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 the big 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.... more
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, Bed and Breakfasts and mountain retreats to relax in at the end of a busy day.... less
How To Get There
The patchwork fields and country hospitality of the Country Valleys is located just an hour drive North-West from Brisbane and encompasses the townships of Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Esk, Gatton, Caboolture, Kilcoy and Dayboro.
The Brisbane Airport is located in close proximity to the Country Valleys and with regular bus, train or private transfers available to be booked.
The Airport Flyer is a mini-coach commuter service between Toowoomba and the Brisbane Airport. Passengers travelling to and from Gatton, and other centres on route to Brisbane are also catered for as the service stops at a number of convenient places along the Warrego Highway. For further information visit the web site.
Take the Ipswich Motorway west of Brisbane and when you arrive in Ipswich, veer north and follow the Brisbane Valley Highway to the Somerset Region or keep heading west on the Warrego Highway to reach Lockyer Valley.
Greyhound Australia provide daily services between Brisbane and Toowoomba, servicing parts of the Country Valleys. To enquire or book, contact Greyhound.
Stonestreets Coaches travels between Brisbane Transit Centre and Toowoomba, servicing parts of the Country Valleys. To enquire or book, contact Stonestreets Coaches.
Translink offers a leisurely alternative for those wishing to explore the wonderful Country Valleys.
Catch the train from Brisbane through to Rosewood and then connect with Translink Bus lines thus enabling you to stop at destinations within the Lockyer Valley.
Must See and Do
1 Bed and Breakfast
Spend a weekend at a cosy bed and breakfast or a boutique lodge.
2 Somerset Dam
Visit Somerset Dam, known for its various water sports, fishing and scenery.
3 Queensland Transport Museum
A magnificent display of modes of transport from our past, located in the Lockyer Valley.
Experience a morning of wonder and silence aboard a hot air balloon.
5 Skydive Ramblers
For those with high energy, take the dive with Skydive Ramblers.
6 Somerset Valleys Wine Trail
Sample country hospitality and award-winning wines from five local cellar doors.
7 Caboolture Historical Village
Walk through more than 60 buildings in a pioneer village setting.
8 D'Aguilar National Park
Beautiful picnic spots, plus short and extended walking trails.
9 Slickers Horse Riding
Experience the ultimate riding country with spectacular views over the valley.
10 Clear Mountain Lodge Day Spa
Sophisticated retreat for wellness and relaxation.
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