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Ropeley: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Ma Ma Creek War Memorial

Fleurine Andrews' three sons died fighting in France in WWI. Their memory lives on in an unusual soldier statue in a small country cemetery, 13 kilometres south-west of Gatton.

Mrs Andrews commissioned monumental masons AL Petrie and Son to produce the memorial, erected in the St Stephen's Anglican Church cemetery at Ma Ma Creek in 1920.

The soldier statue, a popular choice of tribute in Queensland communities, embodies qualities of the ideal Australian: loyalty, youth, courage, innocence and masculinity. This one is a rarity, the only surviving 'Digger' wearing a cap instead of a slouch hat.

Private James Martin Andrews was killed on 5 August 1916, aged 26. Private George Henry Andrews died on 9 June 1917, aged 28. Private Bertie Reginald Andrews was killed on 10 June 1918, aged 20.

The war memorial stands behind the Andrews family plot and is the focus of public ANZAC Day memorial services.

Mrs Andrews also donated a church organ in her sons' memory.

Gatton Clifton Road
Ma Ma Creek, QLD, 4347

Located 7.7K from Ropeley

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 9.9K from Ropeley

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 11.9K from Ropeley

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 11.9K from Ropeley

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 12.4K from Ropeley

Ropeley: Events

Ma Ma Creek Markets

Come down to the Ma Ma Creek Community Centre on the second Saturday of the month to visit the Ma Ma Creek markets and enjoy the variety that the stalls have to offer.

Event Dates
      12th Nov
      10th Dec
      14th Jan
      11th Feb
      11th Mar
      8th Apr
      13th May
      10th Jun

Ma Ma Creek Community Centre
Ma Ma Creek, QLD, 4347

Located 7.8K from Ropeley

Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Field Day

Relive history with the working horse exhibitions and displays of heavy horses in action. Held at the Gatton Showgrounds, today's Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron and Australian Draft breeds all have ancestral roots that stem back to first settlers. Displays include working exhibitions, decorated harness's, ploughing teams, breed judging and much more.

Event Dates
      29th Apr
      30th Apr

Woodlands Road
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 11.4K from Ropeley

Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days and Heritage Festival - 40th Anniversary

The Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days and Heritage Festival Gatton Showgrounds gates open 8.30am.

It is the only Heavy Horse Event in Queensland that can have up to 120 Heavy Horses competing against each other with Ploughing, Log Snigging, Draught Horse Derby, Obstacle events and Harness events with carts, drays and wagons from the past and present.

Demonstrations include Ploughing, Scuffling and preparing a paddock, Ridden Displays and Dressage with a Heavy Horse, Novelty events just for fun, Junior events - for the up and coming next generation, Farriers World Cup competition, Wool Spinning/Weaving, Vintage Vehicles and Camp Oven Cooking.

They have Breed Displays with information about Clydesdales, Shire Horses, Percherons, Draught Horses, Australian Draught Horses and also Gypsy Cobs and Drum Horses.
Their beautiful Parades include the magnificent Friesian Horses and a wonderful working Bullock Team.

There will also be plenty of food stalls, arts/crafts, Pony Rides, Jumping Castle and animal nurseries to enjoy.

Event Dates
      29th Apr
      30th Apr

Spencer Street,
Gatton Show Grounds
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 11.4K from Ropeley

Mulgowie Real Farmers Markets

Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of the local country markets. You'll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies set amongst magnificent landscapes. Markets held on the first Saturday of every month at the Mulgowie Hall Grounds from 8am to 11am.

Event Dates
      5th Nov
      3rd Dec
      7th Jan
      4th Feb
      4th Mar
      1st Apr
      6th May
      3rd Jun
      1st Jul
      5th Aug
      2nd Sep

106 Mulgowie Road
Mulgowie, QLD, 4341

Located 12.7K from Ropeley

Ropeley: 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 10.1K from Ropeley

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