Top 10 things to do in Somerset
1. Ramblers Skydive Toogoolawah
Regarded as one of the top 10 drop zones in the world for its excellent facilities, training courses, weather, aircraft, people and fun, Ramblers Drop Zone is the perfect place to learn to skydive or tandem skydive.
2. Weltevreden Domes Retreat
Just an hour from Brisbane sits Weltevreden Domes Retreat, a unique bed and breakfast made up of geodesic dome cottages. Overlook Lake Wivenhoe from your own dome, complete with all comforts including a private ensuite, air conditioning and a TV.
3. Lake Somerset Holiday Park
Set on 45ha, Lake Somerset Holiday Park is situated in Queensland’s Valley of the Lakes, offering cabins and camping right near the water’s edge. The accommodation and camping facilities offer an ideal getaway for water sports enthusiasts or those just wanting to relax and unwind among nature. The waters surrounding Somerset Dam are home to a host of fishing delights, all waiting to be explored.
4. Somerset Dam
Only one hour from Brisbane, Somerset Dam is a convenient destination for lovers of water sports, fishing, walking or just taking in the beautiful scenery. It is a perfect base for touring the surrounding towns and countryside covering over 5300ha of wilderness and rural landscape. Both Somerset Dam and the local town of Kilcoy are home to a selection of dainty eateries and plenty of activities for entertainment.
5. Wivenhoe Dam
Just an hour north-west of Brisbane sits Lake Wivenhoe – a spectacular water reserve offering a peaceful and tranquil outing complete with panoramic views. A 33,000ha bird and nature refuge, the lake is restricted to sailing, canoeing and non-powered water craft, making this the perfect place for quiet and relaxed land and water-based, family breaks. Known for Australia’s best bass fishing, Lake Wivenhoe is also highly recommended for boating, camping, picnics and swimming.
6. Boutique wineries
Take the time to sample the region’s award-winning wines with Winedown Tours visiting Coolana Olives, Winya Wines and Woongooroo Estate wineries. Enjoy a variety of superb Queensland wines, fine-quality port and sample gourmet delights while taking in the spectacular scenery.
7. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail provides walkers, cyclists and horse riders an opportunity to experience a unique history and diversity of rural landscapes. The old railway alignment is broken into sections and provides an easy climb up the valley for day trippers, overnight camping or longer-term adventures to enjoy the old world charm along Fernvale, Coominya, Esk, Toogoolawah, Harlin, Moore and Linville all the way to the range and forested hills around Blackbutt, Benarkin and Yarraman.
8. Historical Esk and gourmet cafes
Discover an area of breathtaking scenery, native bushland, meandering lakes and rivers and patchwork patterns of the farming land just one hour from Brisbane. The township of Esk is nestled below Glen Rock, with views of Lake Wivenhoe and the surrounding mountains from the top of Highland St. Enjoy the country charm of the historical homesteads, buildings and rail trails dotted throughout the region and get to know the locals at a selection of historic gourmet cafes.
9. Farm stays
Visitors can enjoy the peace and serenity of the charming three-bedroom and self-contained 1890s Kilcoy Farmstay farmhouse. An attached outdoor entertaining area called the “Feedlot” and a separate nine-bed bunkhouse makes this the ideal escape for groups and a great place for a ski or fishing trip.
10. Relaxing retreats
For a unique Australian bush experience, families can relax on the 65ha property of The Hollow Log Country Retreat. With koala-spotting, bushwalking, feeding farm animals and toasting marshmallows by the fire, activities are plentiful and there's something for the whole family to enjoy.