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Buaraba: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Ravensbourne National Park


For many years, Ravensbourne National Park was a traditional stop over for Aboriginal people on their way to and from bunya festivals in the Bunya Mountains. Today, visitors come to admire rainforest remnants, majestic Sydney blue gums and more than 80 bird species, including green catbirds and vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Under the rainforest's dense canopy, orchids and elkhorns thrive.

Picnic at either Blackbean or Cedar Block day-use area and explore the park's five short tracks (the longest is two hours). Near Cedar Block's self-guiding walk, Gus Beutel lookout gives panoramic views of the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim. On other tracks, watch for red-tailed black-cockatoos in the she-oaks and listen for the ringing calls of paradise riflebirds. Lorikeets and fairy-wrens are also often seen. Bring wood to enjoy a barbecue at either picnic area. There is no camping on-site. Stay at nearby Crows Nest National Park, at Cressbrook Dam or in nearby towns.




Esk-Hampton Road,
Ravensbourne National Park
Ravensbourne, QLD, 4352

Located 11.6K from Buaraba

Esk War Memorial and Esk Memorial Park


An opulent bronze, marble and sandstone cenotaph has stood in Esk since 1921, even though it took another 58 years for the surrounding park to be proclaimed as a memorial reserve.

The foundation stone was laid in December 1920 by Colonel Graham Butler, the original medical officer who landed with the Queensland 9th Battalion at Gallipoli.

The Esk Patriotic Committee had started fundraising in 1916. They needed ?885, a high price for a community paying a high human cost. Of the 545 men from the Esk district who enlisted, 83 died.

All the names are captured on this monument. Fixed bronze plates on the base bear the names of the dead. The others' names appear on huge bronze plates fixed to recessed marble panels.

Designed by Georg Brockwell Gill of Ipswich, the stonework was executed by masons Frank Williams and Co. Art metalwork was supplied by Wunderlich Ltd of Sydney.

The memorial park, proclaimed in 1979, was extended four years later. It now includes a stone memorial to Captain Patrick Logan, commandant of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement who was murdered while exploring the Brisbane Valley in 1830, and plaques honouring those who died in WWII and post-1945 conflicts.




Ipswich Street
Esk, QLD, 4312

Located 17.5K from Buaraba

Weeping Mother Memorial


Many tears were shed on home soil as blood seeped in WWI trenches, Queensland's outpouring of grief most poignantly captured in a marble statue of a seated mother, weeping, at Gatton.

While the foundation stone was laid in April 1922, it's not known when the marble memorial, which includes a mausoleum-type structure, was unveiled. It is known that it was designed and produced by Ipswich mason Frank Williams at a cost of more than ?500 and that money was raised through public subscription.

The weeping mother, slightly smaller than life-size, sits on a mound of rocks, her chin resting on her right hand, her left hand holding a scroll with the inscription 'Their names liveth for evermore'.

Gatton's farming community lost 68 local men in WWI. The names of locals who died in subsequent conflicts, 23 in WWII and two in Vietnam, have been added.

A light to illuminate the statue at night was added by the Gatton RSL and Women's Auxiliary, a WWI nurse flicking the switch on Armistice Day 1933.




Hickey Street
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 20.9K from Buaraba

Buaraba: Events

Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy


Each year close to 600 prime movers travel along the Warrego Highway to Gatton as part of the Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy.

The convoy leaves from Withcott and Dinmore and converges in Gatton for a weekend of family fun and entertainment. There is live music throughout the Saturday until midnight. Sunday it kicks off again with music, markets, children's activities, rides and more. Come and join the truck drivers and their families to honour and remember those truck drivers who have lost their lives, and to pay respect to the drivers who are out on the road every day working hard to make sure you have everything you need.

Entertainment includes kids rides and activities, market stalls, food and drinks available, licensed bar, auction, truck display. Lineup for 2017 is yet to be announced! Follow them on Facebook for the latest information and ticket on sale dates.

Camp site bookings, truck registrations and entry tickets will be available on the website.


Event Dates
2017
      30th Sep
      30th Sep
      1st Oct
      1st Oct


Gatton
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 21.0K from Buaraba

Lockyer Lifestyle and Leisure Expo


The expo showcases what is great about living in the Lockyer Valley. A diverse range of exhibitors come along including some relating to health and wellbeing, sporting groups, fitness and recreation, lifestyle, nutrition, holistic therapies and positive mental health. There is a range of stage presentations and demonstrations as well as children's entertainment.
Check out the workshop program which changes each year.




Spencer Street,
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 21.4K from Buaraba

Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy Weekend


Truck drivers are the backbone of the Australian economy, and without trucks Australia would stop - but its not a job without risks, and the names already adorning the wall are a testament to that. It's important for Australians everywhere to know and recognise that truck drivers are just everyday people with an extraordinary job. In 2015, the Lights on the Hill Convoy saw nearly 800 trucks roll into the Racecourse, Gatton Queensland.

Saturday will see the memorial convoy leave from new departure points of Ashburn Road Citiswich Bundamba, and Roche's Road Withcott.

A full weekend of honouring "Our Family and Our Friends" will include- live entertainment from some of Australia's best country artists, truck show, kids rides and entertainment, market stalls, live streaming of the convoy and the weekends proceedings to the racecourse venue on the LCD Big Screen (10m x 3m), memorial service, NRL Grand Final with one hell of a finishing act on Sunday night. Book the date, bring your friends and join them for the whole weekend of honouring those no longer with us and those still carrying this great country.


Event Dates
2017
      30th Sep
      1st Oct


Spencer Street
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 21.4K from Buaraba

The Historic Commercial Vehicle Association Truck Show


Explore the displays as well as a wealth of historic trucks, tractors and buses. There is entertainment and food on offer. This annual truck show is the largest meet of historic trucks and vehicles displayed in Queensland.


Event Dates
2017
      16th Sep


Gatton Showgrounds
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 21.5K from Buaraba

Lockyer Valley Speedway


Bring the family down to Gatton Showgrounds to enjoy an afternoon and evening of Speedway! The track is a decomposed granite track at 530 metres long and runs Mini Sprints, Formula 260's, Karts and all Speedway Bike classes.


Event Dates
2017
      7th Oct
      11th Nov
      9th Dec


Gatton Showgrounds
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 21.5K from Buaraba

Christmas in the Country


The Christmas in the Country Art and Craft Show held on the first Friday and Saturday in November is a must for those who enjoy market style shopping. You'll be guaranteed to fill a basket of quality homemade goodies. Browse and buy from a variety of stalls including jewellery, fresh local produce and cakes, quilting and patchwork supplies, scrapbooking supplies, country craft, folk art, timber, old wares, Christmas gifts, paintings, paper craft, cottage craft, pottery, plants, rustic craft, homemade goodies and many more new stall holders.



Event Dates
2017
      3rd Nov
      4th Nov


Gatton Shire Hall,
North Street
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 21.9K from Buaraba

Buaraba: Travel Tips

Esk Visitor Information Centre


Nestled along the Brisbane Valley Highway, the Esk Visitor Information Centre provides a friendly greeting to those seeking real country, real adventure, really close to Brisbane.

The quaint cottage-style building reflects the country hospitality that visitors experience from the friendly group of volunteer tourism ambassadors who revel in sharing their local knowledge and colourful tales. The Esk Visitor Information Centre is home to Glenn Rock Gallery where an array of locally created arts and crafts is on display. Somerset artists change the exhibition monthly so there is always something new to see.

While at the centre you can purchase fishing and boating permits and collect a range of maps, brochures and flyers to help prepare you for your journey through Somerset.




82 Ipswich Street
Esk, QLD, 4312

Located 17.4K from Buaraba

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