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Murphys Creek

Stop in at the historic tiny town of Murphy's Creek. You can travel there via Toowoomba from the New England Highway or via the Warrego Highway. Today, Murphy's Creek is little more than a general store, coffee shop, and a historic cottage called Jessie's Cottage. By the cottage, there are picnic tables that make picnicking in this quiet rural setting easy.

Nearby is beautiful Spring Bluff Railway Station. See the award winning gardens and have a cuppa at the cafe, open every day in September and Thursday to Sunday all other months 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Although it is hard to imagine, around 100 years ago Murphy's Creek was a thriving business centre with tannery and bookmaker, blacksmith, bacon factory, wool scour, brickyards, pit sawmill, stone quarries, two stores, a butcher, two hotels and a bakery, a police station, court house and three churches. There were over a hundred children in the school. First called Fingal, the settlement grew when the railway line pushed up the range to Toowoomba.

The nearby creek gave its name to the town just as Peter Murphy had given his name to the creek when he built his station nearby in 1841.

Murphys Creek: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 0.2K from Murphys Creek

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 1.9K from Murphys Creek

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 8.4K from Murphys Creek

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 12.1K from Murphys Creek

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 12.4K from Murphys Creek

Murphys Creek: Events

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 0.5K from Murphys Creek

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 0.5K from Murphys Creek

Lockyer Valley Speedway


Bring the family down to Gatton Showgrounds to enjoy an afternoon and evening of Speedway! The track is a decomposed granite track at 530 metres long and runs Mini Sprints, Formula 260's, Karts and all Speedway Bike classes.


Event Dates
2016
      16th Jan
      13th Feb
      9th Apr
      14th May


Gatton Showgrounds
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 0.5K from Murphys Creek

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
2015
      12th Dec
2016
      9th Jan
      13th Feb
      12th Mar
      9th Apr
      14th May
      11th Jun


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

Located 11.9K from Murphys Creek

Murphys Creek: 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 1.8K from Murphys Creek

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