Historic building, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 2858

Located west of Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley, the township of Laidley boasts classic Queensland architecture. A landscape dominated by agricultural farmland has earned the region the nickname of 'Queensland's Country Garden'. It produces an abundance of seasonal fruit and vegetables, and farmers showcase their fresh produce at the weekly Country Market. Memorials, museums and statues commemorate Laidley's rich history as a wagon-stop route, later replaced by a rail line between Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Visitor Information

Lockyer Valley Tourist Information Centre, Jumbo's Fruit Barn Complex, Warrego Hwy, Hatton Vale; (07) 5465 7642

Nearby national parks

  • Main Range National Park

    Stretching for 55 kilometres along the Great Dividing Range, World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park forms the western part of a...more

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

Nearby towns

  • Gatton

    Located in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane, Gatton was founded in 1855 as one of the first rural settlements in Queensland. It is...more

  • Ipswich

    Ipswich is Queensland's oldest provincial city. It was first settled in 1827 on the banks of the Bremer River which burst its banks in...more

  • Esk

    Esk is a heritage town in the Upper Brisbane Valley renowned for its beautiful lakes and dams where watersports are popular. Deer roam in...more

In Town

Das Neumann Haus Restored and refurbished in 1930s style, this 1893 historic home is the oldest in the shire. It was built by a German immigrant, whose carpentry skills can be seen in the excellent detailing of the building's facade and interior. It houses a local-history museum and exhibits local art and craft; open 10am–3pm Mon–Sun; William St.

Historical walk: self-guided walk to heritage sites; contact visitor centre for details.


Laidley Pioneer Village: original buildings from old township including blacksmith shop and slab hut; 1 km S.

Narda Lagoon: flora and fauna sanctuary with picturesque suspension footbridge over lagoon; adjacent to pioneer village.

Lake Dyer: beautiful spot for fishing, picnics and camping; 1 km W.

Lake Clarendon: birdwatching area; 17 km NW.

Laidley Valley Scenic Drive: attractive drive to the south of Laidley through Thornton.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 39 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Mount Coot-tha Forest 58 km

The largest natural area in Brisbane, this 1500 hectares of open eucalypt forest holds more than 18 kilometres of walking tracks, 12 kilometres of mountain-biking tracks and a further 31 kilometres of multi-use tracks.... Find out more

Westlander 65 km

Take the overnight train ride from Brisbane to Charleville or Quilpie, travelling over the Great Dividing Range and through some of Queensland’s rich farming areas.... Find out more

Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 65 km

Brisbane has a growing network of great cycling trails and some excellent rides for tourists – a five-to-20-kilometre ride along the shores of the Brisbane River comes highly recommended. There is also a great ride... Find out more

Rock climbing around Brisbane 65 km

Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point is perhaps the friendliest city rock-climbing spot in the country, with views over the Brisbane River, a range of climbs for absolute beginners and upwards, and established anchor points... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Brookwater Golf & Country Club 50 km

Brookwater opened to considerable fanfare in 2002, with many observers quick to draw comparisons with Augusta National, venerable home of the US Masters. The varied terrain, inventive bunkering and undulating putting... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 63 km

Australia’s first organic restaurant when it opened in 2000, Mondo Organics serves a range of organic meats, including beef, chicken, duck and lamb, and the fish is chosen for the sustainability of the catch. The... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Castlemaine Perkins (Fourex) Brewery 63 km

The pages of Australian brewing history are littered with take-overs and acquisitions, and while Castlemaine Perkins sounds like a merger, it was, in reality, yet another buy-out. As the name suggests, the Castlemaine... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Dyer Camping and Caravan Ground 2 km

The caretakers at Lake Dyer recently renovated the toilet block, installed new gas barbecues and a washing machine, and built a new playground. There are 16 powered sites at the campground. Visitors can enjoy the scenery... Find out more

Centenary Park camping area 21 km

This campground features 8 powered sites, a laundry and an electric BBQ. For stays more than 1 night, the second night is free; maximum stay is 7 nights. Visitors can throw a line in at nearby Lake Dyer or enjoy the... Find out more

Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park 23 km

Anglers will like this freshwater sport-fishing hotspot, and holiday-makers will enjoy the kitchen, kiosk, cabins and other park facilities. An officially sanctioned local group has plans to stock the water with... Find out more

Atkinson Dam Holiday Park 24 km

Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy access to the shoreline of Atkinson Dam at this site, 8 km south-west of Coominya. There’s a general store for supplies, fuel and gas bottle refills, plus laundry facilities. Look... Find out more

Captain Logan Camp 35 km

With as much water as 2.5 Sydney Harbours, Wivenhoe Dam is a major water storage reserve for south-east Queensland and a hub for watersports enthusiasts (however boat motors are not to be used on the lake). With 57... Find out more

Lumley Hill camping area 35 km

Just a short distance from Captain Logan Camp, Lumley Hill has powered sites. The campground is on Logan Inlet Rd, off Hay Rd, signposted off the Brisbane Valley Hwy. Lake Wivenhoe is a major water storage reserve where... Find out more

Poplar Flat camping area 39 km

On the banks of Dalrymple Creek in the Goomburra section, this large grassy campsite is big enough for 100 campers. You’ll need to bring your own firewood if you want to use the BBQs, or purchase it locally, as... Find out more

D'Aguilar National Park camping areas (bush camping) 45 km

There are 8 areas for bush camping scattered throughout the southern half of the national park suitable for self-sufficient campers. A network of trails provides access between the camping sites and links to the... Find out more

The Gorge camping reserve 45 km

Camp by the water at this campground on Reynolds Creek, a fantastic swimming spot near Lake Moogerah. It is 3 km south of Aratula on Gorge Rd, off Charlwood Rd from the Cunningham Hwy. You need to bring your own firewood... Find out more

Yarramalong Camping and Outdoor Recreation Centre 45 km

There’s no shortage of space for comfortable camping at this 65 ha property, with 2 campgrounds: The Main and The Island. Both have private fireplaces (bring your own wood) and shady trees. There are 8 hot showers... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park 44 km

Located on the southern approach to Toowoomba, this is an older established park but has good facilities and amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the local area.... Find out more

BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 45 km

Colourful, manicured gardens greet you at the entrance of this high-quality park in a quiet location, about 3 km from the city centre. The park has great amenities and is a good base for exploring this wonderful city and... Find out more

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 48 km

In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Moogerah, nestled among the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, the park is 9 km south of Aratula along a sealed road. The lake is a popular destination for waterskiers.... Find out more

Crows Nest Caravan Park 52 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park 64 km

The closest caravan park to Brisbane’s city centre, this older park has good basic facilities. With the city less than 4 km away, it is particularly popular with campers and backpackers.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Branell Homestead B&B

This homestead on the outskirts of Laidley is part of a working cattle property. Guest rooms are luxuriously furnished with antiques and feature ensuites, large private verandahs and a roomy deck with views of the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Destiny Boonah 53 km

Set on 80 hectares of Land for Wildlife property, this self-contained three-bedroom cottage is solar- and wind-powered. You are encouraged to bring a mountain bike or go bushwalking on the property, which is located near... Find out more

Brisbane Marriott Hotel 66 km

By no means the greenest accommodation in this book, the Marriott still deserves inclusion as one of the better options in large hotels. It gained the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status and is AAA-rated for its water-... Find out more

What's on around town

Street market: Patrick St; Fri.

Country market: Ferrari Park; last Sat each month.

Rodeo: Apr.

Heritage Day: Apr.

Laidley Show: July.

Spring Festival: flower and art show, craft expo, street parade and markets; Sept.

Art Exhibition: Oct.

Christmas Carnival: Dec.

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