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The Barn & Scotty's Garage

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published June 18th 2020
Car Museum Country Cafe in the Lockyer Valley
Whether you go to The Barn for lunch or a snack, and then visit Scotty's Garage Museum, or go to the Museum and then have something to eat at The Barn, visiting this unique attraction in the Lockyer Valley is worth a side trip. Have great country-style food with country-style service, or take a trip down automotive memory lane in the museum that is Scotty's Garage.

Circa 1887?
Circa 1887?


Scott and Sarah have created a unique stop on the Lockyer Valley visitors' trail. The Barn has been constructed using some original timbers and structure (hence the 1887 claim), while Scotty has built up a collection of cars, buses, signs, garage fittings and knick-knacks over the years, carefully restoring many of the vehicles and creating an amazing little museum.

Scotty's Garage takes you back to a simpler time
Scotty's Garage takes you back to a simpler time


The cafe and museum blend together on the beautifully kept grounds, both featuring different aspects of country and Australian history and culture. Either stop would be worth visiting on their own, but together they are a must-do place. It has also become a venue for events, especially weddings.

When the cafe looks like this, you know you are going to get original country cuisine
When the cafe looks like this, you know you are going to get original country cuisine


The grounds are well managed with the same care, creativity and love of antiques as has been put into everything else. No wonder it is a popular spot to hold weddings.

The grounds are dotted with old and restored vehicles
The grounds are dotted with old and restored vehicles


The museum is housed in what looks like a classic garage from decades past. Outside are some vehicles in various states of restoration, but inside there are even more beautifully restored cars and motorcycles. Tickets are $10 and kids under 15 are allowed in for free when accompanied by an adult. The idea is that the museum is opened every hour to visitors to look around, but Scotty is happy to open up whenever a visitor turns up.

Inside the first part of the museum
Inside the first part of the museum


There are not just vehicles though. Scotty has collected, signs, garage fittings, bottles, boxes and all manner of knick-knacks which he has accumulated over the years.

The museum is packed with historic knick-knacks
The museum is packed with historic knick-knacks


Now, this is a bit a museum spoiler, so skip to the next paragraph if you want to leave this as a surprise (also don't look at the photo below). After Scotty has let you look around the first part of the museum, he then opens the doors to the back section, which is usually greeted with joyful surprise by visitors when they see the reconstructed 50's diner. While they don't serve milkshakes here, you can book it for parties.

This is part of the museum not the cafe. But you can book it for events.
This is part of the museum not the cafe. But you can book it for events.


Of course, you will want to enjoy some great country food, whether it is a cup of tea and a slice of cake or their selection of pies and sourdough cobs. You can take a seat in the barn in the outdoor seating under the tree and just relax.

Outdoor seating at The Barn cafe
Outdoor seating at The Barn cafe


I love the unique and genuine feeling of both country hospitality and cooking. Tea served from an old tin teapot into a metal cup sounds like it should be the next trend in a hipster cafe, but here it is just the way it was always been served on the farm. There is nothing pretentious here, just delicious.

Date & pineapple scones and tea served in a metal mug, hard to get more country than that
Date & pineapple scones and tea served in a metal mug, hard to get more country than that


As said before, The Barn and Scotty's Garage is set on beautifully kept grounds. There is a kids play area out behind The Barn, though I am sure most kids would prefer to just explore the area.

Kids play area behind The Barn
Kids play area behind The Barn


In fact, adults too should take the time to look around the area. Everything has been done with care and a love of antiques. Looking around, you will see a car too badly damaged to be restored has been turned into a tree planter, a shed has been painted with a classic advertisement for a long-discontinued product, and you will find other little touches throughout the grounds.

Wander around the area where you will find lots of hidden features using old cars, painted barns and even old farm equipment
Wander around the area where you will find lots of hidden features using old cars, painted barns and even old farm equipment


Overall

The combination of The Barn and Scotty's Garage makes a unique tourist stop or party venue in the Lockyer Valley. Even if you don't go to the museum the cafe is a unique and delicious experience by itself.

Scotty and his garage
Scotty and his garage


The author visited The Barn & Scotty's Garage as a guest of Tourism & Events Queensland

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Why? Visit some Australian automotive history and eat in the cafe
When: Fri 10 am to 3 pm, Sat & Sun 8 am to 4 pm
Phone: (07) 4697 5334
Where: 1709 Flagstone Creek Rd, Upper Flagstone QLD 4344
Cost: Lunch & Breakfast from $10, Museum entry from $10
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