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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 a 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.

There is a fiery flavour to Murphy's Creek these days with the annual Chilli Festival held in October. With over 90 chilli themed vendors plus non chilli offerings, the community fires up to welcome visitors for a wonderful day out in the country.

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 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 1.9K from Murphys Creek

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 simulator and experience life as a rally car driver, a farmer, or a race car driver.




34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 1.9K from Murphys Creek

Murphys Creek: Events

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 0.2K from Murphys Creek

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
2018
      3rd Nov
      4th Nov


Gatton Showgrounds
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 0.5K from Murphys Creek

World Cup Show Jumping at Gatton


A part of the FEI World Cup Jumping Series, this event showcases show jumping at its finest.

Come to the Gatton Showgrounds and watch the best around compete in the series.


Event Dates
2018
      1st Aug
      2nd Aug
      3rd Aug
      4th Aug
      5th Aug


Woodlands Road
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 0.6K from Murphys Creek

Gatton Show


Gatton Show has the wonderful atmosphere of a country show.? Come and enjoy the talent of local craft, cooking, produce, school work?and art.? Check out the animal displays and spend some time watching the entertaining events and fantastic fireworks display. Saturday night's entertainment program is jam packed full with something for everyone.


Event Dates
2018
      19th Jul
      20th Jul
      21st Jul


Woodlands Road
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 0.6K from Murphys Creek

Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy


Each year close to 600 prime movers travel along the Warrego Highway to Gatton as part of the Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy.

The convoy leaves from Withcott and Dinmore and converges in Gatton for a weekend of family fun and entertainment. There is live music throughout the Saturday until midnight. Sunday it kicks off again with music, markets, children's activities, rides and more. Come and join the truck drivers and their families to honour and remember those truck drivers who have lost their lives, and to pay respect to the drivers who are out on the road every day working hard to make sure you have everything you need.

Entertainment includes kids rides and activities, market stalls, food and drinks available, licensed bar, auction, truck display. Lineup for 2017 is yet to be announced! Follow them on Facebook for the latest information and ticket on sale dates.

Camp site bookings, truck registrations and entry tickets will be available on the website.


Event Dates
2018
      29th Sep
      30th Sep


Gatton
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 1.6K from Murphys Creek

Queensland Transport Museum Open Day


Come on down to the Queensland Transport Museum as they are hosting a free open day for all transport enthusiast. There will be plenty of entertainment to keep all ages busy.

Free Entry, live music, guided museum tours.

Family friendly entertainment, simulators, jumping castle, balloon artist, face painter, kids activities.

Keep your calendars clear, you will not want to miss this fabulous event.


Event Dates
2018
      14th Jul


34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 1.9K 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 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 1.8K from Murphys Creek

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