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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.

 
Laidley Valley

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

Glen Rock Drive

Explore creeks and valleys under the Great Dividing Range via the small communities of Ma Ma Creek and Junction View. Stop and visit the settler built church and historic cemetery at Ma Ma Creek. Locate pioneer graves and view the memorial dedicated to three local brothers lost in France in WWI. Drive through the Thiess brothers’ spectacular first major earthworks job, carving out a huge section of stone for road access. Stop at the rest area and read the Thiess Memorial at Heifer Creek. Continue to Glen Rock State Forest via the great views from Lagoon Creek Road and return to Gatton through the farming areas of Mount Sylvia and Tenthill. Bushwalkers will enjoy exploring the basalt ridges and rainforest gorges of Glen Rock. This drive does include some gravel and is not recommended for caravans or buses.

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Spring Bluff Drive

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. Enjoy a picnic and take your pick of great spots to relax on the rolling lawns. Return via Toowoomba and the Warrego Highway.

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Cobb & Co Tourist Drive

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

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Helidon Hills Drive

Meander through the beautiful Lockyer National Park before enjoying views from Beutel's lookout. Drive through to Perserverance and stop opposite the Lodge to enjoy a picnic in the park, complete with BBQ facilities and a playground for the kids. Keep heading along the Esk Hampton Road to reach Hampton, a picturesque village surrounded by forests and striking natural beauty. The drive along Collingwood Road offers more scenic opportunities and September Wildflowers for all to appreciate. Murphys Creek is home to Jessie's Cottage, a Local History Museum that stands as a reminder of times gone by. As well as learning more about Jessie and the Taylor family, visitors can view a selection of artefacts and learn more about the history of Murphys Creek. There is even a Railway Museum to reminiscence of times gone by. If your looking for a bite to eat Murphys Creek Tavern can satisfy any craving alternatively if you are looking for something a little different, try the German Bake & Wurst House - you won't be disappointed. This drive does include some gravel and is not recommended for caravans or buses.

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Visitor Centre

Lake Apex Visitor Information 
Centre (Gatton)

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton 4343

Phone: +61 7 5466 3426

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday
8.30am - 3.00pm

Closed - Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre will be closed from 12pm Monday 23 March, until further notice.This is in line with the Australian Government guidelines as of Sunday 22 March.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council owned facilities will be temporarily closed from Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice. 

 

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