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Helidon, Queensland

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The quiet hamlet of Helidon lies in the picturesque Lockyer Valley, approximately one hour west of Brisbane and just 15 minutes east of Toowoomba. Sandstone from this area has been used in many of Queensland's beautiful historic buildings. Helidon is also the business hub for explosive manufacturing companies situated on the outskirts of town. For many years Helidon has been famous for its natural mineral springs, prized for their great healing and therapeutic properties. The local Aborigines bathed in the spring water to ward off illness and after European settlement, the springs attracted the frail from far and wide. Arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches, pains, stress, and a host of other ailments are said to be relieved by soaking in the warm, mineral-rich water. The city of Toowoomba is just 15 minutes drive up the range and offers a host of things to see and do. Not far from Helidon you'll also find wineries, historic homesteads, national parks and a host of scenic drives. Accommodation in the Helidon area ranges from basic cabins, bed-and-breakfasts, hotels and motels. The German Bake and Wurst House located on Postman's Ridge road is set in a beautiful country setting. The charming cafe serves homemade goods based on family recipes and German heritage. Expect to find dishes like Rostbratel, Soljanka and delicious Berliners. Bread and cakes made the old-fashioned way, with organic flour and less sugar.

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