Situated on the Brisbane Valley Highway in the upper reaches of the valley of the same name, about 18km north of Esk, Toogoolawah is close to two massive lakes - Wivenhoe and Somerset. Lake Wivenhoe, which supplies Brisbane with most of its water, is a haven for cormorants. Literally thousands of them blanket the lake in black profusion. This lake, especially, is renowned for great boating, canoeing fishing and swimming, and it’s also a major championship rowing venue. The region is also a favourite for bush-walkers, while the sky is often filled with multi-coloured parachutes. Indeed, the drop zone just 2km north of the township is rated the best in Australia by sky-divers on account of the quality of its support services and facilities. Just a short drive from Toogoolawah is the historic Bellevue Homestead at Coominya. Toolgoolawah is just an hour's drive from the Sunshine Coast and an hour from the heart of Brisbane.