Things to do
Surrounded by rolling hills and lush fields, Somerset Dam is the perfect place to cool off in the summer months and cast a line all year round. The park is lucky enough to be positioned on its banks, with a boat ramp also located in park for easy water access. The calm flat waters make it the ideal location for those who love water sports, especially water-skiing and wakeboarding. The dam is also well known for its quality fishing, regardless of if you fish from the shores or on the dam. Recreation areas are designated and it is important to check SEQ water for speed limits and boundaries that may apply.
Located in the town of Kilcoy, Yowie Park is a must visit on any trip to the area. Centred around a statue representing the mysterious and legendary Yowie, that is believed to dwell in the shires rugged northern terrain, the park is a beautiful spot to explore. Wander around the lake, have a picnic in the park or visit the courthouse art gallery. If you’re looking for an up-close wildlife experience make sure to visit Australia Zoo. Located less than an hour from Lake Somerset, the zoo which focuses on animal conservation and is home to a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Shows are offered daily.
Water and land activities
Well known for its fantastic land and water-based activities you will never be short of fun in Somerset. A water sports playground, water-skiing and wake boarding are popular choices with designated recreational areas available on the Dam. The area is also recognised for its high quality of bass fishing, often described as some of the best in Australia. On land, the park is a great spot for stargazing at night. The country sky allows the stars and planets to shine brightly, so make sure to bring your camera and stay up to watch the wonders of the night sky. Golfing is also a popular activity with Kilcoy Golf Couse located less than 10 minutes from the park, offering a challenging 9-hole country course.
Once you have explored all Somerset has to offer why not take a day trip to one of the many nearby towns. Nestled beneath the magnificent Glen Rock, Esk is a beautiful and quaint country town. Stroll along the main street and visit one of the many cafes, gift and antique stores or drop into the Glen Rock Gallery to see the local artwork exhibitions. Kilcoy is another idyllic country town that is surrounded by rolling hills and mountain ranges. The picturesque town is full of charm, with lush parks, friendly residents and enchanting shops and cafes. Kilcoy is located only 10 minutes from the park making it the perfect spot to spend the day.
Reach new heights while staying in Lake Somerset on a helicopter tour or in a hot air balloon. Experience the spectacular landscapes and enjoy 360-degree views across the countryside. Pterodactyl Helicopters is a great local operator, that will allow you to get an aerial perspective on Ipswich, the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset Region. Take in the beautiful country side, ranging from rugged mountain ranges to picturesque dams, rivers and lakes. For Hot Air Ballooning make sure to check out Floating Images. Offering an exclusive one-hour city and country ride including restaurant champagne breakfast, you will take in breathtaking views of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside.
For dining near Somerset, you can’t go past the Exchange Hotel in Kilcoy. Relax and enjoy one of their 10 tap beers or ciders for those aged 18+ and soak up some of the old-world charm of the hotel. Taste the mouth-watering meals, all made from local produce, or just kick back with the locals and enjoy their stories and wealth of regional knowledge. Kilcoy also offers several great bakeries and cafes dotted throughout the town. Make sure to drop into Coff and Co Bakery for reliability good coffee and fresh bread or famous pies for a savory or sweet treat.