The Queensland Transport Museum in Gatton features a large display on the history of trucking in Australia, focussing on the well-known Western Transport trucks and their drivers. Operating between Brisbane and Toowoomba in the early 1930s, Western Transport went on to become the largest and most respected road transport company in Australia.
But you don't have to be interested in trucks to enjoy this museum. There are other forms of transport from various eras on display as well, and as the vehicles are on loan from their owners, the displays are always changing and can be different on each visit.
For those who are interested in Australia's trucking history, there is also a 'Lights on the Hill' memorial to deceased truck drivers a short distance away.
Located at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre on Lake Apex Drive in Gatton, the Queensland Transport Museum is 75 minutes by car from Brisbane City and is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 7 days a week (excluding certain public holidays). The cost of entry is $7.50 for adults, $6.00 for concession holders, $2.50 for children up to 15 years of age and free for children under 6 years of age.
Make the most of your visit to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre and have lunch between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at the Staging Post Cafe Restaurant, or stop for coffee and a slice of cake before visiting the art gallery, viewing the Lockyer Legends project, and picking up some brochures from the Visitor Information Centre on events and activities in the surrounding areas.
Visiting Gatton also offers you a great opportunity to support a community that was greatly affected by the devastating 2011 Queensland floods.