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Fernvale

Cradled in the South East Queensland’s beautiful ‘Valley of the Lakes’ Fernvale is a quaint, picturesque village on the road to Esk.

Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, the tiny hamlet is a popular spot for fishing and camping and a welcome rest stop for people travelling to Esk and nearby Wivenhoe Dam.

Lake Wivenhoe (or Wivenhoe Dam) provides the main water supply to the city of Brisbane and holds twice as much water as Sydney Harbour. It’s also a popular destination for fishermen and boat enthusiasts with a boat ramp and boat hire available at the lake.

Fernvale is located in the scenic Brisbane Valley just 45 minutes’ drive north-west of Brisbane.

Fernvale: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Fernvale Murals


The Fernvale Murals were conceived as a community project to help re-establish pride and confidence in the town after the trauma of the 2011 floods. There are three murals located around the Fernvale Memorial Park along the Brisbane Valley Highway. The design of the murals is not intended to show the town exactly as it was, but rather to illustrate the life of the growing community. The buildings seen in the murals are taken from photographs of actual building which stood in Fernvale in the early days, some of which can still be seen in the town today.




1483 Brisbane Valley Highway
Fernvale, QLD, 4306

Located 0.3K from Fernvale

Savages Crossing


Looking for a quiet spot to drop a line or take the canoe or kayak out for a spin? Fish where the locals fish and visit Savages Crossing. Located along Banks Creek Rd, its just a short five minute drive from the township of Fernvale. The crossing is a beautiful spot where you can get back to nature and unwind in this tranquil creek setting. Catch a fish or go for a paddle in your kayak or canoe, you won't be disappointed!




Banks Creek Rd
Fernvale, QLD, 4306

Located 2.2K from Fernvale

Kholo Gardens


A picturesque retreat into nature seven kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District is the peaceful Kholo Gardens at Pine Mountain. It's an unexpected delight to explore with its lush gardens, crystal clear lily pond, bush walks and open spaces. Giant Kauri trees and Hoop Pines planted by early settlers, rare birds and plants, and the nearby Brisbane River all make this a special place to spend some time. It's also a sacred site for the indigenous Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People.

At this subtropical haven, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the 400 metre walk through Tree Fern Lane under a natural rainforest canopy. The more energetic can try the steeper 800 metre Coal Creek Walk - aptly named seeing as the earliest recordings of coal in the area were made here in 1825.

Formerly the site of a water pumping station, Kholo Gardens has an historic well onsite as well as a charming little old church, relocated here in 1990 from Redbank. With that and a stunningly restored Queenslander nearby, you can see why this is a popular venue for weddings and other functions. There are also barbecues, picnic tables and public toilets.





243 Riverside Drive
Muirlea, QLD, 4306

Located 15.2K from Fernvale

Morelia Track, Manorina


On a clear day, the Morelia Track, Manorina offers spectacular views as far as the sparkling white sand hills of Moreton Island. Walk from the picnic area through tall open forest to the summit of Mount Nebo. Patches of rainforest along the way provide a cool contrast to the more open forest and pockets of cabbage tree palm rainforest.

At the end of the walk there are large granite boulders on which to sit and ponder, and perhaps plan your next walk.





Brisbane Forest Park,
Mount Nebo Road
The Gap, QLD, 4061

Located 15.3K from Fernvale

Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve


Located only 6 kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District, the Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve is an oasis in the suburbs and home to many water birds that live in and around the Quarry Pond.

The reserve is a great place for bird-watching, especially along the aptly named Willy Wagtail Circuit, and the Tom Craik Lookout is perfect for viewing the planes taking off and landing at the Amberley RAAF Base.

Picnic spots including picnic shelters, a playground, toilets and nearby parking the Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve an ideal location for a day in the bush.




Brassall, QLD, 4305

Located 17.5K from Fernvale

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve


A wonderful way to cool down and enjoy the great outdoors in Ipswich is at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve. The crossing is a low-lying bridge that crosses the Brisbane River in the suburb of Chuwar, and this long-time favourite with locals and visitors has all you need for a relaxing day out for all ages.

Although Colleges Crossing has been severely damaged by floods in recent years, each time it's bounced back bigger and better, meaning that many of the facilities are fairly new. This includes a nature-based children's playground covered by shade sails with equipment such as a fort, musical wall, spinning seats, tree log tunnel and frog sculptures. There's a lake for fishing and kayaking, and while it's advised not to take the full plunge for a swim, you can enjoy paddling in the shallows and skimming stones.

The large, grassed area has plenty of room for sports and there are also bike/scooter paths and walking tracks. After all that exertion, sit back and enjoy the treats served at the caf? with beautiful views of the river, or bring your own picnic or barbecue to enjoy at the sheltered tables.





408 - 492 Mt Crosby Road
Chuwar, QLD, 4306

Located 18.6K from Fernvale

The Workshops Rail Museum


The acclaimed, award-winning Museum should be on every Ipswich visitor's to-do list. Steeped in history - it was once the workplace of over 3,000 railway workers and visitors enter via the historic Timekeepers' Building - it merges the romance of yesteryear with the exciting technological breakthroughs of the present.

The old boilershop houses the museum, where you're dwarfed by beautifully restored locomotives and carriages, and where kids and kids at heart will marvel at Queensland's largest model railway featuring detailed real-life scenes of the state.

The interactive Nippers' Railway will keep youngsters enthralled for ages with activities such as driving a train and collecting tickets, and a popular exhibit for older ages is the Diesel Revolution where you take the controls of the diesel locomotive simulator. You can also soak up the romance of a bygone era walking through an historic refreshment carriage, or peer into the opulent Vice-Regal carriage to see how the Governor travelled.

Heritage Railway Workshops tours happen twice a day, and the place is packed during school holidays, with the popular Day out with Thomas programs running during the winter school holidays.




North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 19.3K from Fernvale

Fernvale: Activities

There are good camping facilities on the shores of the lake along with barbecues, a children’s playground and kiosk.

Fernvale: Events

Fernvale Country Markets


The Fernvale Country Markets take place every Sunday at the Fernvale State Primary School on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale. Enjoy a Sunday morning drive into Fernvale and take a relaxing stroll around the markets as your shop for locally grown fruit and vegetables, hand made gifts and wares and other fun market stalls.


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1605 Brisbane Valley Highway
Fernvale, QLD, 4306

Located 1.6K from Fernvale

Museum Open Day


Soak up the atmosphere with live music, explore an Ipswich icon that's been active since 1865, take a self-guided walking tour of the Heritage Railway Workshops, get up close to genuine locos and vintage carriages and see the huge model railway of Queensland.

Entry is free for Ipswich residents. Proof of residency is required and may include drivers licence or rates notice. Admission charges apply for non-Ipswich residents.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Nov


North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 19.3K from Fernvale

Fernvale: Shopping

Fernvale is well known for it colourful Sunday markets, with people travelling from as far afield as Brisbane and Ipswich to enjoy the relaxed ambience and to snap up a bargain. The town also has a number of unique art and craft shops to tempt those looking for something a little different.

Fernvale: Travel Tips

Fernvale Visitor Information Centre


Conveniently located along the Brisbane Valley Highway, the Fernvale Visitor Information Centre provides a warm welcome to those travelling to the Somerset region. The Fernvale Futures Complex, which houses the Visitor Information Centre, was opened in September of 2006 and was built on the site of the old Fernvale Railway Station, in a style reminiscent of the old station house. Visitors are greeted by a friendly group of volunteer tourism ambassadors who's local knowledge and home-grown tales will sure to delight both domestic and international guests. During your visit you may purchase fishing and boating permits and collect a wide range of maps, brochures and flyers to help you prepare for your adventure through the Somerset region.




1483 Brisbane Valley Highway
Fernvale, QLD, 4306

Located 0.8K from Fernvale

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