Fernvale is a town located on the Brisbane Valley Highway in South East Queensland. The town is part of the Esk Shire.
Situated a few kilometres from the Brisbane River, it is 30 km away from Ipswich and 60 km away from Brisbane. It is 80 km away from Toowoomba and 120 km from the Gold Coast. The Brisbane Valley Highway goes through Fernvale. Fernvale is located 8km away from a major source of water supply, Wivenhoe Dam.
Fernvale has a bakery which claims to be the best bakery in Australia as it has won many awards for pies. It has a medium size supermarket and a large newsagent. It has a population of about 1500. The Brisbane river passes through Fernvale. People go there for recreation, camping and fishing. One part of the river is called savages crossing, while the part is called twin bridges. In 1996, major floods flooded Fernvale. Trees fell, power lines fell, traffic held up and worst of all, Savages crossing bridge snapped in half.
Fernvale state primary school was established in 1872. However, The name of the town use to be called stinky gully. They only changed the name in the 1900’s. Fernvale is well-known for there markets. Of a sunday morning the markets are held, and at times you have to park a kilometre or two away. People from ipswich and brisbane travell in to get some bargains.
During the 1983 Black February floods residents of Fernvale had to take to trees and rooftops for up to three nights to escape raging flood waters.