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Lilydale: 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 6.4K from Lilydale

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 13.9K from Lilydale

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 14.8K from Lilydale

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 15.1K from Lilydale

Lilydale: 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 6.3K from Lilydale

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 14.5K from Lilydale

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 14.7K from Lilydale

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 15.4K from Lilydale

Lilydale: 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 13.8K from Lilydale

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 14.1K from Lilydale

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