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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. 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

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

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


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Helidon Hills Drive



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

Public holiday- trading hours may vary

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