Weltevreden Domes Retreat
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Glen Esk Q 4312
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Things To Do in the Somerset Region

Discover South East Queensland’s best kept secret, the Somerset Region – just one hour from Brisbane!

Dining in Esk

Esk is well known for its coffee shops, but the township is also home to a diverse range of cuisine that we highly recommend for our retreat guests.

Our fabulous cafes include Nash Gallery & Cafe, Julie’s at the Rectory, Enigmas Cafe and Rushborn Roast, next door to the antique shop.

For dinner, guests have a choice between Esk Thai or good ole fish and chips at the Red Deer Cafe or the Eskcape Cafe.

Dining options are also available at the Club Hotel, the newly refurbished Grand Hotel (with entertainment every Friday and Saturday night), the Dam Shed at Somerset Dam and Louise’s Tables.

As we’re in a regional area and most local businesses are family owned and run, please check their operating hours for dinner and make a booking where necessary before travelling, especially on public holidays, Sundays and early in the week.

BBQ facilities are also available at the retreat if you wish to bring your own food (plates and cutlery included with the BBQ facilities). Dine under the millions of stars in our night sky or enjoy the brilliance of a full moon!

Shopping

Palliaers EmporiumYou can’t go past Highland Traders or The House of Kalu Babu in Esk for an interesting array of gifts from around the world.

In the middle of town, you’ll find Palliaers Emporium – located in the same building as the Red Deer Cafe. This combination of businesses makes for a great atmosphere.

For the antique lover, there’s Salts Antiques (opposite the Friendly Grocer)

Esk Pharmacy and Esk Newsagency also stock gift ideas.

Art Trail

Old Church Gallery MooreThe Somerset Region is fast becoming a leading light with its new emerging art trail.

  • In Esk, the Glen Rock Gallery is located in the Esk Information Centre.
  • In Toogoolawah, you have The Condensery – the restored packing house of the original Nestle Factory
  • In Moore, there’s the beautiful Old Church Gallery Moore where you can enjoy a coffee and a light lunch while chatting to the artists in residence, David Mackenzie and Deborah Johnston-Booker.
  • In Kilcoy, the Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery can be found in the old Courthouse in Yowie Park.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The 161 kilometre rail line originally ran from Ipswich to Yarraman. It is now being recycled to provide walkers, cyclists and horse riders an opportunity to experience the history and landscape of the Brisbane River Valley.

The trail follows the old rail line along the western side of the Brisbane River and travels through farming landscapes, native and plantation forests, rural, residential and country towns.

Once completed, it will be the one of the longest rail trails in Australia.

Stay up to date with what’s happening on the rail trail, there are two passionate community group Facebook pages Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association and Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Lake Wivenhoe

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Our views of the Wivenhoe Dam from Weltevreden Domes Retreat are nothing short of spectacular.

Lake Wivenhoe Dam became open to limited motorised boat use as of 14th December, 2013 with several access points around its perimeter.

For more information on boating, fishing, required permits and general use of Lake Wivenhoe, download the SEQ Water Lake Wivenhoe Recreation Guide.

Lunch at Cormorant Bay Cafe is highly recommended.

Lake Somerset

A short drive from Weltevreden Domes Retreat is Somerset Dam. From here, you can enjoy watersports to your heart’s content.

For more information on boating, fishing, required permits and general use of Lake Somerset, download the SEQ Water Lake Somerset Recreation Guide.

They don’t call the Somerset Region the ‘Valley of the Lakes’ for nothing.

Ottaba Llama Walks

Ottaba Llama Walks_smFor a fun and unique activity, look no further. Stroll through the local countryside with a friendly llama as your companion!

Llamas are affectionate and intelligent animals with their own character and personality. They have llamas to suit anyone.

Whether you choose to trek the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail or to walk around Winya Winery, you’re guaranteed a special and memorable experience.

Contact them via their website for more information.

Brisbane Valley Ostrich & Fish Farm

Stroll along and view their farm yard animals. Enjoy a guided walk and talk about ostriches with your hosts – Alan & Patti Jaenke. You can also meet their pet ostrich “Jill”, who will also oblige with a photo, or just feed and pat her. Beautiful egg artistry, blown eggs, feathers and other hand made craft are on display. Olive orchards and small crops (e.g Watermelons) are grown on the farm for visitors to view and learn about.

Feed their pet emu, “Lou Lou” and marvel at their other assortment of animals – black swans, geese, cape barren geese, guinea fowls, ducks -you might even see a koala. They also now have a beautiful pair of mute swans (large white swans).

For the adventurous, you may ‘Catch, Kiss & Release’ fish back into the water from their large lakes. They’ll supply rods with barbless hooks (as this doesn’t harm the fish) or you may want to try your own fishing gear. Otherwise, just sit back and watch the fun and wildlife.

Contact the via their website for more information.

Ravensbourne National Park

Located approx. 33 km west of Esk via the Esk–Hampton Road, the Ravensbourne National Park features the examples of the rainforest that originally covered this part of the Great Dividing Range. Short walks are available through the rainforest and eucalypt forest. The national park has an amazing array of native birdlife.

For more information, please visit their website.

Wineries

The surrounding areas of the Somerset Region Wine Trail are home to some of the valley’s best boutique wineries.

Ramblers Skydiving

If a shot of adrenaline is what you’re after, Ramblers Skydiving is for you. Only 20 minutes drive from Weltevreden Domes Retreat, Ramblers Parachute Drop Zone at Toogoolawah offers skydive lessons for beginners through to tandem skydives and activities for experienced skydivers. Ramblers is Queensland’s largest and longest established skydiving operation, having taught people to jump out of aeroplanes since 1972.

Pick up your free copy of the Somerset Region Valley Of The Lakes Brochure during your stay at Weltevreden Domes Retreat for more information on things to see and do in the region.