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Spring Bluff Railway Station

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published September 21st 2020
No bluffing, just bursting.

Spring Bluff
Spring Bluff

Spring Bluff is bursting with colours, bees and birds. It is a heritage-listed railway station and is said to be Queensland's prettiest railway station and you can see why it has earned this accolade. In 1890, it was named Spring Bluff after the spring water and the sandstone bluff in the area.

Spring Bluff
Spring Bluff

Railways and flowers are not the most obvious combination but many years ago, Queensland Rail launched a competition for making stations more appealing and also there was a drive to encourage more vegetable gardens. They knew a thing or two of those ancestors!
A leuwens honeyeater
A leuwens honeyeater

Some of the flower borders

So the couple in charge of the railway station set about beautifying it. Station Master Ralph Kirsop and his wife worked tirelessly to lay the foundations of the beautiful garden that we can admire today. You can actually go over Kirsop Bridge to get to Spring Bluff and now you know who the bridge is named after. Information from the station suggests that over the years, they spent 22,000 man-hours of work. That is impressive.

Nowadays the garden has been extended with a picnic site and a playground. There is a cafe, though you may have to check whether it is functioning these days. It used to be the former station master's house. The station itself is well preserved and you can look into the control room. You can access some of the history of the line on the website by clicking here.

The Cafe
The Cafe

The Station

The points room.
The points room.

Best of all wander into the now extensive gardens and marvel at the colours and scents of all the flowers and nature just loving its palate of joyful colours.

Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom

This is a lovely day out of Brisbane and spring is the best time to visit. The drive is just over an hour and a half from Brisbane.
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Why? Delightful little railway station.
When: Anytime but best in Spring
Phone: 07 4688 6883
Where: Murphy's Creek Road, Spring Bluff QLD 4352.
Cost: Free.
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Those gardens look absolutely amazing.
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