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Thiess Memorial - Heifer Creek

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published March 10th 2020
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The Thiess Memorial on Heifer Creek Cutting commemorates the contribution that the Theiss brothers made to Australian earth moving.

The Thiess Memorial at the entrance to the campground
The Thiess Memorial at the entrance to the campground


The beautiful road the campsite is located on was apparently the Thiess brothers' first major earthworks job, taking 40 men 6 months to open up the route. The route remains a scenic alternative to the main routes from Gatton to Toowoomba and Warwick. The entire area is looking beautiful after the recent rains, with butterflies and wildflowers thriving.

Shady campsites along the creek
Shady campsites along the creek


What makes the Thiess Memorial a great weekend trip is the beautiful, free campsite constructed along the creek beneath the memorial.

View of the campground from the memorial and amenities block
View of the campground from the memorial and amenities block


This campsite is aimed at people seeking short stays of up to 20 hours. The driveway into the grassy sites is excellent. Camping is allowed in recreational vehicles, caravans, camper trailers, and tents. The campground is also accessible to large buses.

Large vehicles have no trouble accessing this campground
Large vehicles have no trouble accessing this campground


The campsites are mostly set under shade trees along the creek, although there are additional grassy areas in the centre of the campground, closer to the amenities (which is a drop toilet). Generators are allowed at this campground.

Loads of room on grassy sites along the creek
Loads of room on grassy sites along the creek


Along the creek, there are a couple of picnic tables and fire rings. There are also a number of rubbish bins placed conveniently around the campground.

Picnic tables, fire rings, and rubbish bins are available at this campground
Picnic tables, fire rings, and rubbish bins are available at this campground


This area is a haven for wildlife. Goannas are frequently seen (so keep your food safe!), birds are plentiful, and if you are lucky you may see an echidna. Occasionally chickens even come to visit! This campground is dog-friendly, although dogs must be kept on the leash at all times.

Thiess Memorial Campground is home to a variety of birds and wildlife
Thiess Memorial Campground is home to a variety of birds and wildlife


Being in the Lockyer Valley, and so close to Brisbane, this campground with swimming holes along the creek is a great option for families wanting to get into the outdoors on a Saturday and return home before Sunday evening. However, the facilities also make it an ideal day-use area for families who would like to get out into the country but return home at the end of the day.

One of many swimming holes along the creek
One of many swimming holes along the creek


[SECTION]Aside from camping accommodation, things to remember are:

Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Swimmers and towels
Enough food and drinking water for your entire stay as there are no shops nearby
Plan to stay for 20 hours or less

Keep the 20 hour limit in mind when planning your trip
Keep the 20 hour limit in mind when planning your trip


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Why? Great camping and day use facilities in the Lockyer Valley
When: Anytime, for up to 20 hours
Phone: 07 5466 3426
Where: Fordsdale in the Lockyer Valley
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Why 20hrs or less?
by debi debi (score: 0|8) 156 days ago
I had heard about this place but it's good to see some pictures of it. I'll definitely be checking this one out soon.
by Carolyn Mc (score: 1|26) 155 days ago
Lets hope the Dean Brothers don't demolish this one.
by monas (score: 1|10) 156 days ago
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