Welcome to Somerset, where every town has a story to tell. Whether it’s history, adventure or romance, each town of Somerset projects a certain country charm and character of its own.
Stories are hidden all over the region; on the walls of art galleries; in the footprints along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail; or over the counter with a publican. Those who take the time to explore the towns and their people, uncover the true hidden treasures of Somerset, the stories. We invite you to discover the towns and their tales, have an adventure and write your own Somerset story.
Follow the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail to Coominya, a quaint country town with a café, gift shop and an authentic Australian pub. The hand painted murals scattered through the town bring history to life and tell stories of yesteryear.
View the Coominya town map.
The heart of Somerset, Esk is best known for its stunning backdrop of Mount Glen Rock. Stroll down the main street and enjoy boutique cafés, gift and antique shops, country pubs and more. Stay overnight at one of the quaint country motels or beautifully kept caravan park and explore the treasures of Esk.
View the Esk town map.
Take a stroll down the Brisbane Valley Highway to Fernvale and discover the cafés, restaurants and gift shops. Visit the Sunday markets and fill your picnic basket with fresh produce and other goodies. Enjoy your picnic in the Fernvale Memorial Park, Savages Crossing, Twin Bridges or at the nearby Lake Wivenhoe, before embarking on an adventure along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
View the Fernvale town map.
Known as a four-wheel driver’s and camper’s paradise, Jimna houses some of the most beautiful rural forestry in South East Queensland. Explore the Jimna Range and trails dotted throughout the Conondale National Park. Check out the heritage listed Jimna Fire Tower, standing at 47m, it’s the tallest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
View the Jimna town map.
Best known for the Yowie, Kilcoy’s wide streets and shady parks make it an ideal RV Friendly town. Stay the night at one of the quaint country motels and explore the gift and antique shops, boutique cafés, Aussie pubs and surrounding wineries. Situated along the D’Aguilar Highway, Kilcoy is surrounded by rolling hills and spectacular country scenery.
View the Kilcoy town map.
Established in 1884, Lowood originated as a railway town and many of the original buildings have been repurposed and still stand today. Lowood is an ideal location to access the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and view Australian wildlife like the flying fox colony and koala corridor adjacent to the river on the approach to town.
View the Lowood town map.
Minden and Tarampa
With rolling hills and sweeping pastures, there’s nothing like a scenic drive through Minden and Tarampa. Take in the beautiful farmland views of grazing livestock and stretches of green pasture and stop off for a cold beer at the country pub.
Moore and Linville
Rich with history, the towns of Moore and Linville are brimming with country charm. Enjoy the free rest stops in Moore and Linville. Experience an authentic Aussie pub at Linville and stroll through the art galleries, cafés and boutique craft and gift shops of Moore.
View the Linville town map.
View the Moore town map.
Somerset Dam and Hazeldean
A fisherman’s paradise, Lake Somerset is home to Australia’s largest bass. Also a redclaw hot spot, there are plenty of picturesque recreational areas with playgrounds, shelters and barbecue facilities so you can cook your catch and enjoy a picnic lunch of fresh fish and redclaw. Lake Somerset is an adventure playground for water skiers, wake boarders, jet skiers, tubers and swimmers. From beautiful cabins to water front campsites, the range of accommodation options available make Lake Somerset an ideal spot for your next holiday.
View the Hazeldean town map.
View the Somerset Dam town map.
Step back in time and experience a town where old meets new. Sit on the restored canvas chairs at the historic picture theatre and see the latest blockbusters from the comfort of Alexandra Hall. View contemporary art at the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery which was once the historic Nestlé condensed milk packing shed. Explore the town’s history at the old railway station museum and watch the town come alive at the monthly railway markets.
View the Toogoolawah town map.