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Published June 21st 2020
Walking tour may include beer, wine, chocolate and cake
The cooler weather makes it the perfect time to don your walking shoes and a woollen scarf and take a self-guided walking tour around areas within the Lockyer Valley.
Only a little over an hour to the west of Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley sits at the foot of the Great Dividing Range and is renowned as the food bowl of South East Queensland.
We started our day by dropping into the Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre located at 34 Apex Drive, Gatton, where we picked up some literature to help us play Tourist For The Day. See here for further information.
We then headed to the township of Laidley, a fifteen-minute drive away, armed with a brochure called Laidley Heritage Trails - Self Guided Tours.
Settled in 1840, teamsters and wagon drivers found Laidley a convenient resting place on their journey to the Darling Downs and it retains a nostalgic feel with its heritage shop fronts.
My partner and I enjoy exploring country towns and learning from their history, though we like to do it at our own pace. This guide provided the history of many of the old buildings that lined the main road, whilst allowing us to goof off and check out any stores which sparked our interest - especially the ones where you can pick up locally grown produce - or simply stop for a coffee.
We parked down by the Queensland National Hotel, which is the first stop on the self-guided tour. This hotel was still standing after the 1893 flood and was the most popular form of accommodation for farmers from outlying properties when they came into town to shop.
Following the guide, you will discover that there have been many changes in Laidley over the years. The Open Air Travelling Picture Show started operation in 1911, later transforming into a bicycle shop, and later still, a garage. Did you know that Laidley with its large dairy industry once sported a Butter Factory?
There are many eateries along Patrick Street, though we were happy to stop at the bakery in Patrick Street, an obvious favourite with locals. Great coffee and let's not talk about the chocolate muffins, in case my doctor is reading this.
A walking tour really is a good way to soak up the atmosphere of a country town. Take your time and be prepared to nod to the locals as they pass by. Take a sturdy shopping bag for any purchases - especially the winter pumpkins.