My goodness I put in the photo and forgot to write about it. I can see the Old Shire Hall to the left of the photo and the park area in the front. When I first moved to Esk it was still something like this. The old Lyceum was just across the road...now sadly burnt to the ground.
Esk was once a thriving "butter factory" town . With the changes in the butter industry and the flooding of farmland to provide water for the capital Brisbane these days are long gone. A sawmill once provided timber ...but no more.
So when you visit Esk look around and remember yesteryear. Find the site of the butter factory...and the saw mill . Look for the beautiful Lyceum...you will not find it...it was burnt to the ground.
Lowood, a small town located the southern end of the Brisbane Valley, just a short drive from Fernvale which is a town you pass through on the way to Esk.
Not a lot here, but Lowood retains much of its early character and charm amongst another nice setting. Some buildings date from the 1880's, while others are early Federation or date from the 1920s and '30's. There are classic old Queenslander-style houses and homes from every era, as well as several new estates, it has become very popular with people from Brisbane, looking for a lifestyle change!
Descendants of some of the area's earliest settlers have lived in the district for up to six generations. One well known person that chose Lowood as his home, was the Olympic swimmer, Kieren Perkins.
We took the short 7km drive across from Fernvale, that is very busy on weekends to Lowood which is much quieter. After buying some nice Hamburgers from the Take-Away shop, we then sat in the nice park across the road and enjoyed eating them there. Plenty of tables, electric bbq's and clean free Toilets.
It is located 80 kms west of Brisbane CBD, 30 kms north-west of Ipswich and 45 kms south of Esk.