Esk

The Staging Post Inn, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 1163

Esk is a heritage town in the Upper Brisbane Valley renowned for its beautiful lakes and dams where watersports are popular. Deer roam in the grazing country north of town, progeny of a small herd presented to the state by Queen Victoria in 1873.

Visitor Information

82 Ipswich St; (07) 5424 2923

www.somerset.qld.gov.a

Nearby national parks

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

  • Glass House Mountains National Park

    On the coastal plain north of Brisbane sits a collection of dramatic sheer-sided volcanic peaks that rise up out of verdant green forests...more

Nearby towns

  • Crows Nest

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  • Gatton

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  • Laidley

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In Town

Antiques and local crafts: numerous shops in town.

Nearby

Lakes and dams Known as the Valley of the Lakes, this region is popular for swimming, fishing and boating. Lake Wivenhoe (25 km E) is the source of Brisbane's main water supply. Walk to the Fig Tree Lookout for a panoramic view or ride a horse around the lake. Lake Somerset (25 km NE) is on the Stanley River and is a popular waterskiing spot. Atkinson Dam (30 km S) also attracts watersports enthusiasts.

Caboonbah Homestead: museum that houses the Brisbane Valley Historical Society, with superb views over Lake Wivenhoe; closed Thurs; 19 km NE.

Coominya: small historic town; 22 km SE.

Ravensbourne National Park: 33 km W; see Crows Nest.

Skydiving: take a tandem dive over the valley; contact visitor centre for details.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail: picturesque 148 km rural trail for biking enthusiasts. Trail runs between Fervale and Lowood, and Moore and Blackbutt.

Kilcoy: small and unassuming farming town that claims to be the home of the Yowie, Australia's equivalent of the Bigfoot or Yeti. There is a large wooden statue of the supposed creature in town; 60 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 18 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Mount Coot-tha Forest 59 km

The largest natural area in Brisbane, this 1500 hectares of open eucalypt forest holds more than 18 kilometres of walking tracks, 12 kilometres of mountain-biking tracks and a further 31 kilometres of multi-use tracks.... Find out more


Westlander 65 km

Take the overnight train ride from Brisbane to Charleville or Quilpie, travelling over the Great Dividing Range and through some of Queensland’s rich farming areas.... Find out more


Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 66 km

Brisbane has a growing network of great cycling trails and some excellent rides for tourists – a five-to-20-kilometre ride along the shores of the Brisbane River comes highly recommended. There is also a great ride... Find out more


Rock climbing around Brisbane 66 km

Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point is perhaps the friendliest city rock-climbing spot in the country, with views over the Brisbane River, a range of climbs for absolute beginners and upwards, and established anchor points... Find out more


Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 68 km

Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more


Golf courses around town

North Lakes Resort Golf Club 59 km

Good course designers have tricks up their sleeves when it comes to spurring golfers to rise to the challenge. They can visually intimidate you with large schemes of bunkers or water hazards encroaching on the best... Find out more


Brookwater Golf & Country Club 66 km

Brookwater opened to considerable fanfare in 2002, with many observers quick to draw comparisons with Augusta National, venerable home of the US Masters. The varied terrain, inventive bunkering and undulating putting... Find out more


Royal Queensland Golf Club 70 km

Of all the golf courses in this book, Royal Queensland has undergone the most dramatic changes in recent years. Originally opened in 1920, on reclaimed mangrove swampland on the north bank of the Brisbane River, ... Find out more


Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 64 km

Australia’s first organic restaurant when it opened in 2000, Mondo Organics serves a range of organic meats, including beef, chicken, duck and lamb, and the fish is chosen for the sustainability of the catch. The... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Castlemaine Perkins (Fourex) Brewery 63 km

The pages of Australian brewing history are littered with take-overs and acquisitions, and while Castlemaine Perkins sounds like a merger, it was, in reality, yet another buy-out. As the name suggests, the Castlemaine... Find out more


Campsites around town

Somerset Park camping area 16 km

Waterskiing enthusiasts and keen anglers enjoy staying at this basic site, 25 km north-east of Esk and 26 km south of Kilcoy. The camping ground is on the western shore of the lake, reached via the Esk–Kilcoy Rd.... Find out more


Captain Logan Camp 17 km

With as much water as 2.5 Sydney Harbours, Wivenhoe Dam is a major water storage reserve for south-east Queensland and a hub for watersports enthusiasts (however boat motors are not to be used on the lake). With 57... Find out more


Lumley Hill camping area 17 km

Just a short distance from Captain Logan Camp, Lumley Hill has powered sites. The campground is on Logan Inlet Rd, off Hay Rd, signposted off the Brisbane Valley Hwy. Lake Wivenhoe is a major water storage reserve where... Find out more


Atkinson Dam Holiday Park 20 km

Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy access to the shoreline of Atkinson Dam at this site, 8 km south-west of Coominya. There’s a general store for supplies, fuel and gas bottle refills, plus laundry facilities. Look... Find out more


Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park 21 km

Anglers will like this freshwater sport-fishing hotspot, and holiday-makers will enjoy the kitchen, kiosk, cabins and other park facilities. An officially sanctioned local group has plans to stock the water with... Find out more


Lake Cressbrook camping area 23 km

With excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing on offer, it’s a watersports wonderland at Lake Cressbrook. For walkers, a 5 km circuit starts at the camping ground and loops around the lake... Find out more


Lake Somerset Holiday Park 27 km

Set on a 45 ha property, this holiday park has excellent facilities for campers, caravans and camper trailers, and the option of a log or waterfront cabin for those seeking a little extra comfort. The area is known for... Find out more


Crows Nest camping area 30 km

The eucalypt forests of Crows Nest provide a beautiful setting for wildlife-watching, hiking and bush camping. You can look for platypus in the creek, spot brush-tailed rock wallabies, or take a walk across the gorge to... Find out more


Neurum Creek camping area 34 km

A 4WD is recommended for accessing this medium-size campsite off Neurum Creek Rd, about 6 km from the Salin Rd entry (The Gantry) to the northern section of the park and about 13.5 km from the Rasmussen Rd entry... Find out more


D'Aguilar National Park camping areas (bush camping) 35 km

There are 8 areas for bush camping scattered throughout the southern half of the national park suitable for self-sufficient campers. A network of trails provides access between the camping sites and links to the... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Crows Nest Caravan Park 37 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more


BIG4 Brisbane Northside Caravan Village 61 km

A good quality park close to the northern approach to Brisbane, this park is ideal for those wanting good access to the city’s northern suburbs. Minimum-booking periods apply.... Find out more


Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park 61 km

Located on the southern approach to Toowoomba, this is an older established park but has good facilities and amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the local area.... Find out more


BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 62 km

Colourful, manicured gardens greet you at the entrance of this high-quality park in a quiet location, about 3 km from the city centre. The park has great amenities and is a good base for exploring this wonderful city and... Find out more


Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park 62 km

The closest caravan park to Brisbane’s city centre, this older park has good basic facilities. With the city less than 4 km away, it is particularly popular with campers and backpackers.... Find out more


Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Park 62 km

Set in a subtropical treed area, close to the picturesque Glass House Mountains, this park has all the basic requirements and is well located for those wanting to spend some time at Australia Zoo. Bookings are required... Find out more


Yarraman Caravan Park 63 km

Perched high on a hill about 1 km north of Yarraman, the park has a great outlook over the surrounding areas. This is an easy park to access. It has a large number of sites and is popular with caravan clubs who can use... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Glass House Mountains Eco-Lodge 62 km

The simple, down-market rooms here include the use of old train carriages for a communal kitchen and group area. An old church has also been recycled, and all greywater and blackwater is used on site to irrigate the... Find out more


Brisbane Marriott Hotel 65 km

By no means the greenest accommodation in this book, the Marriott still deserves inclusion as one of the better options in large hotels. It gained the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status and is AAA-rated for its water-... Find out more


What's on around town

Market: Highland St; Sat.

Multicultural Festival: July.

Picnic Races: July.

Rail Trail Fun Run: July.

Show: Aug.

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