A perfect access point for a Brisbane Valley Rail Trail day trip to Esk or Toogoolawah or a convenient overnight stopover point for your long distance adventure, Lowood is a pleasant, small country town at the southern end of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail in Somerset.
Lowood is the first town on the southern end of BVRT offering camping in the show grounds plus overnight accommodation in a motel.
There is one pub, a bakery, a number of cafes, fast food outlets, a water bubbler (in the park) and toilets. There is also a supermarket, a hardware store, a haberdashery, a butcher, a newsagent, a servo, a pharmacy, and dental and medical services. There is also a vet service halfway between Fernvale and Lowood.
Lowood was established as the first terminus of the Brisbane Valley branch railway in 1884 and the town grew from the subdivision around the new station. Check out The Gig – Lowood’s first flood boat built in 1900 – just the other side of the children’s play area.
Lowood and surrounds is very much a farming region. The scenery changes from horticultural crops north and west of the town to the rolling hills of Glamorgan Vale. Lockyer Creek passes through the district and joins the Brisbane River as it flows past Lowood from nearby Lake Wivenhoe.