Hope Vale

Hope Vale Aboriginal community lies 40 kilometres north of Cooktown. Originally established as a Moravian Lutheran Mission on the east coast near Cape Bedford, the community was later moved to its present location.

Go on a tour with a highly-acclaimed Aboriginal guide who can show you rock art sites and other locations on the Deed of Grant in Trust land. What's to see - the arts and craft centre is worth a visit and a private beach house accesses a coloured sands beach. You'll need a Council permit to camp and make arrangements in advance with the beach house. Useful stores include a couple of general outlets, hardware, a butcher and petrol station - but you will need to pay cash here.

Hope Vale is easily accessed from Cooktown on a good dirt road off the Battle Camp Road between Cooktown and Laura.

Hope Vale has an Alcohol Management Plan (AMP). AMPs aim to reduce alcohol-related violence.

AMPs vary from community to community. They include alcohol restrictions, home brew bans and dry place declarations which operate within a defined boundary, known as a 'restricted area'. These strategies set the quantity and type of alcohol you may possess in the restricted area.

Penalties apply for possessing or attempting to bring illegal alcohol into a restricted area.

To find out more about AMPs for each community, visit the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs web site.

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Da Vinci Machines

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32
9 December 2017 – 27 May 2018
Leonardo’s Inventions Brought to Life This award-winning international touring exhibition showcases iconic machines and inventions inspired by Leonardo’s drawings. On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, a vast array of machines created from original da Vinci drawings bringing the mechanical concepts of this curious mind to life.

This Is My Heritage

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32
12 January – 31 December 2018
Discover the profound connection that objects have to family, country and culture through the personal memories and experiences of 12 of Queensland’s Indigenous artists and educators. Through images and film, the exhibition reveals the surprising connections and strong spiritual links that can be explored when people engage with the collections from the Queensland Museum.

Laidley Village Markets

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 February 2018
The Laidley Village Markets are held from 7am to 1pm on the corner of Patrick Street and The Mall. Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of their local country markets. You'll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies.

Blacksmithing Basics

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$410 - 410
Monthly from 24 – 25 February 2018
Learn the basics of blacksmithing and create your own set of blacksmithing tools with Terry Drennan. You will make a set of blacksmithing tools including a cold chisel, hot cutter, round punch, oval punch, centre punch and tongs.

Ferrari Park Markets Laidley

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 24 February 2018
Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of their local country markets. You'll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies. Laidley Markets are held on the fourth Saturday of the Month in Ferrari Park Patrick Street, Laidley from 6am to 12pm.

Revolutions - Chalk Drive, Queensland

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 24 February 2018
They are delighted to invite everyone for a free skateboarding workshop held at Chalk Drive Skatepark. Open to all skate levels and all ages. Book tickets online now to be part of these amazing workshops!

Gatton Gem Mineral and Fossil Show

Gatton, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
24 February 2018
Friendly traders with thousands of bargains at the Gatton Gem Mineral and Fossil Show. Cut and rough precious and semi -precious gemstones, minerals, fossils, beads, jewellery and allied craft items. Lapidary supplies, books, tools and equipment.

Flickerfest

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area
From AU$15 - 15
24 February 2018
Celebrating 27 years, Flickerfest is Australia's leading Academy Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, the country's largest Australian and International short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world, hand-picked from 2500 entries.

Summer Tunes - Toowoomba

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
25 February 2018
Their Summer Tunes program provides free, live music at popular parks in the Toowoomba region and is a great way to relax with friends and family. Concerts feature local musicians from a variety of music genres and can be enjoyed on weekends throughout January and February.

Lockyer Valley Country Music Round Up

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
25 February – 3 March 2018
At the Lockyer Valley Country Music Round Up there will be walk ups, a bush poets breakfast and the main show on Saturday with the Slim Dusty Tribute Show, Jeff Brown, Laura Downing and more. On site camping available, bookings essential.
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