Brisbane experiences

Somerset Region

The Somerset region is the gateway to the Brisbane River Catchment and has a major dam that is excellent for water sports. The main points of interest are Lake Somerset; Landcruiser Mountain Park; Lake Wivenhoe; Bellevue Homestead and Caboonbah Homestead.

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D'Aguilar National Park
A large national park with scribbly gums and mature rainforest with easy to reach lookouts. There are plenty of walking tracks and picnic areas. Jolly’s lookout provides views over Samford Valley. Boombana is a good place for a short rainforest walk where there are many strangler figs and climbing vines. Gantry is the home to an antique sawmill. The Somerset trail rewards with views of Somerset and Wivenhoe lakes. Camping grounds are at Neurum Creek or the more remote Archer campground which requires a four wheel drive to access.

Lake Wivenhoe
Lake Wivenhoe is a water reserve one hour northwest of Brisbane. Wivenhoe Dam was completed in 1985 and lake Wivenhoe is extremely good for fishing, boating, camping, picnics and swimming. Only non-fuel powered boats are allowed and domestic animals are prohibited. A permit is required for camping, fishing and boating.

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There is a Water Education Centre on the Esk side of Wivenhoe dam wall with interpretive displays, toilets, barbecues,, information trail and lookout. Cormorant Bay is a picnic area with barbecues toilet facilities, shelter sheds, picnic tables, walking trail and koala spotting.

Somerset Dam
Somerset Dam is just beyond Wivenhoe dam in Kilcoy Shire ideal for water skiing, wake-boarding, sailing and fishing. There are excellent camping and boat ramp facilities available.

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