Visit Somerset and enjoy the friendly rural communities and the real country lifestyle. Those looking for a relaxing time will find a range of eateries with good coffee, indulgent treats, heritage places and hidden gems dotted all about. Drop by and stay a while and let the Somerset communities wash away your big city blues.
Charming Coominya centres on the old railway station that now serves as a focal point for community events and provides access to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
Be sure to see the range of hand-painted murals of the Coominya story, which have captured the essence of the early days of the township.
The heart of Somerset, Esk features a backdrop of the awe inspiring Glen Rock. This quaint country town offers many surprises including antique shops, the Glen Rock Art Gallery and the ever-popular Esk Caravan Park. Remember to stop and try the home-made specialities at one of the popular cafes in town.
Well known for its Sunday markets, popular swimming, canoeing and picnic areas and its proximity to Lake Wivenhoe, Fernvale is a weekender hotspot. Enjoy a number of cafes including the Old Fernvale Bakery or the Cormorant Bay Café before embarking on a Brisbane Valley Rail Trail adventure.
Step back in time and enjoy a delightful country drive to the small village of Jimna. Nestled in the hoop pine forests of the Jimna Range, you will stumble upon this heritage, wilderness, and four wheel drive playground. Don’t forget to explore the recreational trails dotted throughout the Conondale National Park.
Famous for the Yowie, Kilcoy is an RV Friendly town and is known for its wide streets and attractive shady parks. It is situated in an idyllic rural landscape on the D’Aguilar Highway with views over the picturesque landscape – ranging from rolling farmlands, rugged mountain ranges and Lake Somerset.
Lowood developed into a bustling town with the arrival of the railway in 1884. Today Lowood is a great location to access the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail with features of the trail including a flying fox colony and koala corridor adjacent to the river on the town approach.
Minden & Tarampa
These eclectic districts present an ever changing patchwork of colourful fields neatly aligned and symmetrical.
Stop in at Coolana Olives for a tasting of their award winning oils, tapenade and other specialty products.
Moore & Linville
The headwater country is the start of the Brisbane River catchment and a rewarding destination for those seeking wilderness, heritage and a quieter escape.
Be sure to explore the unique markets and art galleries on offer.
Somerset Dam & Hazeldean
Somerset village was established as a construction camp for the building of the dam wall from 1930 to 1950 and remains today as a permanent village and popular weekend retreat with holiday homes and camping area.
Toogoolawah is world famous thanks to its proximity to Skydive Ramblers and the restoration of the Nestlé condensed milk packing facility into the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery. See the newest blockbusters at the historic Toogoolawah Pictures each weekend.