25 things to do in the Lockyer Valley - Visit Brisbane

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

2. Ewe will fall in love with this sheep's milk cheese

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Visit the hidden gem that is Awassi Cheesery in the Helidon Hills, a stunning farm surrounded by avocado groves and home to a gentle flock of Awassi sheep.  Here you can learn to milk sheep, visit the purpose built cheesery (opening soon) and enjoy a cheese tasting or delicious lunch in the picturesque surrounds. 

3. The Barn & Scotty's Garage

This unique property is home to an authentic rustic barn where you can enjoy Aussie dining experiences in picturesque surrounds. If you want to do a little more than just relax to the sounds of nature then check out Scotty's Garage, a museum of automotive memorabilia from the 50's and 60's showcasing vintage cars, motorbikes, jukeboxes and all things retro. Take a peak behind the rear door where you will see a complete 1950's diner set up with dance floor. 

4. German Bake and Wurst House

Make sure you stop in at this family run bake-house that serves up low sugar treats and traditional German fare. All cakes and breads are made by hand using certified organic flour. Expect to find dishes like Rostbratel, Soljanka and delicious Berliners that look like a donut but are fluffy like a cake and filled with jam. You will want more than one of these, trust us.  

5. Check out the historic Spring Bluff Railway Station

Spring Bluff Railway Station, opened in 1864 and decommissioned in 1992, is home to beautifully manicured award-winning gardens – which peak with exquisite and colourful blooms in September. Check out the new playground and pop into the Spring Bluff Pancake Cottage & Cafe for a dutch pancake or tasty treat. 

6. Flower power

Take time to smell the flowers. Holmwood Produce is a boutique producer of quality lavender and native bush products. Explore the farm, meet the resident donkeys Polly and Basil and then visit the farm shop where you can purchase handcrafted lavender goods and specialty body lotion, face cream and soap. Still haven't got your lavender fix? Try one of Grantham's Floating Cafe luscious lavender milkshakes just down the road. Prefer the smell of Geranium? Stop in at the Geranium Hub at 39 Berlin Road, Mount Berryman. Buy Rose Geranium Jelly from the roadside stall or enjoy pretty, geranium gardens with shady seating and fantastic views of mountain ranges. Entry is by appointment only. 

7. Take the 4WD and explore

The great outdoors is beckoning you to the most westerly extent of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area at Glen Rock National Park. A favourite for walkers and cyclists with shared trails, taking in views down to the rainforest gorge. You can also camp, picnic or BBQ. Want another option? Take your wheels off-road at Lockyer National Park. This park is popular for 4WD and motorbike touring during dry weather. More information can be found here

8. Build your SEQ Food Trail

From coastal day trips to gourmet foodie tours, road trips are the best way to discover all the hidden gems in South East Queensland. Create your own adventure by jumping on the SEQ Food Trails website and map a journey - from the freshly baked goods of The Floating Cafe, to farm fresh produce from the local farm gates, Lockyer Valley is sure to satisfy your stomach.

9. Down on 9Dorf Farms

9dorf Chicken Farm in Brisbane's Lockyer Valley

Come and learn about sustainable and ethical farming at a 4th generation family-owned farm. Meet the chickens who live in some amazing digs and collect their eggs or catch a fish when you tour the fish shed at feeding time. Farm produce is also available for sale and you can organise a private tour upon request. This one is definitely worth a trip and you can read in more detail about their practices and ethos here

10. Go on a country pub crawl a find your favorite watering hole

Royal Hotel

Grab your mates or the family and head to one (or more) of Lockyer's welcoming country pubs. Porters Plainland Hotel, Mulgowie Hotel, Laidley's The Old Britannia and Queensland National Hotel, or Forest Hill's The Lockyer Hotel and Forest Hill Hotel. In Gatton seek out the Royal Gatton, The Commercial Hotel. A little further out try the Withcott Hotel, Brightview Tavern, Murphys Creek Tavern and Tenthill Pub. They're all happy haunts to enjoy a coldie and a meal! Thirsty work just naming them all! Check out our wining and dining list for all your options.

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. Shop at the local markets

Support a farmer! Pick up fresh produce, 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.

13. 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.

14. Follow the Laidley Heritage Trail

Did you know a broom factory was once a thriving enterprise in Laidley? Broom millet was grown locally to supply the factory. Take a self-guided walking tour of Laidley's heritage buildings and sites to learn this and other interesting stories about Laidley.

15. 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. 

16. Spend the afternoon at the Rustique Rose Tea 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.

17. 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.

18. Jump on horseback with Fordsdale

Fordsdale

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

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.