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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 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


Don't miss the panoramic views from Toowoomba's heritage-listed Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland - 160-acres perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, overlooking Main Range and the Lockyer Valley. And if you've been before, visit again because no two days are the same!

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 use the free barbecues and find a quiet patch of grass under a bunya tree, or stop by the cafe and restaurant and take in the views over a coffee or a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's the perfect spot for birdwatching, quiet contemplation or ticking off a bucket-list Toowoomba selfie.

The kids will love the playground and the weekend children's train, and for a little adventure you can set off on the escarpment walking trails to the nearby waterfall or take on the challenge of the Table Top Mountain walk.

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




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 birds. 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

Queensland Transport Museum located in the Lockyer Valley


The Queensland Transport Museum features a magnificent display of transport through the ages and displays over 200 models that explore the creation, founders and operation of the Transport Industry.

The main feature in the museum is the History of Western Maranoa Transport, which is a tribute to JC (Cyril) Anderson, his brother MJR (Curly) Anderson and also the men and women who worked for this renowned company.

Displays in the museum are ever changing and each new visit takes you on a new adventure.

The museum also features interactive displays as well as a new driving simulator. All visitors and children of all ages are encouraged to jump in the simulators and experience life as a rally car driver, a farmer, a race car driver or even pilot an aircraft!




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
2018
      8th Dec
2019
      12th Jan
      9th Feb
      9th Mar
      13th Apr
      11th May


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

Located 10.6K from Helidon

Farmers' Drought Relief Barbecue


Ma Ma Creek State School P and C is running a sausage sizzle stall, selling variety of food and soft drinks with all proceeds going to "Farmers' Drought Relief Fund". Some of the sweets for sale will be cooked by Ma Ma Creek State School Project Club students.

This quaint country market also supplies fresh fruit and vegies (some organic), Wurst, honey, plants, woodwork products, quilting and craft supplies, cakes, slices and biscuits and so much more. They also have a local author in attendance with her products, as well as photographic cards, books and bric-a-brac for sale.

Stalls are available for AUD5 with proceeds of stall fees going to Ma Ma Creek Community Centre.


Event Dates
2018
      8th Dec


Gatton Clifton Road
Ma Ma Creek, QLD, 4347

Located 10.9K 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
2018
      15th Dec


Murphys Creek Road
Murphys Creek, QLD, 4352

Located 12.9K from Helidon

Gatton Christmas Carnival


The Gatton Christmas Carnival is a community celebration of the festive season, bringing families, neighbours and community members together. Enjoy roving entertainment, dance groups, rock along to local musicians, get some festive face painting and of course, the rides!

One ticket allows you to enjoy the rides from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Ride wristbands will go on sale at 5pm on the day. There are new rides this year so be sure to check them out.

Enjoy a range of food for dinner from one of the many community groups on site. Take away a festive ham if you are lucky enough to win one on the Ham Wheel outside the Commonwealth Bank.

And of course, the big man himself will be there - Santa! Be sure to check out Santa's grand arrival at 5.30pm as he heads up Railway Street.


Event Dates
2018
      14th Dec


North Street
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 14.9K 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 a picnic or barbecue and hang out with the wildlife.

The Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre offers a relaxing atmosphere with the opportunity to purchase locally grown and produced food products. Discuss your travel plans with the friendly staff to ensure a perfect day in the Lockyer Valley.




34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 14.2K from Helidon

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