Helidon Accommodation, Hotels, Tours & Information

Refine Search

To select multiple items, Ctrl-Click (or Cmd-Click on Mac)





Helidon

The quiet hamlet of Helidon lies in the picturesque Lockyer Valley, approximately one hour west of Brisbane and just 15 minutes east of Toowoomba. Sandstone from this area has been used in many of Queensland's beautiful historic buildings. Helidon is also the business hub for explosive manufacturing companies situated on the outskirts of town

For many years Helidon has been famous for its natural mineral springs prized for their great healing and therapeutic properties. The local Aborigines bathed in the spring water to ward off illness and after European settlement, the springs attracted the frail from far and wide. Arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches, pains, stress, and a host of other ailments are said to be relieved by soaking in the warm, mineral-rich water.

The grand old city of Toowoomba is just 15 minutes' drive up the range and offers a host of things to see and do. Not far from Helidon you'll also find wineries, historic homesteads, national parks and a host of scenic drives.

Accommodation in the Helidon area ranges from basic cabins, bed-and-breakfasts, hotels and motels.

Helidon: 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 10.7K from Helidon

Picnic Point Lookout And Parkland


Toowoomba's heritage-listed Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland comprises 160-acres perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, with panoramic views over Main Range and Lockyer Valley.

Be greeted upon entry with an avenue of mature hoop pine (Auracaria cunnninghamii) and South Queensland kauri (Agathis robusta) before the parklands opens into manicured lawns. Pre-pack a picnic or stop by the cafe and restaurant before nestling on a section of quiet grasslands under a bunya tree.

Let the kids test out the playground and children's train (only operating on weekends), and later set off on the walking trails to nearby waterfalls and Table Top Mountain, drawing sightseers and picnic goers every day of the week.

The lower section of the park can also be accessed via Tobruk Memorial Drive and is another ideal location for impressive vistas and social picnics.





Tourist Drive
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 14.2K from Helidon

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 14.4K from Helidon

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 15.0K from Helidon

Helidon: Events

Helidon Heritage Fair


The Helidon and District Progress Association Incorporated works closely with Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Helidon State School, local clubs and businesses to enhance and promote their unique heritage; and through pictorial history and parks.

The grand parade, supported by Gatton SES, Lockyer Antique Motor Association, Salvation Army Band, Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band, Gatton Light Horse Troop, Helidon State School, Helidon and Grantham Firies, and many private collectors and clubs, will assemble on the northern end of Railway Street at 9.00am. The parade will lead off at 9.30am, proceeding right into Turner Street, left over the railway line on Mary MacKillop Street, right into Arthur Street then left onto the fairgrounds. The official fair opening will be approximately 9.40am.

Premier fair events are the billy cart derby, tug o war competition (supported annually by the Brisbane Bulldogs Tug o War team), 100 yard dash for cash, pie eating competition, and a spud peeling competition.

A great variety of foods, entertainment and fun activities fill the day, with festivities drawing to a close around 4.30pm to 5.00pm.


Event Dates
2016
      14th Aug
      14th Aug


Corner of Arthur Street and George Street
Helidon, QLD, 4344

Located 0.1K from Helidon

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
2017
      29th Apr
      30th Apr


Spencer Street,
Gatton Show Grounds,
Gatton Show Grounds
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 14.5K from Helidon

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
2016
      24th Sep


Gatton Showgrounds
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 14.7K from Helidon

Lockyer Valley Health and Wellbeing Expo


The expo brings together providers relating to health and wellbeing, including but not limited to sport, 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.


Event Dates
2016
      21st Aug


Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 14.7K from Helidon

Helidon: Travel Tips

Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre


The team at Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre welcome you as a valued guest; with true country hospitality and a passionate desire to help you enjoy your visit. With a wealth of local knowledge, they can give you first-hand tips for exploring the Toowoomba area; with its intriguing history, quiet natural beauty, four distinct seasons, and delicious produce.

Their beautiful "Queenslander" building is based on a late 1800s style Toowoomba house. It features stained-glass motifs of the "Toowoomba" violet; which you can best enjoy by going inside.

Drop in for maps, brochures, locally-produced food and artisan-made items, Toowoomba souvenirs and refreshments. On-site parking is provided for cars, coaches and caravans; adjacent to picnic and playground facilities in East Creek Park.





82-86 James Street,
Warrego Highway
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 13.1K from Helidon

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 14.2K from Helidon

Helidon Map

Helidon Map - Legend
Multiple Hotels
Hotel
Click on the map markers for more information. Hover over the map to zoom in & out or see satellite & terrain views.