Coominya

Coominya is well known for the Historic Bellevue Homestead where guided tours are offered. Onsite is an art gallery and a cellar door for wine tasting. The Coominya Raiway Station has been restored and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is now open between Coominya and Esk.

The town has a number of murals depicting the history of the area and also has a Heritage Trail.

Close by is Atkinsons Dam where water skiing is popular as well as shoreline camping and picnicking.

Esk

Esk is a small town situated in the heart of the Somerset region. Just one hour from Brisbane, you will discover an amazing area full of natural beauty, whether it is breathtaking scenery, native bushlands, meandering lakes and rivers or the patchwork pattern of our farming land.

The township of Esk is nestled below Glen Rock, which provides a setting that is picture perfect for the budding photographer, as do many of our parks and historical buildings throughout the town. Beautiful views of Lake Wivenhoe and many surrounding mountains can be seen from our lookout at the top of Highland Street, which gives you wonderful insight into our proud little town. Enjoy the country charm of visiting the historical homesteads, buildings and rail trails dotted throughout the region. Many of Esk’s attractions offer an insight into the rural lifestyles and friendly locals.

Explore the antique shops and local crafts while strolling down Esk’s historical main street or enjoy a meal at one of the town’s many eateries. To really experience Esk &andget to know the locals, plan your trip during one of the many exciting events through the year. The town is well-known for the annual Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival and for Country Race Days.

Esk offers various motels, a caravan park and a number of B&B’s and other retreats just a short drive from town.

Esk History: A hotel established in 1872 at a teamster’s camp where the road north crossed Sandy Creek, soon developed into a town officially called “Gallanani”, which is said to be an Aboriginal name for Eastern Swamp Hen. When the railway arrived in 1886 the town continued as Gallanani and the station was called Esk. The town was then known as ‘The Railway Town of Esk’, and was officially changed to Esk in 1913.

Fernvale

Fernvale is a very popular tourist spot, particularly on Sundays when the Fernvale Markets attract large numbers of visitors. As well as the markets the town has a Visitor Information Centre, parks, souvenir and gift Shops, cafes, restaurants and a hotel.

A section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail starts here and is suitable for walking or riding your bicycle or horse.

Close by are Twin Bridges and Savages Crossing for canoeing or swimming. Also close by is Wivenhoe Dam with picnic facilities and Electric barbeques at Cormorant Bay and Spillway Common. Great views of Lake Wivenhoe are available from Splityard Creek Lookout.

The Fernvale info website provides more information on Fernvale.

Lowood

Lowood is at the southern end of the beautiful Somerset region, 80km from Brisbane CBD, 30km from Ipswich and 8km from Fernvale.

The township is surrounded by picturesque farmland, meandering creeks and low rolling hills, and the Brisbane River flows by Lowood from nearby Lake Wivenhoe.

The district was settled from the 1870s and the town retains elements of its early character and charm.

There are many historic buildings from the 1880s to 1940s, interspersed with later buildings.

Lowood also has many community services and sports clubs, a wide variety of businesses and shops, and several leafy parks.

Jimna

Nestled amongst the Jimna/Conondale Ranges with peaks rising from 1600 ft to 2000 ft above sea level and adjacent to the Conondale National Park, Jimna is the perfect place to enjoy the forest environment, the bell birds, the crisp mountain air and wildlife in abundance. Jimna is situated just 140 km north-west of Brisbane.

Come and visit the attractions, photo gallery and museum at the Jimna Visitor Information Centre, 4 Currawong St, Jimna. Phone (07) 5497 3174.
Check out the history of an old timber town and gold mining area.

Kilcoy

Kilcoy situated on the D’Aguilar Hwy is the northern entrance to the region from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

The town has a Visitor Information Centre in Yowie Park and markets are held in the park on the second and last Saturdays each month. The town boasts coffee shops and restaurants, souvenir and gift shops, an art gallery at the old Courthouse as well as sports and aquatic centres.

The region around Kilcoy has some wonderful wineries to visit. Come and sample the wines of this region. A Wood, Wine and Art Festival is held annually at the show grounds.

Accomodation is available nearby at B&B’s, farm stays, and camping and caravanning at Neurum Creek. Motels are available in town as well as camping grounds at Anzac Park with showers, toilets and a dump point for RV’s. For larger groups camping is available at the show grounds.

Moore

Moore has been a hive of activity over the past few years, with four new businesses on Linville Rd, just off the D’Aguilar Highway. The large development near completion is the impressive ‘Old Church Gallery and Café’, which sells unique art work, handmade and local arts and crafts. The large open deck café overlooks the natural bush setting of Moore.

Next to the Gallery is the Principal’s Cottage and Café, extremely popular with people looking for unique gifts and homewares. On the D’Aguilar Highway is ‘Pol’s of Moore’ Café and General Store. It provides an array of food for travellers on the move. Next door to that is the new Moorish Café. The Licensed ‘Kai Lounge’ Café and Bar is a funky establishment attracting diners from surrounding areas and passing travellers.