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Mount Crosby

In the foothills of the D'Aguilar Range to the north of Ipswich, Mt Crosby has played a vital role in the development and well-being of Brisbane.

A large, steam-powered pumping station was built at Mt Crosby in 1891 to guarantee a reliable water supply to the capital and a treatment plant was added in the early 1900s. While the plant was a vital link in the Brisbane water supply, it was critical to the town. At one point almost every household was dependent on a plant wage and 90 per cent of the local school students were children of waterworks employees.

Explorer John Oxley called the area Belle Vue in 1824, but because many early settlers had migrated from Crosbie-on-Eden on the Scottish border, the town was later renamed.

Today Mt Crosby is a largely residential area, but its rural roots appeal to environmentalists who are striving to conserve the remaining pockets of bushland in the Karana Downs region. They identify the pockets as sanctuaries for more than 50 species of birds, wallabies and possums.

Mount Crosby: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 1.9K from Mount Crosby

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 7.0K from Mount Crosby

Ebbw Vale Memorial Park


In the Ipswich suburb of Ebbw Vale, the memory of young men cut down in their prime in WWI lingers by a football field. The AL Petrie soldier statue memorial was originally unveiled near Ebbw Vale railway station on 14 May 1918. It was relocated in 1969 to Ebbw Vale Memorial Park, once known as the Whitwood grounds, named after a local colliery which had fielded two soccer teams since the 1890s.

Among the 22 names of those who enlisted in WWI are soccer team members William Jeffrey, Peter Jeffrey, H Mills and LW Breslin.

Unlike other states which favoured more architectural monuments, many Queensland communities chose the soldier statue for its traits of youth, masculinity, loyalty, bravery and innocence.

Soccer is still played on the grounds, along with cricket, softball and touch football and major community gatherings.




Brisbane Road
Ebbw Vale, QLD, 4304

Located 7.5K from Mount Crosby

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 7.7K from Mount Crosby

Mount Crosby: Events

Christmas Express


Join Santa on a festive return steam train journey to historic Grandchester station.

Departing at 10 am from the Museum platform, enjoy a 2.5 hour journey through the scenic countryside.

When you arrive at Grandchester station, see the steam locomotive turned around for the journey home.

Bookings are essential and passengers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Departs and returns to The Workshops Rail Museum platform
Departure time: 10 am
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours


Event Dates
2017
      9th Dec


North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 7.8K from Mount Crosby

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 7.8K from Mount Crosby

National Science Week: Wild


Celebrate National Science Week at the The Workshops Rail Museum with a range of activities and programming aimed at kids and school groups. Additional programs will run alongside their exhibitions to get your little ones inspired by science!

For schools (free of charge, weekdays 14-18 August):
Wild Rangers Wildlife Encounters Show
Animal Academy: Animal Adaption Workshop
Think Like a Scientist: Classification and Biodiversity Workshop

For kids:
Creation Station
A Room for Wild Animals Exhibition
Big Mammal Trail
Animals Match-Up Trail

Note: All activities are available for visitors to enjoy, but school groups must make a booking to attend the two workshops. See their website for further prices, ticketing and information.




North Street
Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 7.9K from Mount Crosby

A Room for Wild Animals


Get up close to 20 taxidermy specimens including big cats, bears and deer.

In this Ipswich first, these large specimens have been pulled out of the Queensland Museum vaults so we can learn more about them.

Today they speak on behalf of their living relatives, teaching us about wildlife diversity around the world, and invite us to think about animal habitat protection and conservation.

The exhibition features a lion, tiger, jaguar, cheetah, polar bear, brown bear, black bear, moose, buffalo, deer and antelope.

Included with Museum entry.


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North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 7.9K from Mount Crosby

Museum Zoo


Go Wild at the Museum Zoo these school holidays!

See the special exhibit A Room for Wild Animals and join in the fun activities including craft and trails. Make a day of it with entry to the Museum and all exhibits included in your ticket.

Special animal activities: Spot the wild animals in the A Room for Wild Animals exhibition, learn about animals adaptations in the special Animal Adaptations show, build your own craft animal to take home, identify animal tracks and locate them in the Museum with a self-guided trail

Things to see and do for the kids: Try driving a train on a simulator, let off some steam in Nipper Railway, take a miniature train ride around the Museum grounds (additional AUD3 per person).

Fun for the whole family with Museum entry included. Step back in Queensland time and explore the past. See the huge model railway of Queensland. Take a guided tour of the active railway workshop (enclosed footwear required).


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2017
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North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 7.9K from Mount Crosby

Grandchester Express


Get on-board this return steam train journey to historic Grandchester station. Add Museum entry and make a whole day out.

During this two and a half hour return trip, passengers have the option to disembark at Grandchester station and explore the grounds, watch the locomotive be uncoupled from its train and ran around for its return trip.

Bookings are essential and passengers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Departs and returns to The Workshops Rail Museum platform.

Departure time: 10am

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours


Event Dates
2017
      30th Sep


North Street
North Ipswich, QLD, 4305

Located 7.9K from Mount Crosby

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