Just 60 minutes from downtown Brisbane, located in the fertile Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland is Gatton Shire. Known for it's scenic backdrop of steep hills and mountains of The Great Dividing Range, Gatton is one of the fastest growing and most beautiful regions, encompassing some of the richest farming land in Australia.

The Gatton Historical Village is keeping local history alive, preserving heritage buildings and memorabilia on the southern border of Lake Apex Park. A highlight for train enthusiasts is the Spring Bluff Railway, a heritage listed site where you can relax and picnic in the landscaped gardens and learn about its colourful history.

Drive through the attractive grounds of the regional campus of the University of Queensland, originally established as an agricultural college. See the natural beauty of the shire at Lake Apex Park, a must for bird watchers and explore the Aboriginal carvings while you picnic by Blackduck Creek.

Also visit Glen Rock, the new regional park, comprising of picnic and camping facilities, bush walks, and swimming just 30 minutes from Gatton. For further details contact Gatton Visitors and Information Centre.

For those who relish antique treasures, then the picturesque township of Withcott has a number of shops to browse. From bushwalking on the scenic mountain trails and exploring heritage treasures, Gatton Shire is a great way to experience a beautiful part of Queensland's South East. Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 100 kilometres.

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