Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a world of fascinating history, scenic drives, charming towns, and breathtaking views less than one hour from Brisbane.
The picturesque Lockyer Valley offers a unique experience for every traveller and is the perfect place for a day trip, weekend, or family holiday.
Bordered by Unspoilt Mountain Ranges
And traversed by a major national highway, the Lockyer Valley is a contrast of natural beauty and modern convenience, located in close proximity to South East Queensland’s major cities.
You’ll enjoy an authentic country experience here – from farmers’ markets and unique farm experiences to national parks and natural environments.
Heritage and History
The heritage and history of the Lockyer Valley really is fascinating, including the German ancestry of the Laidley community, which is highlighted beautifully at Das Neumann Haus, Laidley’s Pioneer Village, the Historical Village in Gatton, along with the Railway Museum, and Jessie’s Cottage in Murphy’s Creek. All of these offer glimpses of the simplicity, yet hardship, or life in early Australia. The University of Queensland also has a beautiful 120-year story, from its early days as the Queensland Agricultural College to being a US Army General Hospital, to its current modern teaching and research facilities.
The natural beauty of the region is best enjoyed via one of the many tourist drives.
Take the picturesque inland route by travelling along the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive, one of South East Queensland’s hidden gems. Travelling from Brisbane or Ipswich, enjoy a historic drive celebrating the early days of the stagecoach in South East Queensland. Follow the ‘wagon wheel’ directional signs to make the same journey that Cobb & Co made over 140 years ago – stopping at Forest Hill and Gatton ‘Staging Posts’ for food and refreshments.
Fruit and Vegetables
For the freshest and tastiest fruit and vegetables at market prices, build a food trail to map a journey that will discover local produce that is bursting with flavour and goodness. Travel off the beaten track and onto small family farms to purchase farm gate produce. Hear the stories behind regional foods and their journey from paddock to plate. Head to www.luvyalockyer.com.au to find out more about farm gates, farm tours, or market dates, or to build a food trail.
In Gatton, be sure to pop into the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre and browse the Queensland Transport Museum, Lockyer Legends Hall of Fame, and the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery, before dining beside Lake Apex at the Staging Post Cafe.
Parks and Reserves
The Lockyer Valley has over 45 parks and reserves scattered across the region. They are places of discovery, tranquillity, and recreation.
Caravan and motorhome travellers can rest their heads at a wonderful array of camping areas across the region. Rest areas at Heifer Creek, Narda Lagoon, and the new Gatton site offer free 48-hour rest stops with a variety of facilities. Glen Rock National Park, along with spots like Lake Dyer and Narda Lagoon, also mean you are spoilt for choice to camp, caravan, or motorhome in the Lockyer Valley.
Take a day trip through Grantham and Helidon before crossing to the northern side of the Warrego Highway and check out beautiful Murphys Creek and the stunning gardens and railway heritage of the historic Spring Bluff Railway Station. The roads into Spring Bluff are very steep so we recommend you leave the caravan at the campsite for this leg.
For a full list of places to see and things to do, call into the Visitor Information Centre at Lake Apex, Gatton, call 07 5466 3425 or visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au.