A holiday in the Lockyer Valley – what to do
The immediate area around us at Stockton Rise is known as Glen Cairn. This was part of the original Cobb & Co. route with Glen Cairn Road being renamed from Old Toowoomba Road.
Take a drive or a walk around the area, or read the history – there is much early history still to be found; from the old bridge on Sandy Creek to the billabongs where the horses were watered after a day’s travel.
The Lockyer Valley is known for it’s vegetable production, being the Salad Bowl of Australia. There are many roadside stalls where you can buy fresh produce straight from the farm gate. While staying in the valley or on your way to your accommodation, stop off and buy your fresh produce ready to cook up a feast when you arrive. If you are coming from Brisbane, the Gold Coast or Ipswich, you may like to stop off at Coolana Olives just off the Warrego Highway at Minden. Here you can purchase some delicious, award winning olives for an appetiser before dinner. Arrangements can be made with Patti at Stockton Rise Country Retreat to do a farm tour of the local area and hear all about the crops being grown as well as picking fresh seasonal produce on the tour.
There are many activities that can keep you interested in the Lockyer Valley and surrounds. Visit Lake Dyer, Schultz’s Lookout, the Mulgowie Farmer’s Market, Laidley Market days, as well as stopping at any of the boutique coffee shops and cafes in the valley. You may be interested in bird watching, cycling, bushwalking, ballooning, horse riding, sky diving, equestrian events – the Lockyer has it all.
The small nearby township of Forest Hill has some lovely eating places and gift shops. There is no queuing at the Post Office where you can browse their beautiful gift selections or enjoy a meal at Café 4342.
A short drive away is the town of Laidley with a Pioneer Village and lots of interesting buildings to admire in the main street. Enjoy a coffee at the local cafes in Laidley and go for a drive through the farming area of Mulgowie – stopping at the Mulga Hotel for a taste of some local cheeses and ice cream after a refreshing drink.
Another must-do is a visit to our own Visitor Information Centre located in Gatton at the Lockyer Cultural Centre. Here you can enjoy a meal or snack, visit Lake Apex and the bird hide and visit the Lockyer Transport Museum. There are also some great cafes and shops to visit in Gatton.
Stockton Rise is located very centrally in the Lockyer Valley as well as being close to all larger centres such as Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and the North and South Coasts as well as Somerset and Fassifern Valleys for a day’s drive. The Valley also holds some well known and attended events such as the Lockyer Powerfest (held at Lake Dyer, Laidley), The Laidley Spring Festival in September and the Heavy Horse Field Days in May at Gatton. For a calendar of local events click here and visit the Luvya Lockyer website.
Other adventurous activities you might like to take part in during your stay are: hot air ballooning, horse trail riding, sky diving, skiing at Lake Dyer, helicopter flights, or even mountain bike riding. This is an activity that can be done locally or at a local trail close by at Spicers Hidden Vale at Grandchester or try your own trail in one of our scenic spots eg. in the Black Duck Creek area. Our accommodation houses are mountain bike friendly with plenty of room to store your bikes safely.