The once quiet, sleepy town of Fernvale is now bustling with activity, boasting a new shopping
center and many housing estates. As Fernvale is only 30km north west of Ipswich or an hour's drive
from Brisbane it makes for a perfect escape from the city life, either for a day-trip or more permanently.
Fernvale boasts convenience while also retaining it's country
Originally two towns called 'Stinking Gully' and 'Harrisborough' made up the area now known as
Fernvale. In the 1860's the area was the center of cotton farming in the Brisbane Valley but floods soon made the
industry obsolete. According to Ruth S. Kerr's book, "Confidence and Tradition - A History of Esk Shire", the
majority of the town has always been on the one side of the road with the park, real estate, railway and public
buildings on the other.
Nowadays the town is very well favoured on a Sunday morning when people make the drive from
Ipswich or Brisbane to grab a bargain at the Fernvale Markets. The country town is a great place to visit for the
day. Boasting many tourist attractions such as various fishing, swimming and boating spots along the Brisbane River
and Wivenhoe Dam. Wivenhoe Dam also has camping facilities and is a perfect spot to use non fueled boats.
If water sports aren't your thing then you should check out the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The
old railway has now become a fantastic walking, cycling and horse riding trail which will eventually connect
Ipswich to Blackbutt. The trail will be 148km long and is due to be completed around 2012. Access to the 8km
Fernvale to Lowood section of the trail can be found behind the Fernvale Futures Complex in the main street of our
One of the latest additions to our town has been the Fernvale
Futures Complex. Residing next to the Fernvale Memorial Park, this complex has been designed with the
community in mind. The building provides our very loved tourists with information about the area while also
giving the locals access to a conference room where many community activities such as parenting and art
classes take place.