Queensland’s first railway destination.
Discover Queensland history along a country road when you visit Grandchester Railway Station, the railway station of yesteryear. Established in 1865, Grandchester Railway Station was originally known as Bigge’s Camp. The name was allegedly changed to avoid the title being slurred into ‘Big Scamp’.
The rural township of Grandchester is located 76 kilometres south-west of central Brisbane. Being only an hour’s drive from the capital presents a fantastic opportunity for locals and tourists alike to pack the family into the car and head off for an educational adventure—to discover a part of Australia that is often overlooked.
Grandchester Railway Station provides a glimpse into the construction and operation of Queensland’s first rail line, which ran initially from Ipswich to Grandchester, before being extended to the Darling Downs. The once-essential equipment and machinery on display will fascinate young and old alike. Guided tours of the station allow visitors to connect with a place that ranks high as one of the state’s most significant railway heritage places.
In addition to being the terminus for the first section of railway line laid in Queensland, the Grandchester Railway Station building was the first in the state to be constructed using local materials. The Station complex includes the station building and a signal cabin with a 22 lever T-bar machine that was decommissioned with the introduction of centralised traffic control. At its peak, Grandchester Railway Station also featured a number of smaller buildings, such as a cream shed and a trolley shed, as well as a fork line and cattle yards.
Today the station is a much quieter place. The station building with its signal cabin and two water tanks remain. So too does the importance of this first terminus in the timeline of Queensland history.
Open on the first Sunday of the month, March to November, from 10am to 2pm.
Volunteers from the Grandchester community offer visitors the opportunity to discover and connect with the character and railway history resonating from the property.
Entry is free, but donations are always welcome to assist in maintaining this place so important to the history of Queensland.