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Lake Wivenhoe Loop 205 km

Crows Nest, Perseverance Dam, Esk, Northbrook Parkway, Cormorant Bay, Crows Nest.

Brisbane's water supply and flood mitigation for the Brisbane River. Check out the hydroelectricity power station on the eastern side. 

Link to map of route.

Download a brochure.

Wivenhoe Loop map

Crows Nest

Fuel up at Crows Nest Fuel Supplies. 

Head south on the New England Hwy (A3) towards Toowoomba.

Turn left into Charles St and  follow the signs to Lake  Perseverance.

Lake Perseverance

 9 km

You may see Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies on the rocks at the base of the dam wall.


Water is pumped up to the crest of the range at Grapetree. From here it runs downhill to Toowoomba.

Continue to Esk Hampton Rd. Turn left down the range to Esk.


42 km

In Esk, pass the the Esk Sport and Recreation Reserve which has toilets.

At the Brisbane Valley Hwy, turn left towards Toogoolawah

(The Esk Visitor Information Centre is to the right,a bit further south opposite Lions Park.)

4 km north of Esk, turn right onto Esk Kilcoy Rd towards Somerset Dam.

Cross the Brisbane River at O’Shea’s Crossing Rest Area.

Turn right onto Wivenhoe Somerset Rd over the Stanley River. 

(If you reach Somerset Dam, you have gone to far.)

Swing south to the Northbrook Parkway.

Northbrook Parkway

47 km

(Northbrook Parkway climbs the D'Aguilar Range to Mt Glorious.)

Continue south on the Wivenhoe Somerset Rd past Splityard Creek Dam and the Wivenhoe Power Station.

Water is pumped from Wivenhoe Dam into Splityard Creek Dam. During peak demand, water is released from Splityard Creek Dam through tunnels to the turbines that drive the  generators. In this way, Wivenhoe Power Station works like a giant rechargeable battery.

Continue to the Brisbane Valley Hwy.

Turn right towards Wivenhoe Dam and the Cormorant Bay Recreational Reserve.


Cormorant Bay

18 km

Picnic area, barbecues, toilets
Cormorant Bay Café


34 km

Turn left towards Crows Nest. Continue up the Range to meet the New England Hwy.


47 km

Visit the Hampton Visitor Information for touring brochure, The Crows Nest Friendly Town Patch is available here.

Across the road, Flavours at Hampton has premium tea and coffee, breakfast and lunch. Fresh gourmet food. Speciality catering. Art gallery.

 Turn right for Crows Nest.

Crows Nest

12 km

Accommodation available at Caravan Park, Motel, Pub and nearby B & Bs.



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