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Brisbane Valley / Valley of the Lakes - Cities, Towns and Localities
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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 licence required)
     
  • picnic and camping facilities can be found at Lake Somerset, Wivenhoe and Atkinson.
     
  • 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 markets.
     
  • 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.

Information Centre Esk Visitor Information Centre

Valley of the Lakes
Somerset Regional Tourism Association
Ph: 07 5424 1432
Email
Web: www.brisbanevalleytourism.com.au / www.somersettourism.com.au

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Brisbane Valley Attractions
Bellevue Homestead
• Bellevue Homestead is a rambling timber homestead built in the 1870's. During the 1893 floods the earth walls of the homestead were swept away leaving only the timber frame. The walls were then relined with timber boards and wallpaper. The original wallpaper still exists today. The house has been added to over the years in a casual and often picturesque manner.
Caboonbah Homestead
• This is the original home of Henry Plantagenet Somerset and his wife, Katharine Rose. Due to his warnings of the disastrous 1893 floods, Henry played an extremely important role in future flood warning schemes for Brisbane.
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Brisbane Valley Events • Queensland Events
Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival
• Email (see website for list of contacts including phone number)
• Annual event held in July
• The popular multicultural festival is held in the middle of the Brisbane Valley with something for everyone including art and craft market, art exhibition, food stalls, performers and performances. Check their website for details
Esk Saturday Markets
• Highland St, ESK QLD Ph: 07 5423 0221
• Held weekly on the Saturday - 7 am to 12 pm
Brisbane Valley Historical Society
• Caboonbah Homestead
• Held 3rd Saturday of the month Ph: 07 5423 0070
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