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.... more
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.... less
|Duration||3 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||442 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
|Mode of Travel||Car||Level of Difficulty||Unrated|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Start from:||217 George Street, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia|
|End at:||1 Anzac Avenue, Beerburrum QLD 4517, Australia|
|Start from:||1 Anzac Avenue, Beerburrum QLD 4517, Australia|
|End at:||71 Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD 4562, Australia|
|Start from:||71 Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD 4562, Australia|
|End at:||170 Mary Street, Gympie QLD 4570, Australia|
|Start from:||170 Mary Street, Gympie QLD 4570, Australia|
|End at:||6 Sussex Street, Maryborough QLD 4650, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 7 mins|
|Start from:||6 Sussex Street, Maryborough QLD 4650, Australia|
|End at:||4751 Maryborough-Biggenden Road, Brooweena QLD 4620, Australia|