When Captain Patrick Logan, first commandant of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, sighted a 'very considerable river' on one of his expeditions south of Brisbane in 1862, he promptly named it the Darling in honour of the then Governor.
Darling returned the compliment by suggesting the river take the name of Logan in view of his commandant’s 'zeal and efficient service'. Logan met a sticky end at the hand of a couple of assassins, but his name lives on in this thriving city whose 170,000 residents live about halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Pride of Logan City's 500 parks spread over 2200ha is Daisy Hill State Forest Park, which boasts a Koala Centre where orphaned and injured animals are restored to health and returned to the park.
Open daily, the centre provides educational programs on the koala and other marsupials native to the area. Worth a visit, too, is the National Trust-protected Mayes Cottage built by a pioneer settler in 1871.