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Pack your bags, hop in the car and get ready for a summer of fun in Somerset. Nestled in the heart of Queensland Country, Somerset is just a one-hour drive from Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast, making it the perfect spot for a summer escape. Stay in style or glamp the night away. With pools and lakes galore, you’re bound to find a cool spot to stay in Somerset.

Go for a fish, paddle your cares away or simply make a splash at the lakes. Come and play on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Choose your own adventure and cycle, hike or horse-ride your way along Australia’s longest recreational rail trail. Explore the skies of Somerset by hot air balloon or, if you’re game, take the plunge and skydive. With lakes and landscapes brimming with fun, there are loads of adventures to unlock in Somerset this summer. Check out our top five tips for an epic summer in Somerset:

1. Summer BBQ by the lake

Snags sizzling on the BBQ

Scenic lakeside view

Sunny smiles all round

It’s all the makings for picnic perfection in Somerset. Whether you choose Lake Somerset or Lake Wivenhoe, you’re guaranteed a day of dam good fun!

Father cooking bacon and eggs on outdoor barbeque with son and daughter watching, with lake in background.

Lake Wivenhoe, Somerset Region

2. Float Away with Floating Images

Set sail for the skies of Somerset with a one-hour hot air balloon flight with Floating Images. Embark on a journey of a lifetime and see Somerset like you’ve never seen it before. With stunning panoramic views of the countryside below, you’ll be on Cloud 9 when flying with Floating Images.

Blue and yellow stripped hot air balloon floating above the green countryside with a blue sky.

Floating Images Balloon Flights, Somerset Region

3. Go Fish!

Bait your hooks and cast your lines for a ‘reely’ great day of fishing on the lakes. See what we did there? There’s nothing like wetting your line (and your feet!) in the waters of Lakes Somerset and Wivenhoe.

3 men and 1 boy on fishing boat in lake with one holding a caught fish.

Lake Somerset, Somerset Region

4. Savour Summer Flavours in Somerset

In the heat of the midday sun, sometimes it’s best to explore the great indoors. Why not grab a cold one and treat yourself to a summer lunch special at one of our authentic Queensland country pubs.

Three men sitting on stools at bar laughing at female bartender.

The Handle Bar, Toogoolawah, Somerset Region

5. Master the Skies with Skydive Ramblers

Take the plunge and experience the ultimate air adventure with Skydive Ramblers in Toogoolawah. Established in 1984, Skydive Ramblers is the largest and longest skydiving operation in Queensland. Take the leap of a lifetime, soar through the sky and unearth adventure like you’ve never experienced before.

And there you have it folks, our top five tips to an awesome staycation in Somerset this summer. Don’t forget there’s also a swag of fun and festive events to elevate your summer stay in Somerset. Check out these must-do summer events:

Four people parachuting in a vertical row at sunset.

Skydive Ramblers, Toogoolawah, Somerset Region

Must-Do Summer Events

With cycling adventures, art and music galore, there’s a range of fabulous events in Somerset guaranteed to add sunshine and smiles to your summer.

Drop In Flower Making, art workshop at The Condensery

Thursday, 18 January 2024 from 10am – 4pm

Free Australia Day BVRT Bike Ride (44km)

Friday, 26 January 2024

Kilcoy Australia Day Races and Kilcoy Gift Sprints, at Kilcoy Showgrounds
Friday, 26 January 2024

Australia Day Wood Chop, at Kilcoy Exchange Hotel
Saturday, 27 January 2024 from 10am - 10pm

Vintage Motorbikes, at Kilcoy Exchange Hotel
Saturday, 17 February 2024 from 10am – 3pm

Somerset Kidsquest, free kids activities at Somerset Civic Centre

Saturday, 24 February 2024 from 10am – 2pm

Legends of Beef, Toogoolawah Showgrounds

Saturday, 24 February 2024 from 6pm

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Acknowledgement of Country

Southern Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.