If you're heading here towards the end of July, you'll be able to soak up the atmosphere of the Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival in Esk. Even if you can't make it in time for the festival, there are still plenty of other things to see and do here. Esk is part of the Valley of the Lakes and is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. You can have a go at waterskiing, sailing, canoeing and white water kayaking. Or, just spend the afternoon swimming leisurely and maybe even fishing. You can also try abseiling, skydiving and mountain bike riding, or visit the ostrich and deer farms. A bit further afield is the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in Gatton, home to an art gallery and the Queensland Transport Museum. It also regularly hosts a number of touring expos and live entertainment events, so check the events calendar before you arrive.
If you'd love to learn about the local heritage of the area, you can visit the Museum of Australian Army Flying (MAAF) in Oakey, which displays aircraft, engines, uniforms and photographs, telling the stories of last century's brave aviators. If you can't get enough of the region's history, make sure you visit the Highfields Pioneer Village, which has everything from an antique steam engine to vintage radios, all in working order.Getting Here and Around
The Brisbane Airport is only about an hour and a half away from most of the suburbs that surround Toowoomba. There are daily coach buses that service the area, but you're best off hiring a car if you want to explore the nooks and crannies in the region. If you're keen to see a bit more of South-East Queensland, Brisbane is 90 minutes north-east and the Gold Coast is only two hours drive south-east.
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