This drive takes you past farms set amongst the rolling hills, and plantations of pineapples and fruit trees. The area is quite fertile, and usually the roadside stalls are selling fresh produce direct from the farm at reasonable prices.
A nice detour from the main road, is to take the road from Woodford, that passes by the Woodford Correction centre to Villenue. This takes you past Mt. Archer where one of our famous pop singers Graham Strachan [Shirley Strahan] of the Australian group, "Skyhooks" lost his life in a Helicopter crash in 2001.
You cross over the top end of lake Somerset. Here, the trees are dead, and it is rather pretty with the nice reflections in the water. You follow the lake for a little while before coming out nearly at Kilcoy.
Kilcoy is located in a very scenic area, near the the start of the huge Somerset Dam which was was completed in 1959 . If you decide to continue on from Kilcoy to Esk, you follow the foreshores of Lake Somerset, it is really delightful! There are many excellent viewing points and picnic places around the edge of the dam, birdlife and farms.
We really enjoy this pretty scenic drive, which takes you through the small village of Somerset and onto Esk, over the Wivenhoe Dam wall to Ispwich and into Brisbane.
Only 75 kms from Caboolture is Kilcoy, the home of the “Yowie”
The Yowie is reputed to be half-man half-beast, and is Australia's equivalent of the Himalayan Yetie or America's Big Foot, appearing in Aboriginal folk lore dating back thousands of years.
Official statistics show that over 3 000 sightings were reported throughout Australia between 1975 and 1979.
Several local timber cutters and farmers claim to have seen the creature in the hills around Kilcoy, and in 1979, two Brisbane school boys claim the monster stood just 20 metres from them while they were on a pig shooting expedition 4 km north of the town. They described the beast as being about 3 metres tall with a 'Kangaroo appearance' and covered in chocolate coloured hair. They said it took giant 'thumping' strides which could be heard for hundreds of metres.
Since then, a Birchwood statue was carved of this naked man/beast? It’s located in Yowie Park beside the D'Aguilar Highway in Kilcoy.
Anybody into Yowie Hunting??
If you find one, then you would make history and be very famous!!!!
Located in the park on the D'Aguilar Highway in Kilcoy.