A Somerset Civic Centre is being planned to replace the 101 year old Lyceum which was burnt down in 2010. The venture is expected to cost $4.4 million dollars...so it will be a sight to see. It will seat 350 and will be used for conferences , seminars, and local events....I wonder if it will have a dance floor...the Lyceum did. Many an Esk ball was...more
This is only a little village filled with a lot of small shacks that boaties come to for holidays and weekends. There is a store and Fuel can be bought. A very nice camping area is located as you head into town, just below the Somerset Dam wall. There are Tent sites - (suitable for caravans), Amenities, Picnic tables, Shelter sheds, Water, but NO...more
Wivenhoe Dam is a dam built across the Brisbane River that creates the artificial Lake Wivenhoe. The dam holds a volume of water two and a half times the water in Sydney Harbour. The main purpose of the dam is to provide a water storage for South East Queensland and to hopefully stop another terrible 1974 flood, when much of Brisbane was flooded...more
Esk, is nestled below Glen Rock, a rocky Mountain which puts the town in a very pretty setting.Esk is fairly old and there are many historical buildings throughout the town. One of the hotels was established in 1872 as a teamster’s camp, back then the town was called “Gallanani”, which is said to be an Aboriginal name for Eastern Swamp Hen. When...more
Cormorant Bay is a really nice picnic area on the edge of Lake Wivenhoe.Lots of lawned area, with plenty of seating, electric & wood BBQ's, Shelter sheds, plenty of Toilets and excellent playgrounds, this is a beautiful area. There is a Cafe which was closed, but the notice said it would be opening soon, this is set in a nice high position...more
Standing there and waiting for your visit is the War Memorial situated in Esk Memorial parkIt was erected in 1921 and bears the names of 462 Shire residents who enlisted during the First World War.The memorial is significant as an unusual example of the work of Ipswich architect GB Gill.The park is landscaped with native trees and palms, and...more
As you drive in to Esk from the south you have to keep going till you come to the last of the shops and there on the left is this eating place which looks so inviting you just want to stop. Now the one at the Rectory is great too and we went there this time as I had a ceremony to attend next door.My very dear friends once owned the old Queenslander...more
Nestled in the shelter of Glen Rock is this great little spot for coffee and food. You can sit on the verandah or inside in the very comfortable lounge. All the cars driving into the township go right by.This was once the Rectory for the near by Church but even back in my time there was not a rector based in Esk. Then it was the home of a very...more
We lived in Esk for 7 years and in that time there were 3 pubs still standing and very popular with the local men. Would you believe ladies were not welcome in those hallowed walls and it took a lot of courage to enter when the ban was lifted ...and I am not saying when that was....and if you know please do not give me away.
At one time there were 4 pubs all within 'spitting distance' with room for a couple of shops in the main street. Now this was and is a small town. One pub was burnt down before our time.
Now there is the Esk Club Hotel, The Grand Hotel and the one now an Antique Shop (open Sundays). I think this was once the Metropole.
It was the Grand Hotel I once ventured into as one of the first women allowed in to the bar.
There were quite a few surprised looks from the men drinking at the bar.
photos from the website
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...more
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...more
I passed through Esk on the way to Toowoomba. It has a population of just over 1000. You can see up and down the main street from one standing point. Even the information centre had closed down.
It's a cute, historic sort of town. There was a massive antiques barn that we went into that had a lot of animal head trophies and plates from England... (?)
The most impressive thing about the town is that it is loomed over by some jutting mountain peaks.