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Forest Hill

Just five kilometres south of the Warrego Highway, and around 40 minutes from Ipswich, lies the tiny but interesting town of Forest Hill is a remarkable hint of a yesteryear town. However, Forest Hill is not make-believe. It just so happens to be a town where much of yesteryear still survives by way of two beautiful heritage-listed pubs, a craft shop, antiques and collectables centre, two cafes and more, this little town is well worth a day drive. Moreover, it is on the Cobb and Co Tourist route, so it is little wonder that it has something for the history buffs as well as those that appreciate the fact that in Forest Hill the things of yesteryear mingle nicely with the things of today. As an alternative to the hurly-burly of the highway, take the more leisurely and more scenic route from Ipswich to Forest Hill via Rosewood and Laidley.

Forest Hill

Forest Hill: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Forest Hill War Memorial


An ex-serviceman who fought with the Australian Light Horse in WWI is believed to be the sculptor of Forest Hill's war memorial in the Lockyer Valley.

The 4.5 metre monument, a life-size soldier standing on a tall sandstone pedestal with classically carved colonnettes, was unveiled in 1921 by five mothers whose sons had died at war.

Monument masons PJ Lowther and Sons of Brisbane were commissioned to create the ?300 cenotaph for the Forest Hill Memorial League. It's believed the family firm's sculptor son Charles Lowther actually did the carving.

The finely carved grey sandstone monument faces east, towards the rising sun. Inscribed on the stone are the names of 97 soldiers who served including 11 who did not return.

It's located in a small park adjacent to a railway line.

A plate with the names of WWII servicemen has been added.




Gordon Street
Forest Hill, QLD, 4342

Located 0.1K from Forest Hill

Lake Dyer


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. Lake Dyer is a popular fishing, boating and day trip spot. There are secure camping amenities, town water, showers, powered and unpowered sites, free barbecues, disability facilities and a children's playground. Covered barbecue areas and water activities are available.







Lake Dyer
Laidley, QLD, 4341

Located 4.6K from Forest Hill

Das Neumann Haus Museum


Das Neumann Haus, hand built by German immigrant Hermann Neumann in 1893, is located in Laidley, a town that retains a nostaligc feel. The house has been restored to its former condition, refurnished in the style of the 1930s and opened to the public as a house museum.

Once considered the cultural hub of the community, now volunteers enthusiastically tell the stories of the Neumann family and the history of Laidley.

Relax on the deck or under the shade of the 100 year old Jacaranda tree in the park whilst you sample delicious cakes, smoothies and more from Annie's Place Coffee Shop. Free wifi is available.

Special events include the Heritage Festival, held annually in April and the Laidley Spring Festival, held annually in September.




Patrick Street,
Corner of William Street
Laidley, QLD, 4341

Located 5.8K from Forest Hill

Queensland Transport Museum located in the Lockyer Valley


The Queensland Transport Museum features a magnificent display of transport through the ages and displays over 200 models that explore the creation, founders and operation of the Transport Industry.

The main feature in the museum is the History of Western Maranoa Transport, which is a tribute to JC (Cyril) Anderson, his brother MJR (Curly) Anderson and also the men and women who worked for this renowned company.

Displays in the museum are ever changing and each new visit takes you on a new adventure.

The museum also features interactive displays as well as a new driving simulator. All visitors and children of all ages are encouraged to jump in the simulator and experience life as a rally car driver, a farmer, or a race car driver.




34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 8.6K from Forest Hill

Lake Apex Park


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. A perfect location for your next picnic.




34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 8.7K from Forest Hill

Forest Hill: Events

Laidley Village Markets


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.




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2017
      27th Oct
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Patrick Street
Laidley, QLD, 4341

Located 6.0K from Forest Hill

Ferrari Park Markets Laidley


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.


Event Dates
2017
      28th Oct
      25th Nov
      23rd Dec
2018
      27th Jan
      24th Feb
      24th Mar
      28th Apr
      26th May
      23rd Jun


Patrick Street
Laidley, QLD, 4341

Located 6.0K from Forest Hill

Miguel's Cooking School


Food, Fun and Feasting!

Spend the morning cooking with celebrity chef Miguel Maestre using delicious Lockyer Valley produce, followed by a sit-down lunch, where you will tase and enjoy fabulous food that has been grown by people with passion.

This is a hands-on, small, intimate group cooking class with Miguel, where you will learn to recreate his dishes in your own home.


Event Dates
2017
      22nd Oct


5 Faith Avenue
Plainland, QLD, 4341

Located 6.3K from Forest Hill

Plainland Markets


Come along to the Plainland Markets at Plainland Hotel, Plainland, from 7am to 2pm. 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.


Event Dates
2017
      19th Nov
      17th Dec
2018
      18th Feb
      18th Mar
      15th Apr
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      17th Jun


Porters Plainland
Plainland, QLD, 4341

Located 7.1K from Forest Hill

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 8.1K from Forest Hill

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