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.
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!
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.