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country valleys — CHARM & CHARACTER —

Lake Wivenhoe, Esk

The rolling hills and green open spaces of the Country Valleys provide postcard perfect views of endless horizons, sleepy towns and pristine lakes making it hard to believe you are only an hour away from the lights of Brisbane City. Horse riding enthusiasts will relish the tracks that weave and climb throughout the pastures and hillsides of Esk and lovers of water sports will find it hard pressed to stay away from the lure of the giant lakes within Somerset and Wivenhoe. You can also go hiking, mountain climbing, abseiling and experience some of the best skydiving in the Southern Hemisphere. For those wanting to extend their stay to include the award-winning boutique wineries or to sift through the many antique shops, there are a range of beautifully preserved homesteads, B&Bs and mountain retreats to relax in at the end of a busy day. BRISBANE  INSIDER GUIDE

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ARTS & CULTURE DAS NEUMANN HAUS MUSEUM cultural hub of Laidley

DAYBORO ART GALLERY works of many local artists

GERARD POED GALLERY limited edition Australian landscape photography Lake Somerset, Hazeldean

VALLEY OF THE LAKES If water skiing, wake boarding, fishing, sailing, canoeing and swimming are your idea of a perfect day, the aquatic playgrounds of Somerset and Wivenhoe Dams are sure to make you want to dip your toes in the water. The large

IRONIC ART – FINE ART OF STEEL unique pieces of artwork specialising in steel

QLD TRANSPORT MUSEUM over 200 models of various forms of Australian transport For more information go to the directory, starting on page 130.

range of camping and boat ramp facilities nearby make these dams a must-visit spot for families and groups and the scenery surrounding them provides a breathtaking backdrop to the wet and watery fun.

Nirvana Estate Vineyard, Kilcoy

SOMERSET VALLEY WINE TRAIL Meander through the vines and visit the cellar doors of five local and award-winning wineries. The trail includes taste testing at Mt England Estate, Nirvana Estate, Ocean Views Estate Winery and Restaurant, Winya Wines and Woongooroo Estate Cellar Door and Café. Make the most of your day with lunch overlooking the valley or stay in a vineyard cottage.

Skydive Ramblers, Toogoolawah

 —free falling — If you want to rise to new heights and get a bird’s eye view of the hinterland, head to Skydive Ramblers for the ultimate adrenalin experience. Their Toogoolawah Drop Zone offers everything skydiving and parachuting, including onsite accommodation and even caters for the non-thrill seekers with a licensed bar, pool, snack bar, entertainment area and gym.

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SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES

BALLOONS ABOVE

MISTY MOUNTAIN RETREAT

OCEAN VIEW ESTATE

Experience the magic and tranquility of cruising the skies. 25 Harm Dr, Hatton Vale T 07 5465 7994 W balloonsabove.com.au

ULURAMAYA RETREAT CABINS

An eco-retreat with spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains. 228 McConnell Rd, Wamuran T 07 5496 4496 W uluramaya.com.au

COOLANA OLIVES A wide range of olive products with a taste of excellence. 733 Lowood Minden Rd, Lowood T 07 5426 8393 W coolanaolives.com.au

LANDCRUISER MOUNTAIN PARK JIMNA Perfect place to learn new off-road skills. Jimna via Kilcoy, Jimna T 07 5497 3164 W landcruisermountainpark.com.au

MOUNTAIN LAKE ADVENTURES SCENIC HORSERIDES Rolling hills with spectacular views of the countryside. 847 Esk Kilcoy Rd, Coal Creek T 07 5423 1645 W horserides.com.au

SKYDIVE RAMBLERS The ultimate adrenalin experience. 1 Brisbane Valley Highway, Toogoolawah T 07 5423 1159 W ramblers.com.au

WHISPERS OF THE VALLEY Unwind at the estate. Picturesque vineyards, winery, restaurant & luxurious cottages just 45 km from Brisbane along the spectacular Mt Mee Tourist Drive. 2557 Mt Mee Rd, Ocean View T 07 3425 3900 W oceanviewestates.com.au

FERNVALE HOTEL-MOTEL On picturesque Brisbane Valley Highway near Lake Wivenhoe. 1490 Brisbane Valley Hwy, Fernvale T 07 5427 0000

THE HOLLOW LOG COUNTRY RETREAT

A perfectly rustic getaway for nature lovers. SLICKERS HORSE RIDING 878 Mt Byron Rd, Ultimate riding country with rides offering Mt Byron via Somerset Dam, Esk spectacular views. T 07 5426 0167 116 Dunlop Lane, Kurwongbah W hollowlogcountryretreat.com T 07 3285 1444 KILCOY FARMSTAY W slickershorseriding.com Relax and enjoy the breathtaking water ACCOMMODATION and mountain views. BRANELL HOMESTEAD BED & BREAKFAST 3931 Esk-Kilcoy Rd, Kilcoy T 07 5497 2488 A federation-style homestead with W kilcoyfarmstay.com peaceful valley views. 12 Paroz Rd, Laidley T 07 5465 1788 W branellhomesteadbedandbreakfast. com.au

D’AGUILAR MOUNTAIN RETREAT BED & BREAKFAST A homely and comfortable stay in spacious rooms. 64 Curran St, D’Aguilar T 07 5496 4848

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LAKE SOMERSET HOLIDAY PARK

The park is a perfect getaway for families, groups and individuals. Esk-Kilcoy Rd, Kilcoy T 1800 689 679 W lakesomerset.com.au

MERCURE CLEAR MOUNTAIN LODGE Breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains, Brisbane and Moreton Bay. Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain T 07 3298 5100 W clearmountainlodge.com.au

SAMFORD HOMESTEAD RESTAURANT

A health retreat that is a touch of paradise. Relaxed dining experience catering to 1266 Mt Samson Rd, Mt Samson a wide range of tastes. T 07 3289 4392 Main St, Samford Village W mistymountainretreat.com.au T 07 3289 1485 W samfordhomestead.com.au

Secluded romantic getaway set on 40 acres. 198 Grantham-WinWill Rd, Grantham T 0410 669 976 W whispersofthevalley.com.au

WINING & DINING

BIRCHES RESTAURANT Á la carte licensed restaurant that enjoys spectacular views. 1350 Mt Mee Rd, Mount Mee T 07 5498 2244 W birchesrestaurant.com.au

CHANTILLY BLUE A coffee lounge, gift shop and custom framing studio all in one. 25 Seib St, Kilcoy T 07 5422 0655 W chantillyblue.com.au

MOUNT ENGLAND ESTATE Boutique winery with the highest standards for its products. 423 Wivenhoe-Somerset Rd, Fernvale T 07 5427 0042 W meewines.com

NIRVANA ESTATE The largest vineyard in the Somerset Valley region. 339 Sandy Creek Rd, Kilcoy T 07 5498 1055 W nirvanaestate.com.au

OCEAN VIEW ESTATE WINERY & RESTAURANT Award-winning wines, beautiful location and gorgeous food. 2557 Mt Mee Rd, Ocean View T 07 3425 3900 W oceanviewestates.com.au

THE STAGING POST CAFÉ & RESTAURANT Enjoy a selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Cnr Lake Apex Dr & Railway St, Gatton T 07 5466 1504 W lockyervalley.com.au

WINYA WINES Nestled in the picturesque valley of Sandy Creek. 145 Sandy Creek Rd, Kilcoy T 07 5497 1504 W winyawines.com.au

WOONGOOROO ESTATE A boutique family-owned and operated 5000 vine vineyard and cellar door. 35 Doyles Rd, Kilcoy T 07 5496 3529 W woongoorooestate.com.au

ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE

BELLEVUE HOMESTEAD & VINEYARD Living reminder of the early days of Queensland settlement. 1 West Rd, Coominya T 07 5426 4209 W bellevuehomestead.com.au

CLUB HOTEL Historic Queensland pub in the heart of Esk. 225 Ipswich St, Esk T 07 5424 1182

ARTS & CULTURE

DAS NEUMANN HAUS MUSEUM The cultural hub of the Laidley community. Cnr Patrick & William Sts, Laidley T 07 5465 3241 W lockyervalley.com.au

DAYBORO ART GALLERY Local artists of many disciplines displaying works. Cnr William St & Mt Mee Rd, Dayboro T 07 3425 3449 W dayboroartworks.asn.au

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tourism@somerset.qld.gov.au GERARD POED GALLERY Limited edition photographs of Australian landscapes. 2050 Mount Mee Rd, Ocean View T 07 3425 3730

IRONIC ART – FINE ART OF STEEL Specialising in the creation of unique pieces of artwork. 74 Western Dr, Gatton T 07 5462 1381 W ironicart.com.au

QUEENSLAND TRANSPORT MUSEUM A historic display of over 200 models of various forms of transport. Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, 34 Lake Apex Dr, Gatton T 07 5466 3434 W lockyervalley.com.au

SHOPPING & FASHION

L’ABUNDANCE OF FERNVALE An eclectic range of gifts, decorations and clothing. 1500 Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale T 0416 076 245 W labundance.blogspot.com

SPA & BEAUTY

CLEAR MOUNTAIN LODGE DAY SPA Sophisticated retreat for wellness and relaxation. 564 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain T 07 3298 5100 W clearmountainlodge.com.au

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HERITAGE & ARCHITECTURE

CABOOLTURE RIVER ROAD HERITAGE DRIVE A meandering track through Caboolture’s early settlement. Caboolture River Rd, Morayfield T 1800 833 100 W moretonbay.qld.gov.au

LAIDLEY PIONEER VILLAGE Original buildings with themed displays from pioneer days. Cnr Drayton & Pioneer Sts, Laidley T 07 5465 2516 W heritageaustralia.com.au

PINE RIVERS HERITAGE MUSEUM Historical objects, stories, multimedia and exhibitions. Old Petrie Town, Dayboro Rd, Whiteside T 07 3285 7213 W moretonbay.qld.gov.au

SAMFORD DISTRICT HISTORICAL MUSEUM Rural, education, timber and transport history of the district. Station St, Samford T 07 3289 2743 W samfordmuseum.com.au

SAMFORD HISTORIC VILLAGE WALK Take a stroll and view sites featuring historic photographs. Main St, Samford T 07 3205 4793 W moretonbay.qld.gov.au

BIKEWAYS & WALKWAYS

BENARKIN STATE FOREST 13 kilometres of scenic drives, walking tracks and camping areas. D’Aguilar Highway, Benarkin T 1300 130 372 W derm.qld.gov.au

07 5424 2923

BRISBANE VALLEY RAIL TRAIL

GLEN ROCK PARK

Shared rail trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 1 Brisbane St, Fernvale T 07 5427 0200 W brisbanevalleyrailtrail.org.au

Adjoins the world heritage listed Main Range National Park. Glen Rock Park, Junction View T 1300 130 372 W derm.qld.gov.au

DAYBORO HISTORIC TOWN WALKS

GLEN ROCK REGIONAL PARK

18 sites of early significance in Dayboro’s development. Main St, Dayboro T 07 3425 2032 W moretonbay.qld.gov.au/discover

Diverse range of landforms, flora, vegetation and wildlife. East Haldon Rd, East Haldon T 1300 130 372 W derm.qld.gov.au

MAIALA – RAINFOREST CIRCUIT

MOUNT MEE STATE FOREST PARK

The track winds through stunning subtropical rainforest. Mt Glorious Rd, Mt Glorious T 1300 130 372 W derm.qld.gov.au

Many rock waterholes, cool streams and rainforest walks. Sellin Rd, Mt Mee T 1300 130 372 W moretonbay.qld.gov.au/guide

WAMURAN – D’AGUILAR TRAIL LOOP

SOMERSET DAM

Multi-use trail for horse riding, mountain biking and hiking. O’Shea Rd, Wamuran T 1300 130 372 W derm.qld.gov.au

Recreational playground for anglers and water enthusiasts. Esk Kilcoy Rd, Somerset Dam T 07 5427 8100 W somersetdam.com.au

PARKS & NATIONAL PARKS

WESTRIDGE OUTLOOK

CENTENARY PARK A free camping area of Thornton, near Laidley. Mulgowie Rd, Thornton T 07 5465 7642 W visitlockyer.com.au

D’AGUILAR NATIONAL PARK Beautiful picnic spots, plus short and extended walking trails. Samford Rd, Samford T 1300 130 372 W derm.qld.gov.au

Mixed forest habitat, views over Lake Wivenhoe and range. Mt Nebo Rd, Mt Nebo T 07 3205 4793 W moretonbay.qld.gov.au/discover

WIVENHOE DAM Quiet, relaxed land- and water-based, family-style recreation. Brisbane Valley Hwy, Wivenhoe Hill T 07 5427 8100 W seqwater.com.au

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Insider Guide 2012 - Country Valleys  

Insider Guide 2012 - Country Valleys