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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 couple of simulators. 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 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

Murphys Creek: Events

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 2019 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
2019
      5th Oct
      6th Oct


Spencer Street
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 1.0K from Murphys Creek

Gatton Cup Race Day


A true country race day experience with on-site betting, food and drink available. Gates open 11am.

Have you ever been to a country race day? Come down to Burgess Park in Gatton and experience a day of fun, laughter and some good old fashion horse racing.


Event Dates
2019
      1st Jun


Spencer Street
Gatton, QLD, 4343

Located 1.5K from Murphys Creek

The Handmade Expo Market Forest Hill


Set in the gorgeous Lockyer Valley in the Forest Hill School of Arts precinct, the markets are exclusively Handmade/Baked/Grown along with a few quality crafting supplies for you to create your own 'Handmade experience'. This is both an indoor and outdoor market with up to 70 amazing stalls of products and food.

More information about the market can be found on their website.

It is free entry and loads of easy access free parking. Come along and join them for a handmade adventure at the market.


Event Dates
2019
      11th May
      30th Nov


Railway Street
Forest Hill, QLD, 4342

Located 7.8K 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
2019
      9th Mar
      13th Apr
      11th May


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 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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