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Best Drives Around Brisbane: Somerset Dam

One of South-East Queensland's best drives

d'aguilar highway queensland

There’s some spectacular scenery to be seen on this easy drive out of Brisbane and is a must-do for South-East Queensland residents and visitors alike.

How to get there from Brisbane?

Head west from the CBD towards The Gap on Waterworks Road.

Eventually, Waterworks Road becomes Mount Nebo Road and in this section you will leave suburbia behind and start heading up into the hills.

Making up a section of the Great Diving Range, the road can get a little tight in the bends and on the weekends please be extra careful for motorcyclists who are known to frequent this part of the world in big numbers.

There are also well enforced speed limits right through this section as you wind your way up to Mount Glorious.

mount glorious cafeA stop at the Mount Glorious Cafe is recommended, stretch your legs and take a pit stop.

Keep heading along route 31 from the cafe and enjoy the rainforest sections as you hit altitudes of up to 600 metres above sea level.

A stop at the Wivenhoe outlook is also highly recommended – you will find this on your left a few k’s out of Mount Glorious.

As the saying goes, it’s all downhill from here as you leave the mountains in your rear-view mirror and head into the valley.

A right hand turn at the T-intersection onto Wivenhoe Somerset Road, then about ten minutes later, another right hand turn onto Esk Kilcoy Road will have you coming up on the spectacular Somerset Dam – one of Brisbane and South-East Queensland’s primary water supplies.

During our recent run through there the dam was looking nice and full – good to see!

somerset dam queenslandPrepare then for one of the best stretches of road in the region as you wind your way around the edge of the dam.

Follow the road until you get to the intersection with the D’Aguilar Highway and turn right (a left turn would take you to Nanango/Kingaroy and the South Burnett – a great drive in itself).

In Kilcoy you will find plenty of options for a well-earned rest and there are full services on offer in the town.

We recommended checking out this beautiful mini-lake at Yowie Park (Fred Greensill Lake), there are clean toilet facilities here, as well as an art gallery and craft store (check out some of the great plants available!).

Snake your way through Kilcoy following the signs for Woodford, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

kilcoy lake About 15 minutes out of Kilcoy you’ll see some fantastic mountain escarpments as you begin the drive back up into the hills to the well-known town of Woodford.

From here, snake your way back down to Caboolture and the M1 motorway for a short hop back into Brisbane.

Best Drives Around Brisbane: Somerset Dam

  • Round trip time: approx. 3.5 hours from Brisbane CBD
  • Distance: 219km
  • Road Surface: Varies, though generally quite good
  • Road types: suburban, highway, b roads

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director.

Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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