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Gatton

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

In November 2009, Gatton became home to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, a purpose built facility which houses a Library, Art Gallery, Function and Conference rooms, Visitor Information Centre and the Queensland Transport Museum - all this with the beautiful backdrop of Lake Apex. Take a walk around the lake, visit the 'Lights on the Hill' Trucking memorial, and enjoy bird watching within the fauna sanctuary. Or, for an insight into the history of the town and the Gatton area try visiting the Gatton and District Historical Society Museum which is located beside Lake Apex. The museum is open every Sunday between 1.30pm. to 4pm

The University of Queensland Gatton Campus is only five minutes from the Central Business District and has a wealth of history including the old Foundation Building. You will also witness stunning bird life on the on campus Lake Galletly. Visit one of the University's famous Walk Way Market events - sample fresh produce and browse locally made crafts.

Gatton

Gatton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 1.1K from Gatton

Lake Apex Park


A beautiful waterfront park which is home to over 150 different species of bird. 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 1.2K from Gatton

Queensland Transport Museum located in the Lockyer Valley


The Queensland Transport Museum features a magnificent display of various forms of transport of various ages and displays over 200 models that explore the creations, founders and functions of the Transport Industry.

The main feature in the museum is the History of Western Maranoa Transport and is a tribute to J.C. (Cyril) Anderson, his brother M.J.R (Curly) Anderson and also the men and women who worked for this great company.

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

The museum also features interactive displays of many years of the Transport Industry as well as our latest addition our brand new driving simulator. All visitors and kids of all ages are encouraged to jump in the seat of 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 1.2K from Gatton

Gatton: Events

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 0.0K from Gatton

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 0.7K from Gatton

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 0.7K from Gatton

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.


Event Dates
2017
      20th Aug


Spencer Street,
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 1.1K from Gatton

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 1.1K from Gatton

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 2.0K from Gatton

Gatton: Travel Tips

Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre


The Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre is located on Lake Apex Drive Gatton. The centre is situated within the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, surrounded by a beautiful park and overlooks Lakes Apex and Freeman.

This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries and is staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals. Situated in the multi functional Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre the building boasts an Art Gallery, Library, Staging Post Cafe, Queensland Transport Museum as well as a state of the art Visitor Information Centre. Adjacent to the Information Centre lies the glorious Lake Apex where you can enjoy picnic or barbecue and take in the wildlife.

The Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre offers a relaxing atmosphere with the opportunity to purchase locally grown and produced food products. Discuss with the friendly staff your travel plans so you can make informed decisions for a perfect day in the Lockyer Valley.




34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 1.2K from Gatton

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