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Grandchester

The tiny hamlet of Grandchester is located in the beautiful Lockyer Valley between Ipswich and Toowoomba.

The pride and joy of Grandchester is the Grandchester Railway Station, built in 1865. Listed by the National Trust, the Station is significant as the terminus for the first railway line built in Queensland. Running from Ipswich to Grandchester the railway was also the first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world.

Before the construction of the railway line, Grandchester was little more than a whistle-stop for travellers, and was known as Bigge's Camp. Queensland's Governor at the time, felt that a place at the centre of such a significant historical event deserved a more dignified name, and so renamed the site Grandchester.

Visitors can experience the days of the steam engine at Grandchester's Model Steam Railway (open the first Sunday of each month from 10.00am to 3.00pm) by riding scale models of steam (and diesel) locomotives.

Not far from the railway station, the historic buildings of an old homestead have been restored and converted into a luxury resort - right in the heart of a working cattle station. Here amidst the clean country air, guests can experience the workings of a real farm.

The nearby villages of Rosewood and Laidley are of equal historical significance with heritage buildings lining the streets and charming aspects making them well worth a look.

Grandchester is located approximately 45 minutes west of Brisbane and 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Grandchester, Ipswich Area
Queensland
Australia

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Whispers of the Valley

Grantham, Lockyer Valley Area
From AU$150.00 - 295.00
Imagine the magnificent, tranquility of flourishing flora and fauna, opulent cottages featuring sumptuous furnishings, glorious sunsets with loved ones, whilst relaxing on your secluded veranda, overlooking pristine waters, encompassing lush gardens. Welcome to "Whispers of the Valley", just half an hour to Toowoomba, one hour Brisbane and one and a half hours Stanthorpe. Indulge on 40 acres of paradise or venture surrounding countryside that is Lockyer Valley. Radiating indulgenced, each cottage embraces its own characteristics, both containing: a fireplace, double spa, barbecue, queen bed, ensuite, private courtyard, plush robes and linen. Cherish these surroundings within your own solitude or allow them to help you with indulgent catering packs. The three 'R's' - Relax, Reflect and Renew - are waiting for you!

Goomburra Forest Retreat

Goomburra, Southern Downs Area
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From AU$26.00 - 200.00
Goomburra Forest Retreat, a 'Secluded Haven in the Forest', is set on 135 acres, surrounded by natural forest and set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. A tranquil creek runs through the property, and refreshing swimming holes are only a short stroll from each cottage. Set well apart from the homestead, each cottage is fully self contained and provides a comfortable base for those who enjoy the outdoors. Goomburra Forest Retreat is located 300 metres from the National Park where there are numerous walks available for the more active as well as spectacular lookouts over the Scenic Rim. Each cottage is furnished with a Queen bed and a sofa. Individual comfort is also enhanced with all linen, anti allergenic pillows and quilts provided, as well as a spacious modern bathroom with large shower. Each cottage has a glass fronted wood fire for winter warmth (ceiling fans for summer) fully fitted kitchen and private barbecue facility. Goomburra Forest Retreat recently opened a caravan park offering creek side camping, hot showers and flushing toilets Goomburra Forest Retreat is a completely environmentally friendly resort, it's like no place you've ever been!

Stockton Rise Country Retreat

Glen Cairn, Lockyer Valley Area
From AU$130.00 - 190.00
Located within a short one hour drive west of Brisbane and less than 1.5 hours from the Gold Coast, you can find Stockton Rise, a peaceful Country Retreat set amongst farmland in the picturesque Lockyer Valley. Close to the small town of Forest Hill but also close to larger centres Laidley and Gatton, you can discover the delights of this rich agricultural area by taking a farm drive; visiting local markets or farm gate stalls to buy the freshest and best of Queensland produce. Alternatively, sit in comfort on the large deck of the retreat and watch over the day's activities from afar. There is much to do and you may just want to stay longer to explore this very historical area. Stockton Rise is a self contained house comprising three bedrooms in a spectacular position overlooking farmland. The accommodation is perfect for a family or for friends/groups to spend time together or for couples wanting to spend time away in the countryside. If you are feeling adventurous, bring a rod, your canoe or push bikes and explore the surrounding farmland including the large irrigation dam, or take a leisurely walk to enjoy spectacular sunrise or sunsets over the water.

Branell Homestead Bed and Breakfast

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
From AU$90.00 - 180.00
Branell Homestead Bed and Breakfast, located one hour from Brisbane, just outside Laidley in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, is for people who wish to experience the finer things in life, from reading a book in the extensive library, to watching a movie on the big screen. Alternatively, you might enjoy fishing from the private jetty or taking a relaxing stroll around the 80 acre property and discovering the native fauna and flora. Whatever you choose, you will be enchanted with the charm and grandeur of this federation style homestead with its peaceful valley views. Branell Homestead is also a stunning wedding venue that can offer you an affordable, stylish, country wedding with luxurious accommodation. Wedding receptions are held in the large Wedding Pavilion and wedding ceremonies can also be held at Branell. At Branell, it is not compulsory to organise your catering or alcohol through them. Unlike most other wedding venues, they charge a flat venue hire fee. This is where you will save money, because most wedding venues charge per head for food and alcohol. At Branell Homestead, you can have a very personalised wedding at a beautiful location and it does not have to cost you the earth.

Gordon Country

Goomburra, Southern Downs Area
From AU$22.00 - 120.00
Gordon Country, established 40 years ago, is to quote the late RM Williams, "one of the most beautiful places in Australia" A working cattle property boasting 4,000 acres of some of the best bush and rainforests that Australia has to offer, nestled at the head of the Goomburra Valley, adjoining World Heritage listed Main Range National Park, under two hours from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The clear waters of the Dalrymple and Banshee Creeks meandering though Gordon Country provide some of the best campsites you'll find and your dog is welcome too. Bushwalkers will find platypus in the creek, koalas in the treetops, creeks and lagoons and will hear the bellbirds and whipbirds. Four wheel driving ,mountain bike riding, bring your own horses For those who like 'the comfort' of a bed, the recently renovated cabins provide gas and wood stoves, gas refrigerators, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, as well as gas barbecue and outdoor campfire. All you need to pack is your sleeping bag or bedding and a light. Mobile phones don't work. Remember no electricity, just gas and wood and old fashioned fun! Camping , caravanning or cabins, you won't find a better place.

Goomburra Valley Campground

Goomburra, Southern Downs Area
From AU$30.00 - 40.00
The Goomburra Valley Campground is situated on the banks of the Dalrymple Creek and is the perfect spot for rest and relaxation. Whether you have a tent, trailer, caravan or motor home, there is a camp spot for you, as the campground has plenty of flat grassed areas with a fireplace under plenty of shade. There is also a 14 bed bunkhouse for the not so adventurous. Warm summer days for swimming in the creek, or rug up beside the fire in winter. The Goomburra Valley Campground is family friendly and perfect for groups or clubs with large undercover areas for cooking or meetings, there is even a camp kitchen. Well behaved pets are welcome with prior notification (bond applies).
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