NATURE AND WILDLIFE
Surrounded by the rugged D’Aguilar, Conondale and Great Dividing ranges, the Somerset region is a sanctuary for native flora and fauna and a place where you can truly get back to nature.
Somerset is a birdwatcher’s paradise with common sightings of King Parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets, Pied Cormorants, Pelicans, Australian Wood Ducks and Azure Kingfishers, just to name a few.
Lake Wivenhoe is also home to a small population of the vulnerable Queensland Lungfish that are native only to the Mary and Burnett Rivers in Australia.
Lakes Somerset and Wivenhoe are stocked with native fish species including Australian Bass, Yellowbelly, Silver and Spangled Perch, Southern Saratoga and Mary River Cod, making the region popular for freshwater fishing. Redclaw yabbies are abundant in both lakes, adding to the fishing experience.
The environmental interpretive centre at the Kilcoy Information Centre offers an interactive experience for those who would like to learn more about the natural environment of Somerset.
For an up close experience with our wildlife friends, visit –
- Highland Street and Outlook Drive in Esk to meet the abundance of wallabies.
- Toogoolawah and Cormorant Bay (Lake Wivenhoe) are natural koala corridors.
- Yowie Park in Kilcoy is a birdwatcher’s paradise with more than 100 species of birds sighted regularly.