Upper Brisbane Valley
Valley of the Lakes
Along with the breathtaking scenery, visitors can enjoy the rugged mountain ranges on the eastern slopes of the Great Divide, native bushlands, meandering rivers, hidden valleys, ploughed farmland and the towns and localities of Esk, Fernvale, Glamorgan Vale, Linville, Lowood, Toogoolawah, Kilcoy and Wivenhoe Pocket.
Recreational activities in this Somerset region include:
- fishing – the Shire boasts 3 well stocked freshwater lakes (fishing licence required)
- picnic and camping facilities can be found at Lake Somerset, Wivenhoe and Atkinson.
- aquatic activities – there is powerboat access for the skiing enthusiasts at both Lake Somerset and Lake Atkinson.
- arts, crafts and markets – plenty of opportunities for viewing and purchasing arts and crafts, and enjoying local produce from shops and markets.
- adventure – for those who are more adventurous at heart, you can enjoy horse riding overlooking Lake Wivenhoe and spend the night under the stars at a stockman’s camp, join a camel safari, or tandem skydive.
- history abounds in the region. The area is home to several historic homes such as the Caboonbah Homestead and the Wivenhoe Homestead, as well as splendid examples of Queensland architecture.
Only one hour from Brisbane and known as the ‘Valley of the Lakes’, Brisbane Valley is the gateway to the Brisbane River catchment, offering a wonderful place to visit for those seeking recreational and leisure activities. The region is promoted by the Somerset Regional Tourism Association, formerly the Brisbane Valley Tourism Association.
Growing in leaps and bounds as a tourist destination, the Somerset Region, located in South East Queensland, covers an area that includes the upper and mid sections of the Brisbane River, encompassing lakes at Wivenhoe Dam, Somerset Dam, and Atkinson Dam. These waterways provide the perfect recreational backdrop for anglers and water sport enthusiasts.