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Published January 29th 2010
Caboolture River Road Heritage Drive is a meandering track through Caboolture's early settlement. In the late 1800s when the area was first settled, the journey was bumpy, hot and time consuming. Today you can relieve the journey of early settlers in half hour of air conditioned comfort.
The drive starts at the corner of Morayfield Road and Caboolture River Road, the site of the Morayfield State School, originally built in the 1870s. Say so long to school days and suburbia to seek out the second site – S Hausmann and E C Newton Parks, these adjoining parks commemorate the contribution of Mr Hausmann and Mr Newton to the development of the area.
As the winding road continues its journey, the next stop is the final resting point for many of Caboolture's early pioneers. The 1870s Uniting Church and Cemetery looks like it is straight out of Little House on the Prairie and is set amongst a background of mountains and forest.
Farming is a tough lonely business and by the 1890s the Upper Caboolture region needed a place for social networking to occur. Over a period of three weeks, the Farmers' Assembly Hall was built and provides site four on the Caboolture River Road Heritage Drive.
Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park provides an opportunity for visitors to get out, stretch your legs and bird watch. As you pass Sheep Station Creek you are getting toward the end of your journey. Old North Road and Zillmans Crossing is the penultimate stop and marks the original trail from Brisbane to Caboolture.
Each site on the drive is marked by a cairn and a description of the site and its historical significance. Opportunities to stop for petrol and food are few so don't forget to take a picnic. Rocksberg Park Heritage Reserve, the final stop on the drive, has shady picnic facilities and a creek for swimming.