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Porters Plainland Hotel

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published March 21st 2020
Great stop on the Warrego Highway in the Lockyer Valley
The Porters Plainland Hotel opened in 1905 in the Lockyer Valley and has been serving locals and travellers since then. For the last 70 years and across 3 generations, it has been in the ownership of the same family. Today it provides modern service built on a tradition of country service.

The iconic Porters Plainland Hotel on the Warrego Highway in the Lockyer Valley
The iconic Porters Plainland Hotel on the Warrego Highway in the Lockyer Valley


When travelling on the Warrego Highway between Brisbane and Toowoomba, the Porters Plainland Hotel is a highly recognisable landmark with its distinctive windmill and classic facade. For many regular travellers, this hotel is a great place to stop for a meal, drink or snack.

Head Chef Sean Charles has won awards for the diverse menu that utilises great local produce to provides a blend of pub classics and modern cuisine. Head in here for a great steak or a light snack. Breakfast is available through to 5 pm, and you can order from the dinner menu all day. Of course, there are also gluten-free and vegetarian options as well.

You can dine in the restaurant or on the front deck
You can dine in the restaurant or on the front deck


Many people overlook the fact that modern pubs offer great coffee and cake, and the Porters Plainland Hotel is not a slouch in this area. Recently Sean has been focusing on revamping and improving their pastry and cake selection. The most popular is the carrot cake, but it is just one of many choices.

You can always stop in at the Porters Plainland Hotel for coffee and cake
You can always stop in at the Porters Plainland Hotel for coffee and cake


The hotel is a family-friendly pub, after all, it is a family-run pub. Along with kids meals, there is also a kids play area.

Mel Porter is proudly following family tradition in the running of the pub
Mel Porter is proudly following family tradition in the running of the pub


If you need a longer stop, they also run a motel and a B&B nearby for people who wish to stay overnight. They also have a courtesy bus for people staying in the area who might have a few too many drinks.

The Porters Plainland Hotel is a great place to stop on a trip through the Lockyer Valley. The meals are great, but for many travellers, the attraction is knowing you can get coffee, snacks and cake when you take a rest here.

The author visited The Porters Plainland Hotel as a guest of Tourism and Events Queensland



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Why? Great stop on the Warrego Highway in the Lockyer Valley
When: From breakfast past dinner, 7 days a week
Phone: (07) 5465 6547
Where: 66 Laidley-Plainland Road Plainland Queensland 4341, Just look for the old style pub with a windmill out front as you travel the Warrego Highway
Your Comment
While the bar and restaurant is closed during the pandemic crisis, they are still serving takeaway food from 11 am every day, as well as continuing to provide bottle shop and alcohol home delivery.
by Roy Chambers (score: 2|831) 7 days ago
Oh, and their motel is still offering accommodation.
by Roy Chambers (score: 2|831) 7 days ago
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