Do you like a road trip to explore new destinations and discover the Who, When and Why? I’m on a road trip and we’ll be checking out 4 things you can do while driving south from Brisbane visiting a beautiful little village, triangulated by Tamborine, Jimboomba and Waterford a place that is called Logan Village. Our road trip today is a part of the Public Art and Heritage Trail, Logan Village to Beenleigh (click here). With five art and heritage trails throughout the City of Logan, our adventure starts by visiting some of the highlights of this trail as we follow Trail No. 1.
We’ll visit classic houses, old pubs, inspiring sculptures that will give you goose bumps as we venture through this unique area.
Winding our way through Logan City, suburbia gives way to open country roads that hug the Logan River as we soon arrive at the Logan Village precinct. Looming in the distance, situated on Albert Street, in front of the old railway station is Logan Village’s #1 Forest of Memories. First unveiled on August 2013 and an award winner in its design category, this collection of 15 large totems is an outdoor museum honouring some of the important pioneers that were responsible for the early history of the area. This is a stunning display viewed day or night with the display lightning up and changing its many colours in the evening, it’s well worth setting aside the time to explore this award-winning display.
Situated just around the corner and set amongst the Village Green is the #2 Logan Village Museum. The Museum is one of six buildings, an old school-house, a craft cottage, a dance hall and a barn full of agricultural equipment and tools. The museum itself consists of 3 main buildings, two that are original to the site. The Fettlers Cottage, The Pioneer Hall and The Dance Hall all jam-packed with stories to tell, history and memorabilia.
So, let’s go and explore this beautiful museum. A $2 donation gets you in and you’ll also be given a welcome pack with brochures and lots of other information about the Museum and further explorations of the Logan area. Have a talk with the friendly volunteer staff, who are more than happy to let you in on all their local secrets and the rich 150-year-old history of the area.
There is plenty of parking available as we then casually stroll towards the museum following the Heritage Path through the gardens pass the Pioneer Wall to the entrance of the Logan Village Museum at The Fettlers Cottage. Take the time to soak up all the history as you go room by room discovering, exploring and imagining what life used to be like back in these early days. For some it could be a trip down memory lane bringing back memories of days gone past.
Each time that I visit one of these Museums there is always something that is unique to the museum and today was no different. As I wandered along the Heritage Path, my mind abuzz with anticipation of what was to come, I turned a corner to be greeted by a smiling crocodile quietly sunning itself in a quiet corner of the garden.
I guess you are wondering what a crocodile is doing in the gardens of the museum. Crocodiles don’t’ come this far south from North Queensland or “do they”. While this is only a replica, it’s a life size copy of the famous crocodile that was caught and shot in the Logan River in 1905. What a story this would have been. Can you imagine what the Headlines in the Newspapers of the day would have written. (click here for further info)
Continuing our day trip of discovery, we investigate two more buildings, The Pioneer Hall and The Dance Hall all jam-packed with WW1 and WW2 history and memorabilia.
There are also several other heritage buildings on site where you can stroll around and take a look. These include the Teachers Residence, which is now used as The Logan Village Library and The Col Ferguson Cottage which is a meeting place for a lot of community groups.
#3 The Village Green, a huge grassy area situated next to the museum is a great place set up for a picnic lunch with shady gazebos scattered around the site. The kids can go crazy and make use of the undercover playground while you can satisfy your crafty desires with a visit to the Doo Dropp Inn Craft Cottage. There is such an array of wonderful home-made items you could spend hours just browsing through this beautiful historic Cottage.
Looking for some great Aussie country hospitality, a pub meal and a cold beer #4 The Logan Village Hotel was next on my agenda. After all it was “pub-a-clock” time. Whether you’re just passing through or popping in for a quick bite the pub offers an extensive home-style food menu and plenty of cold beer. A Heritage Aussie pub established in 1864, with Indoor / outdoor dining options, great food and great service, what a memorable way to finish my road trip to Logan Village.
Itenary & Tips: This day trip to Logan Village is an easy day trip from Brisbane or if you like to take your time and fully explore the region with a trip to Mt Tamborine an overnight stay would be recommended. There is an array of accommodation options available Motels, Pub stays, Country Cottages, Camping and Caravan Parks. I have included some links below:
- Visit Logan City Accommodation Options (click here).
- Tamborine Mountain Accommodation Options (click here)
- Logan Village forms apart of Logan City Public Art and Heritage Trail – Logan Village to Beenleigh (Trail #1 Click Here). You can add to this day-trip with so much more to explore and experience by clicking on the link.
- Continue exploring the region with a visit to Mt Tamborine and if your timing is right check out the Viking Culture Day. My Blog “Viking Culture Day Mt Tamborine – Day Trip” (click here for all the info)” will help plan the day.