and the Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum. On offer are displays, activities and entertainment including live music and activities for the kids. Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Field Days: A chance to encounter the heavy horses that helped build our nation – working exhibitions and heavy horses in action, decorated harness displays, working teams ploughing and much more. www.gattonheavyhorses.com.au Helidon Heritage Fair: Fun for all the family with heritage activities including pie-eating and spud peeling, a Billy Kart Derby, Tug-of-War, 100 Yard Dash for Cash and a Grand Parade. Helidon Heritage Fair www.luvyalockyer.com.au

Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival – June Get your engine revving and head back in time to an era of poodle skirts, bobby socks, rock’n’roll and classic cars. The festival, held in Laidley, features markets, car and bike shows, dancing and a whole lot of retro cool. Chrome & Clutter Retro Festival




• Spring Orchid show • Quilt & Craft Expo • Church Displays • Art & Craft Markets • Floral Displays • Street Parade • Family Fun Day • Make it, Bake it & Grow it Markets • and much more!

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Annually in September!

Laidley Spring Festival – September Celebrate Spring in the Lockyer Valley 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. www.luvyalockyer.com.au

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. Murphys Creek Chilli Festival

Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy – October Twin convoys make their way to Gatton from Withcott to the west and Bundamba to the east, commemorating valued members of the trucking community, with a Memorial Wall service the following day. A two-day event with live entertainment, kids’ rides, market stalls, a truck show and charity auction. Lights on the Hill Trucking Memorial Inc

HCVAQ Historic Truck and Machinery Show – November 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. The largest meet of historic trucks and vehicles in Queensland. Entertainment and food on-ground. Hcvaq Inc







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

For more information: www.hcvaq.com | P: (07) 5546 7050 | E: hcvaqld@hcvaq.com * Subject to change

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Calendar of community events To find details of these and other events visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au Visit the Lockyer Valley January


Gatton Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Australia Day Awards and Celebrations

Gatton Lapidary Club Inc


Laidley Country Music Festival Ride the Range Cycling Event Rotary Ride The Range



Anzac Day

Lockyer Antique Motor Association Swap Meet

Harmony and Healing Fair

Laidley Show

Colours of the Lockyer Arts and Culture Festival

Gatton Show

Ma Ma Creek Exhibition and Bush Dance Ma Ma Creek Exhibition

The Mulga

Lockyer Multicultural Festival


Gatton Show

Mulgowie Bush Dance and Mulga Bullride



Laidley Show


Spirit of the Valley Events Inc

World Cup Show Jumping Gatton World Cup

LAMA Tractor Trek www.lama.org.au


Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo (Murphys Creek) Murphys Creek Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo

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

Up the Creek Music Festival Up the Creek Festival

October Country Challenge on Campus Fun Run UQ Gatton

Motorcycle Swap Meet Celtic Festival of Queensland (Helidon) Celtic Festival of Queensland


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

Laidley Christmas Street Carnival

December Forest Hill Christmas Festivities Forest Hill Christmas Festivities

Gatton Christmas Carnival Withcott and District Community Carols Carols at the Bluff Spring Bluff

TOWNS AND VILLAGES Heritage street charm of Laidley

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

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

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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Forest Hill

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.

Tucked away between Laidley and Gatton is a vibrant little town with 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.

For the visitor, Gatton has everything required for a comfortable stay. With three major supermarkets, a busy main shopping district, various dining options, quality sporting facilities, parks and reserves, Gatton is a convenient base to explore the surrounding areas.

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 also sits on the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive as a staging post for stage coach transportation in South East Queensland.

Gatton’s Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre houses a library, art gallery, 300 seat 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 poignant Lights on the Hill memorial and enjoy the serenity.

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.



Plainland is a fast growing locality situated on the Warrego Highway 45 minutes west of Brisbane. It is popular with travellers as a refuelling stop for both the vehicle and passengers.

About halfway between Gatton and Helidon lies Grantham, a little village surrounded by rich farming land. The town is home to Stanbroke, one of Australia’s leading beef producers, who export prime beef to world markets including their Diamantina brand.

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.

A number of parks in the area have been recently beautified and a brand new park is located in the new estate. These parks are the perfect place to stop and enjoy the surroundings as well as offer play equipment for the kids. Call in and say hi to the friendly Grantham locals at the general store and newsagency or take a look at the 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. Today, Grantham is a revitalised and thriving community following the devastation of flooding in 2011.


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Murphys Creek

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 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 locally-owned 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.

Murphys Creek has a rich history of all things railway. This and more can be seen at the Murphys Creek Railway Museum, which is open by appointment (07 4630 5183). 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.

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.

The town is also home to great monthly markets on the third Saturday. 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.



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.

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.

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. 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.

The town is so friendly it was named Queensland's Friendliest Town 2016. Withcott offers the traveller a rural atmosphere, 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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LOCKYER VALLEY EATS The delights of Jak & Mo Taste Co

A dining experience The Lockyer Valley boasts a wealth of dining options, from restaurants to pubs to country cafes 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. 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 and lunch. The café also has homewares and gifts. Laidley’s heritage icon Das Neumann Haus is home to Annie’s Place Café. 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.


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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 Hayley. Scattered along Laidley’s main street are bakeries and cafes including the Rustique Rose Tea Room and 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 seven days a week, as well as Friday evening dinners and Sunday buffet breakfasts. Loaded pizzas, steaks and other favourites

regularly feature on the menu. Groups are welcome and staff can also assist with holding your next event at the Lockyer Valley Function Centre. For a dinner menu that embraces local produce, discover one of Gatton’s best kept secrets. At Sage on Hickey it’s about locally sourced, chef-crafted and family friendly dining and the chef is always delighted to narrate the provenance and seasonality of the produce. Jak & Mo Taste Co. is an urban style cafÊ in Gatton, keeping food real and wholesome. Join them for breakfast, lunch or to grab a quick coffee and something divine from the dessert window. Their passion for fresh,

healthy ingredients is the foundation of a menu that delights the tastebuds. If it’s authentic and relaxed dining with all your favourites on the menu, then Cottone’s is the place to enjoy a meal with friends and family in the centre of Gatton. They’re also renowned for unique cocktails and their craft beer range, so why not get your friends together for the perfect night out. Gatton’s cafÊ scene also boasts Killing Time with Coffee in the Holm Mall, CafÊ 33 on Railway and for a juicy rib or a mouth-watering burger head to RnB on North. A fan of the club scene? Cahill Park offers air-conditioned comfort as you

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enjoy bistro meals, a sports bar, UBet and a gaming lounge. The bistro offers dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and lunch from Friday to Sunday. The complex is wheelchair friendly and provides a courtesy bus on weekends. One of the newest additions to the Lockyer Valley food scene is the German Bake & Wurst House at Helidon Spa. Serving homemade goods based on family recipes and German heritage, expect to ďŹ nd dishes like Rostbratel, Soljanka and delicious Berliners, which look like doughnuts, but are uffy like a cake and ďŹ lled with jam – baked the old-fashioned way, with organic our and less sugar.



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Country pubs Grab your mates or your significant other and head on out to one of the Lockyer Valley’s welcoming country pubs. Here’s a few to get you started. Plainland First opened in 1914, Porters Plainland Hotel is an icon on the Warrego Highway. Porters serve 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 Valley’s biggest steak, the 800g Tomahawk rib on the bone. 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.

Mulgowie Home to the Mulga Steakhouse, the Mulgowie Pub is seen by many as the heart of the community. Situated in the picturesque Laidley Valley, find mouth-watering meals, icy cold drinks and farm fresh produce. Relax on the timber deck and enjoy the peaceful country atmosphere. The Mulga is known for regular events, including music festivals, family fun days and the popular twice-yearly Outback Bull Ride. Camping is available at the nearby Mulgowie Hall.

Laidley In Laidley, the Queensland National Hotel (or QN as it is fondly called) boasts a comfortable country atmosphere along with beds, a restaurant and bottle shop. The restaurant has been refurbished and the meals are huge! Just up the road the Old Brittannia, a majestic heritage hotel, is the perfect place to unwind, or celebrate a big event. Even better, they have a huge beer garden under the back veranda. The menu has something for everyone.


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Laidley’s Exchange Hotel is heritage-listed, offering accommodation, lots of character, friendly staff and cold, cold beer.

Forest Hill Forest Hill is a town where much of yesteryear still survives by way of two beautiful heritage-listed pubs. The Lockyer Hotel has been a feature of the local landscape for over 100 years and with live music and great food it’s still a feature of the township. The Forest Hill Hotel built in 1898, is also a popular stopping place for tourists travelling on the Cobb & Co route and these days offers Thai cuisine to accompany a cold drink.

Gatton At the Royal Hotel in downtown Gatton, sit down to some of the best food in the valley, have a punt with your mates and stay a night or two in refurbished accommodation suites. Other Gatton country pubs include the Commercial, good for a cold beer or the Gatton View Hotel/Motel, with its typical pub menu and reasonable prices.

Withcott Offering a unique country meets city atmosphere, enjoy a meal on the Garden Deck or relax with friends in the expansive grassed Beer Garden at the Withcott Hotel, at the bottom of the Toowoomba Range. Built in 1889, the Withcott Hotel offers great meals for a quick bite on the road or a delicious dinner with family or friends.

Brightview Dine in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy alfresco dining on the terrace at the Brightview Tavern. A modern pub, offering the latest pokies, Keno, jukebox, pool room, arcade games and children’s playground.

Murphys Creek Open seven days a week with gorgeous views over the Lockyer Valley, try the Murphys Creek Tavern for a delicious dinner and a cold drink.

Tenthill Tenthill Pub is a happy haunt, particularly on a Friday and Saturday where you’ll enjoy good food and a cold beer.

Straight to the source BY Alastair McLeod – Lockyer Valley Food Ambassador It’s a soulful experience knowing from whence your produce comes. If you know the provenance then there’s every likelihood you will know the provider. For me, that intimacy comes with a duty to produce food free from fuss, frippery or fad. To synthesise a moment in time on the plate is the essence of good cooking. I believe this is where the culinary conversation is heading. Good cooking is not about good recipes. There are more recipes in this world than will ever be cooked. The zeitgeist is about seeking an understanding of what is grown in our backyard and who produces it. This connection to agrarian life is burgeoning. During winter I am more than happy to put something from the brassica family on the table every night. It could be as simple as a roasted whole head of cauliflower anointed with a punchy dressing of mustard, capers and soft herbs. I never tire of drizzling Flintstone sized wedges of pumpkin with honey and olive oil before slowly baking. Served with grilled meats, tossed through a grain salad or made into a beautiful soup it’s hard to beat.

on cooking class at Faith Lutheran College. All the attendees acquitted themselves admirably in the kitchen then got to sit down to enjoy the fruits of their labour with a well-earned glass of wine. It was a thrill (and a wee bit nerve-wracking) to also be cooking for the Mayor and School Principal. Knowing that all the produce we used was from the Lockyer Valley and how delicious it was with such little effort was an epiphany for many of the cooks. This (re)connection with where our food is sourced is defining how we want to shop and will be instrumental to our future food security. I felt an immense sense of pride and privilege working alongside the hospitality students. Their inspirational teacher has fostered an amazing group of young men and women. Their energy was unflagging and their zeal infectious. If that’s a bellwether, the future is in safe hands and that is a beautiful thing.

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Build a food trail Building a food trail is an experience to engage your senses. It allows you to map a journey that will discover exactly what you want it to – local produce that is bursting with flavour and goodness. To build a food trail that will help you to discover the Lockyer Valley’s farm gates, markets, restaurants, cooking schools and events, visit www.seqfoodtrails.com.au. The interactive website will also help you link to surrounding South East Queensland regions and their food tourism offerings. A food trail helps you 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. Discover culinary treasures from some of our most wellknown local producers and learn why farm fresh is always best. Have you ever wondered who grows your food? At Bauer’s Organic Farm and you can not only purchase organic vegetables, but meet the farmer behind them too! Look out for their open days! Find more local farmers at the Mulgowie Farmers Market (the first Saturday every month). It’s an amazing collection of fresh, local produce from growers like Ghost Gully. 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.


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With over 60 years of local Paddock to Plate experience, a tasting at Schulte’s Meat Tavern is a delight for the senses. They offer the finest quality local sourced meats and produce, local and imported olives and cheeses and award-winning gluten free small goods.

The Visitor Information Centre also stocks a variety of honey, jams, pickles and relishes, as well as Seatonfire Chilli Chocolate – a locally handmade chilli chocolate with numerous flavours. 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 meats. Ghost Gully Produce

Picnic perfect Grab the picnic blanket, pack the hamper with a few essentials and wrangle the kids into the car or ring a few friends to join you on a drive. Now to fill that picnic basket! How about some freshly-baked bread or rolls from a local bakery? Pop into Schulte’s, producers of high quality paddock to plate fresh meat products to select from their boutique range of continental gluten free smallgoods. Grab delicious leafy greens, herbs and edible flowers from Ghost Gully Produce farm gate at 2 Rangeview Drive, Gatton. Then elevate the class of your picnic with gourmet cheeses. Swing by the farm gate at Grantham’s Awassi Queensland to pick up Australia’s No 1 Awassi Sheep milk cheese – handcrafted in the full sense of the word from the paddock to the milking parlour to the cheesery. Or pop over to Mulgowie to Emmos Fine Foods for their famous Nannybert, a camembert-style goat’s cheese. If you want a shortcut to condiments, drop in to the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre in Gatton, where you can source products like Dunlop Apiaries honey, DADZ jams and relishes, along with a block of Seatonfire Chilli Chocolate for dessert. Oh and don’t forget a bag of Mormor seeds, a delicious roasted Australian seed mix for your salad. Your picnic is now packed! Read on to discover the best picnic spots in the Lockyer Valley.

Picnic treats from the German Bake & Wurst House

German Bake & Wurst House Charming café in a rural setting, serving homemade goods based on family recipes and German heritage. Expect to find dishes like Rostbratel, Soljanka and delicious Berliners. Bread and cakes the oldfashioned way, with organic flour and less sugar. 108 Postmans Ridge Road, Helidon Spa Q 4344 0438 663 470 | germanbakeandwursthouse

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FE FOODPIEERIESNTIVAL CE EX Satisfy your craving for flavour and fire at the annual Murphys Creek Chilli Festival. Sample chilli (and non-chilli) products, shop and enjoy the fun family vibe at the Murphys Creek Community Grounds. Murphys Creek Chilli Festival

On the farm 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 for 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. More than $342 million of produce is 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. 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, Rugby Farms and Bauer’s Organic Farm. You’ll also find organic and boutique producers like Ghost Gully Produce and UB’s Farm. Specialist producers such as Mormor Food, who make amazing vegetable stocks and stock-flavoured seeds,

Holmwood Produce in Thornton, are a boutique producer of high quality lavender and native bush products. Visit their boutique farm shop, for a range of handmade craft products, lavender lollies, and dried lemon myrtle which is a delicious citrus alternative for drinks, cakes and Asian cooking. Visitors welcome by appointment. At Bauer’s Organic Farm and you can not only purchase organic vegetables, but meet the farmer behind them! Watch out for their open days, or follow the Facebook page www.facebook.com/FoodForagersTrail. Several of our farmers are keeping pace with the world-wide growth in agri-tourism.In the Helidon Hills, discover Awassi Queensland’s new purpose-built cheesery, milking parlour and farm gate outlet. How do you say it? Ahh-wassi Visitors can learn to milk sheep and make cheese! Awassi cheeses are handcrafted in the full sense of the word – from the paddock to the milking parlour to the cheesery. Every aspect of making the finest cheese is under the watchful eye of the Cheese Maker.

9Dorf Farms

Holmwood Produce Lavender Farm

Producing pasture-raised chicken, eggs, and farmed Australian native fish. Farm gate sales available. Tour groups and visitors welcomed by appointment.

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.

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


apiarists and award-winning cheesemakers, can also be found throughout the Valley.

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(Farm) 15 Thornton School Road, Thornton Q 4341 via Laidley (07) 5466 7264 | 0417 799 679 holmwood144@gmail.com www.holmwoodproduce.com.au

It’s all about the cheese... Artisan Bespoke Cheeses

GRANTHAM QLD 4347 Tour groups and visitors welcomed at the farm by appointment, cheese tastings & sales. info@awassiqueensland.com.au Ph: 0412 671 047 www.awassiqueensland.com.au

& LAMB CHEESELG INDU ENCE Awassi milk is naturally homogenised, high in fat and proteins, low in lactose and makes very high quality cheese. The meat is also a viable commodity with Awassi Queensland selling their lambs to selected restaurants around Australia. The large tail (sometimes over 2kg) is fast becoming an important commodity. Awassi Queensland uses the tail fat to make a range of their cosmetics and the tail is also considered a culinary delicacy and is in demand by high-end chefs.Up Flagstone Creek way, you’ll find 9Dorf Farms, a 4th generation familyowned farm giving visitors a taste of life on a diversified working property.

From being hands on in the milking parlour, to handcrafting the finest 100% sheep milk cheeses under the watchful eye of the cheesemaker… a day at Awassi Queensland is like no other! Appreciate the gentle pottering of the Awassi before sitting down to cheese tastings and a delicious Awassi luncheon. Call 0412 671047 to book.

On the first Sunday of the month they provide a hands-on tour where you can feed the poddy calves in the nursery, collect the eggs out in the paddock and even catch a fish the easy way when you tour the fish shed at feeding times (a 30 tonne aquaculture recirculation system was built in 2011 on their Lilydale property growing Australian native fish – Barramundi, Murray Cod and Jade Perch).

Pohlmans Nursery Beautiful Pohlmans Retail Nursery, just 10 minutes from Gatton, is open seven days a week with an extensive range of plants, a fantastic factory outlet and tours and packages available for group bookings. 171 Redbank Creek Road, Adare (Gatton) Q 4343 (07) 5462 0444 | retail@pohlmans.com.au www.pohlmans.com.au | pohlmansnursery Baby lambs at Awassi Queensland Visit the Lockyer Valley


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

Lockyer Valley local markets 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. Laidley Village Markets Every Friday. Patrick Street and the Mall, Laidley. 7am-1pm.

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

Attended stall, 8am-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. 12 Forest Hill-Fernvale Road, Forest Hill (north of the Forest Hill township).

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 Open most weekends when fruit is in season. Avocados: June – October Mangoes: Late January – mid March Custard Apples: March - April Tahitian Limes: January – October 1331 Gatton-Esk Road Spring Creek.

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

Ma Ma Creek Markets

Ghost Gully Produce

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

Open 7 days. Hydroponic lettuce and herb farm. 2 Rangeview Drive, Gatton

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

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.

Twilight Markets Fourth Friday of every month. Hatton Vale Community Uniting Church, 143 Zischke Road, Hatton Vale. 4pm-8pm.


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Mulgowie Hall & Markets Buy the freshest locally-grown veggies and artisan products. Markets held the first Saturday of every month. 8am to 11am. Mulgowie Hall available for hire. Wedding, social functions and meetings. 106 Mulgowie Road, Mulgowie Q 4341 0498 716 102 | info@mulgowiemarkets.com.au mulgowiemarkets

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 a horticultural region we also produce some of the best beef, cheese, chocolate and smallgoods in South East Queensland. Crop/Month







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







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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Weddings, conferences, events Choose a touch of country charm for your next celebration or event. Whether celebrating or organising birthdays, banquets, weddings, product launches, charity events, cocktail parties or marking any other life milestone, you are spoilt for venue choice in the Lockyer Valley. Looking to escape the daily grind and recalibrate your team, staff or entire company? The Lockyer Valley is an ideal destination for your conference, expo, retreat or workshop. Just a short trip from major centres, it is an unspoiled get-away without the hassle of inner-city congestion. Guests can truly focus on your event but also benefit from fresh air, inspiring surrounds and modern facilities. Invigorate your group with a farm tour to explore the origins of our food, or battle the ropes course in the beautiful surrounds of Emu Gully or Edmund Park Adventure parks.


area offering five function rooms that can combine into one large room, with multiple breakout sessions all in one central location. The surrounding lawns and parks are the ideal location for outdoor sessions such as team building or large trade displays. Perhaps you are seeking something unique for your wedding ceremony, photography and reception? Consider the elegant yet affordable Branell Homestead. How about a themed authentic country or retro experience at The Barn & Scotty’s Garage, or visit an historic village that offers yesteryear charm to personalise your photographs or ceremony. South East Queensland’s most beautiful railway station at Spring Bluff is also a picturesque intimate wedding and event option.

In the Lockyer, discover perfect all-in-one locations for small intimate weddings through to large celebrations for 200 plus guests. There are endless possibilities!

To complement your choice of venue, talented chefs from around the region make the most of being located in the heart of Australia’s salad bowl, designing menus around the best seasonal produce on offer.

For a stunning lakeside venue in the heart of the Lockyer Valley, consider the Lockyer Valley Conference & Function Centre. Set amidst lush parklands and nestled beside serene Lake Apex, the team will happily style the venue to suit your vision. The centre also delivers a versatile meetings

Wedding or conference guests will find an expansive accommodation offering from warm and welcoming motels, B&B’s and farm stays, to large-scale establishments such as the new Grantham Farmworkers Lodge and University of Queensland Gatton Campus.

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The Lockyer Valley Conference and Function Centre offers everything you need to host a truly memorable occasion. We specialise in conferences, meetings, weddings, celebrations and community events for 20 to 300 guests.

Lockyer Valley Conference and Function Centre 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton Q 4343 P: 07 5466 3424 | E: events@lockyervalleyfunctioncentre.com.au www.lockyervalleyfunctioncentre.com.au | Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

Overlooking Lake Apex, the perfect spot for a casual coffee, light meal or quality dining experience.

• Open 7 days 8.30am to 4pm • Dinner Friday 5.30pm to 8pm • Buffet Breakfast Sunday from 7.30am • Group / tour packages available

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OUT AND ABOUT Exploring Glen Rock State Forest

National parks and nature Our natural spaces include national parks, state forest and other conservation areas, as well as hills, mountains and lookouts, lakes, parks and reserves. Feel yourself relax and the stresses of your everyday melt away as you surround yourself with nature.


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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 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. 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. Don’t miss exploring Gormans Gap and Mount Campbell, Flagstone Environmental Park, White Mountain State Forest and the spring wildflower laden Helidon Hills. 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. 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. Recorded animal species in the Lockyer Valley include quolls, potoroos, antechinus, dunnarts, echidna, platypus and several types of gliders and bandicoots, just to name a few. 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.

FLORAL MAGNIFICENCE Queensland’s largest independently-owned plant producer and nursery is located in the fertile Lockyer Valley region. The retail nursery is open to visitors and the factory floor is available for tours and events at specific times. Enjoy a train tour around the property. Speak with the Pohlman’s team on (07) 5462 0444.

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.

Off with the birds 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. Many species found in the Lockyer Valley are migratory, so the birds you may see are continually changing. Red-backed fairy wren

Some of Lockyer Valley’s most popular spots to find bird life include: • Lake Clarendon (Black Falcon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Black-necked Stork, Blue-winged Kookaburra) • Lake Galletly and Lake Lenore at the University of Queensland, Gatton campus (Red-rumped Parrot, Pink-eared Duck, Red-kneed Dotterel, Cotton Pygmygoose, Magpie Goose) • Lake Dyer (Plum-headed Finch, Caspian Tern) • Glen Rock State Forest (Glossy Black Cockatoo) • Lake Apex and Lake Freeman (153 species have been recorded including Latham’s Snipe, Royal and Yellowbilled Spoonbill, Black-fronted and Red-kneed Dotterel, Australasian Dater, Whistling Duck).

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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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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 Discover the wonderful patchwork of colour and form from high above the Lockyer Valley in a balloon. Drift through the crisp morning air with Floating Images and experience first-hand the relaxing tranquillity and breathtaking views of beautiful southeast Queensland. If you are looking to do something extraordinary, try Pterodactyl Helicopters. Partnering with the best local cafes, wineries, restaurants, pubs, breweries and accommodation places in southeast Queensland, they can put together a selection of once-ina-lifetime helicopter tours and scenic flights, where getting there is half the fun! Fancy a jaw-dropping entrance by helicopter at an event or wedding? How about an adrenalin-pumping low-level river run joy flight? This is your chance to visit local wineries in style or take an authentic Aussie pub-crawl by chopper. The experienced team at Pterodactyl Helicopters is at your service.

Adventure parks For adventurous types, check out Emu Gully and Edmund Park. These facilities run adventure programs that are available for schools, universities, sporting teams, youth groups and for corporate groups. Their focus is on team building and personal development, achieved through activities like low ropes courses, abseiling, rock climbing, night walks, skirmish, and adventure camping. For the brave, Edmund Park has a 300m flying fox, giant swing, drop pole and climbing wall.

Equestrian 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.

Staying active at Edmund Park




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Lockyer Valley Turf Club Country racing at its best! Hospitality and atmosphere in close proximity to all major centres in SEQ. Up to 12 full TAB meetings a year. Bookmakers, TOTE, canteen, bar, Fashions on the Field, parties and functions.

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something extraordinary? Whether it’s making a jaw-dropping entrance at an event or wedding, getting the adrenalin pumping with a low-level river run flight, visiting local wineries or taking on an authentic Aussie pub-crawl. The experienced team at Pterodactyl Helicopters has a selection of once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tours where getting there is half the fun.

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Horse racing Race meetings have been held in Gatton at Burgess Park for over a century. Annually, the Lockyer Race Club hosts 12 race days including the Gatton Cup in June. 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 welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Marquee packages are available.

Horse riding 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 Tiltern Farm. Some accommodation also permits you to bring your own horse. Come and experience tranquil bushland, beautiful trails and genuine hospitality.

Sporting options The Lockyer Valley boasts quality sporting facilities, perfect for individual or family use, or regional sporting carnivals. Golf clubs at Laidley, Hatton Vale, Gatton and Helidon welcome social and club players. There are lawn bowls

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clubs at Gatton and Laidley, while tennis, squash, cricket, soccer, rugby league, rugby union and many other sports are played across the Lockyer Valley. Gatton’s Cahill Park Sporting Complex services a wide range of sports including cricket, rugby league, AFL, netball and touch football. Facilities at the complex include a function room, bistro, bar, UBet and gaming lounge. 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 which is 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.

Good times! Dinner Tuesday - Saturday Lunch Friday - Sunday Sports Bar Function Room


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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 the boards and take the kids to 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.

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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.

Rev your engines

Gatton Motorfest

Do you love the smell of exhaust or burnt rubber? We have a year-long lineup that will keep your pistons firing. If it is 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 more. If you want to nominate to run, check the Lockyer Valley Speedway Facebook page. The grandstand makes a great spot for the family to enjoy the spectacle. Gatton Motorfest is a great weekend of drifting and burnout competitions on the streets of Gatton. Two days of tyre frying, sideways action and the biggest smoke show the Lockyer Valley has ever seen. Laidley’s Chrome and Clutter Festival in June is a whole lot of retro cool. Get your engine revving and head back to an era of poodle skirts, bobby socks, rock’n’roll and classic cars and bikes. 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. 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.

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 Try out th e transport industry.

NEW flight & ra ce car simulator

Opening times:

Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm Saturday, Sunday: 9am - 4.30pm Excl. Christmas, Boxing Day, Good Friday

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Tourist drives


Take the road less travelled and explore the farm gates and hidden pockets of nature and history on one of the many scenic drives in the Lockyer Valley region.

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.

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.

Appreciate 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 and Sunday. Follow the signs to Spring Bluff Railway Station for spectacular views, historic buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens. Take a picnic or visit the Pancake Cottage (check Facebook or website for opening times). Return via Toowoomba and the Warrego Highway.

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Cobb & Co Tourist 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

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.

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Spring Bluff Drive

Pick up a drive map or brochure from our Visitor Information Centre or visit our website for more information.

Cobb & Co Tourist Drive

The Cobb & Co Tourist Drive celebrates the early days of stage coach transportation in South East Queensland. The drive follows the railway line and original route from Ipswich to Toowoomba via Gatton. COBB & CO TOURIST DRIVE

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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 6WDJLQJ 3RVWV HDVLO\ LGHQWL½HG E\ WKHVH unique signs.

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RETRO Chrome & Clutter Retro Festival

Vintage vibe Step back in time and soak up the vintage vibe in the Lockyer Valley.

The Barn & Scotty’s Garage (Flagstone Creek)

Sarah can be found cooking hearty

Four years in the making, this museum of automotive memorabilia from the 50’s and 60’s showcases a lost era of vintage cars, motorbikes, jukeboxes and all things ‘retro’. Then, just when you think you’ve seen it all, Scotty slides back the rear door to reveal a replica 1950’s diner with dance floor, Wurlitzer jukebox, pinball machines and more memorabilia, including an original dodgem car from Luna Park.

including Devonshire teas with the best

The Barn started out as a small café operation, known for its cosy, laid back country atmosphere, but has become a bustling weekend must-do.


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lunch meals or preparing an array of delicious sweet and savoury delights homemade scones. No fast food here! Chat to Sarah about all your function needs. The Barn's expansive lawns coupled with the museum and diner offer a perfect venue for weddings, corporate events, car club visits, bus tour visits or social gatherings. They can be found on Flagstone Creek Road, 8kms from the Middle Ridge Golf Club in Toowoomba or if coming from Brisbane, 6km out of Grantham turn left onto Flagstone Creek Road… 17km on and you’re there!

Eagle Rock Café Pop your favourite song on the jukebox and get ready to jive at Laidley’s Eagle Rock Café, where they make the best shakes this side of 1959! The café is fully licensed and has a large function area out back. The menu is loaded with burgers, hot dogs, pizza and more. Every Sunday lunch there is live music and Eagle Rock hosts regular rock ‘n’ roll dance lessons. Head to Eagle Rock and get your rock’n’roll on every day!

Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival Looking for festival fun with a retro vibe? The Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival will get your engine revving and transport you back in time to an era of poodle skirts, bobby socks, rock’n’roll and classic cars. The festival, held in Laidley each June, features markets, car and bike shows, dancing and a whole lot of retro cool.

Eagle Rock Café Retro Dining Experience. Great food, fully licenced, bands on Sundays. Huge dancing and functions space and memorabilia displays. Breakfast, lunch or dinner / dine-in or take-away. 107 Patrick Street, Laidley Q 4341 (07) 5465 1099 | denise@eaglerockcafe.com.au www.eaglerockcafe.com.au eaglerockcafeaustralia

CAFE & MUSEUM “Wouldn’t it be nice if a little bit of the future was a little bit of the past.”

Breakfast, Devonshire Teas, Barn country-style meals and Spit Roast.

Functions: weddings bus tours | corporate events social gatherings | car clubs birthdays | anniversaries

Open Friday 10am – 3pm Saturday & Sunday 8am – 4pm Other times/group bookings by arrangement

Phone 07 4697 5334 1709 Flagstone Creek Rd, Upper Flagstone 4344 www.thebarnandscottysgarage.com.au

Live Bands Vintage Vans Markets &Around Garage Sales Town SHOW ‘N’ SHINE Drive-In Movie (M rated movie)

Kids Corner

Food & Bar Available

Annually in June at the Laidley Showgrounds

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COLLECTABLES Browse a book collection in the Lockyer Valley

Collectables Still on the trail of cherished collectables, browse these fabulous Lockyer Valley treasures…

Estelle recently relocated her business Estelle’s Antiques, Collectables, Furniture & Old Wares from Paddington after 20 plus years in that location. Now located in the main street of Laidley, Estelle’s is renowned for buying and selling good quality furniture, antiques, collectables and old wares. She has transformed her beautiful old Mann’s bakery building into a unique location to discover hidden treasures. Queen B’s Collective in the village of Forest Hill, has its eye on shabby chic with re-loved/chalk painted furniture, as well as antique and vintage furniture and collectables. The Old Dairy at Flagstone Creek offers a range of vintage, second-


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hand and hand-made items. Go for a walk through the vege garden and enjoy picking your own fresh herbs and produce. They also offer morning/ afternoon tea. The Little Crooked House sells vintage and rustic furniture and items from a little crooked house in Forest Hill, with inspections welcome by appointment. Unique & Fabulous, a business created from the owners’ mutual love of old, collectable and recycled items, is an eclectic mix of old, new, collectable, bric-a-brac, recycled and upcycled goods and a destination for those who enjoy a walk down memory lane. All are active on Facebook and regularly share posts on new additions to their shops.

Explore new and unique wares at Neilsen’s Place in Laidley. 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

Mann’s Old Bakery is now home to



We welcome you to visit and enjoy this beautiful old building and browse through the quality, restored and revived furniture and great range of collectables.

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SHOP LOCAL Shop local at Pohlmans Nursery

Shop local The Lockyer Valley is home to a diverse range of specialty retailers packed with charm and unique shopping experiences. Townships offer locally-owned general and eclectic retail outlets, all offering fantastic country service. 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, fashion accessories, vintage clothing, English china and even gourmet chocolates.


Di’s Emporium and Book Exchange Beautiful handmade art, craft and gifts for young and old from around the Lockyer Valley, made by very talented locals. We also have a large range of books available for purchase. 145 Patrick Street, Laidley Q 4341 0407 676 504 disemporiumandbookexchange Di’s Emporium and Book exchange

store is treasure trove of everything including games, books, clothes, gifts and furniture. Di also offers mending, alterations and custom-made services in store.

The Forest Hill Post Office, built in 1908, offers unique gifts from Australia and all around the world as well as local honey, homemade jams, fudge and candy. It has a charming selection of treasures.

Explore Neilsen's Place where you will find an interesting collection of new and hand-crafted goods. This heritage feel 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.

In Laidley, visit Das Neumann Haus for locally handmade gifts. Then pop in to Di’s Emporium and Book Exchange, for more locally made items. The

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

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accessories as well as gifts, candles, local artwork and more, to be explored as you wait for your coffee. The Lockyer Valley has six individual country markets operating on differing days and locations throughout the year. Each has a different character that is reflected in the stalls and wares, including handmade jewellery and fashion, skin care products, gifts and much more. Ask the Visitor Information Centre to help find the market that’s right for you. The Visitor Information Centre is also worth a visit, stocking souvenirs, books of local interest and postcards, as well as a range of locally made food and lavender products.

HERITAGE AND CULTURE The Foundation Building at University of Queensland, Gatton

Heritage 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,

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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Ma Ma Creek Church

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, which is now Estelle’s Antiques, Collectables, Furniture & Old Wares. 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 1866, is marked by Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum. At the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, you will find the


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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. Book by telephoning (07) 5460 1229. 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 recognised 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.

Spring Bluff Railway

Weeping Mothers Memorial

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.

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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.

In 1898, Gatton was the scene of a triple murder, known as the Gatton Mystery or Gatton Tragedy. Victims


Annually on the May long weekend Phone: 0427 566 029

www.gattonheavy horses.com.au

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Museums 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.

Yesteryear kitchen memories at Das Neumann Haus

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 and Sunday) for a viewing. 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. The village is open first Sunday of the month or by appointment. Just around the corner, is the Queensland Transport Museum which features a display of transport history exploring the creation, founders and functions of the industry. Exhibits change regularly and offer the opportunity to see vehicles you may never have seen before. 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 by telephoning (07) 5460 1229. Laidley’s Pioneer Village and Museum was the first pioneer village established in Queensland, in 1972. It has an extensive collection of 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.

Das Neumann Haus

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

Annie’s Place Coffee Shoppe offers patrons light lunches, cakes and slices, Devonshire teas and real coffee. Groups welcome. Disabled access. FREE entry & FREE wifi. Open 7 days (10am-3pm) Cnr Patrick and William Streets, Laidley Q 4341 | Email: dnh@lvrc.qld.gov.au


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Ph: 07 5465 3241 | www.luvyalockyer.com.au


An extensive collection unique to Laidley that displays the history of German settlement, the timber and farming industries and lifestyles of early pioneers. Displays include: • Historic church and hospital • Fully furnished school and police lock-up • Restored wagons and farm machinery • War memorabilia and so much more Wedding enquiries, group and school bookings welcome. 48 hour rest area across the road. OPEN 7 DAYS 9AM-3PM

Phone: 07 5465 2516 Corner Drayton & Pioneer Streets, Laidley

Award Winning Attraction Carnival of Flowers award winning displays in Spring, as well as a beautiful Summer display Grounds and gardens open dawn to dusk every day Café open every day in September *Other times vary – check website or Facebook for details. Spacious picnic grounds including electric BBQs Train rides to Spring Bluff during Carnival of Flowers week in September

Disabled access to Station platform only

General enquiries: 07 4688 6883 | Wedding enquiries: 07 5466 3425 | Café: 07 4630 8177* www.springbluff.com.au Consider the tranquility of Spring Bluff for your next event


GATTON & 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.


Schools, groups and coach bookings welcome

Bookings available for grounds and church hire, weddings or photoshoots

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Lockyer Legends Hall of Fame

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 160 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


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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.

While you’re in the area, look out for

Limited edition hardcover books are also available for purchase from the Visitor Information Centre.

and performance tucked away in our

Performing Arts

Visual Arts

The Lockyer Valley Regional Performing Arts group is a talented mix of locals with a passion for drama and theatre.

Lockyer Valley is home to a number

Formed over a decade 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.

productions by some of our other theatre companies and local school groups. Everyone is welcome. You’ll be amazed at the quality of production rural community. For more information visit www.lrpa.org.au.

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 trails Public art installations are scattered throughout the region… some with poignant focus, some with a colourful community focus. Take the time to reflect on 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.

First Coat Lockyer In 2017 the team behind the highly successful First Coat Festival in Toowoomba curated the Lockyer Valley's first step into a coordinated large-scale mural project. The three installations complement the 70 plus contemporary public art installations of Toowoomba's CBD streets and laneways. Bronte Naylor’s mural at 54 Railway Street focuses on the connection between people and country. Occupants of the

land have an intrinsic relationship with their natural surrounds and this interaction with country takes shape in many ways such as farming, conservation, gardening and general lifestyle routines. Claire Foxton’s mural at 115 Spencer St pays tribute to Bob Fifoot, a retired Maths teacher from Lockyer District High where he taught for 49 years. After reading the comment section in an online article about him, it was clear how revered he was and how many lives (over generations) were influenced by Bob's teachings. The bright abstract palette complements his character as a vibrant, witty and influential personality in the area. George Rose’s mural at the corner of North and Railway Streets, draws attention to the endemic flora and fauna found in the area. Lines running through the work are based on the shapes created by the boundaries of Gatton as seen from satellite images, and the water ways which run above the township. To compliment the images, George Rose painted the 'Goori' and 'Yagara' on the walls to represent the names of the earliest custodians of this area. Tag your photos of Lockyer Valley murals #firstcoatlockyer and #luvyalockyer. Check out www.firstcoat.com.au/murals for all of Toowoomba's First Coat public art locations or download the First Coat APP and choose your own adventure!

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Branell Homestead

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. Staying in the Lockyer Valley? 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.


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A number of conveniently located motels are also available in the region. 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 air conditioning 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.

Murphys Creek Escape

Gatton Motel

Picturesque camp ground offering powered, nonpowered and remote camping on large sites within a natural bush setting. Only 1½ hours from Brisbane and 30 minutes from Toowoomba. Camping doesn’t get any better in SEQ!

Located in the heart of Gatton. Enjoy country hospitality, at our friendly motel. Our family team will ensure you feel right at home, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Walking distance to shops, cafes and restaurants.

(07) 4630 5353 | murphyscreekescape 356 Thomas Road, Murphys Creek Q 4352 admin@murphyscreekescape.com.au www.murphyscreekescape.com.au

In the heart of Gatton, an easy stroll to shops, cafes and other facilities, you will find friendly, country hospitality at the Gatton Motel. Perfect for a refreshing escape, visit the Lockyer Motel at Helidon and relax in the naturally reviving mineral water of Helidon. And be pleasantly surprised at the Hatton Vale Motel, where along with a friendly stay, enjoy delicious, home-cooked meals. Fordsdale Farmstay offers camping and 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 water sports enthusiasts. See the camping directory on page 51 for more details.

74 Railway Street, Gatton Q 4343 (07) 5462 1333 | gattonmotel1@bigpond.com www.gattonmotel.com.au | gattonmotel

KICK UP YOUR HEELS No matter your age, there’s always fun afoot when you enjoy an old fashioned dance in the Lockyer Valley. Try bush dancing with a real bush band at Ma Ma Creek or enjoy an old time dance on the ‘best dance floor in the district’ at Postman’s Ridge. Dances are also held at the Glenore Grove Hall, Mulgowie Hall and Forest Hill School of Arts. Check luvyalockyer.com.au for details.


Stockton Rise Country Retreat

B&B tranquility If you’re looking for a peaceful atmosphere, personal attention, comfortable beds, loads of country hospitality and that home-away-from home feeling… a stay at one of our Lockyer Valley B&B’s might be the very thing that you’re looking for.


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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, 3-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. Stockton Rise Country Retreat overlooks fertile working farmland for a true Lockyer Valley experience. From the three-bedroom self-contained home, 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. Winding down in the Lockyer Valley

Other properties in Lockyer Valley include the stylish and self-contained chalets of Eco Ridge Hideaway at Preston, and Whispers of the Valley at Grantham. Check our website (www.luvyalockyer.com.au) to find a complete list of accommodation options in region.

Photography: Salt Studios, Toowoomba

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 air conditioned. Shared facilities include a barbecue, undercover parking and laundry.

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Gatton's new RV Park

RV friendly Caravan and motorhome travellers can pull up wheels and rest their heads at a wonderful array of camping areas across the region. Rest areas at Heifer Creek, Narda Lagoon and the new Gatton RV site offer free 48 hour rest stops with a variety of facilities. Gatton’s new RV Park for the self-contained traveller is within walking distance of the CBD. With well-maintained green lawns, adequate shade trees and BBQ facilities, travellers will enjoy their stay at William Kemp RV Park. The park is pet-friendly, with parking available up to 48 hours. To the south of Gatton, the Heifer Creek rest area on the Gatton-Clifton Road (41km from Gatton) offers an impressive view over the gorge with plenty of shade. It’s peaceful, green and serene – with the creek offering spots to swim. Toilet facilities are available. Narda Lagoon, across from the Laidley Pioneer Village, offers a relaxed location, adjacent to the park which features shelter sheds, tables and seating, toilets, playground and


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BBQs. Water birds and turtles can be enjoyed from the bank or the suspension bridge. Lake Dyer, situated between the villages of Laidley and Forest Hill, is a great spot for a short getaway for the whole family with a picturesque water outlook and shaded facilities. Day trippers, caravanners and campers are welcome to enjoy the well-kept picnic area, toilets, showers, walking trails, BBQs, and playground. For fishing and boating enthusiasts, there is direct access to the lake. Registered caravan club dogs are allowed. For those wanting a bush experience, the Casuarina camping area in Glen Rock State Forest Camping area features a flat, open grassy area, close to the Blackfellow Creek and is dominated by the dramatic ridgelines of the surrounding valley. Bottlebrush trees and lomandras grow throughout the camping area providing shade and seclusion for campers. Camp sites are suitable for tent camping beside your car, trailers, caravans or camper vans. Facilities include showers (cold water only), toilets and fireplaces. A horse yard is provided at the eastern end of the group camping area.

Backpacker & Farm Worker Village There’s a new accommodation buzz in Grantham and it’s on trend! Grantham is now home to a new backpacker and farm worker accommodation complex. The 75-acre complex has been designed to cater for just over 450 workers once completed. Stage 1, with over 250 beds is now operational. With a belief that farm workers need a decent place to sleep, decent food to eat and a good place to socialise, the developer is adamant that those three essential items are the fabric of this village. The complex, the first of its kind in the country, will feature cooking facilities, a bar, recreational areas, shuttle bus access as well as an eco-friendly ethos. It will be a hub of high quality, safe and compliant accommodation for the region’s seasonal workers. With the area keeping a large part of Australia’s population in vegetables, the Lockyer Valley is a major demand centre for labour for the farming operations of the region and it is hoped the benefits of living, working and visiting the Lockyer Valley will quickly spread with this and future accommodation improvements in the region.

Farm workers are integral to the Lockyer Valley horticulture industry

GRANTHAM FARMWORKERS LODGE, opening mid 2018, will provide affordable accommodation for backpackers working in the Lockyer Valley region. Stage 1 will see 152 beds in twin share, single and dormitory-style bedding options. The complex offers excellent facilities with a large cook-your-own kitchen, bar and café, laundry and manicured grounds areas for relaxing after a hard days work on the farms. GRANTHAM FARMWORKERS LODGE provides professional, quality service in a welcoming and friendly environment. Grantham Farmworkers Lodge 75 Philps Road, Grantham, QLD, 4347 www.granthamfarmworkerslodge.com.au

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Situated in the beautiful Lockyer Valley between the villages of Laidley and Forest Hill, just a short detour off the Warrego Highway. A great spot for a short getaway for the whole family with a picturesque water outlook and shaded facilities. Day trippers and campers welcome. CAMPING | CARAVANS | PICNIC TABLES | TOILETS SHOWERS | PLAYGROUND | BBQ’S | BOATING FISHING | WALKING TRAILS | SWIMMING AREA DIRECT ACCESS TO LAKE | DISABLED FACILITIES Please check for water conditions before booking as water levels can vary.

Gatton Laidley Road, Laidley | PhONE: 07 5465 3698 OR 0439 368 561 EMAIL: lakedyer@bigpond.com | BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 50

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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.

Heifer Creek Rest Area



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.

William Kemp Park Off East Street, Gatton | T (07) 1300 005 872 (Council)

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.


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.



By the Lockyer Creek, shady trees, quiet neighbourhood, easy access to Gatton CBD. Free park your self-contained RV (no camping). Dump point and potable water. 48-hour maximum – short term stay.









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 William Kemp Park When you camp in the Lockyer Valley make sure you check for fire bans before lighting campfires.

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Travellers directory Emergency Numbers

Police, Fire and Ambulance (24 Hr)

000 112 (from mobile)



(07) 5468 3266


(07) 5466 8000

Gatton – William Street

(07) 5468 4188

Laidley – William Street

(07) 5466 8100

Gatton – The Lockyer Doctors, 18 William Street

(07) 5462 2255

Gatton – Gatton Medical Centre, 15 William Street

(07) 5462 1855

Gatton – Family Health Clinic, 27 Railway Street

(07) 5462 2155

Gatton – Lockyer Valley Medical Centre, Corner William and Spencer Streets

(07) 5462 1188

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


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

J & I Ziebarth Towing

(07) 5462 1452

Fordsdale Wildlife Rescue

(07) 4697 5122


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


Medical centres




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

Dump points

Gatton – Gatton Showgrounds

Hatton Vale – Corner Fairway Drive and Scott Place

Laidley – John Street North William Kemp Park – 48 hrs rest area (East Street)


Visit the Lockyer Valley

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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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Visit the Lockyer Valley


Experience the UQ Gatton Campus Visit The University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus which is the oldest tertiary institution in Queensland and experience a blend of historical buildings and state of the art-facilities. The Campus is recognised for teaching and research in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness, animals and veterinary science. Guided Tours

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Guided tours of the Campus are available for school, community and tour groups by phoning the Campus on (07) 5460 1229. Tours are tailored to suit each group’s particular interests and can include information about study programs, distance education and short courses, research and the history of the Gatton Campus. Meals and refreshments are available upon request.

extensive range of facilities including fully-equipped meeting rooms, motel style accommodation, quality catering, extensive sporting and recreational facilities and ample parking. For more information and bookings call (07) 5460 1489. Events The Campus holds an Open Day each year where prospective students and the community can visit the Campus and talk with academic staff and students about programs and careers. The Gatton Campus Open Day is held on the third Sunday of August every year. UQ Gatton hosts a farmers market and fun run each year and the community is welcome to attend.


More Information

The Campus is one of the most well-equipped conference and event destinations in the Lockyer Valley. Offering an

To find out more about The University of Queensland, Gatton Campus call (07) 5460 1229 or visit gatton.uq.edu.au