The fertile Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland is home to the rich farming region of Gatton Shire, just 60 minutes from Brisbane.
Known for its spectacular scenic backdrop of steep hills and the mountains of The Great Dividing Range, Gatton is a fast growing region that has maintained its natural beauty and charm.
In November 2009, Gatton became home to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, a purpose built facility which houses a Library, Art Gallery, Function and Conference rooms, Visitor Information Centre and the Queensland Transport Museum – all this with the beautiful backdrop of Lake Apex. Take a walk around the lake, visit the ‘Lights on the Hill’ Trucking memorial, and enjoy bird watching within the fauna sanctuary. Or, for an insight into the history of the town and the Gatton area try visiting the Gatton and District Historical Society Museum which is located beside Lake Apex. The museum is open every Sunday between 1.30pm. to 4.00pm
There’s so much to do here, including a highlight for train enthusiasts – the Spring Bluff Railway, a heritage listed site where you can relax and picnic in the landscaped gardens and learn about its colourful history.
See the natural beauty of the shire at Lake Apex Park, a must for bird watchers and explore the Aboriginal carvings while you picnic by Blackduck Creek. Also visit Glen Rock, the new regional park, comprising of picnic and camping facilities, bush walks, and swimming just 30 minutes from Gatton. For those who relish antique treasures, then the picturesque township of Withcott has a number of shops to browse.
From bushwalking on the scenic mountain trails and exploring heritage treasures, Gatton Shire is a great way to experience a beautiful part of Queensland’s South East.