Kilcoy is a historic hinterland town blessed with numerous Heritage-listed sites, fascinating Aboriginal folklore and charming cafes. Around the township you’ll find various outdoor playgrounds, such as Somerset Dam, state forests and national parks, while the stunning Queensland coastline is only a short drive away.
Things to do
If you’re hanging around the centre of Kilcoy, don’t miss seeing the towering Yowie statue in Yowie Park. It represents a mythical creature dating back thousands of years in Aboriginal folklore, akin to the Yeti or Bigfoot. Many still hunt for the Yowie around the area, but most settle on photographing the statue while enjoying a barbecue picnic and admiring the scenic views of Fred Greensill Lake behind the park.
You can grab a coffee and fresh pastry just across the road at Coff & Co or venture into the centre of town to explore the eateries and shops along William Street. Check out Kilcoy Bakery for classic Australian meat pies and neenish tarts or duck into the Exchange Hotel for a cold beer and hearty Australian fare, such as steak or chicken parmigiana.
Keen golfers should head to Kilcoy Golf Club, where you can tee off on a challenging nine-hole country-style golf course, Afterwards, kick back on the deck at the on-site clubhouse with a beer or a game of pool.
Do you love water-based activities? Drive about 10 kilometres south to Somerset Dam, where you can enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities that include boating, canoeing, fishing and jet skiing, in addition to kayaking, sailing, tubing and swimming in the adjoining Lake Wivenhoe. You’ll also find walking tracks around the lake, peaceful campgrounds and barbecue facilities.
Kilcoy is about 1.5 hours’ drive from Brisbane and just over one hour’s drive from Sunshine Coast Airport. You can walk around the centre of town, but you’ll need your own vehicle to venture further afield.