25 things to do in the Lockyer Valley

Experience country living just an hour's drive from Brisbane. Sitting at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, the Lockyer Valley is a region rich with relaxing adventures and experiences perfect for a weekend away enjoying the local lifestyle. Read on to find out what to do.

1. Hunt down roadside stalls

Roadside stall in the Lockyer Valley

Roadside stalls let you purchase what’s in season direct from the farmer. Hunt them down using our list of roadside stalls here.

2. Hit the Cuppa Tea tourist drive

Explore the Lockyer Valley's magnificent parks, reserves and bushland on the Cuppa Tea Trail. The trail takes you between Greening Lockyer project spots – lakes, lagoons, wetlands, parks and more – the perfect spots to pull over for a cuppa. 

3. Check out the historic Spring Bluff

A top attraction in the Lockyer, Spring Bluff Railway Station opened in 1864 and was decommissioned in 1992. Nowadays the heritage site is home to beautifully manicured award-winning gardens – which peak with exquisite and colourful blooms in September. There is a cafe on site open Tuesday to Sunday.

4. Bird watch at Lake Apex

Lake Apex is established on natural wetlands that attract a wide range of bird life. Stake out a spot in the bird hide or walk around the lake in search of all 153 recorded bird species.

5. Take the 4WD to Lockyer National Park

Take your wheels off-road at Lockyer National Park. This park is popular for 4WD and motorbike touring during dry weather. More information found here.

6. Jump on horseback with Fordsdale

Fordsdale

Fordsdale Horseback Adventures offer one-hour, two-hour, all-day and overnight horse-riding experiences on its homestead.

7. Pick up gifts at the Potato Studio

This super-cute gifts boutique is located on Patrick St in Laidley. Drop by to find handmade jewellery, artisan wares, cards, candles and other desirable items.

8. Catch the views from 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.

9. Get shakes at Eagle Rock Cafe

Eagle Rock Cafe Laidley

Rock 'n' roll into Eagle Rock Cafe for a turn of the jukebox and authentic milkshake. This American-style diner is a gem in the region.

10. Explore the Laidley Pioneer Village

This was the first of such heritage villages in Queensland and the well-established Laidley Pioneer Village attracts thousand of visitors each year. Pop by to visit the old gaol, post office, butcher shop, blacksmith, school house, church and more.

11. Go wine tasting at Preston Peak

Preston Peak Wines

Pop by the cellar door Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 3pm to taste the grapes of the region. The Preston Peak property provides a stunning backdrop for wine tasting.

12. Go fishing or do watersports on Lake Dyer

Pull a bass, silver perch or rare Murrary River cod from the lake, or satisfy the need for speed while waterskiing on the surface. The blue lake is also suitable for swimming.

13. Shop at the local markets

Pick up fresh produce straight from the farmers or small batch jams, chutneys, honey and more from local producers at one of the many weekend markets. Find the list of Lockyer Valley markets here.

14. Check out the Queensland Transport Museum

Go for another blast from the past at the Queensland Transport Museum. Meander through the collection of hundreds of vehicles that have navigated the valley roads since the 1930s.

15. Catch a show or exhibit at the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery

Conveniently located in the same building as the transport museum, pop next door and explore the region's art gallery. Admission is free.

16. Explore German culture at Das Neumann Haus

Built in 1893 by a German immigrant, Das Neumann Haus is a reminder of the Lockyer's German roots. The house museum has been refurbished in 1930s style and Annie's Place onsite cafe serves light lunch, Devonshire tea and coffee. Admission is free.

17. Drive the Wine & Rock tourist drive

Only have time to drive one tourist trail while in the Lockyer Valley? It may as well include wine then. The Wine & Rock tourist drive passes by Preston Peak Winery while enjoying spectacular views of Flagstone Creek and Stockyard.

18. Go on a country pub crawl

Royal Hotel

Designate a driver and jump in the passenger seat – it's time to hop between towns and country pubs. Check out our wining and dining list for all your options.

19. Check out the Lights on the Hill trucking memorial

This unique memorial is dedicated to the hard-working members of the Australian transport industry who spend much of their lives keeping the country moving. A convoy event is held annually.

20. Stop by Schulte's Meat Tavern

A full range of fresh fruit and vegetables sourced daily from local markets just bursting with freshness and flavour are also sold in store.

Schulte's meat tavern is the one-stop shop for local produce and small goods in the Lockyer Valley. Family owned and operated, the Schulte family produces small goods which are sold alongside local produce, preserves, jams, honey and wine. 

21. Drive the Cobb & Co tourist drive

The Victorian gold rushes of the 1850s created a need for fast, reliable transport and hence the Cobb & Co service was introduced. This tourist drive follows the original pathway from Ipswich through to Toowoomba passing via the Lockyer Valley.

22. Hit a round at Fairways Golf Couse

This 11-hole course welcomes social players and groups to tee-off seven days a week. Fuel up before at on-site tavern.

23. Spend the afternoon at the Rustique Rose Tea Room

Rustique Rose Team Room

Take a moment to smell the roses in this elegant tearoom of yesteryear. Settle in to this homely cafe and florist to enjoy cake and tea. High tea is available if you book ahead.

24. Enjoy the views from Cunningham Crest Lookout

Back in 1829 English botanist and explorer Allan Cunningham discovered the Laidley Plains. This lookout is where he stood to view the new land. The views here offer a panoramic view.

25. Explore the Bicentennial National Trail

This is one of the longest multi-use, non-motorised, self-reliant trails in the world. It stretches all the way from Cooktown, Queensland to Healesville (60km north-east of Melbourne) following old coach roads, stock routes, brumby tracks and rivers. Best explored by horse or by bike, section six of the BNT runs through the Lockyer.