Step back in time and stroll along Kilcoy’s History Trail. Discover the original purposes of the town’s buildings and how they are still used today. In an age where the old is discarded for something new, the past is always present in Somerset.
Kilcoy is the northern gateway to Somerset and was named in 1841 by the first settlers of the area Evan and Colin Mackenzie, after their Scottish ancestral home. The town has seen many prosperous times through the booming timber, diary and cattle industries which led to the establishment of the Kilcoy railway line in 1913 which eventually closed in 1964 and was is now where Yowie Park and the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre stand.
The aptly named town of Kilcoy which means ‘nook of the wood’ in Gaelic is surrounded by the rugged D’Aguilar and Conondale mountain ranges which are said to be home to the elusive Yowie.
Next time you are in town drop into the Hall of History run by the Kilcoy District Historical Society to learn more about Kilcoy’s past or delve deeper into your family’s connection to the town.
Don’t forget to ask the volunteers at the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre about the history of the Yowie while you are here.