Come and Say Hello to Esk!

18 October 2023

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Somerset region, Esk serves as a charming gateway to Southern Queensland Country. This idyllic town is conveniently located just an easy one-and-a-half-hour drive from the bustling city of Brisbane. But Esk is more than just a tranquil escape from the city; it’s also a strategic inland point of entry to the vibrant locales of Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or planning to explore the natural beauty and vibrant culture of the region, Esk is your perfect starting point. Let’s explore some of this charming towns highlights and upcoming events.

Esk Races – 11 November 2023

When it comes to family-friendly fun and the excitement of country racing, the Esk Jockey Club is the place to be. With a handful of thrilling race meets held each year, this event draws high-quality horses and creates a laid-back atmosphere that’s perfect for enjoying Esk’s stunning scenery and the warmth of the local community.

Esk’s proud racing tradition has been a fixture in the beautiful Somerset region for over a century, making it a historical gem in Queensland. It’s renowned for hosting some of the most accessible country races in the state, being just 45 minutes away from Toowoomba and a little over an hour’s drive from bustling Brisbane.

On race days, you can expect a range of conveniences to enhance your experience. There are five bookmakers on-site to help you place your bets, and for added convenience, TAB, EFTPOS, and ATM facilities are readily available. This ensures you can enjoy the racing action without any hassle.

So, whether you’re a seasoned racing enthusiast or a family looking for a memorable day out, the Esk Jockey Club’s country races provide an ideal blend of excitement, community, and natural beauty, all within easy reach of Queensland’s major cities. Don’t miss out on this classic racing experience in the heart of the Somerset region.

Esk Markets – Every Saturday 7am-12pm – Pipeliner Park, Highland St Esk

Step into a world oozing with genuine country hospitality, charm, and engaging conversations at these relaxed country markets. Here, you’ll find something to pique the interest of everyone, and while there are dedicated regulars who faithfully attend each week, you’ll also have the pleasure of discovering and connecting with a diverse array of stallholders during every visit.

These markets are not just about shopping; they’re about fostering a sense of community and belonging. The laid-back atmosphere invites you to take your time, explore the stalls, and engage in friendly chats with the vendors and fellow visitors. It’s an opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life and learn about their crafts, stories, and passions.

With a welcoming and inclusive spirit, these markets are a testament to the beauty of local culture and the variety of talents and products that the community has to offer. So, whether you’re a seasoned marketgoer or a first-time visitor, you’re sure to find something special at these charming country markets, and you might just leave with a heartwarming story or two.

Llama Walks with Ottaba Llamas

If you’re on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind family activity that promises fun, adventure, and a unique connection with nature, Ottaba Llama Walks has something special in store for you. Our llama walks offer an incredible opportunity to explore the stunning Brisbane Valley region like never before.

Imagine taking leisurely strolls along the picturesque Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, and as your companions, you have charming llamas to share the experience with. Whether you opt for a walk starting in Esk, a peaceful 20-minute jaunt along Sandy Creek, or the captivating Llamas and Latte walk that meanders through Esk along the Rail Trail, there’s a llama adventure perfectly suited for your family.

Llamas are more than just lovely creatures; they’re affectionate and intelligent animals, each with their own distinctive character and personality. With their gentle and social nature, it’s no wonder they’ve been cherished as pack animals in South America for centuries. Ottaba Llama Walks introduces you to llamas that will steal your heart and make your outing an unforgettable experience.

No matter which walk or encounter you choose, one thing is guaranteed – you’re in for a truly special and memorable experience. So, gather your loved ones and embark on a llama adventure that will create cherished memories to last a lifetime. Don’t miss the chance to connect with nature and these remarkable creatures in the Brisbane Valley region.

Looking to the Future

The picturesque Somerset region is gearing up to become a hub for a fresh wave of electric vehicle (EV) tourism, thanks to its inclusion in Queensland’s Super Electric Highway (QESH). In an exciting development, Esk has just unveiled a cutting-edge EV charging station.

This milestone is part of the state government’s ambitious EV network project, which is strategically designed to eliminate EV “blackspots” in remote and regional areas of Australia, particularly along the crucial national highways. The project reflects a commitment to sustainability and accessibility for EV travelers.

As Somerset becomes a part of the Super Electric Highway, it’s poised to attract a new breed of tourists who are enthusiastic about eco-friendly travel. With this new charging station in Esk, Somerset positions itself as a welcoming stopover for EV drivers, adding convenience and practicality to their journeys.

This endeavour showcases a progressive vision, blending the region’s natural beauty with forward-thinking technology. It’s a compelling reason for EV enthusiasts to explore the Somerset region while contributing to a more sustainable future. The Somerset region’s foray into EV tourism is a significant step toward eco-conscious travel, further enriching the tourism landscape in Queensland.

The Esk charging station is located in Pryde Street, Esk.

For further information on all these great experiences and more on the area visit Experience Somerset | Adventure Awaits.