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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.

The German Bake and Wurst House located on Postman's Ridge road is set in a beautiful country setting. The charming cafe serves homemade goods based on family recipes and German heritage. Expect to find dishes like Rostbratel, Soljanka and delicious Berliners. Bread and cakes made the old-fashioned way, with organic flour and less sugar.

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 sweeping 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!

An avenue of mature hoop pines (Auracaria cunnninghamii) and South Queensland kauris (Agathis robusta) leads to manicured lawns and spectacular escarpment views. 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. Stretch your legs on the well signed escarpment walking trails - from an easy stroll to the nearby waterfall, to the hour-long Firetail Trail circuit or the challenging Table Top Mountain climb - a beautiful sunrise adventure!

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 different modes 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.




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

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.


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

Located 10.6K 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 each month (excluding January) at the Murphys Creek Tavern grounds, 1 Thursa Road, Murphys Creek from 7am to 1pm.


Event Dates
2019
      14th Dec


1 Thursa Street
Murphys Creek, QLD, 4352

Located 12.2K from Helidon

Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony


Join the celebration as the community recognises those who make the Lockyer Valley a great place to live. Many people volunteer their time, achieve great goals in sport, represent the region all over Australia, deliver great events and so much more, this is your chance to come all and say "Well done"!

We will also be welcoming new citizens at the ceremony - so please come along and show them just how friendly the community is.

The doors open at 8.30am and the ceremony commences at 9am sharp. There will be a sausage sizzle after the ceremony.


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2020
      26th Jan


52 North Street
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 14.9K from Helidon

Gatton World Cup


Jumping Queensland in partnership with Equestrian Queensland are proud to be hosting the 2020 Gatton World Cup Showjumping Championships. This premium equestrian event will take place at Gatton Showgrounds from 30 July to 2 August.

This event will attract the elite of showjumping from all over Australia. In addition, this event will also provide a platform for Children, Junior, Young Rider and Amateur showjumping competitors to showcase their talent.

Their event has been a finalist in the Equestrian Queensland event of the year for the past three years and they have been well supported by competitors from all over Australia. They are continuously trying to improve our program and facilities to make the event better than ever in 2020.

The event concludes with the World Cup Qualifier held on Sunday at approximately midday and will take about two hours. (Showcasing the best rider and horse combinations in Australia).

Trade stalls and food vans will be on the grounds through out the event and all are welcome.

Free parking and entry over the four days.


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2020
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5 Woodlands Road
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 15.5K from Helidon

Helidon: 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 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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