About Somerset

You can leave the hustle and bustle of the city in your rear-view mirror and hit the open roads to Somerset within an hour. With green pastures, rolling hills, native rain forests, expansive lakes and trickling creeks, it’s no surprise people enjoy what Somerset has to offer. Just west of Brisbane, Somerset is the fastest growing local government area in South East Queensland. The region is currently home to around 25,000 people and is expected to grow to an estimated 34,500 by 2031.

Somerset’s Council border is surrounded by Brisbane, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Gympie, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay.

Breathe in the fresh country air as you drive through rolling rural pastures, picturesque country towns and incredible lakes. More than 5000 square kilometres of some of Queensland’s most beautiful countryside awaits as you drive through Somerset. You can stop and enjoy real country hospitality in the major townships of Esk, Fernvale, Kilcoy, Lowood and Toogoolawah.

Somerset is on the doorstep of Brisbane where visitors can truly get back to nature and experience the best of the great Australian outdoors. Brimming with native flora and fauna, Somerset is not only home to some of the most beautiful countryside, but has a strong agricultural, heritage, tourism and environmental value. Lakes Somerset and Wivenhoe are the heart of the region and act as the key water catchments for South East Queensland. The lakes are imperative to the region that Somerset Regional Council’s logo represents these two impressive bodies of water. The logo shows two dams, the larger representing Wivenhoe and the smaller being Somerset. The overall shape of the icon with the water flowing from Somerset to Wivenhoe creates the shape of a clear ‘S’ for Somerset.

The First Peoples of the district include the Jagera/Yagera people (claim submitted), Jinibura (native title), (not listed on native title – Yuppera, Ugarapul and Dungibara people).

For more on Somerset visit

www.somerset.qld.gov.au

www.experiencesomerset.com.au

Arts and Culture in Somerset

Arts and Cultural Plan with seven key priorities:

Engaging the community

Creating a sense of place

Celebrating Diversity

Building and Consolidating

Sustainable Creative Industries

Fostering Partnerships

Embracing the Future

Somerset Cultural Policy

 

Other relevant plans and policies

Somerset Youth Engagement Strategy – outlines the importance of arts engagement and offer several actions to increase engagement through the arts.

Somerset Council’s economic development plan includes several strategies relating to festivals and events, heritage and tourism

 

Other plans and policies

Brisbane Visitor Economy Strategy

Somerset’s Destination Management Plan

 

Somerset Regional Council supports arts and culture through:

Somerset Regional Arts Development Fund

Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery

Somerset Art Gallery Trail

 

There are a number of arts and crafts groups within the region, including:

Somerset Art Society 

Kilcoy Art Society 

Nash Gallery & Cafe 

Open Door Gallery 

Folk Art Cooperative 

Glen Rock Gallery (run by Somerset Art Society) 

Old Church Gallery Moore

Supper Room Art Gallery 

Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery 

 

Theatres:

Toogoolawah Pictures

 

Events:

Somerset Art Beat Festival (launching June 1, 2019)

Somerset Music Awards

Jammin’ in Esk