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WWI Memorial Journey - Brisbane to Brooweena
3 Days  / 442 Kilometres



Description

Start this journey from Brisbane and head north to Kallangur. The Strathpine Memorial Gates, situated on Anzac Avenue, frame entrance to the North Leagues and Services Club where the original honour board is kept. Travel through Anzac Avenue's memorial trees to Redcliffe. Return to the Bruce Highway (M1) to the base of the Glasshouse Mountains and on to Beerburrum, the first Soldier Settlement town established in Queensland. Beerburrum's Memorial Trees commemorate the loss of friends of the early residents.

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Drive along the Bruce Highway to Eumundi where another avenue of memorial trees graces the main street and provides shade for visitors to the town's famous markets.

Gympie Memorial Park and Gates provide a further welcome break on the highway as you travel north, before arriving at the heritage town of Maryborough and visiting its spectacular 'winged victory' memorial in Queens Park.

A number of smaller towns further north include Howard, Apple Tree Creek and Brooweena. All have an interesting array of soldier statue memorials. There is an option to visit a memorial bridge to the south of Brooweena and return to Gympie, or link with another WWI Memorial Journey through the South Burnett Region via Ma Ma Creek to Gayndah.

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Montville Memorial Precinct
Montville Memorial PrecinctEumundi War Memorial
Eumundi War MemorialGympie Memorial Park
Gympie Memorial ParkQueen's Park Memorials, Maryborough
Queen's Park Memorials, Maryborough


Journey Details

Duration3 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance442 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelCar
Level of Difficulty Unrated

Facilities

  • Car park
    Car park

Activities

  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


WWI Memorial Journey - Brisbane to Brooweena Full Itinerary

Brisbane to Beerburrum (via Kallangur and Redcliffe)

Travel north from Brisbane on either Gympie Road or the M1 to Kallangur. The grounds of the North Leagues and Services Club on Anzac Avenue feature a number of memorials, including memorial gates relocated from the old Lawnton Showgrounds. The attractive memorial gardens include two trophy guns and memorials to battles subsequent to WWI. The WWI Honour Board is located in the foyer of the original RSL building within the grounds.

Continue along Anzac Avenue to Redcliffe. Anzac Avenue was a post war construction project employing returned servicemen. Trees planted along the road commemorate those who served. The first two Cocos palms were planted in front of the North Pine School of Arts in February 1925 by the Governor, Sir Matthew Nathan. In July 1926, the first tree on the northern side was a hoop pine planted by the Governor General. By 1933, 2,000 trees had been planted on Anzac Avenue.

Take a break for coffee in Redcliffe and perhaps visit the museum before heading back along Anzac Avenue to Deception Bay Road. Travel this road until it converges with the M1 and continue on to the Glasshouse Mountains. Turn left onto Steve Irwin Way to Beerburrum.


Strathpine Memorial Honour Board
Strathpine Memorial Honour Board
Pine Rivers RSL Sub Branch, Kallangur
Pine Rivers RSL Sub Branch, Kallangur
Anzac Memorial Avenue, Redcliffe
Anzac Memorial Avenue, Redcliffe


Route Details

Duration: 1 Hr 7 Mins
Distance: 74 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Strathpine Memorial Honour Board
- Anzac Memorial Avenue, Redcliffe

Experiences
  • Defence Tourism
    Defence Tourism
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Beerburrum to Eumundi

An interpretation panel on the median strip of Anzac Avenue Beerburrum describes the history of the memorial avenue of trees, planted in 1920 honouring fallen WWI soldiers. Beerburrum was the centre of Queensland's first Soldier Settlement, designed to give a secure future to returned servicemen and their families. Farming properties were allocated by ballot and the government built the town to service the farms.

Travel along Steve Irwin Way towards Landsborough and take the road up the range towards Maleny. Shortly before Maleny, turn right onto the Montville and Mapleton road. This winds along the escarpment with panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast. Stroll along the main street of Montville perusing the shops and cafes before taking time to reflect on the WWI service of the farmers of the district. The Memorial Hall, Memorial Gates and the memorial trees planted in 1923 are found in Memorial Close.

From Montville, drive north to Flaxton before turning at Philipps Road and travelling down to Nambour. Then take the Bruce Highway north to the Eumundi turn-off.

Eumundi's Memorial Avenue of Trees enhances the main street. Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available nearby or drive 25 minutes east to stay at Noosa Heads.


Montville Memorial Precinct
Montville Memorial Precinct
Anzac Avenue Memorial Trees, Beerburrum
Anzac Avenue Memorial Trees, Beerburrum
Eumundi War Memorial
Eumundi War Memorial
Eumundi War Memorial
Eumundi War Memorial


Route Details

Duration: 1 Hr 8 Mins
Distance: 74 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Anzac Avenue Memorial Trees, Beerburrum
- Montville Memorial Precinct
- Eumundi War Memorial

Experiences
  • Defence Tourism
    Defence Tourism
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Eumundi to Gympie

From Eumundi, drive back to the Bruce Highway and head north to Gympie and take the 'Business Centre' exit travelling on River Road and into the former gold mining township.

Gympie's Memorial Park is on your right. Its picturesque band rotunda is the focal point of the gardens, designed to commemorate the war service of locals. If you drive to the main business street, Mary Street, there are memorial gates framing a laneway which leads back to the Memorial Park. While in Gympie visit the Regional Gallery in the former School of Arts building in Nash Street or head up Brisbane Road to the Gold Mining Museum.


Gympie Memorial Park
Gympie Memorial Park
Gympie Memorial Park
Gympie Memorial Park
Gympie and Widgee War Memorial Gates
Gympie and Widgee War Memorial Gates


Route Details

Duration: 38 Mins
Distance: 50 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Gympie Memorial Park
- Gympie and Widgee War Memorial Gates

Experiences
  • Defence Tourism
    Defence Tourism
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Gympie to Maryborough

Drive north on the Bruce Highway towards Maryborough. Take a coffee break at Tiaro, the gateway to the Fraser Coast Hinterland, and visit its soldier statue war memorial outside the memorial hall before heading into Maryborough.

The memorial gates to Maryborough's Queens Park are enhanced by the beautiful Carrara marble winged victory statue on top of a 13.7 metre obelisk, one of the most elaborate and expensive war memorials in Queensland.

Walk down Bazaar Street and turn at the Post Office into Wharf Street, where you can wander through the most historic part of town. Visit the Maryborough Heritage Centre and the Portside Centre in the former Customs House and Bond Store. Pick up a heritage walk brochure in the City Hall in Kent Street. Choose from a range of hotel, motel and bed and breakfast accommodation. Be sure to visit the heritage-listed Brennan and Geraghty's Store in Lennox Street before you leave.


Queens Park Cenotaph and Memorial Gates, Maryborough
Queens Park Cenotaph and Memorial Gates, Maryborough


Route Details

Duration: 1 Hr 4 Mins
Distance: 87 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Cenotaph and Memorial Gates

Experiences
  • Defence Tourism
    Defence Tourism
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Maryborough to Brooweena (via Howard, Childers and Apple Tree Creek)

North of Maryborough is the small town of Howard. Its soldier statue memorial is an Italian import, complete with Italian uniform and badges, although it pays tribute to the 37 local men who died during WWI.

The town of Childers, further north is one of the prettiest towns on the Bruce Highway. Childers was the business centre of the former Isis Shire. Its heritage-listed council chambers incorporate a memorial hall commemorating those who served during WWI.

Visit the memorial to the backpackers who perished in the fire at the Palace Hotel in June 2000.

Apple Tree Creek, just off the highway north-west of Childers, has two WWI memorials. This is rare for such a small town. Its soldier statue is in the showgrounds, as is the memorial rotunda.

Travel on to the timber town of Brooweena. Brooweena's soldier statue is found on Smith Crescent, adjacent to Pioneers' Park.

From here you can drive south on the Brooweena -Woolooga Road to visit the Memorial Bridge, located a few kilometres north of Gigoomgan. Overnight accommodation may be found at Childers.


Howard War Memorial
Howard War Memorial
Howard War Memorial
Howard War Memorial
Apple Tree Creek War Memorial
Apple Tree Creek War Memorial
Brooweena War Memorial
Brooweena War Memorial


Route Details

Duration: 2 Hrs 9 Mins
Distance: 153 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Howard War Memorial
- Apple Tree Creek War Memorial
- Brooweena War Memorial

Experiences
  • Defence Tourism
    Defence Tourism
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage


Level of Difficulty
Unrated




Driving Directions

1 - Brisbane to Beerburrum (via Kallangur and Redcliffe)
Start from:217 George Street, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
End at:1 Anzac Avenue, Beerburrum QLD 4517, Australia
Distance:62.0 km
Duration:49 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on George St toward Burnett Ln
  2. Turn right onto Turbot St
  3. Continue onto Wickham St
  4. Turn left onto Gipps St/State Route 15
    Continue to follow State Route 15
  5. Take the ramp to M7
  6. Keep right at the fork and merge onto M7
    Partial toll road
  7. Take the exit toward Gympie Rd
    Toll road
  8. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Gympie Rd
    Partial toll road
  9. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Gympie Rd
  10. Slight right onto Gympie Rd
  11. Continue onto M3 (signs for Sunshine Coast/Nambour)
  12. Continue onto M1
  13. Take exit Steve Irwin Way toward Tourist Drive 24/Glass House Mountains/Tourist Drive/Beerwah
  14. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Tourist Drive 24/Beerburrum and merge onto Steve Irwin Way
  15. Turn left onto Beerburrum Rd
  16. Turn left onto Anzac Ave
    Destination will be on the right
2 - Beerburrum to Eumundi
Start from:1 Anzac Avenue, Beerburrum QLD 4517, Australia
End at:71 Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD 4562, Australia
Distance:67.5 km
Duration:44 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Anzac Ave toward Beerburrum Rd
  2. Turn right onto Beerburrum Rd
  3. Turn right onto Steve Irwin Way
  4. Turn left onto the M1/Bruce Highway ramp to Sunshine Coast
  5. Merge onto M1
  6. Take the exit toward EUMUNDI-NOOSA ROAD/Route 12/Eumundi/Noosa Heads/Kenilworth/Route 22
  7. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Eumundi-Noosa Rd/State Route 12 heading to Eumundi/Brisbane/M1/Bruce Highway/Noosa Heads
  8. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Memorial Drive heading to Eumundi
    Go through 1 roundabout
3 - Eumundi to Gympie
Start from:71 Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD 4562, Australia
End at:170 Mary Street, Gympie QLD 4570, Australia
Distance:51.4 km
Duration:39 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on Memorial Drive toward Gridley St
  2. Take the 3rd left to stay on Memorial Drive
    Go through 1 roundabout
  3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Eumundi - Kenilworth Rd
  4. Take the Bruce Highway/M1 ramp to Gympie
  5. Merge onto M1
  6. Continue onto National Highway A1 (signs for Gympie/A1)
  7. Turn right onto Channon St/Gympie Connection Rd
  8. Take the 3rd right onto Mary St
4 - Gympie to Maryborough
Start from:170 Mary Street, Gympie QLD 4570, Australia
End at:6 Sussex Street, Maryborough QLD 4650, Australia
Distance:87.6 km
Duration:1 hour 7 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southeast on Mary St toward Glandore Ln
  2. Turn right onto Smithfield St
  3. Turn right onto Young St
  4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto River Rd
  5. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Jaycee Way
  6. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Monkland St
  7. Turn right onto National Highway A1
  8. Slight right onto Gympie Rd (signs for Route 57/Maryborough/Hervey Bay)
  9. Continue onto Ferry St
  10. Turn right onto Kent St
  11. Take the 2nd left onto Lennox St
  12. Take the 1st right onto Sussex St
    Destination will be on the left
5 - Maryborough to Brooweena (via Howard, Childers and Apple Tree Creek)
Start from:6 Sussex Street, Maryborough QLD 4650, Australia
End at:4751 Maryborough-Biggenden Road, Brooweena QLD 4620, Australia
Distance:49.0 km
Duration:52 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on Sussex St toward Adelaide St
  2. Take the 2nd left onto Lennox St
  3. Take the 1st right onto Kent St
  4. Take the 1st left onto Ferry St
  5. Turn right onto Alice St
  6. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Alma St/Maryborough-Biggenden Rd heading to Maryborough West/Biggenden/State Route 86
    Continue to follow Maryborough-Biggenden Rd

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