8 scenic drives in the Lockyer Valley - Visit Brisbane

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8 scenic drives in the Lockyer Valley

Journey west for about an hour and you will be in the region known as “Australia’s Salad Bowl” – the Lockyer Valley. Gifted with some of the most fertile soil in the world, the Lockyer Valley’s natural beauty and rich history can be experienced through a number of scenic and educational drives.

Cobb & Co.

Cobb and 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 road from Ipswich to Gatton. Want to know the must-see stops along the way? Check out this map

Cuppa Tea Trail

This drive uncovers the Greening Lockyer projects that aimed to reduce the impact of electricity infrastructure. Explore Lake Apex, Glen Rock Regional Park, the University of Queensland Environmental Education Precinct and Narda Lagoon and utilise the great facilities and equipment. The award-winning environmental initiative was developed by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council with the support of the Somerset Regional Council and Powerlink. 

Glen Rock 

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. Note: this drive has steep inclines and some sections are unsealed. It is not recommended for buses or caravans. Follow this map to find your way.

Cunningham’s Crest Lookout

Enjoying the view!

Be rewarded with panoramic views across the Laidley Plains from Cunningham’s Crest Lookout. The lookout features murals, poetry, sculptures and mosaics that celebrate the European and Aboriginal history of the site and reflect on Laidley's early pioneers.

Schultz Lookout

Pack a picnic and head up to Schultz Lookout, situated in the Blenheim Hills, where you will be greeted with stunning views of rich agricultural farmlands.

Laidley Valley Drive

Travel south from Laidley 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.

Spring Bluff and Murphy’s Creek 

Spring Bluff Railway Station

Experience the challenges faced by railway engineers of the 1860s, constructing tracks up the notoriously steep "Main Range" into Toowoomba. Stop at the Railway Museum for interesting tales and artefacts on the local rail history, and make a pit-stop for lunch at the picturesque town of Murphy’s Creek. Don't bluff your way through the drive, keep this map handy. 

Wine and Rock 

Take home a memento from your trip with a visit to Preston Peak Winery. Enjoy spectacular valley and mountain views via Flagstone Creek and Stockyard. Drive south around Flagstone Creek Conservation Park and Mount Campbell to Preston. Detailed directions can be found here.