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WWI Memorial Journey - Toowoomba to Gayndah
4 Days  / 417 Kilometres



Description

This journey commences in Toowoomba and follows an old Cobb and Co road through the Lockyer Valley towns of Helidon, Grantham, Ma Ma Creek, Gatton and Forest Hill where many war memorials demonstrate the sorrow of mothers who lost sons during the Great War. Drive north east to Esk in the Brisbane Valley where a large marble edifice commemorates the war service of locals in this district. From here, travel north through the dairy towns of Toogooloowah and Moore to Linville where a rather unusual war memorial can be found, designed by a local returned serviceman. Climb the Blackbutt plateau and head into the South Burnett District towns of Nanango and Kingaroy, and on to Murgon and Goomeri. Goomeri has a memorial clock and a memorial hall, as does Gayndah further north.

Ma Ma Creek War Memorial
Ma Ma Creek War MemorialWeeping Mother Memorial
Weeping Mother MemorialLinville War Memorial
Linville War MemorialGoomeri War Memorial Clock
Goomeri War Memorial Clock


Journey Details

Duration4 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance417 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelCar
Level of Difficulty Unrated

Facilities

  • Car park
    Car park

Activities

  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


WWI Memorial Journey - Toowoomba to Gayndah Full Itinerary

Toowoomba to Esk

Departing Toowoomba, take Warrego Highway down towards Helidon and then the Cobb and Co Tourist drive through Helidon to Grantham, a town devastated by the 2011 floods. Drive south to Ma Ma Creek to visit its WWI soldier's memorial, located in the town cemetery. This memorial was privately commissioned by Fleurine Elsie Andrews who lost three sons in France.

Drive north to Gatton where the 'weeping mother memorial' in Littleton Park provides a sobering reminder of the 68 local men lost in WWI.

Nearby Forest Hill's soldier statue memorial is in a park adjacent to the old railway station. Enjoy a cool drink at one of Forest Hill's heritage listed hotels.

Travel north through Coominya and join the Brisbane Valley Highway towards Esk. Call into one of the many picnic areas on Lake Wivenhoe en route. The Esk War Memorial is stunning. It comprises a sandstone plinth topped with inlaid marble tablets encased with copper ionic pilasters, with name plates set in bronze. Its locality in the landscaped gardens on the main street is framed by Mount Esk to the east.

There are hotel, motel, caravan, camping and bed and breakfast options in and around Esk for an overnight stay.


Ma Ma Creek War Memorial
Ma Ma Creek War Memorial
Weeping Mother Memorial
Weeping Mother Memorial
Forest Hill War Memorial
Forest Hill War Memorial
Esk War Memorial and Memorial Park
Esk War Memorial and Memorial Park


Route Details

Duration: 1 Hr 36 Mins
Distance: 114 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Ma Ma Creek War Memorial
- Weeping Mother Memorial
- Forest Hill War Memorial
- Esk War Memorial and Esk Memorial Park

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


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Esk to Kingaroy

The road north from Esk to Toogoolawah travels through the grazing country of the Brisbane Valley. Toogoolawah developed around a condensed milk factory founded by the McConnell family in 1898. Local dairymen who went to fight in WWI are commemorated on the war memorial in McConnell Park. This was the second war memorial erected in Queensland and the first outside of a cemetery.

Drive north past the Colinton War Memorial and turn at Moore to the tiny town of Linville. Its memorial was designed by a local returned soldier, Tom Cross, an artist and photographer. This unusual pagoda-styled memorial was designed for a community that lost eight of the 24 young men who enlisted.

Backtrack on the Linville Road to the D'Aguilar Highway and up to the Blackbutt plateau past Yarraman to the Nanango soldier statue and on to Kingaroy. The memorial rotunda in Kingaroy Park is an outstanding landmark memorial dominated by a domed roof. Adjacent is a stone of remembrance designed to replicate those found in Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries world-wide. Kingaroy's Old Butter Factory is a great place to break the journey and enjoy the local produce including wine, cheese and peanuts.


McConnell Park & Toogoolawah War Memorial
McConnell Park & Toogoolawah War Memorial
Linville War Memorial
Linville War Memorial
Kingaroy Memorial Park
Kingaroy Memorial Park


Route Details

Duration: 1 Hr 44 Mins
Distance: 140 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- McConnell Park and Toogoolawah War Memorial
- Linville War Memorial
- Kingaroy Soldiers Memorial Rotunda

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


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Kingaroy to Gayndah

The road north of Kingaroy traverses farming and grazing country through Wondai to Murgon. Pause at the soldier statue memorial in Lamb Street Murgon. The old South Burnett Cooperative Dairy Association building in Macalister Street is now a winery for Clovely Estate. Vineyards can be visited around Kingaroy and south of Murgon.

Drive on to Goomeri where the town's memorial clock graces the junction of the South Burnett and Wide Bay highways. Take a short walk along the Wide Bay Highway to the corner of McGregor Street to see the Hall of Memory, built in honour of locals who volunteered for war service. There are a number of cafes in town to enjoy lunch before heading on to Gayndah, the home of the citrus industry.

The Gayndah War Memorial is located in a public square between the post office and the former council chambers. This outdoor honour board includes a mixture of Australian and British symbolism, and was donated by local grazier Harold H Wilson. There is a memorial hall incorporated into the council chambers. You may choose to stay overnight, or take the Isis Highway back towards Childers and the Bruce Highway.


Goomeri War Memorial Clock
Goomeri War Memorial Clock
Gayndah War Memorial
Gayndah War Memorial


Route Details

Duration: 1 Hr 52 Mins
Distance: 162 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way
Suggested Stops:
- Goomeri War Memorial Clock
- Gayndah War Memorial

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


Level of Difficulty
Unrated




Driving Directions

1 - Toowoomba to Esk
Start from:64 Annand Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
End at:Brisbane Valley Highway, Esk QLD 4312, Australia
Distance:78.0 km
Duration:1 hour 4 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Annand St toward Olympic Ln
  2. Turn left onto Herries St
  3. Turn left onto Hume St/A3
  4. Turn left onto Chalk Drive/A3 (signs for Crows Nest)
  5. Turn right onto A3
  6. Turn right onto Esk-Hampton Rd
  7. Turn left onto National Route 17/State Route 85 (signs for Brisbane Valley Highway/Kilcoy/Yarraman/Somerset Dam)
    Destination will be on the left
2 - Esk to Kingaroy
Start from:Brisbane Valley Highway, Esk QLD 4312, Australia
End at:20 William Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia
Distance:126 km
Duration:1 hour 37 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on National Route 17 toward Highland St
  2. Turn left onto D'Aguilar Hwy/National Route 17 (signs for D'Aguilar Highway/Route 17/Moore/Yarraman)
    Continue to follow D'Aguilar Hwy
  3. Turn left onto D'Aguilar Hwy/Drayton St (signs for Route 96/D'Aguilar Highway/Kingaroy)
    Continue to follow D'Aguilar Hwy
  4. Slight left onto State Route 96
  5. Turn right onto D'Aguilar Hwy
  6. Turn left onto Alford St
    Go through 1 roundabout
  7. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto William St
3 - Kingaroy to Gayndah
Start from:20 William Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia
End at:25 Anzac Parade, Gayndah QLD 4625, Australia
Distance:145 km
Duration:1 hour 57 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on William St toward Haly St
  2. Turn right onto Haly St
  3. Take the 1st left onto Bunya Hwy
  4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Bunya Hwy
  5. Slight left onto Murgon-Gayndah Rd
  6. Turn left onto Burnett Hwy/A3 (signs for Ban Ban Springs/Gayndah)
  7. Turn left onto Simon St
  8. Take the 1st right onto Anzac Parade

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