Only one hour from Brisbane and known as the Valley of the Lakes, Brisbane Valley
is the gateway to the Brisbane River catchment, offering a wonderful place to visit for those seeking recreational and leisure
activities. The region is promoted by the Somerset Regional Tourism Association,
formerly the Brisbane Valley Tourism Association.
Growing in leaps and bounds as a tourist destination, the
Somerset Region located in South East Queensland covers an area that includes
the upper and mid sections of the Brisbane River, encompassing lakes at Wivenhoe
Dam, Somerset Dam, and Atkinson Dam. These waterways provide the perfect recreational backdrop for
anglers and water sport enthusiasts.
Along with the breathtaking scenery, visitors can enjoy the rugged mountains,
native bushlands, meandering rivers, hidden valleys, ploughed farmland and the
towns and localities of Esk, Fernvale, Glamorgan Vale, Linville,
Lowood, Toogoolawah, Kilcoy and Wivenhoe Pocket.
Recreational activities include:
- fishing - the Shire boasts 3 well stocked freshwater lakes (fishing
- picnic and camping facilities can be found at Lake Somerset, Wivenhoe
- aquatic activities - there are powerboat access for the skiing
enthusiasts at Lake Somerset and Lake Atkinson.
- arts, crafts and markets - plenty of opportunities for viewing and
purchasing arts and crafts and enjoying local produce from shops and
- adventure - for those more adventurous at heart, you can enjoy horse
riding overlooking Lake Wivenhoe and spend the night under the starts at a
stockman's camp, join a camel safari, or tandem skydive.
- history abounds in the region. The area
is home to several historic homes such as the Caboonbah Homestead and the
Wivenhoe Homestead, as well as splendid examples of Queensland architecture.
The area is also home to many deer in fact the
former shire council's logo is of a deer. Queen Victoria gave the
Deer to the Acclimatisation Society of Queensland as a
present in 1873 when two stags and 4 kinds were released at
Scrub Creek on Cressbrook Station. The deer originally came
from Windsor Great Park in England. Today the deer have
swelled in numbers and roam the Brisbane Valley, home of Esk
and the Mary Valley Ranges.
There are many hotels, B&B's,
art and craft shops, caravan parks, cafes and more to
experience in this delightful rural area so close to the
main population centres of Queensland.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions,
tours, local maps and other information.