Dysart

Dysart is a relative young town, constructed as a service town for the nearby Norwich Park coal mine. Today it still services many nearby mines, including Lake Vermont, Saraji and Peak Downs. A number of mining camps exist within the town.

View an operational coal mine, Peak Downs. From the roadside you can catch a glimpse of large mining machinery, such as drag lines, in operation. Tours are available at this mine once a month through Isaac Regional Council.

Be greeted by a belly dump truck and coal wagon at the entrance to Dysart, in a specially constructed park on the Northern end of town. These monuments were placed in recognition of the coal and rail industry, and to celebrate Dysart's 25th anniversary in 1998.

Visit the restored Mt Orange Copper Smelter chimney, a 54ft high stack and firebox. The smelter was originally erected in 1879 for the treatment of ore from Keeley's selection and operated until 1910 when it was officially closed down. There is a plaque depicting the history of the smelter as a monument to the early mining days.

Dysart is a friendly community, with public services including schools, a hospital and emergency services. It is an ideal location to spend a night while on an inland road trip with many accommodation options. Amenities and services include sporting facilities, parks, shaded skate park, recreational centre, public swimming pool, grocery store, petrol stations, restaurants and cafes.

An array of wildlife can often be seen on rural roads surrounding the town, including camels, kangaroos and emus. Many koalas call Dysart home in eucalyptus trees within the town, as well as an array of delightful bird life.

Nearby Lords Table Mountain in Peak Range National Park is an ideal location for an outback picnic or to watch a beautiful sunset.

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Murphys Creek

Murphys Creek, Lockyer Valley Area
Stop in at the historic tiny town of Murphy's Creek. You can travel there via Toowoomba from the New England Highway or via the Warrego Highway. Today, Murphy's Creek is little more than a general store, coffee shop, and a historic cottage called Jessie's Cottage.

Lake Apex Park

Gatton, Lockyer Valley Area
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A beautiful waterfront park which is home to over 150 different species of birds. Inclusive of playground equipment, barbecues, exercise equipment and toilet facilities. Lake Apex Park is also dog friendly and has a paved walking track the entire distance around the Lake.

Helidon

Helidon, Lockyer Valley Area
The quiet hamlet of Helidon lies in the picturesque Lockyer Valley, approximately one hour west of Brisbane and just 15 minutes east of Toowoomba. Sandstone from this area has been used in many of Queensland's beautiful historic buildings.

Laidley

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Just 60 minutes from downtown Brisbane, Laidley greets visitors with good old-fashioned hospitality amidst a backdrop of rich farmlands and magnificent scenery. There are so many attractions for visitors to enjoy, from the preserved heritage of the pioneer village, to the local arts and crafts plus the region's oldest home, Das Neumann Haus.

Gatton

Gatton, Lockyer Valley Area
The fertile Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland is home to the rich farming region of Gatton, 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.

Lake Dyer

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Escape to the picturesque Lockyer Valley to camp on the banks of the Laidley Creek. Situated about 24 kilometres south of Laidley, this small, rural campground is framed by the Little Liverpool Range and Great Dividing Range.

Grantham, Lockyer Valley

Grantham, Lockyer Valley Area
About halfway between Gatton and Helidon lies Grantham, a little village surrounded by rich farming land. The town is home to one of Australia's leading beef producers, exporting prime beef to markets around the world.

Forest Hill

Forest Hill, Lockyer Valley Area
Tucked away between Laidley and Gatton is a vibrant little town with much to offer. Situated six kilometres south of the Warrego Highway, Forest Hill has an unspoiled boutique feel, reflected in its quality gift shops and tastefully renovated buildings.
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