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Picnic Point, Spring Bluff and Surrounds

Posted by on 28 November, 2011

Sundays activities were fun, the morning walk around Picnic Point was most enjoyable and it was very exciting to see the waterfall was running again after being switched off when the drought was at its worst.  The Gardens are looking great at the moment especially after the good soak we had a couple of days ago.

After dropping the kids off at Grandma’s we headed to Spring Bluff Railway Station via Murphys Creek. Murphys Creek was a railway town, the station opened in 1867 as part of the Ipswich-Toowoomba line. Murphys Creek is at the foot of the Great Dividing Range. The spelling here is correct as they do not use an apostrophe. The station was closed in 1992, with the installation of computerised signalling systems.

Spring Bluff locality is named after a railway station in the area, which was built in the 1860s to allow trains a place to stop during the steep climb from Brisbane to nearby Toowoomba. In 1890, it was named Spring Bluff after the spring water and the sandstone bluff in the area.

The station gardens look lovely, they are very green at the moment and the little creeks are running on the property. The garden beds have been planted out ready for summers flowers. We were lucky enough to have a coal train come through whilst we were there.

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