|State electorate(s)||Ipswich West|
Lowood is a town in south-east Queensland, Australia. The town is on the Brisbane River, 66 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane and 31 kilometres (19 mi) north of Ipswich. Situated in the Somerset Region Local government area, at the 2006 census, Lowood had a population of 1,010.
Lowood was established as the first terminus of the Brisbane Valley branch railway in 1884 and the town grew from the subdivision around the new station. The name is derived from the "low woods" of brigalow in the Lowood area, as opposed to the taller trees elsewhere in the Brisbane Valley.
Due to its proximity to Brisbane and Ipswich, Lowood is becoming an area for hobby farmers and residential commuters. Nearby Lake Wivenhoe is a popular place for activities such as boating and fishing.
During World War II, an airfield called Lowood, which was actually located at Mount Tarampa, was the site of a military airfield operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. No. 71 Squadron operated from the airfield during 1943, conducting coastal patrol and naval convoy escort missions. After the war the airfield was converted into a motor racing circuit with the same name and ran for 20 years, the highlight hosting the 1960 Australian Grand Prix. The airfield no longer exists but a small memorial marks its previous location.
At present times there is no longer any rail-transport to Lowood. The main rail link is to Ipswich and from there a bus service from Queensland Rail (QR). There are two services in the morning and return services in the late afternoon. Time tables are available from QR.
Lowood has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 12 Railway Street: Dental Surgery, built sometime between 1901 and 1917 as a branch of the Royal Bank of Queensland. Prior to its use as a dental surgery it was a branch of the National Bank.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lowood (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- Australian Grand Prix - The 50-race history, 1986, pages 256 to 266
- Oz at war - Amateur historian site -Retrieved 2 November 2006.
- "Dental Surgery (entry 15271)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-12.
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- Lowood Tourism Association
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