Rosewood Laidley Road‚ Grandchester

Grandchester Railway Station, a short drive from Ipswich, is the jewel in the crown of the charming township of Grandchester. The beautifully restored station, under the banner of the National Trust of Australia, is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month when dedicated volunteers conduct tours for visitors. The Grandchester Model Steam Railway rides occur on the same day, so make a day of it for the whole family!

Originally known as Bigge’s Camp, Grandchester was the western terminus for the first railway in Queensland, and the first section of the main line to Toowoomba which set off from Ipswich in 1865. Visiting the station, you are privy to equipment and machinery from the past and can see the unusual square water tank, stationmaster’s house (built 1910) and signal cabin.

There’s a truly old-world charm to Grandchester Railway Station and its picturesque rural surroundings in the Lockyer Valley, making it a perfect day trip destination if you’re in the Ipswich area.

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Recent Reviews


Nov 2019

Historic Rail

Historic railway station from a bygone era. Not much else at Grandchester but there is a small park on outskirts if you take a picnic lunch near Grandchester Mini railway more »


Jul 2018

Historic location

Travelled to this railway station on the Grandchester Express from The Workshops Railway Museum. Well presented building with story boards to explain the significance and history of the location. The... more »


Jul 2018

Great Little Model Railway

This is an excellent place for children. 3 little trains running round carrying passengers. $2 a trip. Went to the wrong place at first, the old station, also open on the 1st Sunday, but nothing... more »

Francis D

May 2018

took kids there to see any train

nothing but the station waste of trip out there.... nothing to see except railway old corrupt joh pulled up so many miles of it.... depressing g more »

John M

Nov 2017

Historical and interesting

Had a wonderful wander and chat with Greg who was a font of railway knowledge and facts, lots of historical information and equipment. more »