Things To Do
How to get to Somerset
70km, 60-minute drive from Brisbane CBD
With expansive lakes, mountain forests and tranquil valleys, Somerset is the ideal real country escape from the bustle of city life. Travel along winding valley roads to the twin jewels of the region: Lake Wivenhoe and Lake Somerset. Stay for a picnic, birdwatching or watersports, or press on in pursuit of the best of the region’s wine trail.
Whether you’re looking for an adventure or simply want to escape the city lights and enjoy the country charm, when it comes to great ideas, this guide to Somerset has you covered.
Embrace the best of the Somerset region. From boating, camping and fishing to history, art and wine, here's the best of Somerset in this 48-hour guide.
Wine lovers, prepare to charge your glasses as you set forth on Somerset’s wine trail. Six cellar doors scattered through the valley each spruik their own expertly pressed offering.
If you haven’t the time to throw out a line and catch your own lunch or dinner, here’s a guide on where to get a feed in the area.
Known for its breathtaking scenery, bushland and collection of lakes, Somerset is a 90 minute drive north-west of Brisbane.
Rugged bush land with rainforest, waterfalls and attractive creeks is home to a large number of plant species and a haven for many endangered and threatened animals.
There are 250 kilometres of specially designed four wheel drive trails, varying in standard to suit beginner and experienced off-road drivers.
The Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery is located in picturesque Yowie Park. The gallery is housed in the 1910 Courthouse that was relocated to the park in 2011, before opening in 2012. The Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery is home to the Kilcoy Art Society, who showcase new exhibitions every three months along with the ever changing artist of the month. These exhibitions highlight the talent and diversity of Somerset’s local artists.
Approximately one hour from Brisbane in Kilcoy Shire, and neatly cradled and protected by a ring of surrounding hills, conditions here are perfect for water skiing, wake-boarding, sailing and fishing.
The Fernvale Country Markets take place every Sunday at the Fernvale State Primary School on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale. Enjoy a Sunday morning drive into Fernvale and take a relaxing stroll around the markets as your shop for locally grown fruit and vegetables, hand made gifts and wares and other fun market stalls.
Queensland Raceways will host all four rounds of the 2018 QR-FX 'Race Your Mates' Series.
Sitting Quietly is a reflection of artist Elizabeth Poole's appreciation for the Brisbane Valley.
Ripley Community Markets are set at Providence Splash n Play Park, on the second Saturday of every month, from 3 to 8pm. Enjoy foodies, arts and crafts, homewares, live music, jumping castles and animal farm with on site licenced cafe.
The Jamboree has established itself as the Premier Event on the small car enthusiast’s calendar in Australia. It's not all about drag racing either! There is just as much happening at the Jamboree off the track with a massive Show-N-Shine, Car Audio Sound Offs, Dyno Comps, Tech Talks, Babe and Bikini Comps, Motorcycle Stunt Shows, Automotive Product Displays, Competitions, Giveaways and much more.
Powercruise #72 is coming to Queensland Raceway this September!
The small rural Queensland town of Blackbutt comes alive in September for the Blackbutt Avocado Festival.
The Infamous Diesel Assault nights are again returning. The four part series is proudly presented by GSL Fabrications.