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Discover the history and stories of the Brisbane Valley -

its people, places and heritage trails

Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Inc (BVHT) was incorporated as an Association in Queensland with a mission of conserving the Brisbane Valley and its surrounding districts - its history, pioneers, buildings of historical significance and various trails and stock routes which are scattered throughout the region.  So whether you are researching a particular issue, have geneology queries about your ancestors or simply have a general interest in the region, you'll find a wealth of information here.  

You will find a wide range of photographs and stories relating to the history and heritage of the Brisbane Valley , such as:-

  • History from colonial settlement through to the present time
  • Local Legends
  • Stock, Mail and Coach Routes
  • Rail, Racing and Timber Trails
  • Events in the Somerset, Toowoomba and South Burnett Regions 
  • Contacts for local/related organisations

Our "history buffs" can also assist you with specific queries and/or point you in the right direction and we have a range of books available for purchase in our Shop..

BVHT is associated with a number of other related historical groups who work tirelessly to ensure the history of the region is not forgotten.  See our Contacts page for more information.  BVHT is also supported by the Toowoomba, Somerset and South Burnett Regional Councils as Corporate Members.


Incorporated in Queensland

The original "Stonehouse"


Stonehouse is a group of related stone buildings on the D'Aguilar Highway between Esk and Nanango which were built in the 1870/80s as part of a homestead and wayside inn complex.

An interest group called "Friends of Stonehouse" has been established which meets regularly and undertakes tasks relating to the restoration, preservation and recognition of these buildings..

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Arrival of first train at Linville


Follow the history of the Brisbane Valley from colonial settlement to now.  

Learn of the battles fought and won by the early pioneers in the establishing towns, infrastructure, railway stations and services throughout the region.

There's a wealth of information available.

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Trails & Routes

Find out about the various Rail, Racing and Timber Trails as well as Stock and Mail Routes throughout the Brisbane Valley and surrounding regions.

Follow in the footsteps of the early settlers as they explore and open up the Brisbane River Valley.

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The material on this site may not be reproduced and sold without the consent of BVHT. References and photos may be used for private family and historical research