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Nestled in the heart of Southern Queensland Country, Somerset is just a one hour drive from Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. There’s nothing like a relaxed country drive on a glorious winter day, so why not take the road less travelled to Somerset? Explore quaint country towns bursting with charm and character. Unwind with a winter weekend by the campfire or snuggle up in style at a fireside retreat. Uncover farm-to-fork flavours, unique gift and antique stores and a winter wonderland of unique events, art and entertainment. Check out these top tips for warming up your winter in Somerset.

1. Snuggle up in style

Head to the hills of Somerset this winter for the perfect cool weather escape. With panoramic views of Somerset’s natural wonders by day, and the fire roaring by night, The Stonehouse Retreat is the perfect winter weekender. Set on 175 acres, this unique hand built, eco-friendly masterpiece awaits. Made of natural stone, raw timbers, polished concrete, and recycled materials, The Stonehouse Retreat is your winter home away from home. Couples, families or groups of friends can enjoy the seclusion of this private homestead with panoramic views of the Somerset countryside.

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2. Around the campfire

Just an hour from the Brisbane CBD awaits Camping Wivenhoe. With spacious, lakeside sites and quality amenities, Camping Wivenhoe is a caravaner’s dream come true. As the temperature drops, warm yourself by the brazier and enjoy stunning views of Lake Wivenhoe as the sun sets in the winter sky.

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3. Heart Warming Flavours

When the temperature drops, there’s nothing like a hearty meal full of farm fresh flavours to warm the soul. With a mix of hearty cool weather classics, inspired modern cuisine and delicious desserts, the Esk Grand Hotel is guaranteed to warm up your taste buds this winter.

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4. Winter walks by the lake

Warm up your winter with a stroll through native Australian bushland. Take a bush walk along the banks of Lake Wivenhoe at the Wivenhoe Hill Trails. With four trails to choose from, each trail offers beautiful bush scenery, full of native flora and fauna. Get off the beaten track this winter and uncover the natural treasures of Lake Wivenhoe Hill Trails.

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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.