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"VALLEY OF THE LAKES TOURIST DRIVE" Top 5 Page for this destination General Tip by balhannah

General, Brisbane: 55 reviews and 74 photos

  Lake Wivenhoe
by balhannah

I hope that you have a car so that you can spend a lovely day in the countryside near Brisbane.
This full day tour I have done many times and every time I enjoy its beauty.

Departing from Brisbane, we head on the Ipswich Motorway [2] which then goes into A2. Follow the road that says to Toowoomba, we don't want to go to Ipswich today!

Just past Blacksoil, we see the sign for the Brisbane Valley Highway [A3], so this is where we turn right.
The 1st town you come across is Fernvale, maybe stop at the good Information Centre, or get a Pie or Pastry from the award winning bakery in the main Street. A stretch of the legs, and there are Free Toilets located in the park. Just the other side of town, every Sunday morning there is a big Market held in the School Grounds, well worth stopping at, just to get some nice fresh fruit or other bargains.

Next stop, is Wivenhoe Dam, plenty of picnic areas and great views. Continuing on, we come to pretty little Esk, another good Bakery and interesting shops. Past Esk, we watch for the sign to Somerset Dam and follow this road, there is an old heritage building that is often open, so stop and have a look.

Somerset dam, and more nice picnic areas, great views as the road twists and turns mainly along the edge to the town of Kilcoy, home of the "Yowie."
From Kilcoy, we pass through nice farm land, hills, Pineapple plantations on the D'Aguilar Highway until we join the Bruce Highway at Caboolture and head back to Brisbane after having a very enjoyable day's outing.

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  • Updated Apr 13, 2016
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    sounds like a nice day trip

    • Apr 13, 2016 at 11:41 PM

      Yes, another nice one that you can make into a short or long round trip from Brisbane.

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