Seventy-five kilometres north-west of Caboolture on the D’Aguilar Highway, Kilcoy lies just north of Lake Somerset at the base of the Conondale Range.
The area was opened up in 1841 by Scottish migrants who cleared land on the upper reaches of the Sandy and Kilcoy creeks to run beef and dairy cattle. Timber felling and milling was also important in the early development of the town, which was established in the 1890s.
Kilcoy is noted for its well-preserved Queenslander homes and their immaculate gardens. You can sip the fruit of the grape at local wineries, while the Jimna State Forest summons the 4WD pack.
The spectacular Glasshouse Mountains are close by and Maleny, heart of the string of communities along the top of the Blackall Ranges, makes a popular day trip, with its cafes and boutique shopping.
The range villages have become popular weekend retreats for Brisbanites and perennial targets for browsers on the antique, craft and collectible trail.