Like many regions in Queensland, the City of Logan has a fascinating history, from the original Indigenous inhabitants and the arrival of Europeans, to colonial life and later farming communities.
We have charming historical attractions where you can learn about our past and step back in time to experience what life was like long before iPads and keyless entry cars.
Old Beenleigh Town (which used to be known as Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum) is a good place to start. It has more than 20 buildings of historical significance – including the region’s first church, school, boot-makers shop and post office – and a rich collection of memorabilia. The homes are set up as house museums with old furniture and equipment on display.
The City of Logan's best-known colonial house museum – and one of the city's oldest buildings – is Mayes Cottage at Kingston. The Mayes family played a significant role in local history, building this cottage in 1887. The property is nestled on a hill in Kingston, with lush gardens and a surprisingly tranquil atmosphere. It’s open every Thursday and Friday; entry is free and tours are available
Only a few minutes’ drive away is the Kingston Butter Factory Community Arts Centre. Once a thriving butter factory (built in 1932), the centre is now a community hub but retains is original façade – and also houses the Logan Museum.
At Jimboomba, the beautifully preserved Dorrington House is one of the region’s original homesteads, donated by the Dorrington family to Jimboomba Rotary.
The City of Logan has several historically significant churches, including St John’s Church at Mundoolun with its Norman Gothic architecture, and the lovely St Mark’s Anglican church at Daisy Hill, both dating back to 1901. Find out more on these churches and other spiritually significant locations in the City of Logan.
Indigenous history is very important to the Logan community. At the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre at Beenleigh, you can explore the history, language and culture of the area’s original inhabitants. (Visits by appointment only.)
The City of Logan also has self-guided heritage trails you can follow. The Public Art and Heritage Trail: Logan Village to Beenleigh (PDF 5552 KB) guides you from one Logan’s heritage ‘hot spots’ to another, via the picturesque Tygum Lagoon at Watervale. The Logan River Tinnie Trail is a great way to explore history on the water, as some of the most significant sites and landmarks are along the Logan River – the lifeblood of early communities.
A walk through an old cemetery is often a startling reminder of the hardships faced by early settler communities. You’ll find fascinating historic cemeteries at Tygum, Kingston, Carbrook, Logan Reserve, Slacks Creek, Bethania, and Mundoolun.