Our little country towns are the heartbeat of our region. Bustling with family owned and operated businesses, our towns are the pride of Somerset.
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.
Take a stroll down the Brisbane Valley Highway to Fernvale and discover the cafés, restaurants and gift shops. Visit the country 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.
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 charming country motels and explore the gift and antique shops, boutique cafés, Aussie pubs and surrounding winery. Situated along the D’Aguilar Highway, Kilcoy is surrounded by rolling hills and spectacular country scenery.
Follow the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail to Coominya, a quaint country town with an authentic Aussie pub. The hand painted murals scattered through the town bring history to life and tell stories of yesteryear.
Known as a four-wheel driver’s and camper’s paradise, Jimna houses some of the most beautiful rural forestry in Southeast 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.
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 koala corridor adjacent to the river on the approach to town.
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.
Catch a glimpse of history at the heritage listed Stonehouse in Moore at the next open day event.
Experience an authentic Aussie pub at Linville and stroll through the art galleries, cafés and boutique craft and gift shops of Moore.
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 waterfront campsites, the range of accommodation options available make Lake Somerset an ideal spot for your next holiday.
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 Condensery | Somerset Regional Art Gallery, 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.