North of Esk, at MS 336 Somerset Dam Road (i.e., the Esk-Kilcoy Road), in Toogoolawah, is Caboonbah Homestead, once owned by the politician Henry Plantagenet Somerset. The homestead was built in 1890, operated as a guest house from 1935-1962, was a private residence from 1962 until 1973 when it was resumed by the Queensland Premier's Department as part of the Wivenhoe Dam project. It was later transferred to the Brisbane and Area Water Board and is now the headquarters of the Brisbane Valley Historical Society. Situated on top of a hill it enjoys superb views which, since the building of the Wivenhoe Dam, have included the lake created by the flooded valley below.
The Historical Society are developing the area around the
homestead, and have established an important local folk museum
collection, including the recently acquired McGrath Cottage. The
museum is open every day except Thursday. For details tel: (07)