Peak Crossing is a rural town located 20km south of Ipswich in the far south west corner of the Scenic Rim region. The origin of the name, Peak Crossing, refers to the road crossing of Purga Creek, adjacent to the Peak Crossing School, which was the junction at which prominent roads met.
East of the township is Peak Mountain, commonly known as Flinder’s Peak, named after the explorer Matthew Flinders.
The town is surrounded by prime agricultural land, with small cropping practiced right up to the edges of the town on the northern side.
Limestone was discovered in the area in the late 1890s and the Mt Flinders Dolomite Mine is still operational today.
Places of note in the town are:
The Flinders Uniting Church, Warrill View-Peak Crossing Rd, which originally opened in 1872. The current church building replaced it in 1929 and was built by local builders Walter Florence and Charlie Meier.
The Peak Crossing Community Hall, in the main street, was designedby architect Henry Wyman and built by contractor A.F. Shelback. The opening on Friday, 20 August 1926 was celebrated with a ball. The hall holds dances on the third Friday of the month and Country Markets in the grounds on the first Sunday of every second month from 7am to 1pm
On 4 September, 1871 the Purga Creek No. 2 School opened. It wasrenamed Peak Mountain State School in 1879 and became the Peak Crossing State School in 1929. It now has an enrollment of around 180 and attracts enrollments from Ipswich. One of the highlights of the school calendar is the night fete, which starts around 6pm and attracts a large crowd.
The Peak Pub is the venue for the annual "P
eak Crossing Pig Racesand Music Muster" which raises about $8000 for the Royal Flying Doctors