LAIDLEY

Laidley is the next of those rich ‘food basket’ towns that provide greater Brisbane with the necessities of life. Laidley is also now growth centre given the close proximity, especially to Ipswich. Laidley is a pretty and old town and heritage is clearly important. Something that was not evident in Gatton.

The local industry has been dominated by agriculture since the end of the 19th century. Laidley has long regarded itself as "Queensland's Country Garden". Fruit and vegetable production features prominently, with the majority of beetroot grown in Australia coming from the Laidley district.

Allan Cunningham first explored the area in 1829 Cunningham named it Laidley's Plain after the Deputy Commissary General of the colony.

The town developed around a wagon stop on the main road route between Ipswich and Toowoomba. A stop was needed after the climb over the small Little Liverpool Range.

By the 1850s the area was being cleared for sheep grazing. In the mid-1870s the railway line from Grandchester stopped at a railway station 1.5 km north of the town.

Between 1911 and 1955, a branch railway line ran from Laidley along the Laidley Creek to the settlement at Mulgowie.

There are a number of old and interesting buildings that have survived in Laidley.

Laidley has three century plus old pubs.  Amazing they have survived and still going strong. The Exchange Hotel is especially interesting.

The Laidley War Memorial is on the eastern fringe of the town.

The Museum is located on the eastern exit (or western approach). This looks to be a Museum of substance. There is also the Dutch Daus Heumann Café and Museum.

The Laidley congregational churches are a mix of old and new. The Baptist and Catholic  especially interesting design.

Laidley will be a diversion visit for the traveller but the visit will not disappoint.

Heritage diary

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course