Hub of a chain of lakes and dams in the Upper Brisbane Valley, the Esk area was explored by the ill-fated Captain Patrick Logan in 1830, but German migrant-driven settlement didn’t begin until the 1840s.
Esk is a showplace for the area’s thriving craft industry. A stroll down the heritage trail or a visit to Bellevue Homestead will take visitors down memory lane to the life and times of the pioneering pastoralists, loggers, dairy farmers and grape-growers.
Apart from harbouring the recreational outlets of Somerset and Atkinson Dams and Lake Wivenhoe, the Brisbane Valley is also the domain of the descendants of a small herd of deer presented to Queensland by Queen Victoria in 1873.
While Lake Wivenhoe is a major link in the Brisbane region's water supply system it is also a popular weekend haunt for recreational fishing, competition rowing and sailing. Its shoreline is liberally sprinkled with picnic and BBQ areas.