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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

Helidon: 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 10.6K from Helidon

Oceania Continental MTB Championships

Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to present the 2017 Oceania Continental MTB Championships.

The Championships will be held at Jubilee MTB Park, Toowoomba from March 10 to 12, 2017.

This event will also incorporate the final rounds of the XCO and DHI National Series.

Event Dates
      10th Mar
      11th Mar
      12th Mar

Amos Road
Withcott, QLD, 4352

Located 12.8K from Helidon

Murphys Creek Markets

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.

Murphys Creek Markets are held on the third Saturday of every month on Murphy's Creek Road (adjacent to Murphy's Creek Tavern) from 7am to 12.30pm.

Event Dates
      19th Nov
      17th Dec
      21st Jan
      18th Feb
      18th Mar
      15th Apr
      20th May
      17th Jun

Murphys Creek Road
Murphys Creek, QLD, 4352

Located 12.9K from Helidon

Parkland Entertainment

You'll hear music from almost every genre floating out of Toowoomba's beautiful parks. The Parkland Experience covers folk, pop, pop-funk, classic, Irish folk, rock, jazz or soul, Memphis, country, rock n roll, Celtic, swing, opera, bush ballads, blues, choral, brass band, old time music, strings and retro rock. Phew! There's also tai chi, yoga, face-painting, balloon sculpture, opera and music theatre and dancing.

Apart from the first weekend, all activities run between 11am to 3pm during the 10 days of the Carnival.

Event Dates
      15th Sep
      16th Sep
      17th Sep
      18th Sep
      19th Sep
      20th Sep
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep
      24th Sep

164 Tourist Road
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 14.1K from Helidon

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
      30th Sep
      1st Oct

Spencer Street
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 14.3K 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

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