Laidley is the second largest town in the Lockyer Valley, a sleepy
little township which calls itself the 'Country Garden of Queensland'
because the rich soils surrounding the town support mixed farming,
vegetable growing for the Brisbane markets, dairying and cotton. A hub
of activity throughout the week with art and craft stores becoming a
very popular stop not only for locals, but also for the many visitors
to the town.
Location: Laidley is 83 km west of Brisbane and 108 m above sea level.
Once a popular stop on the Cobb & Co route, Laidley is able to
provide its visitors with a range of every day needs as it is supported
by a major food store, banks and other general stores. Laidley is
renowned for its country Markets, which are a feature in the main
street of town every Friday.
Das Neumann Haus
The Das Neumann Haus, easily located just off the main street on the
corner of William and Patrick Streets, is one of those fascinating
idiosyncratic buildings which can make an ordinary town seen quite
special. It was built by Herman Neumann, a local carpenter and cabinet
maker, and for many years was used as the family residence as well as a
furniture showroom. It was handed over to the local council in 1983.
Laidley Historical Society Museum
Laidley has an excellent pioneer village with a superbly preserved
slab hut as well as a an old gaol, general store, butchers shop and a
number of other interesting buildings. The pioneer village is located
where the old road through to Toowoomba used to go. It is fascinating,
looking at the town which has now been by-passed by the Brisbane to
Toowoomba road, to think that after 1865 it was the first stopping
place for passengers who had caught the train from Ipswich to
Grandchester and who were heading further west to Toowoomba, the
Darling Downs and beyond. The Museum is open Sundays 2.00 p.m. to 4.00
p.m. or by appointment and is located to the south of the town on an
old paddock which used to be a resting paddock for the Cobb & Co
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Rated among the top ten most fertile farming areas in the world, the
Lockyer Valley is an intensively cultivated area often referred to as
"South East Queensland’s Salad Bowl". It grows the most diverse
range of commercial fruit and vegetables of any area in Australia. The
valley is enclosed on either side by the Great Dividing Range. The
largest town in the Lockyer Valley is Gatton. Other centres include
Laidley, Forest Hill, Grandchester, Grantham, Helidon, Withcott and